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May News & Updates

Council Approves Development Agreement

Amberley GreenThe Amberley Green property was acquired by Amberley Village almost five years ago and since that time the Village has been exploring the best use of the property. The Long Range Planning Committee of the Village (a committee comprised of residents and council members), met from September 2010 through March 2011 to explore the options for the property. The Committee’s findings were presented to a group of more than 150 residents at a public meeting and to Council in the first half of 2011. The Long Range Planning Committee’s recommendations for Amberley Green included a mixed used development incorporating institutional/corporate use; agricultural; community/civic/green space; and residential.

Over the past couple of years, Council has explored ways to take the next step in the exploration phase for the property and at its April meeting Village Council approved a development agreement with The Walnut Group. The Walnut Group presented a concept plan that proposes land uses including an office campus, universal lifestyle living, community park, retail town center and an arboretum. This concept is consistent with the recommendations of the Long Range Planning Committee. Over the next ten months, the Walnut Group will explore the viability of the plan.

The economics of the development for Amberley Village will be a critical factor in determining the way forward. It is necessary for whatever is developed on the site to “maximize economic benefit to the Village while also providing value to residents” per the Long Range Planning Report.  In other words, this piece of property needs to generate dollars for the Village in order to minimize our reliance on residents’ taxes. 

The development agreement approved by Village Council on April 8 requires The Walnut Group to provide periodic progress reports to the Land Development Committee. It also requires the developer to provide various reports to the Village at the conclusion of the 10 month period. Finally, it anticipates the negotiation of another agreement for the next stage of development of the property if the developer and Village can agree. 

If you want to be informed about development of Amberley Green, please go to the Village website at www.amberleyvillage.org and scroll down to subscriptions to sign up for meeting notifications. 


North Site Zoning Changed

After months of review and public involvement, Village Council has rezoned and created a zoning district for the North Site, a 26-acre property owned by the Village located north of the Ronald Reagan Highway. The property has been rezoned from residential use which would allow ½ acre lots to the North Site Zoning Classification. North Site Zoning has principal permitted uses as office, flex office/warehouse, hotels/motels, nursing homes, recreational uses, government/public buildings/facilities, universities, and other educational facilities.  The site is dominated by the Village Service Garage and composting operations but could encompass additional business use.

Calendar Events

May 13 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
May 14 Composting Seminar 6 p.m.
May 19 One Stop Drop Noon-4 p.m.
May 27 Memorial Day – Offices Closed

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.


Event Reminder!

One Stop Drop – Amberley Recycles
When: Sunday, May 19, 2013 12-4 p.m.
Where: Amberley Green, 7801 Ridge Road

Professional recyclers will be on-hand to collect and recycle electronic items and all types of shoes. Also, you can witness shredding of any and all confidential paper products you drop off. 

Check out the One Stop Drop event flyer for details!


New Tennis Key Cards

It’s time to renew your tennis key cards. The cost remains the same as last year for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

2013-14
Tennis Key
Card

2-Year Second
Year
Resident $50 $35
Non-Resident $100 $70

The cards provide access to the courts at the Village Municipal Building and Amberley Green. The cards may be purchased at the Public Safety Department service window at the municipal building.

The card reader was reconfigured on May 1.  If you have already purchased a key card this season, it is valid for the time period you paid for and it can be exchanged for a newly formatted card.


Section Road Water Main Work to Begin

Greater Cincinnati Water Works will begin work on Section Road to replace the emergency water main under Section Road between the railroad tracks and the driveway to 2121 Section Road, Topicz.

construction barrelsTraffic and access to businesses will be maintained utilizing a shift in lanes.  The contractor expects work to begin the week of May 13.

2013 Road Repair Program

Village Council authorized a contract for a street repair program this summer. The 2013 Road Repair Project includes asphalt patching, curb replacement and pavement repair. These items were bid together as a bundle resulting in very favorable pricing.  Four bids were received with the lowest and best bid submitted by Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping in the amount of $245,140. Their bid was $70,165 less than the engineer’s estimate. 

Asphalt patching and curb replacement:

  • curb repairOn Section Road, Elbrook Avenue, Rolling Ridge Court and Appleridge Lane

Curb and gutter replacement:

  • Will take place in certain areas on Appleridge Lane, Laurel Oak Lane, Longmeadow Lane, Twigwood Lane, Hudson Parkway (between South Farmcrest and Lakeview), Kentland and Patrisal Courts

While rehabilitating entire roadways is the preferred method of a comprehensive approach to repaving Village streets, these repair programs are attempting to address the more severe issues in the road infrastructure inventory. The Village is managing these repairs while still operating within the established austerity budgets in an attempt to maintain the alignment of expenditures with the revenues available when the 2013 budget was adopted.

At this time, work is scheduled to begin in mid-June.  The project specifications call for the project to be substantially completed by the end of August. Residents will be notified by the contractor prior to work beginning if their driveway will be blocked or otherwise inaccessible. 


