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July 10, 2020

    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!




    Lake County Commissioners 

    Commissioner President
    John R. Hamercheck
    Ron Young
    Jerry C. Cirino
    Commissioners Proclaim World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Lake County, Ohio by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, June 12, 2020

    During the June 11, 2020 Commissioners Meeting, a resolution was adopted proclaiming World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Lake County, Ohio on June 15, 2020. As a community, Lake County values the importance of protecting and supporting our seniors and ensuring that they live in a safe and secure environment, with dignity and without fear of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The proclamation will be sent to Lake County Job & Family Services Director Matthew Battiato.

    Please click here to read the resolution.

    Commissioners Announce Clean and Green Logo Contest Winners for 2020 by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020

    During the May 28, 2020 Commissioners Meeting, the Board announced the winners of the Clean and Green Logo Contest.  The Overall Winner is Middle School student Casey Heil from the Willoughby/Eastlake School of Innovation. The Elementary School Winner is Savannah Brown from Melridge Elementary. The High School Winner is Clara Maruna from North High School. We congratulate all the winners on a job well done. Please click the link below to view their award-winning artwork!

    2020 Clean and Green Lake County Logo Contest Winners

    Treasurer Sprague, Lake County Announce STABLE Account Partnership by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020

    COLUMBUS – In a resolution passed by commissioners today, Lake County became the first county to partner with the Ohio Treasurer’s office to provide an option that makes it easier for county employees and their families to take advantage of STABLE accounts. The measure allows Lake County employees to set up recurring direct-deposits from their paychecks into STABLE accounts for themselves or a qualifying family member.

    “I applaud Lake County for their leadership in providing this important benefit to employees,” said Treasurer Sprague. “For those county employees or their family members living with a disability, the commissioners’ vote creates a new opportunity to save and invest in their futures. We hope other local government leaders across the state will join with us and make this benefit available to more Ohioans.”

    Please click here to read the news article in its entirety.

    Lake County Opioid Press Release & Complaint by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Plaintiffs Unseal New Evidence Against Chain Pharmacies in Federal Opioid Litigation

    Lake and Trumbull Counties of Ohio lay out dispensing and distribution claims against Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, and HBC Giant Eagle for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic

    Please click here to view the entire Lake County Opioid Press Release.

    Please click here to view the Lake County Opioid Complaint (Amended Complaint)

    Lake County Commissioners to Offer Grants and Loans to Small Businesses by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Lake County Commissioners to Offer Grants and Loans to Small Businesses

    The Lake County Commissioners have authorized two business assistance programs to benefit small for-profit businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The programs are meant to further economic development, preserve and create employment opportunities for Lake County residents, and support the operations of small businesses during a time of need and emergency. In total, Lake County will distribute $700,000 to small businesses. Funding for the programs was provided by the Community Development Block Grant through the Federal CARES Act. 

    Please click here to view the entire Business Assistance Program press release.

    Business Assistance Program Details

    Discussion About the Future of Grand River's Waterfront Entertainment District by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    What Does the Future Look Like?

    Join us for this public meeting that will be held virtually to discuss the future of Grand River's Waterfront Entertainment District on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. If you can't make the meeting please share your thoughts in the survey. Please see the links below.

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    Topic: Grand River Entertainment District Public Meeting 1

    Time: May 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Commissioners Proclaim May 2020 Motorcycle Awareness Month in Lake County by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, May 8, 2020

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners recently signed a proclamation declaring May 2020 Motorcycle Awareness Month in Lake County. The Board promotes the importance of motorist awareness to safely share the road with motorcycles and reminds all riders to make themselves more visible and to encourage all citizens to "Look Twice and Save a Life" at all intersections and upon entering a roadway. All highway users should unite in the safe sharing of roads throughout Lake County as we enter warm weather months, in order to reduce crashes and injuries involving motorcyclists.

    Please click here to view the proclamation in its entirety.


    Commissioners Proclaim the Week of May 3-9, 2020 National Correctional Officers Week by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, May 8, 2020

    During the May 7, 2020 Commissioners Meeting the Board adopted a resolution proclaiming the week of May 3-9, 2020, as National Correctional Officers Week in Lake County. National Correctional Officers week acknowledges the difficult job correctional officers perform, locked within a facility for a large part of their day where they must keep those committed to jail secure and safe, and respect the rights and dignity of all inmates.

    Please click here to view the resolution in its entirety. 

    Commissioners Proclaim May 2020 as National Nurses Month in Lake County by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, May 8, 2020

    During the May 7, 2020 Commissioners Meeting the Board proclaimed May 2020 a National Nurse Month. Nurses are the frontline healthcare workers that are the bridge between the community and the complex healthcare system. Nurses are special people committed to selflessly serve and care for others no matter the circumstance. During this time fighting against COVID-19, nurses are making countless sacrifices to ensure the safety of patients, each other, and our community.

