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    Welcome these new Montgomery employees

    Shawn Cooper recently joined the Community and Information Services Department as a customer service representative. She started her position on Aug. 19.  Shawn has worked in local government for over 10 years. She previously worked for the West Chester Township Fire Department, and the building department for the City of Warner Robins, Georgia. Shawn loves college football and spending her spare time with her husband, Chris, and two sons, Tyler and Ryan.

    Laura Braun is the newest member of the finance team.  Laura began her employment as a finance specialist on July 15.  Laura has a bachelor’s degree in social psychology and a master’s degree in education. Laura has considerable work experience, including processing payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and managing credit accounts.  Laura resides in Delhi Township with her husband, Jeff, and their two children.  Laura is thrilled to be working for the City of Montgomery and thankful for the opportunity to serve the residents and businesses of the community. 

    Amy Smith recently joined the police department as a police clerk.  She started her position on April 25.  Amy has a diverse background in both customer service and law enforcement.  Amy worked as a Cincinnati police officer for seven years and as a dispatcher for Sharonville Police Department for two years as well as a manager in a high-volume restaurant.  In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horses, running, and hiking with her two dogs.

    Shawn Cooper

    Laura Braun

    Amy Smith


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    The One-Stop-Drop for Responsible Recycling and Document Destruction Day held on Saturday, Sept. 21 was a huge success!

    Numerous donations were made to Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Royal Document Destruction, and Operation Give Back.

    Thank you for participating!  And special thanks to these City’s Environmental Advisory Commission members and volunteers!

    • Councilman Mike Cappel
    • Mark Laskovics
    • Donna Schwartz
    • Mary Ann Folz
    • Alice Aguilar
    • Elaine Cohen
    • Greg Broderick
    • Carol Suer
    • Gary Gross
    • Zeeshan Pasha
    • Nathan Lehrer
    • Doug Lehrer
    • Patrick Aguilar
    • Maggie Ballard
    • Kaia Heitkamp

     


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  • 11/08/19--09:00: Smoke alarms save lives
  • Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast, and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

    Here’s what you need to know!

    • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
    • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
    • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
    • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
    • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms.
    • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
    • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
    • Smoke alarms were not present in two out of every five (40 percent) home fire deaths.
    • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than two of every five (43 percent) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
    • Dead batteries cause 25 percent of smoke alarm failures.

    WeThrive in Montgomery LogoTesting smoke alarms is just as important as having working smoke alarms.

    • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
    • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
    • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning smoke alarms to keep them working well.
    • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
    • Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

    Follow these tips to prevent home fires.  For more information on smoke alarms, contact the Montgomery Fire Department at 513-985-1633.

     

     

     


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    The City of Montgomery Environmental Advisory Commission will be accepting holiday decoration lights (stranded) and extension cords at its monthly cardboard recycling event starting in November. This Recycling Event occurs on the Third Saturday of each month at the Public Works facility, 7315 Cornell Road, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The addition of these items further supports the City’s recycling efforts to reduce the amount of trash going into landfills.

    The next pick-up date is Saturday, Nov. 16.


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    During the holiday season, we enjoy creating beautiful light displays. By converting from incandescent bulbs to LEDs, we can continue this tradition and simultaneously save on energy costs and reduce the impact on the environment.

    LEDs use less energy and are more efficient in how they use that energy than the traditional incandescent bulbs. LEDs use 95 percent of energy to produce light leaving only 5 percent wasted as heat.

    So how do I save?

    • An incandescent bulb costs 75 cents per hour. LEDs cost 1/6 of that!
    • Incandescent bulbs are only 10 percent efficient because 90 percent of energy that does get made into light dissipates as heat. It’s why the bulbs get hot.
    • The long operational lifetime span of LEDs means that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs.

    How are LEDs better for the environment?

    • LEDs contain no toxic materials and are 100 percent recyclable. Incandescent bulbs contain mercury and other materials dangerous for the environment.

    How are LEDs better to decorate outdoors?

    • LED lights are durable. They are resilient to shock and vibrations, which make them great for outdoor lighting as they can handle rough conditions and exposure to weather.
    • LED lights are capable of using a low-voltage energy supply. This makes it easy to connect them to an external solar-energy source.

    The City of Montgomery Environmental Advisory Commission will be accepting holiday decoration lights (stranded) and extension cords at its monthly cardboard recycling event starting in November. This Recycling Event occurs on the Third Saturday of each month at the Public Works facility, 7315 Cornell Road, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The addition of these items further supports the City’s recycling efforts to reduce the amount of trash going into landfills.

     


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    Yard bags filled with freshly raked leaves

    In 2015, Montgomery City Council approved a three-week expansion of the current Unlimited Yard Waste Collection program conducted through Rumpke, increasing the service period from five weeks to eight weeks. In addition, the City will also provide collections during the first three Saturdays in January to coincide with the Christmas tree and wreath collections.   The new unlimited yard waste collection program will start this year on Monday, November 4. The last week of unlimited yard waste pick up is the week of December 27.

    Guidelines

    • Leaves need to be placed in regular 30-gallon trash cans, paper leaf bags or yard waste toters (available through Rumpke).
    • There is a 75 lb weight limit on the 30-gallon cans/totes used for yard waste. Once temperatures fall below freezing, all waste must go into bags as the moisture causes the cans/toters to freeze. The toters cannot be emptied if they are over 75 lb.
    • Loosely place yard waste in trash cans or in paper yard waste bags available at grocery or hardware stores. Yard waste toters must be labeled as yard waste. Yard waste placed in unmarked toters will NOT be picked up.
    • Place yard waste on the opposite side of your driveway from your regular trash and leave the lids off the cans. No plastic bags will be picked up.
    • Brush should be bundled in sizes up to 4 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter and fastened with cotton twine. The bundles have a 50 lb weight limit.
    • Limbs need to be cut into 4-foot lengths and no larger than 6 inches in diameter.
    • All limbs have to be in a can or a bundle. They cannot be placed on the ground. Limbs are only permitted to reach 1 foot above the height of the can.

    The schedule will be available on the City website and reminders on social media.  If there is a schedule change, a Code Red telephone message may be delivered. During unlimited collection, yard waste stickers are not required. If you have questions, please call 513-891-2424.


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    Prepare your property for a cold spell this winter.  Here are a few tips from the community development department and the City’s tree arborists to maintain and prepare your property this late fall into early winter.

    Tree and Shrub Care

    Trees and shrubs should get one inch of water a week through the fall months until the ground is frozen.  Use your garden hose at half throttle and lay on the trunk for roughly an hour.

    Gutters and Downspouts

    Be sure to clean out gutters and downspouts of any leaves or debris.  This is also a good time to inspect the gutters and downspouts for any damage.

    Exterior Faucets

    Help protect your pipes from freezing by shutting off water to exterior faucets and be sure to drain and store any outside hoses.

    Seal Gaps

    With colder weather nearing, be sure to walk the perimeter of your house and seal any gaps to help prevent critters from getting inside to keep warm.

    Check Driveways and Walkways

    Ensure all driveways and walkways are in good repair prior to the first snowfall to make shoveling a little easier.  Also, now is a good time to make sure stairs and railing are in good shape.