E-services down for upgrades

The Lake County E-Filing system will be down this weekend starting on Friday, May 7th at 4:30PM and returning Sunday, May 9th at 4:30PM. Please make sure any filings that need to be submitted are completed prior to 4:00PM on May 7th.

Annual certification

Payment for account balance 90 days or more past due must be received in the billing office by 8/18/2021 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***                      

Commissioners Proclaim National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week: April 11-17, 2021

A number of dedicated telecommunicators serve the citizens of Lake County on a daily basis by answering their telephone calls for police, fire, and emergency medical services. Public Safety Telecommunicators are the single vital link and are the first responders for our police offices and firefighters by monitoring their activities, providing information, and ensuring their safety. A resolution was presented to Captain Mike Warner, Administrator Central Communications in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Telecommunicators Week is April 11-17, 2021.

Commissioners Proclaim April 2021 National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Lake County

The Lake County Board of Commissioners presented a resolution to Alison Tomaselli, Assistant Administrator Foster Care Adoption, Public Relations, Adult Protection, Suzanne Casar, and Matthew Battiato, of the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services. The Children Services Division responded to over 1,900 calls regarding children and their families in 2020. Children Services worked with over 1,000 children and provided a safe environment for more than 100 children who were unable to in their family home. 

Callow Road – Emergency Bridge Closure

Effective immediately, Callow Road at the bridge over East Creek in Leroy Township will be closed to all traffic.  The bridge is located approximately 0.3 miles south of SR 86.

The Lake County Engineer’s Office has been monitoring this location.  The most recent inspection showed continued deterioration of the embankment and wingwalls one of the quadrants that requires traffic to be diverted from driving on the structure.

The road will remain closed until further notice.

We apologize for the short notice and the inconvenience but this office believes that the emergency closure is necessary to protect public welfare and safety.  Drivers should not try to drive around and/or move the barricades to gain access.  Additionally, due to the unsafe nature of the wingwall, the public should not be in the stream near the bridge.

Suggested alternate route: SR 86 to Girdled Road

Callow Road – Emergency Bridge Closure

Effective immediately, Callow Road at the bridge over East Creek in Leroy Township will be closed to all traffic.  The bridge is located approximately 0.3 miles south of SR 86.

The Lake County Engineer’s Office has been monitoring this location.  The most recent inspection showed continued deterioration of the embankment and wingwalls one of the quadrants that requires traffic to be diverted from driving on the structure.

The road will remain closed until further notice.

We apologize for the short notice and the inconvenience but this office believes that the emergency closure is necessary to protect public welfare and safety.  Drivers should not try to drive around and/or move the barricades to gain access.  Additionally, due to the unsafe nature of the wingwall, the public should not be in the stream near the bridge.

Suggested alternate route:

SR 86 to Girdled Road

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Affect Citizens in Lake County

Many individuals throughout the State of Ohio have been victims of unemployment fraud throughout the past few months. Lake County Department of Job and Family Services Director Matthew Battiato shared that “this is a problem statewide and is affecting many individuals in Lake County. While the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services cannot assist with fraudulent unemployment claims, we are providing members of the public with information on how they can report these concerns to the State.” One way victims have been discovering identity theft is by receiving an IRS 1099-G form for unemployment benefits that were never received.

“The Commissioners Office understands the frustration of our residents. We have been in contact with our colleagues in Columbus to ensure protective measures are being taken to prevent future fraudulent activities,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck.

Unemployment benefits are issued by the State and the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services does not have jurisdiction to assist with fraudulent unemployment claims. Fraudulent unemployment claims must be reported directly to the State by contacting the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has established a toll-free number for individuals to notify the agency if they believe their personal information was compromised and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim: (833) 658-0394. This number is staffed by 50 dedicated, cross-trained customer service representatives, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The phone number complements a secure online portal ODJFS established in January 2021 to provide a direct way for victims to report identity theft. Individuals who believe their identity was stolen and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim can visit unemployment.ohio.gov, click on the “Report Identity Theft” button and follow the guidance for individuals.

