E-News
June 2017
Community's Support at Ballot Greatly Appreciated - Thank You!
The police levy was passed by Village residents on May 2 with an overwhelming approval of 87% which renewed the dedicated funding source for our police services.  This action also reduced the police levy taxes residents pay by 20% effective January 1, 2018. 

The Village greatly appreciates the community's show of support for its police department.  The Village recognizes that the police levy is not an automatic renewal and we sincerely thank our residents for this critical financial tool that helps ensure the financial stability of the Village.  Approval of this levy will enable the Village to maintain the high quality of police services that residents have come to expect. The levy vote also reaffirms the confidence of voters that Village Council is making thoughtful and careful decisions about budgets and priorities in our community.

And while the Village was asking residents for less money than the current levy, the police levy will generate approximately $1.3 million. The remaining police expenses of $1.4 million will be paid from the Village's General Fund. 

Our sincere thanks to our residents for demonstrating your understanding of the complexities of municipal finances, supporting our police department and officers and for voting in favor of the police levy.


Traffic Light Retiming Study
In January, the Village met with the Ohio Department of Transportation along with the City of Reading to embark on a signal retiming study for traffic in the areas identified as the Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue corridor that flows through Amberley and Reading.   This study is being conducted by TEC Engineers and fully funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to implement new timing and look at possible improvements to signal operation along the corridor.

In addition to traffic light retiming that will facilitate the flow of traffic, the Village is seeking a left turn arrow on Ridge at Ronald Reagan westbound to improve traffic flow.  Currently, there is not a dedicated left turn arrow which the Village believes would be safer and minimize traffic backups.  TEC Engineers has identified the series of lights at Fuhrman and Ronald Reagan as quite complicated due to their proximity and ownership. The City of Reading controls the north signal on Ridge for Ronald Reagan westbound (where the Village is seeking a left turn arrow) and the State of Ohio controls the south signal on Ridge for Ronald Reagan eastbound. 


TEC Engineers has begun to make modifications to the signals. You may notice some improvements however, providing adequate green time for traffic demand, given competing simultaneous demands from vehicles, will continue to be a challenge. In essence, there are peak periods of time when there is too much traffic for an intersection to physically process or when demand patterns vary to the extent that signal equipment cannot be programmed realistically to accommodate the broad range of hourly/daily/weekly/monthly traffic fluctuations, or when too many conflicting movements require excessive green time (for example, heavy left-turn movements and through movements from multiple approaches at one intersection).

The Village will continue to monitor the traffic flow and pursue the left turn arrow on Ridge at Ronald Reagan westbound. 
Summer Road Construction

Work will begin in July on the following Village streets this summer:

 

Aracoma Drive

East and West Aracoma Drive

Aracoma Forest Drive

Fernwood Drive

 

Weather permitting, the road work is scheduled to occur between 

July 5 - 27th with anticipated completion in early August.  The first phase of the project will consist of curb and asphalt base repairs, followed by the repaving of the entire neighborhood.

What is a Vacation House Check?
Amberley Village Police-Fire Department provides residents with an extra layer of security with a service referred to as a Vacation House Check.  Residents can contact the Police-Fire Department in advance of leaving town and the Village will direct special attention to your home while you are away.  Officers conduct routine checks on residents' homes by walking the perimeter of the home and ensuring that there is no out of the ordinary activity such as an open door or broken window and other signs that would show disturbance of the property or home. 

After you've let the Department know you'll be leaving for vacation, be sure you prepare your home by considering these safety measures:
  • Keep shades and blinds in their normal positions.
  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery, or arrange for someone to pick them up everyday.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Activate your security alarm.
  • Arrange for lawn service at proper times.
  • Put timers on several household lights so they turn on and off at appropriate times.
  • Leave a radio on or put it on a timer.
  • Don't allow deliveries of any kind to accumulate on your doorstep. 
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway overnight.
  • Refrain from publicizing your trip ahead of time.
  • Turn down the ringer on your telephone to avoid a ringing phone.
  • Do not broadcast your vacation on social media.  A post showing you are in Florida is a sure sign that you are out of town.  The less information you put out there, the less likely it is to reach the wrong ears and eyes.
  • Do not leave portable GPS devices and electronics visible in your vehicle while your vehicle is parked at the airport.
  • Don't hide a house key outside.  Burglars know the best hiding places better that you do.
  • Lock up jewelry, electronics, and any other valuables or sensitive documents in a fire-proof safe.
For your convenience, you may notify the department of your absence via fax, phone or email.  Call 531-2040 or visit  AmberleyVillage.org and click on Resident Services.

