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Lake County, Ohio - Commissioners



This page is designed to bring you information on senior services in Lake County and provide information on the Lake County Senior Levy.


If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact Alyea Barajas, Senior Services Coordinator, at (440) 350-2748 or

    Meals on Wheels Benefit - Friday, November 18, 2016
    The Lake County Council on Aging is holding a spaghetti dinner kickoff benefit for their annual March for Meals campaign on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Tickets are $10 for an adult, $8 for seniors (60+), and $5 for children (under 5 are free). All proceeds benefit the Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels program. Click here for more details.  
    Senior Population Growth Expected - Monday, October 31, 2016
    By 2030 it is estimated 1 in 3 residents will be 60 years and older. The Lake County Board of Commissioners is committed to working together to build capacity and ensure sustainability of Lake County's senior services. Click here for more information.  
    Elder Abuse-Adult Protective Services - Monday, October 24, 2016
    A U.S. Department of Justice study estimates 1 in 9 Americans 60 and older suffers abuse each year. For every case reported to authorities, it is believed 5 more go unreported. Elder abuse can include: physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse; neglect, including abandonment; and financial exploitation.  Click here for a fact sheet on Adult Protective Services. To report abuse or neglect in Lake County contact (440) 350-4000. 
    Lake County's Aging and Disability Resource Center - Friday, September 30, 2016
    Contact the Lake County Council on Aging's Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for information on long term care services and supports in Lake County. The ADRC is a starting point for answers to questions about community services and supports that can help when your independence is challenged. Call (440) 205-8111 to get started. 


    Lake County's Senior Levy was first approved by voters on November 3, 1992. Currently the levy is 0.5 of one mill for five years and collects approximately $2.6 million annually. Levy funding is reserved for providing or maintaining senior citizen services or facilities and is authorized by sections 307.694, 307.85 and 5705.19 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

    In 2012, the Lake County Board of Commissioners established the Lake County Senior Citizens Advisory Panel.  The purpose of the Panel is to serve as an advisory and recommending body to the Commissioners and to facilitate equitable and beneficial allocation and distribution of the levy funds. 

    Historically, levy funds have been distributed to 12 providers including: the Lake County Council on Aging, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Wickliffe Senior Center, Willowick Senior Center, Eastlake Senior Center, Willoughby Senior Center, Mentor Senior Center, Kirtland Senior Center,  Painesville Senior Center, Fairport Senior Center, Perry Senior Center, and Madison Senior Center.  

    In October 2014, the Lake County Senior Citizens Advisory Panel recommended initiation of a senior study in an effort to get a better handle on the seniors in Lake County and the gaps in senior services, as well as create a blueprint for the future.  In October 2015, the study, titled Lake County, Ohio Senior Citizens: Today, Tomorrow and in the Future was completed, the results of which can be found here:

    A quick overview of the Study highlighting key points can be found here:
    Study Overview

    The Senior Citizens Advisory Panel consists of five members appointed by the Board of Lake County Commissioners.  The Panel serves as an advisory and recommending panel to the Lake County Board of Commissioners to facilitate equitable and beneficial allocation and distribution of the funds derived annually from the Lake County Senior Citizens Services Levy. 

                   Panel Members                 2017 Meeting Dates   

     Kenneth G. Gauntner - Chair









    February 21









     Frank Doberdruk - Vice Chair









    April 18









    Ellen E. Cantor









    June 20 









     Thomas Dreher









     August 15









    Spence Kline









                    October 17










                     -All meetings begin at 2:00 p.m.-  

    2015 Minutes    2016 Minutes    2017 Minutes 
     March 18    March 15    
     May 19    May 17    
     August 18    July 13    
    October 27     August 16    
    November 17     October 18*    

    * Meeting minutes are posted after approval by the Panel.

    The Senior Services Levy Coalition is currently comprised of the Lake County Council on Aging, the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and 10 area senior centers: Madison, Perry, Fairport, Painesville, Mentor, Kirtland, Willoughby, Eastlake, Wickliffe and Willowick.
    Collaborative Initiative - Monday, October 31, 2016
    The Lake County Board of Commissioners will award grants up to $50,000 for new collaborative initiatives that focus on gaps in services for seniors.  Grants are open to the 12 current levy coalition members and applicants must collaborate with a senior services partner outside of the levy coalition. Click here for complete details and here for an application.