Welcome to the City of Amherst, Ohio
We welcome you to the City of Amherst, Ohio. A historic city located just a short distance from Lake Erie, Amherst boasts a population of approximately 12,000 and encompasses seven square miles. We have wonderful residential districts and excellent schools. For more on our history and other information see Amherst At A Glance.
The 2017 Amherst Memorial Day parade will take place on Monday, May 29.
Following a short Military Honor Service and Taps at 10:00 in the Cleveland Street Cemetery, the Veterans and parade participants will march south on Forest Street to Park Avenue and west on Park Avenue to City Hall where the annual Memorial Day program will take place. This program is expected to take about 40 minutes. This event is to honor all of our veterans. Political campaigning during the parade is discouraged.
All city offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 for Memorial Day. The offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30th.
The Anna Schmauch Pool at Maude Neiding Park will be open for the season beginning Saturday, May 27, 2017. The pool will be open every day - including Memorial Day - Noon to 7:00 pm. (the pool does close early for swim meets and inclement weather). Daily rates are $6.00 per person.
Passes for the Anna Mohr Schmauch pool at Maude Neiding Park are sold in the Treasurer's Office located at 480 Park Avenue. Passes cannot be purchased online or over the phone. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The name, address and age (if under 18) of each member must be provided in order to issue a pass. The office accepts Visa, Mastercard or Discover (third party fee of 2.45% applies), cash or check. For more information about our city pool see the Parks and Recreation page.
The pool opens Saturday May 27th at Noon! Daily passes are $6.00 per person (age 3 and under are free).
The Amherst Fire Department will be doing fire hydrant testing throughout the spring and summer months. If you see the Fire Department pick-up truck in your neighborhood avoid the use of water, particularly for washing clothes. After flushing and testing is complete you may notice that your water is brownish. You should run your water at a cold, slow stream until it becomes clear.
Fire hydrant testing is performed to insure that all hydrants are in proper working order and to measure and record the amount of water available.
If you have any questions or problems call the Amherst Fire Department at 988-4117 or Utilities Department at 988-4224.
Due to increasing costs, the Treasurer's office has contracted with a third-party processor to continue providing face-to-face credit card transactions. This new service will allow the City to accept credit cards for utility payments in the Utilities Department office as well as the Treasurer's office.
Beginning September 1, 2016 all credit and debit card transactions will be subject to a third-party service fee of 2.45%. (This fee is for credit and debit card transactions only and will not be charged when using other forms of payment in City offices)
This service is available to all utility customers upon the completion and return of an automatic utility payment authorization form. This form is also available in the utility office. Automatic payment customers will still receive utility bills at the beginning of the month notifying them of the amount that will be deducted from their designated account on the 10th of each month. For more information, contact the Utility Department at (440) 988-4224.
The City of Amherst has joined other Ohio cities, townships and school districts and posted their city finances on OhioCheckbook.com. Auditor, David Kukucka says that "OhioCheckbook.com will enable the administration of Amherst to further communicate the importance of transparency to our residents. The site is a user-friendly tool for the community to view the City's spending, while utilizing technology to make information easily accessible for anyone."
The Lorain County Solid Waste District has a Collection Center at 540 South Abbe Road, Elyria. The Collection Center is open Monday and Wednesday Noon - 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Please visit their webpage for more information on what will be accepted.