City Of Vermilion

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An ordinance to adopt a moratorium on applications for, and the granting of, zoning certificates for using any building in Vermilion for the cultivation, processing, distribution or sale of medical marijuana has been adopted by the City of Vermilion. The moratorium will last for a period not to exceed six months. The City will use the time to review laws.

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Before 9/11, there was Pearl Harbor. A remembrance ceremony of the "Day Which Will Live In Infamy" will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 at noon. The service will be held at Vermilion's South Street Boat Launch off West River Road. Sponsored by the Vermilion Veteran's Council and President Angus Bartlett, the observance is scheduled to be a brief 15 minutes.

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At the Vermilion City Council meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019, Steve Herron, Council President, thanked Councilman John Gabriel for his service over the last two years. Gabriel will be leaving City Council next year. Emily Skahen, who ran uncontested in the November 2019 general election, will replace Gabriel. “Councilman Gabriel has served on Council in the past, and has always been dependable."

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At the Vermilion City Council meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019, Mayor Jim Forthofer reported on the progress of Road To Hope (RTH). Road To Hope is the organization that purchased the dilapidated motel property at the east end of Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, next to Brownhelm Cemetery, to convert the property to recovery housing.

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At the Vermilion City Council meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019, City Council tabled the third reading of a Sweepstakes Terminal Cafes Ordinance that would raise fees for sweepstake cafés and referred it back to the January 13, 2020 Legislative Committee for further discussion. The tabling of the ordinance followed comments against the ordinance by Councilman Gabriel two weeks ago.

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At the Vermilion Parks & Recreation Board meeting of November 19, 2019, Brian Holmes conveyed that Mayor Forthofer gave a presentation to City Council on the Vermilion Community Pool. He would like to see the Parks Board and administration work together to come up with a resolution and a plan of what they're going to do with the pool moving forward. He couldn't say enough about the generosity of the residents.

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At the Vermilion Parks & Recreation Board meeting of November 19, 2019, the board discussed the Harbor View Project. The Harbor View Project Subcommittee has recommended complete demolition of existing buildings, and landscaping the hillside to include an amphitheater, pavilion, and walkways to and from Main Street Beach westward.

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At the Finance Committee meeting on November 18, 2019, Mayor Forthofer said he reviewed the capital expense obligations and usage is for the pool. He said between 2018 and 2019 the individual memberships decreased from 5 to 2 due to the weather. Family memberships in 2018 were 46 and in 2019 they had 32. However, the estimated walk-ups increased.

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At the Finance Committee meeting on November 18, 2019, City officials discussed Sweepstakes Terminal Café Fees. John Gabriel, Council Member, said this is an item in government he doesn’t like, especially when singling out a segment of business. He doesn’t understand why the sweepstakes businesses pay these fees because they invest in Vermilion, in their machines, computers, and everything they need.

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At the Finance Committee meeting on November 18, 2019, John Gabriel, Council Member, said city council received updates recently from the Finance Director on the carryover amount going into next year and wondered what main item changed these amounts. Amy Hendricks, Finance Director, replied that it’s a conservative or worse-case scenario type of estimate, but at this point it’s the best information they have.

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The City of Vermilion Police Department (VPD) is very proud of a group of kids for doing the right thing. Sgt. Holmes responded to the Valley View pool playground after the kids called the VPD to report that they may have found a gun at the playground. They had not touched it, and did not know if it was real. The gun was determined to be a cap gun without an orange tip that someone had attempted to paint black with a marker.

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At the Streets, Buildings & Grounds Meeting on November 18, 2019 Mayor Forthofer said he has been talking with Verizon Wireless about the possibility of improving the city’s dead zone. Through some examinations by the administration, they concluded the dead zone is significant (2.5-mile area of no coverage to bad cell phone reception) which includes about 3,000 of the city’s population (1/3 of the total population of Vermilion).

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Discover Vermilion Ohio

Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.

Downtown Vermilion

Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Parks & Beaches

Vermilion Ohio is home to several beautiful parks and beaches. Enjoy a picnic, a scenic hike, a bike ride, beautiful views, fabulous sunsets, playgrounds, sports activities, a dip in the water, botanical gardens and more at Vermilion's parks and beaches.

Main Street Beach

Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand.

Vermilion Ohio Lighthouse

The Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 yrs. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Ohio Recreation

Swimmers of all ages enjoy our sandy beaches located in Historic Downtown Vermilion and either side of the city. Recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, and sail boats adorn the Vermilion harbor, where ship building was once the major industry.

Attractions & Events

Free concerts, outdoor movies, museums, galleries and more are offered throughout the year in Vermilion, Ohio and surrounding areas. Discover all the arts and entertainment that Vermilion has to offer. Discover Vermilion Ohio's Arts & Entertainment.

Vermilion River & Lake Erie

The Vermilion River, which flows into Lake Erie, endows marina facilities with more than 1,000 boat slips and ramps for easy access to the Lake, earning Vermilion the title of the “Largest Small Boat Harbour on the Great Lakes.” Lake freighters are a regular sight on Lake Erie making their way through the Great Lakes.

Boat Ramps & Guest Docks

Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Ultimate Railfan Destination

Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race. Freight of all kinds flies through the city, and as far as we can foresee, it will continue for 140 more years. Such is life in a railroad town.

Vermilion Ohio History

History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area for furs to sell to the French traders until they too were pushed out of their hunting and trapping grounds by the pioneering white man. Few Indians remained by 1800. One historian said, "Lake Shore Ohio was an Indian borderland. Indian habitation was a nervous, restless one punctuated by wars, international rivalries and disasters."

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City of Vermilion

5511 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion, OH 44089
Phone: (440) 204-2400 | Fax: (440) 204-2411

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Master Phone Menu (440) 204-2400

  •  Water & Sewer Service Issues: Press 1
  •  Building Department, Including Planning & Zoning: Press 2
  •  Finance Department, Including Payroll & Employee Benefits: Press 3
  •  Director of Public Services: Press 5
  •  Safety Directory: Press 6
  •  Resident Complaints: Press 7
  •  Clerk of Council, Including City Council Reps: Press 8
  •  Recreation Department, Including the City Pool: Press 9
  •  After Hours Water & Sewer Service Emergencies: Press 450
  •  Press the # sign to repeat or remain on the line for the Mayor's Office.

Department & Offices Phone Numbers

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm
  •  Administrative Office: (440) 204-2400
  •  City Council: (440) 204-2465
  •  Mayor & Safety Director: (440) 204-2402
  •  Mayor Admin: (440) 204-2402
  •  Service Director: (440) 204-204-2424
  •  Finance Director: (440) 204-2425
  •  Accounts Payable: (440) 204-2426
  •  Payroll: (440) 204-2427
  •  Benefits Coordinator: (440) 204-2415
  •  Boards & Commissions Clerk: (440) 204-2429
  •  Building Inspector: (440) 204-2410
  •  Building Admin. Clerk: (440) 204-2410
  •  PT Inspector: (440) 320-4248
  •  Water/Waste Water Utilities Billing Clerk: (440) 204-2420
  •  Street Superintendent: (440) 204-2480
  •  Recreation Dept (Voice Mail): (440) 204-2490
  •  Water Treatment Plant: (440) 204-2450
  •  Waste Water Treatment Plant: (440) 204-2455
  •  Fire Station #1 5467 Ohio Street: 911 (Emergencies)
  •  Fire Station #2 385 Overlook Road: 911 (Emergencies)
  •  Police Department: (440) 967-6116
  •  Municipal Court: (440) 204-2430

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