Prescription Drugs Collected
Amberley Village Police-Fire Department participated in the National Drug Take Back Initiative held April 29.  Over 47 pounds of prescription medications were brought to the municipal building for disposal.  That's a lot of drugs that won't get into the wrong hands or be accidentally consumed.  This free and anonymous service was an opportunity for residents to responsibly discard unwanted prescriptions pills and safely dispose of them.

There were over 5,500 collection sites in communities across the nation as part of the national initiative which brought in a record amount of prescription drugs totaling 900,386 pounds (450 tons).

The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department participates in this program each year and is working toward installing a permanent collection bin in the lobby of the municipal building to provide ongoing access for Village residents.
Council Passes Non-Discrimination Resolution
At its May 8, 2017 regular meeting, Village Council voted unanimously to approve passage of Resolution 2017-17, a Resolution Committing Amberley Village to Non-Discrimination and Recognizing the Benefits of Diversity.  The resolution expressly opposes discrimination of any kind including race; color; national or ethnic origin; age; religion, disability; sex, sexual orientation; gender and gender expression; gender identity including a transgender identity; genetics; and military status. 

The legislation was brought forward through the Village's Health, Education & Welfare Committee which undertook the proposed legislation in response to residents in the Village that sought support from the leaders of their community.  The action also calls upon leaders of the State to pass legislation that would include sexual orientation and gender identity in its definition of "protected class" citizens.  To read a copy of the resolution in its entirety, click here
 
The Village Council encourages all to oppose discrimination of any kind and believes that the most successful communities of the future will be those that support diversity.
Upcoming Public Hearings on Duke Gas Line Project
The Village has been notified of the public hearing and adjudicatory hearing dates set by the Ohio Power Siting Board for additional input regarding the 20-inch gas line proposed by Duke Energy.  All residents are encouraged to voice their concerns at the public hearing on June 15 where input will be received from the community.
 
Additionally, the Ohio Power Siting Board staff issued its Report of Investigation which has recommended the "alternate route" referred to as the "green line" from the proposed route options, rather than the "preferred route" shown as the "orange line" on the map.  The alternate route would enter the Village in the area of P&G along the railroad tracks and travel south into Golf Manor.  This is not a final decision and the next step in the process is the public and adjudicatory hearings.
 
Public Hearing
June 15, 2017 from 3-8 p.m.
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash
Muntz Hall, Room 119
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash, Ohio 45236

The adjudicatory hearing will allow participation of formal parties to present pre-filed testimony, evidence, and cross examination of witnesses.  The Village has filed as an intervener and will participate in the adjudicatory hearing to represent our community's interests.

Adjudicatory Hearing
July 12, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Hearing Room 11-A
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
 
For more information about this process, visit   opsb.ohio.gov.
Garage Sale Permits

A garage sale permit is required by the Amberley Village Code for individuals who plan to hold a garage or yard sale within the Village. The permit is free and may be obtained at the Village Municipal Building or by clicking the link below. Complete and submit to the Village's administration office for approval prior to the start of the sale.
 
  1. Garage sales shall be held only during daylight hours; and for not more than two consecutive days.
  2. Items sold shall be owned solely by occupants of his or her household;
  3. Items for sale may not be displayed any nearer than 25 feet from the Village right-of-way line;
  4. Residents must comply with all regulations of the Amberley Village Code concerning advertising and posting of signs. Section 111.94 of the Amberley Village Code states: 
"No advertisement or direction sign for a garage sale, lawn sale, or basement sale shall be posted on Village property or in a manner which would restrict a right-of-way of a public highway or Village street. Signs shall not be posted on the property of another without the express permission of the property owner."
Homeowner's Guide to Mosquito Control
Hamilton County Health Department has prepared this handy guide that includes helpful methods for eliminating mosquito breeding sites in your yard.  

Take these steps to reduce the mosquito population around your home.  View brochure.
Next Clean the Green - June 15
Join volunteers at the Amberley Green, 7801 Ridge Road, on June 15th at  6 p.m. to perform light maintenance work in a variety of areas on the property.  Don't forget to bring your gloves, hat and water! Everyone is welcome to join us!

Save the Date!
Ice Cream Social August 20
This year's Ice Cream Social will be held Sunday, August 20 at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Amberley Village Municipal Building.

To volunteer, please contact Amy Rubenstein.