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Services and Benefits

Executive Director: Responsibilities of the Executive Director include writing agendas and minutes for meetings, financial records and reports, payment of bills, collection of dues, correspondence, and publishing the newsletter. Regular meetings of the PACOG Board of Delegates are held at various locations throughout the state. Members are notified in advance of the time and place of the meetings.

Since 1985, the PACOG Board of Delegates has appointed the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to provide administrative services through the assignment of a PACOG Executive Director.

Information Resource Center: The PACOG Executive Director maintains a file of resource materials to aid new and existing member COGs in researching and implementing programs. The Information Resource Center is a library of documents and resources developed with the cooperation of COGs that relies on a constant flow of information from member COGs to make the Center most effective.

Legislation: PACOG is active in promoting beneficial legislation of concern to its members and local government in general. The Association was particularly active in the amendment to Act 180, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1972, which provided legislative recognition of COGs and COG programs in the law of the Commonwealth.

PACOG was also instrumental in the enactment of Act 13 of 2001, which establishes COGs and other intergovernmental cooperatives as legal entities with regard to the State and its agencies.

PACOG is working for increased funding for COGs through both the State Administration and Legislature.

Marketing: Outreach efforts are demonstrated by experienced COG administrators and leaders visiting and speaking to groups interested in forming a new COG. COG leaders also work with existing COGs that are interested in new project/program ideas.

Quarterly Newsletter:
PACOG publishes a quarterly newsletter that provides member the opportunity to showcase their programs and activities. It also provides information on State Agency programs, grant opportunities, and legislation important to COGs.

Annual Conference: PACOG holds a conference each year to provide a forum for the exchange of information, development and training opportunities, and how to improve COG efficiency and effectiveness.

Membership

Individual COG Membership:
Membership is open to any Pennsylvania Council of Governments or similar organization that is established by formal action of the governing body of each of their municipal members, or composed of at least two municipalities, and is active in the solution of problems common to their individual member municipalities. After adoption of a membership resolution and payment of the annual membership dues, the organization becomes a voting member of the Association.

PACOG Membership Includes:

    * Conference registration fees at member rates
    * Quarterly Newsletters
    * Recognition as a supporter of PACOG
    * An Opportunity to share new ideas and projects that are working successfully
    * Use of the PACOG staff as a resource center for information needs you may have.

Annual COG dues are based on the COG latest fiscal year budget as follows:

    * $300 if budget is greater than $50,000
    * $250 if budget is $10,000 – $50,000
    * $200 if budget is less than $10,000

Click here to view COG Membership Application. Print and complete the form and mail with your Dues to PACOG.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is an Introductory Price of only $100 for COGs that join PACOG as a First Time New Member.

Associate COG Membership:
Membership is open to any business, company or organization providing services or supplies to member COGs and/or their member municipalities.

PACOG Associate Membership Includes:

    * Conference registration and exhibit fees at member rates
    * Quarterly Newsletters
    * Potential to reach over 4 million citizens
    * Recognition as a supporter of PACOG
    * Access to local government leaders to share new ideas and projects
    * Use of the PACOG staff as a resource center for information

Associate membership dues are $300 annually.

Click here to view COG Membership Application. Print and complete the form and mail with your Dues to PACOG.

Officers and Staff


Staff:
Linda Costa
lcosta@boroughs.org      Executive Director      717-236-9526, ext. 1028
Officers:
Stephen Hurni President Slate Belt COG
Eugene Miller 1st VP Oil Region COG
Bradley Shaffer 2nd VP Northern Wayne County COG

Gary Myers 3rd VP Capital Region COG

Stewart Neff Past President Huntingdon County COG

Intergovernmental Cooperation

The first Intergovernmental Cooperation Act was adopted in 1943 by the General Assembly. In 1972 the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act was amended (Act 180) and used the same language as the Pennsylvania Constitution: “A municipality …may…cooperate… or agree in the exercise of any function, power or responsibility with …one or more…municipalities…” The Act created recognition not only for COGs, but for PACOG, the Association that represents COGs.

In 1986 the Act was amended to recognize COGs as eligible to apply for state grants/financial aid.

In 1996, Act 177 revised the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act again and expanded the contents to include such topics as definitions, content of ordinances, joint purchases, and joint cooperation-agreements. The Intergovernmental Cooperation Law is commonly referred to as Act 177.

Act 13 of 2001 added Section 2316 to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Law, and established COGs as legal entities by stating, “All Commonwealth departments and agencies in the performance of their administrative duties shall deem a council of governments, consortiums or other similar entities, established by two or more municipalities under this sub-chapter as a legal entity.”

Click here for the Intergovernmental Cooperation Law, Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Title 53, Municipalities Generally, Sub-chapter A “Intergovernmental Cooperation.” (Also known as Act 180 of 1972, Act 177 of 1996, and Act 13 of 2001.)

