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City of Oberlin Services are Still Operational

***Please note that the January/February 2022 News & Updates mailer was printed prior to public access restrictions being reinstated - please see current information below***

Effective December 29, 2021, the City of Oberlin has restricted public access to City facilities until further notice.  City services remain operational, however.  At this time, the Oberlin Police Department is the only department that will remain accessible to the public, but certain departments may still offer in-person services by appointment only. 

Please note that any visitors to the Oberlin Police Department or those visiting other departments for appointments are required to wear a face covering when entering City facilities, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Click HERE to find out how to contact City Departments to schedule an appointment or to conduct business over the phone or online.

For General Information:

Expanded Service Continues Through 2023!

With additional funding from the American Rescue Plan, the City of Oberlin is able to continue to provide expanded transit service to the Oberlin community through 2023. The Oberlin Connector is a demand-response service contracted through Lorain County Transit that allows riders to call to make arrangements for same day travel or up to two (2) weeks in advance.

Call 1-800-406-7541 to Schedule a Ride

Hearing impaired riders may call 1-800-750-0750

6:00AM - 6:00PM & 9:30PM - 12:30AM

City of Oberlin
And portions of:

  • Amherst Twp.
  • City of Amherst
  • City of Lorain
  • Sheffield Twp.
  • City of Elyria
  • Carlisle Twp.
  • New Russia Twp.

$2.00 One-Way Trip
Discounts Available For:

  • Senior Citizens (65+)
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Students (With Valid ID)
  • Children Ages 3-12
  • Veterans (With Valid ID)

Only Cash Accepted Exact Change Preferred


After-Holiday Live Tree Collection

As a reminder, curbside collection of live (not artificial) holiday trees continues through February. Please do not cut up, bundle or place trees in plastic tree bags. Please remove all decorations and other items before placing your tree at curbside for collection.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department:


Holiday Office Closures

City Offices will be CLOSED on the following dates:

Monday, January 17
in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, February 21
in observance of Presidents' Day

Emergency services and regular refuse/recycling collection are always available.

WENS - Wireless Emergency Notification System

Emergency Situations Boil Alerts Road Closures Weather Alerts And More!

All Oberlin residents are encouraged to register for WENS - the emergency alert system used by the City of Oberlin and Lorain County. This FREE service allows for subscribers to receive county-wide alerts, city-wide alerts, as well as those targeted to your specific neighborhood. WENS replaced the previous CodeRED and Reverse 911 systems, which are no longer used. Users from these systems were not able to be transferred to the WENS system, so it is necessary for everyone to register for the WENS system.

YOU CHOOSE HOW TO RECEIVE ALERTS: Email Voicemail Text Message

To register for WENS, click on the button below:

Register for WENS

When Registering Online:

  1. Provide your NAME, and the PHONE NUMBER(S) and/or EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) where you would like to receive notifications
  2. Check OBERLIN (and any other cities/townships you would like to receive alerts from)
  3. Select any WEATHER ALERTS you would like to receive
  4. Provide your HOME ADDRESS This will allow you to receive alerts that are specific to your neighborhood, in addition to community-wide alerts

For more information on WENS, or to register over the phone, contact the Oberlin Fire Department:


Oberlin Recycling Program

As a reminder, the City of Oberlin offers curbside recycling to residents who subscribe to the recycling program, with collection taking place on a bi-weekly basis.

Items Accepted in Curbside Recycling:
Mixed Paper Plastic Bottles & Jugs #1 & #2 Cardboard Metal Cans

Remember to EMPTY, CLEAN & DRY recyclables before placing them LOOSE & UNBAGGED in the recycling cart.

Click the button below to subscribe to the FREE program:

Subscribe to the Recycling Program
Or contact the City of Oberlin Recycling Coordinator for more information:

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for those age 5+, with booster doses available for those age 12+.

Lorain County Public Health offers FREE vaccinations, with all types available (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson).  Contact LCPH using the buttons below to schedule an appointment or for more information on COVID-19 vaccinations.

There are several other local vaccination providers as well. Visit or contact your local pharmacy to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Winterize Your Plumbing

The Oberlin Water Department reminds you to protect your plumbing from freezing over the winter months. Follow these simple steps to help prevent damage from freezing pipes and meters:

  • Insulate Water Pipes in Unheated Areas: Wrap pipes with an insulating material like foam tubing or heat tape.
  • Find Main Shut-Off Valve & Label It: Know where to access and how to use your main water shut-off valve. Quickly shutting off water will limit damage in case a frozen pipe bursts.
  • Track Usage on Water Bills: Monitoring usage on a regular basis will help you know if something is out of the ordinary.
  • Leave a Pencil-Lead-Thin Stream of Water Flowing: During cold spells, allow a small flow of water to run from the faucet furthest away from your meter. This will help prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Turn Off Water if Away for a Long Period of Time: If away from home for several days, turn off the main valve and drain the outside faucets, or set the thermostat at 55° or higher to prevent plumbing from freezing.

For more information, contact the Oberlin Water Department: