Municipal Building
100 North Drive
Sewickley, PA 15143
Phone: 412-741-6555
Fax: 412-741-7062
info@aleppotownship.com
For Emergencies, Call 911

You are currently browsing meeting digests containing information about DEP

Legislative Digest – June 17, 2019

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.

As always, thanks for making Aleppo a great place to live.

Best wishes,

Matthew Doebler
Aleppo Township Commissioner

June 10, 2019 – Workshop Digest

Hi, Neighbors.  We had an Aleppo Workshop 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 interest to you.

Here’s what happened:

  • We voted (5-0) to draft a resolution stating that climate change is a problem. Separately–but relatedly–we voted (4-1) to board to draft a statement in support of HR 763. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HR763
  • We discussed holding an Emergency Management Refresher. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyManagement
  • We made a motion 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.) We will be voting on this at our next meeting, so please let me know if you have input. #DEP
  • We discussed a Letter of Interest we have received concerning an opening on the Zoning Hearing Board (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ZoningHearingBoard
  • During Citizen Participation, we heard concern about one of our residents and the suggestion that he is being treated unfairly. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

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

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