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THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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


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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    PUBLIC NOTICE

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners,  by resolution adopted April 4, 2019, has set the date and time for the viewing and the date, time, and place for a public hearing to consider the proposed vacation of a portion of Hubbard Road in Madison Township. The viewing will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., at the street location. The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (prior to Commissioners’ meeting) in the Commissioners’ Chamber, 105 Main Street, 4th floor, Painesville, OH 44077.  You may also access this Public Notice via the Internet at https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/commissioners/LEGAL-NOTICES-TO-BIDDERS.

    Any questions regarding the viewing or public hearing should be addressed to the Lake County Commissioners’ Clerk, Jennifer Bell, 105 Main Street, Fourth Floor, Painesville, OH 44077 or by telephone at (440) 350-2751.

    BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, IN AND FOR LAKE COUNTY, OHIO.

    Jerry C. Cirino, President

    Ron Young, Vice President

    John R. Hamercheck, Commissioner

    Jennifer Bell, Clerk

    Publish: News Herald:

          April 5, 2019

          April 12, 2019

          and posted on the Lake County website

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    Lake County Children Services Division responded to 2,365 calls regarding children and their families in 2019. Children Services worked with over 1,000 children  and provided a safe environment for more than 100 children who were unable to in their family home. A resolution was presented to Lori O'Brien, Children Services Administrator, and Matthew Battiato, Executive Director of the Lake County Job & Family Services Department. 

     

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    During the March 14, 2019 Commissioners Meeting, members of the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities were presented with a resolution recognizing March 2019 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

     

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    2019 Budget Hearings - 5th Floor Conference Room

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    2:30 pm                Adult Probation

    3:30 pm                Veterans

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

     1:30-3:30  pm     Utilities

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    Senior Services Levy and Laketran working to eliminate transportation barriers

    Lake County, OH – The Lake County Board of Commissioners and Laketran, the regional public transportation authority, are partnering to improve transportation access for seniors to attend the plethora of activities offered at countywide Lake County senior centers. 

    Effective January 2019, Laketran, with help from the Senior Services Levy, will be offering door-to-door, Dial-a-Ride transportation to and from any Lake County senior center free of charge for Lake County residents 60 years and older.  Free transportation will also extend to seniors traveling to and from volunteer activities with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), after approval by RSVP.

    “Removing transportation barriers for seniors is an important component in addressing social isolation by enabling individuals to more fully participate in an active community life,” said Alyea Barajas, Senior Services Coordinator for the Lake County Commissioners. “Lake County is fortunate to have many wonderful opportunities to be socially engaged at the local senior centers and with RSVP.  We are thankful for Laketran’s ability to help us offer this service to seniors in a manner that is convenient and easy to access.”

    “Senior Centers are our third most population destination, after work and medical trips,” shared Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “In the past we have operated programs with individual senior centers, but by consolidating the program at the county level, not only will it be managed more efficiently, but the partnership will guarantee all seniors in Lake County have the same access.”

    As the aging population of Lake County continues to grow, the demand for Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride service continues to do the same.

    Transit trips to area senior centers has increased 25 percent between 2015 and 2017.  Last year, Laketran provided over 15,000 Dial-a-Ride trips to area senior centers, plus an additional 2,000 trips to RSVP volunteers.

    “Men tend to outlive their driving ability by about six years and women, by about 10 years. It is just the beginning of a span of 25-30 years where the baby boomer generation will demand more transportation services and partnerships like this are vital to the quality of life for seniors in Lake County,” explained Capelle.

    Capelle also pointed out the new partnership simplifies the senior transportation program, which makes it easier for the user as well as to manage internally. 

    “What’s best about this partnership is it’s easy for seniors to understand. Simply, if you’re over 60, Laketran can get you to any senior center in the county and it’s free,” explained Capelle.

    To make a reservation for Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride service, call (440) 354-6100.

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    LAKE COUNTY, OHIO COMMISSIONERS HIRE NEW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY DIRECTOR

    Lake County will soon have a new Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director following a Resolution passed by the Commissioners at their November 29th meeting. 

    Joseph Busher Jr. will start work on December 10th and receive training from current EMA Director Larry Greene who is set to retire on January 18th of 2019. The overlap will ensure a seamless transition by allowing time for Busher to become familiar with his new job responsibilities.

    “I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for me to continue my career in public safety. This position gives me the ability to work with all public safety and private agencies collaboratively to prepare, plan for and mitigate against natural or manmade disasters. If an emergency should occur, using the Lake County Emergency Operation Plan to provide for the safety, response, support and recovery of all the citizens and communities of Lake County. It is truly an honor to have been chosen for this position,” said Mr. Busher.

    A resident of Concord Township, Busher has over 35 years in public service, 32 of which were spent with the Mentor Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief.

    “First of all, I want to thank Larry Greene for his outstanding performance as our county’s EMA Director during most of my tenure as Commissioner. He’s leaving some big shoes to be filled, but the Busher family has a long history of public safety service in Lake County, and I am personally confident that Joe’s experience and stellar reputation of dedication to duty will ensure that Lake County’s citizens will continue to be well served and protected from unforeseen emergency situations”, Commissioner Daniel P. Troy stated.

     Greene, who has over 45 years in public safety, worked for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office before being hired as county EMA Director in October of 2003. He and his family live in Leroy Township.     

