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June 18, 2018 – Legislative Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting last week and I wanted to tell you what happened.

If you want to watch the meeting from the beginning, click here. Otherwise, feel free to click the links below to jump to the portions of the meeting that are of particular interest to you.

Here’s what happened:

  • We continued and concluded Masonic Village’s Conditional Use Hearing concerning its plans to build additional villas. The hearing culminated in a trio of motions, all of which we voted (5-0) to approve. All of the motions required Masonic Village to comply with written conditions. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to read the conditions.) #MasonicVillage, #Villas
  • Our Township Auditor presented a draft of the 2017 Audit Report. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting. #Audit
  • Our police chief told us about police activity in the township, including a resurgence of the popular “Grandmother Scam”, which he suggested everyone know how to recognize. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to review our video about Fraud Schemes Commonly Seen in Aleppo–look for the “Family Member in Distress” portion. The police report also referenced the rules for door-to-door solicitation in Aleppo … click here to review our video on Solicitation Awareness.) #Police, #Soliciting #Ordinance
  • Our Township Manager told what our public works crews have been up to for the past month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • Our Township Engineer updated us on the progress of the summer’s road paving projects, including the hope that the paving of Sewickley Heights Drive in The Manor would take place sometime in mid-July and would last for about a week to 10 days. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Roads, #Paving, #SewickleyHeightsDrive, #Roads
  • I read several emails from residents, including a note in support of renewing our contract with the Ohio Township Police Department and one expressing concern about the possibility of an Amazon facility moving into the old FedEx building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Communications
  • Our Treasurer told us how much money we have collected in taxes and how much we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer
  • We voted (5-0) to exonerate 3 real estate taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes
  • I reminded residents that the Quaker Valley Council of Governments will hold a recycling event on 30 June 2018 at the Quaker Valley High School. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here for a flier with more details on the recycling event.) #Trash
  • However, I also reminded residents that many of the items being collected at the COG recycling event can also be picked up for free at your door under our existing contract with Waste Management. (Click here for information about curbside collection of special materials through the AtYourDoor program.) We pay for this program, so you should use it! #Trash
  • I read an email from the Executive Director of the QVCOG about Sewickley’s intention to leave the COG at the end of the year. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We voted (5-0) to ratify the sale of the old dump truck bed to John Fulmer for $1,750.00 through Municibid with the proceeds to be deposited into the Truck Fund. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • We voted (5-0) to renew our contract with Ohio Township for police services. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt the amendment to the Ordinance Regulating Junk Yards and Storage Lots. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the Perciavalle-Chandler Lot Line Revision Plan. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We discussed a draft of a Street Opening Ordinance and agreed to discuss this matter further at additional meetings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We talked about fracking ordinances and–again–agreed to discuss this matter further at additional meetings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Fracking
  • During Citizen Participation, a resident further discussed the possibility of an Amazon facility moving into the old FedEx building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM. If any of these issues are important to you, please feel free to join us. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please feel free to share your thoughts with me by email and I will be sure to convey your feelings to the other commissioners.

As always, thanks for making Aleppo a great place to live.

Best wishes,

Matthew Doebler
Aleppo Township Commissioner

April 16, 2018 – Legislative Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting last month and I wanted to tell you what happened.

It was a fairly lengthy meeting. If you want to watch the meeting from the beginning, click here. Otherwise, feel free to click the links below to jump to the portions of the meeting that are of particular interest to you.

Here’s what happened:

  • We held a Conditional Use Hearing relative to Masonic Village’s request to build new villas on its campus. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasonicVillage #Villas
  • We heard that our police chief is retiring and met the new chief of the OTPD. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • I updated everybody about our Annual Earth Day event: we picked up 44 bags of trash and 20 tires. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CommunityEvents #EarthDay
  • We heard about a property issue regarding allegations of light pollution at St. Mary’s Church. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We heard how much revenue we’ve collected from taxes and how much we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes #Treasurer
  • We discussed new bylaws for the QVCOG. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We voted (5-0) to enter into an agreement with ONSOLVE, LLC for a 1-year subscription to the CodeRED emergency notification system for a base price of $1,380.00 plus setup not to exceed $750. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Technology
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the 2018 Road Paving Cost Estimates. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Roads #Paving
  • We discussed the amount of our annual donation to the Sewickley Memorial Day Committee and agreed to further discuss this topic next month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CommunityEvents

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  If any of these issues are important to you, please feel free to join us. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please feel free to share your thoughts with me by email and I will be sure to convey your feelings to the other commissioners.

