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Most classes are able to be registered for online. Click here to see what classes/programs are currently available for online registration. Please note that registering online will also charge a service fee.
You may also register for most classes/programs in-person at the Athens Community Center or over the phone by calling 740-592-3325.
To show proof of assistance for the discounted rate for youth sports, you will need to register in-person at the Athens Community Center and bring your child's insurance card that shows proof of assistance through Athens County Job and Family Services. Or you may also bring any other documentation that shows this assistance.
If you feel that your child can follow instruction and play along with children who are older and bigger than them then yes, you may register them for one age group older. If you child is not of age for the program and you have questions about their eligibility, you may email Erin Helms, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
To sponsor a team is to provide for the cost of shirts for the team. Sponsors will purchase the shirts directly from the print shop. Typically there are 10 to 15 children on a team so the sponsorship amount depends on the type of shirt, if additional items are printed on the shirt, or if the shirt is only with the sponsor logo. Plain shirts with a logo for a team usually costs between $100 and $150.
The City of Athens has a Celebration Tree program to honor a person or event (also known as a memorial tree). There is an application and fee process – this goes through the City Code Office. There is an application fee of $100. The City determines where the tree will be planted and will plant, place a placard, and commit to maintaining the tree for 3 years.
For more information and to request an application, call the Code Office at 740-592-3306 or email email@example.com
Permits are not required for maintenance/repairs such as re-shingling a roof, installing or replacing vinyl siding. Window and/or door replacement does not require a permit so long as the opening sizes and placement remain the same.
Also, keep in mind that if you have litter or trash in your yard or on your porch such as cups, bottles, cans, debris, you may be issued a violation carrying a fine beginning at $20 and escalating up to $100.
Contact the Department of Public works at (740) 593-7636. If after hours, follow the prompts to reach the Water or Wastewater Treatments Plants. Do not send an email. If the water flow poses a potential obstruction to traffic or flooding risk seems dangerous, In the event that you see any of the following:
Boil orders are announced on most local radio stations, on the local government access channel, and the City website. Residents can sign up for Nixle alerts by texting 45701 to 888-777. There is also a boil order hotline at (740) 594-5078. For any further questions, contact Engineering / Public Works at (740) 593-7636.
For information, please call EPW at 740-593-7636. The City Engineer and Director of Public Works sets the fees for the taps according to the Ohio EPA Flow guide. Residents that want to visit in person can bring a copy of their plans to EPW. Once the plans are reviewed, the fees will be calculated.
Tap Fee Explanation: Tap Fees are composed of “capacity fees” and “connection fees”. Capacity fees are a computation of potential new demand on the water and sewer (sanitary and storm) systems, based on the comparison of the facility to be built with the new demand placed on system by a single family home. The attached facilities benefit assessment shows the basis for these computations. The connection fee is the cost of city workers to make the actual tie in to the city mains. This cost is determined by actual time and materials used for such work (no overhead or profit since the city is a public entity) and is billed after the connection occurs. This cost is driven by the difficulty of the connection and material required to replace the street – it is difficult to estimate beforehand, but usually falls between $500 and $5000.
All capacity fees must be paid at Athens Utilities Billing Office prior to scheduling actual tap, which will occur in a 6-week window after capacity fees are paid. This capacity fee calculation is independent of other plan notes mentioned on the site plan review memo.
Please note – time and material by city personnel of the actual connection will be charged in addition to the capacity fees above after the connection is complete and require payment before account is activated.
