April News & Updates

Arbor Day Celebration

Tree City USA LogoAmberley Village will celebrate Arbor Day 2013 on Monday April 22 beginning at 6:00 pm.  Amberley’s Environmental Stewardship Committee will host a demonstration of tree planting techniques and provide information related to tree identification, proper tree selection and placement, proper mulching technique, hardiness zones and pruning.

Arbor Day, a program founded in 1872, is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.  Throughout the United States, citizens will work together to enhance the physical beauty of their neighborhoods by planting and sustaining healthy trees.

Residents and members of the ESC will meet in the front of Amberley Village Hall.

One Stop Drop – Amberley Recycles

On Sunday May 19, 2013 from noon to 4:00 pm, professional recyclers will be on-hand to collect and recycle electronic items and all types of shoes.  Also, you can witness shredding of any and all confidential paper products you drop off.

Electronics collected for recycling by CohenUSA will include:  TVs, CPUs, hard drives, personal copiers, docking stations, monitors, scanners, printers, cellular telephones, home phones, VCR and DVD players, circuit boards, cables, mainframes, servers, terminals, fax machines, PDAs, back up batteries, chips, keyboards, mice, modems, routers, cable/satellite boxes, computer speakers, lead/acid batteries, CD/DVD Rom drives, and laptops.  Kitchen items such as counter top appliances (toaster, blender, coffee maker) will also be accepted.   CohenUSA is a family owned-run enterprise with Amberley connections! 

shred safe logo
Girl Scouts Logo
Cohen Logo

All sizes and quantity paper will be accepted by Shred Safe but must contain NO paper clips, binder clips, binders or metal stays. 

Local girls scouts will distribute shoes to the following charities: SOTENI, International  (shoes are taken to Kenya,Africa), The Caring Place in Kennedy Heights , YWCA Battered Women & Children’s Shelter of Cincinnati, Drop Inn Shelter (for homeless), and CPS schools.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
Opening Day April 20!

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free drop-off program will begin Saturday, April 20 and be open until November 2. The drop-off program is free to Hamilton County residents during the days and hours listed below (fees apply outside program hours). Residents must bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill when dropping off their household hazardous waste.

Location: Environmental Enterprises, Inc.
4600 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232

Free Drop-Off Program Hours:
Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Visit Hamilton County Recycles for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items and more recycling information.

Be sure to check out the County’s fun video on how to dry out latex paint so you can safely discard it with regular trash once it is solid.

Calendar Events

April 2 Board of Zoning Appeals 7 p.m.
April 8 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
April 16 Self-Defense Seminar 7 p.m.
April 22 Arbor Day 6 p.m.

Watch the March Council Meeting
Council meetings can also be watched on Time Warner Cable Channel 4 on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m.

Upcoming Public Hearing

Council will hold a public hearing at its regular April 8 meeting on two proposed ordinances:

Amending North Site District Regulations
Privacy Panel Regulations

The public hearing will be held in Council Chambers at the Amberley Municipal Building, 7149 Ridge Road. The public hearing shall allow for public comment and recommendations on the proposed ordinances.

Self-Defense Seminar

Amberley Village and the Mayerson JCC have partnered to offer a self-defense seminar on April 16 given by Debbie and Mike Gardner of the Survive! Institute.  Learn life-savings tools for kids and adults!

This free event will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Amberley Room at the JCC.  To register by April 8, email Sgt. Koenig or call 531-2040.

Larger Recycle Totes, What Goes In?

Rumpke delivered approximately 1,200 large recycling totes to residents during the month of March.  With the larger tote, residents can increase the amount of recyclables, which increases the amount of incentive dollars returned to the Village.

Residents recycled over 395 tons during 2012!  These recycling efforts saved 3,032 trees from being harvested, conserved enough energy to power the entire Village for 15 days and reduced greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to all residents riding bicycles to work for two and half months!

To maximize your recyclables, check out what goes in the bin:
Acceptable Items:
Paper: newspaper, magazines, cardboard, computer paper, junk mail, envelopes, catalogs, cereal and dry food boxes, telephone books.
Plastic bottles/jugs from soda, milk, sport drinks, water, laundry detergent, contact solution, shampoo/conditioner, juice (lids are OK if left on empty bottle).
Cans (aluminum & steel) from beverages, food, soup. Please make sure all cans are empty.
Glass bottles & jars from food and beverages.

