|November News & Updates
Brush Pick-Up Suspended Until January
The Village’s dense tree population makes brush management a highly valued service for Village residents to be able to dispose of high volumes of brush from their properties as a curbside service.
As of part of the Village’s on-going efforts to streamline its operations with a reduced staff, the maintenance department staff will concentrate on bulk leaf collection through December. Please do not place brush at the curb until leaf season concludes.
Curbside brush pick-up will resume for residents in January. In the meantime, residents looking for cost neutral ways to dispose of brush between now and then may opt to dispose of brush through one of the following options:
East: Bzak Landscaping – 329 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township
November 3 Board of Zoning Appeals–No Agenda
Council meetings can also be watched on Time Warner Cable Channel 4 on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m.
Thanksgiving Leaf Collection Schedule
Residents can expect regular trash and recycling collection service from Rumpke for the Thanksgiving Holiday. No delays are scheduled.
Visit rumpke.com for recycling and trash collection information.
Election Day – Voter Information
Voter registration is handled by the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The County’s website provides fast access to election information. Quick links help you find out where to register, polling place locations, voting hours and dates, precincts, and a sample ballot for your precinct during the election season–all at your fingertips! Visit http://boe.hamilton-co.org/.
|Volunteers Gathering to Plan 75th Year Anniversary Celebration
Next year will mark the Village’s 75th year anniversary since its formation. An organizational meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Amberley Village Municipal Building on November 10 at 4:30 p.m. to set up committees to begin planning what types of activities will take place during this anniversary year. Residents are encouraged to volunteer and participate.
|Video Services for Council Meetings Cost Less
Last year, the Village began soliciting feedback from residents on their habits and preference of watching council meetings. Residents were asked over a three month period to submit their comments and respondents indicated that the Village should pursue a lower cost option. The Village reviewed alternative options available for video recording its meetings and is pleased to report reduced costs associated with this service to its residents.
Amberley Village had been recording its council meetings with the Intercommunity Cable Regulatory Commission (ICRC) for approximately ten years. The service included video recording of the meetings, including other types of meetings or events, playback on Time Warner Cable, hosting and archiving of the video meetings online for on-demand viewing, as well as six local cable access channels for residents programmed by ICRC. The cost for this service was approximately $22,000, funded by 2% of the 5% franchise fee that the Village receives from Time Warner Cable. While ICRC provided a plethora of services, the Village considered its true need was to record one council meeting per month.
The Public Outreach Committee met with ICRC to better understand their services, advantages to their programming, and their ability to respond to our needs. The Committee also met with ESP Media after receiving a proposal for video recording services at a cost of $600 per meeting. ESP Media broadcasts live events for local schools, including sports games and assemblies. With no video equipment costs to be expended by the Village, the annual cost associated with recording council meetings has been reduced to $7,200 for 12 council meetings.
One of the disadvantages of discontinued ICRC membership was the loss of six local cable access channels for residents programmed by ICRC. By leaving ICRC, these channels revert to Time Warner Cable for programming. While council meetings will no longer be played back on Channel 4 by Time Warner Cable, residents will be able to continue to access meetings online for viewing.
At its meeting on October 13, Village Council approved to proceed with ESP Media. Services with ICRC will continue through December 2014 and it is anticipated that the January 12 council meeting will be recorded by ESP Media.
|Meet the Zoning & Project Administrator
In September, Wes Brown accepted the Zoning & Project Administrator position with the Village administration department.
Wes previously held the position of Maintenance Department Supervisor for nine years, working his way through several positions since being hired by the Village in 1992. Wes brings 22 years of institutional knowledge to the position, which blends well with the added responsibilities of storm sewer projects and road improvements that were integrated into the position.
This zoning position was redeveloped from an existing staff position which became available after the Public Works Supervisor retired in late 2013. While the Zoning & Project Administrator position operates solely within the administration department, Wes’ past experience with the maintenance department adds great value to functioning in this administrative role. Efforts to preserve and protect the property values of the community through zoning regulations are paramount to the Village’s overall sustainability which remains a core service provided to the residents and best served through existing staff.
