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April 15, 2019 – 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 heard what the police department has been doing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to view our Police Blotter online.) #Police
  • Our Emergency Management Coordinator updated us about our ongoing compliance. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Emergency Management
  • Our Public Works Director told us with the township crews have been doing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • We heard an application for a subdivision of a lot that is half in Osborne and half in Aleppo. We will be voting on this application during our May meeting, so if you have any feedback on this issue, please let us know by reply email. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see the plan.) #PlanningCommission
  • We voted (5-0) to refund several taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector
  • We continued our discussion of the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that there are some questions that need to be answered about the procedure to sell this property. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningCommission, #BingoLots
  • We voted (5-0) to authorize the Solicitor to draft an amendment to our fracking Ordinance to include seismic survey, injection wells, and use table default for unlisted uses using the Bell Acres ordinances for reference. #Solicitor
  • We voted (5-0) to authorize Manager Patterson to contact the owner of the property at 690 Glen Mitchell Road to say that if the request to remove tires within 30 days is not met, we have no option but to contact DEP regarding the tires and other potential hazards at 690 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad
  • We voted (5-0) to permit the placement of a geocache on Aleppo Township’s Property. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Geocache
  • One of our residents asked questions about fracking and her sewer bill. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Sewage
  • We had a lengthy conversation about a resident’s concern about his neighbor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #Resident
  • One of our residents asked questions about development on Weber Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #WeberRoad
  • A neighbor asked a question about our statement regarding development. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningCommission, #Development

Our meeting will be on Monday, May 13, 2019 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

 

Legislative Digest – April 8, 2019

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting on Monday night and I wanted to tell you what happened.

Before I get into the bullet list, let me plug an upcoming event. We will be holding our Third Annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 27 at 9:00 AM. Over the past two years, this event has been growing bigger and bigger. Last year, we had 22 participants and collected 45 bags of trash, 20 tires, and 1 car battery. This is great for our community and it’s great for our planet. This year, we’ll gather for coffee and donuts in the Township Building, where we’ll have a brief educational component discussing changes to the recycling industry (with an emphasis on the changes in glass recycling). Then, we’ll hit the streets. We will–literally!–be cleaning up your neighborhood. So please join us … it’s a fun community event and it’s a great way to improve the place where you live. Click here for the event’s poster and click here for information about this event during our meeting.

Alright–on to the 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 interest to you. Here’s what happened:

  • We continued the discussion of the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that Allegheny County has ordered an appraisal. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #VacantLot
  • We talked about the Sewickley Borough Lot on Glen Mitchell Road and agreed to wait 30 days for Sewickley to return its application to use that lot as a storage yard. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad
  • We heard more about the Emergency Communication Sign Up process. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyCommunication
  • The Township Manager told us that an engineer would be at our next meeting to present the William Eaton Subdivision Plan, which is a development in Osborne that may affect Aleppo. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EatonSubdivision
  • We discussed Quaker Valley Council of Governments’ Emergency Management training. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #COG, #EmergencyManagement
  • I briefly reported on my review of our Cyber Liability Insurance Policy and we discussed our next steps for this issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CyberLiabilityPolicy
  • We talked about techniques to reduce speeding on township roads and agreed to have our engineers and Public Works crews investigate further. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Speeding, #PublicWorks
  • A motion was proposed to “authorize our solicitor to draft an amendment to our fracking ordnance to include seismic survey, injection well, and use table default for unlisted uses using the Belle Acres ordinances for reference.” We will be voting on this issue at our next meeting, so if you have thoughts to share on this issue, please send them to me by email. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor, #Ordinance
  • We discussed the proposed merger between Sewickley’s sewer system and Leetsdale and agreed to draft a letter requesting participation in the analysis and decision making progress. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ATA, #Sewage
  • Commissioner Duplaga reported about a county landslide prevention task force. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Landslide
  • We discussed a website that helps coordinate road projects to hopefully limit the number of road openings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks, #RoadOpenings
  • One of our residents asked questions about mirrors placed on roads throughout the municipality and another resident asked a question about speed control. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Residents, #Speeding

Our next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, April 15, 2019 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

Legislative Digest – March 19, 2019

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting a couple of 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.

Before I get started, there is one initiative that I want to pull out of the bullet list and emphasize. You should have received a letter in the mail discussing registration for our Emergency Communications System. It is critical that everybody sign up for this Emergency Communications System. To do so, please click here. To learn more, click here.

