Amberley Village E-News
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Amberley Village Council meets on the second Monday of each month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 8 at 6:30 pm, and will be held online only.

Information to watch online or attend via Zoom is available on our website at www.amberleyvillage.org.

Residents may call in or attend online to participate.
To speak at the meeting or submit written comments, please contact Clerk of Council Tammy Reasoner
by noon the day of the meeting at 531-8675 or at tpreasoner@amberleyvillage.org
Amberley Village Services Schedule
Administrative Offices Closed
Presidents' Day, February 15, 2021
Trash & Recycling Pick Up
Regular Friday Pick Up on Schedule
Brush Collection
Brush Collection will continue on an "as-needed" schedule, with pickup once per week.
Resident Praise for Our 2020 Highlight Reel
If you haven't yet viewed our 2020 recap video, you'll want to take a few minutes, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy! Here's what people are saying:
This is beautifully done! Please extend my appreciation to everyone who put this together. What a wonderful neighborhood in which to live!  
-Judy Hughes, Email


Love this! Thank you all for what you do for the AV residents! We are grateful!!
-Leah Kattus, YouTube


Thanks Amberley Village, Ohio - Government for your support of Most Valuable Kids of Greater Cincinnati - MVK in 2020. Your partnership is so appreciated and enabled us to provide two socially-distanced experiences for deserving kids and families in our community! We couldn't have done it without you! #morethanaticket
This was wonderful... I loved seeing (again!) what a great little community we are, and especially those of you who keep it running beautifully. Thanks for all of you at Village Hall.
-Phil Weintraub, Email
If you know someone who is currently not receiving our emails, they may contact Clerk of Council Tammy Reasoner at tpreasoner@amberleyvillage.org with their name and email address, and we'll be happy to add them to our mailing list!
Officer Delarisco Sumler to the Rescue!
Amberley Village Police Department is often recognized by members of the community who are just travelling through the Village, even if they don't really know the community.

We're proud to showcase the impression it leaves when one of our officers goes above and beyond the call of duty. Check out this Facebook post that was shared with our Clerk of Council Tammy Reasoner by a friend who just happened to run into trouble while passing through.

What could possibly make us more proud of our community? Thank you, Officer Sumler - we are absolutely proud to have you representing our Village - you just never know who's watching!

Who thinks we should rename Officer Delarisco Sumler "Dela-rescue"?!?!
Amberley Village Simplifies Tax Filing
With tax season upon us, Amberley Village is working to simplify the process for residents. Look for an important postcard update coming via US Mail in the next few days, which outlines key information as you prepare your taxes.

We've also consolidated the tax links on our website, including everything in one place. You'll still be able to find everything where you're used to seeing it, but the "Tax" link on the front page of our website should streamline your search.

Finally, we've implemented a secure e-mail system for encrypted digital tax filing. The link and additional information are available via the button below.

Questions? Contact Tax Administrator Jenny West at 531-0130 or jwest@amberleyvillage.org.
Hamilton County Auditor Property Assessments
Many residents have contacted Amberley Village regarding the recent property assessments sent out by the Hamilton County Auditor. This is a triennial revaluation process set forth by Ohio Law, and is based on reappraisals done in 2017.

While it's always good to see our property values go up, many residents are concerned about the potential for increases in property tax. You can learn more about how your Property Tax is allocated by visiting the Hamilton County Auditor's website, and doing a search of your property. Once in your property data, you can search by Tax Distributions (as shown, right). In addition to a breakdown of where your taxes go (see below), you will also see a pie chart where you can review in actual dollars what you pay for each service by hovering over that section of the pie chart.

This is an excellent way to track exactly how your Property Taxes are allocated.
What If I Disagree with My Revaluation?
If you disagree with a new value, you have the right to file a formal appeal with the Hamilton County Board of Revision. If you are considering appealing your revaluation, a professional appraisal can help to support your appeal. Appeals must be made before March 31, 2021. Contact information and web links are below:

Hamilton County Auditor
138 E. Court St, Room 304 
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 946-4035 



**Please note that Amberley Village does not administer property taxes.**
AVPD Warns of Unemployment Payment Scam
Amberley Village Police Department has been notified of an increase in unemployment scams utilizing stolen identification. If you suspect you are a victim of an unemployment scam, contact your employer immediately to ensure the claim is denied.

