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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

Refuse collection on Monday, February 20th

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River will collect refuse on Monday, February 20th.  However, all City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents’ Day.  The regular refuse collection schedule will be in place the week of February 20th.  Thank you and have a nice weekend.

During the early morning hours of Friday, 01/20/2017, several homes and cars were entered in the Old River neighborhood of Rocky River

James Umerley

During the early morning hours of Friday, 01/20/2017, several homes and cars were entered in the Old River neighborhood of Rocky River, including Riverwood Ave., Purnell Ave., Magnolia Dr., and Northview Rd. All of the homes were entered via unlocked doors or windows, and all cars entered were left unlocked. One purse was removed from a house and was located outside missing cash. Cash was taken from a purse in a second home. One car was stolen from Northview Rd. using keys taken from within the home. 

No suspects were seen, and no one was injured during these incidents. 

These crimes are unacceptable in our community and are being investigated by police. In the meantime, there are things residents and community members can do to prevent them or similar crimes from occurring. 

  • First, and foremost, please continue to lock house doors and windows, garage doors and windows, and cars. This is the best way to reduce the likelihood of a theft from occurring.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view within your home or cars.
  • Utilize exterior lighting, including motion sensing lights and landscape lighting, to illuminate the exterior of your home, particularly near doors and windows.
  • If you see or hear anything unusual, particularly dogs barking at unusual times, consider that it may be because of an intruder or prowler and call police as appropriate.
  • Pay attention to what is happening in your neighborhood and notify police as you see things that don't seem right. This could include suspicious persons, slow moving or parked vehicles that are not common in your neighborhood, particularly during early morning hours, motion lights activating for unknown reasons, seeing people you don't recognize in yards, walking up to houses, trying doors, etc.

Rocky River Police Patrolman Chris Camp is a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist and is available to help organize Neighborhood Block Watches and answer questions or assist with safety concerns in your home. Ptl. Camp can be contacted at or 440-799-8212.  

Competitive written exam for the position of Patrol Officer

James Umerley


City of Rocky River


The City of Rocky River Civil Service Commission, through the Ohio Public Safety Exams testing organization for Police Officers, will hold a competitive written exam for the position of Patrol Officer on Monday, March 6, to establish an eligibility list.  Candidates must have completed the physical agility exam no more than one year prior to March 6.  (Available Tri-C physical agility test dates are 1/22/17 and 2/12/17).  Contact Tri-C at (216) 987-3033 for further information. 

The written examination will be conducted at Rocky River Memorial Hall located at 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Ohio 44116. The exam is 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Additional information on requirements, extra credits, and the complete selection process may be downloaded from the City’s website, under Human Resources, or may be picked up at City Hall, 21012 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River, from Wednesday, January 11, 2017, through Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Starting salary of $56,386.36 and complete benefits package offered.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer


Rocky River is the fifth city in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on

James Umerley

January 4, 2017          


Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Cuyahoga County Local Government Checkbooks on

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 990 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with


COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the City of Rocky River, Rocky River Municipal Court, Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Tri-City Park and the Safe Air for the Environment (S.A.F.E.) Council of Governments’ online checkbooks on  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row. 


Rocky River is the fifth city in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on, and the Rocky River Municipal Court, Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant, Tri-City Park and S.A.F.E. Council of Governments are the third, fourth, fifth and sixth special districts in Cuyahoga County to post their spending on


The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:


·         Rocky River’s online checkbook includes over 70,000 individual transactions that represent more than $185 million of total spending over the past six years.

·         Rocky River Municipal Court’s online checkbook includes over 10,900 individual transactions that represent more than $15.8 million of total spending over the past six years.

·         Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant’s online checkbook includes over 6,400 individual transactions that represent more than $29 million of total spending over the past six years. 

·         Tri-City Park’s online checkbook includes over 200 individual transactions that represent more than $52,000 of total spending over the past six years.

·         S.A.F.E. Council of Governments’ online checkbook includes 12 individual transactions that represent more than $4,000 of total spending over the past four years.  


“I believe the people of Cuyahoga County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with my office to post the finances on,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”


”Rocky River is excited to join,” said Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst.  “This website will provide greater transparency for our residents and allows easy access to public information. The officials of Rocky River, the Municipal Court and the Wastewater Treatment Plant continuously work to be transparent with the greater community. This website will allow citizens to use up-to-date technology to view expenditures in an easy and convenient format, and we are excited to join.”


On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments.  These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts. 


A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for and local government transparency, including:


·         Ohio Municipal League

·         Ohio Township Association

·         Ohio Association of School Business Officials

·         Buckeye Association of School Administrators

·         County Commissioner Association of Ohio

·         County Auditor Association of Ohio

·         Ohio Newspaper Association

·         Ohio Society of CPAs

·         Buckeye Institute

·         Common Cause Ohio was launched on December 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could actually see every expenditure in state government.  Since its launch, has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of January 3, 2017 there have been more than 686,000 total searches on the site. displays more than $564 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 153 million transactions.  The website includes cutting-edge features such as:


·         “Google-style” contextual search capabilities, to allow users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor;

·         Fully dynamic interactive charts to drill down on state spending;

·         Functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; and,

·         Capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and direct contact for agency fiscal offices.


In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data.  Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency as a result of Treasurer Mandel’s release of  Due to the launch of, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.


In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row.  Due to the launch of, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.   


The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format.  “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.


For more information or to view your local government website, visit the Local Government option on or click on:


















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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.

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.  





  • Welcome  GARRETT HERMAN our new Personal Trainer to our Fitness Team!

  • We also have Christine Frey and 360 Fitness available for personal Trainers


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