January E-News
Highlights from 2018 in Amberley Village
Highlights of 2018 in Amberley Village
Highlights of 2018

Let's take a look back at 2018! 

Together with our residents we've made improvements in Amberley Village! 

From renovating our recreational spaces to continuing the community events with our volunteers to improving our infrastructure through the dedication of our hard-working employees and keeping our community safe--we had a great year serving the Village!
Proposed Ordinance on Certain Accessory Structures
Public Hearing on January 14
As part of its regular meeting on January 14, the Village Council will conduct a second reading of proposed Ordinance 2018-13 and hold a public hearing to receive input regarding proposed changes to the Village Zoning Code relating to accessory structures, including but not limited to structures with over 200 square feet of floor space that are covered or have a roof such that they are not open to the sky, such as large sheds or garages, and other detached covered structures. 

This will be an opportunity for residents to provide public input to Council as it considers this ordinance. Interested residents can attend the January 14 meeting and will be invited to provide input during the public hearing portion of the council meeting.
Storm Damage Response  
The Amberley Village Maintenance Department operates with streamlined staffing levels to provide efficient curbside leaf and brush collection for residents, among other services. With this austere approach, the Village temporarily suspends brush collection during mid-October through December to collect leaves.

On October 20, 2018, the crews were challenged by a storm that blew through creating widespread tree damage in our community. The brush chipper had been in storage for about a week when this occurred, which prompted crews to take quick action to changeover the trucks to provide a special brush collection in the Village for two weeks to help residents clear their properties of the high volume of downed tree branches and debris. During that collection the crews chipped 125 yards of wood chips and 54 yards of small debris and logs from residents' yards.

Several Police-Fire Officers worked on the brush crew to help clean up the storm damage.
As the Maintenance Department was returning to its regular leaf collection operations, a second storm hit the Village on November 15, 2018 which had a much bigger impact, layering the community with freezing rain and snow. The crews quickly went into emergency response mode to treat the streets with the salt trucks and clear trees downed across multiple roads in the Village. Some residents, unfortunately, experienced extended power outages and prolonged road closures due to wires in the roadway.

With the Village's resources of personnel and equipment taxed due to the extensive storm damage to our roads, rights of way, parks and residents' yards, additional resources were activated to clean up the community. A private tree contractor, A-One Tree Service, assisted with brush collection over a 4-day period. Employees within our police and administration departments also stepped up to help perform brush and leaf collection, which were done simultaneously to respond to the amount of storm damage.   The second event more than doubled the amount of debris experienced during the October storm.

While Village operations have returned to normal, it is during special responses like these that display the cooperation among Village departments, employees and our residents.   This was another example that showcases the exceptional service our employees provide to the community and their initiative to go above and beyond when faced with challenging situations that demand an all hands on deck response.
Brush Collection Resumes
Brush Guidelines for Residents
Brush Guidelines for Residents
Bring your brush piles to the curb! Residents can now begin putting brush out for the maintenance department to collect as we resume this highly valued service.

Reviewing the brush guidelines can ensure the brush you set out is picked up and keeps our employees safe. Materials mixed in with brush can cause costly damage to the Village's chipper. We appreciate your effort to work together with us to provide the most efficient service possible to the community.
New Addition to Auxiliary Officer Program  
The newest auxiliary member of the Police-Fire Department was welcomed at the December Village Council meeting. Mayor Muething conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Police-Fire Officer Mackenzie Recker. Family members of Recker were in attendance in the audience and the ceremony concluded with a supportive standing ovation to welcome him to the community. Mackenzie comes to the Village from the Hamilton County Special Deputy Division.
Three Types of Distracted Driving
Our cell phones have long taken the top spot as the culprit of distraction in the car. How about eating and drinking, or tending to children while driving? There are many things that can take our eyes off the road, even if just for a second.

We wouldn't close our eyes while driving, so let's take a look at how we can better understand distractions and become more aware of the types and ways we can avoid dangerous behavior behind the wheel. There are three types of distracted driving: visual, manual and cognitive:

Visual distractions cause your eyes to wander off of the road. For instance:
  • Looking for items on the floor of the car.
  • Checking and adjusting your GPS.
  • Changing the radio station.
  • Adjusting your temperature controls.
  • Taking in the view.
  • Doing your makeup.
Manual distractions cause you to take one or both hands off of the wheel. Some examples include:
  • Eating and drinking.
  • Adjusting your child's seat belt.
  • Smoking.
  • Searching through your purse or wallet.
  • Turning knobs or pressing buttons in your car.
Cognitive distractions cause your mind's focus to drift away from your driving. Here are some common cognitive driving distractions:
  • Talking on your cell phone or with another passenger.
  • Thinking about something that is upsetting.
  • Road rage.
  • Daydreaming.
  • Being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department remind us that staying alert while driving requires your full attention and any activity that diverts your attention away from the primary task of driving is a distraction.
Sign Up for the Do Not Solicit List
Residents who do not wish to receive sales activity at their residence are encouraged to place their address on the Do Not Solicit list by contacting the Police Department at 531-2040. Only your address will appear on the Do Not Solicit list.  If you have already placed your name on this list, it will remain so until you choose to remove it.

