LCDU Flushing Notice – City of Willoughby

We will be conducting dead end fire hydrant flushing in Madison Village.

  • Flushing will begin on 7/27/21- 8/19/21. 
  • Signs will be posted in the areas that are to be flushed. 

To track active flushing please refer to Link to map 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.

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Lake County Commissioners & Health District Partner on Mobile Medical Clinics

LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT PARTNER ON MOBILE MEDICAL CLINICS

The Board of Lake County Commissioners has partnered with the Lake County General Health District to purchase a mobile medical unit for use throughout Lake County.  The mobile medical unit will be used to help bring the COVID-19 vaccine to all areas of Lake County and ensure that all Lake County citizens have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  The mobile medical unit is accessible for individuals with physical disabilities and will allow the Lake County General Health District to better serve the whole community, including persons with disabilities and persons who are homebound. Please click here to view the entire press release.

From Left: Health Commissioner Ron Graham, Lake County Commissioner John Plecnik, Lake County Commissioners John Hamercheck and Ron Young

Commissioner John Plecnik Graduates from Ohio Public Leadership Academy

Commissioner John Plecnik Graduates from Ohio Public Leadership Academy

On Friday, July 16, 2021, the Board of Lake County Commissioners announced Commissioner John Plecnik graduated from the Ohio Public Leadership Academy for state and local elected officials at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

“Selection for the Ohio Public Leadership Academy is a great honor reserved for local leaders with the highest potential,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck, president of the Board of Lake County Commissioners. “It’s official, Commissioner John Plecnik is a rising star.”

The Glenn College is named for astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn and is the public policy school at The Ohio State University. According to the Glenn College, “The Public Leadership Academy brings together a bipartisan group of rising Ohio elected officials to learn from each other and build lasting relationships across political boundaries. The intensive, one-week, residential Academy builds trust among participants who return to political life with a better understanding of their colleagues and a renewed commitment to public service.”

Please click here to view the press release in its entirety.

Class of 2021 of the Ohio Public Leadership Academy.
Commission John Plecnik and Dean Trevor Brown of the Glenn College at the Ohio State University.

Online payment for court fees

Effective immediately, the Lake County Clerk of Courts office is accepting online payments for court fees. Instructions for how to locate a case and make a payment can be found below or on the Clerk of Courts website. This portal can be accessed from the Clerk of Courts public site:

Go to Clerk of Courts web page https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/coc/

  • Click on Court Record Search
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on I agree
  • You may search by name or case number (making sure all numbers are included)
  • Sample 18CF001009

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NOTE: The costs reflected in your case may not be the costs due and owing. You may wish to wait for the Final Judgement in your case prior to making payment

If anyone is requiring assistance with the e-Services portal, please call the dedicated support line at 440-350-2222. If you call after hours, please leave a voicemail message and we will respond as soon as possible.

Commissioners Adopt Resolution Honoring & Recognizing Victims of Agent Orange During Vietnam War

During the July 8, 2021 Commissioners Meeting, the Board adopted a resolution honoring and recognizing victims of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.              

Our nation was conceived by individuals who were willing to sacrifice their personal safety and concerns to ensure our individual and collective freedom. More than eight million citizens of this country honorably served during the Vietnam War, during which time Agent Orange was widely used in Vietnam by the United States Armed Forces as part of the herbicidal warfare program “Operation Ranch Hand” from 1961 to 1971.

Nearly 20 million gallons of the orange mist were sprayed over the land from helicopters or low-flying aircraft, destroying vegetation and crops in order to deprive the enemy guerrillas of food and cover for their activities, thus exposing 2.6 million American soldiers to the herbicide and defoliant chemical. Today, only 600,000 Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange are alive and approximately 557 deaths occur among them every day; and

It is appropriate that we should honor these veterans to the full extent of our ability, as they have made untold and innumerable sacrifices to preserve the liberties we enjoy today and that our progeny will hopefully continue to cherish for generations to come.

Please click here to read the entire resolution.

Unanimous Support for New Jail by Lake County Local Corrections Planning Board

June 30, 2021 — The members of the Lake County Local Corrections Planning Board (Corrections Board) in attendance voted unanimously to support the Sheriff and Board of Commissioners initiative to construct a new Jail and Public Safety Center in Painesville, Ohio. The Corrections Board is chaired by Chief Probation Officer Craig Berry and is comprised of elected officials and agency directors from the county courts, municipal courts, adult probation, local law enforcement, mental health, and community correction agencies. The Ohio Revised Code requires each County in the State of Ohio to form a Local Community Correction Planning Board to establish a comprehensive plan for corrections and its implementation.

