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August News & Updates

Ice Cream Social

Tennis Court Water FunOn August 24, all residents are invited to enjoy free ice cream with their neighbors at the annual Ice Cream Social.  Fire trucks, police cruisers and safety equipment will be on display courtesy of the Amberley Village Police/Fire Department and county agencies.  And, kids can get cool under the favorite tennis court “water park” sprayed by the fire truck. 
FD Pictures 2010-2013This year, there will be a live demonstration of the “Jaws of Life”.  Come watch how this life saving equipment cuts through a car to allow emergency personnel to save accident victims when every second counts.

Stop by and visit the Environmental Stewardship Committee table to learn about initiatives for environmental sustainability.

ice cream scoopersCome join the fun at the Amberley Village Municipal Building from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on August 24!  Parking will be available at the lot on Ridge Road next to the walking track and ball fields.

Calendar Events

August 11 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
August 24 Ice Cream Social 6 p.m.
August 25 ESC Meeting 7 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.

July Council Meeting Highlights

Upcoming Events

Public Information Meeting
WHEN: September 29 at 1:30 and 7 p.m.
WHERE: Amberley Room at the JCC

A presentation regarding Village finances and Village owned properties will be made in the afternoon and repeated in the evening for residents.

Tour Amberley Green Dam Work

The Environmental Stewardship Committee has organized a tour of the modification work on the Amberley Green dam which has been set for September 11 to give residents the opportunity to observe the worksite area.  The dam structure is being modified to a non-regulated status to remove the dam from ODNR’s jurisdiction. Contact the administration office at 531-86752 to sign up.  A rain date of September 15 has been reserved. 

 Tours Business Expansion in Village

Topicz Tour 2Village Council was invited by Topicz to tour its building expansion and see the technological investment into their facility.

The project began in 2012 and concluded in 2013 with an expansive addition of 33,000 square feet to the warehouse and office space.  Several additional parking spaces were added along with surface lot pavement to improve traffic flow in and out of the facility.  The additional space increased the total square footage of the facility to roughly 124,440 square feet. 

Pictured left to right is Topicz’ Business Development Director Adam Greenberg, Councilmember Peg Conway, Councilmember Bill Doering, Vice Mayor Natalie Wolf, Topicz CEO Marvin Schwartz, Councilmember Ed Hattenbach and Mayor Tom Muething was also present.

Topicz is a family-owned wholesale distributor of full-line convenience store goods and is located on Section Road. Reporting 11 years of double-digit growth, the prosperous strides of Topicz exemplifies the importance of businesses in the Village to bring jobs into the area and for contributions toward the overall economic vitality of the community.  Even though the Village has a small commercial presence, it is critical to our larger community’s tax base. We appreciate Topicz’s investment in our Village.  

Catch Basin Repairs


Catch basin repair Fairhaven revCatch basins play a vital part in the storm water system. The surface water enters the system through the basins then travels to the creeks through the storm water pipes. There are approximately 778 catch basins the Maintenance Department maintains throughout the Village. The Department performs regular maintenance and inspections to reduce the number of larger repairs.  Catch basin walls deteriorate due to the winter freeze and thaw cycle causing the soil around the basin to wash away, thus undermining the street or ground around the basin causing sink holes.

The 2014 Road Program included catch basin repairs which have been completed on Fairhaven Lane, Springvalley Drive, Glenfarm Court, Sagamore Drive, and Fontaine Court.

Replacement Officers Hired

While the Village’s Police/Fire Department staffing levels have been reduced over the past several years, three vacancies within the department exist under the new organizational staffing model.   Two Police Officer/Firefighter positions were filled by recently hired Brian Baker and Brandon Gehring.  The Village is pleased to introduce its new officers to the community.

Officer bakerOfficer/Firefighter Brian Baker began his police career with the Norwood Police Department in 2004.  Baker has attended the 240-hour fire fighter training course and has been working on the road patrol doing a great job for the Village.  Baker is married to Wendy with three children.

Officer GehringOfficer/Firefighter Brandon Gehring began his police career in 2005 with Arlington Heights part-time, then started full-time with the Village of Lockland in 2006.  Gehring has been a fire fighter with Lockland since 2004, where he held the rank of Lieutenant.  He has also worked with the West Chester and Sycamore Township Fire Departments.  Gehring is currently in training and will be joining the road patrol by the end of October.  Gehring is married to Lindsey with 2 children.

Chief Wallace commented that the Village is excited to have the knowledge and experience these officers bring to the community and they will be great additions to the Police/Fire Department.

National Night Out

National night outAmberley Village participated in the annual National Night Out held on August 5 at the Water Works Park in Norwood.  Officers were in attendance to represent the Village at this public event, which is designed to:

1) Heighten crime prevention awareness;
2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events.

Hot Car Safety

The Amberley Village Police/Fire Department would like to share with parents, caretakers, siblings, and anyone else that transports children, elderly persons, or pets of several safety tips during the hot summer months.  When it is 90 degrees outside the temperature in the interior of an enclosed car can climb 20-30 degrees within 10 minutes.

  • Never leave a child, elderly person, or an animal in a hot car, even briefly.
  • Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever.
  • Always check the front and back seats of your car before you lock it and leave.
  • See a child, elderly person, or a pet alone in a hot car?  Call 911 immediately.  Get them out ASAP if they are in distress.
  • Put your purse, wallet, cellular phone, briefcase or something else you need by the car seat so you don’t forget to check.
  • Put your diaper bag in the front seat of the car so you’ll see it and remember the baby in the back seat.
  • Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination.
  • Always lock your car when it’s empty so children can’t get in without you knowing.
  • Make arrangements with your child’s day care center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled.
  • Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes, and periods of crisis or holidays.
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.).
  • Use your debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump.
Staying Safe on the Roadways

Whether walking, jogging, or driving on the roadways in Amberley Village, the Public Safety Department expresses the importance for everyone to think about others on the roadway, children on bikes, pedestrians, joggers and motorcycles.  Please slow down, be cautious, and practice the following safety measures:


  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic along the side of the roadway and in the grass if possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions – including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Wear some type of reflective tape, reflective vest and/or lighter colored clothing.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and judgment too.


  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
  • If weather causes you to use your windshield wipers, headlights should be in use too.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
  • Be extra cautious when backing up – pedestrians can move into your path.