September E-News
2019    
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Amberley Village Ice Cream Social Pics & Thank You's

2019 Ice Cream Social
2019 Ice Cream Social
Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Amberley Village Ice Cream Social!  With wonderful weather, plenty of  fre e Mister Softee Ice Cream and Kona Ice, hot dogs, drinks and fun for the kids, everyone seemed to really enjoy the day.

Special thanks to Robin Kemp and the entire Amberley Village Police Department, along with Village Administration and Maintenance Crews for their hard work in coordinating this year's event.  We're especially grateful to the many sponsors who made the day possible, including:  Ed Hattenbach,  Cindy and Tom Muething,  Rich Bardach and Stacy Lefton,  ESP Media,  JCC,  Peter Schwartz and Dianne Dunkelman,  Rick Kay,  Wayne and Bobbie Signer,  Rebecca and David Barron,  Stacey and Mordie Edelstein,  Elida Kamine and Max Yamson,  Kathie Kramer and Peter Duffy,  Ray Warren,  Sandi Pywen,  Nancy Raeisi and  Merri Stillpass.

Check out the video compilation and the photo gallery for a glimpse of the amazing time neighbors had spending time together...just another of the many reasons Amberley Village is a great place to live!

Amberley Green Update


As a follow up to the Council work session held on June 24 to discuss resident comments regarding the JCC proposed development on Amberley Green, Village Council held a second work session on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting was to explore and refine zoning guidelines for Amberley Green, which is the first step required before any progress can be made with the property.

Guest presenter Bryan Snyder, AICP, Development Services Administrator for the Hamilton County Department of Planning and Development, offered preliminary zoning code copy based on industry standards and his understanding of Council's hopes for possible uses at Amberley Green.  He then walked council through an explanation of the purpose behind each section of the proposed code.  Council members were encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback and give direction to Village staff for further work necessary to tailoring the zoning code to match potential future development.

Following much discussion, council members unanimously agreed they would like more time to review the document, and will forward feedback to the Village Manager to be addressed at the next work session.  While the next work session hasn't been scheduled, it will likely occur later this month or next. Look for updates regarding next steps in subsequent newsletters, on our website, or via meeting announcements.
At Council's direction, public work sessions are preferred for Amberley Green discussions in order to involve all council members, as well as enable residents to participate. One of the advantages of a work session is the opportunity for all council members to engage in the topic being discussed, instead of only those on the council committee vetting the topic before it is recommended to the full council.  

While decisions and votes are not made during Council work sessions, it is a very productive way for council to publicly discuss with each other their thoughts and ideas while providing direction to staff. Residents may attend, and are able to speak before the meeting begins by letting the Village know in advance. Discussion during the work session, however, is limited to council members.  

Between now and announcement of the next work session, residents are encouraged to continue to share their feedback and thoughts throughout the process by attending meetings and submitting emails to AG-JCC@amberleyvillage.org.  Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the regular Village E-News by texting AMBERLEYNEWS to 22828, or going to http://www.amberleyvilllage.org and clicking on Email Subscriptions to tailor what emails you'd prefer to receive.
In Case You Missed It...
Map Ridge - E. Columbia
Amberley Village regularly posts information and updates via its social media channels, including Nextdoor, Facebook, YouTube and twitter.  Links to each of these are available by scrolling to the bottom of this publication.  Below are highlights of some of the more recent posts...just in case you missed them!

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Amberley Village and nearby residents are reminded that classes are scheduled to resume for Reading Community City Schools as follows: Monday, September 9: grades 6 - 12 (8:05 - 2:55) Tuesday, September 10: grades 1 - 5 (8:50 - 3:30) Thursday, September 12: Pre-K & Kindergarten (8:50 - 3:20) Please allow additional time for travel in and around the Ridge Road/Cross County area to allow for the increase in traffic, and to ensure safety for travelers and students.
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Street Repairs Underway
Road work has begun on Arborcrest Drive, Arborcrest Court, Longmeadow Lane, Lamarque Drive (from Longmeadow to N. Whitetree), and all of Whitetree Circle.   Please note that the process will take place in phases, and work will take up to 8 weeks to complete. An overview of steps in the process looks something like this: 

