May 2017
May 2 Ballot to Reduce Police Levy
As Amberley Village residents go to the polls on Tuesday, May 2 to cast their votes, they will be asked to consider lowering their taxes for public safety services by 20%.  A position not usually presented to voters.  The Village is pleased to return over $320,000 in tax dollars to its residents by reducing the current 10 mill police levy to 8 mills.  When the reduction is applied for a home valued at $200,000, a homeowner will see the police levy cost go down from $608 per year to $480 per year; and a home valued at $500,000 would see a reduction from $1,520 per year to $1,200 per year. 

Information about the police levy is available on the Village website at amberleyvillage.org, or if you have a question, please contact Village Manager Scot Lahrmer at 531-8675 or email slahrmer@amberleyvillage.org.   Voting information can be accessed on the website for the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

The ballot language for the police levy Issue 5 will appear as follows:

Issue 5

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

A renewal of part of any existing levy, being a reduction of two (2) mills to constitute a tax for the benefit of the Village of Amberley, County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of POLICE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES at a rate not exceeding eight (8) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to eight cents ($0.80) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.

Police Memorial Parade Downtown
National Police Week, held May 14-21, is set aside to honor those who serve in law enforcement.  Locally, a public memorial service, including a parade, will route from Fountain Square to the Police Memorial located across from Cincinnati Police District 1 located at 310 Ezzard Charles Drive on May 19 beginning at 11 a.m. to honor the officers who have given their all. Occurring at the Memorial will be the placing of the wreaths, a 21-gun salute, and fly-over.  Activities conclude at 2 p.m.
The Village will be represented by Chief Wallace, K-9 Creed and Police-Fire Officers Alt and Fritsch in the local police memorial parade and ceremony on May 19, and representing the Hamilton County Chief's Association, Chief Wallace will be placing the wreaths on the memorial.  Ruby Miller, the 8th District Vice President of the Police & Fire Retirees of Ohio, Inc., represents the police widows.  Her husband, Jim Miller retired from the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department. Rabbi Mendy Kalmanson will lead the opening prayer for the ceremony on Fountain Square. 
Amberley Village Council will present a resolution in recognition of this week in memoriam at its May 8 regular meeting.  Flags at the Municipal Building will also be lowered to half mast.  
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May  15th  as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. A National Police Memorial ceremony in Washington, D.C. is held each year to honor fallen officers across the country.
National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community. To learn more, visit  nationalpoliceweek.org
North Site Ground Breaking
On April 14, 2017, Amberley Village officials, Schuermann Properties, and Mercy Health came together for the ground breaking of the new 15,000 square foot medical office building. 

Mercy Health's facility will occur on 2 acres located at the site of the former Tennis and Swim Club property facing Ronald Reagan Highway.  The long-term ground lease with Schuermann Properties will bring health services closer to Village residents.  

The Mercy Team
Matt Eversole, System Vice President, IT COO , Amy Hausfeld, Executive Director, Multispecialty, Shelli Hugenberg, Director, Primary Care, Lee Syphus, COO, VP Strategy, Dr. Cari Ogg, Chief Medical Officer, Margaret Atterbury, MD, Lisa Joliat, MD, Jennifer Willman, CNP, Jacqueline Ward, MD, and Scott Kotzin, DO, Caroline Bohme, MD

Village Officials:
Council Member Elida Kamine, Council Member Peg Conway, Mayor Tom Muething, Vice Mayor Natalie Wolf
Oswald and Schuermann (not pictured):  Bob Wassler, Oswald, Ken Schuermann, Schuermann Properties
2017 Road Program
Rehabilitation on the Village streets this summer will include Aracoma Drive, East and West Aracoma Drives, Aracoma Forest Drive and Fernwood Drive.  The Aracoma neighborhood repaving is a joint project between the Village and Greater Cincinnati Water Works following their water main replacement project. The project will consist of curb and asphalt base repairs and repaving of the entire neighborhood.

This year's program will invest $322,900 into rehabilitation of the Aracoma neighborhood with an additional $30,000 spent on deteriorated curbing throughout the Village as part of the long-term priority to protect and revitalize the Village's largest asset. 

JK Meurer will perform the road construction work for $75,136.20 less than the next lowest bid received.  Watch for updates in E-News regarding the timing of when construction activity will begin this summer. 
Public Works Connects Us
National Public Works Week is May 21-27 to recognize the vital role public works plays in our communities.  This year's theme "Public Works Connects Us" highlights the maintenance and improvement of the infrastructure of our streets and public places that assures a higher quality of life for our residents. 

Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored National Public Works Week.  There are over 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada.  It is a week to recognize the value and necessity of public works services provided to our residents. 

Some of the services our maintenance department performs includes street and right-of-way repairs and maintenance, storm sewer pipe and catch basin restoration and repairs, snow and ice removal, curbside brush chipping and leaf pick-up, tree removal, litter control, maintenance of guard rails and traffic signs, buildings and village owned properties, vehicle maintenance including fire department apparatus.  Additionally, the Village's maintenance department employees respond to flooded streets, storm damage, malfunctioning traffic signals and damaged street signs.  They are also fully certified as fire fighters for the Village.

Village Council will present a resolution in recognition of this week during the May 8 regular council meeting.   
Property Maintenance
The Village's Property Maintenance Code helps maintain the high standard for which Village homes have come to be known. The property maintenance standards are an ongoing effort to maintain strong property values in our community.  Your support and cooperation in this effort helps us achieve this common goal together.  

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. 
One Stop Drop - Recycling by the Tons!
The 5th  annual One Stop Drop recycle day event was held on Sunday, April 2 from noon-4 p.m.  It was a busy afternoon with a steady stream 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 38,099 pounds of paper and electronics from the landfill! The creative re-use materials collected for Scrap It Up totaled 220 pounds!  Rockdale Temple's Environmental Committee collected 2,480 pounds of textiles with Ohio Mills.   Combined, the items collected diverted over 20 tons from the landfill! 
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.  

Catch up on Community Forums
The Village held three meetings with residents to share information regarding current finances, the reduced police levy, and developments within our community.  For those who were not able to attend the meetings, you can watch the videos via YouTube at your convenience:

March 29, 2017 - 1 p.m. session  
                        7 p.m. session   

April 18, 2017 -   7 p.m. session