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This page is designed to bring you information on senior services in Lake County and provide information on the Lake County Senior Levy.


If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact Alyea Barajas, Senior Services Coordinator, at (440) 350-2748 or [email protected].

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    Notice of Intent to Award - Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Notice of Intent to Award Non-Medical In-Home Care Services Program funding. Click here to view notice. 

    Working to Eliminate Transportation Barriers - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    Laketran and the Board of Commissioners are now offering free transportation to and from any Lake County Senior Center and RSVP Lake County.  Check out the Press Release for more information. 

    Funding for Home Repairs for Seniors - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that beginning April 2018, Western Reserve Community Development Corporation (WRCDC) will begin a new housing rehabilitation program for seniors with funding from the Senior Services Levy.  In addition, the Senior Home Modification, Maintenance and Repair Program (HMMR), previously administered by the Lake County Council on Aging, will transition to the WRCDC.  Click here for the News Herald article.   For more information contact WRCDC at (440) 357-4400.

    Senior Population Growth Expected - Monday, October 31, 2016

    By 2030 it is estimated 1 in 3 residents will be 60 years and older. The Lake County Board of Commissioners is committed to working together to build capacity and ensure sustainability of Lake County's senior services. Click here for more information. 


    Lake County's Senior Levy was first approved by voters in November, 1992. In November 2017, voters approved a levy renewal and increase resulting in a total levy collection of 0.8 mills for five years. Levy funding is reserved for providing or maintaining senior citizen services or facilities and is authorized by sections 307.694, 307.85 and 5705.19 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

    In 2012, the Lake County Board of Commissioners established the Lake County Senior Citizens Advisory Panel.  The purpose of the Panel is to serve as an advisory and recommending body to the Commissioners and to facilitate equitable and beneficial allocation and distribution of the levy funds. 

    Historically, levy funds have been distributed to 12 providers including: the Lake County Council on Aging, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Wickliffe Senior Center, Willowick Senior Center, Eastlake Senior Center, Willoughby Senior Center, Mentor Senior Center, Kirtland Senior Center,  Painesville Senior Center, Fairport Senior Center, Perry Senior Center, and Madison Senior Center.  

    In October 2014, the Lake County Senior Citizens Advisory Panel recommended initiation of a senior study in an effort to get a better handle on the seniors in Lake County and the gaps in senior services, as well as create a blueprint for the future.  In October 2015, the study, titled Lake County, Ohio Senior Citizens: Today, Tomorrow and in the Future was completed, the results of which can be found here:

    The Senior Citizens Advisory Panel consists of five members appointed by the Board of Lake County Commissioners.  The Panel serves as an advisory and recommending panel to the Lake County Board of Commissioners to facilitate equitable and beneficial allocation and distribution of the funds derived annually from the Lake County Senior Services Levy. 

     Panel Members
    2020 Meeting Dates    

    Thomas Dreher - Chair




    February 19








    Lyle Shull - Vice Chair




    April 15  CANCELED








      Kenneth G. Gauntner




    August 19  September 22








    Spence Kline




     October 28








    Frank Doberdruk




    -Meetings begin at 2:00 p.m.-











    2015 Minutes 
    2016 Minutes 
    2017 Minutes 
     2018 Minutes
    2019 Minutes
    2020 Minutes
     March 18  March 15 February 21 February 13    February 19  
     May 19  May 17 June 20 May 1 April 16  
     August 18  July 13  August 15 August 14 August 15  
    October 27 August 16 October 17
    October 18
    October 15  
    November 17   October 18        

    * Meeting minutes will be posted after approval by the Panel.






    Contingency Policy - Thursday, February 23, 2017