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THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS




2015 President of the Board
Daniel P. Troy
2015 VIce-President of the Board
Judy Moran
Commissioner
Kevin D. Malecek


The Board of Lake County Commissioners has both quasi-legislative and quasi-administrative powers and through resolutions adopted during their regular weekly meeting, sets the administrative policy for county government. While the Commissioners have no power to initiate legislation, they do exercise powers granted to them by the Ohio General Assembly through state law.

The Commissioners are responsible for the appropriations of the county tax revenues through the adoption of the annual county budget. The County operates on a January 1 through December 31 fiscal year and must adopt the final budget no later than April 1 of each year. The budget includes appropriations for the numerous county offices, including those offices headed by other elected officials. The Commissioners have the power to levy taxes and to approve the placement of tax levies and bond issues on the ballot for consideration by county voters. The Commissioners also administer all federal grant monies.

The Commissioners hold title to all county owned property and are responsible for the upkeep. By law, they must provide office space for all county offices. They must build the facilities necessary to house various offices such as the Courtrooms, the Jail, Engineer's facilities and parking. The Commissioners award all contracts for purchase and construction projects.   

2015 Holidays for Which County Offices Are Closed

             First day of January (Thursday, January 1, 2015), New Year's Day

            Third Monday in January (January 19), Martin Luther King Day

            Third Monday in February (February 16), Washington-Lincoln Day

            Last Monday in May (May 25), Memorial Day

            Fourth of July (Friday, July 3), Independence Day

            First Monday in September (September 7), Labor Day

            Second Monday in October (October 12), Columbus Day

            Eleventh day of November (Wednesday, November 11), Veterans' Day

            Fourth Thursday in November (November 26), Thanksgiving Day

            Friday after Thanksgiving Day (November 27),

            Twenty-fifth day of December (Friday, December 25), Christmas Day                  

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    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced that Vrooman Road between SR 84 and I-90 is closed to all traffic due to high water conditions. In addition, the flooding has caused damage to the pavement that will need to be repaired prior to the road opening again.  It is anticipated that the road will be reopened to traffic on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.  However, this date will be re-evaluated once all of the water has receded and the extend of the damage can be determined.

    Drivers are reminded that they should not move and/or drive around the barricades.  These are posted for the public's safety.

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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners approved an
    Economic Development Loan for Water Extraction Team, Inc. today
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    Pictured above, from left:  Commissioner Judy Moran, Joe and Lisa Keller-WET owners, Commissioner Daniel P. Troy and Commissioner Kevin D. Malecek.

    WET is a family-owned and operated emergency water removal business, located in a leased building in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, in business for more than 13  years.  WET specializes in water removal and structural drying, utilizing the latest drying technology to dry in place, and save as much original material as possible.  The loan will be used to offset the down payment on the purchase option of the building.

    The Economic Development Loan Fund is funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program funds and is administered by the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority.

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    Commissioners' presented a 25-year service award to Mike Selander of the Buildings and Grounds Department. 
    Congratulation Mike!  

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    OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED AT

    THE COURTHOUSE MAY 30!

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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners presented a service award to Guy Rigsby, Senior Radio Technician,
     for 25 years of service in the Telecommunications Department!  
    Congratulations Guy!

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    NEWS RELEASE                                                                   
    CONTACT:  TERRY KENT, (440) 350-2436
    LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT

     

    April 30, 2015

    DON’T LET THAT TICK MAKE YOU SICK: 

    IT’S LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH 

    May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Lake County General Health District is encouraging all residents to take action to prevent Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a sickness caused by the bite of a blacklegged or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) that carries the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.

    In the United States over the last few years, there has been a steady increase in the number of reported cases of Lyme disease.  Lyme disease is common in the Northeastern and upper Midwestern United States.  Ohio is located between these two areas.  Since 2010, the number of blacklegged ticks in Ohio have increased particularly in wooded areas.   

    Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, tiredness and a characteristic “bull’s-eye” skin rash.  If left untreated, infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system, causing long-term medical problems.  Your healthcare provider will tell you if you have Lyme disease based on symptoms, and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  A blood test may also be taken.  Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics, but there is no vaccine for Lyme disease.  Dogs can also get Lyme disease.  Humans cannot get Lyme disease from dogs; but dogs can carry ticks that have Lyme disease into the home.  A Lyme disease vaccine is available for dogs through your veterinarian.

    “There are several steps we can take to prevent Lyme Disease, as well as other diseases caused by the bites of ticks and mosquitoes,” commented Terry Kent, Environmental Health Supervisor at Lake County General Health District.  If you are going to be in a wooded or forested area, Kent suggests taking the following steps:

    ·         White or light clothing is recommended as it is easier to spot any ticks.  Shirts and T-shirts should be tucked into your pants and socks pulled up over the bottom of the pants.

    ·         Wear insect repellent on your bare skin or wear clothes that have repellent built-in. Make sure that the repellent you’re using contains 20% or more of the active ingredient (like DEET).

    ·         Help younger kids apply repellent and keep it away from eyes, mouth and hands.

    ·         Avoid taking short cuts through thick brush and grass.

    ·         Check for ticks at the end of each day before returning to your home. Pets should also be checked.

    ·         Take a shower.  It will help wash off the ticks you can’t see.

    ·         Remove any attached tick as soon as you notice it by grasping with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out. 

    For more information on Lyme Disease, visit https://www.lcghd.org/Ticks or call Terry at (440) 350-2436. 

