Commissioners Celebrate Jeffrey and Beverly Frischkorn Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, August 4, 2022– Lifetime residents of Lake County, Jeffrey and Beverly Frischkorn have been married since May 20, 1972. This year, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

“I can appreciate this, I was honored that my parents made it to 50 years. Thank you for standing as an example for our community,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck.

The couple was married at the Bible Community Church in Mentor, Ohio. Together they have a daughter, Rebecca who was a graduate of Mentor Schools. Rebecca currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband Gabe, and their five children: Grace, Hope, Neimiah, Elijah, and Humility. Please click here to read the entire press release.

From the left: Commissioner Plecnik, Jeffrey Frischkorn, Beverly Frischkorn, Commissioner Tyler, Commissioner Hamercheck.

Wickliffe & Willowick Flushing

  • We will be conducting dead end fire hydrant flushing in the city of Willoughby.
    • Flushing will begin on 8/04/22- 8/18/22. 
    • Signs will be posted in the areas that are to be flushed. 
    • We advise DO NOT do laundry on days that hydrants are flushed.  Discolored water may occur, flush lines prior by opening the cold-water tap to flush discolored water.

Please refer to our flushing map (https://bit.ly/HydrantFlushMap)to track flushing activities. 

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Commissioners Celebrate Successful 2022 Lake County Fair

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, August 3, 2022– The Lake County Fair held between July 26 and July 31 was a phenomenal success with 121,772 people in attendance. Sunday’s attendance was a record breaker with 37,528 people in attendance.
“The Lake County Fair continues to bring more interest each year,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck. “It was an honor to support the first ever school bus demolition derby in the County and we are pleased to recognize this achievement.”
Sunday included a Demolition Derby with over 3,000 people in attendance. This was a sell-out event; the derby included the first school bus feature in Lake County. The school bus feature was made possible by the financial support of the Lake County Visitor’s Bureau and the Lake County Board of Commissioners. Please click here to read the entire press release.

Commissioner John Plecnik and Grand Champion Duck Winner Marissa Muntain of 4-H during the 2022 Lake County Fair

Lake County Fair Takes Off on July 26

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, July 25, 2022– The Lake County Fair opens on July 26 and goes through July 31. The Lake County Fairgrounds is located at 1301 Mentor Ave in Painesville Township, Ohio 44077.

The Lake County Fair is an annual event put on by the Lake County Agricultural Society, Inc. which is made up of over 500 Lake County residents. Lake County has a 19-member Fair Board, elected by the society membership. Each of the “original” townships in the county have representation as required by the Ohio Revised Code.

Lake County is one of the only fairs in Ohio that holds a kick off parade on July 26, 2022 at 6 p.m. and begins at First Church of Christ/Zion Lutheran Church on Mentor Ave. to the Fairgrounds. This year’s parade Grand Marshall is going to be former Lake County Commissioner Ron Young, a long-time supporter of agriculture and the Fair. Please click here to read the entire press release.

Lake County Recognizes SUNsational Volunteers

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, July 15, 2022– The Board of Lake County Commissioners and the Lake County Council on Aging honored the hundreds of volunteers that impact many Lake County non-profit agencies through their dedication of time and talent. Volunteers were honored at the annual recognition event and six special volunteers were recognized for their exceptional service as this year’s SUNsational volunteers.  All volunteers are members of the Lake County Volunteer Network, formally RSVP, and a division of the Board of Commissioners, and the Lake County Council on Aging and served in numerous roles throughout the county.

The Board of Commissioners recognized the SUNsational volunteers at the July 7, 2022, meeting. The volunteers were presented with a certificate of recognition during the meeting.

“The Board of Commissioners is honored to recognize these dedicated individuals for their service to others in need within our community,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck, President of the Board of Lake County Commissioners. “They donate their time and talents to benefit others without expecting anything in return.” Please click here to read the entire press release.

From the left: Diane Melsheimer, Arlene Sakach, Fred Kramer, Ohio Senator Kenny Yuko, Dave Henschel, Commissioner John Plecnik, Chris Palsa, Commissioner Tyler, Thomas Queen representing Congressman David Joyce.

Lake County Senior Services Levy Set to Expire

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, July 14, 2022– The Board of Lake County Commissioners approved a resolution to place an issue on the November 8 ballot. The issue seeks to renew the existing 0.8 mill senior services levy to continue to help address the need for senior services.

The senior services levy currently generates approximately $4.5 million annually and is set to expire December 31, 2022. Since the last renewal in 2017, the Board of Commissioners has implemented several new programs with the help of area agencies. Some of these include adding funding to Job & Family Services to allow for the dedicated Adult Protective Services unit, the creation of the Volunteer Guardian Program, a partnership between the Lake County Probate Court and Lifeline, as well as the creation of a non-medical in-home care program currently administered by the Lake County Council on Aging.

