LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOHN R. HAMERCHECK APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD FOR
NOACA; JACKSON STREET INTERCHANGE ANNOUNCED IN PAINESVILLE
On January 21, Lake County Commissioner John Hamercheck was unanimously voted to serve as President of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), which is the transportation and environmental planning agency representing Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lorain, and Medina Counties. NOACA is the conduit for federal transportation dollars to Lake County. In the recent past, a majority of the funding for the Vrooman Road bridge and Vrooman Road resurfacing project in Perry and Leroy Townships came through NOACA. Today, the Jackson Street Interchange was announced by NOACA as one of their major upcoming projects in the City of Painesville.
The Lake County Treasurer’s Office and Board of Lake County Commissioners announce the initial meeting of the “Lake County Business Roundtable Discussion Series” on February 23, 2022, at 8:00 a.m.
The roundtable discussion will serve as an open forum for local businesses to share their experiences over the previous 18 months and provide opinions on improving the local business environment. Topics include, but are not limited to, workforce, resource collaboration, supply chain concerns, and overall economic conditions. The initial meeting will focus on listening to the needs and concerns of the private sector as it relates to the pandemic and potential assistance from the County. In addition to the County Commissioners, representatives from the various County agencies will be in attendance.
The next quarterly audible siren test is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners proudly recognized Nancy Fellows, Laura Lenz, Janet Majka, and Laura Pizmoht as the first City Council in the history of Lake County to have a board comprised of a majority of women. Collectively, they have served the City of Willoughby Hills with distinction since 2018.
Nancy Fellows was elected in 2001 and has continued to serve for 20 years. Janet Majka came on board in 2015, followed by Laura Pizmoht in 2017. Once Laura Lenz began in 2018, the first women-majority board was officially in place.
“On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and all of Lake County, I want to personally thank Nancy, Laura, Janet, and Laura for their commitment to public service,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. Please click here to view the entire news release.
Job Title: Deputy Clerk
Job Description: Deputy Clerk (Title Division) at Title West – Casual Title Clerk
Job Overview: This non-exempt, at-will position shall report to the Clerk of Common Pleas Court through their supervisors at the Title Division. The Title Division has two locations, and Deputy Clerks shall have a primary work location but may be asked to work at either as needs require.
Primary responsibilities for this position are to serve the public at the counter and conduct duplicate, replacement, or transfer of casual title work. Casual Titles are defined as title work involving private individuals. These titles can be serviced via paper, over-the-counter, through regular mail (USPS), or electronic means. This position is also responsible for answering the public title line and working with the public to address their title questions or concerns, and providing a high level of customer service.
Secondary responsibilities include; but are not limited to, supporting other departments upon completion of primary responsibilities, continuing education, and any activities requested by the Clerk of Common Pleas Court or designated supervisors.
Deputy Clerks are also expected to become proficient as a Passport Acceptance Officer during their second year of employment and to maintain this qualification for the duration of their employment.
Individuals are responsible for managing their own cash drawer and ensuring accurate balancing after each day of work.
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, keyboarding and knowledge of Windows-based computer systems. Deputy Clerk and/or title and/or data entry experience are preferred but not necessary.
Hours: Full-time, forty (40) hours per week, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; required overtime on one (1) of every three (3) Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Full-time benefits package, including vacation, sick leave, and healthcare. Healthcare benefits begin the first day of the month after thirty (30) days of employment.
Applicants should submit their resumes to Colin Connors at [email protected] by Friday, January 21st, 2022. Submissions will be reviewed and qualified applicants call for in person interviews.
NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Jessica Wakelee, (440) 350-2939
December 28, 2021 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT
COVID-19 POP-UP TESTING SITE AVAILABLE AT LAKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2021
A free COVID-19 pop-up testing event will take place on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1301 Mentor Avenue in Painesville between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or while supplies last. Rapid antigen testing will be conducted in a drive-thru setting, and participants will receive results in approximately 15 minutes. No appointment is necessary, however, participants are encouraged to visit www.lcghd.org/freetest2021 to print and complete a registration form prior to arrival. Participants are asked to enter the fairgrounds via the Mentor Avenue entrance.
