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August 19, 2017

    Welcome to Lake County, Ohio

    Established on March 6, 1840, Lake County encompasses only 228.2 square miles of land, geographically the smallest county in Ohio, but ranks 11th in population with 229,582 residents according to 2012 Census estimates.
    Our northern border consists of approximately 30 miles of Lake Erie shoreline, much of it accessible by the extensive park system, most significantly the largest natural sand beach in the state, which extends for a mile at the centrally located Mentor Headlands Beach State Park.
    This coastal asset puts Lake County in an enviable position for wind energy and water-related activities, and its strategic access to both SR2 and I-90, as well as proximity to Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, has drawn many entrepreneurs from the medical, electrical, adhesive products and other commercial and industrial fields to the area.
    An available trained and competent workforce that is second to none in the region has been critical to that success, and Lakeland Community College, Lake Erie College, and Auburn Career Center offer opportunities for higher education and enrichment and a range of vocational programs that support and replenish that worker supply.
    Recreational activities abound, including the beautiful Classic Park where fans can cheer the Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate team, the Lake County Captains in an intimate setting, perfect for the family.
    In addition, Lake County is host to three State Nature Preserves, the Arthur C. Holden Arboretum, and a park district, Lake Metroparks, comprised of 36 parks and 8,196 acres.
    Lake County’s reputation in agricultural circles is legendary. Blessed with some of the most fertile soil anywhere, the region earned the distinction as the Nursery Capital of the World, and our award-winning wine industry has ripened as an emerging tourism destination.
    Our commercial, agricultural and industrial bases open many opportunities for a better quality of life and for economic growth.
    Lake County boasts rich cultural heritage and traditions, bountiful natural resources, including two major rivers flowing through the County which provide us with harbors and marinas for shipping and superb recreational opportunities, strong labor and economic capital, committed leadership, and a diverse community of residents who embrace the region as their home with pride as have generations before them.


    Welcome to Lake County, Ohio!

    Sincerely,

    Lake County Commissioners 




    Commissioner President
    Jerry C. Cirino
    Commissioner
    Daniel P. Troy
    Commissioner
    John R. Hamercheck
    Contact State Senators to Agree with House's Override of Governor's MCO Sales Tax Veto by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, August 11, 2017

    The Ohio House voted to override the Governor’s veto of the MCO budget amendment and we have been waiting for the Ohio Senate to concur with that vote. The Senate plans to return to session to address the House’s veto overrides on August 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm. 

    We ask that Lake County resident focus their advocacy efforts for the MCO amendment so that there is a favorable outcome on August 23rd. It’s extremely important that we continue to communicate with the Senate so that they do not lose steam on this issue. Lake County stands to lose $1,671,199.00, and Laketran stands to lose $417,800.00..

    ACTION ITEMS:

    1. Call our Senators today and ask them to commit to voting for an override of the Governor’s MCO amendment veto

    Senator Kenny Yuko 614-466-4583 or SD25@senate.state.oh.us

    Senator John Eklund 614-644-7718 or SD18@senate.state.oh.us

    THE MESSAGE:

    Please vote to override the Governor’s veto of the MCO sales tax amendment. The transition aid currently in the budget will only provide counties and transit authorities a one-time allocation to help them mitigate the loss of a $207 million revenue stream. The MCO sales tax amendment helps provide a mechanism for counties and transit authorities to replace some of the revenue they are losing once this transition aid ends.



    4-H Young Guns Shooting Club Honored by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, July 06, 2017
    The Lake County Board of Commissioners honored the 4-H Club members and Nancy Kochevar, one of the founders of the shooting club, with a certificate of recognition for their success at Nationals and for their continued growth and innovation. The recognition took place during the July 6, 2017 Commissioners Meeting.



    Nancy Kochevar, Chris Kochevar and Randy Brewster started a shooting sports club, Young Guns in our county in 2013.  This was a vision the 3 had and they executed it.

