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Lake County, Ohio - Commissioners



Commissioner Vice President
Ron Young
  Commissioner President 
John R. Hamercheck


Budget Hearings: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Chagrin River Conference Room, 3rd Floor of the new Administration Building

Veteran's Services - 11:00 a.m.

Juvenile Court - 2:30 p.m.

If you wish to attend in person please contact the Clerk at 440-350-2751.


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.   


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 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


    Lake County, Ohio Successfully Completes 1st Ever Virtual Emergency Preparedness Exercise

    PAINESVILLE, OH, October 8th, 2020 — On September 15th 2020, the Lake County Emergency Management Agency, along with partners at Ashtabula County, Geauga County, the State of Ohio and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant (PNPP), participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) evaluated Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise (REPEX) to ensure off-site response organization readiness in the event of an emergency at the PNPP. This type of exercise is conducted and evaluated on a biennial basis and would normally involve a minimum of 200-300 players from public safety, volunteer organizations, county departments, PNPP staff and others. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 exercise had to be completed with fundamental changes in how the exercises are conducted and evaluated in order to adhere to public health and safety guidelines.

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    WHEREAS, this recognition is presented in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Fairport Harbor Historical Society; and

    WHEREAS, organized on March 2, 1945, with 150 founding members, the society was up and running, and by March 17, 1945, the Fairport Harbor Historical Society was formally incorporated under Ohio law.  The society is an all-volunteer organization that operates and maintains the Marine Museum, founded in 1945, and the nearly 150-year-old lighthouse; and

    WHEREAS, the Fairport Harbor Historical Society is devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic tradition of Fairport Harbor and the Great Lakes area. The museum houses a number of artifacts pertaining to life on the Great Lakes and other maritime exhibits. The Society published books and compiled images of the rich maritime history featuring historical landmarks, the people, the fishermen, shipbuilders, and railroad workers who built one of the most picturesque harbor towns on the Lake Erie shores. Fairport Harbor was once a gateway to the Western Reserve, welcoming more ships to its shores than Cleveland. These ships brought immigrants who saw the harbor's lighthouse as a beacon for freedom, hope, and opportunity.  The Fairport Harbor Historical Society maintains the history, culture, and spirit that has been successfully preserved for so many years and will be reflected upon with great pride.

    NOW THEREFORE, we, the Board of Commissioners, in and for Lake County, Ohio, commends The Fairport Harbor Historical Society on achieving this historic 75-year milestone. We extend sincere wishes to all the citizens, volunteers, and leaders continuing to sustain its legacy by creating and preserving wonderful memories for many generations to come.

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    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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    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


    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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    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test tomorrow, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 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 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 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 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 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 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 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 today, January 11, 2017, at 

    11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

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