This testing event is a collaboration between Azimuth Medical, SCT Medical Clinic, the Lake County Fairgrounds, and Lake County General Health District.
“In 2020, Azimuth Medical and SCT Medical Clinic adjusted operations to focus on the COVID-19
pandemic needs of Northeast Ohio. Testing, particularly at the holidays when loved ones and friends gather, is a critical component to stopping the spread of this deadly virus and keeping our community safe. We are honored to provide this free, accessible COVID-19 testing event to Northeast Ohio at a time when the demand for testing is high and COVID-19 cases surge in our community,” said SCT Medical Clinic Vice President Dr. Christopher Orr, PA-C, and Azimuth Medical President Peter Orr, DNP, RN in a joint statement.
“The Health District is excited to support Azimuth Medical and SCT Medical Clinic in meeting this urgent need for the residents of Lake County,” said Health Commissioner Ron H. Graham. “With the recent surge in cases from the Omicron variant, we hope this will help our residents more safely enjoy the company of family and friends this holiday season.”
For additional questions regarding this pop-up testing event, please contact Peter Orr, DNP, RN at [email protected]
To: All Elected Officials/Department Heads/Media
From: Lake County Commissioners
The Commissioners Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 23, 2021, is cancelled.
The next regular scheduled meeting is December 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 440-350-2751 or [email protected].
Jennifer Bell, Clerk
The Commissioners recognized Home Instead- Mentor at their December 7th meeting for their continued work in Lake County with the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program supports older adults who may be overlooked, isolated, or alone during the holiday season. “We are pleased to participate again this year in the program to show older adults in Lake County that they are valued, especially during the holiday season,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck.
Home Instead partners with local organizations, such as the Board of Commissioners, to provide gifts to over 250 local seniors. Local agencies host a tree decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift or gift card suggestions. Holiday shoppers select an ornament and return the gift unwrapped with the ornament attached. Gifts are then delivered to seniors in time for the holidays. “This small act of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of our most vulnerable senior citizens,” said Commissioner John Plecnik. Please click here to view the news release.
A jury of 12 individuals recently announced their verdict in favor of Lake and Trumbull Counties against Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens in the National Prescription Opioid Litigation. The verdict, announced in the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division, was read by Judge Dan Aaron Polster.
“On behalf of all the residents in Lake County who have been impacted by this epidemic, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the jurors who spent seven weeks listening to the impact opioids have had in our communities,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck.
The trial began on October 4, 2021, and included over 30 witnesses from the Counties and defendants. Lake and Trumbull Counties were selected by the Court as a bellwether trial, or a test case to gauge where future trials may end up. This lawsuit is one of thousands filed throughout the United States. Please click here to view the entire news release.
The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Means Jobs Lake County are partnering with the Sub Zero Mission on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 to collect warming items for the homeless in Lake County. A “stuff the bus” event will take place outside of the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services building located at 177 Main St. in Painesville from 11 AM – 1 PM. Individuals can stop by and drop their donations in the bus. Needed items include adult coats, boots, socks (new only), hats, gloves, sleeping bags, and tents. Barra de Taco Food truck will also be onsite at Lake County Department of Job and Family Services if you’d like to purchase lunch the day of the event. Please click here to view the entire news release.
The Board of Lake County Commissioners approved the third COPS grant at their November 23, 2021 meeting. The Concord Township Trustees approved the contract on November 17, 2021 becoming the third township in the Sheriff’s patrol area to take advantage of this localized grant program. Concord will be hiring one (1) new deputy in a contract with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, they will accept an additional deputy sheriff paid for by the Commissioners to add to local patrol in Concord Township.
With the assistance of Clerk of Courts Faith Andrews, the Commissioners created the program to help immediately fund increased Sheriff’s Deputies in the townships by offering to provide a second deputy for every deputy added to current policing contracts.
“As with Perry and Painesville, I want to thank Concord Township for participating in the COPS grant and providing increased patrol in their ever-growing community,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck.
