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Lake County, Ohio - Commissioners



Commissioner Vice President
Ron Young
  Commissioner President 
John R. Hamercheck
Jerry C. Cirino

Updated May 28, 2020 - Lake County Building Public Visitors Guidelines


Commissioner Meetings Accessible Online - Watch the meetings Live. Typically on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Please check the Public Meeting Schedule for confirmation.


The Board of County Commissioner meetings will be accessible to the public via the YouTube channel Board will continue to monitor state and federal public health guidance while evaluating the timing to reopen the meetings to the general public.


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.   


2020 General Fund Budget

2020 Outside the General Fund Budget


Beginning, Friday, September 20, 2019, the Lake County Commissioner's Office has moved to the new Administration Center located adjacent to the Painesville United Methodist Church. The address is 105 Main Street, 5th Floor, Suite 513, Painesville, Ohio  44077. For more information please call 440-350-2745.

Boards & Commissions Expiring in 2020

2020 Holidays for Which County Offices Are Closed
  • First day of January (Wednesday, January 1, 2020)
  • Third Monday in January (January 20), Martin Luther King Day
  • Third Monday in February (February 17), Presidents Day
  • Last Monday in May (May 25), Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July (Friday, July 3), Independence Day observed
  • First Monday in September (September 7), Labor Day
  • Second Monday in October (October 12), Columbus Day
  • Eleventh day of November (Wednesday, November 11), Veterans' Day 
  • Fourth Thursday in November (November 26), Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving Day (November 27)
  • Twenty-fifth day of December (Friday, December 25) , Christmas Day

Commissioners Meeting Videos

September 17, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

September 10, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

September 3, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

August 27, 2020 Commissioners Meeting - Recorder's Meeting

August 20, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

August 13, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

August 6, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

July 30, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

July 23, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

July 9, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

July 2, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

June 25, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

June 18, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

June 11, 2020 Commissioners Meeting - Audio Only

June 4, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

May 28, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

May 21, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

May 14, 2020 Commissioners Meeting

May 7, 2020 - Commissioners Meeting

April 30, 2020 Commissioners Meeting 

April 23, 2020 Commissioners Meeting 

April 16, 2020 Commissioners Meeting 

April 9, 2020 Commissioners Meeting 

April 2, 2020 Commissioners Meeting 

March 24, 2020 Commissioners Meeting 


    As part of the first NOACA resolution passed, Lake County will directly and regionally be receiving $10,309,419.00 of the $45,880,943.00 resolution total. Projects include:

    • City of Mentor: Resurfacing of Hopkins Road from Mentor Ave (US-20) north to SR-2 (Market Street).
    • Lake County Engineer: Rehabilitation of Madison Avenue from Steele Avenue to SR-84 (South Ridge Road) in Painesville, Painesville Twp., and Perry Twp.
    • Lake County Engineer: Reconstruction and relocation of Vrooman Road from IR-90 to SR-84 (this includes funding for the bridge over the Grand River) in Leroy Twp. and Perry Twp.

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    Please be advised that the Lake County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a


    THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2020

    9:30 AM

    in the Commissioners’ Conference Room-5th Floor-Administration Building A,

    105 Main Street, Painesville, OH  44077 for the purposes of:

    • For consideration of The Lake County Recorder’s Technology Fund proposal pursuant to ORC  Section 317.321

    No action will be taken at the meeting.

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    Hereby, notice is given, the Lake County Auditor is seeking to fill the position of Deputy Auditor - Apprasial Manager.

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    Lake and Ottawa County Commissioners Oppose House Bill 6 Repeal Without Replacement that Protects Lake and Ottawa Counties and All Ohioans from Higher Costs, Loss of Jobs, and Polluted Air.

    PAINESVILLE, OH, AUGUST 17, 2020 – Today, the Lake and Ottawa Commissioners expressed their strong opposition to any legislative proposal to repeal House Bill 6 “HB 6” without a thoroughly vetted and workable replacement. “While we detest any alleged illegal or unethical activity before, during, or after the enactment of the legislation, we certainly believed the policy outcomes were of great benefit not only to our counties but also to all Ohioans. If the former House Speaker or ‘dark money’ contributors were coordinating illegal behind the scenes activities, they should be punished in accordance with Federal and State laws,” stated the Commissioners.

