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January 22, 2019

    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
    John R. Hamercheck
    Commissioner
    Ron Young
    Commissioner President
    Jerry C. Cirino
    Senior Services Levy & Laketran Working to Eliminate Transportation Barriers by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, January 4, 2019

    Senior Services Levy and Laketran working to eliminate transportation barriers

    Lake County, OH – The Lake County Board of Commissioners and Laketran, the regional public transportation authority, are partnering to improve transportation access for seniors to attend the plethora of activities offered at countywide Lake County senior centers. 

    Effective January 2019, Laketran, with help from the Senior Services Levy, will be offering door-to-door, Dial-a-Ride transportation to and from any Lake County senior center free of charge for Lake County residents 60 years and older.  Free transportation will also extend to seniors traveling to and from volunteer activities with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), after approval by RSVP.

    “Removing transportation barriers for seniors is an important component in addressing social isolation by enabling individuals to more fully participate in an active community life,” said Alyea Barajas, Senior Services Coordinator for the Lake County Commissioners. “Lake County is fortunate to have many wonderful opportunities to be socially engaged at the local senior centers and with RSVP.  We are thankful for Laketran’s ability to help us offer this service to seniors in a manner that is convenient and easy to access.”

    “Senior Centers are our third most population destination, after work and medical trips,” shared Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “In the past we have operated programs with individual senior centers, but by consolidating the program at the county level, not only will it be managed more efficiently, but the partnership will guarantee all seniors in Lake County have the same access.”

    As the aging population of Lake County continues to grow, the demand for Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride service continues to do the same.

    Transit trips to area senior centers has increased 25 percent between 2015 and 2017.  Last year, Laketran provided over 15,000 Dial-a-Ride trips to area senior centers, plus an additional 2,000 trips to RSVP volunteers.

    “Men tend to outlive their driving ability by about six years and women, by about 10 years. It is just the beginning of a span of 25-30 years where the baby boomer generation will demand more transportation services and partnerships like this are vital to the quality of life for seniors in Lake County,” explained Capelle.

    Capelle also pointed out the new partnership simplifies the senior transportation program, which makes it easier for the user as well as to manage internally. 

    “What’s best about this partnership is it’s easy for seniors to understand. Simply, if you’re over 60, Laketran can get you to any senior center in the county and it’s free,” explained Capelle.

    To make a reservation for Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride service, call (440) 354-6100.



    Commissioners Hire New EMA Director by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

    LAKE COUNTY, OHIO COMMISSIONERS HIRE NEW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY DIRECTOR

    Lake County will soon have a new Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director following a Resolution passed by the Commissioners at their November 29th meeting. 

    Joseph Busher Jr. will start work on December 10th and receive training from current EMA Director Larry Greene who is set to retire on January 18th of 2019. The overlap will ensure a seamless transition by allowing time for Busher to become familiar with his new job responsibilities.

    “I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for me to continue my career in public safety. This position gives me the ability to work with all public safety and private agencies collaboratively to prepare, plan for and mitigate against natural or manmade disasters. If an emergency should occur, using the Lake County Emergency Operation Plan to provide for the safety, response, support and recovery of all the citizens and communities of Lake County. It is truly an honor to have been chosen for this position,” said Mr. Busher.

    A resident of Concord Township, Busher has over 35 years in public service, 32 of which were spent with the Mentor Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief.

    “First of all, I want to thank Larry Greene for his outstanding performance as our county’s EMA Director during most of my tenure as Commissioner. He’s leaving some big shoes to be filled, but the Busher family has a long history of public safety service in Lake County, and I am personally confident that Joe’s experience and stellar reputation of dedication to duty will ensure that Lake County’s citizens will continue to be well served and protected from unforeseen emergency situations”, Commissioner Daniel P. Troy stated.

     Greene, who has over 45 years in public safety, worked for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office before being hired as county EMA Director in October of 2003. He and his family live in Leroy Township.     

    The EMA, among other responsibilities, coordinates disaster response and preparedness for Lake County.  The EMA Director maintains the Emergency Operations Center in readiness and coordinates county programs with other first responders both locally and regionally.

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    Commissioners Proclaim November 2018 National Adoption Awareness Month by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

    During the October 25, 2018, Commissioners Meeting, the Board of Lake County Commissioners proclaimed November 2018 National Adoption Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio. The Commissioners presented the Director of the Lake County Job & Family Services Matt Battiato and Probate Judge Mark Bartolotta with a resolution. The Commissioners urge the people of our community to help raise awareness about the children available for adoption, recognize the valuable service of adoptive families in our community, and to focus our attention on recruiting and licensing adoptive homes in order to give these children forever families. 

