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4/8/2024 Workshop Digest

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting on Monday night, April 8, 2024, 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 is what happened:

  • The Board considered a proposal from the Township’s engineers for the proposed 2024 Tar and Chip Paving Project. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #TarAndChipping
  • President Jones and Vice President Williams gave a recap of the sessions they attended at the ALOM Spring Conference. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #ALOMConference
  • The Sewickley Memorial Day Celebration is coming soon, and the organizers have asked all Quaker Valley residents to consider making a donation towards the event. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #SewickleyMemorialDayCelebration
  • Commissioner Darragh noted that the sealant on the new paving joints is still sticky and asked that the engineers check on it. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #PavingProject

Our next Legislative Meeting will be on Monday, April 15, 2024, 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
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5/9/2022 Workshop Digest

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting on Monday night, May 9, 2022, 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 is what happened:

  • Commissioners Judy Haluka and Dan Darragh gave an update on the request for parking regulations in Sewickley Heights Manor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #SewickleyHeightsManor #Parking
  • The 2022 Earth Day Roadside Cleanup Event was summarized.  The volunteers collected 86 bags of trash this year.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #EarthDay
  • A Township Topics Status List has been added to the website on the Meetings page.  The link to the list can be found in the paragraph at the top of the page. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #TopicsStatusList
  • President George Jones gave a recap of the recent meeting with Sewickley Borough regarding the sewage treatment agreement. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #Sewage
  • There is a vacancy (open seat) on the Planning Commission.  Please contact the Township Manager with any questions about this opportunity. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting). #Vacancy #PlanningCommission

Our next Legislative Meeting is tonight, Monday, May 16, 2022, 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

5/20/2019 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.

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.) #Vacancy #Commissioners

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.) #FireCompany
  • 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 #SewickleyMemorialDayCelebration #GlenMitchellRoad
  • We voted (4-0) to approve the William Eaton Plan of Lots subdivision plan. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EatonSubdivisionPlan
  • 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 #Solicitor
  • 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
  • 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.) #QuakerValleyAmbulanceAuthority
  • I gave an update from the Quaker Valley Council of Governments. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QuakerValleyCOG
  • 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 #VeshioDrive
  • 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 #HR763
  • 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 #Resolution
  • 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.) #AVTechnicians #Meetings
  • 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

5/13/2019 Workshop Digest

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.) #Park #WeberRoad
  • 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
  • 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. #HR763
  • 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.) #Vacancy #BoardOfCommissioners
  • 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

5/14/2018 Workshop Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Workshop Meeting on Monday night and I wanted to tell you what happened.

Our recording started slightly into the meeting, so the first few minutes weren’t recorded and–for some reason–we captured audio only. (I know I keep saying this, but help is on the way as far as the quality of our recordings go … we placed an order today for new gear that should make our recordings much better!) 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.Several of the items discussed below will be voted on at our next meeting on Monday 21 May. Those items are specifically identified–please let us know if you have thoughts you want us to consider before we cast our votes.

OK, here’s what happened:

  • We discussed renewal of our contract with the Ohio Township Police Department. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • Jacob Viola made a presentation about a program to study Aleppo Township’s sustainability. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ResidentRequests
  • The Quaker Valley COG Executive Director told us more about COG-wide GIS and a motion was made to accept the proposal from the QVCOG for GIS services. We will be voting on this motion on Monday–please let me know if you have any thoughts about this issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QuakerValleyCOG #GIS
  • The QVCOG Executive Director told us about a COG Emergency Management Study and a motion was made to adopt a resolution to participate in this study. We will be voting on this motion on Monday–please let me know if you have any thoughts about this issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QuakerValleyCOG #EmergencyManagement
  • We discussed a vacancy on the Aleppo Township Authority Board. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AleppoTownshipAuthorityBoard
  • We talked more about making a donation to the Memorial Day parade in Sewickley and a motion was made to contribute $250 to this fund. We will be voting on this motion on Monday–please let me know if you have any thoughts about this issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SewickleyMemorialDayCelebration
  • I told everybody where we stand on the updates to our meeting room (which includes the new gear I mentioned earlier to improve the quality of our meeting recordings). (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TownshipBuilding
  • We discussed an ordinance increasing the fee for a license to operate a storage lot. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We discussed a request from Glenfield Borough to store road salt in our salt shed. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #RoadSalt
  • A motion was made to make payment of $4,620 into court to finalize condemnation awards for easements related to the sewer project. We will be voting on this motion on Monday–please let me know if you have any thoughts about this issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Sewer

One final note of some excitement!–Aleppo Township got a surprise callout yesterday on “The Pittsburgh Local News” podcast talking about our system of streaming our meetings on YouTube. It was very cool! While I caution everybody that this podcast occasionally contains adult language, to hear what they had to say about us, go to: https://samleonardlocal.com/podcast then listen to the episode dated 17 May 2018 and scroll to 23:23 to hear the story we’re on!

Our next Legislative meeting will be on Monday 21 May 2018 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.

Thanks!
Best wishes,

Matthew Doebler
Aleppo Township Commissioner