“Over the last few years, we have worked to implement new programs to ensure we address the critical needs of some of the county’s most vulnerable citizens. The revenue generated by this senior services levy is essential to properly address those needs and issues. Our seniors have spent their lives doing their part to make Lake County a wonderful place; let’s protect them and help maintain their dignity and quality of life in return,” said Commissioner John R. Hamercheck, President of the Board of Lake County Commissioners. “Passage of this levy is necessary to achieve that goal.” Click here to view the entire news release.

Job Opening: Bookkeeper

Job Title: Bookkeeping Deputy Clerk – Legal Office

Job Overview:This position is at-will and shall report to the Clerk of Common Pleas Court through their supervisor at the Legal Division.

Primary responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, daily balancing of the cash drawer on a rotation with the other bookkeepers, scanning and depositing of cash/checks, and completion of end of day procedures. Complete end of month procedure, make payments to the State of Ohio, and pay-ins to the county. Manage weekly accounts receivable on rotation with the other bookkeepers Cost out cases and send invoices to the respective parties. Process payments for garnishments. Produce and send past due costs to the Ohio Attorney General Collections Program. Annually process unclaimed funds reports and produce 1099’s.

Qualifications: Must possess high school diploma or G.E.D. with course work or experience in office practices and procedures, basic typing, and/or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Qualified candidates must have broad knowledge of office practices and procedures, computer keyboarding, bookkeeping experience, and knowledge of Windows-based computer systems as well as an aptitude for serving the public. There are moderate physical requirements, such as lifting/moving/shifting file boxes (30-50lbs), in all weather conditions.

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Full-time benefits package available after competition of first month. 

A resume should be sent to: [email protected] by Friday, July 29, 2022.

Commissioners Appoint 2 New Members to Laketran Board

Lake County Commissioners Appoint Two New Members to the Laketran Board of Trustees

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, June 30, 2022– Laura Pizmoht and Kim Stenger have been appointed to the Laketran Board of Trustees by the Board of Lake County Commissioners.

“Laketran serves some of our most vulnerable communities. It’s important that our Board of Trustees for Laketran understands their needs,” said Commissioner John R. Hamercheck. “Having a Board that reflects all of our community will make for a more responsive and a better Laketran.”

Laketran is Lake County, Ohio’s regional public transportation system that offers local routes, door-to-door Dial-a-Ride, and Park-and-Ride commuter express services to connect employees and jobs between Lake County and Downtown Cleveland. Laketran proudly serves over 750,000 riders each year. Please click here to view the entire press release.

From the left: Laketran CEO Ben Capelle, Commissioner John Plecnik, Laura Pizmoht, Kim Stenger, Commissioner John Hamercheck and Commissioner Mark Tyler.

Lake County Dredging Facility Construction Underway

New facility will allow dredging of Fairport Harbor to be re-instated

PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Federal, State, and County officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the North Park Sediment Recycling Facility on June 21, 2022.  The State of Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management Controlling Board authorized $47 million to fund the construction of Sediment Recycling Facilities across the State of Ohio. Lake County will receive $11.3 million in funding to construct its facility in Painesville Township, which is planned to be operational this fall.

Today’s event would not be possible without the leadership from Governor DeWine and our State delegation in Columbus.   I want to thank Senator Jerry Cirino (R-Kirtland), Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), Representative Jamie Callender (R-Concord Twp.), Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), and Representative Dan Troy (D-Willowick) who stepped up to the plate when the community needed it the most,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. 

Sometimes called a confined placement facility, they are specifically designed for the containment of contaminated dredged material from Lake Erie that provides control of potential releases of contaminants to the environment.  Kurtz Bros. Inc., out of Independence, Ohio will operate the facility.  Please click here to view the entire news release.

Commissioners Support Funds to Assist Homeowners in Kirtland with Mandated Sewer Project

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SUPPORT FUNDS TO ASSIST HOMEOWNERS IN KIRTLAND WITH MANDATED SANITARY SEWER PROJECT

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, June 10, 2022ꟷ The Board of Lake County Commissioners announced a significant investment of $1m in American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) funds and $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist homeowners in the Kirtland Old Town Area with an Environmental Protection Agency mandated sanitary sewer project.

“The ARPA guidance clearly permits the investment in sewer and water infrastructure and this project checks all those boxes while assisting over 100 homeowners with a critical improvement to their neighborhood.  Today’s announcement not only helps with the construction of the main line, but the CDBG commitment is available to income-qualified homeowners for the lateral connection,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck.

The Kirtland Old Town Area is comprised of parcels that date back to the 1800’s long before public water and sewers were available. In 2014, a storm sewer was found to contain untreated sewage from many failed household sewage treatment systems. Regulatory agencies routinely tested sewer catch basins with results indicating bacteria counts higher than the maximum amount allowable.   Please click here to read the entire press release.