    In these 4 short years the club grew from 7 members to almost 60 members (which they had to cap as a result of a long waiting list).  Their first year the club was able to send youth to nationals, not 1 youth, but 4 youth were eligible in 2015.  They have had returning members in 2016 and this year they sent 8 youth to nationals. One youth from the club placed and took stage at nationals. This same youth is now taking what he learned from this club and is starting a shooting sport club up by him at college.  His goal is to help teach youth and college mates the importance of firearm safety, what he learned from being in the Young Guns.

    They have increased the amount of advisors in their club from them (the founding 3) to 11, and have had these advisors trained in their perspective disciplines. As a result of that they now are able to offer archery, pistol, rifle, air pistol, steel rifle, steel pistol, shotgun, and muzzle loading. Youth members are taking multiple disciplines to expand their knowledge of firearms, because of this. The Young Guns, club under these 3 advisors supervision, completed service projects where they  helped build a range at one of our metro parks, they also helped boots and saddle (where they meet and practice) expand and build a range. The club has successfully held fund-raisers every year, car washes, and a  turkey shoot (which is their biggest fund-raiser). They have also obtained many sponsors and grants.  With these funds obtained they have been able to purchase or have donated for the club, bows, rifles, pistols, ammunition, travel expenses for the Ohio team to travel to nationals, range time, a facility as well as a shooting trailer. 

    The impact of this innovative activity is that Lake County now has a very active and successful shooting sports club.  Young Guns is our fastest growing club in Lake County.  They have been able in these 3 years to obtain resources and materials so  Lake County youth can have the opportunity to be learning  about shooting sports in a safe and successful manner.

    The club has and continues to look at how they can expand with their ongoing fundraising and recruitment of donors, which assists the club in accommodating the rapid growth.  This vision and planning has assisted the club in being so successful.

    They have been a great addition to our 4-H program and have brought a heighten awareness to shooting sports and the Lake County's 4-H program. Nancy, Chris and Randy have been huge innovators for the shooting sports program in Lake County and nationally. They have done a great deal in just 4 short years with plans to continue to grow in the future!   



    Commissioners Approve Resolution to Place Senior Services Levy on the Ballot by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
    The Board of Lake County Commissioners approved a resolution during the June 22, 2017 meeting, to place an issue on the November 7 ballot. The issue seeks to renew the existing 0.5 mills senior services levy and add 0.3 mills to help address the increased need for senior services.
    Please click here to read the news release in its entirety.
    Please click here to view the News-Herald article.
    Please Click here to view the resolution.



    Commissioners Proclaim May 2017 Foster Parent Recognition Month by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, May 05, 2017
    The Lake County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 2017 as Foster Parent Recognition Month during the May 4, 2017 Commissioners Meeting. A resolution was presented to  Mr. Gene Tetrick, Supervisor of the Substitute Care Unit in Children Services, Ms. Lori O'Brien, Administrator of the Children Services Division and Mr. Matt Battiato, Director of the Lake County Job and Family Services Department. Foster families are a fundamental part of providing constant nurturing  and support to children and families who need time to heal and put their lives back together. Citizens are encouraged to demonstrate their respect and gratitude for foster parents who unselfishly share their lives. For more information on how to become a Foster Parent please click here.  To view the resolution please click here.



    Commissioners Award Clean & Green Poster Contest Winners by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Out of over 900 students from 24 schools in Lake County, the Board of Commissioners presented the awards for this year's Clean & Green Poster Contest Winners during the April 25, 2017 Commissioners Meeting.
     
    From the left: Commissioner Jerry Cirino, Middle School Winner Autumn Farrar from Willoughby Middle School, Commissioner Daniel Troy, Elementary and Overall Winner Kaitlyn Valentic from All Saints, High School Winner Lindsey Rich of Lake Catholic and Commissioner John Hamercheck. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Clean and Green Lake County Poster Contest!

    Here is the overall winning logo!




