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Lake County, Ohio - Commissioners




    July 25, 2019


    Jerry C. Cirino                                                                                

    Lake County Commissioner                                                         

    Telephone: (216) 409-0383                                                        

    Email: [email protected]


    Dr. Jack Thompson


    Perry Schools

    (216) 287-0136


    “Securing Our Future” Celebration Planned for Perry Sunday July 28th at 4 p.m.

    PAINESVILLE, OH, JULY 25, 2019 – With the passage of HB 6 and Governor Mike DeWine signing it into law on Tuesday, residents of Lake County (& Perry, Ohio) and employees of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant are now breathing a sigh of relief. 

              “The possibility of a plant closure has been looming in our community for many years”, notes Superintendent Jack Thompson. “The loss of additional tax revenue would have had a severe impact on our schools and the Fire District”, he added. Now that the future of the community is more secure, a celebration to show our gratitude for everyone’s support is planned for this coming Sunday, July 28th at 4 p.m. at Perry High School. Several elected officials will be featured speakers including Congressman Dave Joyce and Senate President Larry Obhof. It is expected the auditorium will be packed with PNPP employees and members of Perry and surrounding communities ready to demonstrate their appreciation and celebrate the passing of HB 6.

              “This new law, to protect our Ohio nuclear plants, is the result of efforts on the part of many”, notes Lake County Commissioner and President, Jerry Cirino.  “Elected officials at federal, state, and local levels all worked on a bipartisan basis to get this law into place”, Cirino concluded.

    The “Securing Our Future” event is open to the public and all families are encouraged to attend.



    PAINESVILLE, OH, January 30, 2019 – Yesterday, the Lake County Board of Commissioners and the Geauga County Board of Commissioners passed resolutions requesting the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office and the Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office file a motion for leave to file an amicus brief to take a position against the federal lawsuit filed in May of 2018 by the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, The League of Women Voters of Ohio, among other groups and numerous private citizens. A resolution supporting the efforts of the Lake and Geauga County Board of Commissioners passed at the January 29th, 2019 evening meeting of the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners.

    The plaintiffs are asking the federal court to declare the current Ohio congressional district plan unconstitutional and are proposing a new districting plan to take effect for the 2020 election. The proposed plan, which is a part of the lawsuit, would split Geauga County into two districts and remove Lake and Ashtabula from the current 14th District and place them with Trumbull and part of Mahoning (to include Youngstown).

    “The Lake County Board of Commissioners finds this lawsuit to be an attempt by the plaintiffs to disregard the will of the voters who voted overwhelmingly in favor of Issue 1 last May”, notes President of the Lake County Commissioners, Jerry C. Cirino. He continued, “When voters voted for the Issue 1 method of determining the districts, it was presumed that we would wait for the 2020 census to take place and then apply the Issue 1 method. The plaintiffs want this to be changed immediately and that is the primary problem”.

     “We all believe that the plan for districts should not be placed in the hands of a federal court, especially when the voters have determined otherwise”, noted Geauga County Commissioner Tim Lennon. The Ohio League of Women Voters, along with local affiliates, strongly supported the adoption of Issue 1 last year. On April 29th, 2018, Marcia Goldberg, Co-President of The Greater Cleveland League, published a guest column for Cleveland.Com in which she praised the “Bipartisan proposal to reform the way Ohio draws its U.S. Congressional Districts. The League of Women Voters urge you to vote ‘yes’”.

    Just days before the Issue 1 vote in May of 2018, she further said, “Rather than bringing a lawsuit to protest our state’s gerrymandering districts, The League of Women Voters chose to promote measures for reform”.  Just a few weeks later, The League signed onto the ACLU lawsuit. This is quite a reversal.

    “The Commissioners are considering collective action because we believe that the plaintiff’s remedies would disadvantage the voters of our counties and invalidate their overwhelming support of Issue 1”, noted Ashtabula County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski.

    The motion for leave to file an amicus brief is expected to be filed in early February and it will ask the federal court to consider their point of view prior to hearing testimony in this case. The Commissioners will be holding a joint press conference on Wednesday January 30th at 1:30 p.m. to present their views to the media. The press conference will be held at 105 E. Main Street, Painesville, Ohio in the Lower Level of the Lake County Administration Building.

    For more information regarding the joint press conference, please contact Natalie Lynce at (440) 350-2745.

    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.




    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.


    Dog Licenses Go on Sale in Lake County

    Lake County dog licenses for 2019 go on sale December 1, 2018, according to Edward H. Zupancic, County Auditor.

    Three-year or permanent licenses are available for your dog(s) in addition to the traditional one-year license.

    The registration fee for the one-year license is $20.00; the three-year license is $60.00; and the permanent license is $200.00.

    All dogs who have reached 3 months of age must be licensed.