Lake County Public Safety Center Project Is Set to Begin

LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER PROJECT IS SET TO BEGIN

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, June 3, 2022– The Board of Lake County Commissioners signed the contract to begin a programming study for the Lake County Public Safety Center with HOK. The HOK team will work with key stakeholders to determine existing conditions, needs, and future forecasts with Lake County.

“Safety and law enforcement are a top priority for the County Commissioners,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. “It is important our county has a facility to meet our long-term needs over the next 50 years.  This project has been contemplated for over 10 years, and with the support of Sheriff Frank Leonbruno and the Lake County Corrections Board, we are excited for this next phase of the public safety center project to begin.”

A criminal justice system is the single most complex and perhaps most impactful program a county operates. A properly functioning justice system provides wide-ranging benefits to the community and contributes to Lake County being a vibrant and sustainable place to live and work, and does so in a cost-effective manner.  Please click here to view the entire press release.

County Commissioners Invest $1.2 million for Local Police Agencies

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS INVEST $1.2 MILLION FOR ALL POLICE AGENCIES

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, May 31, 2022ꟷ The Board of Lake County Commissioners recently authorized the purchase of Lexipol for all police agencies in Lake County.  The investment, which is applicable to every law enforcement agency in Lake County, will enhance policy documentation, ensure policies are in accordance with current legal standings, and facilitate better training of first responders by providing easy, real-time access to all policies as determined by the law enforcement agencies.

“Today’s announcement is yet another example of the Commissioner’s support and investment in our public safety system in Lake County.   I want to thank the local Chiefs and Sheriff Leonbruno for their participation in this countywide initiative,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. “From our understanding, this is the first countywide implementation of a public safety software in the State of Ohio.  Once again, Lake County is exhibiting leadership throughout the State.”

Lexipol is a digital solution to assist with federal, state, and department-specific policies, manuals, and training requirements. This online platform allows police officers to stay current on all aspects of training in a flexible manner without needing large group sessions. Please click here to view the entire press release.

Commissioners Declare June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DECLARE JUNE 15 WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY IN LAKE COUNTY

PAINESVILLE, OH, June 2, 2022 – June 15, 2022, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day here in Lake County and across our country. It is the time of year when cities and states can take a moment to shed light on this significant issue.  “This is an opportunity for Lake County to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons and raise awareness of elder abuse ensuring security and dignity for all seniors,” said Commissioner Hamercheck, president of the Board of Lake County Commissioners.

Elder abuse is a widespread issue affecting every community across the country. It is estimated that 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Even more alarming is that research suggests that as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever come to the attention of authorities.  “Lake County is not immune to the issue of elder abuse,” said Commissioner Plecnik.  “When we come together, we can prevent elder abuse from happening. We can put support services in place, and direct the necessary community resources.”  Please click here to view the entire press release. Please click here to view the resolution.

From the Left: Commissioner John Plecnik, Senior Services Coordinator Alyea Barajas, Assistant Administrator of Child and Adult Services Division of JFS Mary Udics, Director of Lake County Job and Family Servies Suzanne Casar, Lake County Council on Aging Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Tomsick, and Commissioner John Hamercheck.

Commissioners Proclaim Older Americans Month in Lake County, Ohio

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, May 26, 2022 – Lake County Commissioners declare May as Older Americans Month (OAM).  Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of OAM. This year’s theme, Age My Way, focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.

“We want to take a moment to honor the more than 63,000 Lake County senior residents who contribute their strength, wisdom, and experience to our community – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck. Please click here to view the entire press release.

From the left: Commissioner John Plecnik, Lake County Council on Aging Chief Executive Officer Joseph Tomsick, Lake County Senior Services Coordinator Alyea Barajas, and Commissioner John Hamercheck

County Commissioners Awarded AmeriCorps Grant

LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AWARDED AMERICORPS GRANT

PAINESVILLE, OH, May 19, 2022 – The Board of Lake County Commissioners announced today that it has received an AmeriCorps Seniors demonstration grant of nearly $115,000 to support senior volunteer service.  The grant will expand the Lake County Volunteer Network’s presence in the county, which was previously unserved by an AmeriCorps Seniors project.  These new grant funds are made possible from the historic $1 billion investment in AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

“Lake County was one of only three grantees awarded in the state of Ohio,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck. “This grant will utilize senior volunteers to specifically focus on support for seniors who have been impacted by the pandemic.” 

The Lake County Volunteer Network, formally RSVP Lake County and now part of the Board of Commissioners, will leverage the skills and experience of volunteers to help increase food security, as well as increase social support and improve capacity for independent living for vulnerable and/or isolated seniors in Lake County. 

“Much of this work will occur in collaboration with the Lake County Council on Aging,” said Commissioner John Plecnik. “This is just another example of nonprofits and agencies coming together in Lake County to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens.” Please click here to view the entire press release.