PAINESVILLE, OH, November 18, 2021 – With more than 37 million Americans at risk of suffering from hunger and 3.5 million without shelter every year, the Board of Commissioners were proud to join the “National Coalition for the Homeless” and the “National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness” in proclaiming the week of November 13th-22nd as “National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week”. Please click here to view the entire news release.
In an effort to assist low-income senior citizens with utility costs, the Board of Lake County Commissioners and the Department of Utilities established a program to provide a 25% discount on water and sewer bills to all qualifying senior citizens. Commissioner John Plecnik proposed the senior discount earlier this year, which was unanimously adopted by the Board of Commissioners on November 18th. Please click here to view the entire news release.
The Senior Citizen Discount Program is available to owner-occupied residences with limited income who receive water and/or wastewater treatment by the Lake County Department of Utilities. Eligible homeowners must be 65 years of age or older and must meet the yearly income threshold set forth by Ohio Homestead Means Testing. All applicants will be verified with the Lake County Auditor’s Office to ensure yearly requirements are met, and each residence is eligible for one water and/or sanitary sewer discount of 25%.
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The Lake County Treasurer’s Office and Board of Lake County Commissioners announce the “Lake County Business Roundtable Discussion Series.” The initial meeting of this planned series will be in early 2022.
The roundtable discussion will serve as an open forum for local businesses to share their experiences over the previous 18 months and provide opinions on improving the local business environment. Topics include, but are not limited to, workforce, resource collaboration, supply chain concerns, and overall economic conditions. In addition to the County Commissioners, representatives from the various County agencies and the Chamber of Commerce’s will be in attendance.
“Over the past year and a half, we have all had to rethink how we run our businesses. Large, small, independent or corporate, the COVID pandemic has changed the way businesses operate and Lake County wants to be receptive to their needs,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck.
Lake County Commissioners and Clerk of Courts Announce Additional Sheriff Deputies in Painesville Township
The Board of Lake County Commissioners approved the second COPS grant at their November 9, 2021 meeting. With the assistance of Clerk of Courts Faith Andrews, the Commissioners created the program to help immediately fund increased Sheriff’s Deputies in the townships by offering to provide a second deputy for every deputy added to current policing contracts.
The Painesville Township Trustees signed the contract and have become the second township in the Sheriff’s patrol area to take advantage of this localized grant program. The Painesville Township Trustees explained that they would be hiring two (2) new deputies in a contract with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to patrol Painesville Township. Additionally, they will accept the second two (2) deputy sheriffs paid for by the Commissioners to add to local patrol in Painesville Township.
Please click here to read the entire news release.
The next quarterly audible siren test is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.
The Lake County Treasurer’s Office, with support from the Lake County Commissioners, will be holding Town Hall Meetings at multiple locations throughout the County in 2021.
“It takes a team effort with all elected officials to provide our residents and businesses with all the programs available to them. Treasurer Zuren’s new initiative is a great example of public awareness,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck.
The first town hall meeting will be held at the Willowick Senior Center on October 27th at 12:30 pm. The center is located at 321 E 314th St, Willowick, OH 44095. Treasurer Michael Zuren, Auditor Chris Galloway, and Willowick Mayor Richard Regovich will be present at this first Town Hall. The initial presentation will review the functions of the Treasurer’s office and allow the Auditor and Mayor to provide an update of activities in their offices. “Treasurer Zuren, once again, in just a short couple of months has taken action to directly assist some of our most important residents including our senior citizens and veterans,” added Commissioner John Plecnik.
The town hall meetings will provide detailed information about the Treasurer’s Office responsibilities, and review various programs for seniors, owner-occupants, disabled veterans, and spouses of deceased police officers killed in the line of duty, and answer questions from residents.
“I am happy to support these town hall meetings with our elected officials and residents. The availability of Mr. Zuren is a testament to his vision for public service,” noted Commissioner Ron Young.
Additional town hall meetings will be announced soon at libraries and senior centers located throughout Lake County. If you would like to set up a meeting for your organization, please contact Treasurer Zuren’s office at 440-350-2480.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners presented Kathy Strancar, Executive Director of Forbes House, and Office Manager Nancy Hilborn a resolution proclaiming October 2021 Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lake County.