2013 Intersection Upgrade

traffic intersectionVillage Council has authorized an upgrade to the traffic signal at Ridge and Section Roads. The signal and intersection modification involves replacing and upgrading the existing signal system to traffic signalaccommodate crosswalks and ramps, LED signal heads, related pavement markings, an improved controller, additional traffic detector loops and a battery backup system to power the controller and lights during short-term power outages. Three bids were received with the low and best bid submitted by Capital Electric in the amount of $53,600 which was $11,400 less than the engineer’s estimate.  The contractor estimates work to begin mid-late May.

Storm Water Projects Slated for Mid-May

The 2013 Storm Water Program includes projects funded by a Hamilton County Storm Water District Capital Improvement Program (HCSWD CIP) Grant and the Amberley Village Storm Water Utility.

Storm WaterProjects funded by the County grant include:

  • Ditch line renovation along Ridge Road between Longmeadow Lane and Section Road
  • Storm sewer extension and ditching at 3510 Galbraith Road and pipe rehabilitation
  • Sewer extension at Fair Oaks Drive and Fair Oaks Lane

     Projects funded by the Amberley Village Storm Water Utility include:

  • Storm sewer pipe replacement in the 7600 block of Elbrook Avenue
  • Storm sewer extension on Laurel Oak Lane
  • Storm sewer replacement and extension at 7191 Knoll Road
  • Storm channel maintenance at 7202 Fair Oaks Drive

The projects were bundled and bid together to garner favorable pricing.  This strategy paid off with the bid resulting in a price approximately $124,000 below the engineer’s estimate.

The contractor estimates the work on the various projects will begin in mid-May.

Property Maintenance 

Amberley Village is known for its beautiful, well maintained homes in a serene setting. The Village’s Property Maintenance Code helps maintain the high standard for which Village homes have come to be known. Each spring, as winter wears off, we’re able to get outside and better see our homes and lawns. The Village diligently follows its enforcement process to address the most common property maintenance violations outlined in the policies below:

  • Grass and noxious weeds must not exceed 10 inches in height.
  • Peeling, flaking and chipped paint must be eliminated and surfaces repainted.
  • All walkways and driveways must be maintained in a proper state and free from hazardous conditions.
  • Garbage cans can only be placed at the curb 24 hours in advance of collection and must be removed promptly afterwards. Consider having a neighbor help you with this while out of town.
  • No toys, recreational or sports equipment may be stored in the front yard of any premises for a period in excess of 72 hours (includes boats and RVs).
  • Standing dead trees and bushes should be removed in a timely manner. 

Repeat violations now carry a penalty when two code sections are violated in a single year. On the third violation, a fee of $150 will be assessed.

To report a property maintenance violation, contact Village Administration at 531-8675 or visit amberleyvillage.org and click on Contact Us. 

Brush Pick-Up Guidelines

brush good pilesThe Village’s Maintenance Department is pleased to provide curbside brush pick-up to the residents.  The guidelines below provide the size limitations of the chipper equipment and procedures to follow for setting out brush.

  1. Contractors are required to remove any waste they generate.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Vines and limbs with thorns should be cut into 4 foot lengths and bundled and tied with string (no wire).
  5. Separate different types of materials (i.e., limbs in one area, vines, thorns, and logs in another). Please use your entire road frontage if necessary, and form a second row if required.
  6. Dispose of materials such as rocks, bricks, pipes, wire, fencing material, lumber, etc., with your regular trash according to Rumpke’s regulations.
  7. 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.
Living with Wildlife – Coyotes

Rarely seen but frequently heard, coyotes generally avoid humans, even when they inhabit largely urban areas. Consequently, many coyotes live in close proximity to people without ever being noticed.  Coyotes tend to avoid humans, shifting a majority of their activity to evening hours and spending most of their time in wooded patches and shrubbery. Their diets are extremely flexible; coyotes are generally scavengers and predators of small prey, mostly feeding on rodents, fruit, deer, and rabbits.

Why are Coyotes Living in the Village? 

  • coyoteResidential areas provide year-round habitat (food, water, shelter and space) for coyotes.
  • Backyards are often sites of plentiful food sources, including mice, rabbits, squirrels, and fawns. Bird feeders and fallen fruit around homes may help increase the abundance of these prey, consequently attracting coyotes to developed areas.
  • Urban coyotes have learned to take advantage of human-related food such as pet food left outside and meat and fish scraps in garbage cans or compost piles.


What Should I do to Avoid an Encounter with Coyotes? 

  • Avoid feeding pets outside; remove food and water bowls from outdoors.
  • Keep ground clear of spillage from bird or squirrel feeders.
  • Store trash in securely covered heavy duty containers.
  • Keep yards free of brush that could serve as shelter.
  • Restrict access to compost bins.
  • Supervise children when outside and instruct children never to go near a coyote.
  • Do not let pets run loose and watch dogs with caution when left outside.
  • Do not run from a coyote and if approached, wave your arms and make noises to scare it away.

Resource information about coyotes: Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The Ohio State University Extension:
Urban Coyotes: Conflict and Management
Community-Level Strategies for Urban Coyote Management