Residents may also place a placard that reads "No Solicitors" on their private property.
Holiday Tree Recycling
If you would like to recycle that holiday tree, the brush crew will chip it at your curb along with your other brush. Trees set out for collection must be free of ornaments, wiring, lights, tree stands and other debris in order to be safely chipped. Trees that contain foreign materials will not be picked up.

If you utilize a bag to contain the needles while moving the tree from your house, please remove the bag before setting the tree out for collection. Removing the bag and any other debris from the tree will assist the brush crew in moving through the route more efficiently.
Recycling Batteries
Another holiday season has come and gone. New toys and gadgets, while replacing old ones, may create a surplus of old batteries.
Now is the perfect time to safely dispose of all those used batteries . There are some important facts you should know about batteries to keep your home - and the environment - safe:  
  • Do not place batteries in your recycling bin or cart. Batteries are not recyclable with paper, plastic, and aluminum at a recycling facility. In fact, batteries have caused fires in recycling trucks and facilities.

  • Do not let batteries accumulate in your home. Storing spent batteries in a container together is a fire hazard. The best practice is to place individual batteries in a clear, sealed plastic bag.

  • Take batteries to an appropriate location to be properly and safely disposed. Visit HamiltonCountyRecycles.org to learn about each type of common batteries and convenient locations where they can be disposed. 
If you have additional questions about battery disposal, you may also call the Hamilton County Recycling Hotline at (513) 946-7766.
Recycle Unwanted Holiday Lights
The Great Parks of Hamilton County's drop-off program for residents to recycle holiday lights runs through February 1, 2019.  Disposing of broken or unwanted lights is easy with multiple drop-off locations designated at any Great Parks visitor center.  Marked bins will be located just inside the lobby doors. 

Contact Great Parks for questions at 531-7275 or visit https://www.greatparks.org/ for a location convenient for you.

In addition to the Great Parks' locations, the Loveland Sustainability Council is collecting old holiday lights at these locations:

Loveland:   UPS Store, 10663 Loveland Madeira Road
Miami Township:   Move2Loveland/Keller Williams, 6377 Branch Hill Guinea Pike
Symmes Township:  Symmes Administration Building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road

Recycling Tip
Make sure all containers are empty. This includes cardboard boxes. Boxes should be void of packing material and broke down small enough to fit in recycling containers. 

If the box is too large to fit in container, break it down and place it next to recycling container.
Coyote Talk with Officer Fritsch
Coyote mating season occurs during late February through March, during which time residents may observe an increase in activity.  While most do not see coyotes, residents can take simple and practical steps to discourage the presence of coyotes near homes as Ambelrey Village Police-Fire Officer Fritsch explains in this informational video about coyotes.

Amberley Village Information Podcast - Coyotes
Amberley Village Information Podcast - Coyotes

Electric and Gas Aggregation
The Village's electric aggregation program with IGS Energy offers a rate at $0.0527 per kilowatt hour for a three-year term from September 2017 through August 2020.

Residents can also choose from a green power rate option that will be $0.002 higher per kilowatt hour. The green power option can be requested by residents after enrollment into the Village's aggregation program and contacting IGS directly.
If you are with another supplier and would like to switch to the Village's aggregation program, contact IGS Energy at 1-877-353-0162 to sign up.  There are no additional fees associated with the Village's aggregation programs, but before you switch you should check with your existing supplier for related cancellation fees.
IGS Energy                                                                  
6100 Emerald Parkway                                              
Dublin, OH 43017                                                       
Customer Service: 1-877-353-0162 (8 am - 5 pm Monday-Friday)         
Natural Gas Aggregation
The Village's natural gas aggregation program with IGS Energy offers a variable rate with the ability to secure a fixed rate to provide price certainty should a favorable opportunity present itself.

The aggregation rates and contact information are available on the Village website for your convenience by clicking on Resident Services, then Electric and Gas Aggregation.
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Save the Dates!

The Amberley Village Environmental Stewardship Committee has been busy planning for our 2019 programs!  Mark your calendars now for these two programs you won't want to miss!

One Stop Drop Recycling Event
Sunday, April 7, 2019   noon-4 pm
Amberley Green Parking Lot, 7801 Ridge Road
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.