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A Zoning permit is required for both. A building permit is also required for storage buildings over 200 sq. ft.
Please see more information at How to Obtain Permits.
Please see Are Permits Required for a list of required building, electrical, HVAC and zoning permits.
Please see How to Obtain Permits for Step by Step Instructions for Obtaining shed, fence,pool and more permits.
Provide the Building/Planning Department with a Residential Bldg/Zoning Permit Application and a site plan (a copy your construction site plan, an aerial view of your lot available at medinacountyauditor.org , or a sketch showing the dimensions of the shed or pool and how far it will be from the side or rear property lines. Fences should be shown in the areas they would located and include the height, and whether it is solid or picket.
Please see How to Obtain Permits for Step by Step Instructions for Obtaining a deck permit
Provide the Building/Planning Department with a Residential Bldg/Zoning Permit Application, a site plan (a copy your construction site plan, an aerial view of your lot available at medinacountyauditor.org , or a sketch showing the dimensions of the deck and how far it will be from the side or rear property lines, and construction plans for the deck, that include dimensions, a down view with post and beam locations, and a completed Your Deck Design form.
Construction drawings need to show all dimensions and components of the structure including a cross section showing the footer, foundation (or post), beams, joists, studs, rafters, floor/wall/roof sheathing, etc., a dimension down-view of the foundation and framing, and any elevations (straight on views) if relevant.
General contractors are not required to be registered with the City. However Electrical and HVAC contractors are required to be registered at this time.
Site plans should be to a designated engineering or architectural scale. Building plans should be a minimum 1/8” architectural scale.
City of Wadsworth
Building and Planning Dept. 120 Maple Street, Wadsworth OH 44281.
An easement is a portion of a property where an entity such as a municipality or utility company has a legal right to utilize the space as necessary to protect and maintain the service located there. The land is owned by the property owner but it’s use is restricted.
Provide the Building Department with a copy of your State license, and proof of Worker’s Compensation along with a completed application and a $50 payment for new registration. Annual renewal is then $20.
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Point of sale inspections are not required in the City.
Temporary garage sales are permitted in the City. There are no permits required.
Contact the Building Department at 330-335-2780, or email@example.com. Provide a detailed description of the issue, the address, and how it can be seen. A complaint form is also available at City Hall or on the Property Maintenance Website where more information is available..
If the new driveway extends through the sidewalk or into the approach, a permit is required from the Engineering Dept.
An alarm registration application can be obtained in the Safety Director's Office.
A vendor's license (solicitor's permit) can be obtained at the Mayor's Office.
Only if the new lines extend into the right of way (under sidewalk to street) is an Engineering Right of Way Permit required.
The initial service drop and one television set connection are included at no charge. Additional charges may apply for drops over 200 feet from the street. If we have to run through an attic, there is an additional charge of $100.
Additional outlets are either $25 (no wall fish) or $45 (if we have to wall fish).
We can provide you with a basic set top converter with remote control for a monthly rental fee. This device offers on/off (of your television), channel up/down, and volume up/down (option – If you have a newer VCR you could use it as a tuner also).
No. However, rental of a digital set top box is required for each TV where the premium channels will be viewed.
Typically between 3 and 4 sets can be connected without degrading picture quality. In some cases depending on length and quality of in-house wiring, a distribution amplifier may be required.
A distribution amplifier may be needed in installation with 4 or more TV’s connected and long cable lengths. In most cases, this will be assessed at the time your installation is performed. Installers will check at each television set to verify proper signal strength. In the event a distribution amplifier is needed, one will be provided for a one-time charge.
People may have their service stopped for periods of two to six months by notifying the communications office.
If you are currently a cable subscriber or not, a new service drop may need to be installed.
It is a utility replacement and streetscape improvement plan for the downtown core. This project will include:
It is a multimillion-dollar project, but we are too early in the process to estimate the exact cost.
The City is utilizing many different funding sources, including utility funds, grants, street improvement funds, general fund, along with assessments to cover the significant portion of the project.
Our goal is to preserve as much as parking possible and will look to add even more parking.
Our goal is to begin construction after the planning, design, and engineering phases are complete. It is too early at this point to determine the start or completion dates. The anticipated duration of construction is approximately one year.
Expect the same maintenance responsibilities as exist with current conditions.
Call One Call at 811 or Ohio Utilities Protection Service at 800-362-2764. The Electric Division is a member of the Ohio Utilities Protection Service. Call two working days (48 hours) before you dig so that underground utilities can be located to prevent accidental damage or service interruption.
Call the Utility Billing division at 330-335-2700.
If you are having a problem with my electric service or an outage, please call the Electric Division at 330-335-2833.
If there is a street light not working, please call the Electric Division at 330-335-2833.
After contacting the Electric Division (330-335-2833) to report the outage, you should unplug all non essential appliances. Also, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Continually opening and closing these doors will result in faster loss of cold air. If you think you may have heard something that may have caused the outage, please report the noise to the Electric Division by calling 330-335-2833.
Yes, but the Electric Division requires a ten foot clearance in all directions from the enclosure. You may install plantings closer to the enclosure, but the Electric Division reserves the right to cut down or trim plantings in order to gain safe and prompt access to the enclosure. Call the electric division for further information at 330-335-2833. Please remember to contact Ohio Utilities Protection Service before digging at 800-362-2764.
Trimming the entire length of a power line as part of a regular maintenance program allows us to trim more efficiently and improves electric service to all the customers who get their power from that line. Your safety is important around trees You should not attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near any overhead power lines. Only specially-trained line clearing professionals should work around power lines.
These outages occur when protective devices, called reclosers, operate. When a recloser detects an object interfering with a line, they de-energize the line briefly to determine if the interference is permanent or if it is simply a momentary problem. If the recloser determines that the interference was temporary, the line will re-energize. If the interference is detected to be permanent, the recloser will de-energize the line. These brief outages are usually caused by wildlife, trees, or lightning.
