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January News & Updates

Village Engineer Retires

John EisenmannAt its December 8 meeting, Village Council recognized Village Engineer John Eisenmann with a proclamation and award for his dedication and professional service over the past 29 years.

John served as the lead engineer for the Village and provided dedicated leadership, advice, and professional services during his tenure that have greatly benefited the Village Council, staff and residents of the community.

As President of CDS Associates, Inc. John and his employees developed professional working relationships with the Village on the many road, storm and special projects performed.  

John L EisenmannThe firm’s top-notch design and engineering services have produced successful infrastructure repairs and improvements that provide a solid foundation which yields daily conveniences and an enjoyable quality of life for residents now and into the future.

John’s institutional knowledge of the Village is invaluable and recently, his replacement, Tom Logan has been hired and joins CT Consultants (formerly CDS Associates) government consultation team.  Tom has 10 years of experience as City Engineer and Public Works Director for Covington, Kentucky. The two have been working together to ensure a smooth transition for their clients.

John Eisenmann will certainly be missed and the Village wishes him the best of luck and a happy retirement!

Calendar Events

January 12 Council Meeting 6:30 pm
January 19 Martin Luther King Day – Closed
January 26 Environmental Stewardship 

Watch the December Council Meeting

December Council Meeting Highlights


Brush Pick-Up Resumes January 5

Example of good brush pileResidents can bring their brush to the curb! Now that the leaf season has concluded, the maintenance crew can restart brush collection for residents which is targeted for January 5, weather permitting. Please review the brush guidelines for setting out your brush.


Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree on curbThe maintenance crew will chip Christmas trees at the curb along with residents’ brush. Trees set out for chipping must be completely free of debris such as ornaments, wiring, lights, tree stands, and should not be bagged.


Recycle Holiday Lights

Great Parks of Hamilton County will accept holiday lights.  Residents can drop off any broken or unwanted holiday lights at any Great Parks visitor centers through January 11.  A convenient location near the Village is the Sharon Centre at 11450 Lebanon Road in Sharonville. Questions? Contact the Sharon Centre at 563-4513.

Dispatch Center Receives Radio and Technology Updates

911 EquipmentThe Amberley Village Police & Fire Dispatch Center is one of four PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Point) in the County and is backed up by Norwood and the City of Cincinnati.  The Village prides itself on emergency response times which are possible due to the fact that the Village has its own dispatch center.  Amberley’s 911 system is designed to provide the most personal level of service available to residents.  The Police & Fire Department operates an Enhanced 911 System, so all 911 calls made from a location in Amberley are answered by Village dispatchers. Many times callers know the officer or dispatcher who answers the phone, and are reassured by their familiarity with Village employees.  Our policy is to dispatch the run immediately without delay.

DispatchIn 2013, the department began implementing long-awaited technology and equipment updates.  While the 911 system is updated throughout each year to remain current with technology changes, the incident management system was not driven by a centralized database and the radio equipment had reached a point of being unserviceable or repairable by the manufacturer (pictured above). The update to the radio dispatching equipment took place in 2014 and the new incident management system, updated in 2013, brings the department’s dispatch center current with today’s technology (pictured left).

Additionally, the dispatch workstations were reconfigured to achieve an improved workflow configuration for dispatchers in performing their duties.  Providing updated and efficient equipment to our dispatchers plays a vital role during police and fire responses to emergencies as every minute counts.

Home Safety

A checklist for protecting your home when you’re away:

Under Lock and Key

  • home safetyHave you locked every door or window, including the door to your garage?
  • Have you secured your pet doors (if any)?
  • Have you double-checked securing your sliding doors (if any)?
  • If you have a home security system, have you activated it?
  • Have you locked up your ladders, tools, and lawn furniture?
  • Have you put your valuables in a safe or safety deposit box?
  • Have you removed any “hidden” keys?

Know Your Neighbor

Have you asked a trusted neighbor to:

  • Watch your house?
  • Hold on to your emergency contact information?
  • Collect any newspapers, flyers, or mail that might arrive?
  • Park a car in your driveway?

Anyone Home?

  • Have you considered putting lights, TVs, or radios on intermittent timers?
  • Have you trimmed any overgrown trees or shrubbery?
  • Have you considered installing motion-sensing lights?
  • Have you broken down any large cardboard boxes?
  • Have you avoided posting about your travel plans on social media?

police patchResidents should arrange for the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department to conduct regular checks of your home while you’re away for a period of time.  Call 531-2040 for assistance.

Vacancies Filled in Maintenance Department

Last November, the Maintenance Department filled two vacant positions, Maintenance Supervisor and Maintenance Foreman.  

Tony Chesney Dec 2014Tony Chesney accepted the position of Maintenance Supervisor.  Tony held the position of Maintenance Foreman since December 2005.  As Maintenance Supervisor, Tony oversees the department’s operations, budget and personnel.  Among many other responsibilities, Tony also represents the department at public meetings and manages resident issues related to leaf collection, brush pick-up and property maintenance matters. 