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno, Commissioner John Hamercheck, and Commissioner John Plecnik provided the Board an update on the current status of the existing jail and long-term concerns with capacity, physical condition and operational challenges. Opened in 1990, the current jail averages approximately 360 Lake County Court inmates per day. “The current facility was obsolete from the day it opened and the County is now faced with the challenge of providing the proper facilities for Sheriff’s Office that meets our current and future needs,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck.

Lake County Court of Common Pleas Judge Vince Culotta made the motion “to support the recommendation of Sheriff Leonbruno to the Lake County Commissioners to construct a new jail.” His motion was seconded by Painesville Municipal Court Judge Paul Malchesky who added: “the need for the proposed jail facility that includes expanded services for mental health and drug/alcohol treatment is vital to keep Lake County safe.”

“First and foremost, Lake County stands with law enforcement, and I am so grateful for the leadership of our judges and community leaders on the Corrections Board,” said Commissioner John Plecnik. “My vote in favor of constructing a new public safety facility to house the Jail and Sheriff’s Office is a vote in favor of law and order, in favor of expanding services for those suffering from mental illness and addiction, and for fiscal responsibility. Over the long-term, the construction of a new facility, as opposed to putting a band-aid on the old jail and kicking the can down the road, is the most affordable option for the taxpayer. Our best estimate to date is the annualized cost of a new jail is less than half the cost of rehab. We can’t afford to spend $50 million to $70 million to extend the life of a dilapidated building for only 10 years or so when we could invest $70 million to $100 million in a modern facility with a useful life of 50 to 60 years.”

Previous studies completed in 2014 and 2019 indicate significant renovations are needed for the current facility which is also at capacity. As Sheriff Frank Leonbruno explained, “Since 1990 we have experienced a 250% growth in our jail population. Additionally, we need to address ADA compliance issues, flexible programming space deficiency, intake deficiency, and mental health treatment for nearly 70% of the jail population. The modern design can provide remote

access areas for court arraignments and other hearings for both municipal and courts of common of pleas. It will reduce law enforcement transports throughout the county, which keeps more municipal officers patrolling in their communities. After significant evaluation, based on experiential data, as well as two major studies on the current jail facility over the past five years, Lake County must begin the process of building a new adult detention facility.”

The Corrections Board also oversees the needs of correction services for the County. The Board puts extensive time studying the needs of the correction system to include the needs of the offender population, this may include the capacity to deliver services and programs to offenders either in custody or on community control.

Please click here to view the news release in pdf.

Commissioners Announce High School Tech Internship Pilot Program

The Lake County Board of Commissioners is excited to announce our partnership with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to participate in the High School Tech Internship Pilot Program. The State is encouraging businesses to hire high school students or recent graduates to tech internships while, also, providing partial reimbursement of the costs for employers. “Partnering with the Governor’s Workforce Team and Auburn Career Center to host these interns over the summer shows the commitment of Lake County to collaborate in the expansion and enrichment of our local workforce,” stated Commissioner John Hamercheck. In the pilot program, Auburn Career Center and a dozen other pilot sites will place a total of 100 interns over the summer. “Workforce development starts at home, and incentivizing our local, brilliant, students to intern here and potentially take jobs here is the foundation of moving Lake County out of the pandemic and into a stage of further economic growth,” stated Commissioner John Plecnik. Commissioner Ron Young applauded the efforts of all organizations involved in the Pilot Program. “We are very proud of the work our Auburn Career Center has done to bring this opportunity to participate in the Pilot Program to Lake County. The partnership will only strengthen our economy and retain our home-grown talent to our workforce where we not only have great jobs but affordable housing and amenities that are second to none.”


The Lake County Telecommunications Department will host the interns over the summer focusing their work, alongside County Technicians, on IP-based cameras, card reader systems, telephones, radios, and security systems. “I applaud the Lake County Commissioners in their decision to hire these two young men and will do my best to help them learn while they work for Lake County. I, also, would like to recognize Brian Bontempo, Superintendent, and Michelle Rodewald, Director of Adult Workforce, at Auburn Career Center for their efforts to continue to lead Ohio in educating our young adults and preparing them for the workforce,” stated Paul Stefanko, Director of the Lake County Telecommunications Department.

