September E-News
2018    
Ice Cream Social
The annual Ice Cream Social was held on Sunday August 19th and was a great success. The addition of multiple inflatables, a green screen, an interactive safety town along with the always popular fire hose spraying on the tennis courts were enjoyed by both young and old. 

Of course Mr. Softee and Kona Ice were on hand to keep everyone cool on that hot afternoon. This year's event was a result of the generous donations that were received from residents. We would like to thank all of our donors and volunteers including the village employees that made this year's event spectacular!
Last Day of Brush Pick-Up 
The Village's Maintenance Department staff will concentrate on bulk leaf collection from mid-October through December 28.  The last pick-up for residents will be your regularly scheduled pick-up day during the week of October 1 st through October 5 th

If you want to find out the last day of brush pick up on your street, please visit our website's news section at amberleyvillage.org or call the Village administration office at 531-8675.

If you need to dispose of brush before collection resumes in January, Rumpke allows residents to place brush with their trash, as long as it is bundled and cut into four-foot lengths or cut the brush and place it into a garbage can or yard waste bag for collection.
Leaf Collection Starts October 15
How leaves are collected in Amberley
How leaves are collected in Amberley
The Village's annual leaf collection program will begin on Monday, October 15 this year. The Maintenance Department has readied its equipment and the crews will make regular routes throughout Village to provide leaf collection to residents until December 28.  

As the volume of leaves increases, the black and white advisory signs will be posted at the entrance to your neighborhood in advance of the crews, projecting the estimated day of collection in your area.

Crews will stay on schedule as much as possible. Weather, equipment, parking on the street, and debris mixed with leaves all affect the Village's ability to collect leaves.

Please take a few minutes to watch our video on how leaf collection works in the Village. It provides a closer look at the guidelines for setting out leaves, how the equipment operates, and what you can do to help get your leaves collected.
Filling Potholes & Sealing Cracks
The Maintenance Department's street maintenance program includes crack sealing on several streets throughout the Village. The department's crack sealing program utilizes on average over 15,000 pounds of tar which slows the deterioration of Village Streets, reduces the potential development of pot holes and strengthens the roadways for the winter season.
ROADS SCHEDULED FOR CRACK SEALING
Elbrook Avenue
Kentland Court
Fontaine Court
South Fair Oaks
Fair Oaks Lane
Spring Valley Drive
Hudson Parkway 
(Farmcrest to Esther)
Aracoma Drive
Aracoma Forest Drive
Fernwood Drive
Patrisal Court
 Ridge Road (portion near JCC)
THIS PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED TO RUN FROM SEPTEMBER TO EARLY OCTOBER

This maintenance prevents water from getting into the cracks and base layer of the street. Preventing the water from entering the surface of the pavement prevents the freezing and thawing in the cracks and the weakening of the base layer, both causing pot holes and deterioration of the street.   Water intrusion is the most damaging element to roadways, thus crack sealing is a vital step in maintaining Village streets.

Throughout the year, as part of its ongoing multi-faceted approach to street maintenance, the Department performs pothole repair work in the Village's roadways. Another aspect of street maintenance is asphalt repairs that may be tied to replacing storm sewers or catch basins. At times, asphalt repairs may involve: shoring of an area if the depth creates a safety hazard; milling the asphalt to a certain depth; back-filling with an acceptable material; pouring asphalt and blacktopping it. Critical street maintenance provides relief to drivers and prolongs the life of the street by several years.
Open Board Member Seats
Newly Created Human Rights Commission
Amberley Village is accepting applications for the newly created Human Rights Commission. Village residency required.

