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    Commission President John Hamercheck Named to Agency Boards

    Lake County Commissioner John R. Hamercheck was recently named the First Vice President of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and appointed to the Board of Directors for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO).

    NOACA is the transportation and planning agency that represents Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lorain and Medina counties. In addition to significant input on multiple public policies that impact Lake County, NOACA is also a significant funding agency for transportation projects and long-term community planning initiatives. "Participation on regional boards are important, but my role as First Vice-President will allow me to strategically align Lake County's projects with future state and federal funding opportunities. Lake County has made significant investment in our road infrastructure over the past 3 years and this role on NOACA will help further this strategy," noted Commissioner Hamercheck.

    Please click here to read the entire press release.

    RSVP Lake County moves under the Lake County Commissioners

    Lake County, OH – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Lake County, also known as RSVP, will be moving to a new home effective April 1, 2021. 

    RSVP, a federal AmeriCorps Senior program, works to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals, aged 55 and older.  RSVP is currently housed at the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation and is scheduled to move to the Board of Lake County Commissioners under the direction of the Senior Services Coordinator, Alyea Barajas, effective April 1, 2021.

    The Board of Commissioners recently completed a year-long strategic plan that focused on priorities related to the Senior Services Levy.  Volunteer services were one such priority. RSVP currently receives 30% of its funding from a federal grant, the remaining 70% is from the Senior Services Levy.  Moving RSVP under the auspices of the Board of County Commissioners will both free up precious levy dollars to be used for other senior programming and at the same time provide the opportunity to expand and enhance volunteer services across the County. 

    “RSVP has been a valued partner to the County’s senior services for the last 47 years.  They provide a critical service to help ensure older adults are engaged in the community,” said Jason Boyd, County Administrator. “These services have a positive impact on our Seniors in two very significant ways. These services enable seniors to volunteer and provide meaningful participation in their community. In addition, many of the seniors that volunteer are providing services to seniors in need, clearly a win for all.” Boyd further commented, “We feel this transition allows for additional growth, not only to volunteer services but also to help address some of the gaps in services available to seniors.”

    The Senior Services Levy provides $4.4 million in funding annually to more than thirteen organizations that provide services to Lake County seniors.  As the senior population grows, the Board of Commissioners will continue to look at ways to increase sustainability and foster creativity to ensure the needs of Lake County seniors are met.

    Further details on RSVP’s transition will be communicated to volunteer members and other stakeholders in early 2021. 

    Please click here for the PDF version.

    Joint Statement from Lake County Emergency Management Agency

    Lake County General Health District, and Lake Health

    Re: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

    For Phase 1B Populations in Lake County

    In support of Ohio’s statewide effort to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B, Lake County Emergency Agency (EMA) and Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) are notifying Lake County residents of local providers who will begin vaccine distribution during the week of January 18.  Governor DeWine has announced a tiered system for offering vaccinations to the estimated 2.2 million people who are eligible for the vaccine under this phase, beginning with those who are 80 years of age or older.  During this phase, vaccine supply will remain extremely limited.  Vaccine distribution is scheduled to begin as follows:

    • The week of January 18: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
    • The week of January 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
    • The week of February 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
    • The week of February 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.


    Starting in January 2021, Lake County residents will have a new Reverse 911 system to receive emergency notifications.  Purchased from Inspiron Logistics, LLC, the County’s new WENS (Wireless Emergency Notification System) alerting solution is scheduled to replace VESTA, which has been in use since 2016. WENS, like VESTA Alert, employs a secure web-based technology in its operation. The program has many features which will assist in getting critical information to Lake County residents in a timely manner, including updated technology for text message notification. An additional feature allows residents to sign-up to receive warning alerts for severe weather that will affect Lake County (i.e. Lake Effect Snow Warning, Thunderstorm Warning, etc.)

    Please click here to view the entire press release.


    Several Lake County communities and organizations are slated to receive over $3,500,000 from the recently passed State Capital Bill.  With significant support from the Board of County Commissioners, community leaders began identifying local project priorities at the end of 2019 that will support and enhance recreational, social and economic development opportunities throughout Lake County. 

    “Lake County has demonstrated time and time again that a team first approach will yield positive opportunities for our residents, businesses, and social service communities.   We are fortunate to have dedicated leadership at all levels of government.  We are recognized throughout Ohio as a well-organized community and this is further evidence that, in Lake County, planning, communication and cooperation is the recipe for successful projects,” said Commissioner John R. Hamercheck.

    Community Projects Receiving Funding Supported by Commissioners Include:

    Chagrin River and Lake Erie Boat Access $475,000
    Fairport Harbor Docks and Marina Project $400,000 
    Springbrook Gardens Park Recreational Facility $500,000 
    Magic Mile Trail $300,000 
    Holden Arboretum $200,000 
    Perry Township Lakeshore Improvement Project $200,000 
    Willoughby Amphitheater $300,000
    Unionville Tavern Improvements $125,000 
    AWT NEO Workforce Transformation Center $500,000
    HOLA-Painesville Commercial Kitchen Renovation $75,000
    Forbes House $125,000

    Please click here to read the entire press release.