Commission President John Hamercheck Named to Agency Boards

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Phase 1B in Lake County

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

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

Commissioners Approve Purchase Of A New Reverse 911 System

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

All New Look for OMJ

Ohioans Seeking Jobs Get a New Home

The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) in partnership with InnovateOhio and The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) is excited to announce a brand new look and feel for OhioMeansJobs.com.

Fresh Information, Same Important Goals
For more than 10 years, OhioMeansJobs.com has been a launching point for Ohioans seeking new employment. In March 2021, we are thrilled to give our citizens a modernized platform to accelerate their job search. Many things have changed but the role that OhioMeansJobs.com has played stays the same.

We’ve made it easier to find what you need. And we’re just getting started. Over the next year, we will be continuing to introduce new features, functionality, and mobile-first user experiences to achieve our goal of helping every Ohioan find a job they’ll love.

Come Back Often! We’ve Got More Exciting Changes In Store For You!

Lake County Wins With State Capital Bill

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

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

Community Projects Receiving Funding Supported by Commissioners Include:

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

Commissioners, Police Chiefs And Sheriff Announcing Initiative To Improve Law Enforcement Throughout Lake County In Unprecedented Move

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

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

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

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

Commissioners Small Business Grants and Loans Making Impact throughout Lake County

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

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

Commissioners Proclaim National Adoption Awareness Month in November

During the October 29, 2020 Commissioners Meeting, the Board proclaimed the month of November 2020 “National Adoption Awareness Month” in Lake County, Ohio.

November is a month dedicated to recognizing the stories of youth in foster care who are in need of permanency.  Children often enter into foster care due to a background of abuse or neglect.  While it is preferable for children to reunite with their birth family, too often, circumstances are not ideal.  When reunion with their parents is not possible, children need loving families where they can find security and stability and adoptive parents can provide that very basic comfort each child deserves.

Recorder Becky Lynch Represents Lake County Ohio in First Summit on Military and Veteran Caregivers

Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Cities and Counties Summit spotlighted innovation in community support for caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured service members Washington, DC (October 13, 2020) ⎯ Recorder Becky Lynch participated in the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s first ever Hidden Heroes Cities and Counties Summit, “Building a Hidden Heroes Community: How to Create Initiatives that Support Military and Veteran Caregivers,” virtually on October 7.:

Alongside Comcast-NBCUniversal, AARP, and the National Associations of Counties (NACo). The Elizabeth Dole Foundation brought together more than a hundred local government officials from across the country. The summit was a seminal element of the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Cities and Counties program, which includes more than 155 cities, counties, and states that have pledged to support members of the 5.5 million loved ones caring for a wounded, ill, or injured service member at home who are living in their jurisdictions.:

“We were thrilled for the opportunity to engage with local leaders in our first Hidden Heroes Cities and Counties Summit,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “Since the start of the Hidden Heroes Cities program, we have seen amazing local officials step up to support military and veteran caregivers, and we hope by creating this forum to collaborate, communities left with actionable initiatives that help them strengthen and grow their initiatives and programs of support.”:

The summit highlighted best practices and resources that can serve as models for local communities seeking to build or expand systems of support for military caregivers. Small group sessions led by Dole Caregiver Fellows also provided caregivers and leaders opportunities to learn what communities are accomplishing to support military and veteran caregivers, and apply lessons learned as they implement new initiatives in the future.:

Every community leader in attendance will be connected with the Dole Caregiver Fellows representing their state. This local partnership will help to create support systems and initiatives to serve the hidden heroes in Lake County Ohio.:

“To be witness to such a comprehensive and compassionate effort for caregiving to our most valiant and brave is the highlight of my career,” said Recorder Lynch, “what an excellent program, I am so honored!” Senator Dole was the first to call the nation’s attention to military caregivers. A 2014 RAND study commissioned by her Foundation found that these caregivers face dramatically increased emotional and physical stress, financial and legal troubles, employment difficulties, and feelings of isolation due to the enormous responsibility and severe lack of resources for those caring for someone who served.:About Lake County Recorder