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    HEALTH NOTES                            
     CONTACT:  Judi Waite, (440) 350 2452 
    April 27, 2015    
    LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT 

    HEALTH CLINICS OFFERED IN MAY

     

    The Lake County General Health District located at One Victoria Square, Suite 215, Painesville, Ohio 44077 is offering the following clinics.  Please call for an appointment at (440) 350-2554 and for location information.

    Child Immunizations ONLY Clinics:   
    • 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., May 5 at Willowick Senior Citizens Center, 321 E. 314th St. Willowick 
    • 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., May 11
    • 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., May 18
    • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., May 20 at the Mentor Community Center (above the Ice Arena), 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060
    Adult Immunization Clinics:
    • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., May 8
    • 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., May 22

    Call for an appointment at (440) 350-2554.



    Walk-in Clinics

    TB Testing:
    • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., May 1
    • 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., May 12 at the Willoughby Senior Center, 38032 Brown Ave., Willoughby, Ohio 44094 
    • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., May 15
    HIV Testing:
    • 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays

    For more information, call (440) 350-5891.

    Project DAWN (Overdose Education and Prevention with Naloxone Distribution)
    • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., May 12 and May 19

    For more information, call (440) 350-5891.

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    Lakeland Community College Hosts a Career Fair on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Call 440-525-7222 for more information or click here to view the flyer.

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    A map of all current load restricted Lake County system bridges (structures with a clear crossing span of 10’ or greater) is attached. 


    CLICK HERE...

     

     

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    At approximately 8:30 am this morning (July 2, 2015), the Emergency Sirens were inadvertently activated by Ashtabula County. 

    There is no emergency. 

    Please contact Ashtabula County EMA at 440-576-9148.

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    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced that Vrooman Road between SR 84 and I-90 is closed to all traffic due to high water conditions. In addition, the flooding has caused damage to the pavement that will need to be repaired prior to the road opening again.  It is anticipated that the road will be reopened to traffic on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.  However, this date will be re-evaluated once all of the water has receded and the extend of the damage can be determined.

    Drivers are reminded that they should not move and/or drive around the barricades.  These are posted for the public's safety.

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    The City of Painesville has issued an IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY CLOSURE of the intersection of Erie Street and North St. Clair Street.
    CLICK HERE TO READ THE PRESS RELEASE...

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    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that the Ruhlin Company, the contractor for the Vrooman Road/Bridge Project, will begin installing storm sewers in the Vrooman Road and Seeley Road area on Monday, May 11, 2015. Barricades will be installed approximately  one mile north of I-90 restricting traffic from accessing the Grand River and Indian Point Park.  All access to Indian Point Park will be from the east end of Seeley Road.  Drivers are advised to follow the posted detour via Vrooman Road (south), Carter Road and Paine Road.  Access will be maintained to the residents on Vrooman Road. The road is expected to re-open on June 15, 2015. At that time, full access between SR 84 and I-90 will be provided via a temporary low level bridge.  The one lane temporary bridge will be controlled by traffic signals.  The temporary bridge will be located in the same location and at the same elevation as the existing bridge thus still making it subject to flooding. It is a requirement of the project plans that the temporary bridge remain in place and be useable by the public until the permanent high level bridge is complete and open to the public at the end of 2016.

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    The City of Painesville has issued a news release to advise travelers of imminent road closures.  Please click here to read this important information.

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    THE LAKE COUNTY ENGINEER, JAMES R. GILLS, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE VROOMAN ROAD BRIDGE OVER THE GRAND RIVER IN PERRY TOWNSHIP/LEROY TOWNSHIP WILL BE CLOSED FOR A MINIMUM OF 30 DAYS.  HIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING WHETHER AN OVERLOADED TRUCK CROSSING THE BRIDGE CAUSED DAMAGE TO MAJOR STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS.  THE CRACKS IN THE STEEL TENSION MEMBERS OF THE BRIDGE WERE DISCOVERED ON OCTOBER 2ND DURING THE COUNTY'S BIENNIAL FRACTURE CRITICAL INSPECTIONS.  AS THE DAMAGE IS MORE EXTENSIVE THAN ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED, A PLAN TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE IS CURRENTLY BEING PREPARED.

    WHILE THE CLOSURE IS IN PLACE, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THE SUGGESTED DETOUR OF I-90, SR 44, AND SR 84. THE PROCESS OF INSTALLING THE DETOUR SIGNS WAS BEGUN TODAY AND WILL CONCLUDED ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH.

    THE PUBLIC IS REMINDED THAT THE EMERGENCY CLOSURE IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT PUBLIC WELFARE AND SAFETY AS THE CRACKS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE IN SIZE.  DRIVERS SHOULD NOT TRY TO DRIVE AROUND AND/OR MOVE THE BARRICADES TO GAIN ACCESS.


    Jame R. Gills, P.E. 
    Lake County Engineer
    550 Blackbrook Road
    Painesville, OH  44077
    (440)350-2770

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    September 26, 2014

    MARKELL ROAD BRIDGE RE-OPENING AND LOAD RESTRICTIONS 

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that the Markell Road Bridge over the E. Branch of the Chagrin River has been re-opened to traffic subsequent to structural steel repairs and a re-inspection of the bridge. The closure last week followed by a load limit posting this week is a result of findings from an ODOT required in-depth inspection of the structure. The new restricted load is as follows:

    VILLAGE OF WAITE HILL Posted Maximum Wt.

    Markell Rd. Bridge (0.4 mi. W. of Chillicothe Road (SR 306))  18 tons (36,000 lbs.)
    Over East Branch of the Chagrin River 
    (SFN 4333438)

    Mr. Gills stated, “We appreciate the patience of the motorist during this brief closure.  Fortunately, the repairs were completed sooner than expected.”

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