Lake County to Launch ‘Operation Green Light’ in Support of Local Veterans

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, November 3, 2022– We are excited to announce that Lake County is joining our colleagues across the nation in launching #OperationGreenLight for Veterans, an initiative designed to shine a light on the service of our Veterans and their families.

“It is so wonderful that our great Lake County will be among the supportive counties across the nation participating in Operation Green Light for Veterans on Veterans Day this year,” said Recorder Becky Lynch, member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans and Military Services Committee which launched Operation Green Light. “Monthly Veterans and Military Services conference calls present proactive ideas that consistently impact Veterans services and I am honored to be serving on the committee especially when projects like Operation Green Light shine so brightly on our cherished Veterans.” Please click here to read the entire press release.

Lake County Receives two Ohio APA Great Places in Ohio Awards

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, October 27, 2022– The Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Ohio) recently announced the winners of the 2022 Ohio APA Great Places Awards. The biennial awards program honors outstanding physical spaces that planners have made permanent through careful planning and unbridled imagination in Ohio.

APA Ohio presented the Great Places in Ohio Awards at the 2022 Cleveland Planning and Zoning Workshop on October 12, 2022.

Lake County, Ohio was recognized by the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association with two Great Places in Ohio Awards for Downtown Willoughby and Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve. Downtown Willoughby is a beautiful, charming, historical neighborhood that goes by the nickname of the “Courtesy City.” The Mentor Marsh is home to many different local plant and animal species. Today, Mentor Marsh is one of the largest natural marshes that still remains along the shores of Lake Erie. Please click here to read the entire press release.

Lake County Launches Workforce Services Podcast

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, October 20, 2022– The Lake County Board of Commissioners and OhioMeansJobs Lake County are excited to announce the launch of a new workforce podcast series, North Coast Careers: Lake County’s Workforce Beacon.

The mission of North Coast Careers is to be an innovative platform to inform and inspire residents, jobs seekers, and business owners by generating open dialogue with community leaders, subject matter experts, and local industry specialists from the public and private sector to focus on workforce issues, career services, and local information that matter to the people of Ohio’s North Coast.

“I appreciate Director Vojack and his team putting forth this new means of communicating the workforce services Lake County provides,” stated Commissioner John Hamercheck. “Continuing to evolve our service delivery models will only benefit the citizens and workforce of Lake County.” Please click here to read the entire press release.

Lake County Commissioners Declare November as National Adoption Month 

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, October 20, 2022– National Adoption Month is recognized annually in November throughout the nation as a time to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.

At any given time, nearly 15,000 children in Ohio are being cared for away from their parents. While most of these children will eventually be reunited with biological family members, more than 3,000 children in the State of Ohio are currently waiting to be adopted and over 1,000 of them are teenagers.

“Our Department of Job and Family Services plays a crucial part in educating the public about foster and adoption,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck. “Thank you to everyone who continues to make a difference.” Please click here to read the entire press release.

Left to right: Commissioner John Plecnik, Job and Family Services Director Suzanne Casar, Social Worker Megan Ash, Commissioner Mark Tyler, and Commissioner John Hamercheck.

The Board of Lake County Commissioners Proclaim October 2022 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, October 13, 2022– According to the Ohio Department of Health in 2021, 1 in 8 women in the United States who live to be age 85 will develop breast cancer. Not only women can develop breast cancer, 76 men in Ohio were diagnosed in 2018.

“Early detection is important, death rates due to breast cancer have significantly decreased 11% from 2010 to 2019,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck. “Spreading awareness is the key to increase public knowledge of early detection of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as an opportunity to increase awareness of the disease and encourage individuals who plan to detect the disease in its early stages. The American Cancer Society continues to advise women to receive an annual mammogram screening upon reaching the age of 40.

Job Opening – Deputy Clerk Title Division

Job Title: Deputy Clerk

Job Description:  Deputy Clerk (Title Division) at Title Mentor – 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 Clerk Andrews Executive Assistant at [email protected] by Friday, October 28, 2022. Submissions will be reviewed and qualified applicants call for in person interviews.

Quarterly WENS System Test and Audible Siren Test Tomorrow

This is a reminder that there will be a quarterly test of the Lake County Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) activation for Emergency Operation Center (EOC) staff tomorrow, Wednesday October 12th, 2022, at 10:00am.  This will occur one hour prior to the quarterly audible siren test.

The caller ID phone number for the Lake County WENS system is (440) 350-5310.  If you can, please program this in your cell phone as a contact so that your cellular provider & phone software is less likely to flag it as SPAM.

Also remember, after you answer the call and say “HELLO”, the message will just begin playing, no key is necessary. 

After the message, you will be prompted to hit “1” to acknowledge you received the message or hit “0” to repeat the message.  If you hit “1” too early, it will acknowledge the message and hang up without you hearing anything.

Lake County Officials Prove Commitment to Public Safety in Hostile Action Based Exercise

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, October 6, 2022– On September 27, 2022, over 500 Lake County Officials, including the Board of Lake County Commissioners and Sheriff’s Office, participated in the Radiological Emergency Preparedness, Full Participation, Plume Exposure Pathway Hostile Action Based (HAB) Exercise for the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.

“Lake County is extremely fortunate to have such a professional and dedicated emergency planning team. The expertise displayed our EMA Department, local police and fire, the Health District, County Sheriff and many more is second to none. This year’s HAB, along with our nationally recognized virtual drill completed in 2020, clearly shows our commitment to emergency preparedness in Lake County,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck.

The Hostile Base Action Evaluated (HAB) Exercise, for the Energy Harbor Perry Nuclear Power Plant (PNPP), was a culmination of over 18 months of planning by both public and private agencies. In the end, the drill included over 511 participants, being evaluated over multiple days, the week of Sept. 26th. The exercise includes portions of Ashtabula and Geauga County as well. Please click here to read the entire press release.

Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, October 6, 2022– The Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities (LCBDD)/Deepwood today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.”

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Please click here to read the entire press release.

From the left: Ryan Wagner, Michael Null, Commissioner John Plecnik, Elfie Roman, Julie O’Neil, Katie Debly, Commissioner Mark Tyler, Commissioner John Hamercheck.

Lake County Captains 2022 Season Comes to a Close

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, September 29, 2022– The Lake County Captains 2022 season has come to a close on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The Lake County Captains advanced to the Midwest League Championships and fell one game short of winning the league championship to the South Bend Cubs. However, the team is still excited to celebrate earning the title of Midwest League Eastern Division Champions. 

“It is a luxury to have such a wonderful minor-league baseball team so close to home. It’s great to see fans from all over the county attend each game,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck.

The Lake County Captains welcomed over 170,000 fans to Classic Park during Captains games in 2022.  They also hosted the High School Baseball Captains Charities Classic, Lake Erie College baseball games, several high school and college graduation ceremonies, a car show, non-profit fundraisers and many private celebrations! Please click her here to read the entire press release.

New Lake County Sheriff’s Training Facility Construction Underway

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, September 8, 2022– County Officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Lake County Sheriff’s Training Facility on September 8, 2022. This was located at the current Sheriff’s Shooting Range located at 2041 Blasé Nemeth Rd. in Painesville Township.

In early fall of 2021, Sheriff Leonbruno met with the Board of Lake County Commissioners who agreed to fund a multi-jurisdictional training complex at their current shooting range.

This current site has been the Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range since the early 80’s. However, the property was equipped with only an outdoor shooting range and an old trailer. No classrooms or modernized training platforms existed. Please click here to read the entire press release.

From the left: Commission President John Hamercheck, Commission Vice President John Plecnik, Sheriff Frank Leonbruno, Commissioner Mark Tyler.

NOPEC Transitioning Electric Customers Back to Utility’s Price to Compare

Utility customers across the nation have been seeing higher bills as energy markets experience unprecedented inflation. NOPEC is not immune to this inflationary spike, putting current electricity prices in sharp contrast to the historically low pricing NOPEC customers have enjoyed over the past 20+ years. NOPEC and other retailer’s current electric rates are higher than the utility’s Price to Compare (PTC) because the utility’s rate was determined largely in auctions conducted prior to April 2022, when energy prices were considerably lower.

To allow customers to take advantage of the utility’s currently lower monthly rate, NOPEC is temporarily transitioning all its electric aggregation customers currently enrolled in the Standard Program Price electric program back to the utility default service. As a result, NOPEC customers’ electric generation rates are expected to be substantially below the forecasted market prices through the remainder of this year and into the Spring of 2023.

NOPEC electric customers do not have to do anything to start getting the lower rates. No phone call is needed. Customers will not be charged any fee to transfer. 

For more information about this change, go to NOPEC.org/return

Lake County Commissioners Announce Opportunity Lake County Website

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, August 30, 2022– The Lake County Board of Commissioners is proud to announce the launch of the Opportunity Lake County website.

The project has been a collaboration between local workforce, economic development, and education partners to develop an exciting new way for connecting the workforce to local opportunities right here in Lake County, Ohio. This website aims to become a talent attraction piece for Lake County and its employers providing links to education, housing, transportation, and careers in Lake County. The Opportunity Lake County website will be used as a hub that will link various partners like the Visitors Bureau, Lake Development Authority, and the Lake County MetroParks. Please click here to read the entire press release.

Election Notice

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Lake County  Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Individuals who own or occupy land within the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age or older may vote for Supervisor.

There are 4 ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

1.) At the SWCD office, 105 Main Street B-3 Suite 100, Painesville OH 44077, from 9/7/2022 until 10/6/2022 during normal business hours (7:30am-4:00pm); or

2.) At the SWCD Annual Meeting, which will take place at Painesville Township Park – 1025 Hardy Rd, Painesville, OH 44077 on 10/6/2022 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm ; or

3.) At the Fall Stream Restoration Workshop, which will take place at Springbrook Gardens Park, located at 6780 Heisley Road, Mentor OH 44060.  on 10/22/2022 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm; or

4.) Voting absentee from 9/7/2022 until 10/6/2022, by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from the SWCD office at the following address 105 Main Street B-3 Suite 100, by calling 440-350-2730, or email [email protected]. Absentee ballots must be received by 10:00am at the SWCD office on 10/6/2022.                                                    

 One Supervisor will be elected to a three‐year term commencing January 1, 2023 and ending December 31, 2025.

Nominees are:

  1. Steve Reynolds
  2. Jared Spring

Board of Commissioners Hosting Lake County Caregiver Forum

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, August 25, 2022 – The Board of Lake County Commissioners Senior Services is hosting a free Caregiver Forum on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. The forum is sponsored by Laketran and the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and will be held at the Lake County Fairgrounds Youth & Community Center, located at 1301 Mentor Avenue, Painesville.

“Senior Services is hosting this forum in an effort to provide information on local aging and caregiving resources. We recognize this is a need and we are taking the beginning steps to address it,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck, President of the Board of Lake County Commissioners.

The public is invited to stop in to connect with other caregivers, learn about local resources, and meet with service providers to learn how to access services. Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging will be on hand throughout the forum to gather share your feedback on caregiving needs and gaps. Please click here to read the entire press release.

Laketran and Partner Agencies Continue Lake County Mobile Food Pantry for Another Year at Locations Countywide

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, August 25, 2022– The Lake County Mobile Food Pantry will continue to provide free, fresh produce to Lake County seniors with weekly distributions at locations across Lake County.

The Lake County Mobile Food Pantry is a retrofitted 12-passenger Dial-a-Ride bus operated by Laketran. With its traditional passenger seating replaced with shelving, the retired bus is now providing fresh produce to thousands of Lake County seniors on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

“We are fortunate to have the resources to assist the seniors in our community,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck. “Thank you to all those involved in executing this wonderful service.” Please click here to read the entire press release.

Lake County Awarded $306 Million in Opioid Litigation

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, August 17, 2022– Lake County Awarded $306 Million in Opioid Litigation Judge Dan Aaron Polster of United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division issued the Abatement Order in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation which awards Lake County $306.2 million over 15 years. Lake, along with Trumbull County, were participants in the Track Three case that began on October 4, 2021.

“Today marks the start of a new day in our fight to end the opioid epidemic. After years of doing what we could with limited resources, Lake County will finally receive the funds that are desperately needed to help abate the opioid epidemic from our community. Lake County remains committed to continuing the critical relief work performed by our incredible frontline workers consistent with the court’s ruling,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck.

It is estimated that 61 million pills were dispensed in Lake County from 2012 – 2016; 265 pills for every resident. Impacts of the epidemic are evident within countless local agencies including law enforcement, children services, local courts, coroner and local treatment facilities. Please click here to read the entire press release.

From left to right: County Commissioner Mark Tyler, Commissioner John Hamercheck, Lake ADAMHS Board Director Kim Frasier, Commissioner John Plecnik reviewing Abatement Order.

Commissioners Declare August as National Immunization Awareness Month

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, August 11, 2022–August is National Immunization Month. The goal of this month is to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

“Immunizations are an important factor in keeping everyone safe,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck. “It is a necessity that we raise awareness to increase the number of individuals getting vaccinated.”

National Immunization Month is particularly important in 2022, as the global vaccination rate suffered its largest drop in 30 years.

“Vaccinations remain an important prevention measure in public health, and Lake County General Health District is happy to be able to provide routine immunizations to promote health and protect the health of the public ,” said Dyan Denmeade, Director of Community Health Services. Please click here to read the entire press release.

Lake County Commissioners Declare August Child Support Awareness Month

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, August 10, 2022– August is Child Support Awareness Month in the State of Ohio. Child Support Awareness Month is an important opportunity to recognize that support from both parents is essential to meeting a child’s physical, social, and emotional needs and lays the groundwork for their future success.

“Issuing this proclamation is a way to raise awareness and support the children in Lake County,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck. “Children deserve support from both parents to ensure a successful future.”

The Lake County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) located at Lake County Job and Family Services is responsible for the collection and enforcement of administrative and court ordered support payments. Lake County CSEA can also conduct free genetic testing for parents who need paternity established for their child or provide them with an Acknowledgment of Paternity Form to complete. Please click here to read the entire release.

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.

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.

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