November E-News
2017   
Left Turn Arrow on Ridge at Ronald Reagan Highway
In January, the Village met with the Ohio Department of Transportation along with the City of Reading to embark on a signal retiming study for traffic in the areas identified as the Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue corridor that flows through Amberley and Reading.   The study has been completed by TEC Engineers and was fully funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).  Improvements to signal operation were recommended along the corridor including the installation of a left turn arrow for the westbound entrance ramp onto Ronald Reagan from northbound Ridge Road. 


Village Council approved the recommendation at its October meeting for Capital Electric to install the new signal which will occur early to mid-November for a total cost of $12,209 which includes:
  • Replacement of the existing northbound three-head signal with a five-head signal.
  • Installation of Wavetronics radar stop bar detector for the northbound left turn.
  • Adjustments to the span wire height, to adjust the height of the heavier five-head signal.
  • Modifications to the existing traffic signal controller.
The installation of the left turn arrow will assist drivers with a safer option for entering the highway and it is an assistance tool to help minimize traffic backups in this area.
Drone Flyover of 2100 Section Road
Drone Fly-over 2100 Section Road
Drone Fly-over 2100 Section Road
Courtesy of Adam Greenberg with Topicz, the Village is pleased to share with residents a unique viewpoint of the redevelopment property at 2100 Section Road.  

A drone was flown over the development-ready site providing a video tour of the entire 56 acres.  The property owner, Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority is currently marketing the site in partnership with REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) to attract an end user in the area of advanced manufacturing.  

To learn more about this property, visit www.cincinnatiport.org/available-properties .
Leaf Collection
The Amberley Village Maintenance Department began collecting leaves the week of October 16th and will continue through December 29th.   During leaf collection season, every effort is made to collect leaves in each area of the Village weekly.  

Your Curbside Leaf Service at Work
Leaf Collection Guidelines
As the volume of fallen leaves increases, the time to collect the leaf piles increases and the pick-up schedule can be expected to extend not only based upon this factor, but many others including  weather, equipment, parking on the street, and debris mixed with leaves. 
 
Check out this video to hear about how this curbside service works and the guidelines for setting out leaves.

As the leaf machine routes through the Village, black and white advisory signs will be posted at the entrance to your neighborhood in advance, projecting an estimate of the next collection day for your area.  
Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule for Curbside Services
Leaf Collection 
No collection on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving. Service restarts on Monday, November 27.
Trash & Recycling 
Residents can expect regular trash and recycling collection service from Rumpke for the Thanksgiving Holiday. No delays are scheduled.   Visit   rumpke.com  to find out more about  recycling and trash collection.
Gehring Recognized for OVI Arrests
Left: Officer Brandon Gehring
Congratulations to Amberley Village Police-Fire Officer Brandon Gehring for having the highest number of OVI arrests in Hamilton County in the past year with the Hamilton County OVI Task Force.  OVI means drivers were operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  

Gehring was presented the award in September by Lt. Pohlman of the Blue Ash Police Department.  
Deer Crashes More Likely in Fall
A look at the 2016 crash statistics from the Ohio Department of Public Safety confirms that October through December is the busiest time of year for deer-car collisions, with November being the highest month of the year. Deer become active this time of year because it is peak mating season.   

The Amberley Village Police and Fire Department recorded 42 deer related complaints in 2016 and 11 were auto accidents involving deer. 

Staying alert and avoiding distractions is the best way to reduce the odds of a deer-vehicle collision, including this additional advice:
  • Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds - if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby. 
  • Watch for young deer learning to cross roads.  They will hesitate or just stand there.
  • Remember deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.  

  • Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
Sign-up for the Do Not Solicit List
Supreme Court and Ohio Court rulings have limited the Village's ability to regulate door-to-door sales. Residents who do not wish to receive sales activity at their residence are encouraged to place their address on the Do Not Solicit list by contacting the Police Department at 531-2040.  Only your address will appear on the Do Not Solicit list.  Residents may also place a placard that reads "No Solicitors" on their private property.
Proposed Legislation
The following ordinances will be presented at the next regular Village Council meeting on the Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  Questions about the proposed ordinances may be directed to the administration office at 531-8675.
Tax Increment Financing for North Site:  Read proposed ordinance to create TIF 
First Reading: October 9, 2017

Auxiliary Police Officers:   Read proposed ordinance to hire auxiliary officers 
First Reading: September 11, 2017
Second Reading: October 9, 2017
Election Day - Tuesday, November 7
 
Residents will have the opportunity to cast their votes to elect the Village's seven-member Council this year.  Members are elected for a two-year term.  To view the list of candidates along with other issues being proposed to voters, visit the Hamilton County Board of Elections
Polls:  Hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  You must be registered to vote, and can find out whether you are registered, and where to vote from the Board of Elections.
Ballot Information: To view the actual ballot, plug in your street address on the Board of Elections poll locator page.
Questions?  Contact Hamilton County Board of Elections, (513) 632-7000.
New! Income Tax Drop Box
To make getting your taxes to the Village easier and more convenient, a 24-hour secure drive-up drop box has been installed for submitting payments and tax forms without postage. 

The drop box is located near the front entrance of the municipal building. To drive through, pull around the brick plaza by the American flag pole to the drop box, then exit using the south driveway, closest to the tennis courts.  Questions? You can reach the Tax Office at 531-0130.
Upper Ballfield Repairs
In 1993, the baseball fields located at Section and Ridge underwent substantial improvements to upgrade the quality, beauty, and safety of the fields through a gift received from Evelyn Greff as a memorial to her late husband, Irwin Greff, and commemorated by a plaque installed at the fields.  The dedication of the Amberley baseball fields was to support the overall enjoyment of children playing the game of baseball. For generations, children have played there and the fields continue to be in demand by local teams.

While the 2017 budget planned for new fencing and backstop, further review of the condition of the ballfields pointed to a higher priority of repairing the infield grass area of the field closest to the tennis courts referred to as the upper field.  Several meetings were held to discuss the needs of the ballfields in collaboration with the Greff family, Nativity School, the Public Buildings and Parks Committee, and Village staff.  A proposal to improve the upper ballfield was recommended and received Council approval at the October 9 regular meeting.    

A total of $9,655 of restoration work will be performed by Team All Sports which will level the upper ballfield to bring back the condition of the field for appropriate play and address issues expressed during review of the field conditions. The work to the upper ballfield includes removal of the grass infield, grading of the slope, applying 60 tons of infield mix, installing a pitcher's mound and sodding the area between the baseline and the fence.  Additionally going forward, the fields will be lined once a week by a volunteer.

Investment into the ballfield ensures the continuation of our recreational amenities and encourages lifelong participation for children and youth.  Last year, the Village invested in the tennis courts in the park and, prior to that, exercise stations were installed along the walking track.  The Village strives to make improvements to our recreational amenities.
Every Tree Counts!
Help the Taking Root Campaign reach its goal to plant 2 million trees in the eight county Greater Cincinnati Tri-State region by 2020!  Trees planted since 2013 can be added to the tree registry www.takingroot.info/join-in/registree/.