November 2016
Living in Amberley

The Village is pleased to share this rare opportunity to get a glimpse into a resident's perspective of what it's like to live in the Village, be the recipient of the services provided and amenities available.  

In the article and video, "This is Amberley Village" from the 2016 fall edition of Best magazine, we hear from the Garcia family, which shares their story of why they chose Amberley.
Leaf Collection Guidelines

A Closer Look at How Leaves are Collected
A Closer Look at How Leaves are Collected

The Amberley Village Maintenance Department began collecting leaves the week of October 17th and will continue through December 31st.   During leaf collection season, every effort is made to collect leaves in each area of the Village weekly.  As the volume of fallen leaves increases, the time to collect the leaf piles increases and the pick-up schedule can be expected to extend not only based upon this factor, but many others including  weather, equipment, parking on the street, and debris mixed with leaves. 
Check out this video to hear about how this curbside service works and the guidelines for setting out leaves. 

As the leaf machine routes through the Village, black and white advisory signs will be posted at the entrance to your neighborhood in advance, projecting an estimate of the next collection day for your area.  
Brush Collection Suspended During Leaf Pick-Up Season

Continuing with streamlined operations and limited staff, the Village's Maintenance Department crew will concentrate on bulk leaf collection during mid-October through December. Brush collection is suspended during this period to concentrate on bulk leaf collection and will resume in January. 

Holiday Schedule for Curbside Services

Thanksgiving Leaf Collection Schedule: 
No collection on Thanksgiving Day or the day after Thanksgiving. Service restarts on Monday, November 28.

Rumpke Holiday Pick-Up Schedule:
Residents can expect regular trash and recycling collection service from Rumpke for the Thanksgiving holiday. No delays are scheduled.  Visit  rumpke.com  for recycling and trash collection information.
Reflective Safety Belts for Pedestrians Available
As daylight savings time comes to an end this month, the evening hours will become darker into the winter months.  The Amberley Village Police Department would like to remind walkers and joggers alike to increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.  Reflective safety belts are available to residents to increase nighttime safety on Village roadways.  Interested residents should contact the Police-Fire Department at 531-2040 and ask how you can obtain a pedestrian safety belt.
Proactive Policing 
Amberley Village Police-Fire Officers make regular checks throughout the Village during their shifts.  Homes that have requested vacation house checks are visited by our officers to ensure that the home is securely locked and that no suspicious activity is occurring on the property.  Businesses and schools in the Village are also checked at night.

In late October, a routine check of the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School was being conducted during the overnight hours.  A vehicle was spotted in the parking lot that did not belong at the school at that late hour.  Amberley officers were able to apprehend a suspect on-scene and verified through video surveillance of the property that the subject had attempted to break into the school with a crow bar.  The suspect had a lengthy criminal history to which was added the charges of criminal trespassing and driving under suspension.  The school did not incur any significant damage or stolen property from the incident. 

This is a model example of the outcomes that occur from actively patrolling the community to carry out one of the core functions of police work-protection of lives and property.    
Discussion Begins on Police Levy Renewal

The Council's Finance Committee has held four public meetings to review the upcoming Police Levy renewal.  While the police levy is critical to partially fund police operations, the financial picture of the Village has improved since the initial passage of the levy in 2012.  At its November 1 meeting, the Finance Committee recommended the policy levy be renewed with a 20% reduction to 8 mills. The Finance Committee will hold its fifth public meeting on November 7 at 5:30 p.m. to formally make a recommendation for the Village Council consider at its November 14 regular council meeting.

Financial information presented at the recent public meetings is linked on the homepage of Village website for public access:
OpenGov - Access the Village's Finances

In the October print newsletter, the Village announced the launch of a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials, and staff instant online access to the Village's financial information.  By using this platform, residents have around-the-clock access and a better presentation of the Village's transactions through interactive charts and graphs.  Residents are invited to take a closer look through the OpenGov financial portal:  Open Amberley Village Finances

Port Authority to Hold Public Meeting
On November 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. neighbors near the redevelopment project at 2100 Section Road are invited to attend an information meeting to be held by Port Authority.  The Port has contracted with O'Rourke Demolition Specialists to perform the demolition work on the former Gibson building.  This will be an opportunity for residents to hear an update on the redevelopment timeline. The meeting will occur in the Community Room of the Village Municipal Building located in the lower level of 7149 Ridge Road.
Health Home Series: Keep It Well Maintained
Poorly maintained homes are at risk for pests, moisture, deteriorating lead paint and other structural problems. Homes require regular inspection, cleaning and repairs on a routine basis. 

Use the healthy housing checklist for spring, fall and annual maintenance checks for your home's minor repairs before they become large repairs and problems.  Perform a self-safety check with the room-by-room checklist to help prevent accidents and keep your family safe.

Deer Activity in Peak Season
Fall is peak season for deer activity due to mating season and deer-related auto accidents are more likely during this time. 
The Amberley Village Police and Fire Department recorded 58 deer related complaints in 2015, including auto accidents. 
Staying alert and avoiding distractions is the
best way to reduce the odds of a deer-vehicle collision.  Here are a few additional tips:
  • Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds - if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
  • Remember deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
  • Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
  • If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.