January E-News
2018    
Mayor and Vice Mayor Selected
Mayor Tom Muething and Vice Mayor Natalie Wolf Serving 2017 - 2019 Council Term
The Council's first order of business for the 2017-2019 term was to select a Mayor and Vice Mayor to serve the duration of the council term.   At its December 11 meeting, Council voted to re-appoint Mayor Tom Muething and Vice Mayor Natalie Wolf in their respective positions. 
Mayor Muething is serving his third term as Mayor and fourth term on council.  Vice Mayor Wolf is serving her fourth term as Vice Mayor and on council.  
To find contact information for your elected officials and learn who represents your district, visit us at  amberleyvillage.org   and click on Government & Administration.
Brush Collection Resumes
Brush Route Map
With bulk leaf collection concluded, the maintenance department resumed the highly valued brush collection service January 2.  Bring your brush piles to the curb!

Reviewing the brush guidelines can ensure the brush you set out is picked up and keeps our employees safe.  Materials mixed in with brush can cause costly damage to the Village's chipper.  

Our brush route map projects the targeted pick up day for residents.  Crews utilize this daily rotation and try to stay on schedule as much as possible to provide weekly curbside pick up for residents.   We appreciate your effort to work together with us to provide the most efficient service possible to the community. 
Wintertime Parking and Plowing
Winter is upon us and that means that the cold weather and snow has arrived.  There's a lot we can do to help our Maintenance Department in their efforts to clear the streets as thoroughly as possible.  
 
Keeping the following tips in mind when parking your car or plowing your driveway will help us work together to safely and efficiently clear the roadways this winter.  
  • Delay non-essential travel until after the roads have been cleared.
  • Do not park cars in the street where accumulation of snow and ice is expected.
  • Always pile snow to the side of the driveway that the snow plow will pass last (if facing your house, the left side). This will decrease the amount of snow the plow will push in front of your driveway.
  • Make sure your mailbox is straight, stable, and secure to prevent mailbox damage during snow plowing.
  • Keep permanent structures and decorations out of the right of way area. This area can often become filled with large, heavy amounts of snow. The Village would like to remind residents not to deposit snow by any means onto any public street, roadway, thoroughfare, or walkway.
  • When hiring a contractor for private snow plowing services, advise the contractor not to push snow into the street when snow blowing or shoveling a driveway. 
Village crews ask residents to please be patient during times of severe weather.  Priority streets for emergency access, hills, and main roads are treated first.  Crews may be behind schedule for other services while they apply salt to the streets and perform snow removal services during a winter storm response.

Helpful to Know:  Snow Emergency Classifications

Level 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.  Roads may also be icy.  Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

Level 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.  Roads may also be very icy.  Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads.  Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.  Motorists should use extreme caution.

Level 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel.  No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists.  All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work.  Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

Get the Travel App - OHGO

OHGO Travel App

Weather-related road closures and restrictions can impact your travel plans.  Consider downloading the  OHGO app to help stay informed when your plans include utilizing highways locally and statewide.  The app also lets you personalize daily routes and will notify you when delays exist so you can choose another route for your commute.

For more information and to download the app, visit the Ohio Department of Transportation's website at www.ohgo.com.
Police-Fire Station Designates as E-Commerce Safe Zone
Amberley Village Police-Fire Department has partnered with OfferUp to establish its location at 7149 Ridge Road as a secure place to conduct in-person transactions generated by online buying, selling or trading.  The MeetUp Spot is marked with a green sign that designates two parking spaces located on the southwest side of the municipal building letting the community know a Community MeetUp Spot is available.  The parking spaces are monitored by camera.  Our address location will now populate as a MeetUp Spot when using the OfferUp mobile app.

Providing the community with a safe place to conduct transactions improves the overall safety of local online buyers and sellers through a meeting location that is public, well-lit and monitored by the police department.  To learn more about best practices and safety tips for successful online transactions, visit ask.offerup.com.  
EMS Service Joins Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue
The Village's emergency medical service (EMS) is currently provided by Golf Manor Fire and EMS through an agreement approved by Village Council in December 2016.   The Golf Manor Fire Department has now merged with the Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue District which became effective January 1, 2018. 

At its December 11 regular meeting, Village Council approved assignment of the Golf Manor EMS contract over to the Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District.  The cost of services does not change due to the assignment and includes the annual cost for 2018 at $74,265 with an anticipated increase by 3% to $76,500 that goes into effect for 2019.

Residents will notice a change in the lettering of the responding equipment which will eventually read, "Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District".  There are no anticipated staff changes at this time. Response will continue from the current fire station at 6450 Wiehe Road, and continue to meet or exceed the standard response times set forth by the National Fire Protection Association.
Prescription Drop-off Available 24 Hours
Residents have dutifully participated in the popular Drug Take Back Day program hosted by the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department over the past two years which has been held in collaboration with the National Drug Take Back Days in April and October. 

In 2017, a record number of drugs were collected nationwide showing that we are doing our part in reducing the amount of prescription medicines accessible in our homes that are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.  Building on the awareness of the opioid crisis, prescription drug abuse and its prevention, the Police-Fire Department has made it possible for residents to now drop-off unwanted prescriptions anytime throughout the year, 24-hours a day.

Simply bring your pills or patches for disposal to the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department, 7149 Ridge Road. No liquids, creams, empty containers, needles or sharps accepted.  This is a free and anonymous service. No questions asked.  
Secure Holiday Package Delivery Service Popular
Residents took note of the new holiday package delivery service offered by the Amberley Village Police Department over the holidays.  Available for the first time in the Village, 116 packages ordered by residents were shipped to the department.   The deliveries were securely held until the resident, with proper identification, came to retrieve their package.

