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November News & Updates

Long-Time Staffer Retired

Steve RasfeldPublic Works Supervisor Steve Rasfeld retired from his position on October 31, concluding a 30-year career in local government.  Steve, who first joined Amberley Village in 1983 in the Maintenance Department, worked his way through several positions over the years.  He has spent the last quarter of his career in his supervisory role overseeing the operations of the Maintenance Department and assisting the Village Manager on many projects including zoning matters.

During his tenure, Steve worked diligently to develop and implement professional standards and metrics within the Maintenance Department.  Much of this policy and procedure was related to the safety standards for maintenance personnel while performing work duties and improving efficiencies and effectiveness of Village services. Steve has a wealth of institutional knowledge of the Village and has been a key player in numerous projects over the years. He has also been intimately involved with storm sewer projects and road improvements.  

Steve has demonstrated his willingness to serve over the last 30 years and he will certainly be missed.  The Village congratulates Steve on his accomplishments and wishes him all the best in retirement.


Brush Management

The Village’s dense tree population makes brush management a highly valued service for Village residents to be able to dispose of high volumes of brush from their properties as a curbside service.  Cutbacks have reduced the available staff that used to allow the Village to run multiple crews throughout leaf season.  With the limited staff, which provides for the typical availability of only the two leaf crews, the brush suspension during leaf season will become a regular business practice for the Village.

Curbside brush pick-up will resume for residents in January.  In the meantime, residents looking for ways to dispose of brush between now and then who are not interested in storing the brush on their property or hiring a contractor have a few more options from which to choose:

Drop-Off Sites  
Locations open Saturdays and Sundays
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through November 24.

East:   Bzak Landscaping  (513) 831-0907
329 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township
North: Rumpke Landfill (513) 742-2900
Struble Road & Colerain Ave., Colerain Township

For more information visit ww.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org.

Curbside
Rumpke allows residents to place brush with their trash, as long as it is bundled and cut into four-foot lengths, or cut the brush and place it into a garbage can or yard waste bag for collection.  For questions about this service, please contact Rumpke at 742-2900.

Calendar Events

Nov 4 Board of Zoning Appeals – Canceled
Nov 5 Election Day
Nov 11 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Nov 25 ESC Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Day – Offices Closed

Watch the October 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.

October Council Meeting Highlights


Public Hearing November 11

Council will hold a public hearing on November 11 in Council Chambers to receive public input regarding the proposed legislation pertaining to the creation of panhandle lots.  


Brush Pick-Up Suspended Until January

As of 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 from October through December. Please do not place brush at the curb until leaf season concludes. Brush pick-up will resume in January.

Thanksgiving Leaf Collection Schedule:

  • No collection on Thanksgiving Day
  • Collection service on the day after Thanksgiving

Rumpke Holiday Pick-Up Schedule

Residents can expect regular trash and recycling collection service from Rumpke for the Thanksgiving Holiday. No delays are scheduled.

Visit rumpke.com for recycling and trash collection information.


Election Day – Voter Information

Voter registration is handled by the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The County’s website provides fast access to election information. Quick links help you find out where to register, polling place locations, voting hours and dates, precincts, and a sample ballot for your precinct during the election season–all at your fingertips! Visit http://boe.hamilton-co.org/.

November 5 is Election Day – Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Street Maintenance – Lines & Markings

The Amberley Village Maintenance Department manages the traffic markings on the streets. The maintenance staff paints the lane markings during late summer through early fall to prepare these reflective lines for the onset of the fall and winter darkness.

pavement markingsTwo methods of application include paint-based and thermoplastic pavement markings. As Village streets are rehabilitated the thermoplastic application which lasts for the entire life of the pavement with little to no maintenance will be installed thereby reducing the demand for painting.

The maintenance staff also utilizes its outsourcing program to access the Hamilton County Engineer’s paint striping crew for the longer stretches of center and edge lines. The special markings such as turn arrows, crosswalks, stop bars, and island markings are refinished by in-house maintenance personnel.

Highly visible lane markings, cross walks, arrows and other directional markings on our roadways are essential for safer traffic flow for residents and visitors. It also allows for the enforcement of the traffic laws by the police department.

Door hanger trashNew Door Hangers for Trash Cans Left at the Curb

The Village has a new door hanger that is now utilized as a tool to help remind residents to bring their trash cans back from the curb after collection by Rumpke.  The door hangers are printed on yellow paper and hung on doors when trash cans are left at the curb longer than 24 hours after pick-up, which means beyond Saturday night.

If you believe there are cans left out longer than 24 hours after pick-up on your street, please contact the public safety department at 531-2040 to make a request for door hangers in your area.

 

Deer Cautions

Deer-related traffic accidents typically peak in the months of October through December, and the Amberley Village Public Safety Department urges you to be extra careful at this time.   The Ohio Department of Transportation offers the following driving tips to help avoid collisions with deer:

  • If you see a deer near the road, expect that others will follow.
  • Watch for deer near roadways especially at dawn and after sunset.  About 20 percent of crashes occur in early morning, while over half occur between 5 p.m. and midnight. 
  • After dark, use high-beams when there isn’t oncoming traffic.  This will illuminate deer eyes, allowing more time to react. 
  • Always wear seat belts and drive at safe, sensible speeds for road conditions. 
  • Watch for deer crossing signs and drive with extreme caution, especially in posted areas.
Heating Safety

Space Heaters:

  • Make sure your space heater has a working safety light, alarm, automatic shut-off switch in case of being tipped over, and a cut-off device to prevent overheating.
  • Keep all objects, people and pets at least three feet away from the heater.
  • Never use a space heater in your bathroom. Water and electric appliances don’t mix!
  • Always remember to turn off your space heater when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Plug your space heater directly into a wall outlet. Never use extension cords to power your space heater.

Furnace:

  • Before you turn on your furnace, have it inspected by a professional to ensure it is clean and working properly.
  • Make sure to check the condition of the automatic controls and emergency shutoffs.

Fireplaces:

  • Have the fireplace inspected and cleaned, if necessary, by a professional chimney sweep to ensure it is clear of obstructions, cracks, etc.
  • Make sure the damper or flue is open.
  • Be sure to use a metal screen to keep hot embers and shifting logs from falling out.
  • Keep any combustible object (paper, clothes, blankets, etc.) at least three feet away from the fireplace.
  • Do not “over-build” your fire. Too much wood or paper placed in the fire can cause the fire to get too hot and could ignite the soot in your chimney, causing a chimney fire.
Turn Back Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms
Daylight Savings Clock ImageThe Public Safety Department would like to remind everyone to check your smoke alarms when turning back your clocks this weekend. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year and this includes carbon monoxide detectors too.  For a free residential fire inspection call the Public Safety Department at 531-2040. Read more fire prevention tips.