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April 24, 2018

    Welcome to Lake County, Ohio

    Established on March 6, 1840, Lake County encompasses only 228.2 square miles of land, geographically the smallest county in Ohio, but ranks 11th in population with 229,582 residents according to 2012 Census estimates.
    Our northern border consists of approximately 30 miles of Lake Erie shoreline, much of it accessible by the extensive park system, most significantly the largest natural sand beach in the state, which extends for a mile at the centrally located Mentor Headlands Beach State Park.
    This coastal asset puts Lake County in an enviable position for wind energy and water-related activities, and its strategic access to both SR2 and I-90, as well as proximity to Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, has drawn many entrepreneurs from the medical, electrical, adhesive products and other commercial and industrial fields to the area.
    An available trained and competent workforce that is second to none in the region has been critical to that success, and Lakeland Community College, Lake Erie College, and Auburn Career Center offer opportunities for higher education and enrichment and a range of vocational programs that support and replenish that worker supply.
    Recreational activities abound, including the beautiful Classic Park where fans can cheer the Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate team, the Lake County Captains in an intimate setting, perfect for the family.
    In addition, Lake County is host to three State Nature Preserves, the Arthur C. Holden Arboretum, and a park district, Lake Metroparks, comprised of 36 parks and 8,196 acres.
    Lake County’s reputation in agricultural circles is legendary. Blessed with some of the most fertile soil anywhere, the region earned the distinction as the Nursery Capital of the World, and our award-winning wine industry has ripened as an emerging tourism destination.
    Our commercial, agricultural and industrial bases open many opportunities for a better quality of life and for economic growth.
    Lake County boasts rich cultural heritage and traditions, bountiful natural resources, including two major rivers flowing through the County which provide us with harbors and marinas for shipping and superb recreational opportunities, strong labor and economic capital, committed leadership, and a diverse community of residents who embrace the region as their home with pride as have generations before them.


    Welcome to Lake County, Ohio!

    Sincerely,

    Lake County Commissioners 




    Commissioner President
    John R. Hamercheck
    Commissioner
    Daniel P. Troy
    Commissioner
    Jerry C. Cirino
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    The 50th Anniversary of the Ohio Scenic Rivers Act Recognized by Commissioners by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    The Lake County Board of Commissioners presented Dan Donaldson, Director of the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, with a resolution recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio Scenic Rivers Act. On February 28, 1968, Ohio became a pioneer in the river preservation movement with the passage of the Ohio Scenic Rivers Act, the first scenic rivers act in the nation, which created a program to preserve and protect rivers throughout the State of Ohio.  In Lake County, the Grand River and Chagrin River were both designated as State Scenic Rivers in the 1970's. 
    Please click here to read the entire resolution.



    Commissioners Declare April 15-May 31, 2018 Clean & Green Lake County by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    During the April 17, 2018 Commissioners Meeting the Board declared April 15 through May 31, 2018 Clean and Green Lake County. The Board encourages residents, businesses and civic organizations to identify areas in their neighborhoods in need of attention and to undertake clean-up activities. The Lake County Solid Waste District has scheduled an Electronics Collection on Saturday, April 28, a Scrap Tire Collection on Saturday, May 5, 2018, and a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, June 9, 2018, to assist residents with their clean-up efforts. Those accepting the resolution were Lisa Siciliano-Miller, Lake County OSU  Extension Director, and Tim Gourley, Lake County Solid Waste Management District Coordinator.
    Click here to read the resolution.







    Commissioners Declare April 2018 Fair Housing Month in Lake County, Ohio by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act and the effort to create equal housing opportunities for all people is encouraged at every level of the government. Lake County accords residents with an enhanced quality of life through the development of opportunities in housing, employment, education and services by the implementation of plans to assure all people are afforded their rights. 
    Please click here to view the resolution adopted by the Commissioners during the April 11, 2018 Meeting to Marian Norman, HOME Program Manager and Patricia Kidd, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. WWW.FHRC.ORG   





    National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Declared for the week of April 8-14, 2018 by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
    The Lake County Commissioners declared during the April 5, 2018 Commissioners Meeting  National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. A number of dedicated telecommunicators serve the citizens of Lake County on a daily basis by answering their telephone calls for police, fire and emergency medical services. Public Safety Telecommunicators are the single vital link for our police offices and firefighters by monitoring their activities, providing information and insuring their safety. A resolution was presented to Captain Mike Warner, Administrator Central Communications in the Lake County Sheriff's Office.  To view the resolution please click here. 



    Commissioners Proclaim Week of April 2-6, 2018 National Community Development Week by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

    The Board of Commissioners proclaimed the week of April 2-6, 2018, National Community Development Week in Lake County. This week was designated as National Community Development Week by the  National Community Development Association in celebration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.   In keeping with the local funding cycle, Lake County joins in calling attention to the great strides the programs have accomplished in our area.


