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April News & Updates

Arbor Day Celebration 

Amberley Village will celebrate Arbor Day 2015 on Wednesday, April 22 beginning at 6:00 pm.  

arbor day 2014Residents can join the Environmental Stewardship Committee at the flag pole in front of the Amberley Village Municipal Building for the presentation of the Arbor Day proclamation and participate in a tree planting on Village grounds.

arbor day 2014 2Arbor 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 their neighborhoods by planting and sustaining healthy trees.


Village to Receive Growth Award

 

growth-awardAmberley has participated in the national Tree City USA program for the past 11 years and will receive the additional recognition of The Growth Award this year at the Tree City USA regional luncheon in Wyoming on April 17.   

Each year the Environmental Stewardship Committee carries out programs and activities for the betterment of the environment.  This is the Village’s sixth Growth Award.   

In 2014, the Village joined the national Taking Root Campaign and expanded its relationship with Natorp’s to help residents purchase discounted trees in an effort to maintain our urban forest.  These activities qualified the Village for the Growth Award. Congratulations to Village residents for continuing in community stewardship!

Calendar Events

April 13 Council Meeting 6:30 pm
April 27 Environmental Stewardship 7 p.m.
April 22 Arbor Day 6 p.m.

Watch the March Council Meeting

March Council Meeting Highlights


Income Tax Returns & Extensions
Due April 15

Options to submit returns and extensions:

E-File:www.mitstaxonline.com/amberley
Mail: 7149 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, 45237
Fax: (513) 531-8154
E-mail: taxoffice@amberleyvillage.org

Questions?  Call Patty Meiers at 531-0130

View/Print 2015 Amberley Tax Calendar


New Tennis Key Cards

It’s time to renew your tennis key cards. The cost remains the same as last year for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

2015-16
Tennis Key
Card

2-Year Second
Year
Resident $50 $35
Non-Resident $100 $70

The cards provide access to the courts at the Village Municipal Building and Amberley Green. The cards may be purchased at the Public Safety Department service window, open 24 hours, at the municipal building.


Celebrating 75 Years as a Village!

History BookHistory Trivia
What two events [one in 1936 and the other in 1938]  led to the incorporation of the Village?

Find the answer in the Village’s history book (click photo).  Check your answer next month in the May E-News!

The Village will host its 75th Anniversary Celebration on August 16.  Details coming soon.  Interested in volunteering?  Contact Mayor Muething.

Residents Recycled 469 Tons in 2014

Recycling CartOn average, each household in Amberley Village recycled 702 pounds in 2014!  That’s 23.10% of all the waste generated.  Recycled materials included metal, glass and paper.  Residents saved resources, conserved energy, and reduced pollution by recycling.

The recycling efforts in Amberley Village:

  • Conserved enough energy to power every home in the Village for 17 days.
  • Reduced more air pollution than if every household in the Village rode their bicycles to work for 13 weeks.
  • Saved 3,820 trees from being harvested.

Recycling reduces pollution so the air we breathe is cleaner, conserves natural resources for the future, and decreases the energy needed to make new products.  Recycling also boosts the local economy.  Recycle even more material in 2015, check out the acceptable items list.  

Have a question about recycling?  Call Hamilton County’s Recycling Hotline at 946-7766, visit www.HamiltonCountyRecycles.org, or ask a question on Facebook or Twitter.

License Plate Readers Acquired by Police Department

license plate readerThe Amberley Village Police Department is currently using state-of-the-art technology with an automated license plate reader (LPR) in one cruiser that was obtained through a Homeland Security Grant Fund.  This LPR system has been very successful in identifying criminal activity that would have otherwise gone undetected.  

Officer in CarAn LPR is a computer-based system that utilizes special cameras to capture an infrared image of the license plate of passing vehicles. The image is instantly compared against a database of stolen or wanted vehicles as well as vehicles associated with AMBER alerts, warrant subjects, criminal registrants, or other criteria. If a match is located, the officer is immediately notified and, if probable cause exists, enforcement activity can take place.

This technology allows officers in Amberley Village to scan license plates in the Village to make Amberley an even safer community.
Council, at its March meeting, approved the purchase of two LPRs to outfit additional cruisers with this resourceful technology.   While grant dollars are no longer available for LPRs, the department may acquire a used system from the City of Cincinnati to reduce the overall equipment costs. This additional license plate data can be an extremely valuable resource that has already assisted us with criminal investigations within the Village over the past three years.

Personal Safety When Meeting up for Online Purchases

police patchRoutine purchase transactions online are quick, easy and convenient.  Making the same transaction in-person with someone you’ve never met before comes with precautions that include your personal safety.  The Amberley Village Police Department would like to share safety tips that you should know before you leave the house.

