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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.

Storm WaterThe 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.

View a list of the areas to be televised in 2015

Calendar Events

December 8 Council Meeting 6:30 pm
December 24 & 25 Christmas–Offices Closed
ESC Meetings resume in January

Watch the November Council Meeting

Council meetings can also be watched on Time Warner Cable Channel 4 on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m.

November Council Meeting Highlights


Holiday Leaf Collection Schedule

  • No collection on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Rumpke Holiday Pick-Up 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. 

Visit rumpke.com for recycling and trash collection schedules and information.


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.

Salt BrineThe 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.

snow truckThe roads are treated in order of priority with the predicted weather in mind:

  • Main roads, hills.
  • Access to Village buildings to enable police/fire, maintenance, and administration employees to do their jobs.
  • Subdivision streets, low-volume, no outlet, dead-end streets and private roads with no other access for emergency services.

Here are some things you can do at your property to help the crews work most efficiently:

  • Park in your driveway, not in the street, especially not in cul-de-sacs or near intersections.
  • When you plow or shovel your driveway, keep it on your property. Don’t plow into the road.

How Motorists Can Help:

Know Before You Go

  • Know the latest driving conditions, sign up for ODOT Twitter updates for your area.
  • Clear snow and ice from your vehicle’s windows, lights and signals.
  • Make sure tires, wiper blades, lights and other vehicle functions are working properly.
  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

Take it Slow

  • Watch for black ice. Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery and dangerous. Use caution when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas… all can be hot spots for black ice.
  • Reduce speeds and increase distance between vehicles. Remember a four-wheel drive vehicle can still slide on icy roads.
  • Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly and never slam on the brakes.
  • Don’t use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.

Don’t Crowd the Plow

  • Snow plows travel well below the posted speed limit. Be patient and give them room to work. Try not to pass the plow. Watch for sudden stops or turns.
  • Watch out for blind spots. The plow driver’s field of vision is limited. If you can’t see the plow’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Stay two to three car lengths behind the plow.
  • Beware of snow clouds. Snow plows often create clouds as they clear the roads, often reducing your ability to see.
Winter Heating Safety

 

Space Heaters:

  • heating tipsMake sure your space heater has a working safety light, alarm, automatic shut-off switch in case of being tipped over, and a cut-off device to prevent overheating.
  • Keep all objects, people and pets at least three feet away from the heater.
  • Never use a space heater in your bathroom. Water and electric appliances don’t mix!
  • Always remember to turn off your space heater when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Plug your space heater directly into a wall outlet. Never use extension cords to power your space heater.

Furnace:

  • Before you turn on your furnace, have it inspected by a professional to ensure it is clean and working properly.
  • Make sure to check the condition of the automatic controls and emergency shutoffs.

Fireplaces:

  • Have the fireplace inspected and cleaned, if necessary, by a professional chimney sweep to ensure it is clear of obstructions, cracks, etc.
  • Make sure the damper or flue is open.
  • Be sure to use a metal screen to keep hot embers and shifting logs from falling out.
  • Keep any combustible object (paper, clothes, blankets, etc.) at least three feet away from the fireplace.
  • Do not “over-build” your fire. Too much wood or paper placed in the fire can cause the fire to get too hot and could ignite the soot in your chimney, causing a chimney fire.
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.

Car seat age and size graphic

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.

Safety Tips:

  • Experts recommend that children ride rear-facing in the vehicle until they are two years old or until they reach either the height or weight limit of their rear-facing child safety seat.
  • Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of a passenger air bag.
  • Children should remain in a forward-facing child seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the child seat.
  • If the child cannot sit with knees bent over the vehicle’s seat cushion while the child’s back is against the seat back, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat.
  • Children under age 13 should always use a seat belt and ride in the back seat. Remember, kids of all ages are safest when properly restrained in the back seat.
  • Old, used child safety seats should not be used. Seats that are 6 years old or older should be discarded and never used.  Check to see if your child safety seat has been recalled.
  • Always read both the vehicle owner’s manual and the instructions that come with the child safety seat.
  • It is important to remember that the “best” child safety seat is the one that correctly fits the child, the vehicle, and is used correctly every time.
  • Get your child’s safety seat checked.
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.

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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 pearls@amberleyvillage.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.

public info mtgIn 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:

  • Cost containment and a cost conscious culture. For example, with our eye on intense cost containment, the EMS services contract we have with adjoining communities was negotiated and the Village was able to maintain a 7½% increase for 3 years compared to the previous 3 year contract that increased 27%.
  • Last year, the Village joined with other communities and bid out waste collection resulting in a 7.8% decrease from our 2012 rate and 10.6% decrease from the rate that would have gone into effect January 1, 2013.

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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 Tree on curbChristmas 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.