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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  • The motion to approve the Verizon covered parking lot plan was withdrawn and we voted (4-0) to remand the subject matter to the Planning Commission with an explanation of the newly learned information and to get the input of the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

Workshop Digest – May 13, 2019

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting on Monday night 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.

Before I get started, you’ll see that quite a few motions were set up for a vote at our next meeting (which will take place on Monday, May 20). We want to hear from you if you have a position on these issues. We purposefully defer voting on these motions so that we can give residents a say in what is being done. Please do not ever feel as if you do not have the opportunity to voice your position. If you come to a meeting, we will let you speak. If you can’t make the meeting, we are happy to accept any emailed comments and we will read them to the board. We value resident input and will make every effort possible to give you the chance to tell us how you feel.

OK. With that thought out of the way, here’s what happened:

  • A resident reported about the results of a survey concerning the potential Park on Weber Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #WeberRoad, #Park
  • We heard an application by Verizon to build covered parking over some of the spaces in its lot on North Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to view the documents related to this application.) We will be voting on this motion on Monday, so please let us know if you have any feelings to share. #PlanningCommission, #Verizon
  • We heard of preliminary plans for Amazon to build a new parking lot on North Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see a map of the proposed location of this new parking lot.) #Amazon, #NorthDrive
  • We made a motion to authorize the township engineer to assess and prepare preliminary plans for an emergency second exit from the Sewickley Heights Manor connecting Little Hollow and Veshio Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) We will be voting on this motion on Monday, so please let us know if you have any feelings to share. #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • We made a motion to donate $250 to the Sewickley Memorial Day Celebration. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) We will be voting on this motion on Monday, so please let us know if you have any feelings to share. #SewickleyMemorialDayCelebration
  • We made a motion to draft a statement in support of HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see another discussion on this topic that took place at a different time in the meeting.) We will be voting on this motion on Monday, so please let us know if you have any feelings to share. #CitizenParticipation
  • I announced my intent to resign from the Aleppo Board of Commissioners because our family is selling our house and I will no longer be a resident of the township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #BoardOfCommissioners, MattDoebler
  • We began a conversation about regulating parking on the median strips in the Sewickley Heights Manor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyHeightsManor, #Parking

Our next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, May 20, 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

April 15, 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.

Here’s what happened:

  • We heard what the police department has been doing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to view our Police Blotter online.) #Police
  • Our Emergency Management Coordinator updated us about our ongoing compliance. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Emergency Management
  • Our Public Works Director told us with the township crews have been doing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • We heard an application for a subdivision of a lot that is half in Osborne and half in Aleppo. We will be voting on this application during our May meeting, so if you have any feedback on this issue, please let us know by reply email. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see the plan.) #PlanningCommission
  • We voted (5-0) to refund several taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector
  • We continued our discussion of the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that there are some questions that need to be answered about the procedure to sell this property. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningCommission, #BingoLots
  • We voted (5-0) to authorize the Solicitor to draft an amendment to our fracking Ordinance to include seismic survey, injection wells, and use table default for unlisted uses using the Bell Acres ordinances for reference. #Solicitor
  • We voted (5-0) to authorize Manager Patterson to contact the owner of the property at 690 Glen Mitchell Road to say that if the request to remove tires within 30 days is not met, we have no option but to contact DEP regarding the tires and other potential hazards at 690 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad
  • We voted (5-0) to permit the placement of a geocache on Aleppo Township’s Property. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Geocache
  • One of our residents asked questions about fracking and her sewer bill. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Sewage
  • We had a lengthy conversation about a resident’s concern about his neighbor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #Resident
  • One of our residents asked questions about development on Weber Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #WeberRoad
  • A neighbor asked a question about our statement regarding development. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningCommission, #Development

Our meeting will be on Monday, May 13, 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