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May News & Updates

Electric Aggregation Extension

In 2011, Amberley voters approved a ballot issue to allow the Village to create an Electric Aggregation Program. The Village selected DP&L as its alternate electric supplier in February 2012; DP&L’s rate was guaranteed through May 2014. This electric aggregation program has saved Village residents more than $475,000 over Duke Energy’s rates since the program’s inception.

As the Village is approaching the end of the electric aggregation program with DP&L, the Village joined with 7 local governments in a consortium to aggregate electric. This includes Indian Hill, Glendale, Lockland, Springdale, Cleves, Addyston and Columbia Township. Village energy consultant, Eagle Energy, sought competitive proposals from 11 electric suppliers in order to determine the best offer and received 6 responses. The proposals have been evaluated by the Village’s energy consultant along with the other communities aggregating.

Perigee Energy, LLC, has been selected as the preferred electric supplier. Their annual rate is $0.0568/kWh which will be the fixed rate through June 2017 meter reading. This rate is 10-12% below the Duke Energy Price-To-Compare of $0.064 effective June 1. Perigee’s annual rate of $0.0568/kWh, which provides rate stability for 3 years, fares competitively to rates recently contracted by other communities. Perigee will offer “green” power at an additional cost of $0.005/kWh or a fixed rate of $0.061/kWh.

Residents who are currently enrolled in the Village’s electric aggregation program (DP&L as your Village electric provider), will be moved over to Duke Energy for one month before being rolled over into the Village’s new supplier, Perigee. Residents will be notified by Perigee and given a 21-day window to opt-out of the program. Duke Energy will then notify the same residents to confirm their decision giving residents 7 days to opt out. Residents who want to continue in the Village aggregation program need not do anything. For those residents on the Village electric aggregation program, they will transition from DP&L to Duke Energy then be converted to the Village’s new supplier, Perigee.

For residents in the Village aggregation program, you do not need to take any action at this time if you want to continue in the electric aggregation program. 

Calendar Events

May 12 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
May 19 ESC Meeting 7 p.m.
May 26 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.


Upcoming Events

Bike Safety Fair, June 22 from 12-3 p.m.
Kids are invited to ride in a bike rodeo, and participate in safety activities.  T-shirts and helmets available, quantities limited.

Ice Cream Social, August 24 at 6 p.m.


ESC Joins Taking Root Campaign

The Environmental Stewardship Committee has joined an initiative to replace, retain and expand trees in the eight-county Greater Cincinnati tri-state region.  This re-foresting effort is in response to the Ash tree species that will continue to be ravaged by the Emerald Ash Borer.

Residents can enjoy $25 off a tree purchase at Natorp’s and planted trees can be registered on the Taking Root Campaign’s website for tracking.  To get involved, visit www.takingroot.info and check out this informational video or join the Environmental Stewardship Committee at its May 19 meeting at 7 p.m., held monthly.

The Environmental Stewardship Committee is also supporting an “Adopt a Grove” program at Amberley Green to better maintain the mature trees in the Village.


Homestead Exemption – File by June 2

The requirements for the homestead exemption to receive a discount on property taxes are changing.  It will soon include an income eligibility test.  Applications must be submitted to the Hamilton County Auditor’s office by June 2.  A full listing of the eligibility requirements and application are available on the County’s website or call 946-4000.

Fiscal Sustainability Report Shared Regionally
Agenda 360 LogoLast month, Amberley Village was asked to share its plan for financial sustainability at a gathering of elected and appointed officials from southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky.  The report was presented at a summit called, “Much in Common” A Forum for Leaders in Local Government.”  Mayor Muething, Silverton Finance Director Tom Peterson, and Village Manager Scot Lahrmer each shared with the elected officials and top administrators, the key elements to such an undertaking and how it provides the context for decisions within the Village.  This forum, organized primarily by Agenda 360, was an opportunity to share the knowledge and tools developed within the Financial Sustainability Report to larger communities and highlights the Village’s leadership and staff.  Feedback received at the event was very positive with 96% of attendees noting the forum met its purpose and all attendees affirming the forum was beneficial.  The Village will plan a similar presentation for residents later this year.
Residents Achieve Higher Recycling Rate!

