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 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.
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
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.
Lake County Commissioners Proclaim May 2022, Skin Cancer Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio
PAINESVILLE, OH, May 12, 2022 – During the May 12th Commissioners Meeting, the Lake County Board of Commissioners issued a special resolution proclaiming May 2022 as “Skin Cancer Awareness Month” in Lake County, Ohio.
Skin cancer is a serious disease. It is the most common type of cancer and it is also one of the most preventable. It is estimated that 197,700 new cases of melanoma, will be diagnosed in the United States in 2022. Skin cancer affects everyone and, as the weather gets warmer, it is important to take precautions.
Exposure to UV light is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers. The American Academy of Dermatology encourages everyone to stay out of indoor tanning beds and protect their skin outdoors by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply often to all skin not covered by clothing. Regular skin self-exams are extremely important to check for any signs of skin cancer.
Founder and CEO of Apex Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center Dr. Jorge Garcia- Zuazaga recommends annual screenings. “Early skin cancer diagnosis saves lives. It is vital to schedule regular, timely screenings to detect any changes or new lesions,” Dr. Garcia-Zuazaga advises. “You should also stay aware of any differences in your skin and see a dermatologist about any suspicious lesions.” Please click here to view the entire press release. Please click here to view the resolution.
Lake County Commissioners Recognize May 2022 as National Nurses Month in Lake County, Ohio
PAINESVILLE, OH, May 12, 2022 – In their weekly meeting on May 12th, the Lake County Board of Commissioners issued a special resolution designating May 2022 as “National Nurses Month” in Lake County, Ohio.
The advent of modern nursing is credited to Florence Nightingale, who laid the foundation for professional nursing through her tireless work during and after the Crimean War. As a nursing manager, on the frontlines, Nightingale introduced hygiene protocols and other measures that drastically reduced infections and death in battlefield hospitals. Nurses Month in May coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
“The Board is very happy to draw attention and reflect on all the critical contributions that nurses have made here in Lake County to promote safe, high-quality health care to our residents. Nurses touch the lives of families through every stage of life,” stated Commission President John Hamercheck.
Commissioner John Plecnik added, “Nurses serve on the front lines, risking their lives treating the injured and sick during wartime, natural disasters, and public health emergencies. We are so grateful for their expertise and for keeping pace with new technologies and methods of treatments thereby expanding their role in our health care system.” Please click here to view the entire press release. Please click here to view the resolution.
Picture: From the Left Commissioner John Plecnik, from Lake Health University Hospitals Ashley Carlucci, Bill Osterman(Chief Nursing Officer), Valerie Kovacic-Mauer and Ann Rodenbucher, and Commissioner John Hamercheck
- We will be conducting dead end fire hydrant flushing in Painesville Township east of the Grand River.
- Flushing will begin on 5/9/22- 5/20/22.
- Signs will be posted in the areas that are to be flushed.
- We advise DO NOT do laundry on days that hydrants are flushed. Discolored water may occur, flush lines prior by opening the cold-water tap to flush discolored water.
Please refer to our flushing map (https://bit.ly/HydrantFlushMap)to track flushing activities.
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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 including, but are not limited to, the following:
- Assist the public with all public records requests; at the counter, over the phone, electronically, and mail-in
- Preserve and protect, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) mandates and following the guidelines of the most current “Ohio Sunshine Laws Resource Manual,” all legal documents and court actions
- Maintains log of requested and corrected cases as well as current inventory list of files, boxes and books
- Processes, maintains and stores records systematically for preservation and safeguarding
- Quality control checks scanned records for accuracy and clarity
- Provides Tier 1 I.T. support for eFiling and eAccess registration
- In compliance with H.B. 9, redacts all Personal Identifiers from digital images with redaction software
- Upon the completion and approval (via The Lake County Data Board) of a current Certificate of Records Disposal (RC-3) form, assists with the discarding/disposal of records per the most current Record Retention Schedule
- Other related duties will include processing internal mail as well as transporting mail to County mailroom, retrieving physical files from offsite locations, and working in a team setting.
