DORA Information

The summer of 2023 is an exciting time for Downtown Amherst.

City Council and the Ohio Dept. of Commerce approved Amherst’s application to test having a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in part of our historic district.

This test modifies the state’s open container laws to help local businesses and visitors experience by permitting limited outdoor consumption during specific times within a designated area.  This fall, we hope to look at the DORA test and solicit feedback from the residents, safety services, businesses, and government officials.  Part of that discussion will ask if we want to continue offering DORA and, if so, what the DORA should look like.

DORAs test will be during selected special events within part of the Historic Downtown Amherst.

Learn more about Amherst’s DORA.

Meals On Wheels Delivery Volunteers Needed!

We need you!

The Amherst Office on Aging is currently looking for Friendly people who can spare a couple hours a week to deliver hot meals to our Senior citizens!

We deliver lunch Monday through Friday except for holidays.
The meals are delivered between 10:30 and 12:00.

We have availability for volunteers to pick whatever day of the week works best for them. Our clients love meeting our volunteers and truly value knowing that someone is checking in on them.

Can’t commit to one day a week? We’re always looking for substitute drivers to fill in!

This is a great way to make a positive difference in someone’s life in a short period of time.

Call our office Monday through Friday 440-988-2817 to learn more about connecting with seniors.

Income Tax Filing Options for Tax Year 2022 (due April 18, 2023)

There are several different options to file your city taxes:

  • EFILE – this option allows you to completely electronically file your taxes and upload documents to support your calculations. Follow this link link to start the electronic filing process.
  • Drop Slot – located at the face of our building. You may utilize this secure box for any communications regarding your taxes including payments, completed returns, requests or documents drop off, etc.
  • Mail or office drop off


Documents from the Public Meeting for North Lake / Oak Point Road Improvements

Lorain/Amherst Western Gateway Improvements

The Cities of Amherst and Lorain are completing a planning study of the North Lake Street / Oak Point Road corridor from the S.R. 2 interchange to the Buck Horn Boulevard/Park Square Drive intersection, known as the Lorain/Amherst Western Gateway Improvements. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the existing traffic conditions and develop recommendations for potential congestion relief and safety improvements that can increase the efficiency of the corridor. A public involvement meeting was conducted for this study to provide the general public, residents, business and property owners, and public officials an opportunity to view exhibits and to provide comments on potential improvement alternatives.

The public meeting was held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 in the cafeteria of Amherst Junior High School, in Amherst, Ohio. Below are the documents and exhibits presented at the meeting.

Public Involvement Meeting Hand-out
Lorain-Amherst Western Gateway Improvements | Existing Conditions
Lorain-Amherst Western Gateway Improvements | Queue Lengths 1
Lorain-Amherst Western Gateway Improvements | Queue Lengths 2
Lorain-Amherst Western Gateway Improvements | Queue Lengths 3
Lorain-Amherst Western Gateway Improvements | Roundabout
Lorain-Amherst Western Gateway Improvements | Signal Control

New Online and Paperless Billing Available for Utility Bills

More Convenient Payment Options

The City of Amherst has launched a new online billing and payment solution, offering more ways to view and pay your utilities bill, plus the addition of 24/7 phone payments and pay by text. Residents can receive and view bills electronically, make a payment with credit/debit card or e-check, and choose to go paperless. A quick, one-time payment can be made without registering or you can create an account to enjoy more features like setting up automatic payments, saving payment information for later use and viewing history.

  • Go Paperless – get your bills via email
  • Easy-to-use online portal to access your account and make payments
  • Registration is not required to make payment (registration is required for other enhanced services)
  • Recurring Scheduled Payments – set up a schedule to pay a fixed amount or the invoice balance on a specific day of the month
  • Receive email reminders when your bill is ready, when a scheduled payment is pending and a confirmation after making a payment
  • Pay by Phone – check your account balance or make a payment 24/7 by calling 844-855-0092
  • Pay by Text – get text notifications about your bill and have the option to pay through text message with your default payment method (sign up when making an online payment or within your account)

See our Utilities page for all payment options and frequently asked questions.


City of Amherst


Dustin L. Voros, Wastewater Collections Foreman
Office 440-988-7625



Various household products are labeled and sold as DISPOSABLE and/or FLUSHABLE. Many baby and adult personal hygiene products along with household wipes and cleaning towelettes are labeled both disposable and flushable. While these products may be marketed as a convenience item in this way, the truth is that these types of wipes have the ability to clog and stop up not only the sewer line on your property, but also can cause blockage and service problems in the public sewer system and lift stations.

Unlike toilet paper, these products DO NOT break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your on-site piping. On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system they collect together, causing very large obstructions and clogs in the sanitary sewer mainlines and get tangled in lift stations floats requiring repair or replacement of equipment.

What we all can do to help…
The following items should NEVER be flushed or drained into the sanitary sewer system. Please place these items in the trash.


Disinfecting/Surface Wipes Mop or “Swiffer” type refills
Baby wipes Paper towels
Jewelry wipes Pet care wipes
Cosmetic wipes First Aid wipes
Disposable diapers or diaper liners Bio-pads (nursing home, home healthcare, etc.)
Cotton Swabs Feminine hygiene products
Toilet cleaning pads ANY moist type towelette