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May 2011

News & Updates

Interim Manager Named

Council has appointed Scot F. Lahrmer to serve as Interim Village Manager when Bernard E. Boraten retires on May 31.  Most recently the assistant county administrator in Clermont County for five years, Lahrmer previously served as city manager in Mason, OH, for 17 years.  “Scot’s extensive experience will bring the necessary stability to Village operations during this time of transition.  He also has a background in economic development that will be an asset,” said Mayor Merrie Stillpass.   Three candidates were interviewed for the interim position before Council chose Lahrmer.  The search for a permanent replacement is underway.

Tribute to Village Manager

Bernard BoratenRetiring Village Manager Bernard E. Boraten was praised for his dedication and accomplishments in public service during numerous tributes at the conclusion of his final Council meeting on May 9. These included a letter from former Mayor Gloria Haffer, letters from state representatives and senators, Congressman Steve Chabot, and a proclamation by Mayor Merrie Stillpass.

Former Mayor Bob Stewart attended the meeting and read his own letter of tribute. Resident Mitzi Miller, who established the History Room in Village Hall, presented Boraten with a photo album commemorating his years in Amberley.

Commenting on his almost 34 years here, Boraten spoke proudly of the high caliber of employees in the Village resulting from a rigorous selection process established early in his tenure. He also reflected on the importance of cooperative arrangements with other governments that Amberley has benefited from, especially his involvem

ent in founding the Center for Local Government.

A reception donated and organized by residents Meredith and Karla Bailey followed the meeting. Boraten’s last day will be May 31.

Public Participation in Meetings

Council approved an ordinance at the May 9 meeting formalizing practices that have generally been followed to provide residents a process for participating in Village meetings. Me

etings of Council and its Committees are open to the public as provided in the Village Charter and Ohio law.

To address Council at a regular meeting, individuals must contact the Village Manager or Clerk of Council by noon on the Friday before the meeting. To speak at a Committee meeting, the request must be given to the Village staff before the start of the meeting. In both cases, you must indicate the general subject on which you desire to speak. Remarks usually will be limited to three minutes, but the Mayor or Chairperson can modify that as needed depending on the situation. Speakers are asked to address the Council or Committee as a whole, not to any individual members.  Read full text of ordinance here

Door-to-Door Solicitations Take Caution

As the warm weather makes its way into the area, so do groups of people that carry criminal activity with them. Historically this time of year brings Gypsies into our area to scam unsuspecting homeowners. They will come to this area to make money, and they will generally target our elderly.

There are several scams that they use to set people up so they can steal their money. The scams include:

1) Black top scam – Takes advantage of consumers by doing cosmetic work and over charging.

2) Tree cutting scam – Takes advantage of consumers by asking the resident to show them where the property line is located. They will distract the victim long enough for another group of travelers to enter the home and steal valuables.
3) Water, gas and electric reader scam – Some of the traveler’s may act like meter readers and gain access to the home. They will also distract the victim so another group can enter and steal valuables.

If you come in contact with anyone that seems suspicious please call the Amberley Village Police at 531-2040.



Calendar Events

June 12 Arbor Day – Garden Party 12 p.m.
June 13 Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
June 27 ESC Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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May Council Meeting 

Garden Party

Everyone is invited to get involved by attending the Arbor Day in the Garden Party hosted by the Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC). The celebration will be held at Village Hall on Sunday June 12, 2011 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. This Arbor Day celebration is different from previous years – no work involved! It is an opportunity to thank our dedicated volunteers and get to know potential volunteers. The activities are designed for all ages.

Two unique recycling projects are part of the event:

  • Athletic shoes/flip flops – Please bring your old, dirty, worn out athletic shoes or flip flops. The shoes will be collected at the Arbor Day Garden Party and a volunteer will take them to the Nike Outlet store in Monroe, which will then take them to be ground up and made into outdoor playground pads for parks in Cincinnati. The entire shoe is ground up and used – no shoelaces please. Amberley resident Karla Bailey is spearheading this drive and can be reached at 792-0852.
  • Paper shredding — The Shred Safe truck will be on hand from 10-12 p.m. to collect, shred and dispose of any collection of old paper you may have. It’s a safe, confidential way to get rid of personal documents you don’t wish to leave in your recycling bin.

The Garden Party also will include the Arbor Day proclamation, Beautification Awards nominations announcements, Heritage Tree Dedication, Amberley History Room tours, tree advice from Tree City Academy graduates and refreshments.

Beautification Awards Nomination
Deadline – May 27

The Amberley Village Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) is pleased to announce the commencement of the 7th Annual Amberley Village Beautifcation Awards.

The 2011 Beautification Awards will focus on key elements of gardening and landscaping which support the efforts of Village residents who strive to maintain and enhance the natural beauty that surrounds their homes and our village.

The Green Landscape award category returns this year, with nominees featuring elements such as a sustainable garden or functional features such as a rain garden, native plants, drought resident plants and vegetable gardens. Sharon Floro, landscape architect principal of GroundWork Design Collaborative, LLC, will be judging all entries.

Each of the four award categories listed below will each be divided into “Professional” and “By Owner” classifications for judging:

Best Curb Appeal
Best Overall Landscape
Best Backyard Haven
Best Green Landscape

2011 nomination forms will be available at the Village Hall and on the Amberley Village website beginning May 1st, with award nominees to be announced Sunday June 12th at the village clean-up volunteer event. Completed forms should be submitted to Nicole Browder in the administration office by Friday May 27th. Through the month of June, all garden nominees will be photographed, and brief garden descriptions will be requested to assist our honorary judge.

Judging will conclude by July 19, 2011 typically the peak landscape and flower display month for Cincinnati. In August, award winners will receive a framed letter of recognition signed by the honorable Mayor Stillpass as well as a beautiful award flag for proud garden display.