As always, thanks for making Aleppo a great place to live.

Best wishes,
Matthew Doebler
Aleppo Township Commissioner

March 20, 2018 – Legislative Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting a few weeks ago and I wanted to tell you what happened.

If you want to watch the meeting from the beginning, click here.  Otherwise, feel free to click the links below to jump to the portions of the meeting that are of particular interest to you.

Here’s what happened:

  • Chief Davis reported on the fire company’s activities so far in 2018. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see the written report.) #Fire
  • An officer from the police department told us about their activity in the last month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • Our Township Manager told us what the Public Works department did in the last month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read an email that we received from a resident expressing concern about Masonic Village’s plan to build new villas on its campus. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasonicVillage #Villas
  • We heard that at the April Legislative Meeting, we will have several hearings concerning Masonic Village’s application to build villas. These hearings will take place on 16 April 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Aleppo Township Building and are open to the public. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasonicVillage #Villas
  • We heard that the Aleppo Township Authority still has not reached an agreement with Culligan concerning the allegations of dumping unapproved substances into our sewer. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We learned that Aleppo received a 5 year waiver of the requirements of MS4. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MS4
  • We voted (3-0) to adopt the Social Media Policy (as amended). (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to read the Social Media Policy.) #SocialMedia
  • We voted (3-0) to approve our engineer’s proposal for the 2018 Road Paving Program (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Paving #Roads
  • We voted (3-0) to authorize the drafting of an amendment to section 232-2 of our Township ordinance to increase the cost for a license to operate a junk dealer or storage lot to $1,500 annually. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We voted (3-0) to approve the publishing of the township’s new website on 31 March 2018. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) In the next couple of weeks, I will be sending an email outlining some of the features of the new website, but in the meantime, feel free to click here to visit the new website and tell us what you think! #Website #Technology
  • A resident expressed concerns about traffic on Weber Road. Citizen Participation (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ResidentRequests #Police

Our next meeting will be this Monday 9 April 2018 at 7:00 PM. If any of these issues are important to you, please feel free to join us. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please feel free to share your thoughts with me by email and I will be sure to convey your feelings to the other commissioners.

As always, thanks for making Aleppo a great place to live.

Best wishes,

Matthew Doebler

March 12, 2018 – Workshop Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting last week and I wanted to tell you what happened.

It wasn’t a particularly long meeting, but there were a few topics that we discussed that will be up for a vote tomorrow. So please let us know if you have any input on any of these subjects. If you want to watch the meeting from the beginning, click here. Otherwise, feel free to click the links below to jump to the portions of the meeting that are of interest to you.

Here’s what happened:

  • We followed up on the conversation we started when our Code Enforcement Officer spoke with us last month (click here to see this portion of the meeting from the February meeting) and did not propose any revisions to the current code enforcement process. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Code
  • We discussed the draft Social Media Policy and proposed a motion to adopt it. We will be voting on this tomorrow night, so please let us know if you have any thoughts on this topic. (Click here to read the draft Social Media Policy and click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SocialMedia
  • We heard another proposal for township GIS services, this time from our engineer. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GIS #HRG
  • We discussed the 2018 Road Program and proposed a motion to approve our engineer’s proposal. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Paving
  • We started a discussion about new street signs in the township, but did not take or propose any action because we do not yet have any information about costs. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #StreetSigns #Roads
  • We discussed a resident’s request that we hold a town hall meeting to discuss fracking. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Fracking #Environment
  • We made a motion to authorize the drafting of an amendment to section 232-2 of our township ordinance to increase the cost for a license to operate a junk dealer or storage lot to $1,500 annually. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #glenmitchellroad #Ordinance
  • We shared details about Aleppo’s Second Annual Earth Day event, which will be on 14 April 2018. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this great event. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EarthDay #Environment

Our next Legislative meeting will be on **Tuesday 20 March 2018** at 7:00 PM at the Township Building. If any of these issues are important to you, please feel free to join us and voice your opinion. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please feel free to share your thoughts with me by email and I will be sure to convey your feelings to the other commissioners.

As always, thanks for making Aleppo a great place to live.

Best wishes,

Matthew Doebler

Aleppo Township Commissioner