1. Curbs to be repaired or replaced are saw cut 
2. Sections to be repaired or replaced are removed and prepared for new concrete 
3. Stormwater repairs are made 
4. Streets are milled by grinding down old pavement 
5. Asphalt base repairs are made 
6. Stress-absorbing membrane interlayer is installed 
7. Street is repaved 
8. Street is coated with a rejuvenating agent to extend the life of the street  

Projected completion date is October 18, 2019. Your patience is appreciated as we make these important updates to our Village streets!
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Back to School Bus Safety Reminder
Amber ley Village wishes all residents and their school mates a safe and successful back to sch o ol season! With that  in mind, we ask ALL drivers to take a moment to review the school bus safety guidelines, both in the diagram at left and via the Ohio BMV Traffic Handbook at: https://publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/hsy7607.pdf


Questions? 
Feel free to contact us at 531-2040. We're here to help!

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SAFETY & SERVICES
Spotlight on Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety
Both drivers and pedestrians should always use extra caution at intersections and crosswalks, particularly on busy roads like Section, Ridge and Galbraith Roads in Amberley Village.  
Pedestrians are advised to utilize crosswalks, leave plenty of time to reach destinations, and consider the following recommendations from AAA.  Learn more about pedestrian safety here.
  • Wait:  Give yourself a few seconds to make sure all cars have come to a complete stop before moving through the intersection.
  • Stay Alert and Listen:  Don't take chances and don't wear headphones. Watch what is going on and give your full attention to the environment around you.
  • Make Eye Contact: Look at drivers in stopped vehicles to ensure they see you before crossing the road in front of them.
Don't Forget to Back Up Your Alarm System Batteries!

When changing the batteries for your smoke detectors, Amberley Village Police Department recommends changing the backup batteries for your alarm system as well.  If your alarm activates when power is restored, weak or dead batteries could be the issue.   

Save yourself the cost of a service call and check the last time your battery was replaced.  We recommend using a permanent ink marker with the date when you replace these batteries.  Typical lifespan is about 12-16 months.  

Contact your alarm company or the Amberley Village Police Department at 531-2040 if you need assistance in locating this battery.



Cyber Safety:  Fifteen Apps Parents Should Know About
Amberley Village Police Department is always looking for ways to keep our community safe.  This month, they've passed along this handy infographic, courtesy of Enough is Enough and the Sarasota Police Deparment, which  offers background information on fifteen apps that parents should be aware are potential risks.  AVPD recommends that parents be aware of the risks and red flags when children are utilizing social media and the internet.   In addition to the list of apps, EIE encourages parents to teach their kids the following smart online habits:
  • Be as anonymous as possible
  • Use privacy settings
  • Avoid in-person meetings
  • Be honest about their age when signing up for apps
  • Remember social networking sites are public spaces
  • Avoid posting anything that could embarrass them later or expose them to danger
  • Remember that people aren't always who they say they are
  • Avoid inappropriate content and behavior
  • Report inappropriate behavior to social networking sites
Enough is Enough also runs a website with information on online safety , including an Internet 101 section, and a comprehensive list of resources for parents.  For more information, visit Enough is Enough online at internetsafety101.com.
Brush Pickup Reminder
Amberley Village Service Department - Brush Video for Residents
As brush pickup continues through September, we've opted to leave this important reminder video in this issue -- your two minute investment in the short video to the left saves our maintenance crews hours, and ensures that this service runs smoothly and on schedule for everyone.  

Brush service will continue through October, when Village maintenance switches over to leaf removal.  Not sure when brush pickup is scheduled for your street?  Visit the  Brush Collection Page  on our website for pickup days, guidelines and everything you need to know!
MAINTENANCE CREWS TO CONTINUE MEADOWLAND PRESERVATION AT AMBERLEY GREEN
Beginning Tuesday, September 3, Amberley Village maintenance crews will be working at Amberley Green in efforts to maintain the meadowlands.  Work is expected to take approximately three days, weather permitting. 
 
The sections being tended involve mostly invasive plant species that are taking over the native vegetation, which will minimize disruption of native bird and wildlife species, as these migrate toward native vegetation themselves.  By ridding the property of species that choke out their natural habitat, these efforts are aimed toward benefitting both native vegetation and wildlife.
 
