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April 21, 2019

    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
    John R. Hamercheck
    Commissioner
    Ron Young
    Commissioner President
    Jerry C. Cirino
    Commissioners Recognize the Deepwood Dancers by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    The Special Olympics—Lake County Ohio Dance Team (Deepwood Dancers) applied and were accepted to compete in a team dance performance representing the USA at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, which were hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on March 14-21, 2019. While the Deepwood Dancers knew it was the largest humanitarian sports event in 2019, what they didn’t know was that at the conclusion of the World Games they would get to meet the Chairman of Special Olympics, Tim Shriver, and that a proclamation would be signed so that dance is now an official Special Olympics international sport. 

    The Deepwood Dancers (listed below) are unique beyond their talents; individuals on the team have various developmental disabilities and their age span is 16—61. They embody diversity. 

    • Camryn Byrne 
    • Anthony (Tony) Cervella 
    • Lani Engel 
    • Kathy Habat 
    • Kelleen (Kelly) Kinnaird 
    • Sheryl Kintop 
    • Charles (Charlie) Schulz, Jr. 
    • Michael (Mike) Sukalac 

    LCBDD/Deepwood Recreational Specialists Ellana Fishwick and Kara Shubert, along with dance team choreographers and Coach Tana Habat were in lock step with the Deepwood Dancers the entire time, making sure that they were ready to perform their best in the competitions.

    Amongst the more than 7,500 athletes   representing 170 countries in 24 sports, the Deepwood Dancers had stellar performances and won the following medals:

    •  Lani won a gold medal in the solo competition
    • Charlie and Sheryl won a silver medal in the duo competition
    • The Deepwood Dance team won a silver medal in the team competition

    “The Deepwood Dancers were ecstatic about the opportunity to represent Lake County, Cleveland, Ohio, and the United States of America at the Special Olympics World Games,” said Tana Habat. “We expected excitement, but we saw so much more – friendship, courage and perseverance beyond our expectations.” 

    The Deepwood dance team was formed in 2017 to help continue the movement to make dance an official Special Olympic competitive sport. They are a relatively new addition to the Lake County Special Olympics program and have been performing across Lake County the past two and a half years to help raise awareness for individuals with special needs. 

    “We want to thank all who made donations and contributed time and energy to make this possible,” added Tana. “This was an amazing way to show support from our community and be part of the beginning of the movement to include dance in the array of Special Olympic talents.” 

     



    Commissioners Proclaim National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, April 5, 2019

    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 insuring their safety. A resolution was presented to Captain Mike Warner, Administrator Central Communications in the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Telecommunicators Week is April 14-20, 2019. To view the resolution please click here. 



    Public Hearing & Viewing for Vacating a Portion of Hubbard Road by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners,  by resolution adopted April 4, 2019, has set the date and time for the viewing and the date, time, and place for a public hearing to consider the proposed vacation of a portion of Hubbard Road in Madison Township. The viewing will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., at the street location. The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (prior to Commissioners’ meeting) in the Commissioners’ Chamber, 105 Main Street, 4th floor, Painesville, OH 44077.  You may also access this Public Notice via the Internet at https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/commissioners/LEGAL-NOTICES-TO-BIDDERS.

    Any questions regarding the viewing or public hearing should be addressed to the Lake County Commissioners’ Clerk, Jennifer Bell, 105 Main Street, Fourth Floor, Painesville, OH 44077 or by telephone at (440) 350-2751.

    BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, IN AND FOR LAKE COUNTY, OHIO.

    Jerry C. Cirino, President

    Ron Young, Vice President

    John R. Hamercheck, Commissioner

    Jennifer Bell, Clerk

    Publish: News Herald:

          April 5, 2019

          April 12, 2019

          and posted on the Lake County website

    Please click here to see the public notice.

     



    Commissioners Proclaim April 2019 Child Abuse Prevention Month in Lake County by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Lake County Children Services Division responded to 2,365 calls regarding children and their families in 2019. 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 Matthew Battiato, Executive Director of the Lake County Job & Family Services Department. 

     



    Commissioners Recognize March 2019 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

    During the March 14, 2019 Commissioners Meeting, members of the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities were presented with a resolution recognizing March 2019 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

     

    Please click here to see the resolution.



    Budget Hearings Announced by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    2019 Budget Hearings - 5th Floor Conference Room

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    2:30 pm                Adult Probation

    3:30 pm                Veterans

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

     1:30-3:30  pm     Utilities



    Notice of Public Meeting by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019



    Senior Services Levy & Laketran Working to Eliminate Transportation Barriers by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, January 4, 2019

    Senior Services Levy and Laketran working to eliminate transportation barriers

    Lake County, OH – The Lake County Board of Commissioners and Laketran, the regional public transportation authority, are partnering to improve transportation access for seniors to attend the plethora of activities offered at countywide Lake County senior centers. 

    Effective January 2019, Laketran, with help from the Senior Services Levy, will be offering door-to-door, Dial-a-Ride transportation to and from any Lake County senior center free of charge for Lake County residents 60 years and older.  Free transportation will also extend to seniors traveling to and from volunteer activities with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), after approval by RSVP.

