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National Drug Take Back Day This Saturday, April 27

The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration would like residents to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place this Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

The last Take-Back Day brought in more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication.  This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 10,878,950 pounds.

Simply bring your pills or patches for disposal to the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department, 7149 Ridge Road.  No liquids, creams, empty containers, needles or sharps accepted.  This is a free and anonymous service.  No questions asked.

The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department has also made it possible for residents to drop-off unwanted prescriptions anytime throughout the year, 24-hours a day.

Check DEA’s official Take Back Day website for more information.

Leaf Collection Ends Dec. 28

Leaf CollectionThe Village’s curbside leaf collection service concludes on December 28. Residents are encouraged to get leaves to the curb in advance to allow crews to collect leaves prior to the close of the collection season.
To ensure your leaves are picked up, the crews will make multiple routes through the Village during the final week of pickup to make every effort to collect your leaves.
Leaves placed at the curb after December 28 may be bagged for pickup by Rumpke or integrated into backyard compost.

Ice Storm Brush Pick-up Ending

The latest update related to the brush pick-up due to the ice storm damage:

Our Maintenance Department has collected brush in about ¾ of the Village so far. By the end of this week, we should have made one complete pass through the Village collecting storm damage. Our plan is to end brush pick up next week.  So your last brush removal will be your regular day of brush pick up the week of December 3rd through December 7th then our brush collection will be suspended until the end of the year so we can fully focus on leaf collection.  If you want to find out your targeted day for brush pick-up, view the map of the brush route on your street or call the Village offices at 531-8675.

Remaining brush after next week should be bundled and cut into four-foot lengths, or cut the brush and place it into a garbage can or yard waste bag for collection by Rumpke.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Administration office at 531-8675.

Menorah Lighting Dec. 2

You’re invited!  The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department will host again this year a community Menorah Lighting on December 2 at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers, open to everyone! Join us for this opportunity to take part in this tradition or learn for the first time the meaning of the candle-lighting during the celebration of Hanukkah.

Ice Storm Damage Update

With significant power outages throughout the Village and most of the power restored last night, there are still homes without power today. Duke is estimating it could be Sunday before power is restored. For residents who need special assistance, please contact our Police Dispatch at 531-2040.

Our Maintenance Department spent the bulk of yesterday salting the streets then removing fallen limbs and trees that were blocking streets.

With limited staff, beginning today, we will be providing dual services of collecting leaves and chipping brush related to the ice storm damage. Our priority right now is our leaf collection and even non-Maintenance Department employees are assisting with our clean-up efforts.

If you must place brush at the street, please place your storm damaged brush out as early as possible and separately away from your leaf piles. Place it at the street with the cut end facing street, leave branches as long as possible and don’t pile your brush. Providing all these services at the same time has our staff and equipment stretched thin so we need to be efficient in the delivery of these services.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Administration office at 531-8675.

Leaf Collection: October 15 – December 28

The Village’s annual curbside leaf collection program began Monday, October 15.  The Maintenance Department has been making regular routes throughout the Village to provide leaf collection to residents which will continue through December 28, 2018.

As the volume of leaves increases, the black and white advisory signs will be posted at the entrance to your neighborhood in advance of the crews, projecting the estimated day of collection in your area.  Crews will stay on schedule as much as possible. Weather, equipment, parking on the street, and debris mixed with leaves all affect the Village’s ability to collect leaves.  Please take a few minutes to watch our video on how leaf collection works in the Village. It provides a closer look at the guidelines for setting out leaves, how the equipment operates, and what you can do to help get your leaves collected.

Special Brush Pick-Up

Due to the winds over the weekend, the Amberley Village Maintenance Department has temporarily reactivated brush collection today and will continue picking up through Friday, November 2 to help residents clear their property. During this special response, brush should be set out following the normal guidelines however, crews will not follow the brush route schedule, therefore brush should be brought to the curb as soon as possible.

Please note that leaf collection will continue but will not be on schedule while we respond to this special brush pick-up. Questions may be directed to the Amberley Village Administration Office at 531-8675.

Temporary Moratorium on Certain Accessory Structures over 200 Square Feet

At the October 8, 2018 regular meeting, Amberley Village Council approved a six-month moratorium on the construction of certain accessory structures over 200 square feet.

