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August 19, 2019 – Legislative Digest

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

The Board of Commissioners held an Aleppo Legislative Meeting on Monday night, August 19, 2019 and we 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:

  • Police Chief Hanny gave the police update for the month of July.  The Board also discussed idling trucks and speed monitoring signs. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • The audience heard a summary of the recent Emergency Management training refresher that the Commissioners and Township Manager received. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyManagement
  • The Board authorized Township Engineer Ben Gilberti to complete a final design for paving repair of a section of Rhodes Avenue; made a motion to approve a proposal for Geo-technical Monitoring of Rhodes Avenue and then deferred the motion for one month; and continued the discussion of possible emergency exits from the Sewickley Heights Manor neighborhood.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Engineer, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Commissioners heard about the recent activities of the Public Works Department.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublickWorks
  • Treasurer Clayton Steup gave his report about the Township’s finances.(Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer
  • Solicitor Stone reported on discussions with a property owner regarding his land use and discussions with the representatives of Northway Christian Church regarding construction timelines. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor, #NorthwayChristianChurch
  • The Board voted to approve a new 3 year agreement with Allegheny County for winter maintenance, and they also approved a contract with Cargill for the purchase of road salt at $82.24 per ton. #Cargill, #AlleghenyCounty
  • A resident asked for information about the Columbia Gas project on Weber Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ColumbiaGas, #WeberRoad

The next Workshop meeting will be Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM.  If any of these issues are important to you, we welcome your attendance at the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please feel free to share your thoughts with me via email and I will be sure to pass your comments along to the Commissioners.

Gwen Patterson
Aleppo Township Manager

aleppomgr@aleppotownship.com
412-741-6555 x19

July 2019 – Workshop & Legislative Digests

Hello Aleppo Residents and Friends –

As most of you know, Commissioner Matthew Doebler had to resign his seat on the Board of Commissioners because he moved out of Aleppo Township.  He is a tough act to follow, but we intend to do our best to keep up with his communication initiatives, including these email digests. This digest is longer, as it combines both the July Workshop meeting and the July Legislative meeting.

First, the July 8, 2019 Aleppo Workshop 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:

  • Aleppo Resident Amy Richert, who has submitted a letter of interest for the open seat on the Board, introduced herself to the Commissioners.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Commissioners

 

  • The Commissioners learned that the Verizon Franchise Agreement Ordinance will be on the agenda for adoption at the August 19, 2019 Legislative Meeting.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Verizon

 

  • The Commissioners discussed the property cleanup at 690 Glen Mitchell Road and asked the Township Manager to contact the property owner to seek answers to some follow-up questions.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #GlenMitchellRoad

 

  • The Commissioners were asked to review a draft of updates to meeting procedures. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings
  • The Board voted (4-0) to authorize HRG to seek proposals to repair a section of Rhodes Avenue paving. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HRG, #Streets
  • During Citizen Participation, a resident commented on an upcoming request for information regarding training the police receive to assist citizens with various forms of mental illness. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

And now, the highlights from the July 15, 2019 Legislative 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 heard an update from the Police Chief about their actions in Aleppo. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • We heard from the Public Works Director about what the road crews have been working on. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • The Board voted (4-0) to authorize the township engineer to prepare a formal proposal for a stabilization study on Rhodes Avenue; voted (4-0) to direct HRG to revise a plan using line painting to address traffic calming on McCoy and Weber Roads; and voted (4-0) to authorize the solicitor and engineer to investigate property access issues regarding a possible emergency exit from Sewickley Heights Manor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HRG, #RhodesAvenue
  • The Board voted (4-0) to appoint Braden Blosser to the Zoning Hearing Board to complete a term ending December 31, 2020. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ZoningHearingBoard
  • The Tax Collector/Treasurer gave updates about how much tax revenue was received in June and the end of June bank balances. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #TaxCollector, #Treasurer
  • The Board heard water and sewer updates during the Authority report. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #ATA
  • The Solicitor gave an update on the procedures for Board reorganization after an election. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor
  • The Commissioners voted (4-0) to withdraw the previous motion to request the DEP to make a site visit to 690 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #DEP
  • The Commissioners made a motion to appoint Amy Richert to the Board of Commissioners.  They will be voting on this at the August Legislative Meeting.  If you would like to learn more about Ms. Richert, please see the above link from the Workshop meeting where Ms. Richert introduced herself and discussed her interest in serving on the Board. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Commissioners
  • New Business/Unfinished Business: the Commissioners discussed several topics, including meeting procedure updates, creating a tracking procedure for Board topics, and code enforcement proposals.  (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Meetings
  • During Citizen Participation, State Representative Valerie Gaydos offered her assistance to Aleppo; a resident discussed drainage in his yard; and a resident discussed a recent road closure due to downed wires. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

The next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM.  If any of these issues are important to you, we welcome your attendance at the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please feel free to share your thoughts with me via email and I will be sure to pass your comments along to the Commissioners.

