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April 2011

News & Updates 

Long-time Staffers Announce Retirements

The coming months will bring significant change to Amberley’s staff.

Village Manager Bernie Boraten announced that he will retire from his position effective no later than May 31, in a letter submitted to Mayor Merrie Stillpass on March 28.  On his 30th anniversary with the Village in 2007, he noted that the Village Manager’s position had many varied responsibilities with the rewards all coming from interacting with people in the Village and the staff.  Boraten will be honored at his final Council meeting on Monday, May 9, at 7:30 pm, with refreshments following the meeting.  All residents are invited to attend.   

Police/Fire Chief Jack Monahan said he will retire from his position effective July 16, in a letter submitted to Boraten on April 19.  Monahan joined Amberley’s police force in 1974 and was promoted to chief in 1993.  In his letter, he said that Amberley has been an excellent place for him to work.  “Jack has had a distinguished career of service to Amberley, and we all wish him well in retirement,” said Vice Mayor Jon Chaiken. 

Finance Administrator Margie Crowley will retire from her position no later than June 17, she informed Boraten in a letter on April 21.  “Margie has served the Village for 19 years with an outstanding work record during that time.  I am extremely appreciative of her loyal performance to the benefit of the Village of Amberley.” Boraten said.   

Staff Transition/Replacement Plans

Council has held two special meetings to discuss the search process for a new Village Manager.  The first, on April 5, was attended by Tracy Williams, a retired city manager who volunteers with the International City/County Management Association, who provided insight into how to conduct the search.  On April 20, Council interviewed two search firms that specialize in placing government executives and will meet again on April 29 to interview two additional firms.  The estimated timeframe to hire a new manager is about four months. The new police/fire chief will be promoted from within current staff.  An outside assessment team the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police will come in and evaluate the lieutenants who wish to be considered and make a recommendation. The successor should be identified by mid-May.  That individual will then have about eight weeks to shadow with Chief Monahan before his mid-July retirement, to become oriented to the day to day requirements of the position.

Coordinating the Finance Administrator replacement process with the Village Manager search will be discussed by Council in the near future.  As provided in the Village charter, the Village Manager appoints the Finance Administrator.

Calendar Events

May 9 Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
May 23 ESC Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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April Council Meeting

Garden Awards 2011

Take note of the beauty of your neighbors’ yards! Nominations are now being accepted for Amberley’s 7th annual Garden Awards recognizing key elements of gardening and landscaping.  The nomination deadline is May 27.  Judging will be done by Sharon Floro, landscape architect principal of GroundWork Design Collaborative, LLC and the judging will conclude by July 19, 2011.  Four award categories will each be divided into “Professional” and “By Owner” classifications for judging.  Click here for the nomination form. The nominations will be announced at Arbor Day in the Garden party on June 12.

New Tennis Keycards

It’s time to renew your tennis key cards, and the new cost for the 2011 and 2012 seasons is $50.  The cards provide access for residents to the courts at Village Hall and Amberley Green.  They may be purchased at the Public Safety Department service window at Village Hall.  The Public Buildings and Parks Committee met and recommended the $10 increase which was then approved by Council at the April meeting.  The last fee increase occurred in 2007.  If you have already purchased a key card this season, it is valid for the time period you paid for. 

Tree City USA Renewal

Amberley Village received its 7th consecutive Tree City USA award designation at the annual luncheon honoring the 2010 recipients for southwest Ohio, held on April 12 at the historic Hobart Arena in Troy.  These nationally recognized awards are presented to communities that have met maintenance standards for trees growing along their streets and in their parks.  Members of Amberley’s Environmental Stewardship Committee, Tree City USA planning committee, and Village maintenance staff were in attendance.   Mayor Stillpass was introduced and spoke to the group about Amberley Village’s plans for hosting next year’s luncheon at the Mayerson JCC on Friday April 20, 2012.