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July 2019 – Workshop & Legislative Digests

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

As most of you know, Commissioner Matthew Doebler had to resign his seat on the Board of Commissioners because he moved out of Aleppo Township.  He is a tough act to follow, but we intend to do our best to keep up with his communication initiatives, including these email digests. This digest is longer, as it combines both the July Workshop meeting and the July Legislative meeting.

First, the July 8, 2019 Aleppo Workshop 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:

  • Aleppo Resident Amy Richert, who has submitted a letter of interest for the open seat on the Board, introduced herself to the Commissioners.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Commissioners

 

  • The Commissioners learned that the Verizon Franchise Agreement Ordinance will be on the agenda for adoption at the August 19, 2019 Legislative Meeting.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Verizon

 

  • The Commissioners discussed the property cleanup at 690 Glen Mitchell Road and asked the Township Manager to contact the property owner to seek answers to some follow-up questions.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad

 

  • The Commissioners were asked to review a draft of updates to meeting procedures. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings
  • The Board voted (4-0) to authorize HRG to seek proposals to repair a section of Rhodes Avenue paving. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HRG, #Streets
  • During Citizen Participation, a resident commented on an upcoming request for information regarding training the police receive to assist citizens with various forms of mental illness. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

And now, the highlights from the July 15, 2019 Legislative 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 heard an update from the Police Chief about their actions in Aleppo. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We heard from the Public Works Director about what the road crews have been working on. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • The Board voted (4-0) to authorize the township engineer to prepare a formal proposal for a stabilization study on Rhodes Avenue; voted (4-0) to direct HRG to revise a plan using line painting to address traffic calming on McCoy and Weber Roads; and voted (4-0) to authorize the solicitor and engineer to investigate property access issues regarding a possible emergency exit from Sewickley Heights Manor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HRG, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Board voted (4-0) to appoint Braden Blosser to the Zoning Hearing Board to complete a term ending December 31, 2020. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ZoningHearingBoard
  • The Tax Collector/Treasurer gave updates about how much tax revenue was received in June and the end of June bank balances. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector, #Treasurer
  • The Board heard water and sewer updates during the Authority report. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ATA
  • The Solicitor gave an update on the procedures for Board reorganization after an election. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor
  • The Commissioners voted (4-0) to withdraw the previous motion to request the DEP to make a site visit to 690 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #DEP
  • The Commissioners made a motion to appoint Amy Richert to the Board of Commissioners.  They will be voting on this at the August Legislative Meeting.  If you would like to learn more about Ms. Richert, please see the above link from the Workshop meeting where Ms. Richert introduced herself and discussed her interest in serving on the Board. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Commissioners
  • New Business/Unfinished Business: the Commissioners discussed several topics, including meeting procedure updates, creating a tracking procedure for Board topics, and code enforcement proposals.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings
  • During Citizen Participation, State Representative Valerie Gaydos offered her assistance to Aleppo; a resident discussed drainage in his yard; and a resident discussed a recent road closure due to downed wires. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

The next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM.  If any of these issues are important to you, we welcome your attendance at the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please feel free to share your thoughts with me via email and I will be sure to pass your comments along to the Commissioners.

Gwen Patterson
Aleppo Township Manager

aleppomgr@aleppotownship.com
412-741-6555 x19

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