Members of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities Receive Governor's Awards for Local Government Excellence

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities

    HERSHEY, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PLCM President William McLaughlin,
 along with five members of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and
 Municipalities (PLCM), were among the 19 municipal authorities, councils of
 governments, communities and their leaders who were honored for their
 dedication and significant contributions to the quality of life of their
 citizens.  Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mark Schweiker presented the Governor's
 Awards for Local Government Excellence during the fifth-annual Local
 Government Day ceremony held earlier today at the Hershey Lodge and Convention
 Center.
     The Governor's Awards for Local Government Excellence are presented
 annually by the Governor's Center for Local Government Services on
 Pennsylvania Local Government Day.
     "The development of community partnerships, innovative programs, and
 individual dedication to Pennsylvania communities as demonstrated by PLCM
 President William McLaughlin and our member municipalities, are indeed
 deserving of this recognition," said PLCM Executive Director John A. Garner,
 Jr.
     This year, awards were presented in six categories including: individual
 public service, Building Community Partnerships, Responding to Adversity,
 Innovative Community and Governmental Initiatives, Fiscal Accountability and
 Best Management Practices, and Innovative Planning and Sound Land Use
 Practices.  The following League members were recognized:
 
     -- Chambersburg Councilmember William McLaughlin, PLCM President,
        received an individual award for his dedication to public service and
        substantial contributions to local government.
 
     -- The City of Bethlehem, represented by Mayor Donald Cunningham, Jr.,
        and city officials, received a Building Community Partnerships Award
        for their Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP).  Mayor Cunningham
        serves as the leader of SNAP, which was designed to put city
        government and residents together to create customized services and
        strategies for individual neighborhoods.  The goal of SNAP is to
        improve the delivery of basic city services and most importantly,
        keeping neighborhoods safe and attractive.  Other team members include
        all department heads and other key personnel of the administration.
 
     -- The Borough of Gettysburg, represented by Mayor William Troxell,
        Manager Charles Sterner and other borough officials, received a
        Building Community Partnerships award for their Gettysburg
        Interpretive Plan project which was created in partnership with
        Gettysburg National Military Park.  For the first time in Gettysburg,
        a  Memorandum of Understanding united representatives from nine diverse
        local organizations, as well as two Commonwealth agencies to create a
        master plan to interpret the town's history with the intent of
        deepening and extending the visitor experience.  The plan outlines the
        future direction and action steps for Gettysburg to preserve its
        historic integrity and resources.
 
     -- The City of Hazleton, represented by Mayor Louis Barletta, Councilman
        James Ferry and other city officials, received a Fiscal Accountability
        and Best Management Practices award for their positive and immediate
        response to a $523,000 deficit and an array of administrative and
        financial problems facing the city in January of 2000.  The new
        Administration within the City of Hazleton immediately faced these
        challenges by assembling a team of professionals hired through on open
        interview process; negotiating with four labor unions to arrive at
        legal, fair contracts for each; pursuing every avenue of assistance
        available; and rebuilding relationships on all levels.
 
     -- The Borough of State College, represented by Council President Janet
        Knauer, Councilmember Jean McManis and other city officials, received
        a Responding to Adversity award for their actions taken following a
        riot that occurred at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of Arts in
        State College on July 12, 1998.  To address the contributing factors
        and to plan for better handling of future riots, the Pennsylvania
        State University strengthened and emphasized its alcohol abuse
        programs.  Area police instituted a Community Oriented Policing
        project to control activity from apartment balconies.  Interagency
        field force training was instituted and riot gear was purchased.  The
        Borough of State College replaced the damaged light posts with poles
        designed to withstand damage to reduce the future potential for injury
        and property damage and purchased software and hardware to improve the
        image capture technique.
 