County Commissioners Recognize May 15-21 as National Police Week

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECOGNIZE MAY 15th-21st AS “NATIONAL POLICE WEEK”

PAINESVILLE, OH, May 19, 2022 – At their weekly meeting, the Lake County Board of Commissioners recognized the week of May 15th – 21st as “National Police Week 2022” in Lake County in order to remember and honor fallen law enforcement officers.

The Lake County Board of Commissioners’ resolution was intended to pay homage to the courageous men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting citizens in large cities, small towns, and suburban neighborhoods all across America. “We express our sincerest gratitude for these selfless public servants who put themselves in harm’s way in an effort to keep us safe and we honor those who have lost their lives,” stated Board President John R. Hamercheck.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the calendar week that it falls in as “National Police Week”. Established by a joint resolution of Congress, “National Police Week” pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty providing safety and protection of others. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge in Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events honoring those individuals who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. A Memorial Service began in Senate Park in 1982 and now, 40 years later, the event has grown to a series of events attracting 25,000 to 40,000 attendees made up of law enforcement officers, survivors, and various agencies. Residents can also participate virtually using the 2022 National Police Week mobile app available in the Google and Apple stores by searching “National Police Week 2022”. Please click here to view the press release.

Picture from the left: Commissioner John Plecnik, Sheriff Frank Leonbruno, Commissioner John Hamercheck

Commissioner Plecnik Appointed to Lake County Investment Advisory Committee

Commissioner John Plecnik is Appointed to the Lake County Investment Advisory Committee

PAINESVILLE, OH, May 13, 2022 – During the Commissioners Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2022, the Board of Lake County Commissioners appointed, by resolution, Commissioner John Plecnik to the Lake County Investment Advisory Committee. The Committee has the important job of reviewing or revising its policies and advising the investing authority on Lake County investments in order to ensure the best and safest return of funds available to the County for deposit or investment.

“Commissioner John Plecnik is an expert on taxes and budget and he is a great benefit to the County because of his many years of experience in government and as a law professor,” said Commission President John Hamercheck.

“It is an honor to welcome Commissioner John Plecnik to the Investment Advisory Committee. I look forward to working with him to ensure that County money is invested wisely,” said Lake County Treasurer Mike Zuren. “The opportunity to work with Commissioner Plecnik is invaluable and I am personally grateful for him to be a part of the Advisory Committee.” Please click here to view the entire press release.

County Commissioners Host Event Honoring Former Colleagues

 County Commissioners Host Event Honoring Former Colleagues

PAINESVILLE, OH, May 12, 2022 – The Board of Commissioners held an event on May 12th, 2022, to honor all former Lake County Commissioners. Previous commissioners were invited to attend the event and were recognized. There are (79) present and past Commissioners who faithfully dedicated their time and service in representing Lake County citizens for over 180 years.

County government plays a critical role in all Ohioans’ lives and the role of a county commissioner is numerous and varied. They act as the administrative division of their states and when the state and federal government enact laws, the counties are responsible for implementing them. They are also faced with the task of approving budgets and maintaining sufficient revenue to administer the government and provide services to their constituents through the adoption of the annual county budget.

“This recognition is well-deserved as these individuals have served with distinction, some of them for many years,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck, “On behalf of Lake County, this Board is proud to commend their leadership and legacy,” he continued. Please click here to view the entire press release.

Picture from the left: Senator Jerry Cirino, Former Commissioner Dale Fellows, Commissioner John Plecnik, Former Commissioner Ron Young, Commissioner John Hamercheck, Former Commissioner Judy Moran, Former Commissioner Kevin Malecek, Former Commissioner Raymond Sines

Commissioners Proclaim May 2022 Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Lake County Commissioners Proclaim May 2022, Skin Cancer Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio

PAINESVILLE, OH, May 12, 2022 – During the May 12th Commissioners Meeting, the Lake County Board of Commissioners issued a special resolution proclaiming May 2022 as “Skin Cancer Awareness Month” in Lake County, Ohio.

Skin cancer is a serious disease. It is the most common type of cancer and it is also one of the most preventable. It is estimated that 197,700 new cases of melanoma, will be diagnosed in the United States in 2022. Skin cancer affects everyone and, as the weather gets warmer, it is important to take precautions.

Exposure to UV light is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers. The American Academy of Dermatology encourages everyone to stay out of indoor tanning beds and protect their skin outdoors by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply often to all skin not covered by clothing. Regular skin self-exams are extremely important to check for any signs of skin cancer.

Founder and CEO of Apex Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center Dr. Jorge Garcia- Zuazaga recommends annual screenings.  “Early skin cancer diagnosis saves lives. It is vital to schedule regular, timely screenings to detect any changes or new lesions,” Dr. Garcia-Zuazaga advises. “You should also stay aware of any differences in your skin and see a dermatologist about any suspicious lesions.” Please click here to view the entire press release. Please click here to view the resolution.

