VILLAGE SERVICES: public water, refuse, and road maintenance
Public water lines
Island water services are maintained and operated under the supervision of the Village Administrator. Contact the Water Department for information [EMAIL LINK TO TONY JOYCE ] to obtain information. See Applications section for Water Department links. [ADD LINK TO APPLICATIONS HERE] Sewerage is by owner-installed septic systems. For more information, contact the Erie County Health Department for information and application forms for septic systems.
All who stay on the island, whether as permanent or seasonal resident as well as overnight visitors, must dispose of their own refuse. Those who buy or build a house must register with the Village Clerk's Office within 30 days to obtain membership in the Transfer Station. There is an annual fee as well as a per pound cost. Campers and renters pay transient usage fees of 25-cents-per pound.
The Transfer Station, located off Bookerman Road, is operated by the Village. All refuse must be bagged. Hours of operation change by season, though weekend hours are typical year round. Check with the Village Clerk for current hours. Non-payment of fees will result in a misdemeanor citation, a fine, and court costs.
Village roads and buildings are maintained by the Village Maintenance Department. Contact Maintenance, or contact the Village Office during its business hours to report problems or discuss service needs..
Safety Officers and Services on Kelleys Island
911 emergency services are available throughout the Island. A cell tower located on the Island relays service although signal is not uniformly strong island-wide. A Village police chief, fireman chief, and maintenance staff provide services to protect and maintain Island safety and to repair infrastructure. Part-time and seasonal staff provide additional services as needed, and the clerical and other administrative tasks support these Village operations. Safety personnel can be contacted by telephone for non-emergency services at 419-746-2735, or e-mail directed to the the Village Clerk or the Police.
Chief of Police, Ron Ehrbar
The Chief of Police serves as “the peace officer of the village.” By Village Ordinance, it is a part-time position. Appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council, the Chief of Police is required to maintain an active presence in overseeing any additional staff and in meeting the island’s safety needs. Ron Ehrbar has served as Chief of Police in recent years, and the island has enjoyed a stable safety force of returning seasonal and support officers. Additional information regulating the requirements and employment considerations for police officers is found in Chapter 34 of the Codified Village Ordinances.
Appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council, Kelleys Island Fire Chief oversees a volunteer fire fighting staff. Training classes are held periodically as new recruits are sufficient to schedule classes. Specific details governing fire fighters’ responsibilities and restrictions appear in Chapter 35 of the Village Codified Ordinances. Presently, Lieutenant Jack Hostal is the Acting Chief of the Kelleys Island Volunteer Fire Department.
HEALTH and WELLNESS: Medical clinics and emergency medical needs.
A medical clinic operated under the auspices of Erie County Health Services is open to the public on selected Fridays year-round, weather permitting ferry operations or flights. Please call 419-626-5623 x109) for updated information, or visit their website [ADD LINK TO www.eriecohealthohio.org] Erie County Care-A-Van makes periodic Island stops with medical imaging equipment. Fitness is enhanced by excellent walking, hiking and biking sites. Outdoor fitness equipment is available at the school on Divsion St.
Emergency Medical Needs
Trained EMS volunteers directed by Toledo’s Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital Paramedic Sharon Devine provide prompt and efficient response to island emergencies via Island-based ambulances. The staff of volunteers work in conjunction with mainland ambulance and hospital systems for injuries or illnesses requiring more advanced medical attention. Life Flight connects patients in medical emergencies to mainland hospitals year-round, weather permitting. Visitors can purchase Life Flight Membership through St. Vincent & University of Toledo Medical Center Critical Care Transport Network. Application details are available via this link [ADD LINK HERE] Please check your medical insurance to determine if and how Life Flight costs would be covered. If an injury or medical condition is determined to require advanced medical services, EMS personnel are bound to transport victims needing such life-saving interventions.
For additional information please contact the EMS Paramedic.