When you're calling to report an outage, hundreds of other people may be trying to do the same. Please be patient, we will answer your call as soon as possible. Remember the number to call to report an outage is 330 335-2833.
It can be difficult to distinguish between a power, cable, or telephone line, so you must regard any down line as energized and potentially dangerous. If there is water near the line, the risk is even greater, since water conducts electricity. Never touch a downed wire regardless of how harmless it looks! Keep children away from this potential hazard. Call Wadsworth Electric 330-335-2833 to report any downed lines or equipment.
Wadsworth Municipal Electric 24 hour emergency phone number is 330-335-2833. Trouble crews are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crews are radio dispatched from 365 Broad Street for emergency repairs and service.
A planned outage is a pre-planned, customer notified time period where the customers' electric service will not be available. Generally speaking, planned outages are needed when live line maintenance cannot be performed.
The latest figures from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate that there were 400 total accidental electrocutions in 2000:
But that is only part of the story. The CPSC estimates there is an annual average of 165,380 electrical-related home structure fires, taking an average of 910 lives, injuring nearly 7,000 and causing nearly $1.7 billion in property damage.
Consumers should check for problems with their home electrical systems, and be ever vigilant for electrical hazards around the home and the workplace, like cracked or fraying cords, overheating cords and wall plates, and the presence of overhead and buried power lines when working outdoors. Check outlets and circuits to be sure they aren't overloaded. Make sure to use only the proper wattage light bulbs in light fixtures and lamps. Use extension cords only on a temporary basis, and be sure they are properly rated for their intended use. And always follow appropriate safety precautions and manufacturer's instructions on all electrical items.
Consumers should also remember to test their smoke alarms and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) monthly. Replace smoke detector batteries twice a year. Make sure GFCI protection covers all circuits that come near water sources, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoors, and consider it for whole house coverage. Consider also having arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) installed in your home's electrical panel, particularly for older homes.
Consumers can use ESFI's In Home Electrical Safety Check and Outdoor Electrical Safety Check booklets to conduct an electrical safety audit of their homes. Visit The Electrical Safety Foundation International website for all these and other electrical safety tips.
Electrical systems age and deteriorate just like any man-made product, and as they get older need to be monitored more frequently. As homes grow in their dependence on electricity with the addition of rooms, appliances large and small, and entertainment and computer equipment, electrical systems designed to handle lower electrical demands expected at an earlier point in time can become overburdened and problems can develop. The CPSC and ESFI recommend electrical inspections for the following:
An "electrical inspection" is different from a "home inspection" in that it comprehensively covers only the electrical system, whereas the home inspection goes skin-deep on the structure, plumbing, electrical system and other aspects of the house. Your local city, county or state should have an electrical inspector's office, or a qualified, licensed electrician can do the inspection.
The inspection will help identify problems like frequently blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers, loose connections at outlets, older and deteriorated wiring, and outdated and overburdened electrical service. Repairs could be minor and nominal in cost, such as the cleaning and tightening of connections or the addition of outlets, or more involved running into several thousand dollars, such as the addition of circuits and subpanels, replacement of degraded wiring, or, particularly with older homes, a "heavy-up" - that is, upgrading the electrical service from, for example, 60 amp or 100 amp service to the home to 200 amp service better able to handle today's electric demands. A qualified, licensed electrician can determine if repairs or upgrades are necessary and can estimate the cost.
The third prong on a plug provides a path to ground for electricity that is straying or leaking from a product. This helps protect the equipment and can help prevent electric shock. Consumers should never remove or bend the third prong to fit a two-slot outlet. An adapter may be used safely only if the grounding wire or tab is physically connected to an electrical ground. A safer approach is to find or have installed an appropriate three-slot outlet.
A polarized plug is a plug with one large or wide prong and one narrow one. It ensures that the plug is inserted correctly in a socket for proper flow of electric current, and reduces the risk of electrical shock. Consumers should never force a polarized plug into a non-polarized outlet, or shave the wide prong down to fit. Use an adapter or find an appropriate polarized outlet.
The large box-like device found on the ends of some appliance cords could be an appliance leakage circuit interrupter (ALCI), an immersion detection circuit interrupter (IDCI) or a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Though they work in different ways, they all protect the user against accidental electric shock and electrocution by acting immediately to shut off power to the appliance upon the detection of a "leak" of electric current as may happen when a hair dryer falls into a sink full of water. Even with these devices, if that happens, unplug the device or shut off power to the circuit before reaching in to retrieve the appliance.
Before purchasing or selecting an extension cord for use, consumers should consider how the cord will be used. Make sure the rating on the cord is the same as or higher than the number of watts needed by the product that will be plugged into the cord. Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis, and unplugged and safely stored after every use. Outside the home, use only cords rated for outdoor use, and consider using a portable GFCI.
All residents of Wadsworth 18 years of age or older who had reportable income are required to file an income tax return, even if all the tax you owe was withheld. In addition, all nonresidents are required to file if they engaged in any business activity within the City and had no tax withheld from their earnings, or they have rental property located in Wadsworth. Each business located or performing services within the City is required to file. There is no threshold or benchmark for income or loss; returns are required without regard to the amount.
Retirees are only required to file and pay any tax due if they have earned income of any amount (such as wages for part-time employment, lottery/gambling winnings, rental income/loss, or if they engage in any business activity.) No one pays tax on interest or dividend income, and retirees are not taxed on pensions or Social Security. A retiree who has no taxable income must file an Individual Declaration of Exemption form only the first year they are completely retired (had no taxable income at all), and attach a copy of page 1 of the Federal tax return. By doing this, the account will be inactivated by RITA and nothing would need to be filed in the future for city taxes unless there is earned income.
Any non-retiree over the age of 18 who has no taxable income must file an Individual Declaration of Exemption form each year. Anyone who is on permanent disability can request their account be inactivated by contacting the City Income Tax Office at 330.335.2745, or by contacting RITA at 800.860.7482.