    Commissioners Declare April 15-May 31, 2017 Clean & Green Lake County by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    During the April 20, 2017 Commissioners Meeting the Board declared April 15 through May 31, 2017 Clean and Green Lake County. The Board encourages residents, businesses and civic organizations to identify areas in their neighborhoods in need of attention and to undertake clean-up activities. The Lake County Solid Waste District has scheduled a Computer Collection on Saturday, April 29 and a Scrap Tire Collection on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to assist residents with their clean-up efforts. Those from the Utilities Department accepting the award are Matt Armand, Director of Administration, David Schick, Public Services Coordinator and Randy Rothlisberger Sanitary Engineer.
    Click here to read the resolution.


    Commissioners Present at Pinwheels for Prevention in Veterans Park, Painesville by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    The Lake County Board of Commissioners present a certificate to honor Ms. Chris Young as the 2016 Child Advocate of the Year by the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services. The event took place on April 12, 2017 in Veteran's Park in Downtown Painesville as part of a month-long campaign to support the prevention of child abuse, raise awareness to the signs of abuse, and to report anything suspicious.


    Survey for Consolidated Plan by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, April 06, 2017

    Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts on the Lake County, Ohio Survey for Consolidated Plan FY 2017-2021 by completing this survey.  Your responses will be combined to help identify local needs and suggest projects and actions to be prioritized.  This survey can be taken by a variety of people that know Lake County by working or living here.  The information you provide will be summarized to help develop the FY17-21 Lake County Consolidated Plan, a required strategy to plan for the use of approximately $1.6 million dollars from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that is awarded to the Board of Lake County Commissioners on an annual basis.  The general needs measured in this survey cross several categories that relate to the HUD funding sources of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME):   HOUSING, PUBLIC SERVICE, INFRASTRUCTURE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY FACILITIES, SPECIAL NEEDS, and HOMELESSNESS.
    To take the survey please click here: 
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakeOHConPlan17_21     



    Lake County Board of Commissions Proclaim April 4, 2017 Mayor & County Recognition Day for National Service in Lake County by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
    During the March 30, 2017 Commissioners Meeting a resolution was presented to Ms. Cristen Kane, RSVP Director, in recognition of the RSVP volunteers who have served more than 95 agencies across the county and provided over 62,000 hours of service. Click here to view the resolution.


    Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclaimed for April 2017 in Lake County, Ohio by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclaimed for April 2017 in Lake County, Ohio
    Lake County Children Services Division responded to 2,558 calls regarding children and their families in 2016. as a result, on any given day, 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. A resolution was presented to Lori O'Brien, Children Services Administrator, and Alison Tomaselli, Assistant Administrator in Children Services. Please click here to view the entire resolution.


    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Job & Family Services Department by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
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    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Department of Utilities by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, August 11, 2017
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    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Department of Utilities by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, August 04, 2017
    Lake County Department of Utilities MENTOR MARSH INTERCEPTOR REPLACEMENT PROJECT 336-S Bid Opening:...

    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Engineer's Office by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
    LAKE COUNTY ROADS PAVEMENT MARKINGS 2017 FOR THE ENGINEER'S ROAD DEPARTMENT Bid Opening: July 19, 2...

    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Engineer's Office by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
    TREATED SALT 2017 FOR THE LAKE COUNTY ENGINEER'S ROAD DEPARTMENT Bid Opening: June 7, 2017, 11:00 a...

    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Department of Utilities by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, May 05, 2017
    REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE MENTOR MARSH MITIGATION PROJECT #336-S Bid Opening: May 19, 2017, 4:0...

    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Department of Utilities by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, May 05, 2017
    STRAWBERRY LANE WATERLINE REPLACEMENT PROJECT 387-W Bid Opening: August 23, 2017, 11:00 a.m. 105 Ma...

    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Department of Utilities by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
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    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Department of Utilities by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
    GRAND RIVER SANITARY SEWER POINT REPAIRS #399-S-2016 Bid Opening: May 10, 2017, 11:00 a.m. 105 Main...

    Lake County, Ohio Commissioners Legal Notices to Bidders - Lake County Department of Utilities by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
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