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Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA)

Woodsfield Introduces Innovative Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) to Enhance Community Experience

Woodsfield, May, 2024 – In a groundbreaking move aimed at fostering community engagement and supporting local businesses, Woodsfield Village Council is thrilled to aunounce the launch of its Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). This initiative, which comes into effect on June 1, 2024, promises to revolutionize the way residents and visitors enjoy our vibrant town.

The Woodsfield DORA initiative permits patrons to leisurely sip on alcoholic beverages purchased from licensed establishments within a defined outdoor area. This iunovative concept aims to cultivate a lively and welcoming atmosphere, inviting individuals to explore our charming streets while responsibly enjoying their favorite alcoholic drink.

Key features and benefits of the Woodsfield DORA include:

Enhanced Social Experience: Whether strolling through our downtown or unwinding after dinner, the DORA creates opportunities for individuals to connect, socialize, and forge lasting memories in an inviting outdoor setting.

Support for Local Businesses: By encouraging patrons to patronize participating bars and restaurants, the DORA boosts the economic strength of our community. This initiative provides a platform for local establislnnents to showcase their offerings and attract a broader customer base.

Cultural Enrichment: Embracing the spirit of community, the Woodsfield DORA celebrates our rich heritage and diverse culinary scene. From cocktails to draft beer, patrons can savor a wide array of beverages while immersing themselves in the vibrant tapestry of our town’s culture.

Sustainability and Safety: Committed to environmental stewardship and public safety, Woodsfield has implemented robust measures to ensure the responsible consumption of alcohol within the DORA. Dedicated signage, designated drinking areas, and vigilant monitoring by law enforcement personnel uphold the highest standards of safety and civility.

Mayor Carol Hehr expressed enthusiasm for the launch of the DORA, stating, “The introduction of our Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to cultivate a dynamic and inclusive community. By embracing innovation and collaboration, we are creating an environment where residents and visitors alike can thrive and experience the best that Woodsfield has to offer.”

Residents and visitors are invited to experience the vibrant energy of the Woodsfield DORA starting on June I, 2024. Join us in celebrating the spirit of community, camaraderie, and exploration as we embark on this exciting new chapter together.

For more information on the Woodsfield DORA, including participating establishments and designated drinking areas,


Kevin Brooks

Village Administrator 740-472-0418

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March 6, 2023

The Village of Woodsfield, Ohio is pursuing funding for a project that will make improvements to the wastewater treatment plant and separate storm water flow from the sanitary sewer system. The wastewater treatment plant is old and has deteriorating components. The village desires to be proactive and replace these treatment components before they fail.

There are several areas within the village that have combined sanitary and storm water collection systems. At times during wet weather events these sanitary sewer lines overflow onto private property, ditches, and streams. This results in untreated sewage being discharged in a manner that is not in accordance with Ohio EPA requirements. The project cost is estimated at $6,215,000

 Project information will be posted in the village’s municipal building. This will be discussed at an upcoming village council meeting. E.L. Robinson Engineering is assisting the village in designing the improvements.  

Contacts for additional information:

Kevin Brooks, Village Administrator,

(740) 472-0525


Bob Allen, E.L. Robinson Engineering


T. 740.989.3034

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