OK! That’s enough of that. Here’s what happened at the meeting:

  • The police chief told us what his officers have been up to in the municipality. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and–as always–click here to read the Aleppo Police Blotter.) #Police

 

  • Our director of Public Works told us about what our crews have been doing and informed us that they would be replacing two doors on the Township Building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks

 

  • I read an email from a citizen praising our Emergency Management Coordinator. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyManagement

 

  • We discussed our Emergency and Non-Emergency Communication plan and the letter residents recently received. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to sign up for our Emergency Communications service.) #Communications

 

  • We heard how much money we’ve collected in taxes and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector, #Treasurer, #Finance
  • We continued to discuss the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that the potential buyer is not presently prepared to continue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #VacantLot
  • We voted (4-0) to fund no greater than $375 to support a PRC sponsored glass recycling event in Killbuck Township contingent on Kilbuck agreeing to provide $375 as well. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Recycling
  • We discussed the Audit Engagement Letter, which will begin our 2018 Audit. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Audit
  • One of our residents asked several questions about a number of topics, including recycling, lot 422-G-351, and an expression of gratitude to our public works crew. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CititzenParticipation
  • We discussed the status of the Quaker Valley Council of Governments Emergency Management planning study. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • Finally, we discussed plans for our Third Annual Aleppo Township Earth Day Event, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM. Please join us to help pick up litter from our neighborhood! (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EarthDay

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, April 8, 2019 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

 

 

Legislative Digest – January 21, 2019

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting a couple of 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:

Our police chief told us what’s been going on in the township (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and–as always–click here to read our police blotter.)

  • Our Township Manager told us how the public works crew has been spending their time and we voted (4-0) to authorize change Order #3 to the Mele & Mele contract for the road work. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read an email from a resident commending the public works crews for their snow plowing efforts. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks, #SnowRemoval
  • We voted (4-0) to approve to approve the Sewickley Heights Manor Homes Association Lot Consolidation Plan subject to completion of the plan drawing comments in the HRG review letter dated 2 January 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • We voted (4-0) to approve the Conditional Use Application of Northway Christian Community Church and Alderman Holdings to use the property located at 200 Deer Run Road as a place of worship or assembly subject to the written conditions. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #NorthwayCommunityChurch
  • Our Treasurer and Tax Collector told us how much revenue we have collected and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector, #Treasurer
  • We heard of several budgeting questions concerning the Aleppo Township Authority. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Budget
  • We voted (4-0) to adopt the 2019 township goals. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see our list of goals for the year.) #Goals
  • We voted (4-0) to appoint John Seifarth to the Aleppo Township Authority for a 5-year term ending December 31, 2023. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We voted (4-0) to appoint Tom Arbogast to the Planning Commission for a 4-year term ending December 31, 2022. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We voted (4-0) to appoint Bruno Russo to the Zoning Hearing Board for a 3-year term ending December 31, 2021. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ZoningHearingBoard
  • We voted (3-1) to appoint Sally Shipley as the Vacancy Board Chair for a 1-year term ending December 31, 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #VacancyBoard
  • We voted (4-0) to make a donation to Fern Hollow Nature center in the amount of $750 for 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #FernHollowNatureCenter
  • We talked about our response to the proposed revisions to the First Class Township Code and took no action. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TownshipCode
  • We discussed our response to an ongoing property complaint concerning a business on Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMItchellRoad
  • We continued our discussion about the cleanup of Sewickley’s lot on Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad, #Sewickley
  • We discussed plans for gaining resident input about the Parkland on Weber Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Parkland, #WeberRoad
  • We talked about the progress of the Aleppo-Sewickley-Osbourne Joint Comprehensive Plan. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ASO
  • We reminded residents not to park on township roads when it is snowing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Snow

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, February 11, 2019 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

 

Workshop Digest – January 14, 2019

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting last week and I wanted to let you know 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 interest to you.

Here’s what happened:

  • We discussed our 2019 Goals. We will be voting to adopt the 2019 goals as listed on Monday, so please let us know if you have any thoughts about these goals. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see our list of potential goals for 2019.) #Goals
  • We discussed a resolution concerning the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that we will discuss this further next month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We talked about the road slide on Redgate Road and read the response letter we received from PennDOT. We agreed that we will be in touch with State Rep. Valerie Gaydos for assistance from the state. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RedgateRoad, #Roads
  • We reminded residents not to park on township roads when it’s snowing or when snow is expected. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Roads, #SnowRemoval, #PublicWorks
  • We discussed appointments to township boards and commissions. If any Aleppo residents are interested in serving on a board of commission, please let me know. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #BoardsAndCommissions
  • We made a motion to approve the Sewickley Heights Manor Homes Association Lot Consolidation Plan. We will be voting on this on Monday, so please let us know if you have any thoughts on the issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • We discussed a request from the Fern Hollow Nature Center for the township to again make a donation as a municipal partner. We had some follow-up questions on this issue and did not yet propose any action on the request. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #FernHollowNatureCenter
  • We talked about the tasks on Mele & Mele’s punch list arising out of the pavement of Sewickley Heights Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Paving, #PublicWorks, #SewickleyHeightsDrive
  • We discussed a representative to serve on the QVCOG Emergency Management Committee. Commissioner Duplaga agreed to serve in this role. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We talked about the proposed revisions to the First Class Township Code. We agreed to further investigate the proposed revisions and talk more about how we want to respond. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #FirstClassTownshipCode

Our next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, January 21, 2019 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