If ever in doubt about what can be recycled, call Rumpke at 742-2900.

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting

When: May 14, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Where: Amberley Village Community Room

Seats are filling up fast! Call 946-7734 to register for this hour-long evening seminar focused on the basics of backyard composting. Attendees will receive a free kitchen collector and a $20 coupon toward the purchase of a compost bin. Can’t make this date? Visit hamiltoncountyrecycles.org for a listing of scheduled seminar locations throughout Hamilton County.

Property Maintenance Code Changes

At its regular March meeting, Council approved the recommendations of the Law Committee to make changes to the enforcement aspect of the Village’s property maintenance code.  The changes were proposed to address certain issues that accompany foreclosures as well as repeat offenders.  The changes will go into effect on April 25, which is 45 days after the legislation was passed.

Following is a summary of the changes along with a link to the ordinance passed:

  • Notice of violations will be given to property owners by both certified mail and posting the notice on the home (Section 159.082).
  • The issue of dead trees, bushes, and landscaping has been added to enable the Village to declare dead trees as a nuisance (Section 95.41B).
  • Storage of major recreational vehicles has been modified to provide a clearer definition of what is and is not allowed (Section 154.16).
  • A penalty provision for repeat offenders has been added, which includes a $150 fine for each re-notification of violation (Section 159.083).

These code amendments will streamline the notification process and add enforcement ability to assist the Village in its goal to protect public health and standards for property maintenance. Read the ordinance changes in full

Severe Weather, Tornado Safety

The Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency utilizes an outdoor siren warning system which is a network of sirens located throughout Hamilton County.  These sirens are most often used to warn the public in the event of severe weather.

sirenThe TORNADO WARNING signal is a STEADY TONE which sounds for approximately 5 minutes, indicating that a tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. When hearing this signal you should turn on your radio or television for local emergency information.  DO NOT call the Police Department, as these lines are needed for emergencies.

Be prepared to go to a safe place immediately.  If you are in a building, the best place to go would be a basement, or the innermost room in the building, away from windows.  If you are outdoors, away from a building, find a low-lying ditch and lie down, covering your head with your arms.  If you are in your car, try to get to a safe building as quickly as possible.  If you are not near any shelter, leave your car and find a ditch, and lie flat, covering your head with your arms.

The ALL CLEAR will be given by radio and television, not by the sirens.  You should keep a battery-operated radio on hand for this purpose.  Repeated sounding of sirens indicates additional warnings are being issued.

The siren system is tested at noon the first Wednesday of each month.  If you need more information, please call the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency at 263-8200.

Tornado Preparedness

Tornadoes are severe rotating storms with winds that can exceed 300 miles per hour.  About 1,000 occur in the U.S. each year, typically in the spring.   Though only a small number actually strike occupied buildings, people can be killed or injured, usually from flying objects or collapsed buildings.  You can greatly reduce your chance of injury by taking a few precautions and staying alert to weather conditions.

Plan Ahead

  • Designate a shelter area in your home.  Basements or storm cellars, away from the west or south walls, are the safest.  Otherwise, use an interior room or hallway on the ground floor.
  • PRACTICE getting to the shelter area and make sure all family members are aware of its location and when they should use it.
  • Store old blankets nearby to use as protection against flying debris in the event of a tornado.

During a Tornado Watch

Learn More

Tornadoproject.com – Just about anything you’d want to know about tornadoes in the past and how to deal with them in the present.

Fema.gov – Detailed safety tips for tornadoes and other disasters.

  • Listen to radio or TV for updates.
  • Be ready to take shelter.
  • Pay attention to tornado danger signs in the weather – dark, greenish sky, large hail and a loud roaring sound.
  • Avoid large, flat buildings with wide open areas, like shopping centers.

When a Tornado Warning Is Issued

  • Head for your shelter area or if not at home, to a central, windowless area on the lowest floor of a nearby building.
  • Leave vehicles and mobile homes at once.
  • If caught outside, lie flat in a ditch and cover your head.
  • Do not get under bridges or overpasses.

 After a Tornado

  • Watch out for falling debris and downed electrical lines.
  • Make sure a building is structurally safe before entering.