News Archive

Learn Safe Excavation Techniques at Free Event

Thursday May 11th, 2017

Township officials and employees are invited to the Pennsylvania 811 Safety Days, which will be held at five locations this year.

These free events, which include safety demonstrations, exhibits by vendors and construction experts, and door prizes, are a great opportunity to learn safe excavation techniques and about the PA One Call System.

The following 2017 PA Safety Days are scheduled:

  • May 17 -- Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre;
  • May 19 -- Clinton County Fairgrounds, Mill Hall;
  • June 20 -- Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks;
  • June 22 -- York Expo Center, York; and
  • September 14 -- Monroeville Convention Cente, Monroeville.

Click here to register and for more information.

Guidance on implementation of local tax credits for volunteer emergency responders available

Friday May 5th, 2017

PSATS worked with the State Fire Commissioner, the Department of Community and Economic Development, and the other local government associations to develop guidance, including a sample ordinance, for implementing a volunteer emergency responder tax credit program under Act 172 of 2016.

Click here to view the Act 172 guidance document and sample ordinance.

Questions or comments can be directed to Holly Fishel, PSATS Policy and Research Manager, at or at (717) 763-0930 ext. 138.

SAVE THE DATE! Local Government Safety Seminar

Tuesday May 2nd, 2017

The Pa. State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), in conjunction with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration, is holding a Local Government Safety Seminar July 19, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.. Topics will include transportation safety planning, tools for building a safety culture, safety countermeasures to fit all budgets, and available state and federal funding.

Townships may participate in three ways:

• Attend in person at the Pa. Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

• View the seminar remotely at your local PennDOT district office.

• View the seminar online at your desk.

Additional information and a formal event invitation will be sent to municipalities soon. For more information, email the State Transportation Innovation Council at


Technical Help Available for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleets

Monday April 10th, 2017

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting applications from vehicle fleet owners who are interested in maximizing the economic and environmental benefits of alternative fuel use in their fleets. The deadline for applications is June 1.

The Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance (AFTA) is not a grant program. Through this initiative, DEP assigns a qualified, professional consulting firm to work directly with eligible organizations to develop technically viable and economically sustainable alternative fueling strategies.

Alternative fuels considered under this program may include natural gas, electricity, propane, hydrogen, hythane, ethanol, methanol, and other advanced biofuels.

Eligible organizations are political subdivisions, nonprofit organizations, municipal authorities, and school districts. An eligible entity can apply alone or team up with other eligible partners for a multi-organization project to enhance the energy, economic, and environmental benefits of alternative fuels.

Townships may apply to DEP by completing an application and providing basic fleet and operational details. For more information and a link to the application, go to, hover over “Citizens” at the top of the page and click on “Grants, Loans, and Rebates,” and then select “Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant” in the box on the right.

For help with the application, townships may contact Geoff Bristow of DEP’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance at (814) 332-6681 or

Grants Available for Water, Greenway, Recreation Projects

Monday April 10th, 2017

Townships that have water-related projects, greenways and trails, or recreation projects may apply for funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). All of the grants come from the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund and have an application deadline of May 31.

The water-related project grants fall under several categories:

• Watershed restoration and protection program, for projects that restore streams impaired by uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source pollution or maintain already restored streams.

• Abandoned mine drainage (AMD) abatement and treatment program, for projects involving the reclamation of abandoned mine wells; construction of abandoned mine drainage sites; operation and maintenance or remediation and repair of existing AMD sites; establishment of a trust fund to ensure ongoing maintenance of a site; and water quality monitoring to trace nonpoint source load reductions.

• Orphaned or abandoned well-plugging program, for projects that clean out and plug abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells, stray gas mediation systems, and well-venting activities.

• Sewage facilities program, to help cover the costs of sewage facilities planning under Act 537.

• Flood mitigation program, for projects that are authorized by a flood protection author­ity, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service or are identified by a local government for flood mitigation.

Grants are also available for projects that involve the development, rehabilitation, and/or improvement of public parks, recreation areas, greenways, and trails, as well as river conservation activities and flood mitigation projects.

For more information about any of these grants, call the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Center for Business Financing at (717) 787-6245 or click here.

Applicants are strongly urged to contact their state House and Senate members to inform them that they plan to submit an application for funding under these programs.