Hi, Neighbors. Hope you’ve all been enjoying your summer. I’ve been particularly impressed with the evening weather we’ve been having in Aleppo and hope you’ve all been loving it, too!
Anyway, we had a Legislative Meeting on July 18, 2016 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 start, though, I want to express a word of thanks. During the meeting, I read a prepared statement to our police chief concerning racism and police practices. I was so impressed by Chief Miklos’ reaction and response; his willingness to accept the message with sincerity and genuine interest. I am grateful that he is the person leading our police department. Thanks, Chief! (Click here if you want to watch my speech about racism or the ensuing conversation with Chief Miklos.)
OK, here’s what happened:
- The Chief gave his monthly report on the police presence in our Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- Fire Chief Bill Davis told us what the Aleppo Volunteer Fire Company has been doing for the first half of 2016. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- Tom Jarvie reported on the activity of our Public Works Department. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- The Board voted (5-0) to purchase a new web-camera for use in our special Police Department presentation we are producing on the most common fraud schemes seen in Aleppo. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- Our Treasurer detailed how much we’ve collected in taxes and our bank balances. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- We had a discussion with representatives of the Aleppo Water Authority concerning problems with one of the pump stations and the financial issues involved. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- I explained some potential major changes in the leadership of the Quaker Valley Counsel of Governments. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- Manager Patterson explained more about the new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System initiative. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- We discussed replacing the photocopier in the Township Building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- We continued the conversation about the lot owned by Sewickley along Glen Mitchell Road in Aleppo that is allegedly being used as a dump or storage facility. Sewickley initially suggested it would remediate this site by the end of June, but is now apparently saying that it needs until early fall. We agreed to ask the township code enforcement officer to look at the site. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- We discussed the sounds of gunshots that some Aleppo residents complain about hearing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
- Residents from neighboring Sewickley Heights asked about the process of tying into our sewer system. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)
Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, August 8, 2016 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.
You should love where you live. Your local government should be something you’re proud of and not something you see as a waste of resources. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make good on this goal.
Aleppo Township Commissioner