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  • The motion to approve the Verizon covered parking lot plan was withdrawn and we voted (4-0) to remand the subject matter to the Planning Commission with an explanation of the newly learned information and to get the input of the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

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

 

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

 

 

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

Legislative Digest – November 19, 2018

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

There was a great deal packed into this meeting with several important presentations. 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:

  • Leadership from the Quaker Valley Ambulance Authority presented to us and explained the details of its service to Aleppo. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ambulance
  • The coordinator of the proposed update to the Aleppo, Sewickley, Osborne Joint Comprehensive Plan presented to us and told us where the process stands. We are expecting a draft of the plan in December, followed by a 45 Day public outreach period. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ASO

 

  • Our Police Chief told us what the police have been doing in Aleppo recently and we discussed a “No Knock List” concerning door-to-door solicitors. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the Act 172 Volunteer Tax Credit Program roster of eligible resident Aleppo Township Volunteer Fire Company volunteers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Fire, #Taxes
  • We voted (5-0) to purchase a new Pickup/Utility Body Truck, Spreader, and Snowplow assembly from Woltz & Wind Ford for $80,640 in yellow. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • Our Public Works Director told us what township crews have done in the last month, including a discussion of repairs to Sewickley Ridge Drive and drainage problems on School Street. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.)  #PublicWorks
  • With winter weather approaching, I reminded neighbors not to park on township roads during snow events or when snow is expected to make it safe for our plow trucks. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #WinterMaintenance

 

  • We voted (5-0) to to adopt our Stormwater Management Ordinance. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance, #Environment
  • We discussed the paving project on Sewickley Heights Drive and voted (5-0) to approve Pay Request No. 1 from Mele & Mele & Sons, Inc. in the amount of $404,463.94 and we took no action with respect to an additional proposed drain along the roadway. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks, #SewickleyHeightsDrive
  • I read emails from residents covering topics including development on Weber Road, truck parking along Deer Run Road, the proposed park between Weber Road and Ingleside Drive, and temporary Amazon signs. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Communications, #CitizenParticipation
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the Revised Landscape Plan from Masonic Village. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasoicVillage
  • We voted (5-0) to to approve Sewickley Heights Manor Land Development Plan for garage replacement with the following condition: the two lots upon which the garage will be located must be consolidated prior to final occupancy being granted. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • Our Township Manager told us how much money we have in the bank and how much we’ve collected in taxes. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer, #Taxes
  • I reported about the Quaker Valley Council of Governments’ Annual Dinner. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We voted (5-0) to pay our bills. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Finance
  • We heard that the estimate to repair the basins that were damaged by the alleged caustic discharge into the Aleppo Township Authority sewer is about $60,000. We also heard that there is the potential of a sewer rate increase in 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We learned of a vacancy on the Aleppo Township Authority board. Commissioner Darragh volunteered to serve on both the Township Board of Commissioners and the Aleppo Township Authority Board. A motion to appoint him was made, but we voted (4-0) to defer it for one month to get a sense of resident sentiment concerning this dual role. If you have thoughts about this, please let us know. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We discussed the lot across the street from the Township Building where trucks have been parking. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt our Solicitation Ordinance Amendment. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance, #Soliciting
  • We discussed the ongoing complaints about Sewickley’s lot on Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad, #Ordinance
  • We discussed participation in a sale of lot 422-G-351 and deferred on the matter until we receive confirmation from Allegheny County that it is willing to facilitate the sale. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Parcels
  • We discussed potential Ingleside Park plans and agreed to undertake public outreach on this subject. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #InglesideDrive
  • We voted (5-0) to send a letter to PennDOT regarding Redgate Road landslides. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RedgateRoad, #Landslides
  • We received a draft of the 2019 Budget and heard a summary of the highlights. This draft of the budget does not include a tax increase for 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to read a summary of the 2019 draft budget.) #Budget
  • We heard a presentation from Columbia Gas about its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs–if you know of anybody who needs assistance with their gas bill, the materials discussed in the presentation are available at the Township Building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ColumbiaGas

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