Amberley Village E-News
Happy Fourth of July!
Amberley Village Administrative Offices Closed
Friday, July 3, 2020

Rumpke Trash & Recycling Pickup
Continues as scheduled
Stay Current with Calendar & Video
Public Hearing to Be Held on July 8:
Amberley Green Zoning Code Text
Amberley Village has set up a variety of tools for residents to learn more about proposed zoning text for Amberley Green, what it means, how it works, and ways to provide input. Residents should have received postcards (depicted left) in the mail last week directing them to these resources on our webpage.

Visit the one-stop Amberley Green information page on our website for educational videos, such as the one linked below, documents and scheduling for upcoming hearings regarding Amberley Green zoning text. Just click the "Learn More" button!
Electric Aggregation Program Update
The Amberley Village Electric Aggregation Program will change vendors to Constellation for the upcoming program term to ensure the lowest possible price for electricity in the Village.

Competitors have become very savvy and are calling residents directly and asking for account information in an effort to divert your business.

Residents enrolled in the Village Electric Aggregation Program NEED DO NOTHING to continue in the program. See photo of the sample letter you should have received or will be receiving in the mail. Please be aware that no information is required from you to continue in the program.

Questions? Call Amberley Village at 531-8675.
Public Hearing Extended to July 13 for
Property Maintenance Code Changes
Residents will have an additional opportunity to speak regarding proposed property code changes at the upcoming Village Council meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Please take a moment to review the short video overview of the proposed changes below. Residents may also submit written comments to Clerk of Council, or direct questions to the Administration Offices at 531-8675.
Property Maintenance Spotlight:
Top Benefits of Painting Your Home
Amberley Village is proud to introduce a new initiative with our Property Maintenance Spotlight. We'll take a closer look at aspects of Property Maintenance each month to encourage Village-wide compliance. The many advantages of a fresh coat of paint to a property's value are significant, but did you know that paint serves as your home's first line of defense? You're actually protecting your investment with a fresh coat of paint, which is recommended every 10 -12 years - assuming it's a quality paint and professionally applied.
A beautiful exterior paint job is a show stopper and gives a homeowner major first impression points. A 2015 study estimated the  ROI on an exterior paint job to be 51%  while Consumer Reports says that enhancing your home’s exterior, including paint touch-ups, can  boost home value by 2-5% .
Learn more about property maintenance requirements in Amberley Village by watching the short video at right.

Link to Amberley Village Property Maintenance Code below.
Poster-Sized Display Highlights
Strong Community Relations
Amberley Village Police/Fire Department received a wonderfully over-sized thank you in the form of a poster collage from the members of Congregation Zichron Eliezer following months of dealing with COVID-19, April storms and an environment of civil unrest across the country. "We pride ourselves on the strength of our community relations," said Chief Wallace in a recent interview. "It's always encouraging to see families including their children in the building of positive relationships with law enforcement."
Sign Up for Important Safety Alerts & Warnings!
ALERT HC—MASS NOTIFICATION AND WARNING SYSTEM
Alert Hamilton County is completely customizable and allows users to choose which alerts they want to receive and how they want to receive them. Alert Hamilton County can notify users via text message, and email, with phone call notification available for the following alerts: Civil Emergency Message, Civil Danger Warning, Evacuation Immediate, Shelter In Place, Tornado Warning, Flash Flood Warning, Flood Warning, and Municipal Alerts.
SMART911
Alert Hamilton County is paired with a system called “Smart911,” which allows your important information to be shared with 9-1-1 call takers and first responders during an emergency.
You can add vital information, such as information about members of your household, medical details, disabilities and equipment, address and property details, as well as emergency contact information and communication preferences.

Download the NEW Smart911 App available in the  App Store  and  Google Play
For a quick and easy sign up, text “SMART911” to 67283, or sign up below!
Reminder: Income Tax Due Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Residents are reminded that income tax returns and payment are due on July 15. Returns, payment and any correspondence can be inserted into the Amberley Village Drop Box, located in the circle driveway in front of the Municipal Building. The Drop Box is monitored 24/7 for security.

To learn more about the Drop Box, see video at right.

Questions?
Contact Village Tax Administrator Jenny West at 531-0130 or jwest@amberleyvillage.org.
Hamilton County Heroin Task Force Updates Name, Issues Warning Regarding Spike in Overdoses
Amberley Village's own Tom Fallon took part in a press conference mid-June to highlight concerns following a spike in drug overdoses throughout Hamilton County. Commander Fallon is part of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition, formerly named the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force.

