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Legislative Digest – September 16, 2019

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

This Digest combines the updates from both the September Workshop Meeting and the September Legislative Meeting.

An important note: Commissioner Michelle Duplaga announced her resignation at the September Legislative Meeting.  She has accepted employment that does not allow her to continue to serve as an elected official, but she promised to remain involved as a citizen.  The Township wishes her well in her new venture!  This resignation creates a vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.  If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, please send a letter of interest to the Township.  (The First Class Township Code requires you to have been a township resident for one year before being eligible to serve.) #BoardOfCommissioners

First, the September 9, 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:

  • The Township Engineer reported on several subjects, including a pavement repair of Rhodes Avenue, geotechnical monitoring of Rhodes Avenue, pavement markings / speed monitoring, and a drainage issue along Deer Run Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Engineer, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Commissioners decided to send a letter regarding the operation of a short term rental / AirBnB property.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AirBnB
  • The 2020 Pension Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO) were presented.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Pension
  • The Commissioners approved a request from Highmark Mobile Clinic to use the township parking lot as a location for a one-day health clinic.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HighmarkMobileClinic
  • The Commissioners heard about a resident at 990 Glen Mitchell Road who is requesting assistance in solving a drainage issue on Glen Mitchell Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad

And now, the highlights from the September 16, 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:

  • Police Chief Hanny discussed police issues in Aleppo, including a warning about fraud calls where the callers requests gift cards and noise complaints.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • The Commissioners approved the final payment for the 2018 paving project; approved an agreement for geotechnical monitoring of Rhodes Avenue; and authorized the township engineer to seek quotes for the repair of the storm sewer pipe along Deer Run Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PavingProject, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Board learned about the Quaker Valley COG’s Route 65 Corridor Study. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • The Board voted to accept the 2020 Police Pension MMO of $0 and the 2020 Non-Uniform Pension MMO of $14,190. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PolicePension
  • The Commissioners discussed budget requests/priorities for 2020 Budget. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Budget
  • During Citizen Participation, residents shared their thoughts on transparency, communication, and the Columbia Gas line extension along Weber Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #ColumbiaGas, #WeberRoad

The next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Township Building. 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

Workshop Digest – September 9, 2019

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

This Digest combines the updates from both the September Workshop Meeting and the September Legislative Meeting.

An important note: Commissioner Michelle Duplaga announced her resignation at the September Legislative Meeting.  She has accepted employment that does not allow her to continue to serve as an elected official, but she promised to remain involved as a citizen.  The Township wishes her well in her new venture!  This resignation creates a vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.  If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, please send a letter of interest to the Township.  (The First Class Township Code requires you to have been a township resident for one year before being eligible to serve.) #BoardOfCommissioners

First, the September 9, 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:

  • The Township Engineer reported on several subjects, including a pavement repair of Rhodes Avenue, geotechnical monitoring of Rhodes Avenue, pavement markings / speed monitoring, and a drainage issue along Deer Run Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Engineer, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Commissioners decided to send a letter regarding the operation of a short term rental / AirBnB property.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AirBnB

 

  • The 2020 Pension Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO) were presented.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Pension
  • The Commissioners approved a request from Highmark Mobile Clinic to use the township parking lot as a location for a one-day health clinic.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HighmarkMobileClinic
  • The Commissioners heard about a resident at 990 Glen Mitchell Road who is requesting assistance in solving a drainage issue on Glen Mitchell Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad

And now, the highlights from the September 16, 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:

  • Police Chief Hanny discussed police issues in Aleppo, including a warning about fraud calls where the callers requests gift cards and noise complaints.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • The Commissioners approved the final payment for the 2018 paving project; approved an agreement for geotechnical monitoring of Rhodes Avenue; and authorized the township engineer to seek quotes for the repair of the storm sewer pipe along Deer Run Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PavingProject, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Board learned about the Quaker Valley COG’s Route 65 Corridor Study. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • The Board voted to accept the 2020 Police Pension MMO of $0 and the 2020 Non-Uniform Pension MMO of $14,190. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PolicePension
  • The Commissioners discussed budget requests/priorities for 2020 Budget. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Budget
  • During Citizen Participation, residents shared their thoughts on transparency, communication, and the Columbia Gas line extension along Weber Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #ColumbiaGas, #WeberRoad

The next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Township Building. 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 – 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