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 City Administration has decided to rescind the 2018 electric rate increase immediately, and credit all the City’s electric customers any increased charges resulting from the 2018 electric rate proclamation. A residential customer averaging 750 KW per month, for those 8 months could see an estimated onetime credit of $45.00. (Read the entirety of the Press Release here)
The City is in the process of updating all water meters being serviced by Amherst Utilities. If you have not had your water meter replaced yet, please schedule your appointment online here or call the Utilities office for assistance at (440) 988-4224.
All city offices will be closed Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving. The offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 26, 2018.
The City of Amherst will conduct a one-hour public meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018 to gather public input in order to update Amherst’s Safe Routes to School Travel Plan. The public meeting will be held at City Hall, 206 S. Main Street, Amherst, Ohio beginning at 6:00 pm (to conclude by 7:00 pm for the regularly scheduled City Council meeting). The original School Travel Plan (STP) was developed in 2010 and is currently being updated.
A STP is a written document that outlines a community’s intentions for enabling students to engage in active transportation (i.e. walking or bicycling) as they travel to and from school. The development and approval of a STP is the first step that a community takes to pursue Safe Routes to School funding that can include securement of federal monies for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects and improvements.
Recommendations for the Draft STP will be presented at this public meeting and members of the community are encouraged to attend and provide comments or have questions answered. The Draft STP will be posted on the City of Amherst’s website http://www.amherstohio.org/. For further information regarding the public meeting, the Draft STP update, or to submit a public comment please contact Survey@AdaptiveEng.com. Public Comments will be accepted through December 23, 2018.
Fall Leaf Pickup starts Monday November 5, 2018 (the first full week in November). The schedule is:
Please rake leaves to the tree lawn before the first day of the week of your scheduled pickup. Leaves need to be placed as close to the street as possible. Please do NOT put leaves in the street or ditch.
Tree limbs, grass clippings, and paper bagged leaves will be collected by Allied Waste on your regular trash day through November. These items will NOT be picked up by the city. The transfer station will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays through November 17, 2018.
This free 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."
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 in the Utilities Department, the Building Department as well as the Treasurer's office.
Beginning September 1, 2016 all face-to-face 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)