The name change indicates the broad range of drugs now inundating the area. The spike in overdoses is credited to the short-term drop in the drug supply as a result of COVID-19, which causes a user's tolerance to drop. With the reopening of the supply chain, users will often return to the same dosages, which their bodies can no longer handle.
Drill Tests Hose & Flowing Foam for Fire Suppression
Amberley Village holds monthly drills and testing for both the firefighters and equipment. Below, you can see the monthly drill testing of a fire hose and flowing foam for fire suppression. The role of the foam is to cool the fire and to coat the fuel, preventing its contact with oxygen, resulting in suppression of the combustion.
Amberley Village Facilities Update
Tennis Courts Reopen
Tennis courts at the Municipal Building have been repaired and are open for play. Resurfacing was recently completed following major storm damage in April.

Please note that fence repairs are still pending and may impact court availability.

Tennis keycards are available at the Public Safety window in the Municipal Building. Cost for residents for the remainder of the year is $35, as we are in the second year of the two-year keycard cycle. (Regular fee is $50 for two years.) For more information, check out the Recreation page on our website by clicking the link below.
Walking Track
Seal Coating
Amberley Village tennis courts have been newly resurfaced
and have been reopened for play. Please note that fence repairs are still pending, and may impact court availability.
Seal coating of the walking track at the Municipal Building has begun. Plans include completion of the coating of the upper track on Thursday, July 2, with the lower track scheduled for coating on Monday, July 6. The seal coating represents the final stages of last year's resurfacing project, and will preserve the work done to fill and smooth the walking track.
Ball Field Gets a Refresh
The baseball field at the Municipal Building recently received a "refresh." The field was regraded, raked and dragged in preparation for upcoming use following the announcement of Ohio reopening youth sports.

Non-contact sports like baseball and tennis were among the first to receive permission to resume following state-wide closures.
COVID-19 - Ohio Update
Ohio is slowly opening back up, but we must continue to take precautions. If you must leave the house, care for yourself and your neighbors by wearing a face covering. Find instructions for DIY face coverings at http://ow.ly/fTjb50zsgfs . #ResponsibleRestartOhio
Back to Basics
With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout Hamilton County, Amberley Village reminds its residents that the basic tenets of stopping the spread of coronavirus are critical now more than ever.

The video at right serves as a great reminder of the importance of a few basic practices, such as handwashing, social distancing and the use of face masks. Take a moment to reinforce these practices by reviewing the video and consider sharing it with others.
Strategies to Safely Encourage Community
Even in light of the COVID-19 Crisis, Amberley Village is still finding ways to safely support those in our community. On June 14, Amberley Village hosted its annual Bike Safety Event in a modified format, which still allowed children to have their helmets property fitted, and let our kids know the importance of bike safety.

Then on June 27, Amberley Village Police-Fire Department showed its support for Most Valuable Kids by hosting its annual Pep Rally, drive-through style! Families served by MVK drove the circle at the Municipal Building picking up summer swag bags, care packages and goodies to take home. Mascots from the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, and Cincinnati Cyclones were on hand to help kick off a great summer.
Officer Andrea Alt, safely behind her mask, adjusts a child's helmet during the drive-through bike helmet safety event on June 14.
Chief Wallace speaks to WLWT-TV 5 about the importance of community and hosting the MVK event at the Amberley Village Municipal Building.
2020 Census Update
So close! But still another 16% to go...

You know who you are...make sure the 2020 Census does, too!

Amberley Village is seeking a 100% response rate for Census 2020, so please do your part and be counted today.

Click the button below to get started now!
Show Your Amberley Village Pride!
Amberley Village Face Masks 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!

NEW! Amberley Village face masks now available in six colors!
Stay Informed. Get Involved.
Ways to connect in Amberley Village!

Online Photo Galleries

Photos help us all visualize a story, and with such a beautiful setting here in Amberley, why not capture it all? Look for more photos, and feel free to contribute your own by emailing them to:

Text to Opt-In
It's never been easier to opt in for the Village E-News! See above - we even have cards available to share at your block party or neighborhood gathering, so help spread the word!

Tailor Your Notices
Ever wish you could get meeting notices for a specific committee without having to receive ALL all of them? Well, now you can! Choose which meeting notices you'd like to receive, as well as topic-specific updates.

OTHER WAYS TO CONNECT
Get the Mobile App
Share E-News with a friend
Join us on Nextdoor, YouTube, Facebook & twitter
Amberley Village is committed to keeping lines of communication open and accessible between residents and government officials. In this spirit, Amberley Village has incorporated Village-issued email addresses for Councilmembers into its digital communications protocol.

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, July 13 at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers and online.
Information to watch online is available on our website at www.amberleyvillage.org.

To speak at the meeting, please contact Clerk of Council Tammy Reasoner
at 531-8675 or at tpreasoner@amberleyvillage.org
Amberley Village | Website