E-News
May 2016
Police Memorial Parade Downtown

The general public is welcome to attend the traditional parade on May 10, 2016 to honor fallen police officers and show support for law enforcement.  The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Fountain Square and proceed to the Police Memorial across from Cincinnati Police District 1 located at 310 Ezzard Charles Drive.  Occurring at the Memorial will be the placing of the wreaths, a 21-gun salute, and fly-over.  Activities conclude at 2 p.m. 
 
Amberley Village officers participate each year in this local event as well as nationally in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week which occurs Sunday, May 15 - 21, 2016.
Calling 911 from a Cell Phone

Did you know that when you dial 911 from a cell phone the call will transmit through the closest cellular phone tower and route to the jurisdiction where the tower is located?

Here in Amberley Village, the 911 dispatch center operates as a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) which is one of four in the area.   Cellular calls to 911 could be routed to one of the four PSAPs--Amberley Village, the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Communications Center, or in a very off chance the City of Norwood.  If you ever have to dial 911 from a cell phone, immediately provide the dispatcher with your location.     

Taking the step to contact your cell phone service provider to verify your phone's ability to transmit its GPS location to a 911 center and to confirm the location referenced on the account will help ensure your calls are routed correctly.  Residents will want to verify that "Amberley Village" is listed as the location for the cell phone service versus Cincinnati or the post office community that delivers the mail.  This is especially true if you are utilizing a Voice Over Internet Protcol (VOIP) like Vonage, Time Warner Cable internet phone service, AT&T, Magic Jack and similar service providers. 

If you wish to test your 911 service from a home or business phone located in Amberley Village, please first dial 531-2040 to speak with a dispatcher and ask if it's a good time to make a test call.  During the test call, ask the dispatcher to verify what PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) you have reached and if it is not Amberley Village, contact your phone service provider immediately by dialing 611 to report the inaccuracy.                   
Re-Development Plan for Former Gibson Site

The 54-acre site located in the Village's industrial zone that formerly housed Gibson Greeting Cards and Saturday Knight Ltd. has been under acquisition since last fall by The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority. 

As part of implementing its strategic plan, The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority began seeking to acquire properties to develop for manufacturing and, if all goes to plan, this will be its first large industrial parcel acquisition. 

The Village is working through the phases of due diligence on the site. If the acquisition closes in June as expected, The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority plans to partner with REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) to market the site to land new business. Plans would include demolition of the building to present a shovel-ready site clear for development for prospective businesses.  The building capacity on this property has been estimated for the potential of a 660,000 square foot manufacturing building. 

The acquisition recently received media coverage, read here.
New Planning Commission Member
Scott Rubenstein
After an open selection process was conducted, Scott Rubestein was selected to fill the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals seat vacated by Larry McGraw.

Mr. Rubenstein was appointed at the March 14, 2016 regular council meeting.  His appointment will be to serve for the remaining term ending December 31, 2016.  Mr. Rubenstein is a long-time resident and attorney.  

Public Information Sessions June 2
Attend one of the two information packed presentations on Thursday, June 2nd to hear the latest update on Village business. 

The same presentation will be available at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the Amberley Room at the JCC, 8485 Ridge Road. 
One Stop Drop
Recycling by the Tons! 

The 4th annual One Stop Drop recycle day event was held on Sunday, April 10 from noon-4 p.m.  It was a busy afternoon with a steady stream of 640+ cars driving through to drop-off items to be recycled.
Recyclable items accepted were electronics, paper, textiles, and creative re-use materials.  Amberley successfully collected and diverted 60,522 pounds of paper and electronics from the landfill! The creative re-use materials collected for Scrap Nati totaled 520 pounds!  Rockdale Temple's Environmental Committee collected textiles with Ohio Mills, which donated funds from the collected items to HelpHopeLive.org in honor of Ethan Kadish. 

RECYCLER
ITEMS RECYCLED
Lbs.
Tons
CohenUSA
Electronics
32,022
16.01
Royal Paper
Paper
28,500
14.25
Rockdale/OH Mills
Textiles
4,460
2.23
Scrap Nati
Creative Materials
520
0.26
TOTALS
 
65,502
32.75

Combined, the items collected diverted 32.75 tons from the landfill, a 10.39-ton increase over last year!

