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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 22, 2021 03:02 PM
From: Representative David H. Zimmerman and Rep. Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Municipal Engineers Package
Pennsylvania law currently restricts most municipalities to the appointment of only one township, borough, or city engineer to perform duties under the direction of municipal government officials.  In some of these municipalities, this restriction has created a backlog of land development applications, which has significantly delayed the review and approval process, and has even given rise to occurrences of excessively competitive pricing withing these locales.

In the interest of making the land development application process more efficient and less financially prohibitive, we are introducing a package of bills which will require townships of the first and second class, boroughs, and third class cities to appoint at least two engineers through a  competitive bid process.  Granting this flexibility to municipalities will help ease any back log that has accumulated and stifled developmental progress.  If a municipality is unable to appoint the required number of engineers, they may receive a waiver from the Department of Labor and Industry so long as the municipality completes a certification form disclosing its solicitation methods and number of qualified bids received.

I ask you to please join us in supporting this legislative package to ensure that townships, boroughs, and third class cities throughout Pennsylvania have all the tools necessary to thrive and proper.


Document #1

Introduced as HB1542

Description: The first piece of legislation addresses boroughs.

Document #2

Introduced as HB1544

Description: The second piece of legislation addresses first class townships.


Document #3

Introduced as HB1545

Description: .
The third piece of legislation addresses second class townships.

Document #4

Introduced as HB1543

Description: The fourth piece of legislation addresses third class cities.