No one under age 18 is required to file a return. However, if your employer withheld Wadsworth taxes, you can and should request a refund, using Form 10A from the RITA website. You will need to provide your W-2 form and a copy of your driver's license, birth certificate or ID card for verification of age.
The filing deadline is the same as your Federal and State returns, usually April 15. However, waiting to file until the last couple of weeks or the last day may result in a long wait, whether you come in for assistance or file at the RITA website. You can file your city tax return as soon as you have all of your tax information. Whether you come in for assistance, or file at the RITA website, your return will be filed electronically, and you do not need to submit anything further unless you are contacted by RITA. You can pay when filing with a debit or credit card, or via direct debit ("ACH") from your bank account, or you can have RITA bill you for any balance due (penalty and interest charges may apply even if you pay the balance due when filing.) NOTE: As of October 1, 2018, there is a 2.75% fee charged when paying by debit or credit card. This fee is charged to RITA by a third party vendor and is not retained by RITA or the City of Wadsworth. This fee does not apply when paying by ACH. When paying by ACH, you must provide your bank routing and account number.
You can also e-file or obtain the tax forms you need at the RITA website. All completed paper returns, as well as returns prepared by your tax professional, must be postmarked by the due date if mailed to RITA.
A federal income tax filing extension also acts as an extension of time to file your City tax return. You do not need to submit a copy of the extension by the annual filing due date. When you file your City tax return, we suggest that you attach a copy of your extension to potentially avoid a late filing penalty. If you have not requested or received a federal extension, you may receive a six-month extension for filing your City tax return by submitting Form 32-EXT to RITA on or before the annual filing due date. This form is available at the RITA website. Remember: An extension to file the annual return is not an extension to pay - the tax owed is still due by the annual filing due date.
Yes. The City has a mandatory filing requirement, so every resident over the age of 18 must file an annual return, even if your employer withholds all of your taxes.
You cannot always rely on a mailing address to determine the city in which you live or work. The U.S. Postal Service establishes mailing addresses based upon the post office that services the address. Similarly, you cannot rely on your school district, since those do not always follow city boundaries.
If you are a registered voter, it is easy to determine your city of residence; if you voted for the mayor, you live in the city.
If you moved recently, or are not registered to vote, you may call the City Income Tax Office at 330.335.2745 to verify if you live in the city, or whether your Wadsworth employer is located within the City.
Employers may also call the Income Tax Office to verify whether their employees are working within Wadsworth City limits.
Yes, you have to pay a residence tax on income taxed by another city. You receive credit for up to 1% of the tax that you pay to the city where you work, so if you are paying at least 1% to your employment city, your Wadsworth residence tax is 0.4%. (As of January 1, 2012, the Wadsworth City income tax rate changed to 1.4%, effective for income earned/paid after January 1, 2012; for tax years prior to 2012, the Wadsworth City income tax rate was 1.3%.)
The City of Columbus Income Tax website shows income rates for every municipality in the State of Ohio. To view detail data for listed municipalities, you must configure your system to allow pop-up windows to appear while viewing data from this site.
The City of Wadsworth income tax ordinance states that if your tax liability is greater than $200, at least 90% of your current year tax liability or 100% of last year's tax liability must be paid by the due date (see note below) to avoid potential penalty and interest charges on underpaid taxes. We can estimate your taxes based on your pay stub, and you can pay the estimated amount by the due date. After you get your W-2, your actual tax liability for the year will be calculated, and any estimates paid deducted from the amount due. Overpaid taxes will be credited to next year's liability or a refund will be issued under certain circumstances.
Note: For individual taxpayers, for tax year 2018 and beyond (returns due in 2019 and beyond), the final due date for paying estimated tax is January 15. This is a change in the law mandated by the State. For business taxpayers, the final due date remains December 15.
Yes, you absolutely should file your return by the due date whether or not you are able to pay the entire amount of tax that you owe. You will receive a bill for the balance owed including late payment penalty and interest charges. You should contact RITA to make arrangements for payment of the billed charges.
No, and in fact, if you are still married, since there are no advantages or disadvantages one way or the other, we would prefer you file a joint return. However, if you need to file separately, you may do so, and you should continue to do so for each year thereafter.
You are required by State law to pay estimated taxes only If your estimated tax for the year is greater than $200. You can receive quarterly bills for your estimated taxes by completing the estimated tax section on the annual tax return or by creating an account at the RITA website and setting this up. Effective for tax years beginning in 2016, you will not be penalized for not making estimated tax payments if your tax liability is less than $200, provided your return was timely filed.
Effective for tax years beginning in 2016, you will not be penalized for not making estimated tax payments unless your tax liability is greater than $200. There are two ways to avoid being penalized:
If you do one of these two things, you will not be subject to penalty or interest, provided your annual tax return is timely filed.
There could be many reasons why you received this bill. The best thing to do is contact RITA at 800.860.7482, and they will tell you why you got the bill. Also, the City’s Income Tax Office personnel can explain this to you. You can reach the Office at 330.335.2745 or via email: LMiller@wadsworthcity.org.
Please note: Penalty and interest are charged on unpaid income tax and unpaid employer withholding tax. The interest rates are set annually by state law. The interest rate applied to each calendar year is the July Federal Short-Term Rate, rounded to the nearest whole percent, plus 5% (Federal short-term rates are found here.)
Here are the interest rates: Tax year Interest Rate
Outside agencies have available many resources for compliance to which the City cannot gain access. Additionally, we have evaluated the cost of doing all of the work associated with administration of income taxes versus the cost of outsourcing, and it was decided several years ago that contracting with an agency was the most cost-effective way to go. For many years we used CCA (The Central Collection Agency), and as of January 1, 2016 we changed to RITA (The Regional Income Tax Agency.) As of this date, all tax filings should be sent to RITA, even for prior years.