This was a great opportunity for citizens to avoid becoming a victim of theft through an increasing criminal activity that increases during the holidays where delivered packages are stolen from front porches, also referred to as theft by "porch pirates".  

With the success of our pilot program, the Department looks forward to providing this security feature to our residents next holiday season.
Recycle Holiday Lights
The Great Parks of Hamilton County has a drop-off program for residents to recycle holiday lights now through January 10, 2018.  

Broken or unwanted lights can be dropped off at any Great Parks visitor center.  Marked bins will be located just inside the lobby doors at the following locations.  Contact Great Parks for questions at 531-7275 or visit greatparks.org

Drop-off locations nearby: 

Glenwood Gardens
Cotswold Visitor Center

Sharon Woods
Sharon Centre

Winton Woods
Winton Centre
Post-Holiday Tree Recycling
Brush crews will chip holiday trees that are placed at the curb as they chip brush.  Trees set out for collection  must be free of ornaments, wiring, lights, tree stands and other debris in order to be safely chipped.  Trees that contain foreign materials will not be picked up.  

If you utilize a bag to contain the needles while moving the tree from your house, please remove the bag before setting the tree out for collection.  Removing the bag and any other debris from the tree will assist the brush crew in moving through the route more efficiently.
December Legislation
The following ordinances were presented at the regular Village Council meeting December 11, 2017.  Questions about these ordinances may be directed to the administration office at 531-8675.  To view or download these ordinances, including the council packet in its entirety, click here and select the December 11 Village Council Meeting from the recent events list of meetings shown.
Ordinance 2017-13
Passed

Appointment of Kevin Frank as Village Solicitor
Ordinance 2017-14
Passed
Appointment of Rick Kay as Village Treasurer
Ordinance 2017-15
Passed
Appointment of Nicole Browder as Clerk of Council
Ordinance 2017-16
Passed
Amending Income Tax and Fire Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017
Ordinance 2017-17
Passed
Making Appropriations for the Expenses of the Village of Amberley for the Fiscal Year 2018
Resolution 2017-36
Passed
Authorizing the Village Manager to Enter into a Contract with Argonaut for Property and Casualty Insurance
Resolution 2017-37
Passed
Authorizing the Transfer of Unclaimed Monies to the #9101 Unclaimed Monies Agency Fund
Resolution 2017-38
Passed
Authorizing Village Manager to Enter into a Contract to Purchase Energy Efficient Lighting for the Municipal Building
Resolution 2017-39
Passed
Authorizing the Village Manager to Enter into a Contract with AlarmNet to Enable Mobile Alarm Services for Residents
Resolution 2017-40
Passed
Authorizing the Village Manager to Enter into a Contract to Purchase Police Cruiser
Resolution 2017-41
Passed
Resolution Authorizing the Assignment of Agreement with Golf Manor Fire Department to the Little Miami Joint Fire District
Ordinance 2017-10
Passed
Declaring to be of Public Purpose Certain Public Improvements Which are Necessary for the Further Development of Certain Parcels with the Village and Establishing a Tax Increment Equivalent Fund
Resolution 2017-42
Passed
Equating Service Payments as Tax Payments in the Lease Agreement
Living with Coyotes
Coyotes are common in Ohio and can become more noticeable in the winter months when foraging for food as daytime hunting becomes necessary with limited food sources.  Activity also increases January through March during mating season.
The availability of food will determine the range and movements of coyotes, so it is important that garbage, composts, or loose pets do not provide a viable food source within neighborhoods.  If you are concerned about your pets, monitor their activity especially during these active months through April.  For more information about coyotes, visit ohiodnr.gov
Calling All Gardeners!
It's time to sharpen the tools and start ordering those seeds you've been dreaming of all winter.  The Amberley Green Garden is staked out with 36 plots and nearly ready to till.  All that's needed now is YOU!!

For $50 a growing season (April - November) you will get:
  • A 9' x 15' garden plot to plant as you desire (some restrictions apply)
  • Access to a garden cart, water and shed
  • Friendly gardeners with whom to share your expertise (or learn from if you have no expertise of your own)
  • Access to the Amberley Garden education
If you are interested, visit amberleyvillage.org and click on Contact Us to complete the 2018 Amberley Village Garden Application form    online. Applications are considered complete once payment is received.

Organic practices will be utilized in the Amberley Green Garden and assistance will be available to anyone who needs it.

We hope you'll join us this year!  Just take a look at the beautiful results!
Save the Date - One Stop Drop Recycling
The 6th Annual One Stop Drop recycling event will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Amberley Green, 7801 Ridge Road.   Paper shredding will be available. An acceptable items list will be announced soon, which will include electronics.  If you are interested in volunteering to assist during the event, please contact the administration office at 531-8675.
Municipal Tax Notes for 2018
2017 Tax Return or Extension - Due April 17, 2018
Due Dates for 2018 Quarterly Estimates:
1st Quarter  -  April 15, 2018
2nd Quarter - June 15, 2018
3rd Quarter - September 15, 2018
4th Quarter - January 15, 2019
2017 Extended Tax Return - Due October 15, 2018
Tax Questions?  Contact the Amberley Village tax office at (513) 531-0130 or send an email to taxoffice@amberleyvillage.org.