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The City’s fax number is 513-821-7952.Go to the “Contact Us” page on the City’s website for all fax numbers, phone numbers, and addresses.
You can submit your request for a public record in writing, by fax, by email, in person at 800 Oak Avenue, or by calling Rusty Herzog, City Manager at 513-842-1382.
While your request is not required to be in writing, submitting it in writing helps to assure that you receive all the information you want included in your request. Please note: you will be charged for copies of public records. Records copied in-house are five cents per page after the first 25 pages. Records too large in size or volume to copy in-house are sent out to be copied by a commercial vendor with the cost passed along to the requester.
You may also request Request a Public Record.
You can call 513-821-7600 for the Customer Service & Finance Department if you are uncertain which City Department to contact and they will be happy to assist you or to direct your call or email to the appropriate department.
You can also use this Ask A Question Form.
If you would like to be informed when a meeting agenda has been completed or when a particular item of interest is on an agenda for consideration by any of the City’s Boards, Commissions, Subcommittees, Task Forces, or City Council, you may request this notification at 513-842-1351 or by Email Karen.If you would like a copy of the agenda mailed to you, you may provide a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Administration Department and a copy of the meeting agenda will be mailed to you upon completion. Copies of agendas can also be faxed, emailed, or are available at the City Building, 800 Oak Avenue. Meeting minutes and agendas are also posted on the City’s website. To inform the City that you would like to be notified by fax or email please call 513-842-1351 or Email Karen.
Community events are listed on the City’s website when submitted by the organization. Events can also be advertised to the community by those who have subscribed to the Community Updates & Events electronic newsletter on the home page of the City’s website. If you have an event you would like advertised, email the information to Customer Service or use this Form.
You must first fill out the Building Permit Application (PDF).View the current Building Permit and Zoning Certificate Fees (PDF).
Depending on what type of construction/alterations your permit allows, you may need to submit three sets of building plans, plot/site plans, and mechanical plans. You may also call the Building Department at 513-821-7600 to ask questions or Email Customer Service.
The City of Wyoming prides itself on being responsive to residents’ needs. We strive to review permit applications within five business days, but we ask you to allow us up to ten business days for the review to be completed. If the documents are found to be complete and comply with the applicable provisions of the Code, you will be called or emailed when your permit is ready to be picked up.
No, but the permit fee must be paid before the permit is issued.
If additional information is needed or if the proposed project fails to meet the requirements of the Code, you will be sent a letter requesting the additional information or advising you of the non-compliant aspects of the proposed project as well as the options available to you. An appeal process is available to those applicants who have had their permit applications denied.
Appeals must be filed within thirty days after the date of the decision by the City Manager, (or representative thereof), from which the denial is made. All appeals must be in the form of a typewritten letter and must include sufficiently detailed plans to clearly show the scope of the work, if applicable. Eight copies of the application and all required information, including the plans and survey, must be submitted in order for the appeal to be considered. A filing fee of $200 must accompany the application.
The permit expires if work is not completed within a year after it is issued. Expiration also occurs when work does not commence within six months of its issuance or after 12 months of work stoppage. The permit may be renewed once, for six months at half the price of the original permit ($10 minimum/ $100 maximum).
The permit fee varies depending on the type, size, and scope of the project. Call the Building Department at 513-821-7600 on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm (excluding holidays) or view the current Fee Schedule (PDF).
Cash, personal or business checks or credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) are acceptable methods of payment.
Work cannot begin until the permit is approved, paid for, and issued.
The type of inspection(s) needed vary with the project. When you are issued your permit, you will receive the list of inspections that you will be required to obtain based on the scope of your project.
For permits with a “B” prefix letter, inspections may be requested by calling 513-842-1398. If your permit starts with the letter “Z” you can request your inspection by calling Megan Statt Blake or Tana Bere at 513-821-7600.Inspections must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours prior to the desired time of the inspection, excluding weekends and legal holidays. When scheduling an inspection, please indicate the type of inspection being requested, the address of the property, the permit number for your project, and your contact information. The City of Wyoming reserves the right to charge a $65 re-inspection fee for each inspection after the third re-inspection.
To find out where you vote, visit the Hamilton County Board of Voter Registration Website. You will type in your address and other information asked for to obtain your voting location.For information about voting, please contact the Hamilton County Board of Voter Registration at 513-632-7000 or the Hamilton County Board of Voter Registration Website.Please note: The City cannot provide you with an absentee ballot nor register you to vote; you must contact the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
You are required to obtain a permit to have a garage or yard sale. The fee for the permit is $10. The permit form can be obtained at the City Building at 800 Oak Avenue. Any questions you have should be directed to 513-821-7600 or Email Customer Service.