We work closely with these agencies, and if you ever have any issues or concerns with them, please contact the City Income Tax Office at 330.335.2745 or LMiller@WadsworthCity.org.
If reading this list raises a question for you, please contact the City Income Tax Office at 330.335.2745 or via email: LMiller@wadsworthcity.org.
On a cash basis, the City of Wadsworth collected $10,208,997 in income taxes in 2019. For more information, please visit the City of Wadsworth Tax Allocations page.
When you enroll, we'll connect an indoor Peak Rewards web-programmable thermostat or an outdoor switch near your central air conditioning unit. On selected days from June through September (Peak Savings Days), we'll automatically cycle participating central air conditioners to help balance the region's demand for electricity. These events are known as "conservation periods".
Larger containers can be used-usually 80 to 99 gallons. Lifting is done mechanically resulting in less injuries and less labor costs.
The homeowner is responsible for the maintenance and replacement of their water service to the city's shut off. This connection is called the curb valve and is normally found in the tree lawn area of each building. It is recognizable by a black round metal disc with the word water across the top. The city will make repairs to the service on the "street side of this connection".
There are only two types of protection orders available through the law director's office. The first is a temporary protection order that is filed in conjunction with a criminal complaint for domestic violence or threatening domestic violence. The other is an anti-stalking protection order. Again this is filed in conjunction with certain types of criminal charges such as assault, menacing, etc.
Civil protection orders and civil anti-stalking protection orders are available through the Medina Common Pleas Court. These orders are not related to criminal charges. The law director's office cannot assist in obtaining these orders. It is recommended that those individuals seeking these types of protection orders speak to a private attorney for more information.
Matters related to a possible violation of an order issued by a domestic relations court must be addressed with the court that issued the order. This matter may be heard before the issuing court in a civil contempt of court hearing. It is recommended that you contact your private attorney to discuss this issue in greater detail.
Unfortunately, the law directors office cannot help individuals with a private legal issue. The responsibility of the law director is to represent the City of Wadsworth and the city's officials in making decisions that affect the city. The area of landlord/tenant law is a very broad subject and it is recommended that an individual contact a private attorney for guidance in this area.
Yes, the city has an ordinance that pertain to dangerous dogs. The ordinance defines dangerous and vicious dogs. View the ordinance in its entirety in the Codified Ordinances of the City of Wadsworth, § 90.32. Contact the clerk of council or the law director's department if you have more questions about this subject.
No, the City of Wadsworth does not have a loose cat ordinance.
Visit the costs, deposits, and fees page to check out the current court costs.
If you do not show up for a scheduled court appearance for a criminal or traffic case in municipal court, you should expect a warrant to be issued for your arrest. This warrant is called a Capias and usually has a bond amount stated within the document. Once you are arrested, the bond must be posted to secure your release from jail. In order to avoid the issuance of a Capias, please see the next question. A Capias also can be expected if you do not pay the fine and do not show up on the date ordered by the court.
You should know that once a Capias is issued, the Clerk of Court can notify the BMV. The BMV in turn blocks the person's driver's license and vehicle registration issuance/renewal, and assesses the person a $15 fee. If you missed a court appearance or failed to pay a fine for a criminal case and think a Capias may have been issued for your arrest, you should immediately call your attorney, if you have one. In any case, you may call the Clerk of Court's office at 330-335-1596 to determine whether a Capias has been issued and the amount of any bond. The clerk's office should be able to give you instructions on how to post bond or otherwise respond to the Capias.
Your failure to appear for a scheduled appearance for a civil case can result in the case being dismissed if you filed the complaint, or a default judgment being rendered against you, if the suit was brought against you.
Small Claims Court is a division of the Wadsworth Municipal Court (each county in Ohio has one). Small Claims was created by the Ohio Legislature to permit easy access to court for persons with the disputes involving relatively small amounts of money. Cases are heard by the judge but the procedure used by the court is less formal.
The plaintiff (person filing the case) must fill out a form which shall state the nature of the claim and the amount allegedly owed. The claim must be filed under oath.
The plaintiff must provide the court with the address of both parties, the plaintiff and the defendant (person being sued). The court notifies both parties of the trial date, and sends the defendant a copy of the claim.
If you have been cited with Distracted Driving, per HB 95, the fine amount for your ticket will be an additional $100.
For information on the Ohio BMV Driver Training Court for Distracted Drivers [ORC 4511.991], refer to the Ohio BMV website: https://www.drivertraining.ohio.gov
Please note: If you plan to complete the Distracted Driver Training Course, you must notify the Court prior to your arraignment date.
You can go to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles website and obtain an unofficial copy of your driving record.
Yes, we accept filings by fax, except we cannot accept an original complaint.
If you are scheduled for a Court appearance and you are legitimately and unavoidably detained (for example, if you are a truck driver and you are out of state), file a written request for a continuance with the Clerk's office. File the request before your court date. You may fax this request to the Court at 330-335-2723.
Your request will be reviewed and ruled upon by the Judge. If your request is granted, you will be notified of your next Court appearance by mail. Make sure the Court has a proper phone number and mailing address.
Failure to appear in court can lead to your arrest and incarceration. If you cannot appear in Municipal Court, do as many of the following as soon as you can:
Please keep in mind that the Judge decides whether an arrest warrant is issued for your failure to appear, whether you are granted a continuance, or whether some other action is taken because you failed to appear. In appropriate cases, sanctions for failure to appear may include a person being prohibited from getting a driver's license, license plates or transferring a vehicle. Taking some action to inform court authorities you cannot appear will almost certainly be better than doing nothing at all. Please note that a request for a continuance must be in writing and may be sent as a fax to 330-335-2723.
Some court costs are required by the State. Mostly, court costs are required because every traffic citation or criminal complaint which is filed with the court must be entered into the court's computer system, and every document filed in each case must be put in a file, which the Clerk of Court is required to keep as a public record. This work must be done and the paper work is generated regardless of whether or not you appear.
