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Lake County, Ohio - Commissioners



Ron Young
  Commissioner President 
John R. Hamercheck
John Plecnik



Updated November 20, 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.   


2021 General Fund Budget

2021 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 2021

2021 Holidays for Which County Offices Are Closed
  • First day of January (Friday, January 1, 2021
  • Third Monday in January (January 18), Martin Luther King Day
  • Third Monday in February (February 15), Presidents Day
  • Last Monday in May (May 31), Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July (Monday, July 5), Independence Day observed
  • First Monday in September (September 6), Labor Day
  • Second Monday in October (October 11), Columbus Day
  • Eleventh day of November (Thursday, November 11), Veterans' Day
  • Fourth Thursday in November (November 25), Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving Day (November 26)
  • Twenty-fifth day of December (Friday, December 24) , Christmas Day observed


Commissioners Meeting Videos

January 7, 2021 Organizational Meeting

January 7, 2021 Regular Meeting

January 14, 2021 Regular Meeting

January 19, 2021 Regular Meeting

January 28, 2021 Regular Meeting

February 4, 2021 Regular Meeting

February 11, 2021 Regular Meeting

February 18, 2021 Regular Meeting

February 25, 2021 Regular Meeting


    Commission President John Hamercheck Named to Agency Boards

    Lake County Commissioner John R. Hamercheck was recently named the First Vice President of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and appointed to the Board of Directors for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO).

    NOACA is the transportation and planning agency that represents Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lorain and Medina counties. In addition to significant input on multiple public policies that impact Lake County, NOACA is also a significant funding agency for transportation projects and long-term community planning initiatives. "Participation on regional boards are important, but my role as First Vice-President will allow me to strategically align Lake County's projects with future state and federal funding opportunities. Lake County has made significant investment in our road infrastructure over the past 3 years and this role on NOACA will help further this strategy," noted Commissioner Hamercheck.

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    RSVP Lake County moves under the Lake County Commissioners

    Lake County, OH – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Lake County, also known as RSVP, will be moving to a new home effective April 1, 2021. 

    RSVP, a federal AmeriCorps Senior program, works to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals, aged 55 and older.  RSVP is currently housed at the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation and is scheduled to move to the Board of Lake County Commissioners under the direction of the Senior Services Coordinator, Alyea Barajas, effective April 1, 2021.

    The Board of Commissioners recently completed a year-long strategic plan that focused on priorities related to the Senior Services Levy.  Volunteer services were one such priority. RSVP currently receives 30% of its funding from a federal grant, the remaining 70% is from the Senior Services Levy.  Moving RSVP under the auspices of the Board of County Commissioners will both free up precious levy dollars to be used for other senior programming and at the same time provide the opportunity to expand and enhance volunteer services across the County. 

    “RSVP has been a valued partner to the County’s senior services for the last 47 years.  They provide a critical service to help ensure older adults are engaged in the community,” said Jason Boyd, County Administrator. “These services have a positive impact on our Seniors in two very significant ways. These services enable seniors to volunteer and provide meaningful participation in their community. In addition, many of the seniors that volunteer are providing services to seniors in need, clearly a win for all.” Boyd further commented, “We feel this transition allows for additional growth, not only to volunteer services but also to help address some of the gaps in services available to seniors.”

    The Senior Services Levy provides $4.4 million in funding annually to more than thirteen organizations that provide services to Lake County seniors.  As the senior population grows, the Board of Commissioners will continue to look at ways to increase sustainability and foster creativity to ensure the needs of Lake County seniors are met.

    Further details on RSVP’s transition will be communicated to volunteer members and other stakeholders in early 2021. 

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    Joint Statement from Lake County Emergency Management Agency

    Lake County General Health District, and Lake Health

    Re: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

    For Phase 1B Populations in Lake County

    In support of Ohio’s statewide effort to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B, Lake County Emergency Agency (EMA) and Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) are notifying Lake County residents of local providers who will begin vaccine distribution during the week of January 18.  Governor DeWine has announced a tiered system for offering vaccinations to the estimated 2.2 million people who are eligible for the vaccine under this phase, beginning with those who are 80 years of age or older.  During this phase, the vaccine supply will remain extremely limited.  Vaccine distribution is scheduled to begin as follows:

    • The week of January 18: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
    • The week of January 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
    • The week of February 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
    • The week of February 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.

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    Several Lake County communities and organizations are slated to receive over $3,500,000 from the recently passed State Capital Bill.  With significant support from the Board of County Commissioners, community leaders began identifying local project priorities at the end of 2019 that will support and enhance recreational, social and economic development opportunities throughout Lake County. 

