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May News & Updates

Amberley Hosted First “Green” Tree City USA Awards Luncheon
On April 20, nearly 200 attendees were present at the 2012 Tree City USA awards program representing 37 Southwest Ohio communities.

Tree City 2The Village’s Environmental Stewardship Committee made every effort to minimize waste and make this the first “green” awards luncheon.

Compostable utensils, pie plates, beverage cups and salad containers were used for serving food. Programs were not printed, but were made available online. Email was used to send invitations and exchange information.

All guests received a reusable lunch container with their meal. Everyone received a White Oak tree seedling to promote tree planting.

Tree CityMany thanks to everyone who made the event a great success along with the generous sponsors that provided plants and trees, desserts, beverages, door prizes and cash donations.


Residents Recycled 397.92 Tons in 2011!
Congratulations Amberley Village residents! In 2011, we recycled 397.92 tons of metal, glass, plastic and paper. Amberley recycled 27 more tons in 2011 than 2010! Residents saved resources, conserved energy, and reduced pollution by recycling.

The recycling efforts in Amberley:

  • Conserved enough energy to power every home in Amberley Village for 15 days.
  • Reduced more greenhouse gas pollution than if every household in Amberley Village did not drive a car for two months.
  • Saved 3,052 trees from being harvested.

On average, each household in Amberley recycled 595 pounds in 2011. That’s 22.41% of all the waste generated.

Increased recycling also helps bring off-setting revenue to the Village. Last year, the Village received over $11,000 from the Hamilton County Solid Waste District Recycling Grant based on the tonnage of recycling generated by residents.


Larger Recycling Bins Available
Recycling CartYou can upgrade to a 65-gallon, wheeled recycling cart for $65. It holds nearly four times more material than the 18-gallon bin, and the lid keeps the contents from blowing or spilling. It is not available with rear line pickup, but the wheels make for easy handling. The red bins remain available for free.

To obtain the 65-gallon cart or a free red bin, call Rumpke at 742-2900.


Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off
The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s Computer and TV Recycling Drop-Off will open Tuesday, May 1st and run through October 31st.

The program is at a NEW LOCATION this year: CSI/Republic Transfer Station, 10751 Evendale Drive, Evendale, OH 45241.

The program will be open:
May 1-October 31
Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The program will be closed the following holidays: May 28, July 4, and September 3.

Calendar Events
May 3 Green Clearing Event 6:30 p.m.
May 7 Board of Zoning Appeals 7 p.m.
May 9 Mayor’s Court 5 p.m.
May 14 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
May 21 Environmental Stewardship 7:30 p.m.
May 23 Mayor’s Court 5 p.m.
May 28 Memorial Day – Offices Closed
May 31 Visit with the Mayor 4 p.m.

Watch the April 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.


Adath Israel’s End of the Year Picnic Party and Shred-A-Thon!
Everyone is invited to the Adath Israel End of the Year Picnic Party on May 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free food and games.

Also at this event, the Adath Israel Youth Department is hosting a shred-a-thon fundraiser. A professional shredding company will be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $18/box. All plastics and metals must be removed (staples okay). Questions? Click www.adath-israel.org/ or call 793-1800.


Electric Aggregation Information
Village Selected Supplier: DP&L
Generation Rate: $.0455 per kwh
Offer Period: Through May 2014

If you were previously with Dominion Electric and transferred to Duke Energy when our opt-in aggregation program ended in December, your enrollment is automatic with DP&L. Automatic enrollment only applies if you are a Duke Energy customer. Duke Energy is not the same as Duke Retail or DERS.

If you are with another supplier other than Duke Energy and wish to participate in the Village’s opt-out program, you need to call the Village’s selected supplier, DP&L, at 1-888-674-3753 and request to be enrolled in the opt-out program. Residents should first check to see what, if any, cancellation charges may apply (from your existing supplier) before enrolling with the Village’s opt-out program with DP&L.


Water Main Replacement Project – Brookwood Subdivision
Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) has begun replacement of the water mains in the Brookwood subdivision. The following streets are included in this project:

  • Fair Oaks (north of the mailbox structure to the fire lane gate)
  • Meadowbrook
  • Oakridge (from Fair Oaks to Meadowbrook)
  • Willowbrook Drive (from Meadowbrook to Willowbrook)
  • Willowbrook Lane (from Willowbrook to Oakridge)

Fire hydrants will also be replaced. After GCWW completes the project, the impacted roadways will be repaved in a joint effort with the Village.

GCWW or their contractor will give advance warning of any planned water outages. Generally, these outages occur during the switch over of residential service from the old to the new mains. Traffic will be maintained during the construction.


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An emergency notification could be made for things like a natural disaster, a man-made disaster, a missing child or a public safety emergency. You may choose to have these messages go to your cell phone for quick access wherever you are. There is no cost to residents. For more information, visit https://sosink.smartmsg.com/.

Bike Safety
With the weather getting warmer and more people beginning to pull their bicycles out for the season, Officer Phillips shares some bicycle safety tips.

  1. PO PhillipsObey traffic signs and signals. Follow lane markings.
  2. Never ride against traffic. State law requires that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.
  3. Don’t pass on the right – Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.
  4. Scan the road behind you – Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view mirrors.
  5. Always wear a helmet. Never wear headphones while riding a bike.
  6. Dress for the weather and wear bright colored clothing.
  7. Use hand signals – Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection.
  8. Choose the best way to turn left – There are two choices: (1) Like an auto: signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left. (2) Like a pedestrian: ride straight to the far side crosswalk. Walk your bike across.
  9. Make eye contact with drivers – Assume that other drivers don’t see you until you are sure that they do.
  10. Use lights at night – The law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a rear reflector or taillight (visible up to 300 feet from behind).

Notes from the Mayor
by Mayor J.K. Byar

This has been a great Spring for Amberley Village. On April 5, 2012, we celebrated the anniversary of Amberley’s founding 72 years ago. Much of what is unique and special about our tremendous community has been maintained and continues today.

Arbor DayOur beautiful trees, our well-maintained byways and our inviting green spaces. To honor this we observed Arbor Day on April 15, 2012. It is my hope our residents are enjoying our wonderful mild spring weather.

May is also a special month in the history of the Village. Amberley’s first founding leaders and officers were elected on May 14, 1940 at the first council meeting held at the home of Amberley’s first Mayor, Roy Elliot, in the kitchen of his home. For additional information about Amberley’s founding, click here.

Public Hearing May 14 – Ordinance Allowing Domesticated Chickens
Village Council will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed ordinance allowing domesticated chickens in the Village at its May 14 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

The ordinance would allow each household to keep up to six chickens on their property and enforce habitat requirements.