The moratorium, which took effect immediately, is designed to allow adequate time for Amberley Village staff, Planning Commission and Village Council members to study and investigate accessory structures in the Village and develop fair and equitable regulations governing the structures. The review will take into consideration the ability of property owners to use their property and the adverse impacts of such structures on neighbors and the surrounding community, property values and quality of life in general.

This action is directed at accessory structures in excess of 200 square feet of floor space that are covered or have a roof such that they are not open to the sky. This would typically include large sheds or garages and other detached covered structures. Not included are swimming pools, patios, driveways or similar accessory structures.  The moratorium is not intended to include temporary structures such as tents. Sheds or garages 200 square feet or less will continue to be processed and are not included in this moratorium.

This action means that, during the moratorium, Village staff will not be authorized to approve applications for new accessory uses exceeding 200 square feet. The moratorium does not apply to structures for which zoning approval and/or a building permit has been issued before October 8, 2018.

Over the next six months, Village staff will be working to investigate and study the existing zoning code and develop fair and equitable rules governing accessory structures. The process will involve the Amberley Village Planning Commission and ultimately Amberley Village Council, and will include public meetings, hearings, and opportunities for public input throughout the process.

Questions or written comments regarding the moratorium and proposed regulations regarding accessory structures may be directed to Wes Brown, Zoning & Project Administrator at 531-8675 or wbrown@amberleyvillage.org.

Read Ordinance 2018-11, Emergency Ordinance Approving a Temporary Moratorium on Certain Accessory Structures


What do I need to know about the moratorium on certain accessory structures?

What is an accessory structure according to the Village Code?

Amberley Village Code §154.02 defines an Accessory Structure as a permanent or portable structure on the same lot with, and of a natural incidental and subordinate to, the use of the principal structure.

For example, a common project that would be considered accessory structure is the construction of a shed, garage (detached), gazebo, or pool.

What development will be halted under the moratorium?

The moratorium applies to accessory structures in excess of 200 square feet of floor space, that are covered or have a roof (not open to the sky).

What development will be allowed under the moratorium?

The moratorium excludes uncovered structures like swimming pools, patios, driveways, swingsets and similar structures. The moratorium is not intended to apply to temporary structures such as tents.

Any project that has already received a zoning approval (permit) from Amberley Village is exempted from the moratorium and may proceed to construction according to the previously approved plans.

Sheds, garages and other detached structures 200 square feet or less will continue to be processed and are not included in the moratorium.

When will the moratorium end?

A six-month moratorium was implemented via Ordinance 2018-11 which was passed on October 8, 2018.  It will end 180 days after the date of initial adoption unless the Village Council chooses to repeal or renew it.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off September 20 through November 15

Household hazardous wasteEvery Thursday from 1-7 p.m. starting September 20 until November 15, Hamilton County residents can drop-off household hazardous waste at Environmental Enterprises located at 4600 Spring Grove Avenue.

Acceptable items:  Pesticides/Fertilizers • Solvents/Thinners/Oil-Based Paints & Stains • Lawn/Pool Chemicals • Cleaners • Batteries • Fire Extinguishers • Propane Tanks • Mercury • Fluorescent Bulbs • Driveway Sealer • Gasoline/Motor Oil • Antifreeze • Thermostats • Tar • Oxygen/Helium Cylinders

Learn more: www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org 



State Surplus: Write Your Letter

Amberley Village Council passed Resolution 2018-21 at its September 6, 2018 regular meeting urging the Ohio Governor and Members of the Ohio General Assembly to invest the state budget surplus in municipalities.  The State recently proposed using the projected surplus of $147 million to fund an income tax withholding reduction and an additional $68 million to max out the state’s rainy day fund.  The Village’s Resolution 2018-21 emphasizes that this revenue would be more useful if it was returned to local governments in light of the deep cuts from the state that communities experienced with revenue loss from the slashed Local Government Fund (LGF), elimination of the Estate Tax, and phased out the Tangible Personal Property Tax.

The Village encourages citizens to also urge the state to invest the surplus into local municipalities.  A sample letter is being provided.