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21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

(440) 331-0600

Official website of the City of Rocky River, Ohio, providing community profile, information on local government, safety forces and education.

Rocky River Updates

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF ROCKY RIVER 2017 Cuyahoga County Competitive Municipal Grant Program

James Umerley



2017 Cuyahoga County Competitive

Municipal Grant Program

            The City of Rocky River is eligible to apply for $150,000 in Federal Community Development Block Grant funds, as well as $50,000 in Federal Community Development Supplemental Grant funds administered by Cuyahoga County through the Department of Development.  Funds can be used for a variety of housing, economic development and community improvement projects.  Residents are invited to attend a public hearing to voice their opinions on local housing and community development needs, or to submit opinions in writing to the address below.  A list of eligible activities and application requirements will be provided at the hearing.

            The public hearing will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:45 PM in Council Chambers, located on the first floor of Rocky River City Hall, 21012 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH44116.  For further information, please contact Pamela E. Bobst, Mayor at (440) 331-0600.

            Any persons who wish to attend and require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Mayor’s Office no later than 72 hours prior to the public hearing.

3rd Quarter Sewer Bills

James Umerley

The 2016 City of Rocky River 3rd Quarter Sewer Bills will be mailed to residents on November 30, 2016.  Please watch for their arrival in your mailbox.  This quarterly bill reflects estimated usage and credits, if any, for the service period of September 1 to November 30.  Sewer bills are due on December 30, 2016.  If you do not receive your bill, please call our Sewer Billing Department at (440) 331-0600, ext. 2022.

IMPORTANT:  The City of Cleveland, Division of Water will transition to monthly billing beginning January 1, 2017.  The City of Rocky River will continue its quarterly billing for sanitary sewer charges according to the following schedule.


Cindi Williams

 Group Exercise Flex Pass
WINTER    Dec. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017
All classes included! 
5,10,15 Punch Pass available as well.
You are money ahead if you take at least 2 classes per week! 
Use this pass to attend an unlimited number of general group exercise, CycleOps, or water exercise classes
Season passes are good for a single season (3 months) and will expire at the end of the season in which they are purchased.  One-year passes expire one year from the date of purchase.  
Class space is available on a first come first served basis.  You must check-in at either the Front Desk (for Water Exercise) or Fitness Desk (upstairs) for all classes. 
All classes are subject to change or cancellation; your pass is non-refundable. 
Please check the Class Schedules regularly for the most up-to-date information on changes to class schedules. 
Flex pass fees will not be pro-rated if purchased after the start of a season.

All Flex Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable.  

Recreation Department Winter Program Guide

James Umerley

CLICK Image for the Recreation Department Winter Program Guide
December 2016 - April 2017

The Recreation Winter Program Brochure is now available and can be found on the Parks and Recreation Programs page at  Limited copies are available for pick-up at the Civic Center, Hamilton Ice Arena, Senior Center and Library.  Resident and member registration begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, December 3 at the Civic Center for these winter classes.  Please also see registration guidelines on page 2 for non-resident Civic Center Members.  Non-resident registration begins at 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 7 at the Civic Center.


The Learn to Skate Program at Hamilton Ice Arena is continuing to accept registrations for Sessions 3 & 4 that begin January 3. For additional information please visit and look for the Parks and Recreation Programs page.  Please register for Learn to Skate at Hamilton Ice Arena.


Give the gift of health this holiday season.  Just in time for the holidays, the Recreation Department is offering gift certificates.  Certificates are available for purchase at the Civic Center through December 23.  Purchase $100.00 worth of gift certificates, receive an extra $20.00 gift certificate for FREE!   

Estimated Income Tax Payments

James Umerley

On behalf of the City of Rocky River, RITA (the Regional Income Tax Agency) is processing and mailing the fourth quarter 2016 estimated income tax bills.

The estimated income tax payment due dates changed as a result of a state law (House Bill No. 5) passed in 2014 and effective January 1, 2016.  A provision of the new law established uniform due dates for estimated income tax payments for all taxing entities throughout Ohio, including Rocky River. 

The fourth quarter 2016 estimated income tax payment is due December 15, 2016. 

Please note, the due date changes are not a result of the City’s conversion from CCA to RITA. 

Through the RITA website, you may: 

  • Make a payment; and credits
  • Confirm payments, amount(s) due and credits; 
  • Review payment history;
  • Adjust the amount due. 