The jurisdiction of the Wadsworth Municipal Court is more than just the city of Wadsworth. Check out the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court.
There are no facilities at the court to keep children occupied, so please make arrangements for your children to be taken care of when you have to come to court.
The defendant is under the supervision of Lake Erie Interlock and Home Arrest, Inc., but remains in their own house instead of being incarcerated in the Medina County Jail. The defendant wears an electronic monitoring device to ensure compliance. The defendant pays for the cost of this program.
Lake Erie Interlock and Home Arrest, Inc, requires a $50 installation fee and charges $12 per day with an alcohol monitor, $9 per day without an alcohol monitor, and $10 per day for a cell unit.
The types of Bond are as follows:
If you post a bond for someone and you want to make sure you (and only you) can get the money back, make sure you are named on the receipt as the person who posted the bond. If you are not named and the receipt is written in the name of the arrested person, that person will be able to use the money toward his fine and costs and the balance will be refunded to the arrested person. Your money will not be refunded until the case is completely finished. That could take several months.
No; one objective of Small Claims is to make it possible for individuals to argue their own cases without the added expense, since procedures are not as strict as those in regular court. You may use an attorney if you want, but one is not required. A corporation should be represented by an attorney.
While the statute allows for an officer of the corporation, or a salaried employee to present its claim or defense, they may not engage in cross-examination, argument or other acts of advocacy. Any act of advocacy by a non-attorney constitutes the unauthorized practice of law. The practice of law includes the preparation of pleadings and other papers incident to actions and the management of such actions and proceedings on behalf of clients before judges and courts. (Refer to section 1925.17 of Ohio Revised Code.)
The most you can sue for in Small Claims is $6,000.
Note, however, that a defendant (person sued) may file a counterclaim against you. The limit for a counterclaim is also $6,000.
The cost for filing a Small Claim case is usually $54, plus $10 for each additional defendant. You must pay the cost when you file your case. You may file a claim in the court having jurisdiction over the area in which the defendant lives, or where the claim arose, or, if the defendant lives out of state, where you live.
Small Claims can only decide claims for money. The Small Claims judge cannot order a defendant to do anything other than pay a specific sum of money. Thus, you must be able to put a price tag on any damages you have suffered as a result of the defendant's actions.
Small Claims does not have jurisdiction in such actions as libel, slander, repossession or any other kinds of cases which do not involve actual monetary damages. If you have a dispute with your mechanic, for example you can base an action on you bills or the estimate cost of redoing his work.
However, you cannot ask the court to make the mechanic fix your car or release it before payment of a bill. Typical cases involve contact disputes, rental security deposits claims, accident damages, etc. Small Claims is also used by many merchants to sue consumers who have defaulted on loan agreements.
When both parties appear, the judge listens to both sides of the story and renders a decision. If the defendant does not appear, the court may grant a default judgment. If the plaintiff does not appear and the defendant does, the court may dismiss the case or grant judgment to the defendant.
Your own testimony and the testimony of your witnesses, given under oath, will be taken as evidence. Written statements may also be given to the court. It is usually better, however, to have a live witness if possible. If your claim is for nonpayment for services rendered, it is important to bring invoices to show what work was done and what is owed.
As more and more residents acquire large refrigerators, freezers, central air conditioners, and other energy-hungry appliances, the demand for energy increases, straining existing supply. Peak Rewards offers leading-edge technology to residents and businesses as part of a voluntary program designed to manage energy during periods of highest demand, reduce the need to build costly power plants, and avert unanticipated energy shortages and power interruptions before they occur.
When a conservation period is called, your device will receive a signal through your broadband connection that will put your cooling unit's compressor into a "conservation mode". Your compressor will operate half the time it did during the hour prior to the conservation period. The fan will continue to circulate air throughout your facility even though the compressor has reduced operating time.
To enroll in Peak Rewards, you'll be invited to select the technological device we will install for your participation. Choose installation of either an indoor web-programmable thermostat or an outdoor switch.
Depending on the specific characteristics of your facility, you may or may not notice when a conservation period is occurring. Variables such as insulation, shaded windows, the addition of ceiling fans, and the amount of foot traffic can also affect the temperature. During a conservation period, the temperature in a typical facility may increase 1 to 3 degrees.
Your $25 installation credit will be applied to your electric bill the following month after the control device is installed. Your $40 annual participation credits will be split into 4 monthly credits, $10 per month June to September. Your monthly bill credits will be applied in the next billing cycle for the previous month of participation.
Credit will only be applied if the account is marked as participating on the last day of the bill period. You will receive full credit for the full month of participation in the program as long as your account is marked as participating on the last day of the month (June to September).
Additional devices are also eligible for monthly participation bill credits. Qualifying pool pumps earn a $1 per month bill credit (June to September). Participating hot water heaters earn $1.50 per month bill credit (June to September).
In order to receive the entire available credits in a calendar year, your device must be installed prior to your June bill. Although the City of Wadsworth cannot guarantee installation, if you enroll and schedule your appointment prior to March 30, you are most likely to have the device installed prior to your June bill (even if you receive your bill early in June).
No. Participation is totally voluntary and you do not pay to participate.
The number of conservation periods depends on many factors, including weather, peak electricity demand, and energy costs. Peak Rewards is only activated during times of high electricity demand, emergency conditions, or system testing. In a typical year, one can expect 5 to 7 events.
Conservation periods typically occur on hot weekday afternoons and can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. If an emergency event is called for reliability reasons, it will last until the situation is resolved; therefore the City of Wadsworth cannot state how long a conservation period of this type may last.
Times of peak electricity demand occur when everyone uses a lot of electricity at the same time, creating stresses on a limited energy supply. The frequency of critical peak demand periods has increased as the population and the use of electric appliances has grown.
Peak Rewards is just one way the City of Wadsworth is managing the rising demand for electricity, to avert power outages while keeping electricity rates low, deferring the construction of high cost power plants, and helping the environment by reducing emissions produced on hot, humid days.