City of Athens, Ohio
FACILITIES BENEFIT ASSESSMENT
based on EPA FLOW GUIDE
As required by O-123-10 and O-123-11
PLACE ESTIMATED GALLONS PER DAY
Single Family Homes 400 ($1,300) ($3,000)
Apartments/Condos (One Bedroom Units) 150 ($487.50) ($1,125)
Apartments/Condos (Two Bedroom Units) 250 ($812.50) ($1,875)
Apartments/Condos (Three Bedroom Units) 350 ($1,137.50) ($2,625)
Assembly Halls/Classrooms 2 per seat
Beauty Shops 200 per basin (work station)
Bowling Alleys (No Food Service) 75 per seat
Bowling Alleys (With Food Service) 100 per seat
Churches (No Kitchen) 4 per seat
Churches (With Kitchen) 6 per seat
Country Clubs 50 per member
Dance Halls 2 per seat
Factories (No Showers) 25 per employee
Factories (With Showers) 35 per employee
Food Service Operations:
Ordinary Restaurants (Not 24 Hour) 35 per seat
24-hour Restaurants 50 per seat
Banquet Rooms 5 per seat
Tavern 35 per seat
Curb Service/Drive-Thru window 50 per seat
Vending Machine Hall 100 per seat
Hospital (No Resident Personnel) 300 per bed
Institutions (Residents) 100 per person
Laboratories 0.2 per square foot
Laundries (Coin Operated) 400 per machine
Mobile Home Parks 300 per space
Motels 100 per unit
Rooming Homes/Houses (Not more than 100 per unit
Nursing and Rest Homes 150 per Patient + 100 per Resident Employee + 50 per Non-Resident Employee
Office Buildings 20 per Employee
Retail Store 20 per Employee
Schools (Elementary) 15 per pupil
Schools (High or Jr. High) 20 per pupil
Physical Fitness Centers, Gyms 20 per customer/member
Service Stations 1000 for first bay or pump island +
500 for each additional island
Shopping Centers (No Food Service) 0.2 per square foot
Shopping Centers (With Food Service) 0.3 per square foot
Vacation Cottage 100 per occupant
Dormitory (Over 13 Residents) 50 per day/resident
(No Food Service)
Club Houses/Recreational Facilities 5 per member/user +
(With Food Service and Showers) 35 per seat in food service area
Club Houses/Recreational Facilities 2 per member/user +
(With Food Service and No Showers) 35 per seat in food service area
Club Houses/Recreational Facilities 2 per member/user
(With No Food Service and No Showers)
STORM SEWERS $0.10 PER SQUARE FOOT OF INCREASE IN IMPERVIOUS SURFACE, FOR EVERY 2500 SQUARE FEET OR PART THEREOF.
divide all outcomes by 400 gal., single family equivalent
All requests for the temporary closure of a street, sidewalk, or alleyway or requests for the temporary placement of a dumpster must be submitted to the Deputy Service Safety Director at 8 East Washington Street, phone number (740) 592-3338. To close or block a city street without proper authorization is unlawful and could potentially pose a risk to public safety.
The City of Athens Engineering and Public Works Department will consider claims for reimbursement for vehicle repair costs sustained by a pothole or other distress in a city street. In order for a claim to be fully considered, the pothole in question must have already been identified to the EPW Department, and the department failed to repair it in a reasonable amount of time. Under normal working and weather conditions, two (2) business days from the initial report is considered reasonable for the pothole to be properly repaired. Claims for the damage caused by unreported potholes will be considered but the city is not obligated to pay.
Citizens may first seek compensation from their auto insurance company. The city will only consider dollar amounts up to the deductible amount for the policy owner. For instance, if the damage costs $1000 to repair and the citizen's insurance deductible is $500, the city will consider reimbursement up to $500.
The citizens notifies the Engineering and Public Works Department of the intention to place the claim, then provides the following information by email or in person:
1)The attached completed form
2)Obtain a police report/incident report by stopping by the Athens Police Department located at 11 N College street Athens, Ohio 45701 between the working hours of 8am-4pm.
3)The repair receipt
a)If you have full coverage you must provide your deductible amount
b)If you have liability-only insurance, you must submit proof i.e. declaration page of the insurance binder or
insurance documentation bearing that information
Following the provision of correct documentation the Engineering and Public Works Department will then submit it to the city's insurance carrier for review. The carrier will contact the citizen directly with a determination.
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Beginning July 1st, 2009, all city residents may purchase stamped bags and stickers for bundles at the Utilities Billing Office, Recreation Center front desk, and Code Office. The stickers may be put on bundles of brush (meeting size limits) which the city will then pick up every Tuesday and Friday. To have the bags and bundles picked up, call the Department Engineering and Public Works yard waste line at 740-592-3343 to leave your pick up request, or to speak to Engineering and Public Works at (740) 593-7636. The cost for the stamped bags and stickers is $2.00 per bag or sticker for bundles. Bags must contain only organic material (this excludes feces or dead animals of any kind) and may not contain trash. Bags must also weigh under 50 pounds and must not be ripped, torn, or susceptible to breaking. Bundles must be tied with string and must be under four feet in length. Limbs of eight inches in diameter or more cannot be picked up and must be disposed of at the discretion of the resident. Calls for yard waste made after 7:30 am on a pickup date will be picked up on the next date.
The City of Athens does not permit dumping of brush at the city Service Garage Annex for any reason, for anyone. While the city allowed residents to dump brush in the past, this practice has been discontinued due to the number of abuses (i.e., dumping of trash). Any resident who wishes to dispose of brush must cut and bundle it and purchase stickers for the city’s yard waste pickup service, or hire a tree service.