Gwen Patterson
Aleppo Township Manager

aleppomgr@aleppotownship.com
412-741-6555 x19

June 17, 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 just say that this was my last Aleppo meeting and I am very grateful to all the township’s residents for letting me serve for the last 6 years. During the meeting, I delivered a short farewell speech–if you’re interested in my retrospective on what we’ve done and what we’ve left undone, take a look. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) Also, click here to watch a very sweet clip of my kids presenting me with a going away present.

Also, as a reminder, my resignation will create a vacancy on the board. If you are interested in being considered to be appointed to fill this vacancy, please let me know.

OK, sentimentality out of the way, here’s what happened:

  • We heard what the police department has been up to in Aleppo Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • Our Public Works Director told us what the road crews have been doing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read an email from a resident in support of HR 763. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HR763
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the submitted Verizon covered parking lot plan as recommended by the planning commission and HRG subject to entering into a Developer’s Agreement prepared by and acceptable to the Township Solicitor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Verizon
  • We heard a presentation from Braiden Blosser, who is a candidate for the opening on the Zoning Hearing Board and made a motion to appoint him. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) We will be voting on this motion at the next meeting, so please let me know if you have any input on this topic. #ZoningHearingBoard
  • Our treasurer told us how much tax revenue we have collected and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer
  • Our solicitor told us that the Verizon Franchise Agreement is ready for board approval–we will be discussing that next month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor
  • We voted (5-0) to contact the DEP to ask them to make a site inspection of 690 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #DEP
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt the May 2019 version of the Emergency Operations Procedure for Aleppo Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyOperations
  • We voted (5-0) to hire technicians to perform AV tasks at Township meetings in the amount of $100 per meeting. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AVTechnicians
  • We made a motion to adopt a statement saying “The Board of Commissioners of Aleppo Township support HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. We urge our elected leaders to support this as a potential solution to climate change.” We voted (5-0) to defer this motion until there are 5 members of the board. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HR763
  • During Citizen Participation, a resident opposed any action concerning HR 763, another asked about plans for repair of Redgate Road, and a third expressed concern for litter in the lot that is being used for truck parking along Deer Run Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, July 8, 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.

Legislative Digest – June 17, 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 just say that this was my last Aleppo meeting and I am very grateful to all the township’s residents for letting me serve for the last 6 years. During the meeting, I delivered a short farewell speech–if you’re interested in my retrospective on what we’ve done and what we’ve left undone, take a look. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) Also, click here to watch a very sweet clip of my kids presenting me with a going away present.

Also, as a reminder, my resignation will create a vacancy on the board. If you are interested in being considered to be appointed to fill this vacancy, please let me know.

OK, sentimentality out of the way, here’s what happened:

  • We heard what the police department has been up to in Aleppo Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Police
  • Our Public Works Director told us what the road crews have been doing. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #PublicWorks
  • I read an email from a resident in support of HR 763. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HR763
  • We voted (5-0) to approve the submitted Verizon covered parking lot plan as recommended by the planning commission and HRG subject to entering into a Developer’s Agreement prepared by and acceptable to the Township Solicitor. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Verizon
  • We heard a presentation from Braiden Blosser, who is a candidate for the opening on the Zoning Hearing Board and made a motion to appoint him. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) We will be voting on this motion at the next meeting, so please let me know if you have any input on this topic. #ZoningHearingBoard
  • Our treasurer told us how much tax revenue we have collected and how much money we have in the bank. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Treasurer
  • Our solicitor told us that the Verizon Franchise Agreement is ready for board approval–we will be discussing that next month. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #Solicitor
  • We voted (5-0) to contact the DEP to ask them to make a site inspection of 690 Glen Mitchell Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #DEP
  • We voted (5-0) to adopt the May 2019 version of the Emergency Operations Procedure for Aleppo Township. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #EmergencyOperations
  • We voted (5-0) to hire technicians to perform AV tasks at Township meetings in the amount of $100 per meeting. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #AVTechnicians
  • We made a motion to adopt a statement saying “The Board of Commissioners of Aleppo Township support HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. We urge our elected leaders to support this as a potential solution to climate change.” We voted (5-0) to defer this motion until there are 5 members of the board. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #HR763
  • During Citizen Participation, a resident opposed any action concerning HR 763, another asked about plans for repair of Redgate Road, and a third expressed concern for litter in the lot that is being used for truck parking along Deer Run Road. (Click here to watch this portion of the meeting.) #CitizenParticipation

Our next Workshop meeting will be on Monday, July 8, 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 – 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