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The balloon archway welcomed residents and guests at this year's Drive-Thru Ice Cream Social,
which was held on August 23 at the Municipal Building.
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Amberley Village Ice Cream Social:
2020 Drive Thru Edition A Huge Success!
Special thanks to this year's Ice Cream Social Sponsors!
Amberley Village welcomed more than 750 guests to its 2020 "Drive-Thru Edition" Ice Cream Social. That's more than 250 more than usual! Seems the vision to offer something fun during a difficult year of pandemic was on the mark.

Guests to the event drove through the firehouse (above) and received lots of giveaways, including a new Amberley Village Coloring Book and Spin to Win game prizes, as well as t-shirts and gift bags for residents. The highlight of the event was free ice cream courtesy of UDF Homemade Brand, with kosher and non-dairy options available as well.

In case you missed the video recap of the event - or just want another good excuse to put a smile on your face! - click the button below. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!
Closed for Labor Day
Amberley Village Administration and Maintenance offices will be closed on September 7, 2020 in recognition of Labor Day. Thanks to our employees for all you do!
Extended Tax Returns Due October 15
Friendly Reminder
Residents who received extensions on their 2019 income tax returns are reminded of the upcoming deadline on October 15, 2020.

Questions? Contact Jenny West at jwest@amberleyvillage.org or at 531-0130. And remember, our tax drop box is monitored, secure and available 24/7!
Amberley Village Police Apprehend Car Thieves
Detective Drake dusts a stolen vehicle for fingerprints, which were instrumental in the apprehension of a county-wide ring of thieves.
Amberley Village Police Detective James Drake played an instrumental role in the apprehension and indictment of a ring of local car thieves. His investigation resulted in the arrest of more than ten thieves and the recovery of stolen cars and property from all over the county.

Look for more details in our upcoming Fall print newsletter, coming to homes in early October.

Congratulations Detective Drake and Amberley Village Police Department!
Public Hearing on Amberley Green Zoning Code Text
to Be Held on October 12, 2020
Amberley Green spans 133 acres, and sits on the site of the former Crest Hills Country Club. The property was acquired by Amberley Village in 2008.
Amberley Village Council will hold a first reading of proposed zoning text changes for Amberley Green at its September 14 council meeting. Then, in a public hearing on October 12, 2020, Council will receive public feedback regarding Amberley Green zoning code text.

Residents are invited to attend in person or online on Monday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Details will be available on the Village website calendar.

If you haven't already, take a moment to check out the tools for residents to learn more about proposed zoning text for Amberley Green, what it means, how it works, and ways to provide input via the Learn More button below.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Fresh Stripes in The Village
In case you missed it, Amberley Village recently added pickleball stripes on the tennis courts at the Municipal Building.

But did you know that fresh stripes were also added to the crosswalks at the Section and Elbrook and Farmacres and Section intersections. Amberley Village crews paint these annually to ensure public safety for both pedestrians and drivers. Be sure and do your part by reviewing the safety guidelines below.
School's In!
The Importance of Driver & Pedestrian Safety
Whether walking or driving, safety on the road is a shared responsibility. It is very important for everyone to think about others on the roadway, children on bikes, pedestrians, joggers and motorcycles.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the following safety tips:

WHEN WALKING:
  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions – including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
  • Never cross between parked cars.
  • Do not walk more than two wide and if cars are approaching from both directions it is safest to step off the roadway until traffic clears.

WHEN DRIVING:
  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
  • Be extra cautious when backing up – pedestrians can move into your path.
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

For more safety educational tools, information and videos, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians.
Property Maintenance Spotlight:
Residential Tree Safety
Dead trees attract insects and pests
& can spread disease
Damages are most often more costly than removal
Falling branches and trees can cause
property damage and personal injury
Amberley Village residents are responsible for dead trees on their property.

Aside from being unattractive, a dead tree can be a serious risk to not only humans but to the surrounding natural environment as well.

Amberley Village Property Maintenance Code Section 95.41 (B) states a "dead, dying, diseased or hazardous tree, bush, or landscaping on private property, may be declared a nuisance and its removal forced if it threatens public streets, public property, or the health, safety, or welfare of persons or private property."

Here are some of the reasons why:

Disease/insects can spread to other trees
There are many causes of a dead tree, but if the tree in question is dead because of disease, this can cause serious harm to surrounding trees. Disease as well as insect infested trees can easily spread to nearby trees and exert their power on others, resulting in the same fate as the original tree.

