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
Retiring 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.
If you come in contact with anyone that seems suspicious please call the Amberley Village Police at 531-2040.
June 12 Arbor Day – Garden Party 12 p.m.
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:
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