Nelsonville Kontner St CLOSED, Poling Ave to Short St, Tue, 11/14, 8:30AM, no parking Kotner St, avoid area

Nelso Road Closed

The Nelsonville Water Department will be closing Kontner Street from Poling Avenue to Short Street, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM. The street is being closed so that crews can repair a water main, and will be closed until repairs are complete.  Vehicles parked on Kontner Street must be removed by 8:00 AM or they will be subject to being towed.  Please use an alternate route.


Election Day 2017, Tue, 11/7, polls are open from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM, So, get out and cast your vote!

your vote counts

ELECTION DAY is here! So, get out and cast your vote!

Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM. Voters can find their polling location, check their registration and view a sample ballot by going to

Voters planning to cast their ballot in-person on Election Day should remember to bring proper identification.

Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
  • A military identification;
  • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months.   “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill.    “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts.  “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio.

Flash Flood Warning for Western Athens Co until 10:15AM. Seek shelter if threatened avoid flooded roads!


The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Western Athens County until 10:15 AM.

At 4:15 AM, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. 2 to 3.5 inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Nelsonville, Albany, Buchtel, Carbondale, New Marshfield, Shade and The Plains.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

Please report Severe Weather to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800 401 9535, when you can do so safely.

You may also report severe weather by posting your report to the Charleston West Virginia National Weather Service Facebook Page, or by using the Twitter Hashtag, NWSRLX.

Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 11/1/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

  1. Severe Weather
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
    •  When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening, and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  2. When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.
  3. When a public safety emergency occurs, the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
  4. If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
  5. Carry a battery-operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
  6. The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies; therefore, you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.

Nelsonville Fall Clean-up, 11/14, 18, 21, 9AM to 4PM, free dumpsters for trash drop off located at City Hall

Nelso Fall Clean Up

The City of Nelsonville will be holding a Fall Clean-up on November 14, 18 and 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. The City will have free dumpsters for trash drop off located at City Hall, 211 Lake Hope Drive, inside the fencing.  The following rules will apply for the trash drop off;

  • Nelsonville City residents only, proof of residency required
  • No commercial trash
  • No tires
  • No batteries
  • No paint
  • No fuel tanks
  • No liquids
  • No hazardous materials
  • No fluorescent lights
  • No Freon or refrigerants
  • No electronics
  • No medical waste
  • Box springs, mattresses, carpet and upholstered furniture must be securely wrapped in plastic


If you cannot make it to City Hall, you can call the City Manager’s office at 740-753-1314 to schedule a pick-up at your residence.

Reminder, the City’s contract with Rumpke allows up to 20 garbage bags each week for residents at no additional charge. These are both great opportunities to get rid of any and all unwanted trash.


Road Closures around Nelsonville Public SQ 6AM Fri, 10/20/17 to 12Noon, Sun, 10/22/17, watch for pedestrians, avoid area

Nelso Road Closed

The City of Nelsonville will be closing the following streets to vehicle traffic and parking starting at 6:00 AM Friday, October 20th through 12 Noon, Sunday, October 22nd.

  • Nelsonville Public Square
  • West Columbus Street from September Street to Rocky Boot Way
  • Rocky Boot Way from Columbus Street to Canal Street
  • Fayette Street from Rocky Boot Way to Valkinburg Alley
  • West Washington Street from Cable Alley to Fort Street

These streets are being closed for the 21st Annual Ohio Smoked Meat and BBQ Festival being held in Nelsonville this weekend.  Please watch for increased pedestrian traffic and use alternate routes to avoid the area.