Ryan Monahan Dec 2014After Tony Chesney vacated the Maintenance Foreman position, a competitive selection process was conducted within the Maintenance Department.  Ryan Monahan was promoted to the position of Maintenance Foreman.  Ryan has worked in the department since 1998. Ryan’s responsibilities include managing the 4-member crew’s day-to-day operations for core services such as leaf and brush collection, road repairs and storm water maintenance.     

Both positions also serve dual capacity roles as certified fire fighters on the Village’s Fire Department and serve as on-call responders for snow and ice storm events.

To contact the Maintenance Supervisor or Foreman, visit www.amberleyvillage.org and click on Contact Us or call 531-8675. 

Ready, Set…Action!

Amberley Village once again found itself in the spotlight during the recent filming of a new movie, “The Blunderer” which featured a home on Rollingknolls Drive.    The movie cast members included Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots and Patrick Wilson.  The film will release in 2015.  The Village’s Police Department provided parking accommodations and security during the 6-day shoot.  While not too revealing, these photos taken during production give insight to what a set looks like behind the camera.

blunderer photo

blunderer photo

 

2015 Budget

Village Council approved the 2015 Budget at its December meeting. This document, prepared by staff and vetted by Council’s Finance Committee, directs our limited financial resources to accomplish the major goals and objectives of the Village for the year. The approach to the 2015 Budget was to contain costs, support existing services and programs, fund current staff levels and capital items which are large ticket items exceeding $7,500. The proposed 2015 Budget continues the focus on providing excellent services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.

While a closer view of the 2015 Budget will be shared in greater detail in the March/April print newsletter mailed to residents, a snapshot view of the budget shows:

  • General Fund revenue, which includes earnings tax, property tax and other miscellaneous sources is estimated at $4.4 million for 2015 while expenses are estimated at $4.2 million.
  • The 2015 Budget funds existing Village services with the same staffing levels as 2014. Budgeted staffing positions are down from 3 years ago with 2 less police positions, 2 less police supervisory positions and 1 less personnel in the maintenance department for a total of 32 full time positions.

If you have questions about the Village budget, please contact the administration office at 531-8675 or click on Contact Us at www.amberleyvillage.org.

Quarterly Payment Due

If you expect to owe Amberley income taxes for 2014 and they aren’t deducted from your paycheck, the Tax Office would like to remind you that it’s time to make a quarterly payment. Every person who anticipates any taxable income for 2014 and the income is not subject to withholding by employer or taxable by another municipality should be making quarterly declaration payments. The 2014 4th quarter estimated payment is due January 31, 2015. Please make your final quarterly payment on or before that date. If you need assistance or have questions about your estimated payment please call the Tax Office at (513)531-0130.

E-File Available for 2014 Tax Filing

1040 Tax formThe Village tax software allows you to prepare and send your 2014 Amberley Village income tax return online.  The forms still need to be mailed with backup documents. The online tool will calculate 2014 tax due and estimated payments for 2015. Blank tax forms will still be available on our website for printing if you wish to prepare by hand.  A postcard with 2015 filing information will be mailed to all residents in late January 2015. 

Register Your Pooch

fox terrierOhio law requires that dogs older than three months be licensed.  Residents may purchase a 2015 Hamilton County dog license through January 31 for $19.  The dog licensing period ends on January 31, 2015.  After the January 31 deadline, a dog license can still be purchased, but an additional penalty of $19 will be added to the cost.

Starting this year, you may purchase a 3-Year Dog License valid for 2015, 2016, and 2017.  If purchased during the license period the cost is $57.  Also available this year for the first time are Permanent Dog Licenses.  If purchased during the licensing period the cost is $190.  Late fees do apply. 

A license can be purchased at the Hamilton County Auditor’s Office, 138 East Court Street, Room 304, in downtown Cincinnati. Licenses can also be purchased on-line at Dog and Kennel Licenses New or Renewal. There is a convenience fee charged for on-line purchases.  Licenses are also available at the Hamilton County SPCA or you may visit one of Hamilton County’s convenient neighborhood vendors. There is a 75¢ agent fee for purchasing this way. Please call 946-4106 for an application or details.

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting

Compost in handsThe Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District offers an hour-long evening seminar focusing on the basics of backyard composting.  Participants learn how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable, and some troubleshooting.  At the end of the hour, Hamilton County residents receive a free kitchen collector, a “Simple Guide to Composting in Your Backyard” booklet and an “I heart Compost” magnet. Dates, locations and times are set and limited seating goes fast. There is no charge to participate. Register today!

The easiest way to stay informed about Hamilton County recycling options and programs is to check out their website HamiltonCountyRecycles.org for great information and tips on waste reduction.