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 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 Tuesday, May 31, 2021.
PAINESVILLE, OH, May 5, 2022 – In their weekly meeting on May 5th, the Lake County Board of Commissioners issued multiple proclamations designating April 30th as “National Pet Therapy Day” and May 14th as “Apraxia Awareness Day”.
Geralyn Hawk, a registered handler with “Pet Partners” (a therapy animal team), recently reached out to the Board for their support of “National Pet Therapy Day”. With a growing body of research demonstrating the wide variety of ways therapy animals can make a difference in people’s lives, “Pet Partners” has played an essential role in improving the health and well-being of others through the human-animal connection. This national organization makes millions of visits per year to hospitals, nursing/hospice homes, and schools bringing comfort and healing to those in need. Along with her husband Mike, Geralyn has worked with therapy animals for over 20 years.
“The Board is very happy to draw attention to all the contributions that Geralyn and “Pet Partners” have made. We are hopeful this awareness in our county will aid in their mission of benefitting the lives of some of our most vulnerable people and at times when they need help most,” stated Commission President John Hamercheck. Commissioner John Plecnik added, “Out four-legged friends greatly reduce stress and anxiety so the benefits are clear.”
In regards to Childhood Apraxia Speech (CAS), Monica Karpovitch asked the Board if they would acknowledge “Apraxia Awareness Day” in order to get the word out about this complicated speech disorder that affects 1 out of every 1000 children. As a mother to Joshua, her 7-year-old son diagnosed with CAS, she understands firsthand the struggles that are associated with this condition. Children like Joshua generally have a good understanding of language and while they may know what they want to say, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex series of movements required for intelligible speech. She feels it is important for everyone to know that this can result in children struggling to grow friendships with their peers due to this lack of communication and her hope is this resolution will unite community members, along with friends and family, with children who have CAS. Monica is a volunteer with “Apraxia Kids”; an organization in Lake County dedicated to raising awareness.
Commissioner Hamercheck explained, “Our hope is that getting this resolution on the record and acknowledging this condition will, in essence, give a voice to the voiceless. Every child desires communication and deserves to be heard.” “It is our job as community leaders, neighbors, friends, and family to take an active and supportive role in advocating for these children whose only desire is to have the opportunity all other children have; a true connection with others,” included Commissioner Plecnik.
For more information about these organizations, you can visit “Pet Partners” at petpartners.org or “Apraxia Kids” at apraxia-kids.org.
PAINESVILLE, OH, May 5, 2022 – May is recognized nationally as Foster Parent Appreciation Month. The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services is proud to recognize and express appreciation for the 44 licensed foster homes in our county.
Foster parents are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for children in our community. Foster parents provide comfort, understanding, and safety to children who have oftentimes experienced trauma.
May is a time to recognize these unsung heroes in our community. “Foster parenting can be challenging, and foster parents deserve our support and recognition each and every day. We are extremely grateful to our foster parents who do their best to create stable, safe and healthy environments for children to grow and thrive,” said Job and Family Services Director Suzanne Casar.
The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services’ foster parents are fortunate to receive continued support and recognition from the Lake County Commissioners each May and this year has been no different. During their May 5, 2022, meeting, the Lake County Commissioners graciously passed a resolution declaring May 2022 as National Foster Parent Appreciation Month. Please click here to read the entire press release. Click here to view the resolution.
Recent Efforts Conducted by Lake County Treasurer’s Office in Regards to Tax Collection
The Lake County Treasurer’s Office is reporting that, as of this year, they have already contacted delinquent taxpayers for the first half collection period. In the past, delinquent taxpayers were not contacted until after the second half of collection.