Picture From the left: Commissioner John Plecnik, David Glass, Genevieve Glass, Dr. Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga, Commissioner John Hamercheck

Commissioners Recognize May 2022 as National Nurses Month

Lake County Commissioners Recognize May 2022 as National Nurses Month in Lake County, Ohio

PAINESVILLE, OH, May 12, 2022 – In their weekly meeting on May 12th, the Lake County Board of Commissioners issued a special resolution designating May 2022 as “National Nurses Month” in Lake County, Ohio.

The advent of modern nursing is credited to Florence Nightingale, who laid the foundation for professional nursing through her tireless work during and after the Crimean War. As a nursing manager, on the frontlines, Nightingale introduced hygiene protocols and other measures that drastically reduced infections and death in battlefield hospitals. Nurses Month in May coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

“The Board is very happy to draw attention and reflect on all the critical contributions that nurses have made here in Lake County to promote safe, high-quality health care to our residents. Nurses touch the lives of families through every stage of life,” stated Commission President John Hamercheck.

Commissioner John Plecnik added, “Nurses serve on the front lines, risking their lives treating the injured and sick during wartime, natural disasters, and public health emergencies. We are so grateful for their expertise and for keeping pace with new technologies and methods of treatments thereby expanding their role in our health care system.” Please click here to view the entire press release. Please click here to view the resolution.

Picture: From the Left Commissioner John Plecnik, from Lake Health University Hospitals Ashley Carlucci, Bill Osterman(Chief Nursing Officer), Valerie Kovacic-Mauer and Ann Rodenbucher, and Commissioner John Hamercheck

Commissioners Recognize National Pet Therapy Day and Apraxia Awareness Day

PAINESVILLE, OH, May 5, 2022 – In their weekly meeting on May 5th, the Lake County Board of Commissioners issued multiple proclamations designating April 30th as “National Pet Therapy Day” and May 14th as “Apraxia Awareness Day”.

Geralyn Hawk, a registered handler with “Pet Partners” (a therapy animal team), recently reached out to the Board for their support of “National Pet Therapy Day”. With a growing body of research demonstrating the wide variety of ways therapy animals can make a difference in people’s lives, “Pet Partners” has played an essential role in improving the health and well-being of others through the human-animal connection. This national organization makes millions of visits per year to hospitals, nursing/hospice homes, and schools bringing comfort and healing to those in need. Along with her husband Mike, Geralyn has worked with therapy animals for over 20 years.

“The Board is very happy to draw attention to all the contributions that Geralyn and “Pet Partners” have made. We are hopeful this awareness in our county will aid in their mission of benefitting the lives of some of our most vulnerable people and at times when they need help most,” stated Commission President John Hamercheck. Commissioner John Plecnik added, “Out four-legged friends greatly reduce stress and anxiety so the benefits are clear.”

In regards to Childhood Apraxia Speech (CAS), Monica Karpovitch asked the Board if they would acknowledge “Apraxia Awareness Day” in order to get the word out about this complicated speech disorder that affects 1 out of every 1000 children. As a mother to Joshua, her 7-year-old son diagnosed with CAS, she understands firsthand the struggles that are associated with this condition. Children like Joshua generally have a good understanding of language and while they may know what they want to say, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex series of movements required for intelligible speech. She feels it is important for everyone to know that this can result in children struggling to grow friendships with their peers due to this lack of communication and her hope is this resolution will unite community members, along with friends and family, with children who have CAS. Monica is a volunteer with “Apraxia Kids”; an organization in Lake County dedicated to raising awareness.

Commissioner Hamercheck explained, “Our hope is that getting this resolution on the record and acknowledging this condition will, in essence, give a voice to the voiceless. Every child desires communication and deserves to be heard.” “It is our job as community leaders, neighbors, friends, and family to take an active and supportive role in advocating for these children whose only desire is to have the opportunity all other children have; a true connection with others,” included Commissioner Plecnik.

For more information about these organizations, you can visit “Pet Partners” at petpartners.org or “Apraxia Kids” at apraxia-kids.org.

From the left: Commissioner Plecnik, Mike with dog Wyatt, Geralyn with cat Pearl and Commissioner Hamercheck
From the left: Commissioner John Plecnik, Dale, Monica and Joshua, Commissioner John Hamercheck

Commissioners Celebrate National Foster Parent Appreciation Month in May

PAINESVILLE, OH, May 5, 2022 –  May is recognized nationally as Foster Parent Appreciation Month.  The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services is proud to recognize and express appreciation for the 44 licensed foster homes in our county. 

Fos­ter par­ents are ordi­nary peo­ple who do extra­or­di­nary things for children in our community.  Foster parents provide comfort, understanding, and safety to children who have oftentimes experienced trauma. 