Instructional video tutorials are available on the website by selecting Resources, then Self-Help How-to Videos for Taxpayer.  The self-help videos are also embedded in the e-service applications. 

In-person assistance is available by visiting the Brecksville office or a branch location.  You may use RITA's automated phone service, available 24 hours a day, or speak to a RITA customer service agent by calling (800) 860-7482. 

The first year of the City’s affiliation with RITA is winding down; any feedback as to your experience with the RITA organization, processes and personnel is welcome.  Contact  Michael A. Thomas, CPA, Director of Finance and Tax Administrator at

Leaf Collection Information

James Umerley

Fall Leaf Collection has begun. Leaves may be raked to the tree lawn where they are picked up by leaf machines and City crews on a regular basis. Leaves should not be placed at the curb or in the street because they can block sewers and create traffic hazards. Please put garden items / grass clippings in a brown bag for pickup on your regular refuse collection day.

This time of year we request that cars do not block the City’s access to leaves on the tree lawn. It is important to let contractors and other visitors know that they cannot park in the street during leaf collection. Even parking some distance away from piles may prevent the leaf trucks’ accessibility to pick up the leaves.

During the annual Fall Leaf Collection, our City's service crews and the leaf trucks work diligently. It is the City’s intention to make one pass throughout the entire City each week, barring any delays due to weather, equipment, or other conditions beyond our control. Leaf collection is our top priority at this time of the year, and we will continue to make every effort to keep our City looking beautiful.

Visit the Service Department tab for complete details.


Cindi Williams

Click on the month for the latest fitness classes.  









  • Group Exercise Flex Pass

WINTER    Dec. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017 All classes included!

5,10,15 Punch Pass available as well.

You are money ahead if you take at least 2 classes per week!

· Use this pass to attend an unlimited amount  of general group exercise, CycleOps, or water exercise classes

· Season passes are good for a single season (3 months) and will expire at the end of the season in which they are purchased.  One-year passes expire one year from the date of purchase. 

  You must check-in at either the Front Desk (for Water Exercise) or Fitness Desk (upstairs) for all classes.





Numerous unlocked vehicles were entered

James Umerley

Numerous unlocked vehicles were entered late Friday and early Saturday mornings near Frazier-Argyle-Buckingham areas.

During the night season of Friday, October 28th and into the early morning hours of Saturday, October 29th numerous vehicles were entered on the north end or Rocky River, specifically Frazier-Buckingham and Argyle Oval areas. If anyone has any video surveillance showing suspect(s) activity please contact the Rocky River Police Department.
All of the autos that were entered were again UNLOCKED. Please lock your cars, remove all valuables and if you see any suspicious activity contact the Rocky River PD immediately, 440 331-1234.


Chief Kelly Stillman 

Rocky River City School District Digital Newsletter

James Umerley

On Behalf of the Rocky River City School District


Dear Rocky River Resident,

We are pleased to share with you the first issue of our Rocky River City School District Digital Newsletter - Fall 2016.  To be published quarterly, this newsletter will highlight achievements of our students and staff and provide information about our schools.

To receive future issues of our digital newsletter, please sign up here:


Dianna R. Foley, Ph.D. Executive Director, Communications & Technology Rocky River City School District

Rocky River Police - Crime Update

James Umerley

Community: Rocky River Police Crime Update

Recently, City of Rocky River residents have expressed concerns about high-profile crimes and crime rates to City officials and on social media. These concerns prompted Police personnel to research Calls for Service statistics from 2011 through September 30, 2016. That research indicated that Calls for Service for violent and property crimes in the City have been consistent over the last five years, with no significant changes in 2016 through September 30th.

Over the last several years, Police Chief Kelly Stillman has made efforts to keep the public better informed about their community and Police Department including a Rocky River Police Department Facebook Page and utilization of Nixle and Ready Notify notification systems. He has also appointed a Public Information Officer specifically for improved communication with the media and the public, including more comprehensive weekly updates to the media abou t crime and other police activity and proactive press releases sent when there is the need notify the public about a specific event. Those efforts, combined with public engagement on social media forums, have helped to create a greater public awareness which can sometimes be perceived as an increase in crime.  

Rocky River remains a safe community in which to live and work. However, no level of violent or property crime is deemed acceptable. The Police Department continues to work to investigate crimes that have occurred, proactively prevent crimes from occurring, and build relationships in the community to enhance crime prevention and awareness.