Becky Lynch is the 25th Lake County Recorder since 1840. Lynch was elected to office on November 8, 2016. The Recorder’s office maintains the county land records. Programs and services at the Recorder Office include the Ohio State Legislature’s Veteran I.D. Card, the Fidlar Technologies, Inc. Property Fraud Alert service, remote access to documents online through Laredo Select and website access to search documents by way of the Ava program. The Recorder Office is located at 105 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio and is open weekdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Recorder Public Records Room and Archives are open to the public during the same hours. Recorder Website: www.LakeCountyOhioRecorder.com.:About the Elizabeth Dole Foundation

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers – the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill, or injured veterans at home. Founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, the Foundation adopts a comprehensive approach in its support and advocacy, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and faith communities to recognize military caregivers’ service and promote their well-being. Learn more about the Elizabeth Dole Foundation at hiddenheroes.org.:About Comcast

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest high-speed internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts.:

Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.:About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.:About National Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:

  • Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking
  • Promote exemplary county policies and practices
  • Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
  • Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government

Recorder Offers Valuable County Programs

Homeowners in Lake County can protect their property by signing up for property fraud alerts free of charge through the Lake County Recorder Office. It’s a simple step to take in being proactive against property fraud attempts.

The helpful program is called PROPERTY FRAUD ALERT. It is offered by Recorder Becky Lynch and her long time software vendor Fidlar Technologies, Inc. This idea is very popular right now with the onslaught of cybercrimes and people’s homes can be a target for home title theft. “I’m sure you’ve seen the TV ads about home title theft,” says Recorder Lynch, “these companies charge a fee while our fraud alert for you is free!’ Third party companies tout the statistics to scare you. Thinking that your real estate related documents are in grave danger, you pay them to obtain your land records and be made aware should ‘a thief’ attempt to ‘steal your house’ or rather, the equity which may be secured there.

Here at your Lake County Recorder’s Office, we can alert you if there is activity on your land documents. You do not have to pay for this service. Also if you want copies of your land records, which are also Public Records, they can be emailed or mailed, or you can visit the office and make copies of them. The Ohio Legislature has been working to help identify the true source for access your land title records, which is the County Recorder’s Office.

Your hard earned dollars operate the Lake County Recorder’s Office where we maintain the county’s land records. The first Lake County Ohio Deed was recorded April 16, 1840. Documents that are submitted for recording are scanned, indexed and preserved by state of the art methods in order to allow for secure access. Recorder Becky Lynch has captained The Lake County Recorder’s office since 2017, helping fuel the Real Estate economic engine in Lake County. It has been an incredible Real Estate year with County Recorder activity up 45%!

Commissioners Proclaim October “Made in America” Month in Lake County, Ohio

During the October 8, 2020 Commissioners Meeting, the Board proclaimed the month of October “Made in America” Month in Lake County, Ohio.

The “Made in America” stamp stands for excellence in craftsmanship.  It is a testament to the expertise of our millions of inventors, craftsmen, tradesmen, and laborers who make up the most skilled, and dedicated workforce in the world. Throughout Made in America Month in Lake County, we commend these hardworking men and women and recommit ourselves to strengthening American manufacturing as we rebuild the greatest economy in our Nation’s history for a second time.

Lake County, Ohio Successfully Completes 1st Ever Virtual Emergency Preparedness Exercise

On September 15th 2020, the Lake County Emergency Management Agency, along with partners at Ashtabula County, Geauga County, the State of Ohio and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant (PNPP), participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) evaluated Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise (REPEX) to ensure off-site response organization readiness in the event of an emergency at the PNPP. This type of exercise is conducted and evaluated on a biennial basis and would normally involve a minimum of 200-300 players from public safety, volunteer organizations, county departments, PNPP staff and others. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 exercise had to be completed with fundamental changes in how the exercises are conducted and evaluated in order to adhere to public health and safety guidelines.

NACo Appoints Recorder Becky Lynch To Veterans And Military Services Committee

National Association of Counties President Gary W. Moore appoints Lake County Recorder Becky Lynch as Vice Chair of NACo’s Veterans and Military Services Committee. “You were chosen because my goal is to build a talented and committed leadership team for NACo, said President Moore, “our strength is in our members and their involvement. Now is a critical time for our nation’s counties, and your leadership in this committee is a serious commitment and responsibility.”

“Lake County Veterans are my priority, said Recorder Becky Lynch, “I am honored to be appointed to serve on the NACo Veterans and Military Services Committee.” Becky works closely with Lake County Veterans Services Office Director Jon Warmeling. The purpose for this effort is to get the word out to Veterans and their families about the resources available to them. Contact the Lake County Veterans Services Office at 440-350-2904.

The Lake County Recorder offers the Ohio Legislature’s Veteran I.D. card program. Improvements were made in 2017 by dissolving the fee which was being charged to our Veterans. Says Recorder Becky Lynch, “I am honored to have this important policy change as my first act as Lake County Recorder and to offer our Veterans a way to preserve their discharge documents along with providing them with a convenient State I.D. This is a stronger program instituted at the state level and we are thankful for the efforts both statewide and nationally.”

The Lake County Recorder’s Office maintains the county’s land records. The first Lake County Ohio Deed was recorded on April 16, 1840. Recorder Becky Lynch is the 25th Lake County Recorder. Each day recordings are scanned, indexed and preserved by some of the most modern methods available.

Recorder Becky Lynch Improves Alert To Fight Property Fraud

Lake County Recorder Lynch improves Property Fraud Alert Service making it more secure for homeowners in Lake County. In these increased times of digital communications, we see ever more stories on property fraud/ home title theft from cybercriminals! Monitor your property’s document activity in both personal and business names and in names of relatives who might benefit from additional assistance, since property document scams will often target the elderly, vacant properties, or the recently deceased. With our Fidlar Technologies, Inc. Property Fraud Alert Service, you will be alerted of Official Records being recorded in the name/s you have registered. It is a comprehensive way to help detect property fraud and provide protection at no cost to the subscriber.

Please remember, the alert alone will not stop cybercriminals, so don’t be misled, but it will give you the opportunity to take action stop it. “When I was elected Recorder, this valuable program was left to die on the proverbial political vine, but I could not allow that to happen. This is an awesome complimentary service provided by our longtime vendor Fidlar Technologies, Inc. and so I asked them to sign Lake County up so we could help fight property fraud in Lake County!” said Recorder Becky Lynch.

Improvements were made immediately when Recorder Lynch saw that the customer consent box needed to be checked by the customer only. Lynch confirmed the proper signup procedures with the Prosecutor, securing registration integrity, and then Property Fraud Alert was made available by online registration only. This is now a true, very helpful, and directly customer-registered way to fight property fraud!

Recorder Lynch makes Property Fraud Alert available for your property protection, and encourages Realtors to share it with their real estate customers. At www.LakeCountyOhioRecorder.com click “Sign Up for Property Fraud Alert” at the Lake County Link.

The Lake County Recorder’s Office preserves, protects and maintains your land records. The first Lake County Ohio Deed was recorded April 16, 1840. Each day your recordings are scanned, indexed and preserved by some of the most modern methods available.

Vrooman Road Bridge Opening And Ribbon Cutting

The Vrooman Road bridge and roadway between SR 84 and I-90 will be officially open to two-way traffic beginning at 11:00 am on Monday, October 5, 2020.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held beginning at 9:30 am.  Due to COVID-19, the ceremony will not be open to the public.  The Lake County General Health District has pre-approved a plan for a limited number of invited guests to attend while practicing COVID-19 protocols.

In order to prepare for and hold the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Vrooman Road Bridge will be closed to ALL traffic on Monday, October 5th beginning at 7:00 am.  Southbound traffic from SR 84 to I-90 will not be permitted on Monday morning.  Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Vrooman Road Bridge Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The Vrooman Road bridge and roadway between SR 84 and I-90 will be officially open to two-way traffic beginning at 11:00 am on Monday, October 5, 2020.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held beginning at 9:30 am.  Due to COVID-19, the ceremony will not be open to the public.  The Lake County General Health District has pre-approved a plan for a limited number of invited guests to attend while practicing COVID-19 protocols.

