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  • The motion to approve the Verizon covered parking lot plan was withdrawn and we voted (4-0) to remand the subject matter to the Planning Commission with an explanation of the newly learned information and to get the input of the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

Legislative Digest – January 21, 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.

Here’s what happened:

Our police chief told us what’s been going on in the township (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and–as always–click here to read our police blotter.)

  • Our Township Manager told us how the public works crew has been spending their time and we voted (4-0) to authorize change Order #3 to the Mele & Mele contract for the road work. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read an email from a resident commending the public works crews for their snow plowing efforts. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks, #SnowRemoval
  • We voted (4-0) to approve to approve the Sewickley Heights Manor Homes Association Lot Consolidation Plan subject to completion of the plan drawing comments in the HRG review letter dated 2 January 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • We voted (4-0) to approve the Conditional Use Application of Northway Christian Community Church and Alderman Holdings to use the property located at 200 Deer Run Road as a place of worship or assembly subject to the written conditions. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #NorthwayCommunityChurch
  • Our Treasurer and Tax Collector told us how much revenue we have collected and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector, #Treasurer
  • We heard of several budgeting questions concerning the Aleppo Township Authority. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Budget
  • We voted (4-0) to adopt the 2019 township goals. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see our list of goals for the year.) #Goals
  • We voted (4-0) to appoint John Seifarth to the Aleppo Township Authority for a 5-year term ending December 31, 2023. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We voted (4-0) to appoint Tom Arbogast to the Planning Commission for a 4-year term ending December 31, 2022. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We voted (4-0) to appoint Bruno Russo to the Zoning Hearing Board for a 3-year term ending December 31, 2021. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ZoningHearingBoard
  • We voted (3-1) to appoint Sally Shipley as the Vacancy Board Chair for a 1-year term ending December 31, 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #VacancyBoard
  • We voted (4-0) to make a donation to Fern Hollow Nature center in the amount of $750 for 2019. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #FernHollowNatureCenter
  • We talked about our response to the proposed revisions to the First Class Township Code and took no action. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TownshipCode
  • We discussed our response to an ongoing property complaint concerning a business on Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMItchellRoad
  • We continued our discussion about the cleanup of Sewickley’s lot on Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad, #Sewickley
  • We discussed plans for gaining resident input about the Parkland on Weber Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Parkland, #WeberRoad
  • We talked about the progress of the Aleppo-Sewickley-Osbourne Joint Comprehensive Plan. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ASO
  • We reminded residents not to park on township roads when it is snowing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Snow

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, February 11, 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

 

Workshop Digest – January 14, 2019

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting last week and I 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:

  • We discussed our 2019 Goals. We will be voting to adopt the 2019 goals as listed on Monday, so please let us know if you have any thoughts about these goals. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see our list of potential goals for 2019.) #Goals
  • We discussed a resolution concerning the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that we will discuss this further next month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We talked about the road slide on Redgate Road and read the response letter we received from PennDOT. We agreed that we will be in touch with State Rep. Valerie Gaydos for assistance from the state. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RedgateRoad, #Roads
  • We reminded residents not to park on township roads when it’s snowing or when snow is expected. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Roads, #SnowRemoval, #PublicWorks
  • We discussed appointments to township boards and commissions. If any Aleppo residents are interested in serving on a board of commission, please let me know. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #BoardsAndCommissions
  • We made a motion to approve the Sewickley Heights Manor Homes Association Lot Consolidation Plan. We will be voting on this on Monday, so please let us know if you have any thoughts on the issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyHeightsManor
  • We discussed a request from the Fern Hollow Nature Center for the township to again make a donation as a municipal partner. We had some follow-up questions on this issue and did not yet propose any action on the request. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #FernHollowNatureCenter
  • We talked about the tasks on Mele & Mele’s punch list arising out of the pavement of Sewickley Heights Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Paving, #PublicWorks, #SewickleyHeightsDrive
  • We discussed a representative to serve on the QVCOG Emergency Management Committee. Commissioner Duplaga agreed to serve in this role. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We talked about the proposed revisions to the First Class Township Code. We agreed to further investigate the proposed revisions and talk more about how we want to respond. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #FirstClassTownshipCode

Our next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, January 21, 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

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