In 2020, Forbes House provided shelter for 276 adults and children. Advocates responded to more than 2,000 calls and 741 crisis calls from a hospital or a police department. There were 227 individuals who attended support groups, and court advocates assisted 306 survivors in court. Forbes House serves survivors from newborn to age 81.
Forbes House is the only shelter located in Lake County dedicated to providing confidential services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in a safe and supportive environment. Services include shelter, a 24/7 help-line, court assistance, personal advocacy, peer support, domestic violence outreach and education, information and resources, safety planning, and referrals.
Domestic violence does not discriminate; it is vastly indiscriminate. The demographic is diverse because abuse impacts people of any race, age, sex, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic class, and geography. The practice at Forbes House is to provide services to any survivor of domestic violence or human trafficking who needs safety.
During the September 30, 2021 Commissioners Meeting the Board of Commissioners was presented with the 2021 Ohio Public Transit Association Excellence Award for Collaborative Excellence. Ben Capelle, CEO of Laketran, presented the award to the Board and to the County partners Senior Services Coordinator Alyea Barajas and Cristen Kane of Lake County Volunteer Network in recognition of the Mobile Food Pantry Program. This award recognizes a program, business, academic institution, or individual who has demonstrated an exemplary partnership or an innovative collaboration within the public transit industry for a sustained period of three months or more.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners, along with Treasurer Michael Zuren, announced a renewed effort to return surplus taxpayer funds to local property owners at the September 30, 2021 board meeting. The Treasurer’s Office, per the Ohio Revised Code, is responsible for a surplus overage account. Please click here to view the entire news release.
During the September 2, 2021 Commissioners Meeting the Board proclaimed September 2021 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. This year approximately 191,930 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone every year and roughly 33,330 will die this year from the disease. In Ohio, an estimated 9,010 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and an estimated 2,000 deaths will occur in 2021. Men with relatives – father, brother, son – with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease. Please click here to view the resolution.
The Board of Commissioners presented a resolution to Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood Asst. Superintendent Ann Mahler, Residential Director Diane McClusky, and Tierra Rouse, Direct Service Professional for the Adult Residential Center. The Majority of DSPs are employed in either a home or community-based setting and they assist individuals with some of their most intimate needs on a daily basis thereby building close, trusting relationships. Direct Support Professionals (DSP) are the primary providers of long-term support services for millions of individuals with disabilities. Please click here to view the entire resolution.
As crime has increased across the United States the Lake County Commissioners recognized the growing need for a stronger law enforcement presence across the townships. Recognizing the financial constraints of township government to address the immediate need for increased policing with limited revenue the Lake County Commissioners created a local COPS grant.
With the assistance of Clerk of Courts Faith Andrews they created a program to help immediately fund increased Sheriff’s Deputies in the townships by offering to provide a second deputy for every deputy added to current policing contracts. The program would continue to fund the additional deputy(s) for a period of four (4) years to enable enough time for the township to find alternative funding sources to assume the financial responsibility of the added deputies after four years.
Today the Perry Township Trustees announced that they would be the first township to take advantage of this localized grant program. The Perry Township Trustees explained that they would be hiring two (2) new deputies in a contract with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to patrol Perry Township. Additionally, they would accept the second two (2) deputy sheriffs paid for by the Commissioners to add to local patrol in Perry Township. Their intent would be to then explore alternative funding sources to increase localized patrol throughout their area.
On Friday, August 13, 2021, the Board of Lake County Commissioners issued a formal Certificate of Recognition to Willow Praise Church and their volunteers for providing over 23,000 free lunches to children in need during the COVID-19 pandemic and government lockdowns. Commissioner John Plecnik presented the Certificate to Pastor Larry Bogrenrief and volunteer Michael Zuren at Willow Praise Church in Willowick . The Certificate thanks local businesses, churches, elected officials, nonprofits, and volunteers who came together in March 2020 to feed the hungry. Please click here to view the entire press release.