    The EMA, among other responsibilities, coordinates disaster response and preparedness for Lake County.  The EMA Director maintains the Emergency Operations Center in readiness and coordinates county programs with other first responders both locally and regionally.

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    During the October 25, 2018, Commissioners Meeting, the Board of Lake County Commissioners proclaimed November 2018 National Adoption Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio. The Commissioners presented the Director of the Lake County Job & Family Services Matt Battiato and Probate Judge Mark Bartolotta with a resolution. The Commissioners urge the people of our community to help raise awareness about the children available for adoption, recognize the valuable service of adoptive families in our community, and to focus our attention on recruiting and licensing adoptive homes in order to give these children forever families. 

     

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    Lake County Receives Favorable Audit for 2017

    Lake County received a favorable opinion from the Auditor of State Dave Yost’s Office continuing a record of strong performance in financial management and reporting for the County.

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners received an “unmodified opinion” from the State Auditor following its annual audit of government financial conditions for 2017, the highest rating awarded to a governmental entity.  The report is a testament to the County’s management of operations, practices and fiscal accountability.

    Each year the State Auditor’s Office conducts intensive audits of financial statements of Lake County and randomly selects policies, procedures, contracts, journals and other records for review in order to test compliance with Government Auditing Standards and audit requirements of Title 2 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Federal Regulations Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).  The County’s management is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective internal control over compliance with requirements of laws, regulations, contracts and grants applicable to federal programs.  According to the report, no material weaknesses in the measures in place to supervise its operations were identified.

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    During the September 19, 2018, Commissioners Meeting, Ms. Mallory Babika, Program Manager of the Forbes House and Ms.Paige Wilson, were presented with a proclamation proclaiming October 2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio, and urges the citizens of Lake County to raise their awareness and watch for signs of potential issues of the members of our community, remember the lives lost due to domestic violence, and give hope to those still living with abuse.

    Please click here to view the proclamation in its entirety.

     

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    The City of Painesville has issued a news release to advise travelers of imminent road closures.  Please click here to read this important information.

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    THE LAKE COUNTY ENGINEER, JAMES R. GILLS, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE VROOMAN ROAD BRIDGE OVER THE GRAND RIVER IN PERRY TOWNSHIP/LEROY TOWNSHIP WILL BE CLOSED FOR A MINIMUM OF 30 DAYS.  HIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING WHETHER AN OVERLOADED TRUCK CROSSING THE BRIDGE CAUSED DAMAGE TO MAJOR STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS.  THE CRACKS IN THE STEEL TENSION MEMBERS OF THE BRIDGE WERE DISCOVERED ON OCTOBER 2ND DURING THE COUNTY'S BIENNIAL FRACTURE CRITICAL INSPECTIONS.  AS THE DAMAGE IS MORE EXTENSIVE THAN ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED, A PLAN TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE IS CURRENTLY BEING PREPARED.

    WHILE THE CLOSURE IS IN PLACE, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THE SUGGESTED DETOUR OF I-90, SR 44, AND SR 84. THE PROCESS OF INSTALLING THE DETOUR SIGNS WAS BEGUN TODAY AND WILL CONCLUDED ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH.

    THE PUBLIC IS REMINDED THAT THE EMERGENCY CLOSURE IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT PUBLIC WELFARE AND SAFETY AS THE CRACKS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE IN SIZE.  DRIVERS SHOULD NOT TRY TO DRIVE AROUND AND/OR MOVE THE BARRICADES TO GAIN ACCESS.


    Jame R. Gills, P.E. 
    Lake County Engineer
    550 Blackbrook Road
    Painesville, OH  44077
    (440)350-2770

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    September 26, 2014

    MARKELL ROAD BRIDGE RE-OPENING AND LOAD RESTRICTIONS 

    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that the Markell Road Bridge over the E. Branch of the Chagrin River has been re-opened to traffic subsequent to structural steel repairs and a re-inspection of the bridge. The closure last week followed by a load limit posting this week is a result of findings from an ODOT required in-depth inspection of the structure. The new restricted load is as follows:

    VILLAGE OF WAITE HILL Posted Maximum Wt.

    Markell Rd. Bridge (0.4 mi. W. of Chillicothe Road (SR 306))  18 tons (36,000 lbs.)
    Over East Branch of the Chagrin River 
    (SFN 4333438)

    Mr. Gills stated, “We appreciate the patience of the motorist during this brief closure.  Fortunately, the repairs were completed sooner than expected.”

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    THE LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT WILL
    TEMPORARILY BE LOCATED
    IN THE BASEMENT ASSEMBLY ROOM OF THE LAKE
    COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING,
    105 MAIN STREET, PAINESVILLE, OHIO.


    LONG-TERM ARRANGEMENTS FOR LOCATION OF 
    THE HEALTH DISTRICT OFFICES 
    WILL BE DETERMINED NEXT WEEK.

    TEMPORARY CONTACT NUMBERS FOR THE HEALTH DISTRICT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED, AS FOLLOWS:

                                                             

                                       MAIN CONTACT:…...350-2543

                                       VITAL STATISTICS:….350-2549

                                       NURSING:……………350-2554

                                       W.I.C.:………………  350-2818    

     

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. 

     

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    THE LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT HAS ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE REGARDING THE FIRE INCURRED AT THE SITE TODAY.  click here to read more

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