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12/19/2022 Legislative Digest

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting on Monday night, December 19, 2022, and I wanted to tell you what happened.

* REMINDER: The Christmas Tree Recycling will take place this Monday January 9, 2023 – please have your trees to the curb by Monday morning at 8:00 AM.  Please be sure to remove all decorations. *

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 is what happened:

  • Ordinances adopting the 2023 Real Estate Tax Rate and the 2023 Budget were approved.  The Aleppo Township millage rate for 2023 will remain at 3.5 mills. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #TaxRate #Budget
  • Sergeant Adam Beck of the Ohio Township Police Department gave the police report for the month of November. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #Police
  • Aleppo Township Volunteer Fire Company Chief Bill Davis, Jr. gave an overview of their 148 calls in 2022 and gave an update on the status of new truck purchases. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #FireCompany
  • The Amazon Canopy Land Development Plan was approved.  The plan calls for the construction of a structural canopy, intended to shield drivers and packages from the weather, over an existing parking lot at the Amazon warehouse on North Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #AmazonCanopy
  • Tax Collector/Treasurer Clayton Steup gave his reports for the month of November.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #TaxCollector
  • REMINDER: The Christmas Tree Recycling date is Monday January 9, 2023 – please have your trees to the curb by Monday morning at 8:00 AM.  Please be sure to remove all decorations.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #ChristmasTreeRecycling
  • For the safety and efficiency of snow plowing operations, we request that people refrain from parking vehicles along roads in the Township during snow events. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #SnowRemoval

Our next Workshop Meeting will be on Monday, January 9, 2023, at 7:00 PM. If any of these issues are important to you, please feel free to contact me via phone or email prior to the meeting and I will convey your thoughts to the Commissioners. The meetings are open to the public and citizens are invited to attend in person.

Gwen Patterson
Aleppo Township Manager
aleppomgr@aleppotownship.com
412-741-6555 x19

4/15/2019 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.) #EmergencyManagement
  • 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.) #SubdivisionPlan
  • We voted (5-0) to refund several taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RealEstateTaxExonerations
  • 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 #Ordinance
  • 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 #DEP
  • 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.) #Sewer
  • We had a lengthy conversation about a resident’s concern about his neighbor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #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.) #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

 

12/17/2018 Legislative Digest

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 #NorthWayChristianCommunity #DeerRunRoad
  • 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 #Stormwater #DeerRunRoad
  • 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.) #TaxCollector
  • We voted (4-0) to exonerate two real estate taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RealEstateTaxExonerations
  • 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.) #TaxRate #Ordinance
  • 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.) #Budget #Ordinance
  • We voted (4-0) to adopt our 2019 Water Rate Ordinance. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AleppoTownshipAuthority #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.) #Sewage #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.) #AleppoTownshipAuthorityBoard
  • 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.) #Deer #Sewage #AleppoTownshipAuthority #AleppoTownshipAuthorityBoard

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

6/18/2018 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 continued and concluded Masonic Village’s Conditional Use Hearing concerning its plans to build additional villas. The hearing culminated in a trio of motions, all of which we voted (5-0) to approve. All of the motions required Masonic Village to comply with written conditions. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to read the conditions.) #MasonicVillage #Villas #ConditionalUseHearing
  • Our Township Auditor presented a draft of the 2017 Audit Report. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting. #Audit
  • Our police chief told us about police activity in the township, including a resurgence of the popular “Grandmother Scam”, which he suggested everyone know how to recognize. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to review our video about Fraud Schemes Commonly Seen in Aleppo–look for the “Family Member in Distress” portion. The police report also referenced the rules for door-to-door solicitation in Aleppo … click here to review our video on Solicitation Awareness.) #Police #Soliciting #Ordinance
  • Our Township Manager told what our public works crews have been up to for the past month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • Our Township Engineer updated us on the progress of the summer’s road paving projects, including the hope that the paving of Sewickley Heights Drive in The Manor would take place sometime in mid-July and would last for about a week to 10 days. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Paving #SewickleyHeightsDrive
  • I read several emails from residents, including a note in support of renewing our contract with the Ohio Township Police Department and one expressing concern about the possibility of an Amazon facility moving into the old FedEx building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Communications
  • Our Treasurer told us how much money we have collected in taxes and how much we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector
  • We voted (5-0) to exonerate 3 real estate taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RealEstateTaxExonerations
  • I reminded residents that the Quaker Valley Council of Governments will hold a recycling event on 30 June 2018 at the Quaker Valley High School. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here for a flier with more details on the recycling event.) #QuakerValleyCOG #Recycling
  • However, I also reminded residents that many of the items being collected at the COG recycling event can also be picked up for free at your door under our existing contract with Waste Management. (Click here for information about curbside collection of special materials through the AtYourDoor program.) We pay for this program, so you should use it! #WasteManagement
  • I read an email from the Executive Director of the QVCOG about Sewickley’s intention to leave the COG at the end of the year. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QuakerValleyCOG
  • We voted (5-0) to ratify the sale of the old dump truck bed to John Fulmer for $1,750.00 through Municibid with the proceeds to be deposited into the Truck Fund. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • We voted (5-0) to renew our contract with Ohio Township for police services. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt the amendment to the Ordinance Regulating Junk Yards and Storage Lots. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the Perciavalle-Chandler Lot Line Revision Plan. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We discussed a draft of a Street Opening Ordinance and agreed to discuss this matter further at additional meetings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We talked about fracking ordinances and–again–agreed to discuss this matter further at additional meetings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Fracking
  • During Citizen Participation, a resident further discussed the possibility of an Amazon facility moving into the old FedEx building. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation #Amazon

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, July 9, 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