April News & Updates
Community’s Support at Ballot Greatly Appreciated — Thank You
Without a doubt, these are challenging times for Amberley Village. For several years, the Village has relied upon monies from two revenue sources that have been affected by the governor and state legislature. The Estate Tax, which the Village averages $800,000 per year has been eliminated and the Local Government Fund has been halved.
This action certainly gave us pause for thought on how we can continue to provide the Village with an exceptional level of services, during this period of declining revenues. It was within this environment that the Village brought forward a police levy for the first time in 56 years. We were hopeful that Amberley Village voters would recognize the importance of utilizing property taxes to partially fund our police department.
The community voted solidly in favor of the police levy, ensuring that the Village’s General Fund would not be depleted by an additional $1.6 million annually. This was a critical financial move and will go a long way toward ensuring the financial stability of the Village. Our sincere thanks to our residents for demonstrating your understanding of the complexities of municipal finances, supporting our police department and officers and for voting in favor of the police levy.
Amberley Responds to Tornado Disaster
Amberley Maintenance crews provided disaster assistance to the small Village of Moscow, Ohio and areas around Felicity following the tornados that did significant damage to these Clermont County communities. Equipment and personnel were sent on March 8 and 9 to assist in the cleanup efforts. While responding to these events is not only the right thing to do, it is the basis of the mutual aid compacts that joins local communities in times of need.
Electric Opt-Out Enrollment Underway
The Village’s electric aggregation opt-out program is up and running. The selected supplier, DP&L (Dayton Power & Light), has mailed letters to residents that explain enrollment. If you have questions regarding the letter you received, you may contact our energy consultant, Eagle Energy at 251-7283 or the Village office at 531-8675.
Does the Village Have Your Number?
Community Safe is an interactive call system that allows the Public Safety Department to contact every home within a matter of minutes. Emergency messages and important information or events will be sent on this broadcast system.
Residents can submit home and multiple cell phone numbers to ensure their entire family is contacted. Call the Public Safety Department at 531-2040 to update or add a number.
April 9 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Arbor Day – Sunday, April 15
The Amberley Village Environmental Stewardship Committee will host Arbor Day on April 15 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. A tree planting demonstration will take place and information related to tree identification, proper tree selection and placement, mulching techniques, hardiness zones and pruning guides will be available. Contact Leslie McIntosh to volunteer.
Arbor Day, a program founded in 1872, is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Throughout the United States, citizens will work together to enhance the physical beauty of their neighborhoods by planting and sustaining healthy trees.
Amberley Green Clearing Starts
Volunteers play an important part in tree care projects throughout the Village. Join the Environmental Stewardship Committee for springtime planting and maintenance projects on April 14th and April 15th from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Residents and members of the ESC will meet in the parking lot at Amberley Green on each day. This group also meets each Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. through October.
Sun hats, sunscreen and gardening gloves are recommended. Contact Leslie McIntosh for more information.
Village Hosts Tree City USA Awards Luncheon
A recognition luncheon for the communities who were designated as Tree Cities will be hosted by Amberley Village on April 20 at the Jewish Community Center. If you would like to volunteer or be a sponsor, contact Pam Hessler.
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Program Begins April 21
The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free drop-off site will open Saturday, April 21. The drop-off program is free to Hamilton County residents. Residents must bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill when dropping off their household hazardous waste.
Location: Environmental Enterprises, Inc.
Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Hamilton County Recycles for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items and more recycling information.
Parking: When you have a party, please ask your guests to park only on the side of the street opposite where the fire hydrants are located. Many Amberley streets are winding and narrow, which would obstruct rescue vehicles when cars are parking on both sides.
Brush: Only brush that you cut and gather from your yard yourself is to be placed at the curb for Village pickup. Any brush waste generated by a contractor is to be removed by the contractor. View brush guidelines
Dogs: Please scoop up after your dogs when walking through the neighborhood and keep your dogs leashed for safety.
|Registration Open for Garden Plots
The Amberley Green Garden is staked out with 40 plots and nearly ready to till. For $50 a growing season, you will get:
Applications will be accepted through May 1. After that date, gardeners who wish to garden two plots will have the opportunity to rent an additional plot.
Organic practices will be utilized in the Amberley Green Garden and assistance will be available to anyone who needs it. If you are interested, please request that the Amberley Green Garden Welcome Packet be emailed to you by contacting AmberleyGarden@Gmail.com.
|Street Sign Program
Since 2000, the Village has been working to phase in the State and Federal mandates to update its street signs to the required retroreflective quality. The mandate means that street name signs must have a higher reflective quality and adhere to size requirements for the lettering and overall sign size. This is intended to increase visibility of signage for drivers, especially at night.
The new street signs can be noticed on the main roads and some neighborhood streets. Due to budgetary issues, the Village will phase-in the new updated signs which will be purchased and installed when signs become faded, non-reflective or unable to be read.
Notes from the Mayor
by Mayor J.K. Byar
Thank you to all Amberley Village residents that voted in the recent election. Our Village had one of the highest voter turnouts in the entire county. Further, our residents passed Issue 3, the Police Levy, by a plurality of 60%. Once again, thanks to all for participating and supporting your community.
Springtime is a special time for Amberley Village. Amberley residents voted to incorporate on March 7, 1940. On April 5 of that year, Amberley Village was incorporated as a Village in the state of Ohio. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the last year of his second term as President of the United States and the USA was on the brink of WWII.
In Ohio, John W. Bricker was Ohio’s governor and James G. Stewart was serving as the Mayor of Cincinnati. On May 14, 1940, at a meeting at Roy Elliott’s home; specifically in the kitchen of his house, Amberley Village held its first Council meeting electing Roy Elliott Amberley Village’s first Mayor along with other Village officers and council members. For further information about the Village’s founding and history, follow this link.
|Public Hearing May 14 – Ordinance Allowing Domesticated Chickens
Village Council will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed ordinance allowing domesticated chickens in the Village at its May 14 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.
The ordinance would allow each household to keep up to six chickens on their property and enforce habitat requirements.