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 December News & Updates

 Year-End Financials Project $1.3 Million Deficit

The Village’s multi-faceted approach to address its financial situation continues to lead to a stronger financial position for the Village. Controlling operational costs, delaying capital purchases, diversifying the revenue base and becoming more entrepreneurial in strategic thinking have all contributed to this improved position.

There has been a concentrated focus by staff to closely monitor expenses to conserve costs, become more efficient, and reduce expenses. The downsizing has greatly helped the Village’s financial situation. The Village continues to find ways of saving tax payer dollars whether it is through not replacing employee positions, purchasing used police cruisers, doing business differently like contracting with Hamilton County for hydrant replacement or shifting more responsibility for healthcare to the employees. The Village has been able to respond to our financial position and this speaks highly of its employees and benefits our residents.

Despite great strides toward an improved financial position, the Village still has significant work ahead of itself. The Village is projected to end 2012 with a projected $1.3 million deficit. While $800,000 of the deficit helped the Village retire its debt, deficit spending in the future will not be necessary in large part to downsizing, reducing costs, and the new revenue source of the voter approved police levy that begins next year. Look for an update to the Village’s financial status to be published after the New Year.

Calendar Events

Dec 10 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Dec 24 & 25 Christmas – Offices Closed

Watch the November 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.

Holiday Schedule for Leaf Collection

  • No collection on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day
  • Collection service restarts on Dec. 26

Leaf Collection Ends Dec. 31

The leaf collection service period is coming to a close. To ensure your leaves are picked up, place leaves at the curb no later than December 31.

Rumpke Holiday Pick-Up Schedule

Residents can expect a one day delay for regular trash and recycling collection service from Rumpke through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  If your pick-up day is Friday, service will occur on Saturday.

Recycle Those Gift Boxes

During the holiday season, waste collection and recyclables tend to be heavier than normal. Recycle as much as possible–gift boxes, wrapping paper, and cardboard packaging are all recyclable. Visit for recycling and trash collection information.

The Milling of Ridge Road To Increase Traction

The Village has contracted to mill the road surface between Belkay Lane and the northern-most driveway to the Village Municipal Building. This milling will increase the friction of the asphalt surface in an attempt to provide better traction for vehicles traveling both north and south bound through this turn in the roadway and over this segment of Ridge Road.

The Village has been monitoring this segment of Ridge Road and public safety staff believe that milling the surface to increase the friction of the road surface will help reduce vehicular accidents along this short stretch of roadway. This is a slight milling, referred to as a friction milling, not a grinding that typically occurs prior to resurfacing. The Streets, Public Utilities and Sewers Committee recommended, and Council authorized this improvement to Ridge Road. Council also directed staff to post additional cautionary signage as necessary.

The Village realized a $1,000 cost savings by providing police officers to control and maintain traffic while the milling of the road surface was completed.  As a part of the 2013 Road Rehabilitation Project, a ‘micro paving’ of this area is planned to restore a uniform finish surface layer to this area.

Snow Removal

The Village Maintenance Department prides itself on its response to winter storms. Our goals are to keep the main roads and priority routes passable and then to clear all streets as soon as possible after the storm has subsided.

snow truckThe roads are treated in order of priority with the predicted weather in mind:

  • Main roads, hills.
  • Access to Village buildings to enable police/fire, maintenance, and administration employees to do their jobs.
  • Subdivision streets, low-volume, no outlet, dead-end streets and private roads with no other access for emergency services.

Here are some things you can to do help the crews work most efficiently:

  • Park in your driveway, not in the street, especially not in cul-de-sacs or near intersections.
  • When you plow or shovel your driveway, keep it on your property. Don’t plow into the road.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.

With residents’ assistance in these matters, plow crews will be able to get the streets cleared with less interference from traffic and parked or stranded vehicles. They’ll be able to cover their routes more quickly.

Brush Pick-Up Resumes in January

Example of good brush pileWith bulk leaf collection completed on December 31, the maintenance department will resume brush pick-up in January, weather permitting.

As you may recall, reductions in personnel required the maintenance department staff to concentrate on bulk leaf collection during November and December.

View guidelines for placing brush at the curb

Brookwood Subdivision Street Restoration Following the Water Main Project

Greater Cincinnati Water Works is currently involved in a project in the Village to replace some of the aging water main infrastructure in the Brookwood Subdivision.  The streets impacted are certain parts of Willowbrook Drive and Lane, Oakridge Drive, Meadowbrook Drive and Fair Oaks Drive (north of Section Road).  This project completes the effort of updating GCWW’s infrastructure in this subdivision.  The construction phase of the project has been completed.  Along with the new water mains, the Village-supplied fire hydrants have been installed.  Restoration to disturbed areas in the sod was accomplished after the completion of the excavating work. 

Following the completion of the water main work, the Village and GCWW will partner to re-pave the roadway surfaces impacted by the water main replacement project.  This paving work was scheduled for November, however overnight and daytime temperatures were not conducive for the planned paving project.  In consultation with the Village Engineer and the GCWW contractor it was decided to delay the re-paving until next spring or summer to gain favorable weather conditions to permit the best possible paving project.

Register Your Pooch

Ohio law requires that dogs older than three months be licensed.  Residents may purchase a 2013 Hamilton County dog license through January 31 for $19.  The dog licensing period ends on January 31, 2013.

After the January 31 deadline, a dog license can still be purchased, but an additional penalty of $19 will be added to the cost. A license can be purchased at the Hamilton County Auditor’s Office, 138 East Court Street, Room 304, in downtown Cincinnati. Licenses can also be purchased on-line at 2013 Dog and Kennel Licenses New or Renewal. There is a convenience fee charged for on-line purchases.  Licenses are also available at the Hamilton County SPCA or you may visit one of Hamilton County’s convenient neighborhood vendors. There is a 75¢ agent fee for purchasing this way. Please call 946-4106 for an application or details.

Useful Numbers

Administration Department:  531-8675
Police/Fire Department 24-hour Non-Emergency: 531-2040
Tax Office: 531-0130