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We're excited to announce plans to begin the gradual reopening of Village services and the Municipal Building. Take a moment to watch and learn more!
From Village Manager Scot Lahrmer
Join Us Online for the
May 11 Council Meeting
Until we return to Chambers in June, you can join Amberley Village Council live online! Join us for the May meeting on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. by clicking the button below and bookmarking the link, or simply visit our website under "News."

As always, residents who wish to speak at the meeting may do so by contacting the Clerk of Council prior to noon the day of the meeting.
Public Feedback Invited on Proposed Changes to Village Zoning Code Regarding Property Maintenance
Amberley Village Council will hold a public meeting in June to invite resident feedback regarding changes to sections of the Village Zoning Code in regards to zoning regulation and property maintenance.

Property maintenance in Amberley Village is an integral part of maintaining the aesthetic of a well-kept community. Maintaining one’s property adds value and character to the community where we live. It's in everyone’s best interest to preserve property values and remain a clean and attractive community.

Please mark your calendar and plan to
attend the public hearing on Monday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. We want to hear from you!
Light Ohio Blue in Honor of
Police Memorial Week May 8 - 15, 2020
Amberley Village has joined the Light Ohio Blue campaign to show and generate support for law enforcement personnel who protect our communities throughout our great state.
 
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The Light Ohio Blue campaign coincides with activities associated to Police Week. This year’s dates are Friday, May 8 to Friday, May 15.

Residents are encouraged to show their support for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and those currently serving, both sworn and civilian staff.

How can you help Light Ohio Blue?

• Place a blue bulb on your exterior porch light;
• Wrap blue Christmas lights around your home or business;
• Light up your entire home or business with blue flood lights;
• Place blue ribbons on your mailbox, nearby columns or posts;
• Wear Blue on May 15; and
• Tell your friends, family and neighbors what you’re doing, and post a picture to social media using #LightOhioBlue
 
Please join us to show support for law enforcement and help light Ohio blue! For more information please visit http://lightohioblue.org/ or follow us at https://www.facebook.com/LightOhioBlue/ .
The Kalmanson family recently chalked up the street to say thanks to our heroes
in the Amberley Village Police and Fire Department.
Grass Clippings and Yard Waste
Residents are also reminded that as brush collection is gradually reintroduced, brush piles should NOT look like the one at right. Please refrain from placing brush at the curb until mid-May, when services resume,

When pickup is resumed, please ensure branches are lined up perpendicular to the curb, and are free of dirt and debris. The Village chipping equipment can snag and break on piles like the one to the right, causing expensive repairs and delay in pickup for other residents.
Residents are reminded to clear curbs and gutters of all grass clippings and debris, which can clog sewers and cause backups.

Taking a few minutes to sweep grass out of the gutters can make a big difference and prevent massive water damage for both you and your neighbors.

Homeowners are also reminded to be sure and communicate this information to contractors working on their property.
Let's all work together to ensure Village Maintenance services are available to everyone by doing our part to increase efficiency and safety!
May 17 - 23, 2020 is National Public Works Week!
The American Public Works Association is proud to announce "The Rhythm of Public Works" as the theme for the 2020 National Public Works Week poster. This year's exciting poster challenges members and citizens to think about their communities as a symphony of essential services, working in concert to create a great place to live. Every community has a rhythm, a heartbeat that reflects its essence and tempo of life.

Public Works’ keeps a community’s rhythm moving by providing an orchestra of infrastructure services in transportation, water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment, public buildings and spaces, parks, and grounds, emergency management and first response, solid waste, and right-of-way management. Public Works provides the harmony needed for collaboration with all the stakeholders in capital projects, infrastructure solutions, and quality of life services.

Amberley Village Maintenance Department serves this role in our community, and all Maintenance personnel are trained to serve as Firefighters as well. May will be spent working to transition our Maintenance workers back into their primary roles as public works employees, so they can resume the services we've all come to love and appreciate. If you see them out, be sure and thank them for their service and welcome them back on board!
Tennis Courts to Remain Temporarily Closed for Repair
Recent storms resulted in major damage to the fence surrounding the Village tennis courts near the Municipal Building.

The courts will remain closed even after other services reopen while an insurance claim is filed and repairs are made. Thank you in advance for your patience!
Coronavirus Information & Updates
As governments and businesses begin to slowly reopen over the next few months, Amberley Village remains committed to keeping you informed about the latest protocols, tips and updates to help keep you and your family safe. Be sure to visit our website page at the button below for regular information you can use and share!
Retirement Congratulations to
Tax Administrator Patty Meiers!
Thank you to Patty Meiers for eight years of service to Amberley Village as our Tax Administrator! Patty retired on April 30, and plans to spend her retirement traveling and enjoying time with her husband.

Patty will most be remembered for her warm smile, her patient disposition and the many residents she served over the years. And while we weren't able to give her a proper send-off due to quarantine restrictions, staff honored her with a proclamation, "drive-by" send-off and a video recalling her many contributions. Residents who would like to send well wishes are encouraged to send cards to the Village Administration Office at 7149 Ridge Road, and we'll be glad to pass them on!
Welcome Jenny West!
Jenny West has been training with Patty Meiers for more than a month, and joins us from the City of Mason, where she served as an Accounting Supervisor for the last seven years. Jenny handled payroll for the City of Mason, which employs approximately ten times the number of personnel, and has experience in both the private and public sectors.

Jenny is available to assist with Amberley Village taxes, and can be reached at jwest@amberleyvillage.org, or via the direct line in the Tax Department at 531-0130.

Residents are encouraged to give Jenny a warm welcome when offices reopen. Welcome aboard, Jenny! We look forward to working with you!
2020 Census Update
Thanks to all residents who have completed the 2020 Census, bringing our response rate to nearly 80%!

If you haven't responded, please take a moment now to do so - it's simple, quick, and ensures Amberley Village, Hamilton County and the State of Ohio receive our fair share of federal dollars for various grants and projects.

Click the button below to get started now!
Recycling and Trash:
Know the Difference!
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No plastic bags in the recycling bin, as they contaminate recycling and make it difficult to sort.
Trash SHOULD be bagged to prevent it from flying out of trash receptacles and garbage trucks.
2020 Community Garden
Applications Now Being Accepted!
Amberley Village is still accepting applications for the 2020 gardening season! Amberley Green hosts 36 garden plots for the April – November growing season, complete with deer fencing, access to a garden cart and water, and friendly gardeners to share in the experience. But just a few remain!

Plot size is 9 x 15, and rental cost for the season is just $50. Organic practices are utilized, so no pesticides or other chemicals are permitted. As a hub garden of the Civic Garden Center, monthly demonstrations of garden techniques and cooking ideas for produce are planned.

Interested?

Fill out the application form below and email to  cwallis@amberleyvillage.org  with the subject header “Garden,” or simply drop off at the Tax Drop Box located outside the Municipal Building. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to returning gardeners through year’s end. Applications must include payment to be considered complete.  We look forward to seeing you in the garden!
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Funding for the project made possible in part by a grant from Hamilton County Public Health.  Amberley Village is a WeTHRIVE! community.
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Amberley Village Council meets on the second Monday of each month.
The next scheduled meeting is for Monday, May 11 at 6:30 pm online. Information on login and access is available on our website at www.amberleyvillage.org.
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