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January News & Updates

Mayor and Vice Mayor Selected

At its regular meeting on December 9, council voted among its members to select the Mayor and Vice Mayor positions for the 2013-2015 term.

Tom MuethingTom Muething will serve as Mayor. This is Mayor Muething’s second term on council and first term as Mayor.  Tom’s father was also Mayor of Amberley serving for four years from 1983 to 1987. 

Tom received his BSBA in accounting from Xavier University.  Tom worked 30 years for a major multinational company in various financial roles and was based in four different countries over the course of his career.  Tom is now retired and enjoys golf, hiking and working in his yard.  Tom also serves as President of Ohio Valley Voices, a school for deaf children. Tom grew up in Amberley and moved away after graduating from college returning seven years ago.  Tom has been married to Cindy for 31 years and has five children ranging in age from 19 to 30.

Natalie WolfNatalie Wolf will serve as Vice Mayor.  This is Ms. Wolf’s second term on council and second term as Vice Mayor.

She received her BA degree from Indiana University in 1985 and was awarded her JD in 1988 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Natalie practiced law in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation with the Rothchild Law Office.

Natalie has served on the Board of Trustees of the Yavneh Day School, including past president of the Yavneh Parent Teachers’ Organization as well as numerous committees of the Mayerson JCC. An avid runner, she has chaired and participated on the planning committees for 5k and 10k road races for both Hadassah and the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, as well as coached the JCC chapter of Girls on Track for four years. In 2008, she was a chaperone for the Cincinnati delegation of the March of the Living, and has participated in Election Protection for the 2004, 2008, and 2012 presidential elections.

Natalie is married to Scott and they have three children Freddie, Adam and Sarah and two dogs Kimo and Olympia.

Mayor Muething and Vice Mayor Wolf, along with all council members may be conveniently reached by email utilizing the Contact Us link on the Village’s website.

Calendar Events

Jan 6 Board of Zoning Appeals – Cancelled
Jan 13 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Jan 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Closed
Jan 27 ESC Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Watch the December 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.

December Council Meeting Highlights


Panhandle Lot Regulations

The proposed panhandle lot legislation was tabled at the November council meeting and referred to the Land Development Committee to allow for review and consideration of public comments received a the public hearing on this legislation.

Village Council, at its January 13 meeting, will receive an update from the Land Development Committee. 


Brush Pick-Up Resumes in January

brush good pilesBring your brush piles to the curb starting in January!

  

The maintenance crew will restart the highly valued brush collection service for residents in January.   Please review the brush guidelines for setting out your brush.


Christmas Tree Recycling

The brush crew will chip Christmas trees at the curb along with residents’ brush. Trees set out for chipping must be completely free of debris such as ornaments, wiring, lights, tree stands, and should not be bagged.

Check out this video from Hamilton County Recycles to view the lifecycle of a Christmas tree. It’s very possible that the Christmas tree you recycle will be reused as mulching wood chips by a neighbor right here in the Village!

 

Village Crew Proves Ready for the Snow and Ice Season

Village 5 member Work CrewThe Village’s five-member crew has already responded to 7 snow events this winter season.  Prior to a winter storm event, the weather forecast is checked to determine the plan of attack.  Last year, beet juice was added to the Village’s toolbox of snow fighting methods which already included road salt and salt brine.  The brine and beet juice provide “green” alternatives that are environmentally conscious and reduce the amount of salt utilized.

Brine is a salt-water solution sprayed on dry roadways ahead of a forecasted storm. It forms a film on the roadway surface and helps prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement. The Village’s trucks are outfitted with a wetting system. As the salt leaves the bed of the truck and flows to the salt spreader, it is sprayed with salt brine. Pre-wetting the salt with the brine helps the salt melt faster, reduces the bounce of the salt which keeps more of the salt on the pavement, and improves the roadway conditions quicker.

