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August 2011

News & Updates

2011 Garden Award Winners

Amberley Village Garden Award LogoThe Environmental Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce the 2011 Garden Award Winners who have been recognized by their friends and neighbors for their outstanding efforts to maintain and enhance their properties. Honorary 2011 judge Sharon Floro, Professional Licensed Landscape Architect with The Groundwork Design Collaborative, judged nominated residents in by-owner and by-professional categories. The Environmental Stewardship Committee thanks all who participated and applauds your collective efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the Village.

Ice Cream Social Recap

ice cream scoopersDespite the thunderstorm that immediately prededed it, the Ice Cream Social went off without a hitch. The first annual bike parade was great fun for the kids this year. Enjoyed again was an array of art work created by residents from preschoolers to senior citizens, while the safety displays, SWAT team and underwater rescue teams and the fire engine water fun were continuing favorites.

Special thanks to Amy Rubenstein who coordinated the event for the second year.  Amy did an amazing job of ensuring the success of the event in the face of budget challenges which meant obtaining sponsorships to fully fund the costs involved with the social due to village budget cutbacks.  The Village is once again very grateful to the Lindner family for substantially underwriting the cost of the ice cream from United Dairy Farmers.

Special recognition and thanks also to all those who volunteered.  It is the dedication of these individuals who enjoy giving back to their community that makes an event like this a great success.

Pleasant Ridge Montessori’s first Back-to-School Ice Cream Social  

Sponsored by United Dairy Farmers this event was a huge success!  Principal Maria Christina McDonough, teachers and families were joined by Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendant Mary Ronan, Cincinnati’s Board of Education President Eve Bolton and Cincinnati Federation of Teacher’s President Julie Sellers.  The children enjoyed eating ice cream and playing games, while community members had fun socializing.  The parents of PRM have made sure that another school year is off to a great start!

Calendar Events

Sept 1  A Green Clearing at 6:30 p.m.
Sept 5  Labor Day – Admin Offices Closed
Sept 6  Board of Zoning Appeals – No Agenda

Sept 12 Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Sept 26 ESC Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Sept 27 Winterize Your Yard Lecture

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August Council Meeting 

Join Your Neighbors at Amberley Green! 

Residents are gathering the first Thursday of each month to help care for the trees on this beautiful property.  The next date is Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The group will meet in the parking lot of Amberley Green.     

Winterize Your Yard Lecture – Sept. 27

Residents are invited to attend a free lecture by Doug Young from Benken Florist & Greenhouse on how to prepare their yards for the upcoming winter season.  Join us in the community room on September 27 at 7:00 p.m.  No registration required.

Village Revenue Sources Slashed

The recent State Budget dealt a financial blow to Amberley Village by eliminating the inheritance tax and significantly decreasing revenue sharing from the State via the local government fund. The third largest source of Village funds last year came from the inheritance tax but with its elimination effective January 2013, the Village loses a significant revenue stream. Over $8 million has been generated over the last decade for the Village from inheritance tax. Last year was a below average year and the inheritance tax generated only 6% of our general fund revenues.  The Village typically receives between $500,000-800,000 per year but as you can see from the graph below, the amount fluctuates:

inheritance chartAnother State source of funding known as the local government fund has been slashed as well.  The Village will receive 25% less this year followed by another 25% decrease the following year.  While the Village has received as much as $125,000 per year, the Village will likely receive only $54,000 in 2012.

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Individual Action Can Help Improve Water Quality

On July 27, Brian Bohl, a stream specialist, with Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, presented to Village residents easy remedies for stream and creek maintenance issues.  Actions you can take:

  • Reduce presticide use, use nontoxic pesticides.
  • Test soil before using fertilizer.
  • Do not dump anything into storm drains or waterways.
  • Compost and mulch yard waste.
  • Clean-up pet waste. 
  • Store/dispose of automotive supplies properly.
  • Minimize salt use for melting ice.
  • Wash vehicles at a car wash or an unpaved surface.
  • Recycle and do not litter.
  • Consider installation of storm water best management practices such as rain gardens and pervious pavement.

Mr. Bohl can also provide support to residents who have problems with degrading creek banks, creek widening alternatives, standing water issues, and test kits to ensure proper fertilization and drainage in flower and vegetable gardens. 

Overall the lecture was perfect for understanding aspects stream health, plant health, animal health and human health.

Brush Pick-Up Reminders

Help our Village crews work efficiently by following these simple steps.

Remember that contractors you hire are to remove any waste they generate.

  1. Example of good brush pileThe length of the limbs for removal should be as long as possible. One 30-foot long limb is easier to chip than ten 3-foot limbs.
  2. Do not stack or pile limbs; lay them at the curb with the thick end pointing toward the street, side by side. Limbs may be up to but not exceeding 10 inches in diameter.
  3. Vines and limbs with thorns should be cut into 4 foot lengths and bundled and tied with string (no wire).
  4. Separate different types of materials (i.e., limbs in one area, vines, thorns, and logs in another). Please use your entire road frontage if necessary, and form a second row if required.
  5. Dispose of materials such as rocks, bricks, pipes, wire, fencing material, lumber, etc., with your regular trash according to Rumpke’s regulations.
  6. Village brush crews do not pickup sticks smaller than a broom stick, twigs, leaves, and other such small debris. These may be bagged or placed in cans for Rumpke or transported to a yard waste drop-off facility.