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October News & Updates

Leaf Collection Starts October 15

leaf crewAmberley 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, 

Leaf collection sign mondaybut 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:

  • Please keep brush, grass clippings, and other debris separate from leaves.
  • Please avoid placing leaves in the street to keep gutters and storm drains from clogging.
  • Please avoid parking in front of leaf piles; crews are not able to pick up piles with access issues.
  • Never place leaves around fire hydrants, mailboxes, sign posts, utility poles or guy wires.

Brush Pick-Up Suspended
During October, November & December

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. 

Calendar Events

October 15 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
October 28 ESC Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Watch the September 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.


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.

2013 tarringOver 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.

Neighborly Reminder

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:

Trash and Recycle BinsNo 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

Fire Prevention Week BannerThe 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:    

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.  If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or broiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while the food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you to check the food.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stovetop.
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    Take the Fire Prevention Week Quiz!
    Video: Kitchen Fire Safety Rules

  • Keep the stovetop, burners and oven clean.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.  Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drink is prepared or carried.
  • Plug microwave ovens or other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord to connect cooking appliances as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
  • Check electrical cords for cracks, breaks, or damage.

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • If you do try to fight the fire, be sure others are already getting out and you have a clear path to the exit.
  • Always keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan.  Turn off the burner.  Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool.
  • In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. After a fire, the oven should be checked and/or serviced before being used again.

Smoke Alarms

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!

Halloween Safety

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.

  • pumpkin full of candyKnow your trick-or-treater’s route.
  • Take a flashlight.
  • Make sure costumes are visible at night. If a costume is not light-colored, put reflective tape on the back and front of it.
  • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.
  • Remind kids not to enter strangers’ homes or cars.
  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
  • Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely.
  • Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk.
  • Never cross the street from between parked cars.
  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
  • Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury.

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.

  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
  • Drive slowly all evening-you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
Political Signs

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.