E-News
July 2016
Fireworks Not Permitted in Amberley

The Amberley Village Police/Fire Department would like to make residents aware that fireworks are illegal in the Village.  Village Code Section 92.31(B) states that, "...no person shall discharge, ignite, or explode any fireworks in this municipality." 

Handling fireworks as a consumer poses a great risk for accidental injuries, severe burns and harm to others, accidental fires and property damage, and even death in some cases. Trained professionals throughout the tri-state area organize and conduct fireworks displays for all to enjoy. W atch the National Fire Protection Agency's Dan Doofus video about the dangers of fireworks: 
 
National Fire Protection Agency's Dan Doofus
 
The Amberley Village Police/Fire Department urges residents to refrain from discharging fireworks this July 4th and seek out a professionally organized fireworks display to safely commemorate this Independence Day.
No Fly Zone for Drones

Amberley Village Council passed regulations at its June meeting that prohibits the use of drones on public property and parks.  The term used in the legislation would also prevent, "...any unmanned object that is powered (such as with a battery, stored energy, an engine, or propellants), capable of sustained flight, and operated from a remote source."   Examples include radio controlled planes or helicopters, model planes, drones, hobby or recreational aircrafts.

The regulations were recommended by the Public Buildings and Parks Committee in response to the increased trend for the usage of such remote controlled aircrafts and drones in public places.  Violation of the code section carries a fine of $150 for this minor misdemeanor offense, and repeat offenses within one year of the first offense carries a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
Council Recognizes Wayne Signer

At its June 14 meeting, Village Council presented resident Wayne Signer with a service award for his dedication and commitment as a member of the Storm Water Management Advisory Committee for 13 years.  Mr. Signer has been on the committee since its inception in 2003 and served as the business representative.  

The Committee recommended over $3.3 million in storm water infrastructure projects since its inception to address storm water issues for the betterment of the community.  Mr. Signer's contributions and participation on the committee were greatly appreciated and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Council Opposes Gas Pipeline

A resolution objecting to Duke Energy's Central Corridor gas pipeline expansion project was passed at the June 14 council meeting.   The resolution presents Council's primary objections to this project which include the environmental impact including the removal of many mature trees, the potential impact to emergency services in the Village because one of the proposed routes is along Ridge and the potential safety implications of this project. Council urged Duke and the Ohio Power Siting Board to consider more rural routes for this project.

Letters to the Ohio Public Siting Board expressing opposition to this project have also been submitted by individual Council members.

Residents can submit their concerns and opinions online.

Your Tree Counts!
 
Help the Taking Root Campaign reach its goal to plant 2 million trees in the eight county Greater Cincinnati Tri-State region by 2020!  Trees planted since 2013 can be added to the tree registry at  www.takingroot.info/join-in/registree/
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When the Power Goes Out

Summertime thunderstorms can cause temporary interruptions in our electricity service that we are so used to having in today's world.  When the power goes out, don't panic!  Think ahead and be prepared for an unexpected power outage by having a plan for your household.

Before a power outage:
  • Have a stock of batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies and cash in a place easy for you to access.
  • Have an alternative charging method for your cell phone.
  • Know how to operate your garage door manually utilizing the release lever.
  • Call Duke Energy prior to an outage to report life support equipment if present in the home.
During a power outage:
  • First check to see if your neighbors are also without power.  If their lights are on, the problem may be within your home.
  • If your entire street is without power, call Duke Energy at 1-800-543-5599 to report the issue or report outages online at http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/outages.asp
  • Do not call the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department as phone lines should stay open for emergencies.
  • Keep a flashlight in a readily accessible spot.  Try to limit the use of candles for lighting as they may cause a fire.
  • Save the remaining power on your cell phone for emergency phone calls.
  • Take steps to remain cool.  Open your home's doors as little as possible to keep air-conditioned air inside.  If the indoor temperature reaches an uncomfortable level, consider opening the windows.
  • Don't open your refrigerator or freezer!  Food will remain cold for a few hours as long as the doors remain closed. Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Unplug any electronics as a power surge may happen when power does return.  Consider the use of surge protectors throughout your home to protect costly electronics.
Following these suggestions will make it easier to manage during a power outage. Remember to stay calm. The electricity will be back on as quickly as possible. Duke Energy is working around the clock to restore your service.