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February News & Updates

Extreme Cold Causes Salt Shortage

Experiencing one of the snowiest winters this season, most communities, including the Village, are running low on salt and have been looking for alternatives to effectively manage the winter storm events.  Salt is in very high demand and there is very little salt to supply to the communities.

salt binThe Village began the season with approximately 600 tons of salt in the storage bin.  Amberley is on a waiting list to receive more salt supply, however, the salt companies are not able to estimate when the next barge will arrive.

With multiple communities being low or out of road salt and not knowing how much salt, if any, will be available to the Village from the next barge, the maintenance department has been utilizing more of its liquid deicers (salt brine and beet juice) this season to reduce the amount of road salt needed during snow events.  This is not only to pre-treat the roadways and pre-wet the salt at the spreader, but also during snow events.

salt binThe department has modified its approach to winter storm events in response to the salt shortage.  Road conditions may not be up to the department’s standards during this period or what residents have come to expect.  

In order to conserve salt and with the colder than normal temperatures, the department is only using salt when and where needed while relying on the use of brine and beet juice.  With temperatures near zero and below, salt is not as effective and the wet mixture is better, however, is not the solution to all snow and ice events.  The Village will continue to manage its limited resources during the balance of the winter season.

Calendar Events

Feb 10 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Feb 17 President’s Day – Offices Closed
Feb 18 ESC Meeting 7:00 p.m. New Time!

Watch the January 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.

January Council Meeting Highlights


Municipal Building Restoration

If you conducted business at the Village’s Municipal Building recently you noticed that it’s not business as usual. The freezing temperatures caused two water breaks in the building’s fire suppression system. Restoration work is underway in many parts of the building.  The staff appreciates your patience during this process.


Guidelines for Placing Brush at the Curb
Village 5 member Work CrewHelp our Village crews work efficiently by following these simple steps:

Remember that contractors are required to remove any waste they generate.

1. The 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, 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). 

5. 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.  

Frozen Water Pipes – Know How to Shut Off the Water
The deep freeze this winter has brought many temperature related difficulties and emergencies with it.  Residents and businesses have experienced an extraordinary number of water pipe bursts caused by the extreme cold.  When these unexpected and unfortunate events occur, the most important thing you can do is shut off the water.  If you don’t know how to shut off the water source of your home, take steps to learn before a water emergency occurs so you can act right away in the moment of need.  Water breaks should be immediately reported to Cincinnati Water Works at 591-7700. 
To help protect residents and business owners from the expense and headache of dealing with frozen pipes, Greater Cincinnati Water Works has a few tips to help keep the bursts at bay:
Seal cracks: caulk around door frames and windows to reduce incoming cold air. Winter winds whistling through overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes.
Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms: Water lines supplying these rooms are frequently on outside walls. Leaving the doors open when the temperature is below freezing allows them to get more heat.
Let faucets drip in below-freezing weather: This will help keep an even flow of water moving through your internal plumbing system and prevent freezing.
Protect outdoor pipes and faucets: In some homes, the outside faucet has its own shut-off in the basement in addition to the shut-off valve for the entire house. If you have a separate valve for outside faucets, close the valve, remove hoses and drain the faucet. If you don’t have a separate valve, wrap the outside faucets (hose bibs) in newspapers or rags covered with plastic.
Insulate indoor pipes or faucets in unheated areas: pipes in internal unheated areas such as the garage or crawl space under the house should be wrapped with insulated foam. Wrap the entire length of the exposed pipe and cover all valves and pipe fittings.
Cincinnati Water Works demonstrates how to keep pipes from freezing. View video.
More Precautions for Freezing Temperatures
Subfreezing temperatures can be dangerous and that it is important to monitor local weather reports and take steps to stay safe during times of extreme cold.

During freezing temperatures, take the following precautions:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold;
  • Dress in layers and keep dry;
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance;
  • Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.
  • Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.
  • Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket and flashlight – and keep the fuel tank above half full.

You can find more information and tips on being ready for winter weather and extreme cold temperatures at www.ready.gov/winter.

