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  • The motion to approve the Verizon covered parking lot plan was withdrawn and we voted (4-0) to remand the subject matter to the Planning Commission with an explanation of the newly learned information and to get the input of the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

April 16, 2018 – Legislative Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting last month and I wanted to tell you what happened.

It was a fairly lengthy 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 particular interest to you.

Here’s what happened:

  • We held a Conditional Use Hearing relative to Masonic Village’s request to build new villas on its campus. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasonicVillage #Villas
  • We heard that our police chief is retiring and met the new chief of the OTPD. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • I updated everybody about our Annual Earth Day event: we picked up 44 bags of trash and 20 tires. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CommunityEvents #EarthDay
  • We heard about a property issue regarding allegations of light pollution at St. Mary’s Church. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We heard how much revenue we’ve collected from taxes and how much we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Taxes #Treasurer
  • We discussed new bylaws for the QVCOG. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #QVCOG
  • We voted (5-0) to enter into an agreement with ONSOLVE, LLC for a 1-year subscription to the CodeRED emergency notification system for a base price of $1,380.00 plus setup not to exceed $750. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Technology
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the 2018 Road Paving Cost Estimates. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Roads #Paving
  • We discussed the amount of our annual donation to the Sewickley Memorial Day Committee and agreed to further discuss this topic next month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CommunityEvents

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, May 14, 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

March 20, 2018 – Legislative Digest

Hi, Neighbors. We had an Aleppo Legislative Meeting a few 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:

  • Chief Davis reported on the fire company’s activities so far in 2018. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to see the written report.) #Fire
  • An officer from the police department told us about their activity in the last month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • Our Township Manager told us what the Public Works department did in the last month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read an email that we received from a resident expressing concern about Masonic Village’s plan to build new villas on its campus. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasonicVillage #Villas
  • We heard that at the April Legislative Meeting, we will have several hearings concerning Masonic Village’s application to build villas. These hearings will take place on 16 April 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Aleppo Township Building and are open to the public. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MasonicVillage #Villas
  • We heard that the Aleppo Township Authority still has not reached an agreement with Culligan concerning the allegations of dumping unapproved substances into our sewer. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Authority
  • We learned that Aleppo received a 5 year waiver of the requirements of MS4. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #MS4
  • We voted (3-0) to adopt the Social Media Policy (as amended). (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting and click here to read the Social Media Policy.) #SocialMedia
  • We voted (3-0) to approve our engineer’s proposal for the 2018 Road Paving Program (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Paving #Roads
  • We voted (3-0) to authorize the drafting of an amendment to section 232-2 of our Township ordinance to increase the cost for a license to operate a junk dealer or storage lot to $1,500 annually. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Ordinance
  • We voted (3-0) to approve the publishing of the township’s new website on 31 March 2018. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) In the next couple of weeks, I will be sending an email outlining some of the features of the new website, but in the meantime, feel free to click here to visit the new website and tell us what you think! #Website #Technology
  • A resident expressed concerns about traffic on Weber Road. Citizen Participation (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ResidentRequests #Police

Our next meeting will be this Monday 9 April 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