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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