You can also report your suspicions to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at FTC.gov, as well as to IdentityTheft.gov. If you need further assistance, contact Detective Drake at the Amberley Village Police Department at 531-2040.
The following are also helpful links to websites provided by the FBI to help people protect themselves from this and a few other online and phone scams:




Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program
safe room or panic room is a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe shelter, or hiding place, for the inhabitants in the event of a break-inhome invasiontornadoterror attack, or other threat. Safe rooms usually contain communications equipment, so that law enforcement authorities can be contacted.

The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program was developed by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to provide a rebate for the purchase and installation of safe rooms for Ohio homeowners.

Homeowners that are selected and qualify for the rebate program are eligible for a rebate of 75% of the allowable costs that were used to install and construct their safe room, up to a maximum of $4,875. This is a "REBATE" program, only AFTER the installation, construction, and payment of a safe room will qualified applicants be reimbursed for eligible costs.
Honoring the Memory of
Councilmember Ed Hattenbach
Residents viewing our Council and committee meetings on which Ed Hattenbach served will notice a spot of honor reserved in his memory. Councilmember Ed Hattenbach, who recently passed away following a difficult battle with COVID-19, will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The black drape is symbolic of the deep sadness we feel at the loss of our colleague and friend, whose dedicated service to Amberley Village spanned 12 years. Rest in peace, Ed.
Amberley Green Update
One of the key components of reaching consensus at Amberley Green has been safeguarding its valuable green space. The passage of Resolution 2021-1 in January 2021 adopted the Conservation Study of Amberley Green by MKSK Studios. The purpose of the study was to identify areas of Amberley Green that should be protected and other areas that could be developed.
 
One of the objectives in establishing zoning text for Amberley Green was to identify and preserve heavy growth of trees, significant slopes, and natural areas like ponds. The MKSK study, in conjunction with the passage of Ordinance 2020-16, accomplishes an important balance between conservation and development.

Ordinance 2020-16, Adopting Zoning Code Text for Amberley Green, was passed at our January Council meeting. This does not change the status of the property's Residential A designation but instead allows development an avenue to begin.
Rumpke is now accepting plastic tubs!
As we say goodbye to 2020, we want to welcome the New Year with some exciting news. Rumpke is now accepting plastic tubs in its recycling program!

So, yogurt eaters rejoice! Bring on the butter tubs and toss in those fruit cups! All of these items will find new life through Rumpke’s enhanced recycling program.

Simply rinse your containers, reattach lids and toss them into your bin loose with the rest of your recycling items!
Duke Energy Central Corridor Pipeline Update
Duke Energy will open a new Field Office this week to address questions and concerns regarding the Central Corridor Pipeline. Construction is slated to begin in winter/spring of this year, with completion targeted at the end of 2021. While only impacted in a minor area near the railroad tracks on Section Road, Amberley Village will continue to pass along updates as the project progresses.
Deer Park Library Update
Cincinnati Public Library is planning an upcoming information session on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. regarding the Deer Park Branch expansion and renovation plan. Feedback is requested in advance to assist in answering questions at the meeting, and you are invited to participate!

This event will be held via Zoom. Full information is available via the Library website at the link below.

Can't make it? Don't worry! The Library will record the event for those who aren’t able to make it to the live presentation.
Just for the Fun of It!
Sometimes we need to just stop and do something for the sheer fun of it. That's what these two were doing when we captured the fun on video following the recent snow.

We'd love to share your pictures and videos of the ways in which YOU enjoy Amberley Village. Be sure and forward your motion shots and stills to us for inclusion in upcoming videos, and be sure to include your full name and your street.

Send your shots to amberleyphotos@gmail.com - we can't wait to hear from you!
Census Bureau Recognition
Amberley Village Council recently received recognition from the U.S. Census Bureau for its efforts in achieving an excellent outcome in the recent Census 2020.

In addition to regular communications to residents via social media, e-News, print newsletters and other reminders, Amberley Village also hosted representatives from the U.S. Census at Village Council meetings to provide information and encourage residents to participate.

With a self-reporting percentage of over 88%, Amberley Village helped limit the number of Census workers needed to conduct follow-ups by ranking in the top ten of all cities and townships throughout Ohio in self-reporting.

Thanks to all of our residents who took part in this effort. It's always a pleasure to be reminded of what an involved and outstanding community we live in!
Chief Wallace's Citizen of Excellence Awards
Each year, Chief Wallace, on behalf of the Amberley Village Police Department, honors four citizens whose actions, support or involvement set them apart in their contributions to the community.

This year's award winners will be recognized at the February meeting of Council, which will take place on February 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Be sure and join us! Login information is available via the Village website calendar - hope to see you there!
Winter Charitable Drive Successes
Two winter drives were held this year to benefit neighbors in need. And while the drives were each coordinated by private citizens, they were held at the Municipal Building in a socially-distant, safe manner, and the residents of Amberley Village certainly came through to assist in their successes.