Attracts insects/pests
Along with disease spreading to other trees, dead trees tend to attract a lot of unwanted insects and pests. Termites and rats for example love to congregate to a dead tree. And if the tree is close to your house they’ll eventually make your home their own home.

Dead branches falling
A dead tree means dead branches. And dead branches mean weak branches that can randomly fall. Branches can range in size and if a large branch snaps off and falls, it can cause serious harm to any pedestrian that happens to be standing below it.

Can fall and cause damage
Dead branches can fall on hazardous areas but so too can the entire tree itself. If a tree is extremely fragile it can topple over entirely. Trees that are especially close to things like power lines, cars, houses, or pedestrian areas can wreak havoc and could end up being extremely expensive to remedy. It’s best to take care of them before this happens.

For more information, check out the article below to find out if your trees pose a risk. To further assist in helping you identify what species of trees are on your property, see the Leaf Identifier link to the left.
Brush & Leaf Collection Services
Many residents are accustomed to having brush picked up on a specific day of the week. However, in an effort to increase efficiency, Amberley Village Maintenance Department will now pick up brush on a rotation designed to provide service to each house once per week.

In addition, Leaf Collection will begin on October 19 and run through December 31. Like last year, our Brush LIte service will continue through leaf season with intermittent, unscheduled pickups as the Maintenance Department is able.

The brush and leaves that the Village collects go to our Class IV composting facility rather than in a landfill. Chipped brush is used to fulfill resident requests for wood chips. These efforts contribute to the Village's overall commitment to recycling and responsible land use.

Please take a moment to review the proper ways to set out your leaves and brush to ensure the most efficient pickup. We're committed to serving all Amberley residents in a timely manner, so please respect your neighbors and do your part!

Questions? Call us at the Administration Office at 531-8675 for additional information.
Thanks in advance for helping us help you!
Kids Being Good!
Fire Captain Chris Fritsch says he found the next police and fire recruits this month caught "being good!"

These adorable future first responders were rewarded with Frisch's Big Boy gift certificates for helping their family with yardwork.
Amberley Village residents Tiernan and Declan Prendergast were recognized by Fire Captain and
Police Officer Chris Fritsch for helping out their parents, Zachary and Katherine, by doing yardwork.
Recycling Update
One Stop Drop Was Canceled - What Can I Do?
Amberley Village hosts one of the area's most comprehensive recycling events each year. The Annual One Stop Drop allows residents to dispose of a multitude of unwanted items for recycling at one convenient time and location. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the event had to be canceled this year. So what can residents do with the items they've been saving?

Cohen, which has locations in both Norwood and Sharonville, offers recycling options for a wide range of materials, and even pays cash for certain metals. Electronics can also be recycled, although some items require a disposal fee. Its Sharonville location even accepts cars!

Friendly staff at Cohen suggest stopping in the Cashier's Office upon arrival for instructions specific to your recyclables.
Cohen also offers information regarding where to take items it cannot recycle (see button above). Hours of operation are 9 am -3 pm. Visit the company website for a wealth of resources, a full list of accepted materials and additional information at www.cohenusa.com.
COVID-19 - Ohio Update
In a recent update from Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman to local government officials, the graph above was shared to demonstrate the impact of wearing masks on COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County has steadily fallen since instituting the mask requirement. The red line shows when the mask order went into effect.

The button below offers additional information shared with local governments. View the slide show presentation in its entirety below:
We're Almost There, Amberley Village!
If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response.
If you have not yet responded, save time and taxpayer dollars by visiting the button below to fill out a quick 5-minute survey.
Show Your Amberley Village Pride!
Amberley Village Fall Apparel Now Available in the Spirit Shop!
The Amberley Village Online Spirit Shop offers a wide variety of fleece, outerwear and accessories. Show your Amberley Village pride with high-quality, branded gear - perfect for all seasons!

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These measures unify the format, making it easier for residents to send a message when an issue comes to mind. The member's first initial followed by last name (no space) @amberleyvillage.org will get your message on its way to members of the Amberley Village Council.

Amberley Village Council meets on the second Monday of each month. The next scheduled meeting is for Monday, September 14 at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers and online.
Information to watch online is available on our website at www.amberleyvillage.org.

Residents may call in or attend in person to participate.
To speak at the meeting, please contact Clerk of Council Tammy Reasoner
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