Seasonal Information


    • Lawn and garden sprinkling and irrigation will be permitted April 1 through November 1 each year.
    • Lawn and gardening devices can be used 8:00 to 9:00 am and 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


    • Compost is picked up each Monday, weather permitting beginning late March/early April through the first week of October. Compost should be placed in open containers, not in bags. Please do not mix trash with compost.
    • Please do not over fill containers especially with wet grass clippings. Place container at the edge of the road. No limbs or shrubs – if you cut them up, take them to the Lawrence Township building compost site. Nothing over 4ft can be taken to that site. Remember this is a courtesy to our residents!


    DO NOT:

    • Do not pile leaves near corners of lots/intersections
    • Position leaves around, near or between parked vehicles, fences, mailboxes, basketball hoops or trees


      • Position leaves onto or as close as possible to roads/streets
      • Refrain from raking sticks and garbage into your piles (breaks equipment)
      • Understand that if your leaves are placed onto gravel there is a good chance we will collect gravel as well as your leaves

          Leaf collection will continue daily until leaves have all fallen or we are forced to transition to snow removal.

            OPEN BURNING

            Open Burning in the village is prohibited by ORD.#275. Warnings will be given and fines handed out. Please call village hall for any questions.


            GARBAGE CANS: Ordinance O-103-2014 states you can not put out for pickup no earlier than 24 hours and must be removed from the curb by 8pm pickup day.

            SIGNS: No signs are permitted between the sidewalk and the road (Village property) with exception of not-for-profit signs but those must be approved prior to being placed by Village Council.

            WATER BILLING: No cash in the drop box outside the Village Hall building. If you would prefer bills to be emailed, just call the Village office 330-874-3717 ext. 2 to have your bill setup. Make sure you put the water account number or street address on payment when mailing or dropping in box. Keep your water payments separate from your income tax payments.

            For Question and Clarifications please call 330-874-3717 ext. 2

            Tuscarawas County 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan

            Tuscarawas County 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan

            Click on the image to download or read the latest plan.

            Bolivar Customer Satisfaction Survey:

            Click below to download the form, print and fill out, then return to the drop box at Village Hall.

            Mayor’s Water Letter, dated April 8, 2022

            April 8, 2022 

            Dear Resident, 

            The Village of Bolivar has changed the way we are billing for water. We have adopted a combination of a monthly minimum charge and a metered service charge for our water rate structure. The minimum charge is a base rate that covers the costs of maintaining the existing infrastructure and repaying loans and bonds used to build or upgrade infrastructure. The metered service-charges are the price the customer pays per volume of water used, which reflect the costs of providing water, such as costs for chemical treatment to provide safe water and energy to move and deliver water. The minimum monthly charge has been set at $43.00 a month. This minimum charge includes 2,000 gallons of water, however an additional $5.75 will be charged for every 1,000 gallons of water used over and above 2,000 gallons covered in the minimum monthly charge. 

            We understand that some of our residents are on a fixed income and these increases may become a financial burden. For that reason, we have established a homestead minimum monthly charge of $38.00 a month. This homestead rate will encompass the first 2,000 gallons of water used per month, however the additional $5.75 will be charged for every 1,000 gallons of water used over and above 2,000 gallons covered in the homestead monthly charge.

            What is the Homestead Exemption? The homestead exemption provides a reduction in property taxes to qualified senior or disabled citizens, or a surviving spouse, on the dwelling that is that individual’s principal place of residence and up to one acre of land of which an eligible individual is an owner. In addition tot he above requirements, there is a statewide income threshold for Homestead Exemption of $34,600.

            To qualify for the homestead base rate, a resident must show proof that they have been granted Homestead Exemption by the Tuscarawas County Auditor’s Office.

            The Village of Bolivar’s new metered water rates went into effect on March 1st 2022. The enclosed bill is the first metered water bill issued since the water meters were installed last year. We waited to collect data on how much water was being used by every household so we could determine what our minimum monthly charge and metered service charge needed to be to cover the cost associated with the water system.

            After collecting his data, we contracted with the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) to perform a rate study. They analyzed the data we provided them and recommended we adopt the new rate table. These rate increases were necessary for a number of reasons:

            • Many of the water transmission lines throughout the village have exceeded their useful lifespan and need replacement.
            • The village’s previous rates were so low that it hindered the village from being able to secure grant funding and low interest loans from agencies that offer financial assistance to upgrade and improve public water systems.
            • The lack of metered water billing prevented us from being able to qualify for grant funding and low interest loans for the necessary upgrades to our water system.
            • We took out a loan to cover the cost of the water meter installation project, and the new rates will help us cover the cost associated with this loan.
            • The village will start buying water from the Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Water & Sewer in 2023 to come into compliance with the EPA’s administrative compliance order.

            For all of these reasons, council voted to approve the above listed minimum charge of $43.00 a month and additional $5.75 per every 1,000 gallons of water used over and above the minimum monthly charge.

            Our goal is to provide and maintain a first-class water system for our residents and businesses. For that reason, the Village of Bolivar will reassess the metered water rate table in one year and contract with RCAP once again to perform another rate study. This will allow us to both reassess the village’s goals and priorities for the water system, as well as reevaluate whether any adjustments need to be made to the metered rate after an additional year’s worth of data has been collected.

            As always, feel free to call or stop down to the office and speak to someone about any additional question we have not yet answered.


            Tim Lang

            Read the latest newsletter

            Click below for desired newsletter.

            Bolivar Strawberry Festival2023 Festival Events

            Bolivar Main Street’s 17th Annual Strawberry Festival tentative dates are June 8, 9 and 10, 2023.

            Canal Street Cruise-In tentative 2023 date is July 22, 2023. Held downtown, this event features antique and unique automobiles and motorcycles.

            Christmas on the Canal will be held November 2023, at the Christmas House. The event is filled with kid-friendly crafts, music, and the arrival of SANTA! This annual event kicks off the holidays in festive style!

            You may now pay your Water/Trash Utility Online


            Municipality code: BolivarOH612

            Bill & Pay is a tool you can use to pay your utility bills online with a debit or credit card. You will be able to view past bills and any payments you have made. New users will need to register

            Village of Bolivar Consumer Confidence Report

            Is my water safe?

            We are pleased to present the Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of water quality.  We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies. Click below for the full report in pdf form.

            For Your Information:

            Ordinance No. 1986-393  An ordinance providing for the control of overgrown grass, weeds, and other plantings. The ordinance sets a height limitation  of 12 inches and states the property owner is responsible to mow. You will be given a written notice and have 5 days to comply, after that the village will mow the grass and reasonable costs will apply with the home owner having 10 days to pay for the cost of mowing. If it is not paid then a lien will be placed on the homeowner’s property.  There is also a chance of the homeowner being charged with a minor misdemeanor of up to $100.

            Trash Ordinance #0-103-2014  Cans cannot be out any earlier than 24 hrs before pickup and need to be removed by 8pm the night of pickup. A fine of $15 per occurrence.

            Towpath Completion

            Towpath Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 2016

            On October 15, 2016 a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the completion of the Bolivar section of the Towpath Trail was held.  Speakers included Mayor Rebecca Hubble of the Village of Bolivar; Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition; Dick Lebold; and Tuscarawas County Commissioner Kerry Metzger.

            View photos of the event by clicking here.



            Bolivar is now accepting cash payments in person only. (not to be dropped off in box)

            Coronavirus Information

            Facts, symptoms and guidelines regarding coronavirus can be found on our Covid-19 page.