Most residents will have an opportunity to meet Wes Brown through the zoning function when permits are obtained for a zoning project like a home addition, a fence, or shed. Wes is available during regular office hours in the administration office and can be reached by calling 531-8675 or by email.
|Walk and Be Safe
Pedestrians—people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or similar means—are among the most vulnerable users of the road. Take steps to be safe when walking on roadways.
In the next 24 hours, on average, 445 people will be treated in an emergency department for traffic-related pedestrian injuries. In the next 2 hours, on average, one pedestrian will die from injuries in a traffic crash. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported more than 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2012, and another 59,000 were injured. With numbers like these, it’s critical that you understand the risks and learn how to stay safe when traveling by foot.
When walking, keep these tips in mind:
The Amberley Village Police Department has partnered with the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Foundation and Safe Cincinnati to purchase 300 reflective belts. These belts will be available to pedestrians walking in Amberley Village and will help prevent pedestrian traffic accidents. Interested residents should contact the Police and Fire Department at 531-2040 and ask how you can utilize this new pedestrian safety belt.
Before you head out on foot for a stroll or walk, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the laws concerning crosswalks, sidewalks, and their proper use. Amberley Village Ordinance 72.41 reads in part:
(A) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(B) Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
(C) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.
(D) Any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
Click here to read Ohio laws for pedestrians and drivers.
|Preventing Thefts from Vehicles
All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common–there’s something left in the car worth stealing. Most larcenies from cars are “crimes of opportunity” that could have been prevented. Amberley Village has recently experienced a rise in thefts from autos. The Police and Department recommends the following prevention tips:
Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. You’d be surprised how often this happens, but individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all of the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they’re visible, the chances of a break-in have greatly increased.
Place items out of sight BEFORE reaching your destination. Someone may be watching when you put your valuables under a seat or in the trunk and the moment you’re gone, a thief could break into your car. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the park, beach, baseball game, etc. Valuable items that thieves target are GPS units, cell phones, laptop computers, purses, packages and so forth. If you can’t take the items with you, secure them in a safe place in your vehicle, like a locked glove compartment or trunk.
Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags out in the open. Lock them into your trunk, if you have to leave the vehicle unattended. Never open a trunk, fill it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away.
Lock ALL vehicle doors. This is true even if you plan on only being gone for just a second. Remember, it only takes seconds to steal items from your car. It’s not uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles looking for unlocked doors. Also, make sure car windows are closed.
Park in busy, well-lit areas. Don’t leave any sign that there might be valuables “out of sight” in your vehicle. For example, the suction cup left on the dashboard tells thieves that a GPS system is in the vehicle. Leave nothing in plain view. Very few auto break-ins are random. The thieves usually see something out in the open or hints of possible hidden valuables.
Don’t leave spare keys in your vehicle. An experienced thief knows all of the hiding places. Store spare keys elsewhere, possibly your wallet or purse.
|Deer Activity in Peak Season
Ohio is considered a high-risk state for the likelihood of a deer-related accident. The Amberley Village Police and Fire Department responded to 28 deer related auto accidents from January to October 2014. This figure excludes injured deer and deer-related property damage.
Fall is peak season for deer and auto collisions and that means drivers along the nation’s roadways need to be especially vigilant, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Deer migration and mating season generally runs from October through December, and causes a dramatic spike in the movement of deer population. As a result, more deer-vehicle collisions occur in this period than at any other time of year.
Here are tips on how to reduce the odds of a deer-vehicle collision:
Additionally, the Village would like to make residents aware that as a part of its ongoing deer management program, deer culling will occur during the months of November and December.
|Turn Back Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms
The Public Safety Department would like to remind everyone to check your smoke alarms when turning back your clocks this weekend. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year and this includes carbon monoxide detectors too. For a free residential fire inspection call the Public Safety Department at 531-2040. Read more fire prevention tips.