May is a time to recognize these unsung heroes in our community.  “Fos­ter par­ent­ing can be chal­leng­ing, and fos­ter par­ents deserve our support and recognition each and every day.  We are extremely grateful to our fos­ter par­ents who do their best to cre­ate sta­ble, safe and healthy envi­ron­ments for children to grow and thrive,” said Job and Family Services Director Suzanne Casar.

The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services’ foster parents are fortunate to receive continued support and recognition from the Lake County Commissioners each May and this year has been no different. During their May 5, 2022, meeting, the Lake County Commissioners graciously passed a resolution declaring May 2022 as National Foster Parent Appreciation Month. Please click here to read the entire press release. Click here to view the resolution.

Picture: from the left Commissioner John Plecnik; Assistant Administrator Foster Care Adoption Alison Tomaselli; Lake County Job & Family Services Director Suzanne Casar; Kelly Kolberg social worker for Lake County Children’s Services; and Commissioner John Hamercheck

Recent Efforts by Treasurer’s Office in Regards to Tax Collection

Recent Efforts Conducted by Lake County Treasurer’s Office in Regards to Tax Collection

The Lake County Treasurer’s Office is reporting that, as of this year, they have already contacted delinquent taxpayers for the first half collection period. In the past, delinquent taxpayers were not contacted until after the second half of collection.

In addition to working with the Lake County Information Technology Department for assistance in collecting taxpayer contact information, Treasurer Mike Zuren spoke with Treasurers in other Ohio counties to garner knowledge of their processes. “Taking a proactive approach to assisting delinquent homeowners with options and grant programs has significantly increased tax collections. The Lake County Treasurer’s Office is here to help residents who are facing financial difficulties. We offer a variety of repayment options and diligently strive to share grant program information with homeowners,” stated Zuren. He explained how repayment options were offered to those individuals along with information regarding various grant programs that are available

“Treasurer Zuren’s initiative is a bold and worthy endeavor,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. “His resourcefulness and efforts are helping to reduce delinquency and increase tax dollar collections for the benefit of Lake County and its residents.” Please click here to read the entire press release.

County Commissioners Schedule Event Honoring Former Colleagues 5-12-22

County Commissioners Schedule Event Honoring Former Colleagues

The Board of Commissioners will be holding an event on May 12th, 2022 to honor all former Lake County Commissioners. Previous commissioners are invited to attend the event that will recognize (79) present and past Commissioners who faithfully dedicated their time and service in representing Lake County citizens for over 180 years.

County government plays a critical role in all Ohioans° lives and the role of a county commissioner is numerous and varied. They act as the administrative division of their states and when the state and federal government enact laws, the counties are responsible for implementing them. They are also faced with the task of approving budgets and maintaining sufficient revenue to administer the government and provide services to their constituents through the adoption of the annual county budget.

“This recognition is well-deserved as these individuals have served with distinction, some of them for many years,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck, “On behalf of Lake County, this Board is proud to commend their leadership and legacy,” he continued. Please click here to view the entire press release.

Financial Literacy Course Offered for Students

Lake County— Spring 2022 Lake County Treasurer, Michael Zuren and Lake County Auditor, Christopher Galloway are excited to announce the launch of a Financial Literacy course geared towards middle and high school-aged students. The course topics will include planning and goals, career preparation, spending and credit, consumer protection, income, money management, saving and investing, and risk management. Please click here to view the entire press release.

LCDU Annual Certification

Lake County Department of Utilities annual certification regarding past due accounts:

Payment for account balance 90 days or more past due must be received in the billing office by 8/17/2022 to avoid an administrative fee and certification to the real estate property taxes. Certification is an annual process transferring delinquencies to the real estate tax bill.

Payment Options:

  • Location: LCDU Billing Office, 105 Main St., Suite A113, Painesville

                        ****** Drop Off Box located in the front foyer of the building ******

  • **To Pay by Phone, Call Point & Pay at   1-888-315-9033**

Or Login to create an account at  www.lakecountyohio.gov/utilities

Fees will apply.

County Commissioners Provide Additional Resources to the Prosecutor’s Office

The Lake County Commissioners recently approved a request for additional prosecutors and staff for the Lake County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which represents an additional investment of approximately $250,000 per budget year. The request was submitted during the 2022 budget hearings conducted in February, where County Prosecutor Charles E. Coulson requested two additional Assistant Prosecutors, one Legal Secretary, and one Victim’s Advocate.

“Today’s announcement by the Board to increase funding for the County Prosecutor’s Office shows their commitment to public safety and support for law enforcement. The Prosecutor’s Office has experienced its highest caseload ever. Additionally, due to increases in technology and new multiple sources of evidence the complexity and the difficulty in prosecuting each case have increased. And most, unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in criminal violence and the use of firearms. Commissioner John Plecnik has been an advocate and supporter of my office and instrumental in recognizing our budgetary needs. The additional prosecutors, a secretary, and a victim advocate are important to keeping Lake County safe. I also want to acknowledge appreciation for Commissioner President Hamercheck and Commissioner Young for this unanimous support of my office,” said Prosecutor Coulson. Please click here to view the entire press release.

