Spring 2010 Vol. XV No. 1

Recyling Report

Amherst Township recycled the following quantities in the 4th quarter of 2009 (bold represents yearly total):

(5.79) 0.47 tons of various paper through the "ABITIBI Paper Retriever" program
(11.19) 3.71 tons of aluminum cans
(56.04) 18.57 tons of bi-metal cans
(106.03) 35.14 tons of glass
(30.37) 10.06 tons of HDPE plastics
(24.31) 8.06 tons of PETE plastics
(239.17) 79.25 tons of newspapers
(210.00) 20.00 tons of yard waste
(8.23) 2.47 tons of scrap metal (Dumpster Program)

For questions concerning the "Curbside Recycling Program", contact Allied Waste Services at 458-5191.

"2010" Dumpster Days

Amherst Township has set the following dates for "Dumpster Days" in 2010:

April 8, 9, 10
July 8, 9, 10
October 7, 8, 9

Hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please note: NO TIRES WITH RIMS!

Drop-Off Hours for Yard Waste!!

Brush, limbs, grass clippings, and leaves may be brought to the Amherst Township property located on the EAST side of Oberlin Road (directly across from the Township Garage which is located at 7530 Oberlin Road) at the following times:

- 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Mon - Fri
- 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saturday
Amherst Township Residents only
I.D. may be checked
No Commercial
No Plastic Bags - place bags in 55 gal drum

Compost & Wood Chips Available

Free compost and wood chips are available from the Township. If you are interested, contact John Szefcyk, Road Superintendent, at 988-5894 x111.

Have a problem? Complaint forms are available at the Township Hall, inside the white bulletin board, or they may be downloaded from the Township's website.

Township Hall & Garage:  988-5894

Fax ................................................. 988-5877
Fiscal Officer ................................... Ext. 1104
Road Superitendent (garage) ......... Ext. 111
Office (Zoning Inspector) ................. Ext. 103
     Office Hours for Zoning Insp.:
     Mon., Wed., & Sat. - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
     Voice Mail is checked daily
     Don Gargas, Zoning Inspector


Dennis Abraham ................................... 986-4555
(Ambulance, Cemetery, Park, Water, Roads, Ditches, Buildings, Land, Enterprise Zones, County Health Rep. Phase II Storm Water / Environmental Strategy)

Neil Lynch ............................................. 988-7681
(Zoning, Sewer, Fire, Equipment, Personnel, LORCO, Senior Services, Lorain County Community Alliance Rep, NIMS Primary Contact)

David C. Urig ........................................ 385-0333
(Lighting, Solid Waste)

Fiscal Officer

Howard Akin ........................................ 233-7624

Road Superintendent

Jeff Szefcyk .......................................... 320-7157

Amherst Twp Senior Services Office

Carol Schmitkons ................................... Ext. 102
     Office Hours - Mon thru Fri - 8am to 12 Noon

Fire Prevention Officer

Wayne Epperley ................................... 324-3921

LifeCare Ambulance, Inc.

Pete or Herb de la Porte ...................... 323-6111

Sheriff's Department ..... 329-3710

Ohio Edison

Automated Outage Reporting Line ......................


2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Amherst Township Trustee Meetings may be viewed on Amherst Cable Channel 12. They will air for 7 days, running Mon Mon, following the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Air times are at 9 am, 4 pm, & 11 pm. Zoning Commission meetings will be shown 8 am, 3 pm & at the conclusion of the 11pmTrustee meetings. All airings are subject to change.

Township Open House & Fundraiser

On Saturday, May 22nd, Amherst Township will be holding an "Open House" at the newly renovated Amherst Township Hall located at 7530 Oberlin Road. Township employees and partners will be available to discuss various township services and to lead tours of the facility. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.



The organization Funding Amherst Community Enhancements (F.A.C.E.), a non-profit corporation of volunteers aligned with the township's Board of Trustees, will be conducting a "Silent Auction" to raise funds for improvements in the Amherst Township Park. You can visit "F.A.C.E." on "Facebook" for updates and details of the auction items donated by area businesses and residents.