    “Lake County has demonstrated time and time again that a team first approach will yield positive opportunities for our residents, businesses, and social service communities.   We are fortunate to have dedicated leadership at all levels of government.  We are recognized throughout Ohio as a well-organized community and this is further evidence that, in Lake County, planning, communication and cooperation is the recipe for successful projects,” said Commissioner John R. Hamercheck.

    Community Projects Receiving Funding Supported by Commissioners Include:

    Chagrin River and Lake Erie Boat Access $475,000
    Fairport Harbor Docks and Marina Project $400,000 
    Springbrook Gardens Park Recreational Facility $500,000 
    Magic Mile Trail $300,000 
    Holden Arboretum $200,000 
    Perry Township Lakeshore Improvement Project $200,000 
    Willoughby Amphitheater $300,000
    Unionville Tavern Improvements $125,000 
    AWT NEO Workforce Transformation Center $500,000
    HOLA-Painesville Commercial Kitchen Renovation $75,000
    Forbes House $125,000

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    Starting in January 2021, Lake County residents will have a new Reverse 911 system to receive emergency notifications.  Purchased from Inspiron Logistics, LLC, the County’s new WENS (Wireless Emergency Notification System) alerting solution is scheduled to replace VESTA, which has been in use since 2016. WENS, like VESTA Alert, employs a secure web-based technology in its operation. The program has many features that will assist in getting critical information to Lake County residents in a timely manner, including updated technology for text message notification. An additional feature allows residents to sign-up to receive warning alerts for severe weather that will affect Lake County (i.e. Lake Effect Snow Warning, Thunderstorm Warning, etc.)

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    The Board of Lake County Commissioners announced on December 3, 2020, that they have selected Willoughby resident Suzanne Casar as the next Director of the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services after current Director, Matthew Battiato retires in May of 2021.

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    Lake County Commissioners John Hamercheck, Jerry Cirino, and Ron Young held a news conference, Wednesday, October 21st, 2020, at 1:00 pm at the Commissioner’s office announcing an initiative with the police chiefs of all communities in Lake County, the Lake County Sheriff and the Corrections Department. The initiative will involve the County securing funding for a new program designed to enhance policy documentation, make sure that policies are in conformance to new legal developments, facilitate better training of officers and allow easy, digital access to all policies as determined by the law enforcement entity.

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    Link to the video of the press conference.

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    Lifeline Announces Rent, Mortgage, and Water Assistance for Ohioans Impacted by COVID-19

    October 28, 2020

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio— Lifeline, Inc., who serves Lake & Geauga Counties has announced that there are funds available to assist households impacted by COVID-19 with rent or mortgage payments and to prevent water and sewer disconnections beginning November 2, 2020.

    Lifeline will be partnering with the Fair Housing Resource Center for triage and screening of applicants for rent and mortgage assistance. Lake & Geauga County residents, who are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments are encouraged to contact Fair Housing Resource Center at 440-392-0147 to submit an application for assistance. Residents who have water or sewer bill disconnection notices can contact Lifeline directly for assistance at 440-354-2148. Funds are available for a limited time and applicants are encouraged to reach out early. 

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          Commissioners Small Business Grants and Loans Making Impact throughout Lake County

    PAINESVILLE, OH, OCTOBER 28, 2020-In May 2020, the Lake County Commissioners authorized two business assistance programs to benefit small for-profit businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The programs are designed to further economic development, preserve employment opportunities for Lake County residents, and preserve the operations of small businesses during a time of need and emergency.

    Lake County Commissioners budgeted $700,000 for these programs via the Community Development Block Grant through the federal CARES Act.  To date, the Commissioners have approved 92 applications and distributed $602,000 of business relief in 16 of Lake County’s 23 communities.  “The Commissioners are committed to providing whatever assistance we can to our small business as they are the backbone of our community,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck.

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    During the October 29, 2020 Commissioners Meeting, the Board proclaimed the month of November 2020 "National Adoption Awareness Month" in Lake County, Ohio.

    November is a month dedicated to recognizing the stories of youth in foster care who are in need of permanency.  Children often enter into foster care due to a background of abuse or neglect.  While it is preferable for children to reunite with their birth family, too often, circumstances are not ideal.  When reunion with their parents is not possible, children need loving families where they can find security and stability and adoptive parents can provide that very basic comfort each child deserves.

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    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 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 14, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

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    Cleveland Communications will be testing the following sirens starting at about 9 am this Wednesday after the silent siren test.

    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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    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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