During heavier winter storm events where snow and/or ice is accumulating on the roadways, the trucks are outfitted with snow plows. Priority of streets—major roadways, hills, bridges, and emergency routes—are cleared first. Residential/ lower volume streets within each area are the second priority. However, as long as it’s snowing, the crew must focus on priority streets and areas.

Residents can help expedite snow and ice removal:

• Remove parked vehicles from the street to avoid being plowed in.
• Pile snow on the left side of your drive (facing your house from the street) to reduce the chance of it being plowed back into the driveway.
• Don’t plow snow from driveways onto public streets.

The crew continues to work smarter to optimize storm operations.  The safety of the traveling public is the first concern and every effort will be made to provide the highest level of service to our residents.

Contract Renewed for Emergency Medical Services

Deer Park Silverton Life SquadResidents can rest assured if a need arises for emergency medical services as the Village Council has recently approved an additional 3-year contract for Paramedic and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with Golf Manor and Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire Departments.

The Village, during its pursuit of this contract renewal, studied the costs involved and is pleased to report that minor rate increases were achieved as part of the contract, which will contain future costs during the three-year service period.

Golf Manor and Deer Park-Silverton have provided excellent services in the past and entering into a 3-year renewal contract secures this vital service for our residents.  All three communities benefit from this arrangement and this mutual effort illustrates another means of collaboration between local governments.  As local governments continue to be financially strained, collaboration is one of the few opportunities we can offer and the Village is pleased to continue our partnership with these local entities.

Home-Heating Safety

While it’s tempting on a cold winter night to leave a fire going in the fireplace or a space heater on at bedtime, think again. These devices can become extremely dangerous if not used properly. Amberley’s Public Safety Department recommends these guidelines:

  • Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.
  • Inspect for cracked, frayed or broken plugs or loose connections, and replace before using.
  • Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.
Register Your Pooch

Ohio law requires that dogs older than three months be licensed.  Residents may purchase a 2014 Hamilton County dog license through January 31 for $19.  The dog licensing period ends on January 31, 2014.

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 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.
Quarterly Payment Due?

If you expect to owe Amberley income taxes for 2013 and they aren’t deducted from your paycheck, the Tax Office would like to remind you that it’s time to make a quarterly payment. Every person who anticipates any taxable income for 2013 and the income is not subject to withholding by employer or taxable by another municipality should be making quarterly declaration payments. The 2013 4th quarter estimated payment is due Friday, January 31, 2014. Please make your final quarterly payment on or before that date. If you need assistance or have questions about your estimated payment please call the Tax Office at (513)531-0130. Tax office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

E-File Available for 2013 Tax Filing

The Village updated tax software during 2013 making e-file of village income tax returns available to residents and tax preparers.  If prepared online, you will still need to mail the completed form with backup documents. The online tool will calculate 2013 tax due and estimated payments for 2014.

Blank tax forms will still be available on our website for printing if you wish to prepare by hand.  You will receive a postcard in early January detailing the requirements along with websites and phone numbers for help.

Coyote Concerns

Winter weather may make our resident coyotes more visible as they venture from the woodlands to forage for food. Coyotes are part of the natural wildlife that surrounds our community. Generally the coyotes are non-aggressive and spend the vast majority of time in the forest preserves.

  • coyoteCoyotes eat a variety of foods including plants and small animals and generally cause few problems in the community.
  • Although the coyotes are wild animals and do hunt to survive, they will generally shy away from humans.
  • Aggressive behavior toward humans is rare but not unknown.
  • Children should be cautioned that coyotes are not dogs and they should not chase or try to pet them.
  • Coyotes will search out small animals for food so pet owners should be vigilant about watching their small pets when outside. Always keep them on a leash especially in or around wooded areas. Keep cats indoors.
  • You can try to keep coyotes away from your home by taking some simple precautions. Make sure that your garbage cans have lids that are sealed tightly. Do not feed your pet outside or leave pet food outside.  

If you are interested in learning more about coyotes and other wildlife, visit the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s website