    Over the past five years FY13-FY17, Lake County has received a total of $6,261,397.00 in CDBG funds and $1,786,808.00 in HOME funds.

    The CDBG and HOME activities listed below represent only a fraction of the successfully implemented programs that contribute to making Lake County a great place to live, work and conduct business;

                    CDBG – Economic Development Programs and Projects, Public Services, Public Facilities, Housing   Programs and Projects, and Infrastructure Improvements

                   

                    HOME – Development/Rehabilitation of Homeownership and Rental Opportunities for eligible households, Tenant Based Rental Assistance in the form of placement costs and limited subsidy
    Please click here to view the resolution in its entirety.




    Recognizing Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS) Appreciation Week April 9-13, 2018 by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Monday, April 2, 2018
    During the March 29, 2018, the Lake County Board of Commissioners presented Lake County ADAMHS Board Executive Director, Kim Fraser, with a resolution recognizing the week of April 9-13, 2018 Appreciation for the work of the ADAMHS Board. The ADAMHS Board nurtures and reinforces county and community efforts preventing and treating addiction including opioids, educates youth and adults about addiction and recovery, promotes family building and workforce development. Please click here to view the entire resolution.


    Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclaimed for April 2018 in Lake County, Ohio by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Monday, April 2, 2018
    Lake County Children Services Division responded to 2,516 calls regarding children and their families in 2018. Children Services worked with over 1,000 children  and provided a safe environment for more than 100 children who were unable to in their family home. A resolution was presented to Lori O'Brien, Children Services Administrator, and Matthew Battiato, Executive Director of the Lake County Job & Family Services Department. Please click here to view the entire resolution.


    Commissioners Recognize March 2018 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
    During the March 22, 2018, Commissioners Meeting the Board of Lake County Commissioners recognized the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood  for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Chris Bundy of the Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood, Lani Engle and Michael Sukalac medalist in the Austrian Dance Competition,  and State Bocce Champion Madalyn Nolan were present to accept the resolution.
    Please click here to view the resolution in its entirety.



    4-H Young Guns Shooting Club Honored by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
    The Lake County Board of Commissioners honored the 4-H Club members and Nancy Kochevar, one of the founders of the shooting club, with a certificate of recognition for their success at Nationals and for their continued growth and innovation. The recognition took place during the July 6, 2017 Commissioners Meeting.



    Nancy Kochevar, Chris Kochevar and Randy Brewster started a shooting sports club, Young Guns in our county in 2013.  This was a vision the 3 had and they executed it.

    In these 4 short years the club grew from 7 members to almost 60 members (which they had to cap as a result of a long waiting list).  Their first year the club was able to send youth to nationals, not 1 youth, but 4 youth were eligible in 2015.  They have had returning members in 2016 and this year they sent 8 youth to nationals. One youth from the club placed and took stage at nationals. This same youth is now taking what he learned from this club and is starting a shooting sport club up by him at college.  His goal is to help teach youth and college mates the importance of firearm safety, what he learned from being in the Young Guns.

    They have increased the amount of advisors in their club from them (the founding 3) to 11, and have had these advisors trained in their perspective disciplines. As a result of that they now are able to offer archery, pistol, rifle, air pistol, steel rifle, steel pistol, shotgun, and muzzle loading. Youth members are taking multiple disciplines to expand their knowledge of firearms, because of this. The Young Guns, club under these 3 advisors supervision, completed service projects where they  helped build a range at one of our metro parks, they also helped boots and saddle (where they meet and practice) expand and build a range. The club has successfully held fund-raisers every year, car washes, and a  turkey shoot (which is their biggest fund-raiser). They have also obtained many sponsors and grants.  With these funds obtained they have been able to purchase or have donated for the club, bows, rifles, pistols, ammunition, travel expenses for the Ohio team to travel to nationals, range time, a facility as well as a shooting trailer. 

    The impact of this innovative activity is that Lake County now has a very active and successful shooting sports club.  Young Guns is our fastest growing club in Lake County.  They have been able in these 3 years to obtain resources and materials so  Lake County youth can have the opportunity to be learning  about shooting sports in a safe and successful manner.

    The club has and continues to look at how they can expand with their ongoing fundraising and recruitment of donors, which assists the club in accommodating the rapid growth.  This vision and planning has assisted the club in being so successful.

    They have been a great addition to our 4-H program and have brought a heighten awareness to shooting sports and the Lake County's 4-H program. Nancy, Chris and Randy have been huge innovators for the shooting sports program in Lake County and nationally. They have done a great deal in just 4 short years with plans to continue to grow in the future!   



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