Ohio Stay At Home Order

On Sunday, March 22, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a director’s order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. Dr. Acton issued a new stay at home order that begins on April 7, 2020 and lasts through May 1, 2020. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state. Please see the documents below for further information.

City of Oberlin Updates

The health and safety of our employees and the Oberlin community is our highest priority.  With the COVID-19 situation continually developing, please be assured that the City of Oberlin is actively taking measures to prevent the potential spread and impact of COVID-19.

We are taking practical precautionary steps within the City’s organization, such as additional cleaning of City buildings, encouraging employees to stay home if they are ill, restricting non-essential business travel, and practicing social distancing.

The City is also taking measures to promote social distancing at public meetings and gatherings.  To this end, please note the following cancellations/closures:

  • All City of Oberlin in-person public meetings have been cancelled until further notice, including all City board/commission meetings.
  • In accordance with the Ohio Stay At Home Order, all City Playgrounds are closed. This includes playgrounds at Park Street Park, Spring Street Park, Depot Park and the Oberlin Recreation Complex.  Parks remain open for outdoor activity, but please practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people.
  • The After-School Enrichment Program closed Friday, March 13, 2020 at 6:00pm and will continue to be closed until students are allowed to return to school.
  • The Spring Street Park Playground Community Forum that was to take place on March 25, 2020 has been cancelled
  • The Earth Day 5K that was to take place on April 18, 2020 has been cancelled.

We will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation, which may result in further cancellations/closures.  If you have any questions, please contact the City at 440-775-1531 or  info@cityofoberlin.com.

Public Works Department Altered/Suspended Services

Yard Waste Collection Altered Service:

  • Yard waste will be picked up on Mondays, beginning April 13th
  • Residents must call 440-775-7218 to request a pick up – provide name, address and telephone number
  • Residents will be billed on a monthly basis for each yard waste bag collected without a yard waste tag

Spring Brush Collection:

  • Spring Brush Collection will run from April 13th through May 17th
  • Limited crews may cause delays in collection, but all brush placed to the curb within the time frame stated will be collected – Thank you for your patience.
  • All brush must be placed on the curb no later than Sunday, May 17th
  • Click HERE for more information or call (440) 775-7218

Suspended Services:

  • Temporary dumpster service
  • Compost pick-up and delivery service
  • All recycling services

Refuse pick up is still operational. Any resident who needs additional capacity for their refuse and recycling materials may use their recycling cart at this time.  Please be advised, however, that all materials in refuse and recycling carts placed out for pick up will be picked up as refuse and will not be recycled.

The City has authorized these service interruptions to help ensure that the most essential functions of the Public Works Department are maintained.  If you have any questions on services, please call the Public Works Department at 440-775-7218 or click HERE for more information.

Public Access Restricted in City Facilities

City of Oberlin services are still currently operational.  However, effective March 16, 2020, public access to City facilities is restricted until further notice. (Press Release)  Only the Oberlin Police Department will remain accessible to the public.  Please consider the following options to conduct City business:

Utilities/Finance Department:

  • If you need assistance in paying your residential utility bill due to the effects of the Coronavirus, please contact Oberlin Community Services at 440-774-6579 – More information is in the Oberlin Caring Fund section below
  • If you are a commercial, non-profit or other non-residential utility customer and need to make alternative payment arrangements for your City of Oberlin utility bill, please contact the Finance Director at stalarico@cityofoberlin.com or 440-775-7210
  • Click here for online utility bill payment
  • Drop off utility bill payments in the drive-up drop box in the City Hall parking lot (next to the mailbox) or in the drop box next to the south entrance of the Utility Office at 69 S. Main Street
  • Call 440-775-7211 or 440-775-7214 for utility billing questions

Municipal Income Taxes:

  • The Oberlin City Tax Filing Deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. For information and to file your City of Oberlin Income Tax return visit https://www.ritaohio.com/ or call 800-860-7482. 

Police Department:

  • Pay parking citation fines by mailing payment to Oberlin Police Department – 85 S. Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
  • Send public records requests via email to spodrosky@oberlinpd.com
  • Civilian fingerprints and solicitor permits are not being processed at this time
  • Call 440-774-1061 for questions

Fire Department:

  • Permit applications are available online HERE
  • Send public records requests via email to fireinfo@cityofoberlin.com
  • Fire Inspections and Outreach Programs postponed
  • Smoke Detectors are still available by calling 440-774-3211 Ext. 0
  • Call 440-774-3211 Ext. 0 for questions

Human Resources Department:

  • Please obtain job applications for open positions online HERE and submit them via US mail (Human Resources Department – 85 S. Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074) or via email (hr@cityofoberlin.com)
  • Call 440-775-7217 for questions

Planning & Development/Building:

  • Call 440-775-7182

Recreation Office:

  • Call 440-775-7254

Oberlin Municipal Light & Power System/Electric Department:

  • Call 440-775-7260

Public Works:

  • Call 440-775-7218 or 440-396-4437

Westwood Cemetery:

  • Call 440-775-7252

Law Department/Prosecutor’s Office:

  • Call 440-774-8519

City Council/ Clerk of Council’s Office :

  • Please contact the Clerk of Council’s office for City Council Meeting Updates and Boards and Commissions Meeting updates at 440-775-7203

Oberlin Caring Fund – Utility Bill Assistance

If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the effects of the Coronavirus and will have difficulty paying your residential utility bill, please contact Oberlin Community Services for assistance at 440-774-6579.

The City of Oberlin has authorized additional assistance through the Caring Fund for residential utility customers during this time.  Customers are now eligible to receive assistance even if they have already received assistance within the last 12 months, and are no longer required to have a shut-off notice prior to receiving assistance.

Oberlin City Schools & Faith-Based Organizations

Oberlin City Schools have closed in accordance with the Governor’s order.  Please refer to the following documents for more information:

Please see the notice for Faith Based Organizations from Lorain County Public Health:

Oberlin Connector Service – Public Transportation

The Oberlin Connector Service is still running as normal on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am-6:oopm.  Click HERE for more information about the service or call 800-406-7541.

2020 Primary Election – Absentee Ballots

The mail absentee voting period has been extended to April 28th for those who did not have the opportunity to vote on or prior to March 17th.  There is no regular in-person absentee voting.  Voters who voted by mail, or in person before March 17th will not be allowed to vote again.

Click HERE for more information and to get an application for an absentee ballot, or contact the Lorain County Board of Elections at 440-326-5900.

Updates & Assistance for Businesses/Employees

Updates on Oberlin business closures and/or changes to hours/services:

City of Oberlin Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19 Emergency Working Capital Loan Program for Businesses

Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program (Press Release)

Additional resources for businesses and employees:

Lorain County & State of Ohio Coronavirus Resources

Lorain County Public Health will provide daily updates at 2:00pm on the Coronavirus situation in Lorain County: https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/coronavirus.  LCPH can also be reached at 440-322-6367.

The Ohio Department of Health also has a call center available from 9:00am-8:00pm to answer questions at 1-833-427-5634 or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov

For information on managing anxiety and stress related to COVID-19, please visit the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County (MHARS Lorain County)

Coronavirus Information