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August 12, 2019 – Workshop Digest

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

The Board of Commissioners held an Aleppo Workshop Meeting on Monday night, August 12, 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:

  • The Commissioners discussed the Verizon Franchise Agreement Ordinance that 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 draft of updates to the Meeting Procedures. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings
  • The Board discussed various options regarding geotechnical monitoring and surface repairs for a portion of Rhodes Avenue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RhodesAvenue
  • The Commissioners were asked to review the list of committees for a future discussion and possible change in roles. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Commissioners
  • The Commissioners learned about required revisions to the Township’s 457(b) Pension Plan documentation. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PensionPlan
  • The Board discussed the renewal of the Allegheny County Municipal Snow & Ice Agreement for 2019-2022. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SnowAndIce
  • A resident stated their concerns about a possible AirBnB/Short Term Rental in the Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AirBnB
  • During Citizen Participation, the Board heard a resident’s concerns regarding idling trucks.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

The next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Township Building. 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

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

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

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

October 15, 2018 – Legislative Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018 and I wanted to tell you what happened.

Before I get into the meat of the digest, let me say that this was our first meeting with our new streaming and recording equipment. We’re still figuring out all the bells-and-whistles, but we hope you’ll see an immediate improvement in the quality of the picture and sound. Let me know if you have thoughts!

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.

OK, Here’s what happened:

  • We heard a presentation from an expert in park design about the possibility of making a park out of a piece of land owned by the township on Ingleside Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Environment
  • Our police chief told us about his department’s activities in the last month, including details about several thefts from cars in the Sewickley Heights Manor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We also re-introduced the “Police Blotter”, a weekly update about police activity in Aleppo. The Police Blotter is always available on the township’s website, so you can check in to see what’s been happening between Legislative Meetings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see the Police Blotter.) #Police
  • Our Township Manager told us what the Public Works crew spent the month working on. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • We heard a brief update about a wrestling facility that is working its way through the planning and zoning process. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We heard how much money the township has collected in taxes and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes, #Treasurer
  • We got an update about the budgeting process at the Quaker Valley Council of Governments (dues for 2019 remain unchanged) and its Project Ideation team. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • Our solicitor updated us about the status of the legal threat made against us concerning our Aleppo’s permitted hours for solicitation. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor, #Soliciting
  • We voted (5-0) to permanently move the March Aleppo Legislative meeting from Monday to the 3rd Tuesday of March every year. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt the Pension Plan Joinder Agreement Ordinance. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PensionPlan
  • We discussed several topics identified at the Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners’ fall conference, including landslide areas, the township’s liability in the event of a critical incident with the Ohio Township Police Department, and our cyberliability insurance policy. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SevenSprings
  • During Citizen Participation, residents discussed the possibility of Aleppo agreeing to sell its interest in a piece of property near Leetwood Avenue that is jointly owned by the township, the school district, and the county. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #Environment

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  PLEASE NOTE:  Our November Workshop meeting will be held at the Aleppo Township Volunteer Fire Hall.  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