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July 2011

News & Updates

Tribute to Police/Fire Chief

MonahanRetiring Police/Fire Chief, Col. John “Jack” H. Monahan, was praised for his dedication and accomplishments in public service during numerous tributes at the conclusion of his final Council meeting on July 11. These included letters and proclamations from national, state and local officials. 

Col. Monahan retired on July 16.  He began his career with the Village on January 16, 1974 and became Chief in 1993.  During his tenure, he received many accolades for his dedication to law enforcement, including the Colonel Emil J. Otting Award for Service in 2007 from the Hamilton County Police Chief’s Association (HCPA).  He actively participated on committees, including the Executive Board and Executive Committee of the HCPA.  He was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Village has benefited from his efforts having implemented several programs, such as the bike patrol, block watch and crime prevention programs.  Col. Monahan served a distinguished public service career and his leadership and expertise will certainly be missed.

Congratulations, Chief, on your retirement!

Swearing-in of New Police/Fire Chief

Wallace Swear inLt. Rich Wallace was sworn in as the new Police/Fire Chief of Amberley Village before a standing room only crowd in Council chambers on July 19. Mayor Merrie Stillpass administered the oath.  Wallace’s wife, Kim, pinned on his chief’s badge, and his three children attached eagle pins.  A color guard from the Hamilton County Police Association opened and closed the ceremony.  In a heartfelt speech, Wallace acknowledged the support of his family, friends, as well as fellow employees, council, and residents of Amberley. 

A member of the Amberley force since 1996, Wallace rose through the ranks to sergeant and then lieutenant.  He graduated from Police Executive Leadership College in 2007 and from Certified Law Enforcement Executive in 2010.

Update on Search for Next Village Manager

Slavin Management, the consultant firm assisting the Village with the search for the next Village Manager, has reported that the application phase of the hiring process concluded on July 15.  In total, 83 candidates applied for the position.  Interviews are expected to take place in early to mid-August.  The Village will continue to share updates as the process moves forward.

Stormwater Projects for 2011

There were two contracts awarded this year as part of the 2011 Stormwater Program.

The 2011 Channel Improvements contract was awarded to the Jeffrey Allen Corporation.  This project involves repairs and restoration to the channel at the storm water control structures at 7100 Willowbrook Lane and repairs and restoration to the channel and banks due to erosion near the roadway at 2590 Willowbrook Drive.  This work is expected to be completed late this summer/fall.

The 2011 Storm Water Improvements contract was awarded to Site Worx.  This work involves replacement of an existing underground storm water pipe along the north side of Oakridge Drive between Willowbrook Lane and Meadowbrook Drive, re-grading of two sections of roadside swales in the 7200 block of Meadowbrook Drive, pouring a new concrete flow line in the existing culvert under Meadowbrook Drive at Willowbrook Drive and replacement of the existing wing wall structures at the inlet side of the existing box culvert near 7072 Fair Oaks Drive (behind the mailbox structure).  This work is presently under way.

Calendar Events

July 27 Water Quality Lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Aug 1 Board of Zoning Appeals at 7:00 p.m.
Aug 4 A Green Clearing at 6:30 p.m.

Aug 8 Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Aug 22 ESC Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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July Council Meeting

Join Your Neighbors at Amberley Green!

Residents are gathering the first Thursday of each month to help care for the trees on this beautiful property.  The next date is August 4th. The group will meet at 6:30 pm in the parking lot of Amberley Green. 

Ice Cream Social – August 7
Get Ready for the Bike Parade!

The Ice Cream Social for Amberley residents will take place at Village Hall on Aug. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  New this year is a bike parade!!  Bring your decorated bikes, trikes and scooters to Village Hall that evening.  There will be musical entertainment and other kids’ activities.

Calling All Artists!

Amberley artists of all ages and abilities are once again invited to submit entries for the second annual exhibit at the Ice Cream Social. Bring your submissions to Village Hall between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm on a weekday, by Friday, Aug. 5. Entrants must provide their own easel or stand for display. Please label your work with your name and if you like, a title. Please contact with any questions.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off 

Take a look around your house—there are likely all sorts of items lingering that shouldn’t be thrown away with the rest of your trash.  Household hazardous waste (HHW) is defined as leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients.  These items can include everything from pesticides to motor fluid—all things most homeowners have around.  For dates and drop-off locations visit

Amberley Property Taxes Among Area’s Lowest

Amberley Village residents enjoy lower property tax rates than many Hamilton County communities yet they receive outstanding village services. In fact, property tax revenues for the village accounted for only 28% of the Village’s General Fund revenues in 2010. 

For each dollar that an Amberley Village resident pays in real estate property taxes, Amberley receives 11 cents. So where do your property taxes go?  As shown in the pie chart to the right, nearly 2/3 of your property tax dollars go to Cincinnati Public Schools (67%). The remainder is distributed to Hamilton County (20%), its Park District (1%) and Library (1%).
TAX CHARTFor an Amberley Village resident with a home valued at $200,000 (market value), your annual tax bill is approximately $3,967. Of that amount, only $429 is distributed to the Village. The bulk of the property tax, $2,668 goes to Cincinnati Public Schools. The balance of $761 is directed to Hamilton County, $48 to the Park Levy and $61 going to the Public Library.

Village residents have the benefit of one of the lower property tax rates in Hamilton County.  Read More

Gas & Electric Aggregation—Ballot Issue in November

Residents who signed up for the Village’s group purchasing program for electricity at the end of 2010 have saved on their electric bill so far in 2011, according to data provided by Eagle Energy, who manages the program for the Village.  To participate, residents had to take action and opt in to the program.  Amberley has placed two issues on the ballot for this November that would create opt-out programs for both gas and electric purchases.  The opt-out approach, which requires voter approval, automatically enrolls residents unless they request otherwise.  It maximizes the savings opportunity by increasing the group’s purchasing power. Leading up to the election, residents can expect to receive additional information regarding this effort.

Website Goes Mobile!

Access upcoming news and events or make a request for service right from your smartphone!  The Village’s website is now compatible for mobile access and there’s no app to download.  Just to go on your smartphone browser to get information and services at your fingertips!