In addition to working with the Lake County Information Technology Department for assistance in collecting taxpayer contact information, Treasurer Mike Zuren spoke with Treasurers in other Ohio counties to garner knowledge of their processes. “Taking a proactive approach to assisting delinquent homeowners with options and grant programs has significantly increased tax collections. The Lake County Treasurer’s Office is here to help residents who are facing financial difficulties. We offer a variety of repayment options and diligently strive to share grant program information with homeowners,” stated Zuren. He explained how repayment options were offered to those individuals along with information regarding various grant programs that are available
“Treasurer Zuren’s initiative is a bold and worthy endeavor,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. “His resourcefulness and efforts are helping to reduce delinquency and increase tax dollar collections for the benefit of Lake County and its residents.” Please click here to read the entire press release.
County Commissioners Schedule Event Honoring Former Colleagues
The Board of Commissioners will be holding an event on May 12th, 2022 to honor all former Lake County Commissioners. Previous commissioners are invited to attend the event that will recognize (79) present and past Commissioners who faithfully dedicated their time and service in representing Lake County citizens for over 180 years.
County government plays a critical role in all Ohioans° lives and the role of a county commissioner is numerous and varied. They act as the administrative division of their states and when the state and federal government enact laws, the counties are responsible for implementing them. They are also faced with the task of approving budgets and maintaining sufficient revenue to administer the government and provide services to their constituents through the adoption of the annual county budget.
“This recognition is well-deserved as these individuals have served with distinction, some of them for many years,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck, “On behalf of Lake County, this Board is proud to commend their leadership and legacy,” he continued. Please click here to view the entire press release.
Job Overview: Position is at-will and shall report to the Clerk of Common Pleas Court and the Chief of Staff
Primary responsibilities for this position including, but are not limited to, the following:
- Single point of contact for management of Clerk of Court’s calendar
- Maintain Contacts for Clerk of Courts
- Schedule, coordinate and take minutes/notes of staff and other meetings
- Prepare communications, such as memos, emails, spreadsheets, reports, oaths, and other correspondence
- Write and edit documents, including but not limited to memos, letters, reports and instructional documents
- Create and maintain filing systems, both electronic and physical
- Perform travel booking and reporting functions for both the Clerk of Courts and Chief of Staff
- Assist Clerk of Courts/Chief of Staff with implementation and management of a Business Retention and Expansion program
- Perform various research assignments
- Assist Clerk of Courts/Chief of Staff with marketing efforts for the Clerk of Courts’ operations to include development and execution of a Marketing Plan, creation and maintenance of a Clerk of Courts Newsletter, and assisting the Chief of Staff with posts to social media channels as well as development and implementation of a content calendar for social media posts for the Clerk of Courts operations
- Assist Clerk with birthday, sympathy, holiday card mailings
- Assist Chief of Staff with assigned duties whenever possible
- Other related duties as assigned
Qualifications: Must possess high school diploma or G.E.D. with course work or experience in office practices and procedures; basic typing; a minimum of two (2) years experience as an administrative assistant with supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Compensation: Annual salary range is $45,000 – $55,000. Salary commensurate with experience. Full-time benefits package after probationary period.
A resume should be sent to: [email protected] by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Lake County— Spring 2022 Lake County Treasurer, Michael Zuren and Lake County Auditor, Christopher Galloway are excited to announce the launch of a Financial Literacy course geared towards middle and high school-aged students. The course topics will include planning and goals, career preparation, spending and credit, consumer protection, income, money management, saving and investing, and risk management. Please click here to view the entire press release.
The May 2022 Lake SWCD Board Meeting has been rescheduled for May 24, 2022 at 3:30 pm in the Headwaters Conference room located at 105 Main St, Suite B 304, Painesville.
Lake County Department of Utilities annual certification regarding past due accounts:
Payment for account balance 90 days or more past due must be received in the billing office by 8/17/2022 to avoid an administrative fee and certification to the real estate property taxes. Certification is an annual process transferring delinquencies to the real estate tax bill.
- Location: LCDU Billing Office, 105 Main St., Suite A113, Painesville
****** Drop Off Box located in the front foyer of the building ******
- **To Pay by Phone, Call Point & Pay at 1-888-315-9033**
Or Login to create an account at www.lakecountyohio.gov/utilities
Fees will apply.
The Lake County Commissioners recently approved a request for additional prosecutors and staff for the Lake County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which represents an additional investment of approximately $250,000 per budget year. The request was submitted during the 2022 budget hearings conducted in February, where County Prosecutor Charles E. Coulson requested two additional Assistant Prosecutors, one Legal Secretary, and one Victim’s Advocate.
“Today’s announcement by the Board to increase funding for the County Prosecutor’s Office shows their commitment to public safety and support for law enforcement. The Prosecutor’s Office has experienced its highest caseload ever. Additionally, due to increases in technology and new multiple sources of evidence the complexity and the difficulty in prosecuting each case have increased. And most, unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in criminal violence and the use of firearms. Commissioner John Plecnik has been an advocate and supporter of my office and instrumental in recognizing our budgetary needs. The additional prosecutors, a secretary, and a victim advocate are important to keeping Lake County safe. I also want to acknowledge appreciation for Commissioner President Hamercheck and Commissioner Young for this unanimous support of my office,” said Prosecutor Coulson. Please click here to view the entire press release.
Eastlake City Council unanimously approved an American Rescue Plan (ARPA) agreement with the Board of Commissioners at the April 27, 2022, Council meeting. The agreement, approved by the Commissioners on April 14, 2022, will fund clubhouse upgrades using the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program.
Recent guidance from Major League Baseball (MLB) has mandated a series of renovations/upgrades to the Club House and other ancillary items. As noted in the “Captains Stadium Renovation” document, “Major League Baseball (MLB) has instituted player safety protocols to reduce the potential for contact spreading of the COVID-19 virus.” This project will address those concerns. The estimated cost is $3.6m. Project costs will be finalized after public bidding in accordance with Federal procurement procedures.
“The Commissioners fully realize the importance of local attractions and quality of life amenities as it relates to the economic growth of Lake County. Having a beautiful facility and professional baseball in Lake County will continue to assist in the attraction of new residents, businesses, and visitors to our area,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. Please click here to view the entire press release.
Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley and Council President John Meyers presented County Commissioners John R. Hamercheck and John Plecnik “keys to the City” in appreciation of the County’s commitment to the City and the Lake County Captains.
LOCAL OFFICIALS PARTICIPATE IN EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
PAINESVILLE, OH, April 25, 2022 — County Commissioners John Hamercheck and John Plecnik, along with County Treasurer Michael Zuren, participated in an Earth Day celebration at Parkside Elementary in Painesville. Please click here to view the entire news release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2022
County Contact: Commissioner Ron Young
LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER RON YOUNG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: COLLEAGUES REFLECT ON HIS CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Today, Lake County Commissioner Ron Young announced his retirement from his seat on the Board of Lake County Commissioners. His final date of service is set for May 4 this year. He has served Lake County first as a State Representative from 1997 to 2004. After being term-limited in 2004, he returned to running his business TES Inc. TES is a professional placement firm Young founded in 1982 and that is now run by his daughter in Texas. In 2010 Young was re-elected State Representative and served another four terms. After winning his election in 2018, he became Lake County Commissioner in January of 2019. Please click here to read the entire news release.
Lake County’s Solid Waste District is pleased to announce the winners of their annual Clean and Green Logo Contest. Area students were encouraged to design a logo showcasing the theme “Clean and Green Lake County” which promotes recycling and anti-littering education. The Lake County Solid Waste District oversees the Landfill and Recycling Center in Painesville Township.
Rees Erickson, a fifth-grade student at The School of Innovation in the Willoughby-Eastlake School District, won the elementary division and the overall prize for her design entry themed, “Help Keep Lake County Clean & Green.” As the top winner, Rees’s design will be displayed in the Lake County Commissioner’s area in the County Administration Building located in downtown Painesville. Additionally, her design will be used for marketing materials for the Solid Waste District and the Utilities Department.
Other winners were Middle School Division Winner, Cameron Adkins from Eastlake Middle School and High School Division Winner, Haley Horen from Lake Catholic High School.
Elementary School Division Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetically order:
- Molly Canfield – Madison North Elementary; Raegan Huffman – Parkside Elementary; Brynley Schneider – School of Innovation; Rosalie Siegel – Parkside Elementary
Middle School Division Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetically order:
- Charlie Gallman – Wickliffe Middle School; Luci Hinde – School of Innovation; Lailah Lewis-Kerslake – Wickliffe Middle School; Kaiten Schultz – Shore Middle School;
High School Division Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetically order:
- Jillian Haith – South High School; Sara Hussain – South High School; Mallory Mosnik – North High School; Jason Renaud – South High School
Thank you to all 875 student artists who submitted entries from thirteen elementary schools, six middle schools, and five local high schools. Please click here to view the entire news release.
PAINESVILLE, OH, April 21, 2022 — The Lake County Board of Commissioners is unanimously voted to appoint Matthew Hebebrand to the Lakeland Community College Board of Trustees. Mr. Hebebrand will complete the unexpired term previously held by 14-year Trustee Ryan Callender who recently resigned after moving to Cuyahoga County. A City of Painesville resident, Mr. Hebebrand will complete the current term that expires March 6, 2026.
“Mr. Hebebrand’s experience as an attorney will provide valuable insight and leadership to the Board of Trustees. I want to extend my appreciation to Mr. Callender for his commitment to Lakeland Community College,” said Commission President John Hamercheck.
The Board of Commissioners appoints six of the nine members of the college’s Board of Trustees. The Governor appoints the remaining three all of which are five-year terms. Please click here to view the entire press release.
PAINESVILLE, OH, April 21, 2022 — The Lake County Board of Commissioners is recognizing April as “National County Government Month” in an effort to highlight the work that is done every day to improve the lives of our residents and to celebrate those who make it all possible.
The Ohio Constitution defines a structure of county government that is organized around elected officials consisting of a 3-member Board of Commissioners, along with a Prosecutor, Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder, Engineer, Clerk of Courts, Sheriff, and Coroner. Lake County also supports the Court of Common Pleas (General Division, Domestic Relations Division, Probate Division, and Juvenile Division).
“Lake County is home to over 232,00 residents and not everyone realizes all the roles that county government plays on a daily basis,” stated Board President John Hamercheck, “and this designation is intended to recognize the professional efforts of our fellow public servants and staff.” Please click here to view the entire news release.
April 18, 2022, Commissioner Plecnik toured the Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) Lake County Career Center as well as the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services (JFS).
OhioMeansJobs Lake County is a group of public, private, and non-profit agencies and partner organizations that have joined forces to create a coordinated system to provide workforce services to employers and job seekers. Staff members are eager to determine and immediately address the needs of every customer entering the Career Center.
“I am grateful to JFS Director Suzanne Casar and Workforce Development Director Cory Vojak for their continued commitment to providing the necessary programs and tools to ensure quality and sustainable employment opportunities for our job seekers and employers,” noted Commissioner John Plecnik. Please click here to view the entire news release.
BOARD APPROVES PETIT & GRAND JURORS COMPENSATION INCREASE
The judges of the General Division of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas reached out to the Lake County Board of Commissioners for approval of a resolution to raise the per diem compensation of petit and grand jurors from the current rate of $15 per day to a new rate of $25 per day.
“Jury duty is one of the most important civic responsibilities someone can perform,” stated Commission President John R. Hamercheck, “and with the role of a juror being so vital to our system of justice, it was an easy decision to approve the court’s request for an increase,” he continued.
The Ohio Revised Code, Sections 2939.04 and 2313.22(A), authorizes Boards to fix compensation for jury service payable out of the county treasury, and the resolution was unanimously approved at the April 7th meeting of the Board of Commissioners.
Judge Eugene Lucci, the administrative judge of the court, stated that “although jury service is both a legal obligation and a civic duty required by our American republican system of government, raising the fees is only a small gesture of appreciation for the necessary sacrifice provided by jurors.” Please click here to read the entire news release.
LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCE FACEBOOK PAGE
The Lake County Board of Commissioners is excited to announce our Lake County, Ohio official Facebook page ( @lakecountyohiousa ). This page will be used to communicate to citizens the programs and services offered by the County and general news and updates from the Commissioners’ Office. “Having a more visible social media presence in 2022 is vital to serving our citizens to the best of our abilities, and I encourage all the citizens of Lake County to follow the page,” stated Commissioner John Plecnik. Initially, the page will be used to showcase the Emergency Rental Assistance Program but will expand to showcase all of the programs and services offered to Lake County residents over time. “I look forward to showcasing the work of our staff through social media and expanding access to the programs the County provides to our citizens,” stated Commissioner John Hamercheck. Commissioner Ron Young added, “I want to thank my colleague, Commissioner Plecnik, and staff for taking up the mantle on this initiative. I look forward to our office using social media to modernize the County’s service delivery model moving forward.” https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyOhioUSA/
LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCE GRANTS TO SUPPORT LAKE COUNTY EVENTS
PAINESVILLE, OH, April 14, 2022 — The Lake County Board of Commissioners, at its April 14, 2022 meeting, agreed to appropriate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support nearly 40 different events that will take place in Lake County in 2022.
Over the past two years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, events across the county had to be canceled, postponed, and/or modified in the interest of public safety. These unavoidable changes caused significant financial hardships for the organizations and communities who work tirelessly to host great events, large and small, that Lake County residents and visitors from outside the area look forward to attending every year.
The County is partnering with the Lake County Visitors Bureau, Remarkable Lake County, OH, to direct these funds. Remarkable Lake County promotes travel and tourism for the County and has its own Arts & Culture Grant program, introduced a Community Events Grant program in 2021, and has long-supported major events that bring in thousands of visitors from outside the region. Remarkable Lake County scores and evaluates applications and awards grants based upon criteria such as the number of overnight visitors, the total number of attendees, and the value the event adds to Lake County’s Arts & Culture scene. Please click here to read the entire news release.
Lake County Business Roundtable Conducts Second Meeting
The Lake County Treasurer’s Office, along with the Board of Lake County Commissioners, welcomed a new group of local businesses, chamber representatives, and government officials to the second meeting of the “Lake County Business Roundtable Discussion Series” on Wednesday, April 6th. The roundtable discussions serve as an open forum for local businesses to share their experiences over the previous two years and provide their opinions on improving the local business environment.
In addition to the County Commissioners, representatives from various other County agencies including the Lake Development Authority, Planning, and Community Development, and Council on Aging were in attendance to answer questions and address concerns presented by the business community. Topics included but were not limited to, workforce, resource collaboration, real estate trends, and overall economic conditions.
10 local businesses, ranging from daycare to manufacturing to real estate, spoke on current concerns and issues they are experiencing given the current economy and pandemic aftereffects and they vocalized what their needs are.
“Today’s meeting was another opportunity to meet even more businesses and I continue to be impressed with the turnout we have received,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck. “These individuals offered some invaluable input that will greatly impact the future success of other Lake County businesses.” Please click here to view the entire news release.
County Commissioners Select Design Professional for Proposed Public Safety Center
The Lake County Commissioners passed a resolution on April 7, 2022, to enter contract negotiations with HOK for the new Lake County Public Safety Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, Road Patrol, Correction Officers, and Court Services. HOK firm was recommended unanimously to the Commissioners by the Selection Committee over three different firms. The selection committee consisted of:
Commissioners John R. Hamercheck
Commissioner John Plecnik
Commissioner Ron Young
Sheriff Frank Leonbruno
Captain Cynthia Brooks (Corrections)
Chief Craig Berry (Adult Probation)
Jason Boyd, County Administrator
Paul Stefanko, Telecommunications Director
Mark lafelice, Buildings and Grounds Superintendent
The HOK team will be responsible for the programming phase and criteria architectural services which will provide the foundation for the project moving forward.
