|December News & Updates
Stormwater Infrastructure Assessment
The Village Streets, Public Utilities and Sewers Committee allocated $30,000 from the Storm Water Utility fund to begin televising the storm water infrastructure. Televising is an industry term that describes the inspection of the inside of buried pipes by a robotic camera that is lowered into a storm water line through a manhole. The camera is attached to a cable that feeds back to a truck where it can be controlled. This method can reveal blockages from debris to roots, show cracks and breaks as well as deterioration of a pipe.
The purpose of the three year program is to evaluate the condition of the storm water pipes in the Village’s system to prioritize future storm water repair programs. The Village has televised sections of storm water pipe under the roadway when it has performed road projects.
With the televising program, staff can evaluate the storm water system and plan projects ahead of road projects and determine the best use of the storm water utility funds. The Village Maintenance Department cleans and inspects the storm water man holes and catch basins annually; however, the Village does not own the equipment to inspect the pipes.
Staff has identified approximately 24,500 feet of pipe in several neighborhoods in the north end of the Village to be televised in 2014. The first segment of televising storm sewers will cover approximately one-fourth of the Village.
December 8 Council Meeting 6:30 pm
Council meetings can also be watched on Time Warner Cable Channel 4 on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m.
Holiday Leaf Collection Schedule
Residents can expect a one day delay for trash and recycling collection service from Rumpke for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. Friday collections will occur on Saturday.
Brush Pick-Up Resumes in January
Once bulk leaf collection concludes which is planned for January 2, the maintenance department will resume brush pick-up on January 5, weather permitting.
|Snow and Ice Removal
The region’s high salt usage last winter has brought salt supplies to an all time low. The Village, through its purchasing consortium with the City of Cincinnati, was able to get favorable pricing per ton for its 2015 salt supply while other communities either paid double last year’s price or did not receive a bid to purchase salt. The statewide salt shortage and unpredictable availability for salt delivery will prompt crews to rely even more on the Village’s liquid de-icing program to conserve rock salt this snow-fighting season.
The liquid program consists of utilizing salt brine and beet juice to pre-treat the roadways prior to storm events and pre-wet the salt as it comes out of the spreader. The brine and beet juice provides a “green” alternative that is environmentally conscious and reduces the amount of salt needed to clear roadways.
Brine is a salt-water solution sprayed on dry roadways ahead of a forecasted storm. It forms a film on the roadway surface and helps prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement. The Village’s trucks are outfitted with a wetting system which sprays the salt with the brine/beet juice mixture as it leaves the salt spreader. Pre-wetting of the salt with the brine/beet juice helps the salt melt faster, reduces the bounce of the salt which keeps more of the salt on the pavement, and improves the roadway conditions quicker.
The Village Maintenance Department prides itself on its response to winter storms. Our goals are to keep the main roads and priority routes passable throughout the snow and ice event and then to clear all streets as soon as possible after the storm has subsided.
The roads are treated in order of priority with the predicted weather in mind:
Here are some things you can do at your property to help the crews work most efficiently:
How Motorists Can Help:
Know Before You Go
Take it Slow
Don’t Crowd the Plow
|Winter Heating Safety
|Get Your Child’s Safety Seat Checked
Residents can have a safety check conducted on the installation of their child’s safety seat by the Amberley Village Police and Fire Department. The Department’s trained personnel work varied shifts and by calling ahead at 531-2040 you can arrange a time for your safety seat check.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Division can help you find the right car seat for your child and advises when to transition your child to another type of seat as your child grows older. Visit www.safercar.gov to learn more.
|Does the Village Have Your Number?
Current information is critical during an emergency. The Amberley Village Police and Fire Department maintains emergency contact information for each resident. It is important that telephone numbers, names of persons living in the household and emergency contacts are all up-to-date. Knowing the right person can be reached during an emergency is vital when seconds count.
In the event of an emergency or unexpected event, the Village uses the Community Safe call system to alert residents and provide important information. You can submit as many phone numbers as you wish to this system (i.e. cell numbers for several family members).
Additionally, if your residence is utilizing a burglar or fire alarm system, it must be registered as required by Village Ordinance 91.05. Please contact the department to complete an alarm permit and arrange to submit a current key for the residence to the Police and Fire Department where it will be properly secured.
The Amberley Village Police and Fire Department asks you to update your numbers and information if anything has changed by calling 531-2040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Village Financial Status
Three years have passed since the Village’s financial condition was devastated by significant reductions in State revenue sharing, the elimination of the inheritance tax and declining property values. Each and every cutback was a major blow to the Village budget without any alternative funding source available to replace lost revenues at a time when the Village could least afford it. The Village budget was more than strained and the difficult economic climate further impacted local government revenues with lower earnings and property taxes.
Facing its budget problems with tenacity, the Village has been on a steady course of action to address its financial issues. Given the magnitude of the funding gap created by the multiple revenue reductions, it was clear that the approach to regain financial health would be a challenging road of many difficult decisions as well as multi-faceted efforts across the organization to do business differently.
In September, the Village held a public meeting and presented to its residents many of the remedial actions that have occurred over the last three years to produce cost savings, create additional revenue sources, contain expenses, implement control measures, share services, and collaborate with other communities. The police levy, in addition to continued multi-pronged approaches, cutbacks early on, and paying off the Amberley Green debt, has contributed to an improved financial position.
The most recent examples of the Village’s efforts include:
| Recycle Gift Boxes and Trees
During the holiday season, waste collection and recyclables tend to be heavier than normal. Recycle as much as possible—gift boxes, wrapping paper and cardboard packaging are all recyclable.
Christmas trees will be collected by the brush crew when collection restarts in January. Place trees at the curb along with your brush. Trees set out for chipping must be completely free of debris such as ornaments, wiring, lights, tree stands, and should not be bagged. Christmas trees are chipped and turned into mulch for use on Amberley properties.