    The three-year license and the permanent license can only be purchased in Lake County Auditor’s Office and at the Lake County Dog Shelter between December 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. Owners should be aware that these longer-term licenses are not refundable in the event of the death of the animal or if the dog is passed to a new owner.

    If a license is purchased after January 31, 2019, only the one-year license will be available; and the cost will increase to $40.00 per tag.

    The fee for a kennel license is $100.00. If purchased late (after January 31, 2019), the fee will increase to $200.00. The kennel licenses can only be purchased from the Lake County Auditor’s Office and at the Lake County Dog Shelter.

    As a convenience to the public, one year, three year and permanent dog licenses may be purchased online at purchases require an additional fee of $2.50, $4.50 and $11.75 per license, respectively.

    Renewal Applications have been mailed.If you received a renewal application and would like to use this option, the dog owner should mail the appropriate fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Lake County Auditor, 105 Main St. PO Box 490, Painesville, OH 44077-0490. Please make the checks payable to Lorraine Fende, Lake County Treasurer.The owner’s name, address, phone number, and a description of the dog (age, color, breed) must be provided.

    For in-person purchases, licenses are always available without a handling fee during regular operating hours at the Auditor’s Office and the Dog Shelter.

    As in the past, one-year licenses can be purchased at a cost of $20.75 each at any of the agent sites (see attached document) throughout Lake County.

    The agent sites, with the exception of the Auditor’s Office and the Dog Warden, charge an additional $0.75 administrative fee and only sell one year licenses.

     If you have any questions regarding dog licenses you may contact the Lake County Auditor’s Office at 350-2534 or the Lake County Dog Warden at 350-2640.


    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.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.

    National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Declared for the week of April 9-15, 2017
    A number of dedicated telecommunicators serve the citizens of Lake County on a daily basis by answering their telephone calls for police, fire and emergency medical services. Public Safety Telecommunicators are the single vital link for our police offices and firefighters by monitoring their activities, providing information and insuring their safety. A resolution was presented to Captain Mike Warner, Administrator Central Communications in the Lake County Sheriff's Office.  To view the resolution please click here. 

    Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclaimed for April 2017 in Lake County, Ohio
    Lake County Children Services Division responded to 2,558 calls regarding children and their families in 2016. as a result, on any given day, 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 Alison Tomaselli, Assistant Administrator in Children Services. Please click here to view the entire resolution.

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners Proclaim April 4, 2017 Mayor & County Recognition Day for National Service in Lake County

    During the March 30, 2017 Commissioners Meeting a resolution was presented to Ms. Cristen Kane, RSVP Director, in recognition of the RSVP volunteers who have served more than 95 agencies across the county and provided over 62,000 hours of service. Click here to view the resolution.



    The Vietnam Moving Wall is Coming To Lake County September 20-25, 2017
    The Amvets Post 1971, Perry High School and Perry High School Alumni Association are working together in conjunction with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration in an effort to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Perry September 20-25, 2017, to honor those in our communities who have served. For more information please contact the Amvets Post 1971 at 440-259-5528.
    Click here to view the news release.



    The Lake County Board of Commissioners welcomed Joe Tomsick of the Lake County Council on Aging, Spence Kline from Beacon Health, Cristen Kane from RSVP and Silvia Orsulic-Jeras from Benjamin Rose Institute, who discussed their Senior Citizen Collaboration Projects  that were recently awarded via the senior levy. The Council on Aging and Beacon Health teamed up to address in-home behavioral health asessments, and RSVP and BRI partnered on a Music and Memory program for those with dementia. For more information please contact Senior Services Coordinator Alyea Barajas at 440-350-2745 or [email protected]
    RSVP & Benjamin Rose Institute News Release
    Council on Aging & Beacon Health News Release

    From the left: Spence Kline, Silvia Orsulic-Jeras, Commissioner Daniel Troy, Cristen Kane, Joe Tomsick, Commissioner Jerry Cirino and Commissioner Hamercheck.


    Lake County residents can join the Reverse 911 system to receive emergency notifications. This is a substantial leap forward to get critical information to Lake County residents in a timely manner. VESTA Alert uses real-time contact information supplied by Lake County residents via its online Self Registration Portal which can be accessed by logging into For more information please Click here to view the complete news release. 




    Painesville, OH – The Lake County Department of Utilities is pleased to announce its  leadership team of Randy Rothlisberger as Sanitary Engineer, Matt Armand as Director of Business Operations, and Gary Fedak as Director of Technical Operations. They will take charge in leading the Utility Department into the future. Picture: from the left Matt Armand, Randy Rothlisberger and Gary Fedak.  Please click here for the full press release.


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    The Lake County Engineer's Office reminds Lake County residents living on a County-Maintained Road about the Mailbox Policy