     The PLCM serves local government by representing the collective interests
 of its membership with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the
 state and federal governments; acting as an agent for enhancing cooperation
 and communication among municipalities in the Commonwealth; fostering improved
 municipal government in Pennsylvania by appropriate technical assistance and
 research services; maximizing cost savings through the collective utilization
 of group services and "pooled" insurance programs; and providing training and
 information to municipal officials.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities
    HERSHEY, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PLCM President William McLaughlin,
 along with five members of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and
 Municipalities (PLCM), were among the 19 municipal authorities, councils of
 governments, communities and their leaders who were honored for their
 dedication and significant contributions to the quality of life of their
 citizens.  Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mark Schweiker presented the Governor's
 Awards for Local Government Excellence during the fifth-annual Local
 Government Day ceremony held earlier today at the Hershey Lodge and Convention
 Center.
     The Governor's Awards for Local Government Excellence are presented
 annually by the Governor's Center for Local Government Services on
 Pennsylvania Local Government Day.
     "The development of community partnerships, innovative programs, and
 individual dedication to Pennsylvania communities as demonstrated by PLCM
 President William McLaughlin and our member municipalities, are indeed
 deserving of this recognition," said PLCM Executive Director John A. Garner,
 Jr.
     This year, awards were presented in six categories including: individual
 public service, Building Community Partnerships, Responding to Adversity,
 Innovative Community and Governmental Initiatives, Fiscal Accountability and
 Best Management Practices, and Innovative Planning and Sound Land Use
 Practices.  The following League members were recognized:
 
     -- Chambersburg Councilmember William McLaughlin, PLCM President,
        received an individual award for his dedication to public service and
        substantial contributions to local government.
 
     -- The City of Bethlehem, represented by Mayor Donald Cunningham, Jr.,
        and city officials, received a Building Community Partnerships Award
        for their Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP).  Mayor Cunningham
        serves as the leader of SNAP, which was designed to put city
        government and residents together to create customized services and
        strategies for individual neighborhoods.  The goal of SNAP is to
        improve the delivery of basic city services and most importantly,
        keeping neighborhoods safe and attractive.  Other team members include
        all department heads and other key personnel of the administration.
 
     -- The Borough of Gettysburg, represented by Mayor William Troxell,
        Manager Charles Sterner and other borough officials, received a
        Building Community Partnerships award for their Gettysburg
        Interpretive Plan project which was created in partnership with
        Gettysburg National Military Park.  For the first time in Gettysburg,
        a  Memorandum of Understanding united representatives from nine diverse
        local organizations, as well as two Commonwealth agencies to create a
        master plan to interpret the town's history with the intent of
        deepening and extending the visitor experience.  The plan outlines the
        future direction and action steps for Gettysburg to preserve its
        historic integrity and resources.
 
     -- The City of Hazleton, represented by Mayor Louis Barletta, Councilman
        James Ferry and other city officials, received a Fiscal Accountability
        and Best Management Practices award for their positive and immediate
        response to a $523,000 deficit and an array of administrative and
        financial problems facing the city in January of 2000.  The new
        Administration within the City of Hazleton immediately faced these
        challenges by assembling a team of professionals hired through on open
        interview process; negotiating with four labor unions to arrive at
        legal, fair contracts for each; pursuing every avenue of assistance
        available; and rebuilding relationships on all levels.
 
     -- The Borough of State College, represented by Council President Janet
        Knauer, Councilmember Jean McManis and other city officials, received
        a Responding to Adversity award for their actions taken following a
        riot that occurred at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of Arts in
        State College on July 12, 1998.  To address the contributing factors
        and to plan for better handling of future riots, the Pennsylvania
        State University strengthened and emphasized its alcohol abuse
        programs.  Area police instituted a Community Oriented Policing
        project to control activity from apartment balconies.  Interagency
        field force training was instituted and riot gear was purchased.  The
        Borough of State College replaced the damaged light posts with poles
        designed to withstand damage to reduce the future potential for injury
        and property damage and purchased software and hardware to improve the
        image capture technique.
 
     The PLCM serves local government by representing the collective interests
 of its membership with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the
 state and federal governments; acting as an agent for enhancing cooperation
 and communication among municipalities in the Commonwealth; fostering improved
 municipal government in Pennsylvania by appropriate technical assistance and
 research services; maximizing cost savings through the collective utilization
 of group services and "pooled" insurance programs; and providing training and
 information to municipal officials.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities