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May News & Updates

Police Memorial Week

National Police Week, held May 11-17, is set aside to honor those who serve in law enforcement.  

On May 11, a local ceremony with Amberley Police involvement will take place at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati beginning at 11 a.m.  

honor guardA parade will follow to the Hamilton County Police Memorial located at Cincinnati Police District 1 headquarters on Ezzard Charles Drive.  All residents are encouraged to attend and participate.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Amberley Village Council will present a resolution in recognition of this week in memoriam at its May 11 meeting.  

The Village will be represented by Chief Wallace, Sgt. Koenig and Rabbi Mendy in the local police memorial parade and ceremony on May 11, as well as the National Police Memorial ceremony in Washington, D.C.

police memorial 2014 ruby millerLast year, Ruby Miller, the 8th District Vice President of the Police & Fire Retirees of Ohio, Inc., represented the police widows.  Her husband, Jim Miller retired from the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department. 

 

Pictured left to right: Chief Wallace, Ruby Miller, Rabbi Mendy

 

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.  To learn more, visit nationalpoliceweek.org.  

Calendar Events

May 11 Council Meeting 6:30 pm
May 21 ESC Adopt-A-Grove 6 p.m.

May 31 Bike Safety Fair 12-3 p.m.

Watch the April Council Meeting

April Council Meeting Highlights


Upcoming Legislation Readings

Council, at its May 11 regular meeting, will conduct readings of the following legislation:

  1. Second Reading:  Ordinance 2015-6, Ordinance Authorizing Modification of Storm Water Rates
  2. Third Reading:  Ordinance 2015-3, Ordinance for the Disposition of Real Property

Bike Safety Fair on May 31

bike paradeVillage residents can bring their children ages 12 and under to the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department’s Bicycle Safety Fair on May 31 from noon until 3 p.m. held at the Municipal Building. 

Children will hear about bike safety, learn their proper helmet size, participate in a bike rodeo and enjoy prizes!  Registration not required.  Interested in volunteering? Email Officer Alt or call 531-2040.


Police for Pedestrian Safety

The safety of Village roadways is actively monitored by the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department.   The department’s speed monitoring equipment rotates throughout the Village on a regular basis to assist in slowing down drivers.

Residents who have a concern about a particular street, crosswalk, or intersection are encouraged to contact the Police Department to share their observations.  

 

Pedestrian Safety Belt Day Night ComparisonReflective safety belts are also available to interested residents.  Call 513-2040 or email.

2015 Road Repair Program Update

Amberley engaged in a collaborative bid process with the Village of Silverton coordinated through the Center for Local Government for the 2015 road repair program.  By working together, Amberley 
and Silverton were hoping to make their road programs more competitive and to take advantage of the fact that as small and contiguous communities, some operational economies of scale may be realized.

The joint project was bid in March and awarded to the John R. Jurgensen company with a base bid of $700,358.  The portion related to the Amberley’s road program is $381,963.  The estimate is $66,440 below the engineer’s estimate. 

 

Road ImprovementThis summer’s road program includes:

Curb Repairs and Entire Street Paving:          
Royal Oak Court        Laurel Oak Lane
Fair Oaks Drive         Fair Oaks Lane
Hudson Parkway (Farmcrest to Esther)

Pavement Repairs: 
Ridge Road 
(Southbound  left turn lane at Section)

Curb Repairs:
Twigwood Avenue, Arborcrest Drive

Throughout the construction phases of these projects, residents can expect traffic will be maintained.

Strike up the Band!
Join the Village Anniversary Parade
Amberley’s 75th anniversary celebration on August 16 will be a day to remember!parade stockA morning parade kicks off the festivities at 11 a.m., and all residents are invited to participate. Gather your neighbors, and create a float or signs or costumes to convey what you love about where you live. Use your imagination! Enter your school band, dance troupe, scout troop, sports team, etc. Don’t have a group like that? You can still register and walk with other folks based on how long you’ve lived in the Village.  

