|July News & Updates
Blank Canvas Awaits Mural Artists
Have you noticed the white panel that’s been attached to the retaining wall below the municipal building parking lot? The Village maintenance staff created and installed it, and soon this blank canvas will be transformed into a colorful mural for the Village’s 75th Anniversary! Professional artist Cedric Cox has been engaged by the Village, with assistance from the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, to design and paint the mural. Painting will take place from July 6 to 24 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. You are welcome to stop by and observe the process!
Still Time to Join the Parade
Mayerson JCC, Shriners of Cincinnati, Gas Light Cafe, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and several neighbors have already committed to walking/riding in the 75th Anniversary Parade on August 16 at 11 am. More neighborhood groups, bike riders, musical groups, veterans and others are welcome and encouraged!
Please consider gathering some friends/neighbors and join a fun-filled walk/ride through the parade route. All that’s required for entry is to complete a simple registration form. Questions? Contact Kathie Kraemer, parade chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 6 Board of Zoning Appeals 7:00 p.m.
Donations for Anniversary
In keeping with Village’s fiscal rigor of the past several years, private tax-deductible donations are being sought to help cover costs of the 75th anniversary celebration. There are three levels of recognition:
Checks should be made payable to Amberley Village and can be brought to the municipal building. If you have questions, contact Mayor Tom Muething at email@example.com.
|Replacement Officer Hired
The Village is pleased to introduce Officer John Burton to the community. He joined the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department in May which filled a vacancy within the department. Officer Burton became certified as a Police Officer in 2012 and began his career as a reserve with Mt. Healthy and Colerain Township. He worked full-time with the Colerain Police Department prior to coming to the Village.
Officer Burton is currently training to complete the 240-hour fire fighter training course and will then proceed to join the road patrol.
|New Officers Take Oath
The newest members of the Police-Fire Department were welcomed at the June Village Council meeting. Mayor Muething conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Officer-Firefighters Delarisco Sumler and John Burton.
Both took the Oath of Office administered by the Mayor. Family members of Sumler and Burton were attendance in the audience and the ceremony concluded with a supportive standing ovation to welcome them to the community.
|Fireworks Not Permitted in Amberley
The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department would like to remind residents that fireworks are illegal in the Village. Village Code Section 92.31(B) states that, “…no person shall discharge, ignite, or explode any fireworks in this municipality.”
Handling fireworks as a consumer poses a great risk for accidental injuries, severe burns and harm to others, accidental fires and property damage, and even death in some cases. As shown, even the temperature of a sparkler reaches levels most would not expect.
Trained professionals throughout the tri-state area organize and conduct fireworks displays for all to enjoy. The Amberley Village Police-Fire Department urges residents to refrain from discharging fireworks this July 4th and seek out a professionally organized fireworks display to safely commemorate this Independence Day.
To report use of illegal fireworks call the police at 531-2040.
|2015 Road Repair Update
The road program approved by Council in April reinvested $381,963 into the Village’s infrastructure. Rejuvenation of the roads this summer included total pavement replacement, curb repair, and pavement repair in several areas throughout the Village:
Entire Pavement & Curb Replacement:
Curb Repair: Twigwood Lane, Arborcrest Drive
Curb Patching and Entire Pavement Replacement:
Pavement Repair: Ridge Road at Section Road
These roads last received total pavement replacement 23 years ago. With the application of the new materials and technologies, the Village expects the new roads to last 20 to 25 years.
The revitalization and reinvestment in our roads remains a long-term priority that aligns with the Village’s Financial Sustainability Report and contributes daily to an improved quality of life for residents.
|Replacement of Maintenance Facility Roofs
The Village’s long-term planning for its sustainability financially and operationally includes investing in its infrastructure. Both roofs at the maintenance facility and storage building located at 8601 Ridge Road had been showing signs of deterioration for several years while repair expenses have increased.
Both buildings house the Village’s equipment for the maintenance department’s operations. The Village received the lowest and best bid from Mid-Miami Roofing in the amount of $31,195, which was $4,689 less than the competitor bid.
The shingles that were chosen to be used are Landmark Energy Star. This type of shingle is one of few that is marketed to save energy costs and reflect less sunlight back into the atmosphere.
The roof replacements were completed in June and the expected life of the material is 30 years of performance as marked by the manufacturer.
|Walking Amberley Village Endeavor (WAVE)
Don’t be surprised if you see Village Manager Scot Lahrmer walking your street this summer. He kicked off a program last month he refers to as WAVE (Walking Amberley Village Endeavor). While he frequently drives the Village, this is providing him an opportunity to see the Village on foot. He has already logged a few hours walking the Village and is gaining an appreciation for our neighborhoods. While it might seem an arduous task to walk the 30 plus miles of streets, it’s providing keen insight on street conditions, uniqueness of our houses, property maintenance, pedestrian issues, Village signage, and beautiful neighborhoods. Scot says, “seeing the Village by walking allows me to gain a different perspective on the community and it helps me to understand what Village residents experience every day”. So if you see Scot walking your street, be sure to “wave” as you drive by!
|State Presents Village with Tree City Awards
Wendi Van Buren, Urban Forester with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources attended the June Council Meeting to present the Village with its Tree City USA and Growth Awards. This is the Village’s 11th consecutive Tree City USA award and 7th Growth award. The Village and the Environmental Stewardship Committee have continued to meet and exceed the basic requirements of a Tree City Community. In addition to holding an annual Arbor Day celebration, spending $2 per capita, having a Tree Ordinance and volunteer Tree Board, the ESC hosts many other programs.
When to Save & When to Throw it OutThe Amberley Village Environmental Stewardship Committee has embarked on an Environmental Health pathway to continue its efforts through the Hamilton County WeThrive! Program. Each month there will be featured information in the E-News to help residents keep their homes healthy. This month is about food safety in your refrigerator and freezer.When it comes to whether to keep or throw out a food after a power outage, the general rule is that all food is safe if the power has been out less than 2 hours with the freezer and refrigerator doors closed. Meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and other items have different expiration periods. Check out this listing of foods from the Hamilton County Public Health Department that provides a guide as to when food should be discarded or kept based on exposure to 40 degrees or higher for over 2 hours. More information about food safety can also be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov.
The Amberley Village History Book was researched and written by former resident John Watts, deceased.Answer to Last Month’s Question
What makes Amberley’s “Usonian Automatic” structure so unique? Answers (starting on Page 67):
1. It was designed by world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
2. It is one of only 7 homes in the country using this design.
3. Until recently it was owned by members of the same family for over 60 years!
July History Trivia Question
Who was considered the first settler of the area now known as Amberley Village? How much land was purchased from Judge John Cleves Symmes and at what price?
Find the answer in the Village’s history book (click photo). Check your answer next month in the August E-News!