Frequently Asked Questions

Policy Regarding Door-to-Door Solicitation

Electronic Sign Usage Policy

Pavilion at Rowland Nature Preserve

The pavilion is available on a first come, first served basis.

Rusty Water Coming from your Faucets?

There are times of when the township fire department flushes hydrants.

  • Hydrant flushing enhances water quality by flushing sediment from the mainline pipes, verifies the proper operation of hydrants and valves, and maintains firefighting capability.
  • If you see a crew flushing a hydrant on your street, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is done.
  • You may want to keep bottled water on hand for use during times when flushing will occur. If you see hydrant flushing crews working in the area, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew.

My neighbor’s dog is always barking. I’ve told them about it but it continues.

How does my auto license fee fund the township? Correct license plate renewal helps fund township.

When you renew your auto license plates be sure the taxing district on your form indicates you reside in Elyria Township. It determines the amount of permissive tax you pay and this tax is then distributed to the township.

Make sure the clerk knows you reside in Elyria Township (not the City of Elyria).

These funds are used to plan, construct, maintain and repair public roads, highways, and streets, according to ORC 4504.02.

Citizen Complaint Form

Garage Sales

You do not need a permit in order to have a garage sale. A garage sale cannot last more than one week.

Residential Trash / Republic Services

Below is the wording of an Elyria Township Memorandum of Understanding that the township trustees signed with Republic Services Inc. that returned bulk item pickup to the township beginning March 1, 2010.

A. Supply a 96 or 68-gallon cart for trash services to all residential subscribers within the boundaries of Elyria Township. Carts will be priced according to size and will remain the property of the company supplying the service.

B. Supply a two (2) bag limited hand pick-up service for qualified senior citizens.

C. Supply a 65-gallon cart for curbside recycling services to all residential solid waste customers who subscribe to a company’s solid waste services in Elyria Township. Residential curbside recycling will include #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum and bi-metal cans, glass bottles and jars, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, paperboard and cardboard and will be collected weekly or a minimum of four times per month per participating household.

D. Collect bulk items from individual households who subscribe to solid waste collection service the first full workweek of each month beginning in March 2010. Bulk items will include washers, dryers, household furniture, carpeting, television sets, refrigerators, freezers, window a/c units, dehumidifiers (minus Freon), tables and chairs and up to 3-32 gallon cans or 6 bags of additional household trash. Christmas trees picked up the first full week of January.

Due to the increasing number of bed bug infestations, all mattresses and upholstered furniture MUST be wrapped in plastic in order to be picked up. If a mattress has been ordered for removal and is out for collection on your scheduled bulk pickup day and it is not wrapped in plastic, the hauler will NOT remove the mattress. ALL mattresses, whether infested with bed bugs or not, are now required to be wrapped in plastic. It is a health hazard to the drivers, workers, and residents for the mattresses to be exposed.

The plastic isn’t necessary when disposing mattresses and upholstered furniture during Dumpster Days.

Not permitted at the curb: large car parts, batteries, liquids, extra bags or cans of trash except on bulk week.

Note: Contractors are responsible for removal of building materials and debris.

E. Contract for solid waste services with individual subscribers. Residents will be billed on a quarterly basis.

Damage to your Mailbox by a Township Snowplow

If a township’s snowplow damages your mailbox:

Your mailbox will be repaired or replaced by the township with a standard rural type mailbox on a 4×4 wood post provided that:

  1. Your damaged mailbox had been installed the proper distance from the road berm. (See link below.)
  2. In addition, if the mailbox and its post were deteriorated, the decision to replace either part will be at the discretion of the Elyria Township Road Department. Mailbox Installation Instructions

Open & Recreational Burning

Snow Parking Ban: The sheriff’s department has snow ban stickers and should be monitoring the streets to which they apply. If you have any questions about specific streets, leave a message for the road department at 440.324.3517.

Pool Fences

Contact Tom Blaz or Bev Sams for specific pool fence questions.

Fishing at the Rowland Nature Preserve (excerpted from the Chronicle-Telegram on 3/31/15)

Division of Wildlife fish biologists have already completed a preliminary survey of the fish stock and discovered largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and pumpkinseed sunfish within the lake. The agreement will open up for more extensive surveying in the future and possible fish stocking from ODNR hatcheries.

A resident fishing license for Ohio residents aged 16 to 65 is $19. Seniors can obtain licenses for $10 and children do not need a license. They are good from now until Feb. 29, 2016.

Fishing without a license at the Rowland Nature Preserve Lake is not permitted and is considered a misdemeanor, but Wagner said local law enforcement and wildlife officers are doing everything they can to not issue citations and instead inform residents of the change. Signs are going up on the property as a first step.

Anglers can obtain licenses by mail, online through a secure ODNR website or at local businesses like Discount Drug Mart, Walmart, Elyria Hardware and Elyria Rural King — a full list is available online. The permit fees collected go directly into the Division of Wildlife’s fund base to support recreation and conservation.

For more information, visit or call (800) 945-3543. To contact Elyria Township call (440) 324-9462.

RV Storage / Parking

Resolution 1622 permits the storage for your RV on your property, provided it is stored behind the setback line…typically the front of your house.