Thanks to the Environmental Stewardship Committee, the volunteers, and staff along with the recyclers, Cohen Electronics, Royal Paper Shredding, Rockdale and Scrap Nati for making this recycling opportunity available to the community. 
Amberley Achieves Tree City Designation for 12th Consecutive Year
Community members gathered on April 25th to celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day.  The event was commemorated by a showing of Andrea Torrice's locally filmed documentary "Trees in Trouble," which tells the compelling story of how the City of Cincinnati confronted their tree crisis and joined together to take action. Through partnerships with scientists, city officials and everyday citizens, they were able to fight the Emerald Ash Borer pest and protect their urban forests for future generations. The film also explores the rich history of urban forestry in the United States and the exciting new research linking human health and trees.

Mayor Tom Muething presented a Proclamation celebrating Arbor Day in Amberley and the Village's continuing commitment as a designated Tree City.  Environmental Stewardship Committee member Jim Kelly spoke of the significance of Earth Day before the group went to the tree-planting demonstration along the walking track near the raingarden.   Rob Schmuelling pointed out features of the new Lacebark Elm that was planted--a medium to fast growing shade tree with a distinctive bark, bears fruit and glossy leaves.  The tree is adaptable to many soil conditions and provides fall color and wildlife habitat.

For more information, visit https://www.arborday.org/ and find tree planting instructions at https://www.arborday.org/trees/planting/.
Take the Tree Planting Challenge!

The purpose of the Taking Root Campaign is to plant 2 million trees in the eight county Greater Cincinnati Tri-State region by 2020 to ensure a vibrant tree canopy now and for future generations.  To track this effort, planted trees can be registered at www.takingroot.info/join-in/registree/

Have some fun with your new tree planting and take the Tree Planting Challenge! 
  • Plant and register a tree or donate to the Taking Root Tree Fund.
  • Make a video of yourself challenging friends, family or colleagues to do the same.
  • Post on Facebook or other social media and link to the Taking Root Facebook page.
Tree Care Volunteers
The Environmental Stewardship Committee would like to invite volunteers to participate in clean-up days at the Amberley Green property to perform light maintenance to remove weeds and invasive growth from the roots zones to ensure healthy trees.

Amberley Green is the home to many significant older trees that add beauty and value to the property. Trees help clean air, reduce water run-off, provide food and habitat, as well as enhance mental health. 

Volunteers meet in the parking lot at 7801 Ridge Road at 6:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays:  June 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15.  Sun hats, sunscreen and gardening gloves are recommended.
Tennis Courts Open

Amenities in Amberley Village include access to tennis courts in two locations: Amberley Green and next to the Municipal Building.  Residents and non-residents may obtain key cards that allow play access to both courts.  The tennis court key cards may be obtained from the Police Department dispatch window, open 24 hours. 

Tennis Court Key Card Fees

       Residents
Non-Residents

$50 (2 year access)

$100 (2 year access)

$35 (1 year access)

$70 (1 year access)

Property Maintenance
The Village's Property Maintenance Code helps maintain the high standard for which Village homes have come to be known. Each spring, as winter wears off, we're able to get outside and better see our homes and lawns. The Village diligently follows its enforcement process to address the most common property maintenance violations outlined in the policies below:
  • Grass and noxious weeds must not exceed 10 inches in height.
  • Peeling, flaking and chipped paint must be eliminated and surfaces repainted.
  • All walkways and driveways must be maintained in a proper state and free from hazardous conditions.
  • Garbage cans can only be placed at the curb 24 hours in advance of collection and must be removed promptly afterwards. Consider having a neighbor help you with this while out of town.
  • No toys, recreational or sports equipment may be stored in the front yard of any premises for a period in excess of 72 hours (includes boats and RVs).
  • Standing dead trees and bushes should be removed in a timely manner. 
Repeat violations carry a penalty when two code sections are violated in a single year. On the third violation, a fee of $150 will be assessed.

To report a property maintenance violation, contact Village Administration at 531-8675 or visit  amberleyvillage.org and click on  Contact Us