E-News
January 2017
Duke Energy Pipeline Information Meeting
WHEN:  Thursday, January 26,2017
WHERE:  Crown Plaza Blue Ash

Duke Energy is hosting an informational meeting regarding the Central Corridor Pipeline Extension project.  An open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  There will be formal presentations at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Click here for more information.
Brush Pick-up Resumes

With bulk leaf collection concluded, the maintenance department resumed the highly valued brush collection service January 3.  Bring your brush piles to the curb!

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 work together with us to provide the most efficient service possible to the community. 
Response in Advance of Winter Storms

The Village's Maintenance Department has multiple tools to combat the winter weather to keep roadways clear and passable for our residents. The department utilizes rock salt, salt brine and beet juice in its snow fighting toolbox.

With the unpredictable availability and prices, at times, of rock salt along with the desire for environmentally friendly solutions, the department continues its focus on utilizing more liquid treatments. Although liquids are not the complete answer, they are a valuable tool to fight winter weather.
 
The Maintenance Department utilizes its brine maker to mix rock salt and water to form a 23.3% salt brine mixture. The department uses the salt brine solution to pre-treats the roadway (the white lines you see on the roadway) prior to winter storms and pre-wets the rock salt as it's applied to the roadway. Both methods save salt and lower the cost to fight the winter storms.
  • Pre-treating the roadways before the storm helps to prevent the snow and ice from bonding to the roadway, thus less salt is needed to clear the snow and ice. The department utilizes a 1,300 gallon brine tank that fits in the back of an existing dump truck to spray the brine mixture on the roads and a 300 gallon brine tank for pretreatment of municipal grounds. Pre-treating the roads prior to the storm during regular working hours also saves overtime costs.
  • Pre-wetting the rock salt as it is applied to the roadway starts the process of dissolving the rock salt to create salt brine. The brine is what melts the snow and ice not the salt granules. This process also helps to prevent the bounce of the salt as it hits the road, keeping more of the salt in the lane of travel where it will be the most effective.
As the weather begins to get colder, the department mixes beet juice into the brine mixture to form an 85% salt brine/15% beet juice solution. By mixing the beet juice into the brine it lowers the freeze point making the mixture more effective at colder temperatures.
  • Rock salt alone begins to be ineffective at about 17 degrees.
  • Adding the brine mixture, the effectiveness is lowered to about 5 degrees.
  • Adding the brine/beet juice mixture, the effectiveness is lowered to around -5 degrees.
The department is always looking for the most efficient and cost-effective ways to combat the winter weather.
Wintertime Parking and Plowing

Winter is upon us and that means that the cold weather has arrived and the snow will soon follow.  There's a lot we can do to help our Maintenance Department in their efforts to clear the streets as thoroughly as possible.  

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.   
  • 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 while they apply salt to the streets and perform snow removal services during a winter storm response.
Be Warm and Safe This Winter

Find more information at http://www.nfpa.org/
Did you know that half of all home heating fires are reported during the winter months? As we move into the coldest part of the year the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) have some very helpful tips for safely keeping warm at home:  
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  •  Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container, and the container should be a safe distance away from your home.
  • Smoke alarms should also be placed inside and outside of every sleeping area.  Test the alarms monthly and change batteries at least every six months.
Carbon monoxide can also pose a risk during the colder months.  Fuel-burning equipment, including vehicles and generators running in an attached garage, can produce dangerous levels of CO and should be vented to the outside to avoid it from building up in your home.   Installing working carbon monoxide (CO) located on every level of your home can help reduce risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
Finally, it can sometimes seem convenient to let your car warm up inside your garage, however, this will also cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to be trapped inside. Always pull your car outside before letting it warm up to ensure proper venting.
Update Your Emergency Information & Numbers

Current information is critical during an emergency. The Amberley Village Police and Fire Department maintains emergency contact information for each resident. It is important that telephone numbers, names of persons living in the household and emergency contacts are all up-to-date. Knowing the right person can be reached during an emergency is vital when seconds count. In the event of an emergency or unexpected event, the Village uses the Community Safe call system to alert residents and provide important information. You can submit as many phone numbers as you wish to this system (i.e. cell numbers for several family members).

Additionally, if your residence is utilizing a burglar or fire alarm system, it must be registered as required by Village Ordinance 91.05. Please contact the department to complete an alarm permit and arrange to submit a current key for the residence to the Police and Fire Department where it will be properly secured.