If you plan to have a block party, you must submit a Block Party Application (PDF) to the City Manager’s office notifying the City of the date, time, and location of the block party. Also, all residents whose access to their driveway will be affected must sign a letter indicating their approval. You may use your own form or use the City’s Block Party Signature Form (PDF).Once completed, the application and signatures can be emailed to Customer Service, or you can mail the documents to the attention of the City Manager at the City Building, or dropped off at the City Building at 800 Oak Avenue. For additional information or questions call 513-821-7600 or Email Debby.
Patrons can only carry designed DORA beverages in the defined area. Retail and private establishments may allow DORA beverages in their establishment or they may opt to not allow them. Each establishment within the DORA will have its own policy and will have signage on its establishment door defining its DORA policy (door clings to be provided by the City of Wyoming).
Monday through Thursday5 pm to 11 pm Friday5 pm to midnightSaturday12 pm to midnightSunday12 pm to 9 pmDORA beverages may not be consumed outside of these hours. Additionally, the DORA may be limited if there are special events or private fundraising events which hold an F-2 Liquor Permit in which DORA beverages may be unwelcome or in competition with the event.
New for 2022, we have a green DORA label that DORA businesses will place on their own clear, plastic cups. There are also the original color-changing plastic DORA cups still in circulation that may be used as well. If you have a plastic DORA cup, it is recommended that you reuse it on your next visit.
No, once a DORA beverage has left a restaurant, it must be consumed before entering another restaurant. The reusable plastic cups, when empty, may be taken to a different restaurant for another beverage. For the labeled cups, the cup needs to be disposed of in a trash can before entering another restaurant.
Wyoming Civic Center, Wyoming Community Coffee, Tela Bar + Kitchen, LaRosa’s, The Arepa Place, The W Lounge, and Gabby’s Café. Each establishment has a “D” Permit from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.
Street signage is posted indicating the limits of the DORA. You can also click on the QR code on the sticker or the cup to view the DORA District Map (PDF) of Wyoming.
No. Beverages must be purchased from participating restaurants. No cans, glass bottles, or outside alcoholic beverages are allowed within the DORA boundaries. Further, alcoholic beverages may not be carried outside of the boundary area or patrons are subject to legal consequences.
The City has numerous garbage cans in the DORA area for your use. The Police provide coverage to the DORA area and will be visibly present and readily available should concerns or issues arise. Special events may require additional Police and Public Works staffing, as is already the practice.
The City of Wyoming owns the tree lawn (as part of the public right-of-way) and regulates what is acceptable maintenance. The abutting property owner is responsible for maintenance of the tree lawn.
In Wyoming, it is the City that owns these trees.
The City is responsible for the selection, purchasing, planting, pruning, removal, and stump-grinding trees in areas with groomed rights-of-ways (vs. brushy ROWs). Abutting property owners are asked to water as needed and prevent damage to these trees, but at this time are not required to do so.
The City’s goal is to replace trees in the calendar year after the removal.
Yes! Email the Public Works Director with your request.
Yes! In areas where the tree lawns are less than three feet deep, pavement conflicts would arise if a large shade tree were planted there. As these sites are identified, the City offers the abutting owner the option of having a tree planted on the private side of the sidewalk. In these arrangements, the City purchases and plants the tree then confers ownership and maintenance responsibility to the abutting property owner. Setback planting programs allow communities to grow larger, more environmentally impactful trees close to the pavement.
Email Rob Nicolls or call 513-821-3505 or complete this online request form.
Yes! This wood is available for free to Wyoming residents. Email Public Works for details or call 513-821-3505.
This varies widely across the country, so comparing one community to another is rarely an apples-to-apples proposition. Over the decades since Dutch elm disease swept across the country necessitating extensive removals, trends are toward more formal programs and dedicated funding. Some communities are even beginning to regard trees as capital assets, thereby moving funding out of the operating budget and aligning it with grey infrastructure investment in sidewalks, curbs, roadways, etc.
In Wyoming, urban forestry activities are funded through the operating budget along with snow management, seasonal leaf and Christmas tree pick-up, road repairs, facilities maintenance, parks and recreation maintenance, waterworks, and more.
The Ohio Revised Code permits an assessment based on property value or feet of frontage to be used solely for urban forest management activities. As of 2019, the assessment in Cincinnati is $0.19 per front foot; in Toledo and Cleveland, it is higher. At this moment, Wyoming is not using or considering such an assessment.
Municipal Tree Care and Management in the United States: A 2014 Urban and Community Forestry Census of Tree Activities — full report is ~78 pages; see Section Two: Tree Care Funding.
