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October News & Updates

Pedestrian Crossing at Farm Acres Drive

A new crosswalk has been installed at Farm Acres Drive and Section Road to assist pedestrians while crossing the road.  The Sha’arei Torah Congregation, located at 2400 Section Road, requested the crosswalk when it sought its conditional use permit to construct a synagogue. 

road crosswalkPlacement of the crosswalk was based on stopping sight distance which includes the time from the instant a driver sights an object necessitating a stop, plus the reaction time, the time necessary to bring the vehicle to a stop and the expectations that pedestrians will cross at an intersection. 

Crosswalk signWith the new pedestrian crossing in place, drivers and walkers will be alerted to pay closer attention while traveling in this area. 

When approaching the crosswalk area, advance warning signs have been installed to bring attention to the upcoming pedestrian crossing as required by the Ohio Uniform Traffic Code. 

While additional steps can be taken to highlight crosswalks, such as flashing lights, additional pavement markings and additional signage, the Village plans to consider and discuss the suitability and fit of such options in relationship to Village right of way and beautification standards.

For the safety of drivers and walkers alike, the Ohio Revised Code reminds us that pedestrians have the right of way while walking on a crosswalk and, while drivers should yield, pedestrians are cautioned not to step off of the curb and walk or run into the path of vehicles so close as to become an immediate hazard.  

Calendar Events

October 6 Board of Zoning Appeals  7 p.m.
October 13 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
October 27 ESC Meeting 7 p.m.
October 31 Halloween 6-8 p.m. Safety Tips!

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.

September Council Meeting Highlights


Photos from the Ice Cream Social!

Check out all of the fun from this year’s annual Ice Cream Social held in August. 

Thanks to resident Amy Rubenstein and all of the volunteers and staff who made this event a success!


Brush Pick-Up Ends Next Week!

brush good pilesThe last pick-up day for residents will be their regularly scheduled pick-up day during the week of October 6 through October 10.

Find out your last day for brush pick-up


Options to Dispose of Brush After October 10

Drop-Off Sites
Locations open Saturdays and Sundays
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 23

East: Bzak Landscaping 513-831-0907
329 Turpin Lane, off Rt. 32, Anderson Twp.
North: Rumpke 513-742-2900
Struble Road & Colerain Ave., Colerain Twp.

Learn How to Compost Brush

Curbside
Rumpke will accept brush with trash collection as long as it is bundled and cut into four-foot lengths, or cut brush can be placed into a garbage can or yard waste bag for collection.  Questions? Contact Rumpke at 742-2900.

Street Maintenance – Lines & Markings

pavement markingsThe Amberley Village Maintenance Department manages the traffic markings on Village streets during the late summer and early fall months in preparation of the fall and winter darkness. The two methods of application utilized by the Village are latex base paint and thermoplastic pavement markings.

line paintingThe maintenance staff utilizes its outsourcing program to access the Hamilton County Engineer’s paint striping crew for Section Road and the longer stretches of center lines on residential streets. The special markings such as turn arrows, crosswalks, stop bars, and island markings are refinished in-house by maintenance personnel.

As Village streets are rehabilitated the thermoplastic application which lasts the entire life of the pavement with little to no maintenance is installed thereby reducing the demand for painting. Examples of thermoplastic can be observed along Ridge and Galbraith Roads. The Maintenance Department continues to paint the stop bars and other special markings with latex base paints, until the streets have been resurfaced.  Section Road is a good example of the latex application.

As streets are repaved, the current pavement markings in residential neighborhoods will continue to be eliminated in keeping with rural character and this also helps reduce future maintenance costs. The program eliminates the yellow channelizing lines and installs one white stop bar on the neighborhood street where it connects to a main road (Ridge, Galbraith and Section Roads). Examples of the elimination of the pavement markings can be observed in the Rollman Estates neighborhood, the Fair Oaks Drive area north of Section Road, and the Beechlands neighborhood. 

Filling Potholes & Sealing Cracks 

maint deptThrough a combination of preventive maintenance and rehabilitation programs the Village continues the legacy of caring for its largest capital investment, our infrastructure.  

tarring the roadOver 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 sealing cracks provides relief to drivers and prolongs the deterioration of the street by several years.

Leaf Collection Starts October 13

leaf crewThe Village’s annual leaf collection program will begin on Monday, October 13 this year.

The Maintenance Department has readied its equipment and the crews will make regular routes throughout the Village to provide leaf collection to residents until January 2, 2015.  