USDA guidelines for protection of wildlife with respect to bush hogging recommend waiting until the conclusion of the local nesting season, which for our region, ends on August 1.   The September 3 target date well exceeds these recommendations, and contributes to minimizing the encroachment of invasive species in fields.

The bush hogging efforts also create a separation between tree lines and residences in case of fire.  Chief Wallace and his staff have surveyed the area and have made recommendations regarding which areas should be bush hogged in order to maintain fire safety standards and enable adequate access for fire and safety personnel.
 
Thanks in advance for your patience with the noise and equipment during these maintenance efforts, which will contribute to the overall upkeep and well-being of this valued green space!
Hamilton County Recycling Efforts Target Clean Recycling


The Recycling Coach:
Plastic Bags
Amberley Village residents recently received a mailer from the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District as part of efforts to increase awareness about clean recycling.  As a community with one of the largest recycling averages in the region, Hamilton County is now seeking to improve the overall quality of our neighborhood's recycling collections to ensure that what's collected can be used.  Check out the videos below, which highlight the recent campaign (click on the image of the mailer at left), and a summary of the challenges Rumpke faces with new restrictions and limitations on where our recyclables are accepted.  Help Amberley Village continue its strong track record of leadership in environmental awareness and participation!





Rumpke's Perspective: The State of Recycling in 2019
Rumpke's Perspective:
The State of Recycling in 2019




August Legislation

  • Resolution 2019-20 - Authorizing the Ohio Department of Transportation to Inspect Bridges
  • Resolution 2019-21 - Authorizing the Village Manager to Enter into a Contract with Ellis Painting for the Painting of Fire Hydrants
  • Ordinance 2019-5 - Amending Ordinance 2019-1 Adopted in March 2019 to Correct Duplicate Numbering
  • Ordinance 2019-6 - Amending Ordinance 2019-2 Adopted in March 2019 to Correct Duplicate Numbering
  • Ordinance 2019-7 - Amending Ordinance 2019-3 Adopted in March 2019 to Correct Duplicate Numbering
  • Ordinance 2019-8 - Amending Appropriations in the Federal Grant Fund for 2019

 

Stay Informed.  Get Involved.
New ways to connect in Amberley Village!

NEW! Online Photo Galleries
Photos help us all visualize a story, and with such a beautiful setting here in Amberley, why not capture it all?  Look for more photos, and feel free to contribute your own by emailing them to: amberleyphotos@gmail.com!

 
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NEW!  Text Opt-In to E-News
It's never been easier to opt in for the Village E-News! See above - we even have cards available to share at your block party of neighborhood gathering, so help spread the word!

 

NEW! Tailor Your Notices
Ever wish you could get meeting notices for a specific committee without having to receive ALL notices?  Well, now you can!  Choose which meeting notices you'd like to receive, as well as topic-specific updates. 
 
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NEW!  Show Your 
Amberley Village Pride!

Check out the new and exciting sportswear options available through the brand new Amberley Village Online Spirit Shop!

Residents can now tailor their own spiritwear with embroidered logos, silkscreening, and a wide range of designs on men's, women's and youth apparel and accessories.


Print Newsletter
Communicating the business of the Village is a top priority.   To increase readership of the E-News and to ensure all residents are being reached, a print edition of the newsletter is published and mailed bi-annually. The next print newsletter will arrive in the Fall.

 

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AROUND THE VILLAGE




  Everyone here is your neighbor.
        Treat each other with respect. 
Learn More About the Benefits of Outdoor Summer Yoga
Two Sessions Remaining for Yoga on the Lawn!
September 11 & 25, 6pm  |  Free
In partnership with the JCC

Check out the pictures from our initial Yoga on the Lawn, and plan to join us for the final two installments as JCC Personal Trainers lead a series of refreshing outdoor yoga flow classes on the lawn next to Amberley Village Police Department. Bring your mat and a friend for this fun, free fitness class! Classes will not be held in the event of inclement weather.

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GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY

Final Days for Native Tree & Shrub Sale

Add some native beauty to your yard! Plants are already adapted to our Midwest weather and provide a rich habitat for local wildlife...and purchases benefit Great Parks of Hamilton County!

Order: July 1-September 14, 2019
Pickup: Saturday, September 21, 2019