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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

 

Legislative Digest – December 17, 2018

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting before the holidays and I wanted to tell you what happened.

It was a long one, with lots of year-end business covered. 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 we get started, allow me to share two opinions. I usually try to make these digests facts only, without editorialization. But there are two topics that warrant more emphasis.

First–as you’ll see below–part of December’s meeting was approving an on-time, balanced budget that does not include a tax increase. That development is one that all of us who live in Aleppo should celebrate. We remain the municipality with the second-lowest taxes in the Quaker Valley School District and we enjoy high-quality township services. We’ve all seen first-hand from our state and federal governments that on-time, balanced budgets cannot be taken for granted, and I’m proud that here in Aleppo, we consistently meet this standard. I hope you’re happy about that, too!

Second, during the December meeting, I presented a year-end review of the township’s status. I discussed our accomplishments in 2018, where I think Aleppo is strong, and where I think our weaknesses lie. While it is more than just a few minutes long (it is closer to 20 minutes), it is my effort to tell my neighbors the most important facts about their township’s health as we transition from one year to the next. Many residents will not be interested in this much detail, but if you want my unvarnished view of what’s going on in Aleppo, I only take this time out of our meetings once per year and I encourage you to give it a watch. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)

OK … off my soapbox. Here’s what happened at the December meeting:

  • We held a zoning hearing to rule on the application of Northway Christian Church to occupy and operate out of the old printing press building on Deer Run Road that was previously owned by Vesuvius. We will be voting on this application at our January Legislative Meeting, so please let us know if you have any thoughts on the matter. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • Our Police Chief told us about police activity in the township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We heard about what our Public Works crews have been doing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read emails to the board from residents about the storm grate at the bottom of River Road and truck parking in a lot on Deer Run Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RedgateRoad
  • Our treasurer told us how much money we have collected in taxes and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer
  • We voted (4-0) to exonerate two real estate taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes
  • We voted (4-0) to adopt our 2019 Real Estate Tax Rate Ordinance, which–once again–includes no tax increase for 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes, #Ordinanace
  • We voted (4-0) to adopt our 2019 Budget Ordinance, which includes an on-time, balanced budget. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Finance, #Ordinance, #Budget
  • We voted (4-0) to adopt our 2019 Water Rate Ordinance. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority, #Ordinance
  • We voted (4-0) to accept a proposal to revise the township’s sewage disposal plan with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Sewer, #DEP
  • We voted (4-0) to appoint Dan Darragh to the Aleppo Township Water Authority Board to fill the term of a board member who resigned. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • Our solicitor updated us about the status of a potential plan to sell our interest in a lot near Weber Road (Lot 422-G-351). (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #WeberRoad
  • I laid out the first draft of our goals for 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see the list of potential goals.) #Goals
  • We heard from one of our residents about deer control and lyme disease, sewage and water rates, and commissioner service on the Authority board. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 14, 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. 2018 was a great year for our and the best is yet to come, so stay tuned for another great year in 2019.

Best wishes,

Matthew Doebler
Aleppo Township Commissioner

Workshop Digest – December 10, 2018

 

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

Before I get to the digest, let me start with three quick (but important!) reminders.

First, we will be having cookies and coffee following our meeting next Monday night (12/17/2018). Please join us to socialize, chit-chat, and enjoy being neighbors! (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and for more details.) #Meetings, #ChristmasCookies

Second, we will be collecting Christmas trees again this year. Please mark 1/7/2019 on your calendars for township crews to pick them up and make them into wood chips rather than go into a landfill. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ChristmasTreeRecycling, #PublicWorks

Third, with winter weather now a regular occurrence, please remember not to park on township roads when it’s snowing or when snow is expected. Our plow trucks cannot do their job when there are cars parked on the street and it’s not safe, so please move your cars to your driveways during snow events! (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #WinterMaintenance

OK, here’s what happened Monday night:

