2024 Amherst Safety Town Registration is Now Open

Registration for the 2024 Amherst Safety Town classes being held in June is now open. Children must be entering Kindergarten in the Amherst School District this fall or reside within the City of Amherst and attending kindergarten elsewhere.

The Registration Packet below includes an Information sheet along with the Registration and KidPrint forms. PARENTS, PLEASE READ OVER THE INFORMATION SHEET FOR IMPORTANT DETAILS REGARDING THE SAFETY TOWN PROGRAM.  This information sheet should contain answers to any questions you may have.

2024 Amherst Safety Town Registration and KidPrint Form

Safety Town is a 5-day interactive educational program that is designed to educate children on a variety of safety topics and techniques that can be utilized in real life situations.  Children are given basic instruction on traffic, train, and pedestrian safety, emergencies and 911 use, stranger danger, gun and seat belt safety, and school bus procedures and safety.  There will also be a visit to the fire station for a day spent learning fire safety with members of our fire department.  Also, an important goal is for each child to be able to state their full name, address and phone number and we ask that parents work with their child prior to attending.

Class instruction will be directed by School Resource Officers, Ryan Lamb and Sean Gawlik, along with youth volunteers from the Amherst schools who will be present daily. The children will spend part of their days outdoors (weather permitting) learning how to stay safe in our mini town that includes crosswalks, traffic signals, and stop signs.  They will ride around the town on pedal cars with supervision from our staff.  The other part of their days will be spent indoors in a classroom setting.  Guest speakers from Lifecare Ambulance, 911, and Amherst School Transportation will also visit.


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 2023 (due April 15, 2024)

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 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 in office


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