The first drive, hosted by the Amberley Village Beyersdofer Family in memory of their son and brother Kevin, brought in 433 pounds of food and clothing for Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, and $1,300 in gift cards and 172 hats, gloves, scarves, socks and other much-needed clothing for the Immanuel UCC Soup Kitchen. All of the donations were collected in eight hours over two days due to COVID-19. The Beyersdofer family thanks everyone who helped those less fortunate in Kevin's name.

The second drive, hosted by Amberley Village Dispatcher Raven Jackson, collected over $2,000 in feminine products which were distributed to women at five locations, including the YWCA Woment's Shelter, YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, Bethany House, Anna Louise Inn and Esther Marie Hatton Center.
Thanks to the generosity of Amberley Village residents and surrounding neighbors, the Beyersdofers and Dispatcher Raven Jackson collectively worked to benefit seven worthy organizations in their charitable work this winter.
Amberley Village Community Garden Plots Full
Amberley Village Community Garden plots for the 2021 growing season have been filled. Each year, the Village hosts 36 garden plots at Amberley Green for the April – November growing season, complete with deer fencing, access to a garden cart and water, and friendly gardeners to share in the experience.

Plot size is 9 x 15, and rental cost for the season is just $50. Organic practices are utilized, so no pesticides or other chemicals are permitted. As a hub garden of the Civic Garden Center, monthly demonstrations of garden techniques and cooking ideas for produce are planned.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to returning gardeners through year’s end. Be sure to check back early next year for your opportunity to grab a plot and get gardening!
Distracted Driving: A Hazard at Any Age
Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States? But it's not just an issue for young people.

Adults are even more likely to say, “I can do two things at once. I’ve memorized where the letters and numbers are on my phone, so I don’t have to look.” Or, “Sending or reading one text is pretty quick – that should be okay.” This couldn’t be more wrong.

Unfortunately, texting is the most dangerous of all distractions because it involves manual, visual and cognitive distractions simultaneously. Sending or reading a text takes one’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s equivalent to driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded.

Check out the resource buttons below for a closer look at some of the key factors that contribute to distracted driving of all kinds - it's worth another look at any age!
Amberley Village COVID-19
& Vaccine Update
Residents are reminded to remain vigilant in wearing masks when around others outside their own households, and to maintain six feet of distance. COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun, and many of our first responders have received their second shot.

Residents interested in signing up for the vaccine or learning more about projected timelines and receiving updates are encouraged to visit the Hamilton County Public Health Department via the link below or at the Village website.
Officer Mark Monahan received his second-round COVID-19 shot this past week as part of a program through Reading Fire and EMS. Amberley Village is proud to be a part of the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and encourages everyone to get the vaccine when it's available. For more information and to sign up to receive both the COVID-19 vaccine and regular updates, visit Hamilton County Public Health via the link below. Links are also available via the Amberley Village Website COVID-19 page.
The Regional Emergency Management Agency warehouse has donated a supply of face masks for use by Amberley Village residents. If you are interested in a supply of face masks, please contact the Amberley Village Police Department at 531-2040 to arrange for pickup at the Municipal Building.
COVID-19 Resources and Information
Amberley Village Tree + Bench Donation Program
Amberley Village's new Tree + Bench Donation Program offers a unique opportunity for residents and neighbors to establish a lasting commemoration of a loved one, special event or anniversary.

The Tree + Bench Program not only provides public recognition, but also enhances the Village by strengthening its park-like assets. For more information, visit our website via the link below.

Contributions to the Amberley Village Tree + Bench Donation Program are tax deductible.
Team Creed Apparel
All proceeds from the sale of Team Creed apparel go back to the Amberley Village K9 Unit, and go towards training, everyday equipment (collars, leashes, harnesses, food supplies, kennel equipment, Cruiser equipment), K9 safety/protection equipment, handler protection equipment, and unexpected expenses such as emergency vet visits and procedures.

NOW AVAILABLE:
Shirts $20
Sweatshirts $40
Challenge Coins $10
Hats $25
Neck Gaiterss $20
Shipping (Optional for shirts & sweatshirts) $5

All merchandise can be ordered via the button below. Questions? Contact Officer Andrea Alt at aalt@amberleyvillage.org or Amberley Village Dispatch at 513-531-2040.
Winter Apparel for the Whole Family!
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.

Can't decide? Gift cards are also available!

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