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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners, by resolution dated August 6, 2020, has set the date, time, and place for a public hearing to consider the proposed name change of a portion of Vrooman Road, located in Leroy Township, to Vrooman Road Extension. The Hearing will be held on August 27, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners' Chambers, Lake County Administration Building, 105 Main Street, Building A, Fifth Floor, Painesville, OH 44077.

    Any questions regarding the Public Hearing should be addressed to the Lake County Commissioners' Clerk, Jennifer Bell, 105 Main Street, Building A, Fifth Floor, Painesville, OH 44077, or by email [email protected]


    John R. Hamercheck, President

    Jerry C. Cirino, Commissioner

    Ron Young, Vice President

    Jennifer Bell, Clerk

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    Public Notice

    Lake County 911 Planning Committee Meeting Notice

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at 8:00 am

    Agenda: Amending the PSAP in the Plan and Policies and Procedures


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    Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.

    1.        Go to
    2.        Scroll to Lake County 4-H Livestock Auction – click view.
    3.        Click login, or click Register to bid if you have not yet registered.
    4.        Enter your information, be sure to remember or write down your username and password.

    Your credit card is required but won’t be charged unless you want to use it to pay for your purchase. There is a 3% charge for using a credit card.  You are able to mail a check Monday morning or send a digital check with no fee.

    1.       You are now ready to bid.
    2.       Log in – scroll to the project you want to bid on, click the bid button, and enter the amount you want to bid.

    >Bidding is by the animal not by the pound as in our past sales. 

    >You will get a notice of being outbid via email. Also, if you're logged in to your account there will be a "Green" box around the lots you are winning and a "Red" Box around the lots you are not winning.

    1.     Breeders World will email you an invoice at the end of the auction.

    We will take the animal to the processor just like in our past sales.

    The buyer will pay for the processing fees at the time you pick up your meat.  Poultry, all processed will be delivered to you. As in the past, we will charge an additional $10 for poultry processing when you check out.

    There are other features you can use on this site.  Like tagging animals that you want to watch as the auction continues (this is a watch list) Click on the small "eye". Then when you go to your account click on "Watch List".

    There also is a FAQ page. 

    Any issues with registration or bidding call the Breeders World/ BW Final Drive office

    If you have further questions please contact someone in our Sr. Market Livestock Committee. 

    Sam Taylor 440-417-8834, Regan Demshar 440-477-8433, Dick Ingalls 440-840-3211

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    A statewide mask order goes into effect today, Thursday July 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for all Ohio counties. All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:

    • At an indoor location that is not a residence;
    • Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members;
    • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing

    The order only requires those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:

    • Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
    • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
    • Those who are officiants at religious services;
    • Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
    • Those who are actively eating or drinking.

    Residents wishing to register complaints regarding mask use or business compliance should visit or call 440-350-4357. 

    “We urge residents to use our webpage or hotline to voice their concerns.  Local 9-1-1 lines must remain open so that our first responders can receive notice of critical emergencies in our county,” said Health Commissioner Ron H. Graham.

    Questions regarding COVID-19 exposure can still be addressed to Lake County General Health District at [email protected] or (440)350-2188.  Visit for the most updated COVID-19 information.

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    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.

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    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

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    The test has been postponed until next week.

    Harbor Energy is performing some testing on sirens in the Davis-Besse and Perry EPZs next week.  This testing requires us to take actual sound level readings for each of the types of sirens we have.  The data collected is then used to calibrate the computer model that our contractor uses to create a map of the siren decibel levels.  The basic test is as follows:

    1. Disable rotation, such that the siren remains pointed at the instruments.
    2. Place instruments at siren height, using a bucket truck, calibrate sound meters, and record.
    3. Sound the siren to record data.
    4. Place the siren back in a normal condition and move to the next siren.


    Monday 8/31

    • Testing will be performed at siren L19 at approximately 1015 am on Monday 8/31/2020.
    • Testing will be performed at Siren L2 at approximately 1130 am
    • Testing will be performed at Siren L26 at 1:00 pm

    The locations of the sirens tests are:       

    L19 near intersection of Middle Ridge and 20- Perry Twp.

    L2 near intersection of Hubbard and Madison Ave.- Madison Twp.

    L26 Near area of 608 and Winchell- Concord Twp.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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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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    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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    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.

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    We are currently (July 30, 2019) experiencing phone issues throughout the County Offices. The Telecommunications Department is aware of the problem and are working on getting the issues resolved as possible.

    Thank you, Lake County Administrator

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    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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    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

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