On April 9, 2018, Amberley Village Council passed Ordinance 2018-4, an Ordinance to Combat Discrimination and for the Guarantee of Equality and Inclusion.  This ordinance establishes the creation of a Human Rights Commission, whose mission is to encourage and endeavor to bring about mutual understanding and respect among all persons, and to safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to be free from all forms of discrimination.  
The Commission will be comprised of five members, each serving staggered 3-year terms, except for the initial appointments, which will be from 1-3 years each.  The Village is seeking a balanced representation of our community, reflecting the diversity of Amberley Village.
The deadline for submissions is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 .  Please send completed application to the attention of Village Manager Scot Lahrmer at 7149 Ridge Road, Amberley Village, Ohio 45237 or email.
Safe Travel for Kids Campaign
The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department would like to bring awareness to National Child Passenger Safety Month in September. The Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association has partnered with Cincinnati Children's and Evenflo to promote child passenger safety with the campaign, Safe Travel for Kids, which reminds parents and caregivers to properly anchor their tethers of car seats.

In support of this campaign, we would like residents to know that the Village has four officers certified in car seat safety who can assist residents with proper installation of child safety seats in their vehicles. Without the proper anchoring of the tether, car seats can move during a crash resulting in unnecessary injuries. To have your child's seat check for property installation, simply stop by the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department to request assistance.
Kids Walking to School
The age recommended is 9-11 years old or around the 5
th grade.  The age will vary depending on the child's maturity and temperament, distance to school, number of crossings and whether or not the roadway is lit.  At the recommended age the children are "less impulsive, more attentive, and have the cognitive ability to cross a street safely."  The child should be taught to assume no one will actually obey rules of the road.  During rush hour the child needs to do the thinking for the driver and make eye contact or recognize the driver is not looking down at their phone before stepping out into the road. 
 
Walking to school allows the child to have independence, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility. Children need a sense of their own mobility to get themselves from one spot to the other.  They need exposure to the outdoors in unstructured ways.   Not to mention for the child to get some exercise. 
 
Having a cell phone while walking to school adds a sense of security and responsibly also.
Teach your child to:
  • Pay attention to traffic at all times when crossing the street and put away the cell phone or other electronic devices that contribute to distracted walking.
  • Always cross at the intersection where there are traffic lights; do not cross in the middle of the block.
  • Look left, right, and then left again before crossing; cross while keeping an eye on traffic.
  • Always watch for turning vehicles when crossing the street.
  • Remember that drivers may not see them, even if they can see the driver.
  • Wear bright-colored clothing or a device that will increase their visibility, such as a reflective armband or even a safety vest, depending on their route.
  • Never follow someone who is either a stranger or someone they know but is not a designated "safe" adult. A safe adult is someone who has been previously agreed upon by you and your child to be a caregiver, such as a grandparent or trusted neighbor. If someone tries to convince him to go with him or tries to physically get close to him, then scream, "Help! This is not my dad!" or "Help! This is not my mom!" and run away. If he grabs him, tell him to kick, punch, and hit as hard as he can.
  • If she should somehow get lost even after practicing the route with you a number of times, have her ask a woman-preferably a woman with a child or baby-for help.
The route your child must take to school can also play into the decision as to when it may be safe. A route that has no crossings of busy streets may be safer at a younger age, while ones with busy intersections may require more maturity.
National Recycling Markets - What You Need to Know
You may have read in the news recently that markets for several types of recyclables, in particular mixed paper and plastics, have hit record low prices. Residents should know that your recyclables placed at the curb are hauled to Rumpke's recycling facility in St. Bernard. There the materials are separated by type. Lower markets means Rumpke sells those materials for less money to end manufacturers.

Community leaders recently met at Rumpke's recycling facility to learn more about the national situation. Fifteen communities attended and gained an understanding of how each community can help improve recycling. Here's what was learned:

1. Rumpke is not landfilling your recyclables. Some news stories have mentioned that this is happening in other areas of the country but it is not happening here.
2. Commodity prices for paper and plastic have fallen dramatically. For example, mixed paper has fallen from $97.50/ton in March 2017 to $5.00/ton in March 2018. At the same time, end users of the paper expect cleaner bales of material with less contamination.
3. Contamination in recycling is a big deal. When residents place non-recyclable items in their carts or at a recycling drop off, they increase the cost of recycling and decrease the value of the recyclables.
4. The primary driver of this shift is a change in China's policies on what material they will accept. If you would like to read more in depth about this issue, here is a detailed timeline.