From the left: Commissioner John Plecnik, Lake County Telecommunications Department Director Paul Stefanko, High School Intern Devin Donley, High School Intern Michael Moorehead, Commissioner John Hamercheck, and Commissioner Ron Young.

Commissioners and Workforce Development Board Appoint Director of Workforce Development

The Lake County Board of Commissioners and the Workforce Development Board announced on June 24, 2021, that they have selected Cory Vojack as the new Director of Workforce Development to begin July 19, 2021. Vojack has been employed at United Labor Agency since 2017 working with Lake County on employment services and recruiting to connect local job seekers with positions for Lake County companies. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication from Ohio University and is certified as a Six Sigma White Belt.


Vojack has worked in his current role on workforce-related projects in Lake County and is excited about the opportunity. “I am looking forward to working with the Commissioners and am honored that they have selected me for this role. I am passionate about workforce development and helping people, and I can’t wait to share that passion with the job seekers and employers of Lake County.” Robert Dawson, of Middlefield Bank and the Chairman of the Lake County Workforce Development Board, said of Vojack, “he brings significant experience to the role previously serving in a supervisory position for one of our key program vendors. Cory has strong ties to the local business community through that service and brings a passion for the cause of developing our local workforce. It is my belief that the combination of his experience and passion is exactly the right fit for continuing the momentum within our workforce region.”


“I think that the County will really benefit from having Cory in this position,” Commissioner John Hamercheck said. “He is well respected in the community and his passion for workforce development evident during his interview.” Commissioner John Plecnik echoed those thoughts. “I am excited to work with Cory, and I know he will be a great addition to our Team. The key for Lake County to emerge as the place to be for citizens and businesses is economic development and specifically workforce development; and Cory is going to be a big part of that.” Commissioner Ron Young added, “Cory will continue to advocate for strong relationships with our community partners to help the next generation of the Lake County workforce succeed. We are stronger if we are all working in the same direction.”

From the left: Commissioner John Plecnik, Director of Lake County Workforce Development Cory Vojack, Commissioner John Hamercheck, and Commissioner Ron Young.

Commissioners Recognize Volunteer Heroes

On Thursday, June 17, 2021 the Board of Lake County Commissioners recognized two volunteer heroes for their exceptional service to Lake County.  Both Don Berlin and Deborah Hahn were presented with a Certificate of Recognition during the meeting. 

“The Board of Lake County Commissioners is honored to recognize both Don and Deborah for their dedication to serving others during the pandemic,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck, president of the Board of Lake County Commissioners. “They volunteered without hesitation to benefit those in need.”

Don Berlin volunteered at several food distributions, including the Lake County Mobile Food Pantry beginning in May 2020 and continues today.  Don also assisted at the Lake County General Health District COVID vaccine hotline for several months assisting seniors to register for an appointment.  Don is also an active Meals on Wheels and Northeast Ohio Drug Repository volunteer.

Deborah Hahn is a regular volunteer for the Vineyard Food Pantry in Wickliffe.  During the pandemic, she continued to volunteer each week preparing the food pantry for the weekly distribution.  Deborah does not drive and took Laketran to and from the food pantry, to provide food to those in need.

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers providing much-needed services throughout Lake County during the pandemic,” said Commissioner John Plecnik. “They are both deserving of this recognition for their hard work in providing essential services.”

Commissioner Ron Young added, “It is individuals like these two volunteers that inspire us all to assist others.  They are a true testament to the generosity of the human spirit.”

The Lake County Volunteer Network assists individuals interested in volunteering with finding a meaningful volunteer assignment. For more information on volunteering in Lake County contact Volunteer Services Coordinator, Cristen Kane, at 440-350-5360 or email [email protected]

Lake County Commissioners Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2021 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 John R. Hamercheck, president of the Board of Lake County Commissioners.

Elder abuse is widespread. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that elder abuse is significantly under-reported, in part because so many of our communities lack the social supports that would make it easier for those who experience abuse to report it. Research suggests that as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse come to the attention of authorities.  “Lake County is not immune to the issue of elder abuse,” said Commissioner John 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.” 

