|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 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 Wolf will serve as Vice Mayor. This is Ms. Wolf’s second term on council and second term as Vice Mayor.
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.
Jan 6 Board of Zoning Appeals – Cancelled
Watch the December Council Meeting
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
Bring 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
The 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.
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
Residents 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.
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:
|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.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about coyotes and other wildlife, visit the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s website.