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Digest – October 2019

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

This digest contains the updates from both the October Workshop Meeting and the October Legislative Meeting.

Meeting Location Change: the November 11, 2019 Workshop Meeting will be held at the Aleppo Township Fire Station located at 131 Weber Road.  As always, the meeting is open to the public and we welcome your attendance.

Reminder: the Commissioners are still accepting letters of interest from residents to serve on the Board.  (If you recall, Commissioner Michelle Duplaga resigned her seat in September.)  The Board is requesting that letters of interest be submitted by November 11, 2019.  Letters can be mailed to the Township Office at 100 North Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, emailed to aleppomgr@aleppotownship.com, or hand delivered.

First, the October 14, 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:

  • The Commissioners discussed Committees assignments and will revisit the assignments at the Reorganization Meeting in January 2020. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Committees, #Reorganization
  • The Board heard an update about the drainage request from the property owner at 990 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad
  • The owner of the AirBnB/Short Term Rental property has agreed to stop renting the property out as a short term rental.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AirBnB
  • The Township website has been updated to include a Latest News button for timely Township updates. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Website
  • The Board adopted a Resolution entering into an agreement with PennDOT for winter maintenance on state-owned roads for 2019-2024. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PennDot
  • Meeting Location Change – the October 21, 2019 Legislative Meeting was held at Masonic Village, and one November meeting will be held at the Aleppo Township Fire Station. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MeetingLocationChange

And now, the highlights from the October 21, 2019 Legislative Meeting:

The audio quality from this meeting is somewhat off. (The meeting was held at Masonic Village, and this was our first attempt at filming the meeting off-site.)  The voices are often distorted, and do not sync up exactly with the video, but they are generally understandable.

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:

  • Chief Hanny of the Ohio Township Police Department gave his report and shared information about some recent scam phone calls that have been happening in our area.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • The Board heard about some of the activities of the Public Works department this past month.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • Several emails from residents and property owners were shared during the Communications report. The Latest News button on the website was also explained. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Communications
  • Commissioner Williams gave the Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) report, including an update on the Route 65 Corridor Project. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG

The next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Aleppo Township Volunteer Fire Station. 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 – September 16, 2019

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

This Digest combines the updates from both the September Workshop Meeting and the September Legislative Meeting.

An important note: Commissioner Michelle Duplaga announced her resignation at the September Legislative Meeting.  She has accepted employment that does not allow her to continue to serve as an elected official, but she promised to remain involved as a citizen.  The Township wishes her well in her new venture!  This resignation creates a vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.  If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, please send a letter of interest to the Township.  (The First Class Township Code requires you to have been a township resident for one year before being eligible to serve.) #BoardOfCommissioners

First, the September 9, 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:

  • The Township Engineer reported on several subjects, including a pavement repair of Rhodes Avenue, geotechnical monitoring of Rhodes Avenue, pavement markings / speed monitoring, and a drainage issue along Deer Run Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Engineer, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Commissioners decided to send a letter regarding the operation of a short term rental / AirBnB property.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AirBnB
  • The 2020 Pension Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO) were presented.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Pension
  • The Commissioners approved a request from Highmark Mobile Clinic to use the township parking lot as a location for a one-day health clinic.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HighmarkMobileClinic
  • The Commissioners heard about a resident at 990 Glen Mitchell Road who is requesting assistance in solving a drainage issue on Glen Mitchell Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad

And now, the highlights from the September 16, 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:

  • Police Chief Hanny discussed police issues in Aleppo, including a warning about fraud calls where the callers requests gift cards and noise complaints.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • The Commissioners approved the final payment for the 2018 paving project; approved an agreement for geotechnical monitoring of Rhodes Avenue; and authorized the township engineer to seek quotes for the repair of the storm sewer pipe along Deer Run Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PavingProject, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Board learned about the Quaker Valley COG’s Route 65 Corridor Study. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • The Board voted to accept the 2020 Police Pension MMO of $0 and the 2020 Non-Uniform Pension MMO of $14,190. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PolicePension
  • The Commissioners discussed budget requests/priorities for 2020 Budget. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Budget
  • During Citizen Participation, residents shared their thoughts on transparency, communication, and the Columbia Gas line extension along Weber Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #ColumbiaGas, #WeberRoad

The next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, October 14, 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

Workshop Digest – September 9, 2019

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

This Digest combines the updates from both the September Workshop Meeting and the September Legislative Meeting.

An important note: Commissioner Michelle Duplaga announced her resignation at the September Legislative Meeting.  She has accepted employment that does not allow her to continue to serve as an elected official, but she promised to remain involved as a citizen.  The Township wishes her well in her new venture!  This resignation creates a vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.  If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, please send a letter of interest to the Township.  (The First Class Township Code requires you to have been a township resident for one year before being eligible to serve.) #BoardOfCommissioners

First, the September 9, 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:

  • The Township Engineer reported on several subjects, including a pavement repair of Rhodes Avenue, geotechnical monitoring of Rhodes Avenue, pavement markings / speed monitoring, and a drainage issue along Deer Run Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Engineer, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Commissioners decided to send a letter regarding the operation of a short term rental / AirBnB property.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AirBnB

 

  • The 2020 Pension Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO) were presented.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Pension
  • The Commissioners approved a request from Highmark Mobile Clinic to use the township parking lot as a location for a one-day health clinic.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HighmarkMobileClinic
  • The Commissioners heard about a resident at 990 Glen Mitchell Road who is requesting assistance in solving a drainage issue on Glen Mitchell Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad

And now, the highlights from the September 16, 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:

  • Police Chief Hanny discussed police issues in Aleppo, including a warning about fraud calls where the callers requests gift cards and noise complaints.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • The Commissioners approved the final payment for the 2018 paving project; approved an agreement for geotechnical monitoring of Rhodes Avenue; and authorized the township engineer to seek quotes for the repair of the storm sewer pipe along Deer Run Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PavingProject, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Board learned about the Quaker Valley COG’s Route 65 Corridor Study. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • The Board voted to accept the 2020 Police Pension MMO of $0 and the 2020 Non-Uniform Pension MMO of $14,190. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PolicePension
  • The Commissioners discussed budget requests/priorities for 2020 Budget. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Budget
  • During Citizen Participation, residents shared their thoughts on transparency, communication, and the Columbia Gas line extension along Weber Road.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #ColumbiaGas, #WeberRoad

The next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, October 14, 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

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