Leaf collection sign mondayThe 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. Weather, equipment, parking on the street, volume of leaves, 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.
Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week Smoke AlarmsThere are many steps you can take to prevent fires and to reduce the chance of injury or damage should one occur in your home. Fire Prevention Week occurs during October 5-11 this year and reminds us to check for working smoke alarms in our homes and test alarms monthly.

The Amberley Village Police/Fire Department shares some of the prevention measures we can take to lower or prevent fire risks.

Prevention

  • Fire Safety InspectionsInstall smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every level of your home.  They should be tested and cleaned monthly and the batteries replaced twice a year.
  • Store matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets or run cords under rugs.
  • Replace any damaged or frayed electrical cords.
  • Place space heaters at least three feet from furniture and drapes.
  • Clean the lint screen on your clothes dryer before each use.
  • Have your furnace inspected each year. Change filters as recommended.
  • Store flammables and chemicals away from heat sources.
  • Clean fireplace and chimney every year.

In Case of a Fire

  • Create a family fire escape plan that shows two ways out of every room and a family meeting place outside.  Practice it twice a year.
  • In a fire, get out fast and stay out.  Crawl low under smoke.
  • Call to report a fire only after exiting the building.
Residents Toured the Amberley Green Dam Project

DamOn September 11, residents met at the worksite of the dam modifications project at the Amberley Green.  Pat Madel with CDS Associates conducted the tour and explained the purpose of the project, the work it involved and the goal to remove the dam from the state’s jurisdiction.  Pictures of the phases of this project can be viewed here.

The modifications to the dam have reached the completion phase and will be finished ahead of the contractual deadline of October 10.  Ford Development has completed the earthwork and a new gravel path has been installed.  Restoration work is now underway with an application of hydro-seed to the entire area.

The final step involves submitting the completed project to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for review and approval, which ultimately removes the dam from regulation by the state.  The Village will reach compliance well ahead of the state’s mandatory deadline of January 2015.

Tree Maintenance on Amberley Green

If you have walked or jogged the paths of the Amberley Green lately, you probably noticed the additional work that the Environmental Stewardship Committee completed to enhance the health of the beautiful trees on this property. The effort is part of the Adopt-a-Grove program to maintain trees on the Amberley Green.  To help make a difference, get a little exercise and have fun–join this group! There will be another opportunity announced in October.  

Taking Root Tree Vouchers Good Through October 12

taking root logoFall is prime time for planting new trees and it’s easy to be part of the effort to help plant 2 million trees by 2020 with the Taking Root Campaign.  Start with the $25 off coupon toward a tree purchase from Natorp’s that can be printed from the Village websiteThen, go to www.takingroot.info to register your tree!   

Best Connected Neighbors!

Amberley Village residents have scored in the top tier for the best connected neighbors on the free social media website, Nextdoor.  The private online forum specifically connects residents within neighborhoods. Residents ranked #2 in the Cincinnati area based on Nextdoor’s analysis of participation data, behind a subdivision in Hamilton and ahead of Mariemont. 

It allows people to share information about what’s happening in their “backyard” and while it’s a private neighborhood network, it is similar to Facebook in that residents have the ability to quickly post and converse in real time.  Over 900 neighborhoods are locally connected on Nextdoor.  

Nextdoor website screenshotThis private neighborhood network is commonly used by Amberley Village residents to locate lost pets, obtain references to service providers like roofers and landscapers, and share restaurant recommendations.  Through Nextdoor, residents have arranged get-togethers ranging from a children’s play dates to an adult walking group.

How did Village residents find out about this online forum? Resident and Council Member Peg Conway initiated the Village’s presence on Nextdoor which has connected neighbors with what matters to them. Channel 12 recently covered the Village residents’ usage of the Nextdoor website: video.

Congratulations to the Village residents for staying open and connected in their community!  

Want to sign up?  Visit Nextdoor.com.

Public Information Meeting

public info mtgOn September 29, the Village residents had the opportunity to attend a general information presentation regarding Village finances and the status of the North Site and Amberley Green properties.  

Mayor Tom Muething and Village Manager Scot Lahrmer gave an early afternoon presentation and repeated it again in the evening to give residents day and evening options to attend.

Tom Speaking Public Meeting 2Approximately 86 residents attended in total and there was much time given to open questions from residents which were answered by members of council and staff present.  The Village was pleased to provide this opportunity for transparency to the residents.  To review the presentation, click the link above or request a print copy from the administration office at 531-8675.   

Pictured right: (left to right) Council member Bill Doering, Mayor Tom Muething, Council member Peg Conway 

2013 Extended Tax Returns Due

If you filed an extension for your 2013 Tax Return, it is due 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.