|February News & Updates
The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department reminds us that staying alert while driving requires your full attention and any activity that diverts your attention away from the primary task of driving is a distraction.
All distractions can quickly become the cause of an accident that causes injury to you as the driver, your family or friends as passengers, and the general public as pedestrians and bystanders.
The Village recently experienced an unfortunate vehicle-pedestrian accident at Section and Elbrook. The driver in this case struck the pedestrian crossing in the crosswalk. The pedestrian was also wearing a reflective belt and crossing at the appropriate time.
While accidents do happen, it is important for everyone to think about others on the roadway, children on bikes, pedestrians, joggers and motorcycles. Please slow down, be cautious and pay attention.
Interested in continuing the conversation about pedestrian safety in Amberley Village?
The Health, Education & Welfare Committee plans to meet quarterly this year to discuss the topic. Subscribe to receive email notifications of Meeting Notices.
February 9 Council Meeting 6:30 pm
Residents can expect regular service from Rumpke during the week of February 16.
Residents can drive through to drop off electronics, paper for confidential shredding, and gently used kitchen items (packaged for transporting (boxed, padded).
|Police Training – Shoot/Don’t Shoot
The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department is one of the original members of the shared Judgemental Use of Force Training System (JUFTS). The training program is designed to help police officers improve both the speed and quality of their “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” decisions. Central to the training is the use of a Firearms Training Simulator, an interactive, life-size screen video simulator which is programmed with hundreds of scenarios drawn from real cases. The officers are armed with a weapon retrofitted with a laser. If the officer does fire his/her weapon, the screen will show the officer’s judgment, accuracy and reaction time to the threat. This system uses a point-of-view photography technique, to show the scenario from the officer’s point of view.
This equipment allows trainers to present trainees with use of force situations in a protected environment that lets them react, then observe and analyze the results of their actions. Amberley Village has been utilizing this training technique for 18 years, along with fifteen other communities, in coordination with the Center for Local Government (CLG), and believes the system has enhanced training and is invaluable for the officers and public safety.
|Celebrating 75 Years – Village History Trivia
To kick-off the fun in celebration of the Village’s 75th anniversary this year, resident Mitzi Miller will test your knowledge with a monthly trivia question about the Village’s history. Follow along each month for new history questions and answers that will be shared to learn interesting facts about the Village, its formation and people.
Trivia Question #1:
Trivia Question #2:
The answers can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page or by referencing the Village’s history book–click the photo to view online.
|Winter Yard Work
Winter is a good time to inspect your landscape and make plans for the coming spring.
A tree without leaves provides a better view of rubbing branches, splits in the trunk and branches due to storms, and decayed areas. If a decayed area is noticed in a tree, contact a certified Arborist to inspect the tree to be sure it is safe. This is a good time to correct these problems before they grow into larger problems.
In winter a damaged area will seep sap and you will notice a wet area on the bark. In freezing weather, an icicle may hang from the split. If the split occurs in the branch, often the branch can be removed, but if the split occurs on the trunk then the trunk may need to be pinned.
Winter is a good time to evaluate the view out of your favorite window. Take notice now of what improvements you can make to enhance the “winter look.” In spring you may want to plant evergreens or trees with fruit that will add to your winter view.
Thinking now about plans for a new shed, fence or home addition this spring? Permits are required for most home improvement projects on your property and must be obtained prior to the start of construction. To get started, visit www.amberleyvillage.org and click on Forms and Documents to review the zoning approval permit guidelines.
|Response to Winter Storms
The Amberley Village Maintenance Department has continued its responsiveness to winter storms this season and has kept Village streets clear and passable for the residents and general public. Accurate weather forecasts, pretreatment of the roads, outside temperature, equipment breakdowns, salt availability and parked cars all affect the ability to clear the roads. Crews appreciate your patience this winter as they clear the roads as quickly as possible. For more about the Village’s snow removal procedures, visit amberleyvillage.org and click on Resident Services.
|Coyote Sightings Prevalent in Winter
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the cold and snowy weather likely forces local coyotes to hunt, even during the daylight, resulting in increased sightings. Cold temperatures keep the typical prey of rabbits and squirrels hidden. January through March is also mating season, which is generally an active time of year for coyotes.
Coyotes are wild animals with a natural fear of humans. If they become habituated and lose that fear of humans, they become less likely to flee from human encounters. The availability of food will determine the range and movements of coyotes, so it is important that garbage, composts, or loose pets do not provide a viable food source within neighborhoods. If you are concerned about your pets, monitor their activity especially during February and April. Click the picture above for ODNR’s coyote quick facts.
|Suburban Wildlife Lecture|
|Community Garden Plots
Green thumbs interested in a 9 x 15 foot garden plot for the 2015 season can express interest by emailing AmberleyGarden@gmail.com.
|Make the Mill Creek Great Again!
Amberley residents, businesses and local officials are welcome to participate in the upcoming strategic plan update process to provide feedback on how to improve the Mill Creek. The Village is situated in the middle and lower Mill Creek watersheds which is shown on the map in the Mill Creek Strategic Plan Factsheet.
Trivia Question #2:
The Village’s rich history has been documented in the book, “Amberley Village – Its History and Its People” and is available at www.amberleyvillage.org under the Forms and Documents section. Residents can also visit the history room at the Amberley Village Municipal Building to view historical photos and items.
|www.amberleyvillage.org February 2015 Edition|