 

Intergovernmental Cooperation From A to Z

Click here for “Intergovernmental Cooperation From A to Z” listing the many projects/programs/opportunities for COGs and municipalities to share services, personnel and equipment.

Intergovernmental Cooperation A to Z

A list of shared services, personnel and equipment.

The more popular COG cooperative programs are underlined, and by clicking on those underlined programs, the name of individual COGs can be obtained and an email can be sent directly to them.

Abandoned Vehicle Removal
Accu-Weather Program
Aerial photo Maps
Air Pollution Control
Airport
Ambulance
Animal Control
Animal Shelter
Auction of Surplus Equipment
Audio Visual Equipment
Beach
Benefits and Salary Survey
Bidding
Bikeway Signing
Bikeway System Plan
Blood Bank
Bonding
Bridge Inventory and Inspection
Bus System
Bus Terminal
Cable TV
Calendar of Meetings
CDBG Program Administration
Circuit Riding Management
Code Enforcement – UCC, BOCA
Collective Bargaining Coordination
Community Development
Community Revitalization
Computer Network
Computer Service Bureau
Computer Systems Study
Credit Union
Crime Prevention
Criminal Investigations
Data Processing
Demolition Program
Detective Services
Directory of Municipal Officials
Dog Law Enforcement
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Dry Fire Hydrants
Earned Income Tax (EIT)
Economic Development Plan
Emergency Dispatch Center
Emergency Information Manual
Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Assistance
Emergency Preparedness Plan
Employee Benefits
Employee Handbook
Enterprise Zone Administration
Equipment Sharing
Fee Schedule
Fire and Rescue Training
Fire Department
Fire Equipment
Fire Mutual Aid
Fire Training Site
Fiscal Services Center
Flood Insurance
Flood Recovery/Prevention
Fuel Tanks and Automated Dispensing
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Government Access TV Channel (Cable)
Grants Administration
Handicapped Access Plan
Health Benefits
Health Department
Heavy Equipment maintenance
Highway Equipment
Highway Planning and Development
Historic Preservation
House Numbering
Housing Programs
Human Services Center
Hydro-Electric Project
Incinerator Study
Industrial Development
Information/Research Service
Insect and Weed Control
Insurance Pooling
Investment Pools
Investments
Job Descriptions
Junk Vehicle Removal
K-9 Team
Land Reclamation
Library
Line Striping Equipment
Lock Up Facilities
Mapping of Streets
Marcellus Shale
Mechanic Services
Mental Health/Retardation Program
Motor Pool
Municipal Management
Mutual Aid – Fire
Mutual Aid – Police
Neighborhood Center for Senior Citizens
Office Supplies Purchasing
Operation ID
Ordinance Coordination
Park Maintenance
Parking Facilities
Pension Plan Administration
Personnel Classification
Planning
Police
Police Bomb Squad
Police Communications
Police Community Relations
Police Dispatch
Police Equipment
Police Evidence Collection
Police Film Library
Police Firing Range
Police Investigative Task Force
Police Labor Relations
Police Mutual Aid
Police Records Center
Police Records Microfilming
Police Regional
Police Tactical Unit (SWAT)
Police Testing
Public Works Technical Assistance
Purchasing
Quality Testing for Water Systems
Railroad Right-of-Way Use
Rails to Trails
Recreation Facility
Recreation Programs
Recycling
Refuse Collector Licensing
Rental Housing Committee
Risk Management Study
River Recreation Study
Road Materials Purchasing
Road Signing
Road Use Ordinance
Safety Services Mapping
Salary Analysis
Salary and Benefits Survey
Salt Bidding and Storage
Senior Citizens Center
Sewage Collection System
Sewage Enforcement Officer
Sewage Treatment Plant
Sewer and Water Plan
Sewer Maintenance/Cleaning
Sign Machine
Sign Ordinance
Snow Forecasting Service
Softball/Recreation Complex
Solid Waste Collection
Solid Waste Disposal
Solid Waste Plan
Sports Arena
Storm Water Management
Street Lighting
Street Naming
Street Signs
Subdivision Regulation
Surplus Food Distribution
Swimming Pools
Tax Billing
Tax Collection
Technical Assistance
Tourism Promotion
Traffic Signal Maintenance
Training
Transit System
Transportation Development District
Transportation Planning (MPO)
Trick or Treat Scheduling
Urban Redevelopment
Vector Control
Wage and Benefits Study
Water Authority
Weight Limit Enforcement
Weights and Measures
Workers’ Compensation
Xerox and Printing Center
Youth Activities Program
Zoning Administration

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Contact Us

PACOG
2941 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-236-9526
Fax: 717-236-8164