In order to prepare for and hold the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Vrooman Road Bridge will be closed to ALL traffic on Monday, October 5th beginning at 7:00 am.  Southbound traffic from SR 84 to I-90 will not be permitted on Monday morning.  Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Fairport Harbor Historical Society

WHEREAS, this recognition is presented in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Fairport Harbor Historical Society; and

WHEREAS, organized on March 2, 1945, with 150 founding members, the society was up and running, and by March 17, 1945, the Fairport Harbor Historical Society was formally incorporated under Ohio law.  The society is an all-volunteer organization that operates and maintains the Marine Museum, founded in 1945, and the nearly 150-year-old lighthouse; and

WHEREAS, the Fairport Harbor Historical Society is devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic tradition of Fairport Harbor and the Great Lakes area. The museum houses a number of artifacts pertaining to life on the Great Lakes and other maritime exhibits. The Society published books and compiled images of the rich maritime history featuring historical landmarks, the people, the fishermen, shipbuilders, and railroad workers who built one of the most picturesque harbor towns on the Lake Erie shores. Fairport Harbor was once a gateway to the Western Reserve, welcoming more ships to its shores than Cleveland. These ships brought immigrants who saw the harbor’s lighthouse as a beacon for freedom, hope, and opportunity.  The Fairport Harbor Historical Society maintains the history, culture, and spirit that has been successfully preserved for so many years and will be reflected upon with great pride.

NOW THEREFORE, we, the Board of Commissioners, in and for Lake County, Ohio, commends The Fairport Harbor Historical Society on achieving this historic 75-year milestone. We extend sincere wishes to all the citizens, volunteers, and leaders continuing to sustain its legacy by creating and preserving wonderful memories for many generations to come.

Madison Avenue Temporary Road Closure Painesville Township – Update

Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, PE,PS issued an update today for the road closure on Madison Avenue in Painesville Township between Woodworth Avenue and Virginia Avenue. 

While no physical work is being performed on the wall at this time, there is a significant amount of work being done.  The County Engineer has contracted with a Consultant that has developed a method for the wall repairs.  We have worked with NOACA and the ODOT to obtain funding to help cover the expenses associated with the repairs.  And, the Consultant is currently working on construction drawings and bid documents in accordance with ODOT design standards and reviews.

Presently, we anticipate that the plans will be advertised for bid late this year.  Construction of the wall and reconstruction of all of the catch basins along Madison Avenue will be performed over the winter.  Both are required to be complete and for the road to be re-opened to traffic in April 2021.  Once the wall and catch basin work is complete and the asphalt plants have re-opened in the Spring of 2021, Madison Avenue will be repaved.

Our Consultant and engineers from our office will continue to monitor the site until the construction is complete.  We understand that this is an  inconvenience but we believe that the closure is necessary to protect public welfare and safety.  Drivers should not try to drive around and/or move the barricades to gain access.

Suggested alternate route:

Woodworth Avenue, Casement Avenue, US 20 (North Ridge Road) and Bowhall Road.

Please submit comments and questions to Traci Salkiewicz, PE, Assistant Chief Deputy Engineer: Phone: (440) 350-2016, Fax: (440) 352-8133

Email: [email protected]

Mail: 105 Main Street, Suite A205, Painesville, Ohio 44077.

As Part of the First NOACA Resolution Passed, Lake County will Directly and Regionally be Receiving $10,309,419.00

As part of the first NOACA resolution passed, Lake County will directly and regionally be receiving $10,309,419.00 of the $45,880,943.00 resolution total. Projects include:

  • City of Mentor: Resurfacing of Hopkins Road from Mentor Ave (US-20) north to SR-2 (Market Street).
  • Lake County Engineer: Rehabilitation of Madison Avenue from Steele Avenue to SR-84 (South Ridge Road) in Painesville, Painesville Twp., and Perry Twp.
  • Lake County Engineer: Reconstruction and relocation of Vrooman Road from IR-90 to SR-84 (this includes funding for the bridge over the Grand River) in Leroy Twp. and Perry Twp.

