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Digest – October 2019

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

This digest contains the updates from both the October Workshop Meeting and the October Legislative Meeting.

Meeting Location Change: the November 11, 2019 Workshop Meeting will be held at the Aleppo Township Fire Station located at 131 Weber Road.  As always, the meeting is open to the public and we welcome your attendance.

Reminder: the Commissioners are still accepting letters of interest from residents to serve on the Board.  (If you recall, Commissioner Michelle Duplaga resigned her seat in September.)  The Board is requesting that letters of interest be submitted by November 11, 2019.  Letters can be mailed to the Township Office at 100 North Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, emailed to aleppomgr@aleppotownship.com, or hand delivered.

First, the October 14, 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 Commissioners discussed Committees assignments and will revisit the assignments at the Reorganization Meeting in January 2020. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Committees, #Reorganization
  • The Board heard an update about the drainage request from the property owner at 990 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad
  • The owner of the AirBnB/Short Term Rental property has agreed to stop renting the property out as a short term rental.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AirBnB
  • The Township website has been updated to include a Latest News button for timely Township updates. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Website
  • The Board adopted a Resolution entering into an agreement with PennDOT for winter maintenance on state-owned roads for 2019-2024. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PennDot
  • Meeting Location Change – the October 21, 2019 Legislative Meeting was held at Masonic Village, and one November meeting will be held at the Aleppo Township Fire Station. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MeetingLocationChange

And now, the highlights from the October 21, 2019 Legislative Meeting:

The audio quality from this meeting is somewhat off. (The meeting was held at Masonic Village, and this was our first attempt at filming the meeting off-site.)  The voices are often distorted, and do not sync up exactly with the video, but they are generally understandable.

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:

  • Chief Hanny of the Ohio Township Police Department gave his report and shared information about some recent scam phone calls that have been happening in our area.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • The Board heard about some of the activities of the Public Works department this past month.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • Several emails from residents and property owners were shared during the Communications report. The Latest News button on the website was also explained. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Communications
  • Commissioner Williams gave the Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) report, including an update on the Route 65 Corridor Project. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG

The next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Aleppo Township Volunteer Fire Station. 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 – March 19, 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.

Before I get started, there is one initiative that I want to pull out of the bullet list and emphasize. You should have received a letter in the mail discussing registration for our Emergency Communications System. It is critical that everybody sign up for this Emergency Communications System. To do so, please click here. To learn more, click here.

OK! That’s enough of that. Here’s what happened at the meeting:

  • The police chief told us what his officers have been up to in the municipality. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and–as always–click here to read the Aleppo Police Blotter.) #Police

 

  • Our director of Public Works told us about what our crews have been doing and informed us that they would be replacing two doors on the Township Building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks

 

  • I read an email from a citizen praising our Emergency Management Coordinator. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyManagement

 

  • We discussed our Emergency and Non-Emergency Communication plan and the letter residents recently received. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to sign up for our Emergency Communications service.) #Communications

 

  • We heard how much money we’ve collected in taxes and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector, #Treasurer, #Finance
  • We continued to discuss the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that the potential buyer is not presently prepared to continue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #VacantLot
  • We voted (4-0) to fund no greater than $375 to support a PRC sponsored glass recycling event in Killbuck Township contingent on Kilbuck agreeing to provide $375 as well. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Recycling
  • We discussed the Audit Engagement Letter, which will begin our 2018 Audit. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Audit
  • One of our residents asked several questions about a number of topics, including recycling, lot 422-G-351, and an expression of gratitude to our public works crew. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CititzenParticipation
  • We discussed the status of the Quaker Valley Council of Governments Emergency Management planning study. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • Finally, we discussed plans for our Third Annual Aleppo Township Earth Day Event, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM. Please join us to help pick up litter from our neighborhood! (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EarthDay

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, April 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.

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

June 18, 2018 – 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.

Here’s what happened:

  • We continued and concluded Masonic Village’s Conditional Use Hearing concerning its plans to build additional villas. The hearing culminated in a trio of motions, all of which we voted (5-0) to approve. All of the motions required Masonic Village to comply with written conditions. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to read the conditions.) #MasonicVillage, #Villas
  • Our Township Auditor presented a draft of the 2017 Audit Report. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting. #Audit
  • Our police chief told us about police activity in the township, including a resurgence of the popular “Grandmother Scam”, which he suggested everyone know how to recognize. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to review our video about Fraud Schemes Commonly Seen in Aleppo–look for the “Family Member in Distress” portion. The police report also referenced the rules for door-to-door solicitation in Aleppo … click here to review our video on Solicitation Awareness.) #Police, #Soliciting #Ordinance
  • Our Township Manager told what our public works crews have been up to for the past month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • Our Township Engineer updated us on the progress of the summer’s road paving projects, including the hope that the paving of Sewickley Heights Drive in The Manor would take place sometime in mid-July and would last for about a week to 10 days. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Roads, #Paving, #SewickleyHeightsDrive, #Roads
  • I read several emails from residents, including a note in support of renewing our contract with the Ohio Township Police Department and one expressing concern about the possibility of an Amazon facility moving into the old FedEx building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Communications
  • Our Treasurer told us how much money we have collected in taxes and how much we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer
  • We voted (5-0) to exonerate 3 real estate taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes
  • I reminded residents that the Quaker Valley Council of Governments will hold a recycling event on 30 June 2018 at the Quaker Valley High School. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here for a flier with more details on the recycling event.) #Trash
  • However, I also reminded residents that many of the items being collected at the COG recycling event can also be picked up for free at your door under our existing contract with Waste Management. (Click here for information about curbside collection of special materials through the AtYourDoor program.) We pay for this program, so you should use it! #Trash
  • I read an email from the Executive Director of the QVCOG about Sewickley’s intention to leave the COG at the end of the year. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We voted (5-0) to ratify the sale of the old dump truck bed to John Fulmer for $1,750.00 through Municibid with the proceeds to be deposited into the Truck Fund. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • We voted (5-0) to renew our contract with Ohio Township for police services. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt the amendment to the Ordinance Regulating Junk Yards and Storage Lots. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the Perciavalle-Chandler Lot Line Revision Plan. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We discussed a draft of a Street Opening Ordinance and agreed to discuss this matter further at additional meetings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We talked about fracking ordinances and–again–agreed to discuss this matter further at additional meetings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Fracking
  • During Citizen Participation, a resident further discussed the possibility of an Amazon facility moving into the old FedEx building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, July 9, 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