  • We discussed the ordinances that are required to adopt our 2019 budget and the millage rate that will pay for it … good news!–the draft budget does not include a tax increase! We will be voting on both the budget and millage ordinances at next week’s meeting, so please let us know if you have any thoughts on the issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)  #Budget, #Taxes
  • We discussed a proposal to revise the township’s sewage disposal plan with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Sewer, #DEP
  • We discussed an ordinance to adopt the water rate that has been set by the Aleppo Township Authority. We will be voting on this ordinance at next week’s meeting, so please let us know if you have any thoughts. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We heard of a conditional use application for the former printing building on Deer Run Road to potentially be used as a permanent home for North Way Christian Community. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #DeerRunRoad, #PlanningZoning

Our next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, December 17, 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

Legislative Digest – November 19, 2018

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

There was a great deal packed into this meeting with several important presentations. 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:

  • Leadership from the Quaker Valley Ambulance Authority presented to us and explained the details of its service to Aleppo. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ambulance
  • The coordinator of the proposed update to the Aleppo, Sewickley, Osborne Joint Comprehensive Plan presented to us and told us where the process stands. We are expecting a draft of the plan in December, followed by a 45 Day public outreach period. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ASO

 

  • Our Police Chief told us what the police have been doing in Aleppo recently and we discussed a “No Knock List” concerning door-to-door solicitors. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the Act 172 Volunteer Tax Credit Program roster of eligible resident Aleppo Township Volunteer Fire Company volunteers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Fire, #Taxes
  • We voted (5-0) to purchase a new Pickup/Utility Body Truck, Spreader, and Snowplow assembly from Woltz & Wind Ford for $80,640 in yellow. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • Our Public Works Director told us what township crews have done in the last month, including a discussion of repairs to Sewickley Ridge Drive and drainage problems on School Street. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)  #PublicWorks
  • With winter weather approaching, I reminded neighbors not to park on township roads during snow events or when snow is expected to make it safe for our plow trucks. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #WinterMaintenance

 

  • We voted (5-0) to to adopt our Stormwater Management Ordinance. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance, #Environment
  • We discussed the paving project on Sewickley Heights Drive and voted (5-0) to approve Pay Request No. 1 from Mele & Mele & Sons, Inc. in the amount of $404,463.94 and we took no action with respect to an additional proposed drain along the roadway. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks, #SewickleyHeightsDrive
  • I read emails from residents covering topics including development on Weber Road, truck parking along Deer Run Road, the proposed park between Weber Road and Ingleside Drive, and temporary Amazon signs. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Communications, #CitizenParticipation
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the Revised Landscape Plan from Masonic Village. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasoicVillage
  • We voted (5-0) to to approve Sewickley Heights Manor Land Development Plan for garage replacement with the following condition: the two lots upon which the garage will be located must be consolidated prior to final occupancy being granted. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • Our Township Manager told us how much money we have in the bank and how much we’ve collected in taxes. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer, #Taxes
  • I reported about the Quaker Valley Council of Governments’ Annual Dinner. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We voted (5-0) to pay our bills. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Finance
  • We heard that the estimate to repair the basins that were damaged by the alleged caustic discharge into the Aleppo Township Authority sewer is about $60,000. We also heard that there is the potential of a sewer rate increase in 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We learned of a vacancy on the Aleppo Township Authority board. Commissioner Darragh volunteered to serve on both the Township Board of Commissioners and the Aleppo Township Authority Board. A motion to appoint him was made, but we voted (4-0) to defer it for one month to get a sense of resident sentiment concerning this dual role. If you have thoughts about this, please let us know. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We discussed the lot across the street from the Township Building where trucks have been parking. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt our Solicitation Ordinance Amendment. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance, #Soliciting
  • We discussed the ongoing complaints about Sewickley’s lot on Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad, #Ordinance
  • We discussed participation in a sale of lot 422-G-351 and deferred on the matter until we receive confirmation from Allegheny County that it is willing to facilitate the sale. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Parcels
  • We discussed potential Ingleside Park plans and agreed to undertake public outreach on this subject. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #InglesideDrive
  • We voted (5-0) to send a letter to PennDOT regarding Redgate Road landslides. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RedgateRoad, #Landslides
  • We received a draft of the 2019 Budget and heard a summary of the highlights. This draft of the budget does not include a tax increase for 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to read a summary of the 2019 draft budget.) #Budget
  • We heard a presentation from Columbia Gas about its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs–if you know of anybody who needs assistance with their gas bill, the materials discussed in the presentation are available at the Township Building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ColumbiaGas

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, December 10, 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