This summer, "F.A.C.E." will sponsor an "Amherst Township Day" fundraiser with the Lake Erie Crushers at "All Pro Freight Stadium" in Avon Ohio.

Lake Erie Crushers

A postcard will be mailed in the near future with more details.

Post card will be mailed.

Come out and show your community support and pride by joining us at the Amherst Township Open House and Fundraiser.

Join Us
F.A.C.E. Board of Directors:

Tom Hupman, Richard Rice, Bill Poplar, Edie Tiller, Richard Barelka, James Kantola, and David Marr.

Town Hall & Garage

new phone systemNew Phone Systemphone system

Along with all the new renovations to the Township Hall, there is also a new, automated phone system. This new system utilizes one main number to reach the township hall where you will hear a "Main Greeting". At this main greeting you can make a selection to be transferred to a specific office, or you can choose to enter a parties specific extension. To contact Amherst Township call:

Main Phone Number: 988-5894
Office Name Ext.
Senior Service Office Mary Carek 101
Senior Service Office Carol Schmitkons 102
Zoning Inspector Don Gargas 103
Fiscal Officer Howard Akin 104
Road Superintendent John Szefcyk 111
Salt Storage / Public Meeting Hall

tree Planting in Road Right-of Way tree2

Residents should not landscape or plant near road intersections or inside the road right-of-way. Generally, the road right-of-way is 30 feet on either side of the centerline of the road. If planting occurs in this area, homeowners should not be disappointed if plants are destroyed or removed due to maintenance or repair. Trees should not be planted in this area. If storm sewers run across your property, it is better not to plant trees, shrubs, or other vegetation too close to these lines in order to minimize the chance of any roots penetrating these lines and causing a blockage. Please be aware of any visibility issues that may be caused due to trees and shrubs growing near an intersection or the road right-of-way. Property owners are also responsible for removing dead branches of a tree that overhangs the road.

Concerning intersections, Article 300 of the Amherst Township Zoning Resolution, Section 307 (Visibility at Intersections) states:

On every corner lot there shall be no obstruction to visibility (whether by the location of structures including fences, landscaping or other means) between the heights of 3 feet and 6 feet above the natural grade, within the triangle formed by the right-of-way lines of two intersecting streets, and a line drawn between two points, one on each such right-of-way line, each 25 feet from the point of intersection of such right-of-way lines.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Don Gargas, Amherst Township Zoning Inspector, at 988 5894 (ext 103), between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., Mon., Wed., & Sat.

planting in road right-of-way

Lorain County Solid Waste Events

The LCSWMD has indefinitely postponed all Household Hazardous Waste Collection days and all E-Scrap Collection days. However, you will not be forced to hold all your materials for an extended period. The District has been working on a general alternative to these one-day collection events.

A large building in Elyria is being remodeled to serve as a countywide collection center. This building was the old "DIY" store, located near the intersection of Route 57 & Broad Street in Elyria.

This center will be set up to accept all the materials previously collected at one-day type events, as well as other materials. It will be open on a set schedule, all through the year. There will no longer be a need to mark the calendar with a specific date, and then wait in a long line to dispose of your materials.

For more information you can call their Information Line at 1-800-449-5463 or check their Web pages at

fire service agreement

Fire Service Agreement

fire service agreement 2

In the spirit of true government cooperation, the Amherst Township Board of Trustees and the Village of South Amherst have again entered into a contract for the provision of "Fire Service" and "First Responder Emergency Medical Service" (EMS) for the unincorporated area of the township located to the south of the Ohio Turnpike. By sharing Fire and EMS services, Amherst Township and the Village of South Amherst are able to provide these necessary services to our respective communities at a more effective cost, saving taxpayer dollars. This is a 3-year contract that began on January 1, 2010 and will expire on December 31, 2012.

fire trucks

Permits Required

As Springtime arrives, residents are reminded that permits are needed for the items listed below. When a permit is obtained before the start of construction, the fee will be reduced by 50%. Be sure you or your contractor has obtained a permit. Payments must be made by check only. Cash is not accepted.

