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June News & Updates

Police Memorial Week

Amberley’s police officers complement their strong service to the Village with significant leadership in the larger law enforcement community, as was evident during the recent local observance of National Police Week.  On May 12, hundreds attended events held in downtown Cincinnati to honor fallen officers and pay tribute to all officers in the Tri-State area. 

crossesFestivities began with a ceremony on Fountain Square at which Amberley resident Rabbi Mendy Kalmanson gave the invocation.  He serves as police chaplain for Amberley and for District 4 in Cincinnati.  Rabbi Kalmanson prayed, “…that those in law enforcement who have given their lives to protect others shall never be forgotten…that no other officers should have to pay the ultimate price…”

honor guardAfter a parade from Fountain Square, activities continued at the police memorial on Ezzard Charles

widows laying flowersDrive with award presentations, speeches, ceremonial laying of flowers at the statue, a 21-gun salute, and flyover. Amberley Chief Rich Wallace,

representing the Hamilton County Chiefs Association, and Ruby Miller, widow of a former Amberley police lieutenant and representing widows, participated in the flower laying.

Meanwhile, as a member of the Hamilton County Police Association Honor Guard, Amberley officer Mike Koenig participated in similar events in Washington, DC, that day. 

“It was an honor and privilege to take a role in this ceremony. Amberley has fortunately never lost an officer in the line of duty. I strongly believe it’s important to participate annually in this event, so that those who lost their lives are never forgotten!” said Chief Wallace.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year was at least the 30th commemoration held in Cincinnati.

Calendar Events

June 2 Board of Zoning Appeals 7 p.m.
June 9 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
June 23 ESC Meeting 7 p.m.

Watch the May Council Meeting
Council meetings can also be watched on Time Warner Cable Channel 4 on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m.

May Council Meeting Highlights

Upcoming Events

Bike Safety Fair, June 22 from 12-3 p.m.
Residents are invited to bring their kids 12 and under to ride in a bike rodeo and participate in safety activities. T-shirts and safety helmets available, quantities limited.

Ice Cream Social, August 24 at 6 p.m.
Annual event for residents to meet neighbors, police/fire officers, enjoy water and safety activities with the kids, and socialize over a cool dipped ice cream cone!

Public Hearing June 9

The Village Council will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building in Council Chambers to receive public input regarding the 2015 Tax Budget.

Electric Aggregation Update

Residents received a letter from the Village recently that announced the supplier for the new electric contract could no longer honor the pricing in the agreement due to the volatile changes in the electric market.

The Village along with 8 other local governments through a consortium will continue to aggressively pursue aggregation options; however it may be some months before an attractive offer can be put together because of market conditions.

Residents will transition to Duke Energy beginning in June.  If residents want to stay with the Village until a suitable supplier is identified, no action is necessary on your part.

If residents want to take this opportunity to personally shop the electric market, you can go to a state website for an apples to apples comparison of electric suppliers or visit  

Have Questions?  Check out the FAQ page or call the Village administrative office for assistance at 531-8675.

Home Security While on Vacation

house checkWhen you go on vacation this summer, prepare your home before you go and let the Police Department direct special attention to your home while you are away. Vacation house checks are conducted for residents while they are out of town.  Officers perform routine checks to ensure residents’ homes are secure.

Before you leave for vacation, consider these safety measures:

  • Keep shades and blinds in their normal positions.
  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery, or arrange for someone to pick them up everyday.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Activate your security alarm.
  • Arrange for lawn service at proper times.
  • Put timers on several household lights so they turn on and off at appropriate times.
  • Leave a radio on or put it on a timer.
  • Don’t allow deliveries of any kind to accumulate on your doorstep. 
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway overnight.
  • Refrain from publicizing your trip ahead of time.
  • Turn down the ringer on your telephone to avoid a ringing phone.
For your convenience, you may notify the department of your absence via fax, phone or email.  Call 531-2040 or visit and click on Resident Services.  

Village Committed to Open Records and Financial Transparency

ohio sunshine laws logoAccessing information about your local government is easy when it’s available online 24 hours a day, seven days week.  The records posted to the Village website date back to 2008 through current day business.  Recently, hyperlinked agendas and financial reports were added to the multitude of documents that can be perused in an effort to further the Village’s commitment to financial transparency.  

This library of information is found under the Forms and Documents page which is a centralized location for residents to access public records in a user-friendly Adobe file format. A wide variety of documents are readily available for users to view in chronological order, such as council minutes, agendas, ordinances, resolutions, committee minutes, permit forms, finance reports and tax forms.

Interested in learning about what happens in advance of council meetings?  The Village makes sure residents receive same day notification when council’s committee meetings are scheduled and what’s on council’s agenda by sending subscribers an email when the information is released.  Get connected and subscribe today!

Garage Sale Permits

A garage sale permit is required by the Amberley Village Code for individuals who plan to hold a garage or yard sale within the Village. The permit is free and may be obtained at the Village Municipal Building or by clicking the link below. Complete and submit to the Village’s administration office for approval prior to the start of the sale.

Garage Sale Permit Form

  1. Garage sales shall be held only during daylight hours; and for not more than two consecutive days.

  2. Items sold shall be owned solely by occupants of his or her household;

  3. Items for sale may not be displayed any nearer than 25 feet from the Village right-of-way line;

  4. Residents must comply with all regulations of the Amberley Village Code concerning advertising and posting of signs. Section 111.94 of the Amberley Village Code states:

“No advertisement or direction sign for a garage sale, lawn sale, or basement sale shall be posted on Village property or in a manner which would restrict a right-of-way of a public highway or Village street. Signs shall not be posted on the property of another without the express permission of the property owner.”

Neighborly Reminders

Parking – When you have a party, please ask your guests to park only on the side of the street opposite where the fire hydrants are located. Should there be an emergency, this would aid the fire department in getting there in a timely manner. Many Amberley streets are winding and narrow, which would obstruct rescue vehicles when cars are parked on both sides.

Brush – Only brush that you cut and gather from your yard yourself is to be placed at the curb for Village pickup. Any brush waste generated by a contractor is to be removed by the contractor.

Dogs – Please scoop up after your dogs when walking through the neighborhood.  Pets should always be leashed for everyone’s safety and, while at home, kept from wandering from the pet owner’s property.