Check your web-programmable thermostat. When a conservation period occurs, the LED will glow red and the display will read "Event in Progress" at the top of the screen. The center of the control arrows will maintain a steady light for the duration of the period.
If you have an outdoor switch, you will need to go outside to inspect the device. A red LED will appear in the window of the outdoor switch throughout the conservation period.
Yes. This could occur, and in that event you would be required to participate per the program rules and the customer agreement.
All customers are permitted to override 1 non-Priority control period during the cooling season. If a participant chooses to override a second event during the season, they would forgo their monthly bill credit for that month. Participants who wish to override a control period will need to call our Peak Rewards Service Center at 330-335-2861.
If a customer withdraws from the Peak Rewards program, they will forgo any future monthly participation bill credits. At this time, the City of Wadsworth does not plan to remove the web-programmable thermostat or outdoor switch in the event of withdrawal. If you are interested in leaving Peak Rewards, please call us at 330-335-2861.
The City of Wadsworth electric customers use more electricity during the summer season than at other times of the year. As the area grows and more new and existing customers install central air conditioners, demand for electricity reaches higher and higher peaks in the summer, putting a strain on the power system.
Participating in Peak Rewards helps all of us to avoid paying for the construction of new power plants built primarily to operate only during times of very high electricity demand for a handful of hours per year.
Peak period energy is our most expensive. During the "peak demand" times of summer, Peak Rewards works to reduce electricity usage by "cycling" central air conditioners throughout the region, averting power outages. This reduces the need to build costly, new electrical infrastructure that can drive up rates, and reduces the amount of fossil fuel bought and burned to generate power to satisfy demand.
Reducing the use of fossil fuels reduces greenhouse gas emissions. By reducing electricity demand during a conservation period, Peak Rewards also reduces emissions by averting the need for production of additional electricity. When load is highest and supplies are strained, the least efficient power plants must be brought into operation to meet demand or outages become likely.
Lower efficiency electricity production also generally equates with higher emissions. The Peak Rewards approach reduces the urgency in building additional power lines and power stations, thereby preserving our natural environment.
An outdoor switch is a device that is connected near your exterior air conditioning unit. It receives a signal over your broadband connection to cycle your air conditioning compressor (not the whole A/C system), to run half the time it did during the hour prior to the conservation period. The indoor fan will continue to circulate air throughout your facility even though the compressor has reduced operating time.
The outdoor switch will be installed near your outside air conditioning unit, so it is not necessary for you to be available at that time as long as the technician can get to the unit without interference from such obstacles as a locked fence or a dog. Just be sure your outdoor air conditioning unit and electrical safety box are accessible to our technicians.
A Peak Rewards web-programmable thermostat is a digital thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature settings of your facility according to a preset schedule that you choose. This can be done either manually or remotely through an Internet connection.
This differs from other programmable thermostats you can buy and install, in that it allows you to remotely adjust your temperature settings from any computer or smartphone virtually anywhere in the world. During times of peak electricity demand, your Peak Rewards web-programmable thermostat will receive a signal through your broadband connection to initiate a conservation period.
Internet access to your Peak Rewards thermostat is through a web page, with a secure password you select and only you know. All that the City of Wadsworth can do with your password is reset it if you forget it and verify you are the customer on the account. You are the only one with control over this feature, and access is shielded behind security measures designed to protect the confidential customer information of all of our customers.
Once you access the Internet web page, you can change your thermostat settings no matter where you are, at any time of day. This feature may be particularly useful if you suddenly find you are going to be away for an extended period and want to change your settings, or you are going to return earlier than planned.
Yes. Our technicians will custom install the thermostat inside your facility. You must first call to schedule an appointment, then be available to allow our technician entry to your facility to perform the installation.
Installation of the new thermostat and removal of your old thermostat will take approximately an hour. However, our technician will spend as much time as needed, helping you program your new thermostat, and answering any questions you may have about its operation or the Peak Rewards program.
Generally, installation takes place within one month of your enrollment, though you can schedule an installation any time that is most convenient for you, including Saturdays.
If you have a question about your energy device installation or about the program, just call us toll-free at 1-866-224-8287, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for prompt customer service and technical assistance. If there is an issue after 6 p.m., an after-hours technician is available for emergency calls.
Once the technician is on-site, he or she may determine that your air conditioning system either has a problem that prevents installation without repairs being done first, or is not compatible with the equipment being installed. Should this happen, the technician will inform you of the findings and your options.
The energy saving benefits of programmable thermostats have been explored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). According to the DOE, depending on usage patterns and how effectively you program the thermostat, it is possible to save as much as 10% on cooling and heating costs, assuming winter set backs and summer set forwards when the facility is empty.
Yes, only you can decide what's appropriate for you. However, we want to make sure you are aware that the temperature inside the facility may increase during a conservation period, and you should take that into consideration before enrolling.
To qualify for Peak Rewards, you should be a business with a central air conditioning unit and be a City of Wadsworth electric customer. Hot water heaters are also eligible for enrollment. Since conservation periods are initiated by sending a broadband signal to the Peak Saver device, customers must have a broadband connection to participate. If you have any questions about whether or not your business qualifies, please contact us prior to enrollment at 1-866-224-8287.
The following equipment does not qualify for Peak Rewards and are therefore unable to receive an energy saving device:
If you have any questions about whether or not your business qualifies, please contact us prior to enrollment at 1-866-224-8287.
Our technician will assess the condition of your unit(s) when he arrives onsite for device installation. If there are problems that can be repaired or remedied, and that allow you to participate, the technician will explain the situation and your options, and you will be able to participate once the system repairs are completed by your HVAC contractor. (Our technicians are not allowed to make repairs for you.)
If there are fundamental or major problems with your system, which may include you having one of a few particular brands/models of systems that are inherently incompatible with the Peak Rewards equipment, you will also be notified of the situation, and what options, if any, exist for you to participate.
