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November News & Updates

Village Manager Chosen

Scot LahrmerAmberley Village Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Scot F. Lahrmer to the position of village manager. Scot has been serving in the interim position since June 1, after Bernie Boraten’s retirement May 31 after 34 years of service to the Village.

To assist in the selection of a village manager, Village Council interviewed several professional search firms and chose Slavin Management Associates with David Krings as their local agent. David Krings worked with Council to craft the job description, advertised the position nationwide, reviewed the 87 candidate applications and Council interviewed 4 candidates.

Council determined their best candidate was here all along. Mayor Stillpass stated, “The Village Council has been very complimentary of Scot Lahrmer in the position of interim Village Manager and Council decided it was in the best interests of Amberley to retain a leader who was already proving his effectiveness in leading and developing the organization in the right direction. As Lahrmer served in the interim role, it became clear that his leadership ability was producing the necessary results for the organization and community.”

Lahrmer brings to Amberley over 30 years of local government experience having served as city manager of Mason, Ohio between 1989 and 2006 and served as the Assistant Clermont County Administrator between 2006 and 2011. Lahrmer holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Akron. “I am very excited about this opportunity to serve Amberley Village and our residents. My top priority will be working with Village Council to correct our financial imbalance, eliminating our structural deficit and building a stronger economic base for the Village,” said Lahrmer. 

Calendar Events

Nov 7 Board of Zoning Appeals 7 p.m.
Nov 8 Election Day – Board of Elections

Nov 14 Council Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Nov 11 Veteran’s Day – Admin Office Open
Nov 24 Thanksgiving – Admin Office Closed

Nov 28 ESC Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Watch the October Council Meeting

View the Tax and Financial Information Shared at the October 26 Public Meeting  

Reminder: Brush Pick-Up Suspended
During November and December

Due to recent reductions in personnel, the maintenance department staff will concentrate on bulk leaf collection during this period. Brush pick-up will resume in January.    

Reminder: Energy Aggregation Ballot Issues

On November 8, Amberley residents will be asked to vote on Issues 7 and 8 for aggregated electric and gas purchasing.  Passing these ballot issues will allow the Village to enact an Opt-Out program for gas and electric which can offer potential savings opportunities for residents. 

Be Sure to Lock Your Car!

Amberley Village along with the surrounding communities have recently had a surge of thefts from vehicles.  Most of the vehicles were left unlocked when the theft occurred.

Theft from vehicles is one of the most easily prevented crimes.  Following a few quick tips will help prevent your vehicle from becoming a target:

  • Do not leave valuables in plain view in your car, no matter where you are parked.
  • Take all valuables with you or place them in the trunk.

It only takes a few seconds for a thief to smash your window and grab whatever is visible.  Most thefts are avoided by simply locking car doors and removing valuables from plain view.  Report any suspicious activity that you see in parking lots or your neighborhood and lock your vehicle even when parked at home.

Village Cost Cutting Measures

Amberley Village has been in the process of analyzing its finances, communicating to the public the loss of revenue streams, and has begun engaging the citizens in a dialogue about the Village’s financial state.  The Village has taken a number of significant steps in response to our declining revenues, which has reduced expenses.

Cuts to Employee Positions, Wages and Healthcare

The Village has reduced expenses through several cost saving measures involving its workforce:  

  • In 2011, a wage freeze was enacted and will continue through 2012.
  • Employees began paying 10% of their healthcare premium this year and will pay 15% in 2012.
  • The Village no longer allows employee spouses to be covered under its primary health plan, if other insurance is available.  This policy change resulted $34,109 in savings for the Village.
  • Village employees have been on a high deductible health care plan.  Employees are responsible for funding 35% of the deductible, an increase from paying 5% in previous years. In addition to the deductible, employees have an out-of-pocket exposure of $5,200 under this plan based on their individual usage.
  • The vacant police lieutenant position will go unfilled, resulting in savings.
  • The vacant position of finance administrator will be reconfigured resulting in some savings as well. 
  • The full-time front desk position has been reduced to part-time hours and the police clerk is being shared with the administrative office. 
  • The vacant full-time maintenance worker position will go unfilled. 
  • Seasonal maintenance employees have not been hired this year to assist with leaf collection (which is why the Village has suspended brush pickup during the months of November and December to focus on leaf removal). 
  • A proposal is being considered to modify the schedule for police to reduce overtime. 
  • Contracting out payroll is also being pursued.

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Turn Back Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms

The Public Safety Department would like to remind everyone to check your smoke alarms when turning back your clocks this weekend.  Batteries should be replaced at least once a year and this includes carbon monoxide detectors too. 

For a free smoke detector or residential fire inspection, call the Public Safety Department at 531-2040.

Read more fire prevention tips.