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April 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.) #Emergency Management
  • 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.) #PlanningCommission
  • We voted (5-0) to refund several taxpayers. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.) #Sewage
  • We had a lengthy conversation about a resident’s concern about his neighbor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #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.) #PlanningCommission, #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

 

Legislative Digest – April 8, 2019

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

Before I get into the bullet list, let me plug an upcoming event. We will be holding our Third Annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 27 at 9:00 AM. Over the past two years, this event has been growing bigger and bigger. Last year, we had 22 participants and collected 45 bags of trash, 20 tires, and 1 car battery. This is great for our community and it’s great for our planet. This year, we’ll gather for coffee and donuts in the Township Building, where we’ll have a brief educational component discussing changes to the recycling industry (with an emphasis on the changes in glass recycling). Then, we’ll hit the streets. We will–literally!–be cleaning up your neighborhood. So please join us … it’s a fun community event and it’s a great way to improve the place where you live. Click here for the event’s poster and click here for information about this event during our meeting.

Alright–on to the 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:

  • We continued the discussion of the potential sale of vacant lot 422-G-351 and heard that Allegheny County has ordered an appraisal. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #VacantLot
  • We talked about the Sewickley Borough Lot on Glen Mitchell Road and agreed to wait 30 days for Sewickley to return its application to use that lot as a storage yard. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad
  • We heard more about the Emergency Communication Sign Up process. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyCommunication
  • The Township Manager told us that an engineer would be at our next meeting to present the William Eaton Subdivision Plan, which is a development in Osborne that may affect Aleppo. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EatonSubdivision
  • We discussed Quaker Valley Council of Governments’ Emergency Management training. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #COG, #EmergencyManagement
  • I briefly reported on my review of our Cyber Liability Insurance Policy and we discussed our next steps for this issue. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CyberLiabilityPolicy
  • We talked about techniques to reduce speeding on township roads and agreed to have our engineers and Public Works crews investigate further. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Speeding, #PublicWorks
  • A motion was proposed to “authorize our solicitor to draft an amendment to our fracking ordnance to include seismic survey, injection well, and use table default for unlisted uses using the Belle Acres ordinances for reference.” We will be voting on this issue at our next meeting, so if you have thoughts to share on this issue, please send them to me by email. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor, #Ordinance
  • We discussed the proposed merger between Sewickley’s sewer system and Leetsdale and agreed to draft a letter requesting participation in the analysis and decision making progress. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ATA, #Sewage
  • Commissioner Duplaga reported about a county landslide prevention task force. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Landslide
  • We discussed a website that helps coordinate road projects to hopefully limit the number of road openings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks, #RoadOpenings
  • One of our residents asked questions about mirrors placed on roads throughout the municipality and another resident asked a question about speed control. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Residents, #Speeding

Our next Legislative meeting will be on Monday, April 15, 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

October 15, 2018 – Legislative Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018 and I wanted to tell you what happened.

Before I get into the meat of the digest, let me say that this was our first meeting with our new streaming and recording equipment. We’re still figuring out all the bells-and-whistles, but we hope you’ll see an immediate improvement in the quality of the picture and sound. Let me know if you have thoughts!

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.

OK, Here’s what happened:

  • We heard a presentation from an expert in park design about the possibility of making a park out of a piece of land owned by the township on Ingleside Drive. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Environment
  • Our police chief told us about his department’s activities in the last month, including details about several thefts from cars in the Sewickley Heights Manor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We also re-introduced the “Police Blotter”, a weekly update about police activity in Aleppo. The Police Blotter is always available on the township’s website, so you can check in to see what’s been happening between Legislative Meetings. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see the Police Blotter.) #Police
  • Our Township Manager told us what the Public Works crew spent the month working on. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • We heard a brief update about a wrestling facility that is working its way through the planning and zoning process. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PlanningZoning
  • We heard how much money the township has collected in taxes and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes, #Treasurer
  • We got an update about the budgeting process at the Quaker Valley Council of Governments (dues for 2019 remain unchanged) and its Project Ideation team. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • Our solicitor updated us about the status of the legal threat made against us concerning our Aleppo’s permitted hours for solicitation. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor, #Soliciting
  • We voted (5-0) to permanently move the March Aleppo Legislative meeting from Monday to the 3rd Tuesday of March every year. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt the Pension Plan Joinder Agreement Ordinance. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PensionPlan
  • We discussed several topics identified at the Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners’ fall conference, including landslide areas, the township’s liability in the event of a critical incident with the Ohio Township Police Department, and our cyberliability insurance policy. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #SevenSprings
  • During Citizen Participation, residents discussed the possibility of Aleppo agreeing to sell its interest in a piece of property near Leetwood Avenue that is jointly owned by the township, the school district, and the county. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation, #Environment

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  PLEASE NOTE:  Our November Workshop meeting will be held at the Aleppo Township Volunteer Fire Hall.  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