It all comes down to supply and demand. The cost of electricity is higher when the demand is high and people are using a lot of electricity – typically in the morning and around dinnertime. In the evenings, on weekends and on holidays the demand for power goes down and so does the cost for electricity. With Right Time Pricing, the City of Wadsworth puts information, technology and control in your hands to take advantage of the lower rates that are available during off-peak hours.
Right Time Pricing is open to both residential and commercial customers who have their electric service with the City of Wadsworth. Rates vary depending on which of these accounts you have as well as if your home/business is within the city limits.
Lower average rates may be achieved with Right Time Pricing, if you take measures to reduce on-peak usage.
Summer on-peak days are when Right Time Pricing rates are highest. You may save money by making a few, small changes in your home before and during the summer on-peak season. You can:
Weekends and holidays are considered off-peak, so your savings continue.
You won't need any special wiring. Your home has already been upgraded with the required meter.
Our web-programmable thermostat and in-home display keep you informed about your electricity use – and what you're paying for it. Both devices allow you to conveniently access important usage data to help you save money and energy. Using a programmable thermostat can help you save on your heating and cooling costs.
Customers must have central air conditioning and a broadband connection to select the thermostat for their Right Time Pricing device. Customers who do not have central air conditioning or do not have a broadband connection will receive an in-home display as their Right Time Pricing device.
If your on-peak usage is relatively high, or you are unable to shift much of your usage to off-peak hours, your bill could actually increase. Plan and use energy wisely to get the most savings.
Enrollment in Right Time Pricing requires a one-year commitment. After one year, you will automatically continue with the Right Time Pricing rates unless you request to move to a different rate structure.
The system allows the Sanitation Department to more efficiently collect Solid Waste from the residents by utilizing the latest technology in garbage collection trucks. One operator can service more homes than a crew of two did before.
Larger containers can be used-usually 80 to 99 gallons. Lifting is done mechanically resulting in fewer injuries and less labor costs.
Each City resident has a 96 or 65 gallon wheeled cart. The monthly fees are currently $15 per 96 gallon container and $12 per 65 gallon container. View non-resident rates.
An exemption application can be requested from the Sanitation Department by calling 330-335-2847. Once the Sanitation Exemption Form (PDF) is received, verified, and approved, a Sanitation Department supervisor will contact you to discuss an alternate point of collection for your cart. You will also need to download and fill out the Medical Exemption Form 1 (PDF) and Medical Exemption Form 2 (PDF).
The City's Sanitation Department will maintain carts due to normal wear and tear. All problems with carts can be reported to the Sanitation Department at 330-335-2847. It is suggested that garbage be placed in plastic bags then placed in the cart.
Occasional rinsing of the cart can help keep odors from forming. Damage due to resident's failure to secure cart between collections will be charged to the resident.
Place the cart near the street between 5 and 11:30 p.m. the night before your collection day. The metal lift bar should be facing the street.
The City's Sanitation Department collects at night to avoid traffic and parked vehicles. Carts must be removed from the collection area by 7 p.m. the day of pick up.
Effective 2013, the City of Wadsworth Sanitation Department no longer works on designated holidays. The department will run a day behind all week, finishing up on Saturdays.
The carts are the property of the City of Wadsworth. The serial number of each cart is recorded and assigned to your residence. When moving, the cart is to stay at the address it was assigned to.
If you are moving into a newly constructed home, a cart will be delivered when application for City utility services is made.
All household refuse, trash, and garbage. Carts should not weigh more than 200 pounds.
The following items cannot be put in the cart:
Occasional extra trash can be taken to the City's Solid Waste Transfer Station. If an additional cart is required, call the Sanitation Department at 330-335-2847 for assistance. Extra carts can be requested based on a minimum 6 month rental for $7 a month. Just phone the department to order a 2nd or 3rd cart rental at your location.
For questions regarding who owns a parcel of real estate, the office to contact is the Medina County Auditor. The County Auditor can be reached at 844-722-3800, ext. 9754.
There may, or may not be anything wrong with the water supply. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is requiring that we notify residents of the potential for contamination due to a depressurization of the water main in your area.
A boil order has been issued to your water system because either technical/physical problems in the water system have increased the possibility of bacterial contamination, or recent testing has shown the presence of organisms that could cause illness (e.g., fecal or E. coli bacteria).
The City is required to collect one set of samples for each depressurization. These samples require 24 hours of incubation time before the results can be determined. Assuming the tests are negative customers will receive a green door tag notifying that the water has been cleared for normal use. If the samples collected are found to have bacteria then additional testing will take place and the boil order will remain in effect until all samples pass and you receive a green door tag. If you have a question about an issued boil order please call 330-334-1581 ext 3002.
Boiling the water is the best way to ensure that it is free of illness-causing organisms. Bring water to a rolling boil for a minimum of two minutes. When it cools, refrigerate the water in clean containers. A pinch of salt per quart may improve the rather "flat" taste of boiled water.
Buying bottled water may be a feasible alternative to boiling water. Bottled water operations are routinely inspected, and samples are periodically analyzed to ensure they meet health standards.
Use the following guidelines to see what you can use your tap water for:
It is recommended that you wash your hands using soap and either bottled water or pre-boiled water. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer may also be used.
The risk of bathing or showering in tap water is uncertain and so should be avoided, particularly by people with open wounds or who are immuno-compromised. For those people who choose to shower or bathe in the tap water, minimize the time spent in the water and be sure to keep your eyes and mouth closed. Babies and young children should not bathe or shower in tap water because they often swallow some water accidentally.
You may use a dishwasher if it has a sanitizing cycle. If it does not have a sanitizing cycle, or you are not sure if it does, you may hand wash dishes and utensils by following these steps:
None of these devices should be used if they are directly connected to your water supply. Also, filters are unacceptable for removing bacteria. Once you have been notified that the boil order has been lifted, these devices should be cleaned and sanitized according to the operator's manual for the device.
