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THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF 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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5z4YajVK8fUW2B7UVO6Vmw/liveThe 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

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    COMMISSIONERS PASS RESOLUTION ASKING GOVERNOR TO OPEN LAKE COUNTY

    PAINESVILLE, OH, May 7, 2020 — At today's weekly meeting of the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Jerry C. Cirino proposed a Special Resolution requesting that Governor Dewine cancel previous directives and allow Lake County businesses deemed "non-essential" to begin operating by May 15th. While this Resolution carries no weight in law, it is a respectful request in recognition of the serious economic pain these directives are causing to the Lake County economy and so many of its citizens.

    Please click here to read the entire press release.

    Please click here to read the resolution.

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    Effective May 11, 2020, at 8:00 a.m., County buildings controlled by the Board of Commissioners will permit public visitors by appointment only. Residents or businesses are encouraged to call the appropriate department prior to 4:30 p.m. the preceding day to schedule an appointment.

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    The Lake County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 2020 Foster Parent Recognition Month in Lake County during the April 30, 2020, Commissioners Meeting. There are over 40 foster parents who have opened their hearts and their homes to children going through a very difficult time in their lives. Citizens are encouraged to demonstrate their respect and gratitude for foster parents who unselfishly share their lives and provide safe and loving homes for Lake County's children. A framed resolution will be given to Gene Tetrick, Supervisor of Lake County Job & Family Services Foster Care and Adoption Team, and Matthew Battiato, Director of Lake County Job & Family Services Department.

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    As we all wait for spring to finally arrive, there will be a few procedural changes that will be in place because of the Coronavirus.

    The Apiary Inspector will be doing more work through videos and photos and phone conversations than in prior seasons, which eliminates all possible coronavirus contact. When inspections occur, the hive owner will not be allowed to accompany the inspector during the inspection. The Inspector will use all of their own equipment and call ahead of time so they won’t have to knock on the door.  As always, all those apiaries that need a Queen Certificate of Health to sell queens or nucleus hives (nucs) will be inspected first. New beekeepers and inspection requests are next.

    Package bees, as well as nucleus hives, will be arriving a couple of weeks later than normal, but in plenty of time to pollinate the county. As of last week, a much better winter survival rate was expected because of the warm winter, but this a dangerous time for bees. They have started to raise new bees to replace the ones that wintered, so the brood chamber temperatures must be kept at 93 degrees. The normal temperature of a cluster in winter is 62 degrees.  Much honey is consumed to generate that much heat and to feed larvae, so the bees eat up all of their stores and starve to death when we get weeks of below-average cold.

    The Lake County Apiary Inspector, Jim Davis, will ensure our county has healthy colonies and confident beekeepers. 

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    PAINESVILLE, OH, APRIL 16, 2020 – At today’s Lake County Board of Commissioners Meeting, Commissioner Jerry C. Cirino, noted that he has been working with businesses in the county regarding how to get back to business once the restrictions are lifted or lessened.

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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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    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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