    Lake County Commissioners John Hamercheck, Jerry Cirino and Ron Young held a news conference, Wednesday, October 21st, 2020, at 1:00 pm at the Commissioner’s office announcing an initiative with the police chiefs of all communities in Lake County, the Lake County Sheriff and the Corrections Department. The initiative will involve the County securing funding for a new program designed to enhance policy documentation, make sure that policies are in conformance to new legal developments, facilitate better training of officers and allow easy, digital access to all policies as determined by the law enforcement entity.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.

    Link to the video of the press conference.

    News-Herald Article

          Commissioners Small Business Grants and Loans Making Impact throughout Lake County

    PAINESVILLE, OH, OCTOBER 28, 2020-In May 2020, the Lake County Commissioners authorized two business assistance programs to benefit small for-profit businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The programs are designed to further economic development, preserve employment opportunities for Lake County residents, and preserve the operations of small businesses during a time of need and emergency.

    Lake County Commissioners budgeted $700,000 for these programs via the Community Development Block Grant through the federal CARES Act.  To date, the Commissioners have approved 92 applications and distributed $602,000 of business relief in 16 of Lake County’s 23 communities.  “The Commissioners are committed to providing whatever assistance we can to our small business as they are the backbone of our community,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.

    Lifeline Announces Rent, Mortgage, and Water Assistance for Ohioans Impacted by COVID-19

    October 28, 2020

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio— Lifeline, Inc., who serves Lake & Geauga Counties has announced that there are funds available to assist households impacted by COVID-19 with rent or mortgage payments and to prevent water and sewer disconnections beginning November 2, 2020.

    Lifeline will be partnering with the Fair Housing Resource Center for triage and screening of applicants for rent and mortgage assistance. Lake & Geauga County residents, who are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments are encouraged to contact Fair Housing Resource Center at 440-392-0147 to submit an application for assistance. Residents who have water or sewer bill disconnection notices can contact Lifeline directly for assistance at 440-354-2148. Funds are available for a limited time and applicants are encouraged to reach out early. 

    Please click here to view the entire press release.

    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.

    Please click here to view the entire news release.

    AWT Apprenticeship Program

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners and OhioMeansJobs Lake County are excited to announce our partnership with the Alliance for Working Together (AWT) on funding qualified individuals for the AWT Apprenticeship Program. The State has allowed us to fund apprenticeship programs out of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding this year. “

    Please click here to view the entire news release.


    As a member county of the NOACA region, Lake County is now receiving unprecedented regional funding.

    PAINESVILLE, OH, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 – The Lake County Commissioners announced that at the September 11, 2020 meeting of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) Board of Directors meeting, unanimous approval was achieved for two resolutions that result in a $15,742,083.00 investment in Lake County’s infrastructure, stated Commissioner President John Hamercheck, who also serves as the Second Vice President of NOACA.

    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.

    Please click here to view the entire news release.

    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.

    Please View the news release here.

    Lake County 4H Market Livestock Auction - August 1, 2020  Online - Registration Begins at 2 pm

    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

    Please click here for more information.


    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.

    Please click here to view the press release in its entirety. 

    Commissioners Adopt Resolution Establishing STABLE Accounts for Lake County Employees with a Disability or Loved Ones with a Disability

    PAINESVILLE, OH, May 28, 2020 - “With the adoption of today’s Resolution, Lake County continues to not only adopt best practices, Lake County establishes best practices, with Lake County being the first county in the State of Ohio to adopt the STABLE Account Program,” said Commissioner President John R. Hamercheck.

    “Ohio Treasurer Sprague has done an exceptional job of modernizing his office including the updating of the STABLE Account Program.   I knew the time was right for Lake County to become the first county to adopt the program for our employees,” Hamercheck said.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.

    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)

    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

    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.


    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.

    Lake County Commissioners Amend Operating Procedures at County Buildings: Public Visitation by Appointment Only

    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.

    Please click here to read the press release in its entirety. 

    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.

    Laketran and Lake County Secure EPA Funds to Improve Air Quality

    Laketran and Lake County grant applications to the Ohio EPA for the Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund proved to be very competitive after receiving nearly 20 percent of the total award for this round of funding. Together, the agencies will bring $2.5 million of funding to the region for vehicle replacements that will improve the local air quality. Please click here to view the entire news release.

    The Board of Lake County Commissioners, at their December 19, 2019 meeting, announced $1.5 million in funding for all 23 communities in Lake County for road infrastructure improvements. The one-time grant program may be used for any road project included on the community's road improvement plan. Please click here to read the full news release.


    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.
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    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