“Since 2012, the Commissioner’s and Sheriff’s Offices have been proactively analyzing the current Sheriff’s Office and jail. After much review, research and deliberation, I fully support the concept of a new facility. Today’s action is the first of many steps needed to ultimately construct a new comprehensive mixed-use facility that addresses the needs of the Sheriff, Adult Probation, and our Courts. Unfortunately, the current facility was poorly designed and functionally obsolete the day the County took possession of the facility,” said Commissioner President John R. Hamercheck. Please click here to read the entire news release.
LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DECLARE THE WEEK OF APRIL 3-9, 2022, NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK IN LAKE COUNTY, OHIO
PAINESVILLE, OH, April 7, 2022 – Lake County Commissioners declare the week of April 3-9, 2022, as National Library Week in Lake County, Ohio. It is the time of year when communities acknowledge the positive impact of libraries, promote our local libraries and their staff, and wholeheartedly thank our libraries for the role they play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.
National Library Week started in 1958 and is observed by libraries across the country during April. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Connect With Your Library.” This week is a chance to learn more about what our Lake County libraries offer the community. The library is no longer just for books, but so much more.
Libraries are places where communities connect to things like broadband, computers, programs and classes, books, movies, video games, and more. But most importantly, libraries connect us to each other. Please click here to view the entire news release. Resolution.
LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DECLARE THE WEEK OF APRIL 10-16, 2022, NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK IN LAKE COUNTY, OHIO
PAINESVILLE, OH, April 7, 2022 – Lake County Commissioners declare the week of April 10-16, 2022, as National Telecommunicators Week in Lake County, Ohio. Established in 1994, when President William J. Clinton signed Presidential Proclamation 6667 declaring the second week of April National Telecommunicators Week. This week is a time to celebrate and thank our dispatchers / telecommunications. These outstanding professionals serve our Lake County communities and citizens, as well as public safety personnel, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2021, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Central Communications division handled 147,203 emergency 911 calls. In addition to the noted 911 call volume, Central Communications also answered 187,082 non-911 calls. This includes all non-emergency needs for service and public assistance. In total, Central Communications fielded 334,285 calls in 2021!
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office operates the Central Communications Center at 8505 Garfield Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio. This facility is the primary 911 answering center for all cellular calls made in Lake County. This state-of-the-art facility utilizes advanced technology to provide emergency services and basic calls for service to the citizens of Lake County. This facility is also the primary dispatch center for 21 police and fire agencies throughout Lake County. This consists of twelve (12) law enforcement agencies and nine (9) Fire/EMS agencies.
“We thank our Lake County Telecommunicators and Dispatchers, not only here at the Lake County Sheriff’s office but at every dispatch center throughout Lake County, for their service and commitment. They are the first voice you hear when you call for help and it is their calm during the storm that gets help started your way,” said Lake County Sheriff Frank Leonbruno. Please click here to read the entire press release. Resolution
The next quarterly audible siren test is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.
STATE APPROVES $11.3 MILLION IN FUNDS FOR LAKE COUNTY DREDGING FACILITY
New facility will allow dredging of Fairport Harbor to be re-instated
PAINESVILLE, OH – On April 4th, 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. 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. Lake County will receive $11.3 million in funding to construct its facility in Painesville Township, which is planned to be operational this fall.
The need for these facilities was prompted by ORC 6111.32 which bans the disposal of dredged sediment from federal navigation channels into Lake Erie. As a result, the dredging of the Grand River in Fairport Harbor came to a halt last year. “That action posed a significant economic problem for the County,” stated David Anderson, Executive Director of the Lake Development Authority. “This is Lake County’s only commercial port. Losing the ability to conduct maritime commerce threatens about 170 jobs and over $371 million of commodities handled through the port each year.” Please click here to view the entire news release.
PAINESVILLE, OH, March 31, 2022 – Lake County Commissioners Declare April as Child Abuse Prevention Month April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month here in Lake County and across the country. It is the time of year when cities and states acknowledge the devastating impact of child abuse and neglect.
Unfortunately, child abuse and neglect occur in Lake County, too. The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services has the responsibility and authority to provide protective services to children residing in Lake County. During the year 2021 alone, Social Workers from the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services responded to over 1,900 calls concerning the safety of children. As a result, staff worked with approximately 1,000 children who presented with a variety of needs requiring the assistance of the agency.
