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Legislative Digest – May 20, 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 ask for folks who are interested in serving on the Board of Commissioners. As you may have seen at May’s workshop meeting, I will be resigning from the Board of Commissioners because my family is moving to Osborne. The remaining commissioners have, therefore, begun their search for somebody to replace me. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)

If you are interested in serving or you know somebody who would make a good commissioner, please let somebody know. (“Somebody” could mean George Jones, Gwen Patterson, myself, or any of the other sitting commissioners.) I can honestly tell you that serving in local government is a rewarding, satisfying way to give back to your community. We need folks to step up and take a turn to keep our township running smoothly. So–again–if you’re at all interested, please let us know.

OK! With my recruitment efforts out of the way, here’s what happened:

  • Our fire chief updated us about our fire calls. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Fire
  • Our police chief told us what his department has been up to. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • Our Emergency Management Coordinator updated us on our compliance status. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyManagement
  • Our Public Works Supervisor told us how the township road crews have been keeping busy. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read several emails from residents, on topics including the proposed emergency exit out of the Sewickley Heights Manor, support for environmental legislation, donations to the Sewickley Memorial Day Parade, and clean up along Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • We voted (4-0) to approve the William Eaton Plan of Lots subdivision plan. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningCommission
  • The motion to approve the Verizon covered parking lot plan was withdrawn and we voted (4-0) to remand the subject matter to the Planning Commission with an explanation of the newly learned information and to get the input of the fire chief. We also voted (4-0) to authorize the solicitor to prepare an appropriate communication to the new owner of the industrial park advising them of their obligations under the developer’s agreement of June 1990. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Verizon
  • Our Tax Collector and Treasurer told us 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
  • Our Quaker Valley Ambulance Authority representative told us about EMS week and asked us to thank our first responders. She also explained the reauthorization process and updated us about the services the ambulance authority provides to the community. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QuakerValleyAmbulance
  • I gave an update from the Quaker Valley Council of Governments. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • Our solicitor talked about preventing cars from parking on median strips. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor, #Parking
  • We talked more about the concept of line painting as a tool to assist in traffic calming. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Traffic
  • We voted (4-0) to authorize HRG to assess and prepare preliminary plans for an emergency second exit from Sewickley Heights Manor connecting Little Hollow and Veshio Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HRG, #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • We voted (4-0) to donate $250 to the Sewickley Memorial Day Celebration. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyMemorialDayCelebration
  • We voted (4-0) to defer the Motion for the Board to draft a statement in support of HR 763 until the June Legislative Meeting. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation
  • We voted (4-0) to adopt NIMS as our disaster management platform and sign the resolution. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #NIMS
  • We made a motion to adopt the May 2019 version of the Emergency Operation Procedure for Aleppo Township. We will be voting on this motion at our June Legislative Meeting, so please let me know if you have any thoughts on the issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyManagement
  • We made a motion to hire technicians to perform A/V tasks at Township meetings in the amount of $100 per meeting. The goal here is to keep up our meeting recordings and these digests once I resign. We will be voting on this motion at our June Legislative Meeting, so please let me know if you have any thoughts on the issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings, #Technology
  • A resident thanked everyone for participating in the Earth Day Cleanup and requested a new traffic sign. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EarthDay

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, June 10, 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

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

 

 

April 16, 2018 – Legislative Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting last month and I wanted to tell you what happened.

It was a fairly lengthy 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 held a Conditional Use Hearing relative to Masonic Village’s request to build new villas on its campus. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasonicVillage #Villas
  • We heard that our police chief is retiring and met the new chief of the OTPD. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • I updated everybody about our Annual Earth Day event: we picked up 44 bags of trash and 20 tires. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CommunityEvents #EarthDay
  • We heard about a property issue regarding allegations of light pollution at St. Mary’s Church. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We heard how much revenue we’ve collected from taxes and how much we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes #Treasurer
  • We discussed new bylaws for the QVCOG. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We voted (5-0) to enter into an agreement with ONSOLVE, LLC for a 1-year subscription to the CodeRED emergency notification system for a base price of $1,380.00 plus setup not to exceed $750. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Technology
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the 2018 Road Paving Cost Estimates. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Roads #Paving
  • We discussed the amount of our annual donation to the Sewickley Memorial Day Committee and agreed to further discuss this topic next month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CommunityEvents

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, May 14, 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

March 12, 2018 – Workshop Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting last week and I wanted to tell you what happened.

It wasn’t a particularly long meeting, but there were a few topics that we discussed that will be up for a vote tomorrow. So please let us know if you have any input on any of these subjects. 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 followed up on the conversation we started when our Code Enforcement Officer spoke with us last month (click here to see this portion of the meeting from the February meeting) and did not propose any revisions to the current code enforcement process. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Code
  • We discussed the draft Social Media Policy and proposed a motion to adopt it. We will be voting on this tomorrow night, so please let us know if you have any thoughts on this topic. (Click here to read the draft Social Media Policy and click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SocialMedia
  • We heard another proposal for township GIS services, this time from our engineer. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GIS #HRG
  • We discussed the 2018 Road Program and proposed a motion to approve our engineer’s proposal. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Paving
  • We started a discussion about new street signs in the township, but did not take or propose any action because we do not yet have any information about costs. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #StreetSigns #Roads
  • We discussed a resident’s request that we hold a town hall meeting to discuss fracking. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Fracking #Environment
  • We made a motion to authorize the drafting of an amendment to section 232-2 of our township ordinance to increase the cost for a license to operate a junk dealer or storage lot to $1,500 annually. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #glenmitchellroad #Ordinance
  • We shared details about Aleppo’s Second Annual Earth Day event, which will be on 14 April 2018. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this great event. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EarthDay #Environment

Our next Legislative meeting will be on **Tuesday 20 March 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