Amberley residents are recycling more than ever!  In 2013, residents recycled 475.04 tons of metal, glass, plastic, and paper. Amberley Village recycled 80 more tons in 2013 than in 2012! Residents saved resources, conserved energy, and reduced pollution by recycling.

The recycling efforts in Amberley Village:

  • Conserved enough energy to power every home in Amberley Village for 17 days.
  • Reduced more greenhouse gas pollution than if every household in Amberley Village rode their bicycle to work for 14 weeks.
  • Saved 3,750 trees from being harvested.

On average, each household in Amberley Village recycled 710 pounds in 2013. That’s 26.89% of all the waste we generate. If you would like to see even more material recycled in 2014, check out the list below to make sure you include all these materials in your recycling cart. Don’t have a cart? Amberley Village makes it easy! Call 800-582-3108 to request your cart today.

Recyclable Materials

  • Plastic bottles and jugs (lids are OK if left on empty bottle)
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Empty aerosol cans (remove and dispose of lids and tips)
  • Glass bottles and jars (remove and recycle lids)
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, etc.)
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Magazines, catalogs, and phone books
  • Newspapers
  • Cardboard
  • Office Paper
  • Brown grocery bags
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • NEW- paper cartons (milk, soup, broth, etc.)

Have a question about recycling? Call Hamilton County’s Recycling Hotline at 946-7766, visit www.HamiltonCountyRecycles.org, or ask a question on Facebook or Twitter.

Have a question about Household Hazardous Waste? Call the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District for disposal options at 946-7766 or visit hamiltoncountyrecycles.org

Amberley Named Tree City for 10th Year 

Tree City USA LogoCongratulations to Amberley residents for being selected as a Tree City for the tenth year!  The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation to encourage and recognize urban and community forestry programs in towns and cities across the country. The Village has maintained its status by carrying out programs and activities for the betterment of the environment.  

At its recent Arbor Day celebration, the Village fulfilled one of the criteria for being recognized as a Tree City USA whereby a tree was planted and a proclamation was presented to recognize Arbor Day and the importance of being stewards of the environment.  

Interested in working toward this effort?  Join the Environmental Stewardship Committee at its next meeting on May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

One Stop Drop – Recycling by the Tons!

old tvsAmberley successfully collected and diverted 43,198 lbs. or 21.59 tons from the landfill on Sunday, April 6 through the One Stop Drop recycling event held at Amberley Green. This represents an increase of 8,000 lbs., or 4 tons over 2013!   

While both the paper shredding and shoe collection showed a slight increase over 2013 in tons collected, the largest increase was electronics recycling, collecting 3.5 tons more than last year. 

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:

  • High Grass ViolationGrass 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 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.
Severe Weather Safety – DUCK!

Peak tornado season in Ohio is generally April through July.  Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms and usually occur between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. They are usually preceded by very heavy rain and/or large hail. Making a safety plan for your family and planning ahead will lower the chance of injury or death in the event severe weather strikes.

Sign Up for Alerts

Call Safe – Amberley Village Police alerts.  Call 531-2040 to submit a phone number to receive phone call alerts.

Hamilton County EMA – Sign up online at EMA website for email or text message alerts.

Whether practicing in a tornado drill or sheltering during a warning, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages you to DUCK!

D – Go DOWN to the lowest level
U – Get UNDER something
C – COVER your head
K – KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed

A great resource for developing a safety plan is easy with the Citizen’s Guide to Personal Emergency Preparedness accessible through the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.  This step-by-step guide is designed to assist in planning for many kinds of emergency situations. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit Fema.gov.