Ohio Department of Transportation Construction Update

Vrooman Road Bridge replacement, Perry and LeRoy Townships Through late-September, Lane Rd. is closed at SR 84 for roadway work. The detour will be Sheppard Rd. Through November, SR 84 at Lane Rd. is restricted to one lane by a temporary traffic signal. River Rd. at SR 84 is closed permanently. All traffic wishing to use River Rd. will be directed to use Adams Rd. Through fall 2020, the intersection of Seeley Rd. and Vrooman Rd. will be closed to accommodate the construction work zone. Seeley Rd. will remain accessible via Paine Rd., maintaining access to Indian Point Park. Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles. The entire project will construct a new Vrooman Rd. bridge over the Grand River on a new alignment, along with the resurfacing of the existing Vrooman Rd. between the new structure and I-90. Tentative completion date: October 2020.

For more information, contact: District 12 Public Information Office at [email protected] or 216-584-2005.

Ohio Department of Transportation Construction Update

Vrooman Road Bridge replacement, Perry and LeRoy Townships Through late-September, Lane Rd. is closed at SR 84 for roadway work. The detour will be Sheppard Rd. Through November, SR 84 at Lane Rd. is restricted to one lane by a temporary traffic signal. River Rd. at SR 84 is closed permanently. All traffic wishing to use River Rd. will be directed to use Adams Rd. Through fall 2020, the intersection of Seeley Rd. and Vrooman Rd. will be closed to accommodate the construction work zone. Seeley Rd. will remain accessible via Paine Rd., maintaining access to Indian Point Park. Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles. The entire project will construct a new Vrooman Rd. bridge over the Grand River on a new alignment, along with the resurfacing of the existing Vrooman Rd. between the new structure and I-90. Tentative completion date: October 2020.

For more information, contact: District 12 Public Information Office at [email protected] or 216-584-2005.

Emergency – Madison Avenue Temporary Road Closure in Painesville Township

Effective immediately, Madison Avenue between Woodworth Avenue and Virginia Drive in Painesville Township will be closed to all traffic. 

The Lake County Engineer has been monitoring the retaining wall on the south side of the road and has determined that additional inspections and evaluations regarding the structural integrity of the wall are needed.  The road will remain closed until the results of the study are available. 

We apologize for the short notice and the inconvenience but this office believes that the emergency closure is necessary to protect public welfare and safety.  Drivers should not try to drive around and/or move the barricades to gain access.

Suggested alternate route:

Woodworth Avenue, Casement Avenue, US 20 (North Ridge Road) and Bowhall Road.

Please submit comments and questions to Traci Salkiewicz, PE, Assistant Chief Deputy Engineer: Phone: (440) 350-2016, Fax: (440) 352-8133

Email: [email protected]

Mail: 105 Main Street, Suite A205, Painesville, Ohio 44077.

Madison Avenue Temporary Road Closure in Painesville Township – Update

Lake County Engineer, James R. Gills, PE,PS issued an update today for the road closure on Madison Avenue in Painesville Township between Woodworth Avenue and Virginia Avenue. 

While no physical work is being performed on the wall at this time, there is a significant amount of work being done.  The County Engineer has contracted with a Consultant that has developed a method for the wall repairs.  We have worked with NOACA and the ODOT to obtain funding to help cover the expenses associated with the repairs.  And, the Consultant is currently working on construction drawings and bid documents in accordance with ODOT design standards and reviews.

Presently, we anticipate that the plans will be advertised for bid late this year.  Construction of the wall and reconstruction of all of the catch basins along Madison Avenue will be performed over the winter.  Both are required to be complete and for the road to be re-opened to traffic in April 2021.  Once the wall and catch basin work is complete and the asphalt plants have re-opened in the Spring of 2021, Madison Avenue will be repaved.

Our Consultant and engineers from our office will continue to monitor the site until the construction is complete.  We understand that this is an  inconvenience but we believe that the closure is necessary to protect public welfare and safety.  Drivers should not try to drive around and/or move the barricades to gain access.

Suggested alternate route:

Woodworth Avenue, Casement Avenue, US 20 (North Ridge Road) and Bowhall Road.

Please submit comments and questions to Traci Salkiewicz, PE, Assistant Chief Deputy Engineer: Phone: (440) 350-2016, Fax: (440) 352-8133

Email: [email protected]

Mail: 105 Main Street, Suite A205, Painesville, Ohio 44077.