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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

August 12, 2019 – Workshop Digest

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

The Board of Commissioners held an Aleppo Workshop Meeting on Monday night, August 12, 2019 and we 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:

  • The Commissioners discussed the Verizon Franchise Agreement Ordinance that 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 draft of updates to the Meeting Procedures. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings
  • The Board discussed various options regarding geotechnical monitoring and surface repairs for a portion of Rhodes Avenue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RhodesAvenue
  • The Commissioners were asked to review the list of committees for a future discussion and possible change in roles. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Commissioners
  • The Commissioners learned about required revisions to the Township’s 457(b) Pension Plan documentation. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PensionPlan
  • The Board discussed the renewal of the Allegheny County Municipal Snow & Ice Agreement for 2019-2022. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SnowAndIce
  • A resident stated their concerns about a possible AirBnB/Short Term Rental in the Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AirBnB
  • During Citizen Participation, the Board heard a resident’s concerns regarding idling trucks.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

The next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, August 19, 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

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

June 17, 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.

Before I get into the digest, let me just say that this was my last Aleppo meeting and I am very grateful to all the township’s residents for letting me serve for the last 6 years. During the meeting, I delivered a short farewell speech–if you’re interested in my retrospective on what we’ve done and what we’ve left undone, take a look. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) Also, click here to watch a very sweet clip of my kids presenting me with a going away present.

Also, as a reminder, my resignation will create a vacancy on the board. If you are interested in being considered to be appointed to fill this vacancy, please let me know.

OK, sentimentality out of the way, here’s what happened:

  • We heard what the police department has been up to in Aleppo Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • Our Public Works Director told us what the road crews have been doing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read an email from a resident in support of HR 763. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HR763
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the submitted Verizon covered parking lot plan as recommended by the planning commission and HRG subject to entering into a Developer’s Agreement prepared by and acceptable to the Township Solicitor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Verizon
  • We heard a presentation from Braiden Blosser, who is a candidate for the opening on the Zoning Hearing Board and made a motion to appoint him. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) We will be voting on this motion at the next meeting, so please let me know if you have any input on this topic. #ZoningHearingBoard
  • Our treasurer told us how much tax revenue we have collected and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer
  • Our solicitor told us that the Verizon Franchise Agreement is ready for board approval–we will be discussing that next month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor
  • We voted (5-0) to contact the DEP to ask them to make a site inspection of 690 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #DEP
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt the May 2019 version of the Emergency Operations Procedure for Aleppo Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyOperations
  • We voted (5-0) to hire technicians to perform AV tasks at Township meetings in the amount of $100 per meeting. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AVTechnicians
  • We made a motion to adopt a statement saying “The Board of Commissioners of Aleppo Township support HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. We urge our elected leaders to support this as a potential solution to climate change.” We voted (5-0) to defer this motion until there are 5 members of the board. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HR763
  • During Citizen Participation, a resident opposed any action concerning HR 763, another asked about plans for repair of Redgate Road, and a third expressed concern for litter in the lot that is being used for truck parking along Deer Run Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, July 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.