Commissioner John Plecnik and Prosecutor Charles Coulson discussed current issues with Lake County’s victim’s advocates.

Commissioners & Eastlake Approve Clubhouse Upgrades for Lake County Captains Stadium

Eastlake City Council unanimously approved an American Rescue Plan (ARPA) agreement with the Board of Commissioners at the April 27, 2022, Council meeting.  The agreement, approved by the Commissioners on April 14, 2022, will fund clubhouse upgrades using the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program.

Recent guidance from Major League Baseball (MLB) has mandated a series of renovations/upgrades to the Club House and other ancillary items.  As noted in the “Captains Stadium Renovation” document, “Major League Baseball (MLB) has instituted player safety protocols to reduce the potential for contact spreading of the COVID-19 virus.” This project will address those concerns.  The estimated cost is $3.6m.  Project costs will be finalized after public bidding in accordance with Federal procurement procedures.

 “The Commissioners fully realize the importance of local attractions and quality of life amenities as it relates to the economic growth of Lake County.   Having a beautiful facility and professional baseball in Lake County will continue to assist in the attraction of new residents, businesses, and visitors to our area,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. Please click here to view the entire press release.

Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley and Council President John Meyers presented County Commissioners John R. Hamercheck and John Plecnik “keys to the City” in appreciation of the County’s commitment to the City and the Lake County Captains.

LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER RON YOUNG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:             April 21, 2022

County Contact:                                 Commissioner Ron Young

440-487-8526

LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER RON YOUNG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: COLLEAGUES REFLECT ON HIS CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Today, Lake County Commissioner Ron Young announced his retirement from his seat on the Board of Lake County Commissioners. His final date of service is set for May 4 this year. He has served Lake County first as a State Representative from 1997 to 2004. After being term-limited in 2004, he returned to running his business TES Inc. TES is a professional placement firm Young founded in 1982 and that is now run by his daughter in Texas. In 2010 Young was re-elected State Representative and served another four terms. After winning his election in 2018, he became Lake County Commissioner in January of 2019. Please click here to read the entire news release.

Clean & Green Logo Contest Winners

Lake County’s Solid Waste District is pleased to announce the winners of their annual Clean and Green Logo Contest. Area students were encouraged to design a logo showcasing the theme “Clean and Green Lake County” which promotes recycling and anti-littering education. The Lake County Solid Waste District oversees the Landfill and Recycling Center in Painesville Township.

Rees Erickson, a fifth-grade student at The School of Innovation in the Willoughby-Eastlake School District, won the elementary division and the overall prize for her design entry themed, “Help Keep Lake County Clean & Green.” As the top winner, Rees’s design will be displayed in the Lake County Commissioner’s area in the County Administration Building located in downtown Painesville. Additionally, her design will be used for marketing materials for the Solid Waste District and the Utilities Department.

Other winners were Middle School Division Winner, Cameron Adkins from Eastlake Middle School and High School Division Winner, Haley Horen from Lake Catholic High School.

Elementary School Division Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetically order:

  • Molly Canfield – Madison North Elementary; Raegan Huffman – Parkside Elementary; Brynley Schneider – School of Innovation; Rosalie Siegel – Parkside Elementary

Middle School Division Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetically order:

  • Charlie Gallman – Wickliffe Middle School; Luci Hinde – School of Innovation; Lailah Lewis-Kerslake – Wickliffe Middle School; Kaiten Schultz – Shore Middle School;

High School Division Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetically order:

  • Jillian Haith – South High School; Sara Hussain – South High School; Mallory Mosnik – North High School; Jason Renaud – South High School

Thank you to all 875 student artists who submitted entries from thirteen elementary schools, six middle schools, and five local high schools. Please click here to view the entire news release.

Commissioners Appoint Matthew Hebebrand to Lakeland Community College Board of Trustees

PAINESVILLE, OH, April 21, 2022 — The Lake County Board of Commissioners is unanimously voted to appoint Matthew Hebebrand to the Lakeland Community College Board of Trustees. Mr. Hebebrand will complete the unexpired term previously held by 14-year Trustee Ryan Callender who recently resigned after moving to Cuyahoga County. A City of Painesville resident, Mr. Hebebrand will complete the current term that expires March 6, 2026.

“Mr. Hebebrand’s experience as an attorney will provide valuable insight and leadership to the Board of Trustees. I want to extend my appreciation to Mr. Callender for his commitment to Lakeland Community College,” said Commission President John Hamercheck.