The Amberley Village Police and Fire Department asks you to update your numbers and information if anything has changed by calling 531-2040 or email
pearls@amberleyvillage.org .
Unanimous Vote to Reduce Police Levy by 20%

At its regular meeting of December 12, 2016, the Village Council unanimously approved the final step in the process to submit a reduced police levy to the Board of Elections.  

The levy being presented to voters on the May 2, 2017 ballot will reduce the millage from 10 mills to 8 mills (20 percent).  The police levy millage funds approximately 50% of the police department operations while the other half of the remaining expenditures comes from the General Fund.

To review financial information about the police levy, please visit  amberleyvillage.org  and click on the Information about the Upcoming Police Levy link on the homepage.
Coyote Sightings Prevalent in Winter

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the cold and snowy weather likely forces local coyotes to hunt, even during the daylight, resulting in increased sightings.  Cold temperatures keep the typical prey of rabbits and squirrels hidden.  January through March is also mating season, which is generally an active time of year for coyotes.

Coyotes are wild animals with a natural fear of humans.  If they become habituated and lose that fear of humans, they become less likely to flee from human encounters.  The availability of food will determine the range and movements of coyotes, so it is important that garbage, composts, or loose pets do not provide a viable food source within neighborhoods.  If you are concerned about your pets, monitor their activity especially during February and April.
Your Recycling Counts!

The Village encourages residents to engage in recycling at home through curb-side service and offers annual recycling at its One Stop Drop event that helps collect larger quantities of unwanted items.  Through these efforts you are contributing to the implementation of local and regional goals to reduce waste.  

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District reported the following county-wide successes in recycling for 2016 which includes Amberley's recycling efforts:
Collection Programs
Yard Trimmings:  2,819 tons of residential yard trimmings were composted through our drop-off sites, with 25,223 residents participating.
Tires: 8,818 tires were collected and recycled.
Litter: 61 tons of litter was collected through a partnership with the City of Cincinnati and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.
 
Recycling Assistance  
Recycling At Work: 40 businesses started a recycling program, reaching 1,808 employees.
School Recycling : 20 schools started or expanded programs, reaching 11,346 students and staff.
Public Recycling: 60 events provided recycling, reaching 241,370 people.
Multi-Family Recycling:  5 communities started recycling, diverting 20 tons of material.
Bar/Restaurant Recycling: 20 bars/restaurants started a recycling program.
Pollution Prevention Internship:  One local industry projected to save $55,100 through waste reduction initiatives.
 
Education Programs
School Programs and Special Events: 10,030 students and adults learned about waste reduction, recycling, and composting.
Backyard Composting seminars: 526 residents learned about backyard composting.
Compost Blog: 82,290 visits to the blog.
Recycling Website: 107,724 unique visitors to the County's recycling website.
Recycling Hotline (946-7766): 5,028 calls.   

Environmental Stewardship Committee
Upcoming Events 

The 5th Annual One Stop Drop Recycling Event will be held on Sunday, April 2 at the Amberley Green, 7801 Ridge Road from 12-4 p.m.  Paper shredding will be available and acceptable items which will include electronics will be announced soon.
 
The tree planting and Arbor Day program has been set for Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m.  This will be an evening program on Village grounds where the Mayor will present a proclamation to acknowledge the Village's commitment as a Tree City community and plant a tree in recognition of Arbor Day.
 
Green Clearing days for light tree maintenance at the Amberley Green property will resume in April.  Watch for announcement of the dates in an upcoming E-News and on the Village website calendar. 
 
A viewing of the film Trees in Trouble will be held in mid to late-February.  The date will be announced in an upcoming E-News and posted to the Village website calendar.
 
2017 meeting dates for the Environmental Stewardship Committee: January 23, February 27, March 27, May 22, July 24, August 25, September 25, October 23 and November 27.  All are welcome to attend, newcomers encouraged!
2017 Tax Calendar

2016 Tax return or extension -  April 18, 2017
 
Quarterly Estimates
 
1st Quarter - April 15, 2017                2nd Quarter -June 15, 2017
3rd Quartet  September 15, 2017        4th Quarter  - December 15, 2017
 
2015 Extended tax return - October 16, 2017
 
Amberley Village Tax Office Phone (513) 531-0130 Fax (513) 531-8154