  • Agree on a people-friendly public meeting place like a restaurant, cafe, or local police station parking lot.
  • Scout out parking lots that are well-lit and equipped with surveillance cameras.
  • Arrange for a friend or family member to accompany you.
  • Be sure to charge your cell phone and keep it with you at all times.
  • Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers to your home.
  • Let a friend or family member know when you’re going to pick up your item.

For additional resources for staying safe online, visit OnGuardOnline.gov which is a federal government website designed to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.

Severe Weather, Tornado Safety

The Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency utilizes an outdoor siren warning system which is a network of sirens located throughout Hamilton County.  These sirens are most often used to warn the public in the event of severe weather.

sirenThe TORNADO WARNING signal is a STEADY TONE which sounds for approximately 5 minutes, indicating that a tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. When hearing this signal you should turn on your radio or television for local emergency information.  DO NOT call the Police Department, as these lines are needed for emergencies.

Be prepared to go to a safe place immediately.  If you are in a building, the best place to go would be a basement, or the innermost room in the building, away from windows.  If you are outdoors, away from a building, find a low-lying ditch and lie down, covering your head with your arms.  If you are in your car, try to get to a safe building as quickly as possible.  If you are not near any shelter, leave your car and find a ditch, and lie flat, covering your head with your arms.

The ALL CLEAR will be given by radio and television, not by the sirens.  You should keep a battery-operated radio on hand for this purpose.  Repeated sounding of sirens indicates additional warnings are being issued.

The siren system is tested at noon the first Wednesday of each month.  If you need more information, please call the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency at 263-8200.

Tornado Preparedness

Tornadoes are severe rotating storms with winds that can exceed 300 miles per hour.  About 1,000 occur in the U.S. each year, typically in the spring.   Though only a small number actually strike occupied buildings, people can be killed or injured, usually from flying objects or collapsed buildings.  You can greatly reduce your chance of injury by taking a few precautions and staying alert to weather conditions.

Plan Ahead

  • Designate a shelter area in your home.  Basements or storm cellars, away from the west or south walls, are the safest.  Otherwise, use an interior room or hallway on the ground floor.
  • PRACTICE getting to the shelter area and make sure all family members are aware of its location and when they should use it.
  • Store old blankets nearby to use as protection against flying debris in the event of a tornado.

During a Tornado Watch

Learn More

Tornadoproject.com – Just about anything you’d want to know about tornadoes in the past and how to deal with them in the present.

Fema.gov – Detailed safety tips for tornadoes and other disasters.

  • Listen to radio or TV for updates.
  • Be ready to take shelter.
  • Pay attention to tornado danger signs in the weather – dark, greenish sky, large hail and a loud roaring sound.
  • Avoid large, flat buildings with wide open areas, like shopping centers.

When a Tornado Warning is Issued

  • Head for your shelter area or if not at home, to a central, windowless area on the lowest floor of a nearby building.
  • Leave vehicles and mobile homes at once.
  • If caught outside, lie flat in a ditch and cover your head.
  • Do not get under bridges or overpasses.

 After a Tornado

  • Watch out for falling debris and downed electrical lines.
  • Make sure a building is structurally safe before entering.
Neighborly Reminders

Dogs: Please scoop up after your dogs when walking through the neighborhood or at Amberley Green, and keep your dogs leashed for safety.

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

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.

Property Maintenance 

Amberley Village is known for its beautiful, well maintained homes in a serene setting. The Village’s Property Maintenance Code helps maintain the high standard for which Village homes have come to be known. Each spring, as winter wears off, we’re able to get outside and better see our homes and lawns. The Village diligently follows its enforcement process to address the most common property maintenance violations outlined in the policies below:

  • High Grass ViolationGrass and noxious weeds must not exceed 10 inches in height.
  • Peeling, flaking and chipped paint must be eliminated and surfaces repainted.
  • All walkways and driveways must be maintained in a proper state and free from hazardous conditions.
  • Garbage cans can only be placed at the curb 24 hours in advance of collection and must be removed promptly afterwards. Consider having a neighbor help you with this while out of town.
  • No toys, recreational or sports equipment may be stored in the front yard of any premises for a period in excess of 72 hours (includes boats and RVs).
  • Standing dead trees and bushes should be removed in a timely manner. 

Repeat violations carry a penalty when two code sections are violated in a single year. On the third violation, a fee of $150 will be assessed.

To report a property maintenance violation, contact Village Administration at 531-8675 or visit amberleyvillage.org and click on Contact Us