The Board of Commissioners appoints six of the nine members of the college’s Board of Trustees. The Governor appoints the remaining three all of which are five-year terms. Please click here to view the entire press release.

Lake County Commissioners Celebrate National County Government Month

PAINESVILLE, OH, April 21, 2022 — The Lake County Board of Commissioners is recognizing April as “National County Government Month” in an effort to highlight the work that is done every day to improve the lives of our residents and to celebrate those who make it all possible.

The Ohio Constitution defines a structure of county government that is organized around elected officials consisting of a 3-member Board of Commissioners, along with a Prosecutor, Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder, Engineer, Clerk of Courts, Sheriff, and Coroner. Lake County also supports the Court of Common Pleas (General Division, Domestic Relations Division, Probate Division, and Juvenile Division).

“Lake County is home to over 232,00 residents and not everyone realizes all the roles that county government plays on a daily basis,” stated Board President John Hamercheck, “and this designation is intended to recognize the professional efforts of our fellow public servants and staff.” Please click here to view the entire news release.

Commissioner John Plecnik Gets First Hand View of Ohio Means Jobs Lake County

April 18, 2022, Commissioner Plecnik toured the Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) Lake County Career Center as well as the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services (JFS).

OhioMeansJobs Lake County is a group of public, private, and non-profit agencies and partner organizations that have joined forces to create a coordinated system to provide workforce services to employers and job seekers. Staff members are eager to determine and immediately address the needs of every customer entering the Career Center.

“I am grateful to JFS Director Suzanne Casar and Workforce Development Director Cory Vojak for their continued commitment to providing the necessary programs and tools to ensure quality and sustainable employment opportunities for our job seekers and employers,” noted Commissioner John Plecnik. Please click here to view the entire news release.

Board Approves Petit and Grand Jurors Compensation Increase

BOARD APPROVES PETIT & GRAND JURORS COMPENSATION INCREASE

The judges of the General Division of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas reached out to the Lake County Board of Commissioners for approval of a resolution to raise the per diem compensation of petit and grand jurors from the current rate of $15 per day to a new rate of $25 per day.

“Jury duty is one of the most important civic responsibilities someone can perform,” stated Commission President John R. Hamercheck, “and with the role of a juror being so vital to our system of justice, it was an easy decision to approve the court’s request for an increase,” he continued.

The Ohio Revised Code, Sections 2939.04 and 2313.22(A), authorizes Boards to fix compensation for jury service payable out of the county treasury, and the resolution was unanimously approved at the April 7th meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

Judge Eugene Lucci, the administrative judge of the court, stated that “although jury service is both a legal obligation and a civic duty required by our American republican system of government, raising the fees is only a small gesture of appreciation for the necessary sacrifice provided by jurors.” Please click here to read the entire news release.

Board of Commissioners Announce Facebook Page

LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCE FACEBOOK PAGE

The Lake County Board of Commissioners is excited to announce our Lake County, Ohio official Facebook page ( @lakecountyohiousa ). This page will be used to communicate to citizens the programs and services offered by the County and general news and updates from the Commissioners’ Office. “Having a more visible social media presence in 2022 is vital to serving our citizens to the best of our abilities, and I encourage all the citizens of Lake County to follow the page,” stated Commissioner John Plecnik. Initially, the page will be used to showcase the Emergency Rental Assistance Program but will expand to showcase all of the programs and services offered to Lake County residents over time. “I look forward to showcasing the work of our staff through social media and expanding access to the programs the County provides to our citizens,” stated Commissioner John Hamercheck. Commissioner Ron Young added, “I want to thank my colleague, Commissioner Plecnik, and staff for taking up the mantle on this initiative. I look forward to our office using social media to modernize the County’s service delivery model moving forward.” https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyOhioUSA/

Lake County Commissioners Announce Grants to Support Lake County Events

LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCE GRANTS TO SUPPORT LAKE COUNTY EVENTS
PAINESVILLE, OH, April 14, 2022 — The Lake County Board of Commissioners, at its April 14, 2022 meeting, agreed to appropriate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support nearly 40 different events that will take place in Lake County in 2022.


Over the past two years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, events across the county had to be canceled, postponed, and/or modified in the interest of public safety. These unavoidable changes caused significant financial hardships for the organizations and communities who work tirelessly to host great events, large and small, that Lake County residents and visitors from outside the area look forward to attending every year.


The County is partnering with the Lake County Visitors Bureau, Remarkable Lake County, OH, to direct these funds. Remarkable Lake County promotes travel and tourism for the County and has its own Arts & Culture Grant program, introduced a Community Events Grant program in 2021, and has long-supported major events that bring in thousands of visitors from outside the region. Remarkable Lake County scores and evaluates applications and awards grants based upon criteria such as the number of overnight visitors, the total number of attendees, and the value the event adds to Lake County’s Arts & Culture scene. Please click here to read the entire news release.