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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


    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.

    Please click here to read the resolution.

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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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    COLUMBUS – In a resolution passed by commissioners today, Lake County became the first county to partner with the Ohio Treasurer’s office to provide an option that makes it easier for county employees and their families to take advantage of STABLE accounts. The measure allows Lake County employees to set up recurring direct-deposits from their paychecks into STABLE accounts for themselves or a qualifying family member.

    “I applaud Lake County for their leadership in providing this important benefit to employees,” said Treasurer Sprague. “For those county employees or their family members living with a disability, the commissioners’ vote creates a new opportunity to save and invest in their futures. We hope other local government leaders across the state will join with us and make this benefit available to more Ohioans.”

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    Plaintiffs Unseal New Evidence Against Chain Pharmacies in Federal Opioid Litigation

    Lake and Trumbull Counties of Ohio lay out dispensing and distribution claims against Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, and HBC Giant Eagle for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic

    Please click here to view the entire Lake County Opioid Press Release.

    Please click here to view the Lake County Opioid Complaint (Amended Complaint)

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    Lake County Commissioners to Offer Grants and Loans to Small Businesses

    The Lake County Commissioners have authorized two business assistance programs to benefit small for-profit businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The programs are meant to further economic development, preserve and create employment opportunities for Lake County residents, and support the operations of small businesses during a time of need and emergency. In total, Lake County will distribute $700,000 to small businesses. Funding for the programs was provided by the Community Development Block Grant through the Federal CARES Act. 

    Please click here to view the entire Business Assistance Program press release.

    Business Assistance Program Details

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    What Does the Future Look Like?

    Join us for this public meeting that will be held virtually to discuss the future of Grand River's Waterfront Entertainment District on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. If you can't make the meeting please share your thoughts in the survey. Please see the links below.

    Public Meeting:


    Topic: Grand River Entertainment District Public Meeting 1

    Time: May 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 879 1852 4854

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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners recently signed a proclamation declaring May 2020 Motorcycle Awareness Month in Lake County. The Board promotes the importance of motorist awareness to safely share the road with motorcycles and reminds all riders to make themselves more visible and to encourage all citizens to "Look Twice and Save a Life" at all intersections and upon entering a roadway. All highway users should unite in the safe sharing of roads throughout Lake County as we enter warm weather months, in order to reduce crashes and injuries involving motorcyclists.

    Please click here to view the proclamation in its entirety.


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    During the May 7, 2020 Commissioners Meeting the Board adopted a resolution proclaiming the week of May 3-9, 2020, as National Correctional Officers Week in Lake County. National Correctional Officers week acknowledges the difficult job correctional officers perform, locked within a facility for a large part of their day where they must keep those committed to jail secure and safe, and respect the rights and dignity of all inmates.

    Please click here to view the resolution in its entirety. 

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    During the May 7, 2020 Commissioners Meeting the Board proclaimed May 2020 a National Nurse Month. Nurses are the frontline healthcare workers that are the bridge between the community and the complex healthcare system. Nurses are special people committed to selflessly serve and care for others no matter the circumstance. During this time fighting against COVID-19, nurses are making countless sacrifices to ensure the safety of patients, each other, and our community.

    Please click here to see the resolution in its entirety. 

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    LAKE DATA BOARD Meeting 5/13/2020

    Painesville, OH – The Lake County Data Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th at 9:30 AM will occur as scheduled. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and required social distancing rules, this meeting will be held by WebEx. To ensure compliance with Ohio sunshine laws and HB197, the public can listen to this meeting via phone at:


    Access code: 141 310 426

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Data Board is Wednesday, June 10th at 9:30AM.

    Please click here to view the notice in its entirety.


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    On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, local emergency sirens in Lake, western Ashtabula and northern Geauga counties will be tested to make sure the sirens are in good working order.  On January 13 at 11:00 a.m. you will hear a steady siren tone for approximately three minutes. This test is part of the local emergency preparedness program, conducted to ensure that the sirens around the Perry Power Plant are working properly. This is only a test.

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    Please be advised there will be an audible

    emergency siren test tomorrow, July 13th, 2016, at

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

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    At approximately 8:30 am this morning (July 2, 2015), the Emergency Sirens were inadvertently activated by Ashtabula County. 

    There is no emergency. 

    Please contact Ashtabula County EMA at 440-576-9148.

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    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced that Vrooman Road between SR 84 and I-90 is closed to all traffic due to high water conditions. In addition, the flooding has caused damage to the pavement that will need to be repaired prior to the road opening again.  It is anticipated that the road will be reopened to traffic on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.  However, this date will be re-evaluated once all of the water has receded and the extend of the damage can be determined.

    Drivers are reminded that they should not move and/or drive around the barricades.  These are posted for the public's safety.

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    The City of Painesville has issued an IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY CLOSURE of the intersection of Erie Street and North St. Clair Street.

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    Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, announced today that the Ruhlin Company, the contractor for the Vrooman Road/Bridge Project, will begin installing storm sewers in the Vrooman Road and Seeley Road area on Monday, May 11, 2015. Barricades will be installed approximately  one mile north of I-90 restricting traffic from accessing the Grand River and Indian Point Park.  All access to Indian Point Park will be from the east end of Seeley Road.  Drivers are advised to follow the posted detour via Vrooman Road (south), Carter Road and Paine Road.  Access will be maintained to the residents on Vrooman Road. The road is expected to re-open on June 15, 2015. At that time, full access between SR 84 and I-90 will be provided via a temporary low level bridge.  The one lane temporary bridge will be controlled by traffic signals.  The temporary bridge will be located in the same location and at the same elevation as the existing bridge thus still making it subject to flooding. It is a requirement of the project plans that the temporary bridge remain in place and be useable by the public until the permanent high level bridge is complete and open to the public at the end of 2016.

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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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