Overall, the good news is that residents can help by reducing contamination in the recyclables by Recycling Right. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District provides informational tools on their website to learn more about how to Recycle Right at the curb.
Volunteer for Tree Care - September 20
The next clean-up day for volunteers to meet will be Thursday, September 20. The Environmental Stewardship Committee invites you to participate in the clean-up days held at the Amberley Green property to perform light maintenance to remove weeds and invasive growth from the roots zones to ensure healthy trees.  
 
Volunteers will meet at 5:30 p.m.  in the parking lot at 7801 Ridge Road. Sun hats, sunscreen and gardening gloves are recommended. Everyone is welcome to join us!           
Letters Mailed for Renewal of Natural Gas Aggregation
Opt-out letters have been mailed by the Village and IGS which should have arrived around August 24.  The letter explains that residents can choose to continue in the Village's natural gas aggregation program or opt-out by September 14.  You may opt-out at any time without any expense.  Unless you are with an alternative gas supplier, you will become part of the Village gas aggregation program and will begin saving money.
 
Renewing the Village's current contract with IGS will continue the month-to-month variable rate until August 2020 with the ability to lock in the rate if favorable. Our program has been successful in that we have maintained a lower rate than Duke since October 2016.

Residents who have enrolled with another supplier will not receive the opt-out letter but can join the Village's aggregation program by calling IGS after September 14 and  after cancellation of any existing contract with their supplier.
Contact for Natural Gas Aggregation:                                                               
IGS Energy                                                                
P.O. Box 9060                                                           
Dublin, OH 43017                                                     
1-800-280-4474 (8 am - 8 pm weekdays)              

Reminder - Inspections for Inside Gas Meters
Duke Energy will continue performing inspections of inside gas meters during September.  

On average, the inspection will take 10 minutes and be conducted on the gas piping from the building wall to the outlet of the gas meter.  Southern Cross, Inc. will be contacting those residents and businesses whose house or building needs an inspection.
 
Residents and businesses can expect to see Southern Cross Inc. completing this work, not Duke Energy technicians and vehicles.  Southern Cross Inc. technicians can be readily identifiable by:  
  • Wearing a visible Southern Cross Inc. picture ID on the outside of the uniform,
  • Wearing a visible Duke Energy picture ID on the outside of the uniform,
  • Having a contact phone number for the customer to call for verification of the Duke Energy Ohio inspection, and
  • Driving a Southern Cross Inc. or personal vehicle with a Southern Cross Inc. logo.
For more information about these inspections, visit https://www.duke-energy.com/home/natural-gas/inside-piping-inspection.
Where to Place Political Signs
Another opportunity for citizens to express their right to vote is approaching with the November election.  Amberley Village Code regulates the placement of outdoor election signs.  The following guidelines will be helpful as you express support for your preferred candidates this upcoming election season:
 
Political signs should be erected in a safe and secure manner and cannot be posted in the Village's right-of-way.  The Village right-of-way typically extends to the area where the utility poles are located.  In the absence of utility poles, assume the Village right-of-way is 12 feet from the pavement into the yard.  Signs should also be kept off of utility poles.
 
In some areas, the right-of-way may not be apparent by utility locations.  In such instances, the first priority is safety and the Village will immediately remove signs that impede sight lines for traffic.  Signs illegally posted on any utility pole or posted within the area of the street and utility poles or Village right-of-way, will be removed by Village crews. 
 
Confiscated signs will be stored for seven (7) days on the south side of the Service Garage behind the Village Municipal Building at 7149 Ridge Road.  If you believe your signs have been removed due to being in the right-of-way, the signs can be retrieved from behind the Village Municipal Building before they are disposed of after seven 7 days.
Print Newsletter in October
Communicating the business of the Village is an important function for our residents. To increase readership of the E-News and to ensure residents are being reached, a print edition of the newsletter is published bi-annually. Residents will begin receiving the October print newsletter in their mailboxes during the last week of September and first week in October.

The print edition of the newsletter is also shared in an electronic format with our E-News subscribers.  All newsletters are also available on the website for convenient access.