Trees as Capital Assets — ~2000 words. Circa 2003; represents a change in thinking from trees as an amenity to trees as assets.
What is a Public Tree?
“Public” trees are those owned, regulated, and/or cared for by a government entity — a village, city, township, county, state, etc.
In Wyoming, OH, public trees include those growing:
As is common in communities our size in the Midwest, Wyoming’s Public Works Department cares for public trees. In 2017, one of its long-time staffers attained ISA Certified Arborist® status, signaling the increasing investment the City is making in public trees.
Some locations – full care
The City is fully responsible for trees located in managed turf and the landscape beds that surround public buildings and for those trees growing in maintained areas of parks and preserves.
Curbside trees – shared care
ROW tree care is a partnership with abutting property owners. There is no ordinance requiring it, but all residents are heartily encouraged to foster street tree health and longevity by watering as needed and working to prevent physical and chemical damage — simple, “act local” tasks. See the “Nurturing” section for tips.
Similar to the City of Cincinnati, Wyoming bears the greater burden of care for ROW trees — the full cost of purchasing, planting, trunk protection (from buck-rubs), structural pruning, and miscellaneous care throughout the service life of the tree, at which point the tree is removed, the stump is ground out and the cycle starts over with installation of a new tree — tasks best bundled and executed under a unifying strategy.
Street trees receive several types of pruning, the authority and responsibility for which lie in different quarters.
In the first decade or so after planting, the City conducts what might be termed “pediatric pruning” — circling past every 2-3 years to make the cuts necessary to achieve both the clearance needed at maturity and establish scaffold limbs with good angles of attachment and spacing. Trees that receive this type of training early in life are less apt to have issues with limb failure due to crowding or failure during storms later in life.
After the training phase of life, pruning shifts to a 6-year (approx.) maintenance cycle. This allows timely edits as the canopy expands and matures. Research indicates that a 5-7 year cycle is economically justified. If deferred longer, storm damage increases, and the associated cleanup costs not only outweigh the maintenance pruning costs, but trees endure the kind of damage that can shorten service life.
Most City pruning is done during the winter months when crews are not managing snow and ice.
Setting the stage: Trees planted under utility lines will NEVER look the same as those growing across the street where there are no lines and certainly not like those growing in the landscape. Once you accept that, then the question to ask yourself is, “Is the tree functional? No matter how forlorn it looks in winter, does it cast shade in summer, detain stormwater, clean the air, provide habitat for insects, birds, mammals, and so on?” If you can get your thinking to that point, then you’re ready to read further…
Compared to a wooden fence post, live wood is a pretty effective conductor of electricity (that’s part of why you shouldn’t stand under a tree during a storm). When limbs are too close to live wires, the current will arc or jump to the tree. During storms, swaying limbs and lines increase arcing, and wet surfaces increase conductivity.
Utility companies are responsible for preventing outages due to line contact with trees. In the late 1990s, they began working closely with professional and research arborists on techniques like “directional pruning” to achieve this goal without doing unnecessary damage to trees with canopies that embrace the sky at utility levels. Due to the considerable risk of working in proximity to live wires, this work is done by specially trained crews contracted to and operating under the direction of a regional arborist with the local utility.
In the planning prior to a pruning cycle, our Public Works Director and the City Arborist work with Duke’s regional arborist to ensure contractors don’t exceed the work necessary for the utility to attain/remain in compliance with vegetation management regulations. We understand that shade conserved is power conserved.
Nevertheless, with increasing constraints on the industry and ever-increasing demand for current, no one should expect trees growing directly under utility lines to look like those growing on the side of the street without utility poles. While there’s no doubt tree appearance immediately after summer clearance work is dismaying, foliage regrows, shade and function return, and the look softens.
Electrical utility hazard training — ~250 words
Utility line clearance certification — ~350 words
Why does utility clearance seem more aggressive or radical in recent years?
The higher the voltage carried in the line, the greater the clearance required. As demand in the region increases, higher-voltage lines intrude farther into your neighborhood and trees have to be trimmed farther back.
Based on voltage and destination, electrical lines on poles are described as transmission, distribution, or drop. None of these lines are jacketed — i.e., unlike the power cord to your microwave, they are not insulated, so current can jump from the line to a grounded object. This can trigger anything from a voltage surge in the home to burns/fires in a tree to outages.