“Our social workers are dedicated to investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. We are grateful to the concerned citizens and mandated reporters who call our child abuse hotline to report their concerns regarding the safety of a child,” said Job and Family Services Director Suzanne Casar. Please click here to read the entire news release.
This year, National Volunteer Week is recognized from April 17-23. Established by the United States government in 1974, National Volunteer Week seeks to encourage volunteerism and salute the services of the volunteers who have given countless hours for the betterment of their communities. “This is an opportunity to celebrate volunteers and recognize their impact on building stronger communities,” said Commissioner John R. Hamercheck. “Simply put, volunteers keep many services in Lake County running.”
The Lake County Volunteer Network, a division of the Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Lake County Council on Aging and the Lake County Visitor’s Bureau, is recognizing volunteers for National Volunteer Week by offering discounted coupons to several Lake County businesses and organizations. Please click here to view the entire news release.
The Lake County Department of Utilities will be conducting unidirectional fire hydrant flushing in the cities Wickliffe and Willoughby Hills. The areas to be flushed in Wickliffe will be on Rt. 84 to Rt. 90 & Rockefeller & Rt. 84 South to Nehls Park Dr. In Willoughby Hills flushing will be Rt. 91 south to White Rd and Eddy Rd, Rt.6 east to River Rd and all adjacent streets. Flushing will begin on 4/04/22 and continue through the 5/27/22. Signs will be posted in the areas that are to be flushed. Please refer to our website in the public announcement section for areas to be flushed and schedule updates.
Residents are warned not to do laundry on days that hydrants are to be flushed. Discolored water may occur, and can be flushed from the cold-water tap.
The Lake County Treasurer’s Office and Board of Lake County Commissioners will be holding the next meeting of the “Lake County Business Roundtable Discussion Series” on April 6th, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
The roundtable discussion series serves as an open forum for local businesses to share their recent experiences and provide opinions and assistance on improving our business community. Topics include, but are not limited to, workforce, resource collaboration, supply chain concerns, and overall economic conditions. The second meeting will include approximately ten local businesses including real estate and banking professionals.
“We were thrilled with the response we received from the inaugural meeting in February,” said Commission President John R. Hamercheck, “and I look forward to hearing from even more local Lake County businesses on the 6th” he continued. Please click here to view the entire news release.
PAINESVILLE, OH, March 29, 2022 —The James A. Garfield National Historic Site will be holding an Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 18th from 1:00-3:00 pm (weather permitting). Hosted by First Lady Lucretia Garfield, this free, family-friendly event includes various activities, egg hunts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny in addition to the egg roll. Origami artists will be also be featured along with balloon twisters.
As one of the oldest and most beloved events in presidential history, children have enjoyed gathering on the west grounds of the U.S. Capitol building to roll decorated hard-boiled eggs down the terraced lawn for over 140 years and the egg hunt at Garfield’s site is modeled after that tradition. Although Garfield was only President for 200 days, he participated in the White House Egg Roll in 1881.
“We are proud to recognize Lake County as the home of President Garfield and I look forward to the annual Egg Roll that is held there; one of their most attended events,” said Lake County Commissioner. John Plecnik. It typically draws over 500 participants every year. Plecnik will be in attendance this year to present certificates to the event winners. Please click here to view the entire news release.
PAINESVILLE, OH, March 24, 2022 – Lake County Farm Bureau volunteers recently visited with the Lake County Commissioners to promote agriculture in celebration of National Agriculture Day and National Agriculture Week where the Lake County Commissioners issued a proclamation in honor of National Agriculture Week. The proclamation states “American agriculture is the foundation of our country. It’s the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation, made possible by the hard work of America’s farms and farm families. Please click here to view the entire press release. Please click here to view the resolution.
Lake SWCD will be holding a virtual special meeting of the finance committee at 3:30 pm on 3/23/22. To attend this meeting please contact the office at 44-350-2730.