Several community outreach events are being planned over the next several months. On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM, at Memorial Hall, Police Chief Kelly Stillman, Westshore Enforcement Bureau Special Agent in Charge Jeff Capretto, and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Detective John Morg an will discuss crime prevention and solutions at a community forum. Residents are invited to attend a Coffee With a Cop event on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at Erie Island Coffee. And applications for the 7th Citizen Police Academy, scheduled to begin in January 2017, will be available beginning Tuesday, October 25, 2016. 

To continue to keep Rocky River safe, we encourage all residents to be aware of their surroundings, protect their homes and belongings by locking house and car doors, and to promptly report unusual or suspicious behavior to police at 440-331-1234. 

Mayor Pam Bobst and Chief Stillman remain available to address additional questions or concerns about these or any other issues. 

Construction Update, October 21, 2016

James Umerley




Good news!  Wooster Road:  between Center Ridge and Hilliard will be open for two-way traffic– today – Friday, October 21st.  Work will continue in between Detroit and Hilliard through November until Thanksgiving.  The one-way detour will also remain in place from Detroit to Hilliard for Wooster Road.  The extra construction time will allow additional water line work to be completed this year and a much shorter construction time next year.

 Water connection work continues on Wooster between Detroit and Hilliard.  On Monday, October 24th water outages are scheduled which will impact residences on Malvern and Scenic.  Malvern water services will be off in the morning and Scenic water service will be off in the afternoon in order to complete water main work connections on Wooster.  Notices have been delivered to the residences in outage area.  We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding while these intermittent outages occur.


Work continues on valves at Center Ridge and at Hilliard near these two streets. The water improvement work will continue over the next two weeks and construction will conclude by mid-November.  Repairs to the street and equipment removed from the construction zone should be completed – as weather allows.


Construction between Wagar and Morewood on Avalon Drive continues.  Please note that construction crews will be working on driveway aprons tomorrow, Saturday, October 22nd east of Wagar Road.  The one-way, westbound detour is still in effect for this eastern portion of Avalon Drive.  Paving is anticipated to continue through the first 2 weeks of November as weather permits.  Asphalt paving for the whole street is now scheduled:  an intermediate course will be paved on October 31st and the final layer of asphalt is scheduled for November 1st – as weather permits. 


Another very busy construction season is almost complete – we appreciate your kind patience and generous cooperation as we have completed important infrastructure improvements.  Thank you!

2017 Citizen Police Academy

James Umerley

Mayor Pam Bobst, Police Chief Kelly Stillman, and the City of Rocky River Division of Police are pleased to announce the 7th Citizen Police Academy.


  • The Academy will be held at the Rocky River Police Department from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30-10:00 p.m. for 14 Tuesdays starting January 24, 2017 and ending with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday May 2, 2017. (There will be no class Tuesday, April 18, 2017 during Spring break)
  • Topics will include RRPD Special Services, an overview of the Municipal and Common Pleas courts, crime prevention, Internet safety, domestic violence and stalking, firearms, use of force, police legitimacy and procedural justice, drug abuse, and more.
  • The goals of the Academy are to provide a basic understanding of the operation of the RRPD, to provide insight into police work, to provide a clearer understanding of citizens’ role in assisting law enforcement, to help citizens feel comfortable communicating with police and City officials, and to strengthen the partnership between the police and the community.
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be a resident of Rocky River or work in the City, have no pending criminal charges or civil cases, no felony convictions, and have personal character consistent with community standards.
  • Applications are available beginning Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Rocky River Police Department, Rocky River City Hall, or via email by request to Lieutenant George Lichman at Applications are due no later than Tuesday December 20, 2016. Space at the Academy is limited.
  • Questions can be directed to Lt. Lichman via email at, via telephone at 440-799-8208, or at the Rocky River Police Department.


Cindi Williams


Center Ridge Road “Transportation for Livable Communities” Study

The Cities of Rocky River and Fairview Park invite you to attend a public meeting that will share findings from the “Transportation for Livable Communities” study regarding Center Ridge Road on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.  This public meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Don Umerley Civic Center / Memorial Hall in Rocky River.  The public hearing addresses findings of the study, funded by Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), pertaining to traffic, economic analysis and recommendations for transportation options along Center Ridge.   Click HERE for flyer