The higher the voltage, the greater distance a spark can jump or “arc”. Transmission lines carry the greatest voltage, 44,000 to 525,000 volts. These are the lines coming out of electrical substations like those in Hartwell and Finneytown that serve Wyoming. Typically, transmission lines don’t run deep into neighborhoods, but as demand increases, so does the intrusion as is clear along Fleming Road from Winton Road nearly to Morts Pass. Distribution lines carry less voltage, 12,000 to 35,000 volts, and are what are normally seen running through a neighborhood. Drop lines are those that emerge from the base of a transformer on a pole and run directly to your home.
The risk of contact between lines and limbs increases with sagging, swaying, and moisture. Lines sag due to extreme heat (whether from temperature or electrical load) and under ice loading. Limbs sag due to lush growth, foliage/fruit weight, water retained during rainfall, and ice-loading. Swaying and moisture increase in storms. So, guidelines for clearance cannot be based on what we see under fair weather conditions.
The historic August 14, 2003 blackout in the Northeast and Midwestern US and Ontario, Canada originated in Northeast Ohio as the result of a transmission line sagging so much due to ambient temperature and current load that it came into contact with a tree canopy in the utility corridor. The cascade of events that followed impacted ~55 million people for periods ranging from a few hours to several days. Check out the Wikipedia page for more information.
The long-term impact of this blackout emerged in Federal policy and regulations related to service reliability. Enforcement is based on fines that can be levied on the utility companies for failure to maintain service if an outage results from a foreseeable/preventable situation. Check out the Wikipedia page for more information.
The regulations began to go into effect ~2006/ 2007. At this writing in 2018, this means most areas have seen 2-3 pruning cycles aimed at more aggressive clearance. There’s some indication that to meet and maintain the new reliability standards, pruning cycles are being pushed to 4-5 years from 5-6 years. At the residential level, the net effect is that utility clearance work is more noticeable, but so too is the reduction in outages.
Duke Energy – Overview of Power Supply — a few short text panels; several pictures.
Public trees are more than a luxury, they are valuable elements of urban infrastructure like curbs, sidewalks, water mains, fire hydrants, utility poles, sewer pipes, and so on. The services provided by green infrastructure include measurable improvements in air and water quality, diminished urban heat loads, stormwater detention, public health benefits, and more.
Since “green” infrastructure grows, the benefits derived from the initial investment increase over time, delivering more services with each year that passes (to a point). On the other hand, “grey” infrastructure delivers maximum performance while new and deteriorates with age.
All infrastructure requires maintenance. Because green infrastructure gains value over time, there’s a return on investment. This is not seen as cash to spend elsewhere in the City budget, but it’s an offset of the need to spend additional funds to achieve the same goal. Ex: Trees that provide “shade over pavement” not only moderate the urban heat island effect, but also detain significant rainfall on leaves, branches, and trunk, reducing the peaks in runoff flow that hit storm sewers and, thus, offsetting funds otherwise required to install and maintain larger storm water handling systems.
Municipal Tree Care and Management in the United States: A 2014 Urban and Community Forestry Census of Tree Activities — full report is ~78 pages; see Section Two: Tree Care Funding.
The program is free. The City of Wyoming has received grant funding for a year pilot program. If the program is well received, the City will pay for the service in future years.
While this program is geared towards Wyoming residents, anyone with access to Oak Park can drop off food scraps.
Please see the Food/Drop-Off/Composting page for a complete list of what can and cannot be dropped within the scope of this program.
We encourage residents to use a certified compostable liner (which can be purchased HERE) in their receptacle of choice. This will help eliminate the mess in the individual container and the larger bins. However, this is not required. GoZERO will come and pick up the material every other week. Each time, they clean the bins and add new liners. The bins themselves are watertight and animal-proof.
GoZero has been in business and operating continuously since 2016. Their singular focus is innovating resource stewardship – starting with food waste, diverting it from landfilling, and working to make it easy for mid to small-scale food waste generators to do their part. GoZERO provides food waste compost courier services to K-12 schools, universities, offices, manufacturing facilities, grocers, restaurants, community drop-offs, and events. They currently serve 12 public localities at 20 stations and 11 privately hosted stations across Western and Central Ohio.
All compostable material picked up is delivered to a family farm near Toledo, OH, where it is composted into a rich soil amendment full of organic matter, nutrients, and probiotics for soil building and growing healthy plants. GoZERO is also looking for new facilities closer to its Southwest Ohio customers.
GOZERO COMPOST AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASEInterested in buying the finished compost product? GoZERO sells their compost product in 5lb bags for delivery or you can request a bulk delivery. Click HERE for pricing and order information.
“BPI-certified compostable” plastic products (i.e., trash can liners/bags, forks, spoons, knives, cups, bowls, plates, straws, and other service ware) are accepted.
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