     



    Lake County Receives Favorable Audit for 2017 by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, October 5, 2018

    Lake County Receives Favorable Audit for 2017

    Lake County received a favorable opinion from the Auditor of State Dave Yost’s Office continuing a record of strong performance in financial management and reporting for the County.

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners received an “unmodified opinion” from the State Auditor following its annual audit of government financial conditions for 2017, the highest rating awarded to a governmental entity.  The report is a testament to the County’s management of operations, practices and fiscal accountability.

    Each year the State Auditor’s Office conducts intensive audits of financial statements of Lake County and randomly selects policies, procedures, contracts, journals and other records for review in order to test compliance with Government Auditing Standards and audit requirements of Title 2 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Federal Regulations Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).  The County’s management is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective internal control over compliance with requirements of laws, regulations, contracts and grants applicable to federal programs.  According to the report, no material weaknesses in the measures in place to supervise its operations were identified.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.



    Commissioners Proclaim October 2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

    During the September 19, 2018, Commissioners Meeting, Ms. Mallory Babika, Program Manager of the Forbes House and Ms.Paige Wilson, were presented with a proclamation proclaiming October 2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio, and urges the citizens of Lake County to raise their awareness and watch for signs of potential issues of the members of our community, remember the lives lost due to domestic violence, and give hope to those still living with abuse.

    Please click here to view the proclamation in its entirety.

     



    Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to be Conducted on October 3, 2018 by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to be Conducted on October 3, 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    DATE: October 1, 2018

    CONTACT: Kelly McGuire, Public Affairs 

    Phone 614-794-0908, Cell 614-206-1162

    Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert Test This Wednesday

    Citizens to Receive "Presidential Alert" Test Message on Wireless Devices 

    COLUMBUS – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) this Wednesday, October 3, 2018 beginning at 2:18 p.m. The test will evaluate the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

    The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. It allows customers whose wireless provider participates in WEA and who own a WEA compatible wireless phone to receive geo-targeted alerts of imminent threats to safety in their area through unique tones and vibration. The national WEA test will use the same tone and vibration. The test message will display "Presidential Alert" and read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

    The WEA test will be sent through the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), as part of the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure that automatically authenticates alerts. The test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster.

    "Because this is the first national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert capability, we want to make sure residents know this is only a test and not to be alarmed when they receive a "Presidential Alert" on their cell phones," said Jeffrey J. Young, Director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. 

    The EAS test will take place at 2:20 p.m. and is only available to EAS participants (e.g., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers). The test message will last approximately one minute and be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.



    Commissioners & Engineer Announce Road Improvement Program by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, June 29, 2018

    Lake County, Ohio residents wil soon begin to see much-needed improvements to roads under the jurisdiction of the Lake County Engineer. The Board approved an accelerated two and a half year road improvement program. To facilitate this aggressive program, the Board will consider bond financing strategies with existing revenues and a new $5 motor vehicle license fee. 

    Please click here to read the full news release.



    Congratulations to Broadmoor Class of 2018!! by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018

    We congratulate the 2018 Broadmoor School graduates Thomas Grilly and Gabrielle Layton. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. 



    Lake County Honored with United Way Above & Beyond Award by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

    During the May 17, 2018 Commissioners Meeting the Board accepted an Above & Beyond Award from United Way of Lake County on behalf of all the citizens, businesses and organizations in Lake County because they all went above and beyone during this year's Feed Lake County Campaign. This year the campaign brought in 75,277 lbs of food and $40,000. This will provide 220,000 meals for residents in need. Jodi Matsko and Jean Sency from United Way of Lake County presented the award to the Commissioners.

     



    2018 Clean & Green Poster Contest Winners Honored by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Out of over 350 students from 17 schools in Lake County, the Board of Lake County Commissioners presented the awards for this year's Clean & Green Poster Contest Winners during the April 26, 2018 Commissioners Meeting. Congratulations!

    The High School and Overall Winner is Leah Stone from North High School in Eastlake.

    The Elementary School Division Winner is Jade Omerza-Wells from Grant Elementary School in Willoughby.

    The Middle School Division Winner is Gianna Cesari from Ridge Middle School in Mentor.

    Here is the overall winning logo!

     

     



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