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THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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


Updated March 17, 2020 - Lake County Building Public Visitors Guidelines

 

Commissioner Meetings Accessible Online Only

 

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.   

 

2019 General Fund Budget

2019 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 2019

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    PRESS RELEASE

    March 31, 2020

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    The regular meeting of the LAKE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION scheduled to be held

    Tuesday, APRIL 7, 2020

    AT 5:30 P.M.

    The Lake County Planning Commission meeting will be held this month by Webex.  Robert’s Rules of Order will be conducted.  Public comments will be accepted when requested and for an allotted time.

    **WEBEX MEETING 4/7/20 CALL:        Phone #:  1-408-418-9388

                                                                                                    Meeting No. (Access Code):   621 753 742

                                                                                                    D. Radachy will enter at 5:15 p.m. 

                                                                                                    Meeting to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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    DATE: March 20, 2020

     Lake County Commissioners Meetings will be Accessible Online - Only

    To comply with recent recommendations limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people, the Lake County Commissioners Tuesday, March 24, 2020, regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. will be open to the public via electronic access while physical access will be curtailed.

    The meeting will be broadcast live via https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/commissioners/Commissioners-Live-Stream a quick link to the livestream YouTube channel can be accessed by going to the homepage of the Lake County website and scrolling down to the last quick links on the right “Commissioners Live Stream”. This is a stream that is only live when meetings are in session.

    The status of future meetings will be reviewed on a weekly basis and the updated schedule will be posted at www.lakecountyohio.gov/commissioners.

    If you have any questions about the process, please contact our office at 440-350-2751 or [email protected].

    The Board of Lake County Commissioners continues to consult with public health officials to ensure that we provide public services for our citizens and businesses.  Our goal is to maintain quality and timely services to the best of our ability during this unprecedented public health event.   In doing so, the County must also provide a safe working environment for our employees and visitors while adhering to the various local, state and federal public health protocols currently in place.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we balance public health and customer services in Lake County.

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    Lake County Commissioners Amend Operating Procedures at County Buildings

     The Board of Lake County Commissioners continues to consult with public health officials to ensure that we can provide the countless public services for our citizens and businesses at our County facilities.  Our goal is to maintain quality and timely services to the best of our ability during this unprecedented public health event.   In doing so, the County must also provide a safe working environment for our employees and visitors while adhering to the various local, state and federal public health protocols currently in place. 

    Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. all County offices will adjust to an alternative service model and suspend public interface in county-owned facilities.  Offices will maintain normal operating hours with flexible staff levels, but the county buildings will not be open to the public. 

    Please contact the appropriate County Court for their schedule and availability (numbers listed below).  Regarding the election, please contact the Board of Elections at 440.350.2700 for their operating hours.  Limited exceptions exist for Job and Family Services inquiries.  Please contact JFS at 440.350.4000.

    A large number of county functions can be completed via email, regular mail, fax or telephone correspondence.  Examples include, but are not limited to, paying utility bills, submitting bid documents and building permit applications. 

    Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit the "Elected Officials" and "County Department" tabs at the top of the County website at www.lakecountyohio.gov for more information and specific contact information.   

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    Pursuant to local, state and Federal public health guidance the Commissioners Meeting date scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020, will be rescheduled to a later date.  

    The status of future meetings will be reviewed on a weekly basis and the updated schedule will be posted at www.lakecountyohio.gov.

    If you have any questions, please contact our office at 440-350-2751 or [email protected].

    Thank you,

    Jennifer Bell, Clerk

    Lake County Commissioner’s Office

    105 Main Street, Building A, 5th Floor, Suite 513

    Painesville, Ohio  44077

    [email protected]

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    Lake County Agencies Collaboration Wins Transportation Grant from Paradox Prize Project

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners realizes that economic development is a twofold challenge. While attracting new businesses is paramount, providing an adequate workforce for the existing businesses is also a growing concern in our County.  Please click here to read the new release in its entirety. 

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    Laketran and Lake County grant applications to the Ohio EPA for the Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund proved to be very competitive after receiving nearly 20 percent of the total award for this round of funding.  Together, the agencies will bring $2.5 million  of funding to the region for vehicle replacements that will improve the local air quality. Please click here to view the entire news release.

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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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    The Board of Lake County Commissioners, at their December 19, 2019 meeting, announced $1.5 million in funding for all 23 communities in Lake County for road infrastructure improvements. The one-time grant program may be used for any road project included on the community's road improvement plan. Please click here to read the full news release.

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    "Be a Santa to Senior" is a national campaign sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care that partners with area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, that is designated to bring cheer to lonely and needy seniors by providing gifts and companionship. This December marks the 16th year of this popular holiday campaign, and more than 6,000 gifts were delivered to local seniors over the years. To participate, holiday shoppers are invited to pick an ornament off a tree. There is a tree located in the lobby of the new Lake County Administration Center, 105 Main Street in downtown Painesville. For more information please call 440-350-2748. Commissioners Cirino, Hamercheck and Young presented a proclamation to Valerie Armstrong, Director of Operations for Home Instead Senior Care. Senior Services Coordinator Alyea Barajas was also included in the picture. 

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    The National Coalition for the Homeless and National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness have annually sponsored National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week for 9 days in November each year. Project Hope for the Homeless in Painesville Township is the only emergency shelter in Lake County and is committed to providing people experiencing homelessness with meals along with shelter, supplies and supportive services, and referrals to partnering agencies for additional services. Project Hope for the Homeless has a 90 percent success rate of guests transitioning to a positive houseing situation. We encourage all citizens to recognize that many people do not have housing and need support from citizens and private/public nonprofit service entities. Commissioners Hamercheck and Young presented Mr. John Hutchison, Grants and Communications Coordinator for Project Hope for the Homeless with a proclamation during the November 14, 2019 Commissioners Meeting.

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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 coronavirus.gov or from the Ohio Department of Health at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

    · 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 www.OhioProtects.org 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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    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.

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

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