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.
As a reminder, Bellwether (an outside company contracted by the City of Amherst) is in the process of installing new water meters in all Amherst homes. If you have not had your water meter changed, please contact Bellwether at (336) 503-6741 to schedule an appointment. Just a reminder, Bellwether is out of North Carolina. If you leave a message, the return call will be an out of state number with an area code of 336.
The Anna Mohr Schmauch Pool at Maude Neiding Park will be closed during the weeks of August 20th and August 27th. The pool is open the following dates and times. You can call the pool directly at (440)988-8523.
The 2017 Consumer Confidence Report containing information about the water purchased from the cities of Lorain and Elyria can be accessed at 2017 Consumer Confidence Report. Questions concerning this report should be directed to John Corbin Jr. in the Amherst Water Department at (440) 988-7625.
The City of Amherst is considering a project to install an asphalt recreational trail along the west side of North Main Street from West Martin Street north to Sunrise, approximately 2,335 feet, to connect to the existing asphalt trail within the Lorain County Metroparks Beaver Creek Reservation.
As part of the project a trail would also be installed along the south side of Sipple Avenue from North Main Street east to the Amherst Exempted School Property approximately 1,285 feet. In general, the trail is proposed to be ten feet in width however some sections would be narrowed to eight feet in width to adjust for utilities. The trail would be installed within the public right of way and maintained by the City. Minor drive apron modifications would be incorporated by the project. The City has an opportunity to provide an important pedestrian connection between the Lorain County Metroparks, The Amherst Exempted School District and the Historic Downtown Business District.
The City is looking for public feedback on the proposed project. Please send in your comments or questions to TrailConnector@AmherstOhio.org. Click here to view the exhibit for the proposed connector
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)