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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.

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