Local Matters

Local Matters

Issues of interest to Quaker Valley Residents

Highlights from Harrisburg Hearing on Article V Convention

The number one takeaway from the Wednesday, October 17th hearing in Harrisburg to discuss Pennsylvania’s calls for an Article V Convention was that all parties harbor a sincere concern for the direction of the country and the menacing size and scope of the federal government.  Senator Mike Folmer presided over a hearing, poorly attended by Senators, with enthusiasm, professionalism and fairness.  He advanced relevant, targeted questions spurring comparatively deep responses from both proponents and opposition.  The hearing included testimony from: -A video presentation from former US Senator Jim DeMint (advocate of the convention) -Remarks from Sponsors of SR133, SR134 -Mark ...
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Rebuttal to Sewickley Heights Borough Second Correspondence to Residents

The latest letter (8/27) from the borough purports to provide clarity regarding their rewriting of the zoning ordinance in 2014, as well as (finally!) reveal the cost they have thus far expended on prosecuting the Fetterolfs for utilizing their property in a manner we contend is wholly permissable under law. Following is our response to this latest attempt by the borough’s leaders to preempt the zoning hearings themselves, sway public opinion in their favor and attempt to adjudicate the matter outside the assigned legal structures – a luxury not afforded the defendants. September 3, 2018 Dear Residents of Sewickley Heights ...
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Letter 2 from the Sewickley Heights Borough

This follow up letter from the Sewickley Heights Borough addresses additional questions which have been advanced since recent meetings. Thank you for your responsiveness and transparency.  Dear Residents of Sewickley Heights Borough, Among the many messages of support received following our July 2018 letter to residents, we also received questions concerning the adoption of the Borough’s 2014 Zoning Ordinance and the legal fees to enforce and defend it. Adoption of the 2014 Zoning Ordinance The adoption of the 2014 Zoning Ordinance represented the culmination of a six-year process that began with an update to the Borough Comprehensive Plan.  The Borough ...
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Public Comment on Police Review Board

Diane Spicher, President of Veterans and Patriots United has been a vocal opponent of the proposed Police Review Board. She received the following information for those interested in being involved.  Dear Diane: You have recently reached out to the office of Allegheny County Council to voice your position on the potential creation of a police review board.  Due to your interest on this subject, I have attached an advertisement announcing two (2) upcoming public discussions that are being held on this topic.  Please feel free to attend either or both of them.  If you wish to speak during Public Comment, ...
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Position on Sewickley Borough County Council, Ward 3

Mr. Bill Cornman, County Council representative for Sewickley’s Ward 3, will be resigning from his position and  a new Council Member will be appointed by the eight currently serving members in order to fill the vacancy. Interested candidates are asked to fill out a simple application found on the Sewickley Borough website and will subsequently be invited for an interview on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Candidates must live in Ward 3. Responsibilities include: ~Attending Council meetings on the second Tuesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm ~Reading monthly packets in order to prepare for meetings ~Responding to constituents in Ward ...
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Response to Sewickley Heights Borough Letter

This post is the response to the Borough’s letter regarding dissemination of misleading information by the Fetterolfs. Friends of Dundee Farm August 1 at 3:11 PM · We were disappointed in Sewickley Heights Borough’s recent action of sending a letter to every resident, in which they prejudged the outcome and mischaracterized the facts of an issue currently being considered by the Zoning Board. Nevertheless, Friends of Dundee Farm would like to address the issues and correct the misinformation contained therein. Our goal on this FB page has always been to provide a forum for the open exchange of information regarding ...
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Sewickley Heights Borough Response

While the borough produced an excellent response to the Fetterolf lawsuit which all engaged members of the height community should read, there remain some questions to be answered: When were the Zoning Regulations written? (all 192 pages) Who voted to pass the regulations? Were they organically generated or state or federal mandate? Who constitutes the Zoning Board and how are they selected? Is it possible they should be reviewed? Here is the link to the letter from the Borough. Again, a very well written, thoughtful response ...
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Cease and Desist: Sewickley Heights Borough versus Dundee Farm

While the following article addresses only one aspect of the Fetterolf versus Sewickley Heights Borough suit, (the other being to determine whether or not some of the Fetterolf’s activities are in compliance with the borough’s interpretation of farm related activities), it does nevertheless rouse the senses concerning zoning rights boards and their authority over private property rights. A large number of residents in the area certainly support some degree of zoning so as to protect the integrity and heritage of our community yet once this board becomes powerful enough to dictate which events and what number of events one can ...
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