Lose a Wallet or Purse? Take Quick Action to Protect Your Identity and Credit

Losing your wallet or purse can be a hassle but more importantly, a threat to your financial security. So what should you do if you lose your wallet? Five primary things to do right away:

wallet1. Let the issuer of your credit, debit or ATM cards know of your loss immediately. Don’t necessarily cancel the cards but report your cards as lost or stolen. Card issuers and institutions have procedures to suspend those numbers to keep your money safe. They will send new cards with new account numbers.

2. Notify the Police Agency where you believe the wallet or purse went missing.  The Police will be interested in where and when you believe you lost your wallet or purse, what was actually in the wallet or purse (amount of money, credit cards etc.), description of the wallet or purse itself and if stolen, any suspects or a description of anyone suspicious. This will improve your chances for recovery. Letting Police know of your loss will provide evidence in your favor in case of identity theft or fraud.  If you do not know where the wallet or purse went missing then you should call your local police at 531-2040 for Amberley Police dispatch.  Amberley’s Police will take a report and assist you.

3. Put a fraud alert or credit freeze on your accounts. The three major credit-reporting agencies of Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union, need to know about your loss immediately. With a fraud alert in place, any creditor will have to verify your identity before approving any new credit. This is usually done with a phone call to a number you put on file with the fraud alert and makes it almost impossible for a thief to run up huge bills on your behalf. Let them know of your loss immediately. 

4. Let the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles know if your driver’s license is missing. If your wallet or purse contains a house key, you don’t want to risk a break-in. Even if the wallet or purse is returned intact, someone could very easily have copied the key. In fact, it’s a known way to rob a house, “lift” the wallet or purse, jot down the address from the driver’s license, copy the key, then hand it all in to the police. So if you know for certain that house keys went missing with the wallet, change the locks.

5. If your Social Security Card is missing, inform the authorities. Most of us know our SSN by heart and have no reason to carry it with us. If, however, your SSN card was in your wallet, you need to report that loss immediately. The Social Security Administration will not issue you a new number, just a new card, so calling them won’t help with fraud and ID theft. You should take the following steps to reduce your risk of being an ID theft victim:

  • Call the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1-800-908-4490
  • File the loss with the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT
  • Report the loss to the Internet Crime Complaint Center

Take precautions today before you lose your wallet and make a list of everything in it. Then strip your wallet of what you don’t need (extra credit cards, social security card, passwords, etc.) then scan or photocopy everything in your wallet. If it becomes missing, you’ll know exactly what has gone missing and all the numbers to call. 

E-File Available for 2013 Tax Filing

The Village updated tax software during 2013 making e-file of village income tax returns available to residents and tax preparers.  If prepared online, you will still need to mail the completed form with backup documents. The online tool will calculate 2013 tax due and estimated payments for 2014.

1040 Tax formBlank tax forms will still be available on our website for printing if you wish to prepare by hand. 

As a reminder, when mailing please include a copy of your Federal Form 1040 page one, w-2(s) and any schedules used for calculating Amberley Village Tax.  

Payments by check should note “taxes” on the memo line.  Your return will not be considered complete until all related forms have been filed.

Mailing Checks to Village Offices

April is a busy month for payments received by the Village since taxes are due at the same time as alarm monitoring fees.  With close to 1,600 households paying taxes and alarm bills at the same time the mail can really pile up!  One member of the Amberley Village administrative staff is tasked with sorting the mail and depositing these funds.  To help process payments efficiently during this high volume season, please fill out the “memo line” on your check to designate whether the payment is to be applied to taxes or alarm fees.  This will help the Village to continue a high level of efficiency with such a small staff!

And if you’re ready to make tax payments online, please visit amberleyvillage.org and click on Residents Services, then Make a Payment.

Garden Plots Available

gardenersApplications for the Amberley Green Community Garden are now being accepted. Interested gardeners may request an application by emailing AmberleyGarden@gmail.com. Renewals and payment must be received by February 7, at which time we will open the wait list. You do not need to be an Amberley Village resident to reserve a plot in the Amberley Garden.

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