Although pets are not normally affected by the same diseases as humans, caution suggests giving pets pre-boiled or bottled water.
Anyone who ingests contaminated water may become ill. Infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems are more at risk of illness.
Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and possible jaundice and associated headaches and fatigue. Symptoms may appear as early as a few hours to several days after infection and may last more than two weeks. These symptoms, however, are not just associated with disease-causing organisms in drinking water; they may also be caused by a number of other factors. If you are ill with these symptoms, contact your health care provider.
There is nothing you can do about the exposure you have already received. If you become ill, contact your health care provider.
E. coli is a sub-group of the fecal coliform bacteria group. There are many strains of E. coli, most of which are harmless, but some strains can cause illness. E. coli outbreaks receive much media coverage. Most outbreaks have been related to food contamination (not water) caused by a specific strain of E. coli known as E. coli O157:H7.
When a drinking water sample is reported as "E. coli positive," it does not mean that this specific strain is present and in fact, it is probably not present. However, it does indicate recent fecal contamination. Boiling or treating contaminated drinking water with a disinfectant destroys all forms of E. coli, including O157:H7.
This falls under the duties of the meter department. Call the Utility office at City Hall at 330-335-2700 and tell them that you "need the water off at the curb". They will take your information and set up a time for a technician to do this for you.
If scheduled during the week and during normal working hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. there is no charge. There is a charge if needed after working hours or on weekends.
Call the City Utility Office at City Hall at 330-335-2700 and they will schedule a technician to come out and repair the meter. There is no charge unless negligence is determined i.e. continued freezing of the meter because it was not protected from freezing conditions, or if repair is needed after normal working hours, then there would be a service call charge.
During the day call the Water Distribution Department at 330-335-2830, City Hall at 330-335-1521, or the Water Treatment Plant at 330-334-1581 and, after working hours call the Water Treatment Plant or the Police Department. They will contact us and we will investigate.
Watermain breaks can cause serious damage to roadways, please do not assume that someone has already called. We make repairs to these main breaks as soon as possible.
The technician who investigated it will make all attempts to notify you as soon as they know whose responsibility it is to repair. You will be given a reasonable amount of time to make the repairs. If you fail to make such repairs in the amount of time given, your water will be shut off until you make such repairs.
Wadsworth has been testing for lead since 1992, as required by the EPA, with no violations.
When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize your risk for lead exposure by flushing your tap water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using for drinking or cooking.
The City of Wadsworth is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing materials. Corrosive water can cause the lead in those components to "leach" into the water.
Wadsworth is lucky to get its water from wells, which helps ensuring it is non corrosive much easier. Although we had already stable water and had never had an issue with lead and copper testing, in 1998 Wadsworth started a voluntary corrosion control program.
It was determined that we should feed Zinc Orthophosphate to the water. This chemical coats the water line with a protective layer that prevents any lead from leaching out of the pipes.
Wadsworth's raw water supply has a hardness of approximately 300 to 350 milligrams per liter. Through the treatment process, the hardness is reduced to a range of 180 to 250 milligrams per liter (expressed as Calcium Carbonate) or 11 to 15 Grains of Hardness.
The degree of hardness a person tolerates is a matter of personal preference. A general rule of thumb is if your water is more than 120 milligrams per liter you might consider a water softener to reduce the formation of scale in your hot water system and make washing easier. Water softeners typically replace nontoxic hardness minerals with sodium which may be a concern for those on sodium restricted diets.
Yes, regularly. The Water Treatment Plant is certified in both Wet Chemistry and Microbiology. Our lab and our plant operators are certified by the Ohio EPA to conduct testing on our water.
The lab and operators must be surveyed and re-certified every 3 years to maintain our labs certification and to remain in compliance with state and federal regulations. Testing is conducted at the different processes of water treatment and also by taking samples at randomly selected customer locations. Some contaminant testing is performed by outside labs due to cost and the infrequency of testing.
Our water is of excellent quality. It meets or exceeds all state and federal regulations.
Water produced by the City's Water Treatment Plant meets all, and in most cases is better than rigorous national drinking water quality standards. If not properly maintained, home purification and/or filtration systems can actually cause water quality problems.
A carbon type filter may be beneficial for those sensitive to chlorine but frequent filter changes must be made to prevent bacterial problems from developing. Determining if a water purifier or filter would be beneficial is a personal decision.
Natural groundwater in this area has around 0.3 milligrams per liter of fluoride in it. We add extra fluoride to the water to bring the level up to 0.8 to 1.2 milligrams per liter. Studies have shown that water with a fluoride level of 1 milligrams per liter will help prevent tooth decay. The State of Ohio mandated water fluoridation for all communities greater than 5000 in 1969.
Yes, state law requires that we chlorinate our water supply and maintain a minimum chlorine residual in the distribution system of at least 0.2 milligrams per liter. Typically water leaving the water treatment plant has a chlorine level around 1 milligram per liter.
If you want a drink with different taste you may want to try bottled water, but the costs are approximately 1,000 times as much as your tap water. In many cases bottled water is just "city" water re-purified. The bottled water industry is less regulated than municipal water treatment plants.
Water produced by the City's Water Treatment Plant meets all, and in most cases is better than, rigorous national drinking water quality standards.
We test the water in the city daily, and throughout the treatment plant processes 3 times a day. We also conduct routine bacteria samples throughout the city weekly to ensure that your water is safe. With that being said, if you have a concern or question we urge you to call us and we will speak to you over the phone and/or come out and collect a sample from your home.
We do only test residents of the City of Wadsworth city water, no private wells. Please call us at 330-335-2832 or 330-334-1581, ext 3002.
The black ring is caused by an airborne fungus. The spores land wherever it is damp and can also be found around the ends of faucets, around leaky faucet handles, and showers. We recommend 3 applications of straight bleach to help kill the spores and leaving the lid to the toilet down.