The National Park Service’s Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants
Program Awarded in Painesville Welcomed Important Crowd
(Painesville, OH)— The Downtown Painesville Organization (DPO) is excited to share the success of the Kick-off Event highlighting the National Park Service’s Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant awarded to Renew Partners for the formerly known Lake County National Bank building at 30 South Park Place in downtown Painesville. On August 5, at 10:30 a.m. a great crowd gathered together to celebrate with a walking tour that followed. Please click here to view the entire press release.
PAINESVILLE, OH, August 12, 2021 – The Lake County Fair (held from July 27th– August 1st) was a phenomenal success with 133,384 people in attendance; a new record that surpassed the previous one set in 2001. In their August 12th meeting, the Lake County Board of Commissioners issued a resolution honoring the Fair Board and staff who played such a key role in its success. Please click here to view the entire press release.
The Lake County 4-H Livestock Auction will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021, begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 2:00 p.m. Participants will be able to bid on chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, lambs, hogs, and steers.
LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT PARTNER ON MOBILE MEDICAL CLINICS
The Board of Lake County Commissioners has partnered with the Lake County General Health District to purchase a mobile medical unit for use throughout Lake County. The mobile medical unit will be used to help bring the COVID-19 vaccine to all areas of Lake County and ensure that all Lake County citizens have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The mobile medical unit is accessible for individuals with physical disabilities and will allow the Lake County General Health District to better serve the whole community, including persons with disabilities and persons who are homebound. Please click here to view the entire press release.
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Commissioner John Plecnik Graduates from Ohio Public Leadership Academy
On Friday, July 16, 2021, the Board of Lake County Commissioners announced Commissioner John Plecnik graduated from the Ohio Public Leadership Academy for state and local elected officials at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
“Selection for the Ohio Public Leadership Academy is a great honor reserved for local leaders with the highest potential,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck, president of the Board of Lake County Commissioners. “It’s official, Commissioner John Plecnik is a rising star.”
The Glenn College is named for astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn and is the public policy school at The Ohio State University. According to the Glenn College, “The Public Leadership Academy brings together a bipartisan group of rising Ohio elected officials to learn from each other and build lasting relationships across political boundaries. The intensive, one-week, residential Academy builds trust among participants who return to political life with a better understanding of their colleagues and a renewed commitment to public service.”
Effective immediately, the Lake County Clerk of Courts office is accepting online payments for court fees. Instructions for how to locate a case and make a payment can be found below or on the Clerk of Courts website. This portal can be accessed from the Clerk of Courts public site:
Go to Clerk of Courts web page https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/coc/
- Click on Court Record Search
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on I agree
- You may search by name or case number (making sure all numbers are included)
- Sample 18CF001009
NOTE: The costs reflected in your case may not be the costs due and owing. You may wish to wait for the Final Judgement in your case prior to making payment
If anyone is requiring assistance with the e-Services portal, please call the dedicated support line at 440-350-2222. If you call after hours, please leave a voicemail message and we will respond as soon as possible.
The next quarterly audible siren test is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.
During the July 8, 2021 Commissioners Meeting, the Board adopted a resolution honoring and recognizing victims of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
Our nation was conceived by individuals who were willing to sacrifice their personal safety and concerns to ensure our individual and collective freedom. More than eight million citizens of this country honorably served during the Vietnam War, during which time Agent Orange was widely used in Vietnam by the United States Armed Forces as part of the herbicidal warfare program “Operation Ranch Hand” from 1961 to 1971.
Nearly 20 million gallons of the orange mist were sprayed over the land from helicopters or low-flying aircraft, destroying vegetation and crops in order to deprive the enemy guerrillas of food and cover for their activities, thus exposing 2.6 million American soldiers to the herbicide and defoliant chemical. Today, only 600,000 Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange are alive and approximately 557 deaths occur among them every day; and
It is appropriate that we should honor these veterans to the full extent of our ability, as they have made untold and innumerable sacrifices to preserve the liberties we enjoy today and that our progeny will hopefully continue to cherish for generations to come.