The Parade’s grand marshal will be the Village’s longest tenured resident! Who is that person?? Please help the Parade Committee identify him or her by contacting the Village at 531-8675 with information.

Starting on Springvalley (southern side), the 1.5 mile route will cross Galbraith and continue on Springvalley, turn left up Longmeadow and then left to go down Ridge, ending at Amberley Green. 

Click here for the registration form, and please share this information with other area groups who might wish to participate.  

The anniversary celebration continues on August 16 with a community picnic that evening on the grounds of the Village Municipal Building, with food trucks, live music, corn hole and the unveiling of a commemorative mural. Watch for more details in the next e-news, on Nextdoor, and in the mail!

If you’d like to volunteer with the parade or the picnic, please email Kathie Kraemer.

History Trivia 

History BookAnswer to Last Month’s Question
What two events [one in 1936 and the other in 1938] led to the incorporation of the Village?

Answer: In 1936, Justin and Josephine Rollman were robbed at gunpoint in the driveway of their Amberley home (page 50).  In 1938, the Louis Kaufman home suffered a serious fire, most of the damaged caused by a lack of prompt firefighter response from surrounding communities (page 30).

May History Trivia Question
Who was Amberley Village’s first employee?  Find the answer in the Village’s history book (click photo).  Check your answer next month in the June E-News!

Amberley’s Environmental Efforts Get Recognized
How You Can Get Involved!
growth-awardAV receives the 11th Consecutive TCUSA Award and 7th Growth Award
Amberley Village and the Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) have once again gone beyond 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 a myriad of other programs:

Tree Planting
tree plantingTrees not only provide shade, reduce water runoff and clean air; they also increase property values.  The ESC has joined the Taking Root Campaign to replace, retain and increase the number of trees. The goal is to plant 2 million trees by 2020 – 1 for every resident in the 8 county Greater Cincinnati tristate region.  This re-foresting effort is in response to the decimation of the Ash tree species by the Emerald Ash Borer and the destructive threat of Asian longhorn beetle.

taking root logoResidents can enjoy $25 off any tree purchase at Natorp’s.  The voucher is available online and in the lobby of the Municipal Building.  Planted trees can be registered (even a year after the fact) on the Taking Root website for tracking.  To get involved, visit www.takingroot.info and check out this informational video!

Tree Maintenance
The ESC also supports a program at Amberley Green to support maintenance of the mature trees in the Village.  Over the next several months, an informal group gathers to “Adopt-a- Grove” on a regular basis.  Equipped with gloves, and hand tools they tackle honeysuckle, other invasive, and light trimming.  Watch the Village calendar and Nextdoor for upcoming dates.

rain barrelStormwater
Are you concerned about rainwater in your yard, localized flooding? Do you know where the rainwater in Amberley drains?  Are you concerned about water quality?  The ESC will kick off a multi-part rain barrel program at 7 PM on June 10
Join Aleeyah Nurredin in the Community Room for a presentation and an opportunity to receive a rain barrel.

One Stop Drop – Recycling by the Tons!

one stop dropClose to 400 cars drove through the Amberley Green parking lot during the Village’s annual recycling event this year!  Recyclables accepted were electronics, paper, and gently used kitchen items.  Amberley successfully collected and diverted 44,721 lbs. or 22.4 tons of paper and electronics from the landfill, slightly up from the 22.06 collected in 2014! Overall, there was a 3-ton decrease in electronics and a 5-ton increase in paper shredded.

volunteers at one stop dropThe kitchen items collected by Excel Development at One Stop Drop filled 47 boxes and weighed 407 pounds!  Approximately 30 “Welcome Home” baskets for newly housed homeless and disabled individuals and families were prepared from this collection.

Thanks to the Environmental Stewardship Committee, the volunteers, and staff along with the vendors, Cohen Electronics, Royal Paper Shredding and Excel Development for making this recycling opportunity available to the community.