Questions about standing dead trees on the City right of way call the City Arborist at 740-592-3338. The Department of Public Works will clear away dead or dying trees in the public right-of-way if they obstruct traffic or if they pose an immediate safety hazard to the public. Contact (740) 593-7636 and an inspector will come out to determine if the department can cut away the tree. Trees that are damaged or fall within private property must be cleared away by the resident at the resident’s expense.
Residents who call in advance may receive up to one pickup truck load of wood chips from the city annex. No deliveries. While the city provided a front-end loader to load vehicles in the past, this has been discontinued. Any residents who pick up loads of wood chips must load the mulch themselves with their own equipment.
Notify the Department of Public Works and someone will come to take away the animal, if it is in the city right-of-way.
Citizens who wish to dispose of their dead leaves during the fall leaf pick-up schedule should rake their leaves to the curb and notify the Department of Public Works., please don't cover catch basins. The leafing vacuum should sweep up the leaves within a few weeks. However, due to the sheer volume of leaves and problems with running the vacuum truck down certain streets, it is not guaranteed that leaves will be cleared away immediately. Citizens who wish to immediately dispose of their leaves may bag them in the purchased bags from the Utility Billing Office, Recreation Center, and Code Office. Once bagged call into the yard waste line at 740-592-3343 and these bagged leaves will be cleared away with other yard waste on Tuesday and Friday every week.
2021 COVID-19 (work from home) Refund Requests
Per Ohio H.B.110: Beginning January 1, 2021, any non-resident individual working from home or any location other than their Athens City principal place of work may be eligible for a refund of 2021 Athens City tax withheld by their employer; this applies ONLY to tax year 2021. Please note, in accordance with ORC 718.13, any refund issued by the City of Athens will be disclosed to your taxing jurisdiction of residency.
2020 COVID-19 (work from home) Refund Requests
On March 9, 2020, Governor DeWine signed Executive Order 2020-01D declaring a state of emergency in the state of Ohio in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In response, the Ohio Legislature passed, and Governor DeWine signed, House Bill 197 on March 27, 2020. This legislation prohibits an employee from claiming a refund for 2020 based on days not worked at their place of business as a result of COVID-19.
Under Ohio House Bill 197, employers are required to remit local withholding tax to the employee’s ‘Principal Place of Business’ for employees who worked remotely because of the COVID-19 emergency, regardless of the location of their home. This would be for the duration of the health emergency, plus 30 days after the state of emergency is rescinded. Therefore, there is no refund eligibility when filing for an income tax refund for 2020 if you were working at home due COVID-19.
Update (December 1, 2021)On November 30, 2021 the Tenth District Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Sec. 29 of HB 197, the temporary municipal income tax withholding provision was a ruling on the appeal filed by the Buckeye Institute after the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas dismissed the Institute's lawsuit against the City of Columbus challenging the constitutionality of Sec. 29 of HB 197. The Buckeye Institute has indicated that they plan to appeal the Tenth District's decision to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Current Tax Rates
Yes. If you work within the Athens City limits. Work consists of any business activity performed as an employee, self-employed contractor or subcontractor, and/or an owner of rental property. Compensation paid to non-resident sole individuals for services performed inside the City of Athens, on twenty or fewer days in a calendar year, is not taxable. This 20-day occasional entry provision does not apply to a professional entertainer, a professional athlete, a promoter of or an employee of, a professional entertainer or professional athlete, or to an individual who is an employee and his/her employer is located in another municipality, and the individual is not liable for tax to the other municipality.
There is no standard deduction. There are no exemptions. The tax is assessed at a flat rate. Business and rental losses deducted from W-2 wages are not permitted. However, business and rental losses may be used to offset business and rental profits on the same return, for residents only.
Extension are granted automatically when you file for a federal extension. A copy of your federal extension is required at the time of filing. An extension to file the return is not an extension to pay any tax due at a later date.
13.04.10 (B) No person, business establishment or organization shall recklessly make or cause to be made or continued, allow, or participate in the making or causing to be made or continued, any loud or unusual noise that disturbs the peace and quiet by means of any one or more of the following acts, which are hereby expressly prohibited:
(2) Radios and Other Devices. The using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of neighboring inhabitants or at any time with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing for the persons who are in the room, vehicle or chamber in which such machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners thereto. The operation of any such set, instrument, phonograph, machine or device between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 a.m. each day Sunday evening through Friday morning or between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday morning, in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located or exceeds 85 dB at any point outside the property plane shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section.