    Please click here to see the resolution in its entirety. 

    Data Board Meeting on May 13, 2020 by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020

    LAKE DATA BOARD Meeting 5/13/2020

    Painesville, OH – The Lake County Data Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th at 9:30 AM will occur as scheduled. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and required social distancing rules, this meeting will be held by WebEx. To ensure compliance with Ohio sunshine laws and HB197, the public can listen to this meeting via phone at:


    Access code: 141 310 426

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Data Board is Wednesday, June 10th at 9:30AM.

    Please click here to view the notice in its entirety.


    Siren Test Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Monday, July 6, 2020

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

    Siren Test For April 8, 2020 Will Be Silent by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

    At the request of the Board of Lake County Commissioners, in an effort to avoid causing unnecessary concern for the public, Energy Harbor’s audible siren test scheduled for April 8, 2020 has been re-scheduled as a silent test.  Normal testing is expected to resume next quarter.

    Ohio EMA Warns About Scam Phone Calls by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

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    For Immediate Release: March 30, 2020

    Ohio Emergency Management Agency Will NOT Call You Asking for Personal Information

    Scammers are Trying to Monopolize on Fear of COVID-19

    COLUMBUS – The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) is receiving reports of spam calls to Ohioans from individuals claiming to be from the Ohio EMA and requesting personal protected information, such as a Social Security number.

    “The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is not calling Ohioans and asking for their protected personal information,” said Executive Director Sima Merick. “If you receive such a call, it is a scam. Please hang up the phone.”

    Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Ohio Department of Commerce Director Sherry Maxfield offer these tips to protect yourself from other scams:

    · Watch out for emails claiming to be from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other expert sources offering special advice or information about coronavirus disease 2019. Legitimate information is available for free from the CDC or from the Ohio Department of Health at

    · Ignore advertisements promoting cures for COVID-19. There currently are no vaccines, prescription medications, or over-the-counter products available to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19.

    · Refrain from investing in businesses touting products, services or cures for COVID-19. Scam artists try to use the market downturn and the pandemic to scare investors into so-called “safer, guaranteed investments.”

    · Research nonprofit organizations and crowdfunding campaigns before donating. A database of registered charities is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. Avoid groups that pressure you into donating and never donate via cash, gift cards, wire transfer, or prepaid money card. These are the preferred payment methods of scammers.

    · Be watchful of anyone going door to door offering coronavirus testing or temperature readings and/or requesting personal information. Call law enforcement immediately if you see a suspicious person. Never let strangers into your home.

    · Beware of emails and other attempts to “phish” for your personal, financial, and/or medical information. When in doubt, do not share. If the source claims to be your bank or a government agency, confirm they are legitimate by calling the organization at a phone number you have verified.

    For information on government stimulus checks, visit the Federal Trade Commission website and stay tuned for updates from reliable news sources. The government will not ask you to pay anything to receive this money and will never ask for your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number. Never give this information out.

    · When online, avoid clicking on unknown links or pop-ups and never download any suspicious email attachment. Doing so could infect your devices with malicious software designed to steal your personal information or lock your computer until you pay a ransom.

    The Department of Commerce asks consumers to ask yourself these questions to help spot red flags:

    · Has someone contacted you unexpectedly about an investment opportunity or asked for payment on an unfamiliar account? If you weren’t expecting a phone call or didn’t initiate the contact, hang up. If you can put a block on the incoming phone number, do so to avoid additional calls.

    · Has someone promised you something? If you are offered something that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

    · Has someone asked you to do something? Were you asked for banking, credit card, or other financial account information? If you didn’t initiate the conversation, don’t provide it.

    · Is an investment being offered with a guaranteed high return with little or no risk? All investments carry risk. No one can guarantee an investment return.

    · Is there a sense of urgency or limited availability surrounding an investment? If the offer is legitimate, it will be there later. If someone offers you a “can’t miss” investment opportunity and puts you on the spot, don’t be afraid to walk away.

    · Is the person offering the investment, and the investment itself, properly licensed or registered? For the same reasons you wouldn’t go to an unlicensed doctor or dentist, you should avoid unregistered investment salespeople and their products.

    · Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive sales practice should contact the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost at or 1-800-282-0515.

    Price Gouging

    · Attorney General Yost’s Consumer Protection Section is receiving complaints of price gouging for items such as surgical masks and toilet paper. State law bans unconscionable sales practices, which could include dramatically increasing the price products solely in response to current events.


    For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).


    If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community.

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    Siren Test Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

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    Siren Test Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

    Siren Test Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 11 am by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Monday, July 8, 2019

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

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