February E-News
2019    
Proposed Ordinance on Certain Accessory Structures
Third Reading at February 11 Council Meeting
As part of its regular meeting on January 14, the Village Council held a second reading of proposed Ordinance 2018-13 and a public hearing to receive input regarding proposed changes to the Village Zoning Code relating to accessory structures. A third reading of the ordinance will be held on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. 

Interested residents can attend next week's meeting and speak to the modifications by notifying the Village by noon on Monday, February 11 of your desire to be on the agenda.
Brush Collection 
The highly anticipated return of the Amberley Village brush collection service was January 7.  Bring your brush piles to the curb for our Maintenance Department!
 
Amberley Village Service Department - Brush Video for Residents
Amberley Village Service Department - Brush Video for Residents
Reviewing the brush guidelines can ensure your brush is collected quickly and safely by Village crews.  As a friendly reminder, materials mixed in with brush can cause costly damage to the Village's chippers.  
 
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. 
Amberley Village Brush Route Map
Snowplowing-winter response

The Amberley Village road crews are in full swing as we approach the middle of the winter storm season.  There's a lot we can do to help our Maintenance Department in their efforts to clear the streets as thoroughly as possible.  

Starting with the first storm of the season on November 14, 2018 our crews
have estimated 19 inches of snow to have fallen in the Village along with 1 inch of ice. 281 tons of salt have been used to combat snow and ice accumulation along with 3,540 gallons of brine.
  
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, such as brush collection, 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.

For more on the various types of weather alerts visit the Hamilton County EMA site .
Cold Weather Health & Safety

During the freezing temperatures in extremely cold winter weather, please keep in mind the following precautions that will help you and your family stay safe and healthy.
  • If you suspect a problem with frostbite or hypothermia, seek medical care. If body temperature is below 95 degrees, it is an emergency.
  • Be aware of the wind chill factor.
  • Work slowly when doing outside chores.
  • Limit skin exposure to the extreme cold and avoid extended periods of exposure.
  • Wear proper clothing such as a hat, scarf, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens, and several layers of dry clothing.
  • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
The elderly, young children, adults under the influence of alcohol and the mentally ill are at a higher risk for hypothermia and frostbite. Warning signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Frostbite results in a loss of feeling and color in affected areas such as the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes.

For more information about promoting winter weather safety and health, please visit the CDC's website at www.cdc.gov.
Distracted Driving 
Teens' inexperience behind the wheel makes them more susceptible to distraction behind the wheel. One in three teens who text say they have done so while driving. Is your teen one of them? Research has found that dialing a phone number while driving increases your teen's risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times. Talking or texting on the phone takes your teen's focus off the task of driving, and significantly reduces their ability to react to a roadway hazard, incident, or inclement weather.

Distracted driving can take on many forms beyond texting and talking on the cell phone. Many teens may try to use their driving time to eat their morning breakfast or drink coffee, to apply makeup, or to change the radio station. Many teens are distracted by the addition of passengers in the vehicle. Any distraction is a dangerous distraction. Taking eyes off the road even for five seconds could cost a life.
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What Can You Do?

  • Talk to your teen about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. Share some stories and statistics related to teen drivers and distracted driving. Remind your teen often that driving is a skill that requires the driver's full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait until arriving at his or her destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with your State's graduated driver licensing law, and enforce its guidelines for your teen. Check to see what your State's laws are on distracted driving; many States have novice driver provisions in their distracted driving laws. Create your own rules if necessary. Restricting the number of passengers your teen can have, or the hours your teen can drive, is a very effective way to minimize distraction for your teen driver. Talk about the consequences of distracted driving and make yourself and your teen aware of your State's penalties for talking or texting on a phone while driving.
  • Set consequences for distracted driving. If your teen breaks a distraction rule you've set, consider suspending your teen's driving privileges, further limiting the hours during which they can drive, or limiting the places where they can drive. Parents could also consider limiting a teen's access to their cell phone-a punishment that in today's world could be seen by teens as a serious consequence.
  • Set the example by keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while driving. Be consistent between the message you tell your teen and your own driving behaviors. Novice teen drivers most often learn from watching their parents.

Calling All Gardeners!

It's time to sharpen your tools and start ordering the seeds you've been dreaming about! The Amberley Green Organic Community Garden has some available plots for the 2019 season, ready to greet new gardeners whether veteran or novice. 
  
For $50 per season (April to November), the garden rental includes:
  • A 9' x 15' plot to plant as you desire following organic practices (some restrictions apply)
  • Access to garden cart, some tools, compost/mulch, compost pile, water, shed
  • Expectation that each gardener participates in periodic work days and regular maintenance tasks
  • Friendly gardeners with whom to share ideas or seek input
  • Monthly demonstrations of garden techniques and cooking ideas for produce, as a hub garden of the Civic Garden Center
To sign up, visit AmberleyVillage.org and click on "Forms and Documents" and complete the 2019 Amberley Green Organic Community Garden Application. It can also be downloaded and returned to the Amberley Municipal Building at 7149 Ridge Road, 45237. Applications are considered complete when both application and payment are received. Plots are allotted on a first-come basis. 
  
If you have questions, email  amberleygarden@gmail.com. See you in the garden!! 
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Seats are limited, RSVP today!
 
Pollinator Program @ French Park
Sunday, May 5, 2019   1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Registration required, limited to 25
Register at:  https://explorenature.regfox.com/pollinatorprogfrench
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Join Cincinnati Parks Naturalist Jonathan Duerbeck for a surprising look at the quiet but vital work of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.  Discover how these creatures do their job so perfectly in a short presentation.  Then take an easy-to-moderate guided walk through the park to see how our native flowers cooperate with their animal partners.  You'll also learn how you can help our native pollinators.
Council Legislation: January

The following legislation was presented and passed at the regular Village Council meeting January 14, 2019.  Questions about legislation may be directed to the administration office at 531-8675.  To view or download legislation, including the council packet in its entirety, click on  Council Agendas  on the Village homepage and select the January 14 Village Council Meeting from the recent events list of meetings shown. Minutes and legislation may also be accessed via Forms & Documents on the Village website.

Ordinance 2018-13
Second Reading
Amending Zoning Code and Regulation of Accessory Structures
Resolution 2019-1 Resolution Adopting Policy for the Use of Credit Cards
Ordinance 2019-1 Amending Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2019
Resolution 2019-2 Authorizing Professional Service Rate Schedule for the Village Engineer
Ordinance 2019-2 Ordinance Adopting and Enacting a Supplement to the Code of Ordinances of Amberley Village
Ordinance 2019-3 Authorizing an Addendum to Village Manager's Employment Agreement 
Preparing for Tax Season

As you are getting information together for filing 2018 Federal and State tax returns, don't forget about filing your Amberley Village return as well. Tax returns are due April 15, 2019.
  
An annual return is mandatory for all residents, regardless of whether or not tax is due.
  
If you file a Federal extension please send a copy to the Amberley Village Tax Office. This is not mandatory but helps us by noting your account that your return may not be filed until October 2019. Extended tax returns are due October 15, 2019.

You can contact the Amberley Village Income Tax Office at (513) 531-0130 or email our Income Tax Administrator, Patty Meiers.

2019 quarterly estimates due dates 

1st quarter April 15, 2019
2nd quarter June 15, 2019
3rd quarter September 15, 2019
4th quarter January 15, 2020