(6) Vocal noise between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. each day Sunday evening through Friday morning or between the hours of 12:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. Saturday and Sunday morning, the shouting, yelling, chanting or making use of the human voice or vocal chords in a louder than normal conversational tone or pitch, escalating vocal noise, other than in an emergency situation, in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located or exceeds 85 dB at any point outside of the property plane shall be prima facia evidence of a violation of this section.
(7) Those businesses with outside operations that have noise or sound between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. each day Sunday evening through Friday morning, or between the hours of 12:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. Saturday and Sunday mornings in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located or exceeds 85 dB at any point outside of the property plane, or source of the noise or sound, shall be prima facia evidence of a violation of this section.
(D) A FIRST VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFENSE REQUIRING A FINE OF $100. ANY PERSON CITED WITH A FIRST OFFENSE OF THIS SECTION WHO DOES NOT PAY THE REQUIRED ADMINISTRATIVE FINE WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS SHALL RECEIVE A MINOR MISDEMEANOR CITATION INTO COURT, PROVIDING NOTICE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD, WHICH SHALL SERVE AS AN APPEALS PROCESS. A SECOND OFFENSE WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE FIRST OFFENSE SHALL BE A MINOR MISDEMEANOR AND ANY OFFENDER WHO PERSISTS IN SUCH VIOLATION AFTER REASONABLE WARNING OR REQUEST TO DESIST BY A MEMBER OF THE ATHENS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT SHALL BE GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR OF THE FOURTH DEGREE. ANY SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE SECOND OFFENSE SHALL BE PUNISHABLE AS A MISDEMEANOR OF THE FOURTH DEGREE. Full Ordinance
The vast majority of parking meters have a two-hour limit, except for the parking meters above the first floor of the parking garage. The two-hour limit meters are clearly marked. After the two-hour limit, you must move your vehicle to a non-adjoining space. Having additional time on the meter after two hours has no bearing on this violation. In other words, you can still be cited for the two-hour limit even though the meter has not yet expired. Each two-hour period over the limit will result in an additional citation, so it is important when parking in a metered space that you move your vehicle every two hours.
Pay your tickets promptly. By city ordinance, fines are substantially increased if a ticket is not paid within five straight days. Tickets may be paid as follows: At the Athens Police Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Online By calling (800) 984-5973 By placing the ticket and exact fine amount in the provided courtesy envelope and depositing it in the yellow courtesy boxes located on various meters throughout the metered parking area. Do not place your tickets in a US Postal Service mail box. If you have questions about parking in Athens, call our Parking Enforcement Division at (740) 592-3308.
The City maintains a right-of-way, which is City property, to contain roadways, curbs, sidewalks, utilities, graded areas and shade trees. Typically, the right-of-way is 50-60 feet wide. [21.05.07] Trees in the right-of-way are the property of the City. You can also check the Athens County Auditor website for the location of the City right-of-way or City-owned property. You may also contact the City of Athens Code Office for right-of-way information at 740.592.3306.
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For non-emergency tree removal requests, complete a tree removal request form along with the reason the tree should be removed (safety concern, tree is diseased, vehicle site distance concern, etc.). The request will be reviewed by the City.
The person shall either replace the tree with one of similar type and size, as determined by the shade tree commission, or be required to plant at the site of the removal or elsewhere. In addition to the penalties provided by the city code, the City of Athens may institute appropriate civil proceedings to enforce compliance. In addition, the person shall be deemed guilty of a minor misdemeanor and fined not more than $100.00 for each violation.
Tree removal on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. Tree removal on public property may be completed at the City’s expense if approved by the City Service-Safety Director.
For non-emergency tree pruning requests, complete a tree pruning request form along with the reason the tree should be pruned (safety concern, damaging private property, vehicle site distance concern, etc.). The request will be reviewed by the City.
The person will be deemed guilty of a minor misdemeanor and fined not more than $100.00 for each violation.
Tree pruning on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. Tree pruning on public property may be completed at the City’s expense if approved by the City Service-Safety Director.
In most areas, the sidewalk and utility poles are in the public right-of-way. Trees in this area are typically also on City property. You can also check the Athens County Auditor website for the location of the City right-of-way or City-owned property. You may also contact the City of Athens Code Office for right-of-way information at 740.592.3306.
You should first contact your insurance company to let them know about the accident. The insurance company will be able to guide you through the process.
Yes, although there are recommended pruning techniques that will keep your trees safe and healthy. Contact the City of Athens Shade Tree Commission for recommendations on tree pruning.
To plant a tree or shrub, complete a tree planting request form. The request will be reviewed by the City.