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August 19, 2019 – Legislative Digest

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

The Board of Commissioners held an Aleppo Legislative Meeting on Monday night, August 19, 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:

  • Police Chief Hanny gave the police update for the month of July.  The Board also discussed idling trucks and speed monitoring signs. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • The audience heard a summary of the recent Emergency Management training refresher that the Commissioners and Township Manager received. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyManagement
  • The Board authorized Township Engineer Ben Gilberti to complete a final design for paving repair of a section of Rhodes Avenue; made a motion to approve a proposal for Geo-technical Monitoring of Rhodes Avenue and then deferred the motion for one month; and continued the discussion of possible emergency exits from the Sewickley Heights Manor neighborhood.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Engineer, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Commissioners heard about the recent activities of the Public Works Department.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublickWorks
  • Treasurer Clayton Steup gave his report about the Township’s finances.(Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer
  • Solicitor Stone reported on discussions with a property owner regarding his land use and discussions with the representatives of Northway Christian Church regarding construction timelines. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor, #NorthwayChristianChurch
  • The Board voted to approve a new 3 year agreement with Allegheny County for winter maintenance, and they also approved a contract with Cargill for the purchase of road salt at $82.24 per ton. #Cargill, #AlleghenyCounty
  • A resident asked for information about the Columbia Gas project on Weber Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ColumbiaGas, #WeberRoad

The next Workshop meeting will be Monday, September 9, 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 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 – 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 – April 8, 2019

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting on Monday night and I wanted to tell you what happened.

Before I get into the bullet list, let me plug an upcoming event. We will be holding our Third Annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 27 at 9:00 AM. Over the past two years, this event has been growing bigger and bigger. Last year, we had 22 participants and collected 45 bags of trash, 20 tires, and 1 car battery. This is great for our community and it’s great for our planet. This year, we’ll gather for coffee and donuts in the Township Building, where we’ll have a brief educational component discussing changes to the recycling industry (with an emphasis on the changes in glass recycling). Then, we’ll hit the streets. We will–literally!–be cleaning up your neighborhood. So please join us … it’s a fun community event and it’s a great way to improve the place where you live. Click here for the event’s poster and click here for information about this event during our meeting.

Alright–on to the 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:

  • We continued the discussion of the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that Allegheny County has ordered an appraisal. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #VacantLot
  • We talked about the Sewickley Borough Lot on Glen Mitchell Road and agreed to wait 30 days for Sewickley to return its application to use that lot as a storage yard. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad
  • We heard more about the Emergency Communication Sign Up process. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyCommunication
  • The Township Manager told us that an engineer would be at our next meeting to present the William Eaton Subdivision Plan, which is a development in Osborne that may affect Aleppo. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EatonSubdivision
  • We discussed Quaker Valley Council of Governments’ Emergency Management training. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #COG, #EmergencyManagement
  • I briefly reported on my review of our Cyber Liability Insurance Policy and we discussed our next steps for this issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CyberLiabilityPolicy
  • We talked about techniques to reduce speeding on township roads and agreed to have our engineers and Public Works crews investigate further. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Speeding, #PublicWorks
  • A motion was proposed to “authorize our solicitor to draft an amendment to our fracking ordnance to include seismic survey, injection well, and use table default for unlisted uses using the Belle Acres ordinances for reference.” We will be voting on this issue at our next meeting, so if you have thoughts to share on this issue, please send them to me by email. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor, #Ordinance
  • We discussed the proposed merger between Sewickley’s sewer system and Leetsdale and agreed to draft a letter requesting participation in the analysis and decision making progress. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ATA, #Sewage
  • Commissioner Duplaga reported about a county landslide prevention task force. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Landslide
  • We discussed a website that helps coordinate road projects to hopefully limit the number of road openings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks, #RoadOpenings
  • One of our residents asked questions about mirrors placed on roads throughout the municipality and another resident asked a question about speed control. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Residents, #Speeding

Our next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, April 15, 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 – 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