Please contact Don Gargas, Amherst Township Zoning Inspector for these permits. Building inspections through the Lorain County Building Department may also be required. Office hours for the Zoning Inspector are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. He can be reached at 988-5894 (ext 103). Voice Mail is checked daily.

permits required

"Building inspections" through the Lorain County Building Department may also be required. These building "inspections" are in addition to the building "permits" that are required from the Township. The Amherst Township Zoning Inspector can assist you for both of these requirements. A building "permit" from the township is required before applying for the building "inspection" from the county. Permits for both the township and the county may be viewed on the township's website under "zoning".

Road Closed

Oberlin Road Birdge Repair

Oberlin Rd Bridge Repair

ODOT will be replacing the Oberlin Road bridge structure that goes over State Route 2. This bridge reconstruction will require the closure of Oberlin Road for 90 consecutive days, while traffic will be maintained on SR 2 during construction.

ODOT anticipates selling the project and being under contract by May 15, 2010. Construction of the bridge could begin in the summer or fall of 2010 or in the spring of 2011. Signage will be in place at least 1 week before construction begins, so that residents can adjust their travel routes. The township Road Superintendent will be notified 18 days before the detour will be in effect. Funding for this project is provided by Federal Stimulus Funds as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

road closed for bridge repair

$$Home-Repair Funding Help $$

"Community Development Block Grant" (CDBG) funding is available through the Lorain County Community Development Department. They are taking applications for low-to-moderate income homeowners who need financial assistance with health or safety related repairs to their residence. The program operates on a first-come first-serve basis and can assist income qualified Lorain County residents of owner occupied homes.

The repairs may address roofs, furnaces, hot water heaters, minor electrical, plumbing, sewer tap-ins, septic system replacement or the elimination of other threats to health and safety. Home repair assistance is available for up to $8,000 per eligible client or up to $15,000 for septic system replacement.

For more information or to obtain an application, please contact Linda Blanchette at 328-2332, Ashley Scott at 328-2329, or Angela Brown at 328-2322.

Individuals 60 or over, may contact the Amherst Township Senior Service Office at 988-5894, ext 102 for additional help with this program.

Amherst Township Park Reminders

Residents are reminded that as of March 1, 2003 animals are not permitted in the Amherst Township Park. Whoever violates this resolution is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be prosecuted (ORC Section 511.32).

Also as a reminder, vandalism at the Amherst Township Park is prosecutable. Violators will be charged with Criminal Vandalism according to ORC 2909.05. This is a felony offense and carries a fine of $2500. This will be strictly enforced. The township park is being patrolled by the Sheriff's Department.

Park Pavilion

Due to the increased usage of the park pavilion, and to avoid scheduling conflict, please contact Amherst Township Road Superintendent, John Szefcyk, to make reservations if you wish to use the pavilion. He can be reached at the township during the week by calling 988-5894 (ext 111).


Amherst Township, as a member of the Sandstone Joint Ambulance District, has chosen "LifeCare" to be their ambulance provider. President Pete de la Porte and Vice-President Herb de la Porte own and operate LifeCare. They can be reached at 323-6111. To learn more about their services, visit their website at

Contact Sherriff's Dept.

Residents are reminded that they can help deter crime by keeping home and car doors locked, as well as keeping garage doors closed. If residents know of, or see, any suspicious activity in the township or at the Amherst Township Park, please contact the Sheriff's Dept. at 329-3710. To contact the sheriff's dispatch from your cell phone without being charged, call 323-1212. These are not "911" emergency lines.


Please be aware that a curfew exists in Amherst Township for minors age 16 and under between the hours of Midnight and 5 a.m. This curfew will be enforced by the Lorain County Sheriff's Dept.