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August News & Updates

Roadside Swale Improvements

The Village has awarded a contract funded by a grant from the Hamilton County Storm Water District Capital Improvement Program to rehabilitate segments of the roadside swales along both sides of Ridge Road between Section Road and the 8300 block of Ridge north of Galbraith Road as part of the Village’s 2013 Storm Water Program.

This project is designed to rehabilitate the existing swales that have been impacted by erosion.

Ditch FlagsAreas to be addressed have been staked out by the contractor. The stake that is in the ditch signifies the alignment and grade while the stake that is located further from the roadway is known as an offset stake. The offset stake is utilized by the crew as a reference point once the line and grade stake is disturbed while the actual excavation is underway. This method of staking provides the crew a point of reference to check the digging and restoration elevations without having to utilize surveying equipment. A crew member can simply use a level and a tape measure to verify the correct positioning of the swale in both the horizontal and vertical planes.

Restoration of the work areas will include the combination of seeding, straw mulch and sodding to re-establish the grass-lined swales. Traffic will be maintained.

Fire Hydrants – Your Silent Partner in Fire Safety

The hydrant in front of your house is just waiting to be of service. Your hydrant is just one of over 400 hydrants in the Village. Sometimes it is years between uses. How is it that we can rely on these cast iron fixtures to deliver when they are finally called upon to serve?

The answer is hydrants receive adequate attention throughout the years to keep them at the ready for just such a time. The Police/Fire and Maintenance/Fire workers are providing the needed maintenance annually. Each hydrant is serviced, lubricated, and pumped out to avoid frozen hydrants in the winter. Hydrants with a slow leak are watched closely and, when appropriate, are scheduled for rehabilitation services by contract. These ongoing measures assure that the hydrants can be counted upon to deliver the needed water when it is required. Most of this routine maintenance may go undetected since there is little change to the appearance of the hydrant.

hydrant paintingPeriodically, the Village crews paint and apply reflective markers to the hydrants. Ongoing hydrant maintenance is essential to keeping important infrastructure in good working operation and keeps the appearance of the Village roadways up to standards. You may notice crews working on hydrants in your neighborhood this summer.

You can help the Village’s efforts and increase your own safety by not obscuring the hydrants with parked vehicles or landscaping and never pile leaves or snow around the hydrants. Always keep weeds and bushes from over growing the fire plugs.

An ally in providing fire protection for your property is the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW). They provide and maintain the water mains that deliver the water to the hydrants. The Village is fortunate to have very good water pressure available at these hydrants. That is not by accident. GCWW is constantly monitoring and upgrading the water mains throughout their system. Recently, GCWW replaced and up-sized the water mains in the Brookwood subdivision. When these projects are planned and undertaken, the Village purchases and provides new hydrants to GCWW which are installed as part of GCWW’s projects at no additional charge to the Village.

Calendar Events

August 5 Board of Zoning Appeals – Cancelled
August 12 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
August 26 ESC Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Watch the July 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.

Ice Cream Social – August 18

The Ice Cream Social for Village residents will be held on Sunday, August 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Village Hall.

Residents can drop by for free scoops of ice cream, children’s activities to include art by school age artists, and public and pedestrian safety displays along with a farmer’s market from the Amberley Green Community Gardeners!

Deadline for art submission is August 14.  Interested residents may contact Melissa Lauer

Volunteers are needed in several areas. Older teens are encourage to participate. Contact Amy Rubenstein to sign up.

Find JEDZ Information Online

If you are looking for information about the newly formed Joint Economic Development District Zone agreement between Amberley Village and Sycamore Township, a quick link from Amberley’s website will take you to the Sycamore Township website. Follow this navigation from the Village’s homepage: Government & Administration>Taxes>Joint Economic Development Zone.

The Township’s JEDZ webpage provides an explanation of the JEDZ, a map of the zones, fact sheets, and coming soon will be employee and employer information. The JEDZ withholding income tax goes into effect on October 1, 2013.

Brush Pick-Up Season Ends in September

brush good pilesAs part of the Village’s on-going efforts to streamline its operations with a reduced staff, the Maintenance Department staff will concentrate on bulk leaf collection during October, November and December. Brush service will resume in January.

The last pick-up for residents would be their regularly scheduled pick-up day during the week of September 23-27. To find out the last day for brush pick-up on your street, click here.

Give Us Your Opinion

The Village is continuing to collect resident input as to the residents’ preference to watch council meetings playback on Time Warner Cable.

It costs approximately $22,000 annually for the Village to have video recordings of the council meetings produced and made available on Time Warner Cable.

As the Village considers this cost, please let us know what you think. Email your comments to

Do You Have an EAB Problem?

emerald ash borerEAB – Emerald Ash Borer, a small, half-inch long, metallic green beetle that is causing serious damage to the ash tree population in the mid-west.  According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, approximately one of every ten trees in Ohio is an ash.  The beetle is believed to have arrived in this area contained within shipping crate materials from Asia.  EAB larvae kill the ash trees by feeding on the living portion of the tree just below the bark layer.  This is the part of the tree that transports water and nutrients throughout the tree.  Without the ability to transport the required water and nutrients, the tree eventually dies.

exit hole emerald ash borerThere are native boring insects in the region, and some of the symptoms such as limb die-back and woodpecker activity are similar.  However, upon closer inspection, the exit holes caused by the emerging adult beetles are about 1/8” in diameter and are ‘D’ shaped.  Just under the bark is where the larvae, a flat, cream colored, bell-shaped segmented larvae, about an inch long had been feeding there are serpentine shaped galleries packed with sawdust.

The EAB spreads via the beetle’s ability to fly from one ash tree to the next, but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has tied the rapid spread across Ohio to the movement of firewood.  At present, the entire state of Ohio is under quarantine.  To see a quarantine map or to learn more about this invasive pest please follow this link.