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THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS




Commissioner
Daniel P. Troy
Commissioner President 
Jerry C. Cirino
Commissioner
John R. Hamercheck


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.   



         2017 Holidays for Which County Offices Are Closed 

                First day of January (Monday, January 2, 2017), New Year’s Day observed

                Third Monday in January (January 16), Martin Luther King Day

                Third Monday in February (February 20), Presidents Day

                Last Monday in May (May 29), Memorial Day

                Fourth of July (Tuesday, July 4), Independence Day

                First Monday in September (September 4), Labor Day

                Second Monday in October (October 9), Columbus Day

                Eleventh day of November (Friday, November 10), Veterans' Day observed

                Fourth Thursday in November (November 23), Thanksgiving Day

                Friday after Thanksgiving Day (November 24)
Twenty-fifth day of December (Monday, December 25)

                 
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    As of March 14, 2017, a snow emergency parking ban has been declared in the City of Painesville.  Vehicles must be removed from on street parking. If the vehicles remain parked on the street they may be ticketed or towed to allow the City's Public Works trucks to clear the street. 

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    The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Lake County and the surrounding area.  The expected snow fall total for Lake County is 8-12” with higher amounts possible where lake-effect snow bands develop.  Based on the expected snow, the Lake County Engineer’s Office will be closing Vrooman Road between Seeley Road and SR 84 (South Ridge Road) at 8:00 p.m. this evening, Monday, March 13, 2017. This section of roadway will be re-opened after the storm subsides and the road is able to be cleared of snow.  We anticipate is will be in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

    The closure will require county drivers to cooperate during this event.
      Drivers are asked to please abide by the posted signs and detour around the area as plows will not be clearing this section of roadway until the storm subsides.  Please exercise caution and be free of distractions while driving on our roadways during snow and ice conditions.

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    Lake County residents are invited to attend the Business and IT Career Fair at Lakeland Community College on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in Room A 2100.

    Job seekers will have the chance to meet many employers face to face all in one day. Participants can submit resumes, speak with the recruiters about their companies, or simply obtain information about careers in business and information technology (IT). 

    Opportunities will include full-time and part-time jobs and internships in various business and IT occupational areas. Business positions available include: marketing, management, human resources, accounting, financial services, sales, customer service, and office administration.  IT positions include support specialist, software developer, data analyst, CRM systems manager, Java web developer, network field engineer and more.

    Please click here to view the entire news release.

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    Cover of FHI report with EKG line over map of OhioThe State of Ohio Auditor's Office released their 2015 financial health indicators for all counties and Lake County is happy to announce that we received a "Positive Outlook" or green rating for 17 out of 17 indicators or 100%. Approximately 80% of Ohio counties received at least one yellow indicator.
    Please click here to read more information.
    Link to the Ohio State Auditor's Office.

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    During the March 7, 2017, Commissioners Meeting the Board of Lake County Commissioners recognized the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood on the 50th Anniversary of Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. Director of Volunteer and Professional Services for the Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood Ms. Beth Falkner Brown and participants in the Laketran Employment Program were present to accept the resolution.
    Please click here to view the resolution in its entirety.


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    The Amvets Post 1971, Perry High School and Perry High School Alumni Association are working together in conjunction with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration in an effort to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Perry September 20-25, 2017, to honor those in our communities who have served. For more information please contact the Amvets Post 1971 at 440-259-5528.
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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners welcomed Joe Tomsick of the Lake County Council on Aging, Spence Kline from Beacon Health, Cristen Kane from RSVP and Silvia Orsulic-Jeras from Benjamin Rose Institute, who discussed their Senior Citizen Collaboration Projects  that were recently awarded via the senior levy. The Council on Aging and Beacon Health teamed up to address in-home behavioral health assessments, and RSVP and BRI partnered on a Music and Memory program for those with dementia. For more information please contact Senior Services Coordinator Alyea Barajas at 440-350-2745 or alyea.barajas@lakecountyohio.gov.
    RSVP & Benjamin Rose Institute News Release
    Council on Aging & Beacon Health News Release

    From the left: Spence Kline, Silvia Orsulic-Jeras, Commissioner Daniel Troy, Cristen Kane, Joe Tomsick, Commissioner Jerry Cirino and Commissioner Hamercheck.

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    The Lake County Building Department is honored as the 2016 recipient of the Ohio Board of Building Standard’s David A. Smith Award for Innovation.
    The award is presented annually to recognize an Ohio certified building department that has demonstrated exemplary customer service, dedication to public service and has furthered the Board’s mission and goals.
    Congratulations to the Lake County Building Department!  
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    At the December 29, 2016 Commissioners Meeting the Lake County Board of Commissioners honored the Building Department for earning the 2016 David A. Smith, Jr. Award for Building Department Excellence.  There are approximately 400 full service building departments in the State of Ohio, and of these, 9 nominations were received for this year's award. The winner was selected after a review of the departments' performance, contacting building contractors, and conducting "secret shopper" calls to the departments.
    Please click here to view the certificate presented by the Commissioners.

    Commissioner Troy, Patrick Barnes Inspector, Building Permit/Inspection Coordinator Rose Ann Kundtz, Chief Building Official David Strichko, Commissioner Moran and Commissioner Malecek. 

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    “Be a Santa to a Senior” is a national campaign sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care that partners with local non-profit and community organizations designed to bring cheer to lonely and needy seniors by providing gifts and human interaction to our respected and admired elders.  This popular holiday campaign has delivered more than 12,000 gifts to local senior citizens and more than 1.2 million nationwide.

    To participate, holiday shoppers are invited to pick an ornament inscribed with the first name of the recipient from Christmas trees located at participating merchants in Lake County.  Many of the elderly identified to receive gifts are on fixed incomes who request merely simple personal care supplies and may receive no other gifts during the season.  The “Be a Santa to a Senior Program” offers participants the rewards of granting the humble wishes of these valued members of our community and making a positive impact on their lives. For more information contact 440-257-5800.
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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation declaring December "Be a Santa to a Senior Month" in Lake County, Ohio, to Valorie Armstrong, the Program Director, during the November 22, 2016 Meeting.

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    Please be advised there will be an audible 

    emergency siren test today, January 11, 2017, at 

    11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

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    On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, local emergency sirens in Lake, western Ashtabula and northern Geauga counties will be tested to make sure the sirens are in good working order.  On January 13 at 11:00 a.m. you will hear a steady siren tone for approximately three minutes. This test is part of the local emergency preparedness program, conducted to ensure that the sirens around the Perry Power Plant are working properly. This is only a test.

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    Please be advised there will be an audible

    emergency siren test tomorrow, July 13th, 2016, at

    11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

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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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