|October News & Updates
Leaf Collection Starts October 15
Amberley Village’s Maintenance Department will begin the annual leaf collection program on Tuesday, October 15. This service is available to residents through January 3.
Again this year, the black and white advisory signs will be posted at the entrance to your neighborhood in advance, projecting the next collection day for your area. Crews will stay on schedule as much as possible,
but the signs will tell residents when leaves are being vacuumed. Weather, equipment, parking on the street, and debris mixed with leaves all affect the Village’s ability to collect leaves.
Tips When Raking Your Leaves for Pickup:
Brush Pick-Up Suspended
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 during this period. Brush pick-up will resume in January. The last pick-up for residents was their regularly scheduled pick-up day during the week of September 30 through October 4.
October 15 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Watch the September Council Meeting
Public Hearing November 11
Council will hold a public hearing on November 11 in Council Chambers to receive public input regarding the proposed legislation pertaining to the creation of panhandle lots.
Tax Filing Deadline – October 15
If you filed an extension for your 2012 Tax Return it is due on October 15. Filing and paying on time can save you a late filing penalty as well as interest. To contact the tax office, call Patty Meiers at 531-0130. The tax office is staffed part-time. Please leave Patty a message and she will return your call.
Call Safe – Update Your Number
The Village uses the Community Safe call system to alert residents and provide important information. You can submit as many phone numbers as you wish to this system (ie cell numbers for several family members). The Public Safety Department asks you to update your numbers if any have changed by calling 531-2040.
|Maintaining Village Streets
Through a combination of preventive maintenance and rehabilitation programs the Village continues the legacy of caring for its largest capital investment, our infrastructure.
Over the summer, the Maintenance Department conducted its comprehensive Crack Sealing Program which prevents water from getting into the cracks and base layer of the streets. Water intrusion is the most damaging element to roadways, thus crack sealing is a vital step in maintaining Village streets.
As part of its ongoing multi-faceted approach to street maintenance, the Department also continuously fills potholes in the roadways throughout the year. Filling potholes and cracks provides relief to drivers and prolongs the deterioration of the street by several years.
Having the advantage of skilled personnel on staff allows the Village to carry out these repairs with cost-efficiency and the added value of being responsive for immediate road condition issues when they happen.
Every Thursday night starts a Village wide ritual – trash cans being lugged from behind homes and out of garages to the front curb, waiting for Rumpke to come by Friday morning. Each Friday night, as residents return home, the empty cans disappear from the curb and wait for the routine to start again next week.
The Village has received some complaints about trash cans being left at the curb beyond 24 hours after pick-up. The property maintenance code does regulate trash cans at the curb and provides the following policy:
No rubbish or garbage shall be placed for curbside pickup more than 24 hours in advance of scheduled pickup. All rubbish and garbage containers must be removed from the front of the premises within 24 hours after scheduled pickup.
If you are going out of town, try to make arrangements with a neighbor, relative, or friend to take care of your cans for you instead of leaving them out. If this isn’t possible, there are two dumpsters behind the Village Municipal Building, one for recycling and one for garbage. Residents are always welcome to dispose of their garbage here prior to out of town excursions.
Everyone’s help in following these rules will result in the success of our continuous efforts to maintain a beautiful community with strong property values.
|Fire Prevention Week – Kitchen Fires
The month of October is designated as Fire Prevention Month and this year’s theme focuses on how to prevent kitchen fires. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment. With the kitchen being a gathering place for everyone, staying safe and being aware of the associated risks for adults and kids alike is the best tool for preventing burns and injuries. The Amberley Village Police/Fire Department has gathered fire safety tips and information for parents and children to check out, including fun videos and printable activity sheets!
Cooking Safety Tips:
If you have a cooking fire:
Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Check out this video to learn basic smoke alarm safety tips.
Residents can request a home fire safety inspection. Interested residents may call 531-2040 to arrange an inspection of your home.
Don’t forget to test your smoke alarms monthly and to change their batteries on November 3rd, when the time changes!
The Amberley Village Police Department encourages safety and supervision during the annual Trick-or-Treat season which will take place from 6-8 p.m. this year. It is especially important for parents to adhere to a few safety rules for their children when they are trick-or-treating.
Making Your Home Safe for Trick or Treaters
It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. There are some very simple things we can do to make the evening safe everyone.
Political signs should be erected in a safe and secure manner and cannot be posted in the Village’s right-of-way. The Village right-of-way typically extends to the area where the utility poles are located. In the absence of utility poles, assume the Village right-of-way is 12 feet from the pavement into the yard. Signs should also be kept off of utility poles.
Signs must be posted on private property and permission should be obtained from any owner prior to posting a political sign. In addition, signs cannot be posted in the ground at the Amberley Village Hall on Election Day.
In some areas, the right-of-way may not be apparent by utility locations. In such instances, the first priority is safety and the Village will immediately remove signs that impede sight lines for traffic. Signs illegally posted on any utility pole or posted between the street and utility poles or Village right-of-way, will be removed by Village crews. Confiscated signs will be stored for seven (7) days on the south side of the Service Garage behind Village Hall at 7149 Ridge Road. If you believe your signs have been removed due to being in the right-of-way, the signs can be retrieved from behind Village Hall before they are disposed of after seven 7 days.