During the year 2020, the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services responded to over 375 calls concerning abuse, neglect or exploitation of a senior. Although these calls varied in nature, the one common theme was the mistreatment of a vulnerable member of our community.  “The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services is fortunate to have a dedicated unit of social workers who investigate elder abuse and neglect.  Anyone who suspects an elderly individual in our community is being abused, neglected or exploited should contact our agency to report their concerns,” said Job and Family Services Director Suzanne Casar. 

Each year the Board of Commissioners support and recognize the importance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and this year is no different. During their June 10th meeting the Lake County Commissioners graciously passed a resolution declaring June 15, 2021, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Lake County.  Lake County Adult Protective Services will recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by hosting a virtual training for professionals focused on financial exploitation and undue influence. Additionally, the agency, in partnership with the Association of Specialists in Aging (ASA), will display purple and white silhouettes at Life Brand Cowboy Church in Painesville. The silhouettes, which symbolize our aging population, serve as a reminder that elder abuse does exist and that it takes a community to recognize and report signs of maltreatment in order to keep seniors safe.  

“Elder abuse is a crime.  If you see something, say something,” said Commissioner Ron Young.  “This is a good reminder to check in with your older neighbors, family members, and friends to see how they are doing and if there is anything they need.” For more information, or to report concerns of abuse, neglect or exploitation, contact the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services, Adult Protective Services Division at (440) 350-4000.

Lake County Engineer’s Office

ReBids for the Morley, Prouty, & Pinehill Roads Traffic Signal Upgrade Project in Concord, Township, for the Lake County Engineer’s OfficeDate: Wednesday, June 23, 2021Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: 105 Main Street, 5th Floor, Suite 513, Painesville, Ohio  44077
Please click here to view the legal notice. 
Bids accepted via the Bid Express website at www.bidexpress.com or paper bid in a sealed envelope to 105 Main Street, 5th Floor, Suite 513 in Painesville.

Changes to pleading filing

With the reopening of the County buildings on Monday, May 9, 2021 and the continued expansion of e-Services through the Clerk of Courts office, we will be suspending the acceptance of pleadings submitted via email effective Monday, May 24, 2021 at 8AM for the Common Pleas Court General Division.  

Domestic Relations Court filings may continue to be submitted via email at this time.  

Pleadings will only be accepted via e-Filing, at the counter, and through regular mail. The case types that can currently be submitted via e-Filing are Criminal and Foreclosure.  

All Foreclosure cases must be submitted via the portal on the Clerk of Courts website. They will not be accepted through any other means.  

All other case types must be filed either in person or through regular mail.

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.

RSVP Lake County Moves to Commissioners

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Lake County, also known as RSVP, will be moving to a new home effective April 1, 2021. 

RSVP, a federal AmeriCorps Senior program, works to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals, aged 55 and older.  RSVP is currently housed at the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation and is scheduled to move to the Board of Lake County Commissioners under the direction of the Senior Services Coordinator, Alyea Barajas, effective April 1, 2021.

The Board of Commissioners recently completed a yearlong strategic plan that focused on priorities related to the Senior Services Levy.  Volunteer services was one such priority. RSVP currently receives 30% of its funding from a federal grant, the remaining 70% is from the Senior Services Levy.  Moving RSVP under the auspices of the Board of County Commissioners will both free up precious levy dollars to be used for other senior programming and at the same time provide the opportunity to expand and enhance volunteer services across the County. 

“RSVP has been a valued partner to the County’s senior services for the last 47 years.  They provide a critical service to help ensure older adults are engaged in the community,” said Jason Boyd, County Administrator. “These services have a positive impact on our Seniors in two very significant ways. These services enable seniors to volunteer and provide meaningful participation in their community. In addition, many of the seniors that volunteer are providing services to seniors in need, clearly a win for all.” Boyd further commented, “We feel this transition allows for additional growth, not only to volunteer services, but also to help address some of the gaps in services available to seniors.”

The Senior Services Levy provides $4.4 million in funding annually to more than thirteen organizations that provide services to Lake County seniors.  As the senior population grows, the Board of Commissioners will continue to look at ways to increase sustainability and foster creativity to ensure the needs of Lake County seniors are met.

Further details on RSVP’s transition will be communicated to volunteer members and other stakeholders early 2021. 

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.