    “Removing transportation barriers for seniors is an important component in addressing social isolation by enabling individuals to more fully participate in an active community life,” said Alyea Barajas, Senior Services Coordinator for the Lake County Commissioners. “Lake County is fortunate to have many wonderful opportunities to be socially engaged at the local senior centers and with RSVP.  We are thankful for Laketran’s ability to help us offer this service to seniors in a manner that is convenient and easy to access.”

    “Senior Centers are our third most population destination, after work and medical trips,” shared Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “In the past we have operated programs with individual senior centers, but by consolidating the program at the county level, not only will it be managed more efficiently, but the partnership will guarantee all seniors in Lake County have the same access.”

    As the aging population of Lake County continues to grow, the demand for Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride service continues to do the same.

    Transit trips to area senior centers has increased 25 percent between 2015 and 2017.  Last year, Laketran provided over 15,000 Dial-a-Ride trips to area senior centers, plus an additional 2,000 trips to RSVP volunteers.

    “Men tend to outlive their driving ability by about six years and women, by about 10 years. It is just the beginning of a span of 25-30 years where the baby boomer generation will demand more transportation services and partnerships like this are vital to the quality of life for seniors in Lake County,” explained Capelle.

    Capelle also pointed out the new partnership simplifies the senior transportation program, which makes it easier for the user as well as to manage internally. 

    “What’s best about this partnership is it’s easy for seniors to understand. Simply, if you’re over 60, Laketran can get you to any senior center in the county and it’s free,” explained Capelle.

    To make a reservation for Laketran’s Dial-a-Ride service, call (440) 354-6100.



    Commissioners Hire New EMA Director by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

    LAKE COUNTY, OHIO COMMISSIONERS HIRE NEW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY DIRECTOR

    Lake County will soon have a new Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director following a Resolution passed by the Commissioners at their November 29th meeting. 

    Joseph Busher Jr. will start work on December 10th and receive training from current EMA Director Larry Greene who is set to retire on January 18th of 2019. The overlap will ensure a seamless transition by allowing time for Busher to become familiar with his new job responsibilities.

    “I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for me to continue my career in public safety. This position gives me the ability to work with all public safety and private agencies collaboratively to prepare, plan for and mitigate against natural or manmade disasters. If an emergency should occur, using the Lake County Emergency Operation Plan to provide for the safety, response, support and recovery of all the citizens and communities of Lake County. It is truly an honor to have been chosen for this position,” said Mr. Busher.

    A resident of Concord Township, Busher has over 35 years in public service, 32 of which were spent with the Mentor Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief.

    “First of all, I want to thank Larry Greene for his outstanding performance as our county’s EMA Director during most of my tenure as Commissioner. He’s leaving some big shoes to be filled, but the Busher family has a long history of public safety service in Lake County, and I am personally confident that Joe’s experience and stellar reputation of dedication to duty will ensure that Lake County’s citizens will continue to be well served and protected from unforeseen emergency situations”, Commissioner Daniel P. Troy stated.

     Greene, who has over 45 years in public safety, worked for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office before being hired as county EMA Director in October of 2003. He and his family live in Leroy Township.     

    The EMA, among other responsibilities, coordinates disaster response and preparedness for Lake County.  The EMA Director maintains the Emergency Operations Center in readiness and coordinates county programs with other first responders both locally and regionally.

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    Commissioners Proclaim November 2018 National Adoption Awareness Month by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

    During the October 25, 2018, Commissioners Meeting, the Board of Lake County Commissioners proclaimed November 2018 National Adoption Awareness Month in Lake County, Ohio. The Commissioners presented the Director of the Lake County Job & Family Services Matt Battiato and Probate Judge Mark Bartolotta with a resolution. The Commissioners urge the people of our community to help raise awareness about the children available for adoption, recognize the valuable service of adoptive families in our community, and to focus our attention on recruiting and licensing adoptive homes in order to give these children forever families. 

     



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    Bids for Lake County Sheriff's Office Fleet Vehicle Repairs & Maintenance Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice.  Please click here to view the Sheriff's Office Fleet Bid Specifications

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    Bids for Lake County General Fleet Vehicle Repairs & Maintenance Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice.  Please click here to view the General Fleet Bid Specifications.

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    Re-Bid for Carter Road  Arch Culvert Repair - 2019 for the Lake County Engineer's Office Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice. 

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    Bids for Resurfacing Various County Roads - 2019 for the Lake County Engineer's Office Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice. 

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    Bids for Limestone/Sand for the Lake County Department of Utilities Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice. 

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    Bids for Fittings, Repair Parts, Service Equipment and Tools for the Lake County Department of Utilities Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice. 

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    Requests for Proposals for Household Hazardous Waste Collections Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice. 

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    Bids Proposals to Administer and Manage a Non-Medical In-Home Care Services Program for Adults Age 60 and Older Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice.  RFP for Non-Medical In-Home Care Program

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    Bids for Waldmer Drive Waterline Replacement Project #410-W Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: 105 Main Street, 4th Floor, Painesville, Ohio  44077 Please click here to view the legal notice. 

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    LAKE COUNTY, OHIO NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids for the purchase of four (4) School Buses for the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities (The Board) will be received by The Board’s Director of Operations until 11:00 am on February 28, 2019, at the LCBDD Administration Building, 8121 Deepwood Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060. All Bids will be opened and read aloud at that time.  The Board may choose to not award the Bid until thirty (30) days after the Bid opening. Bids are to consist of school bus body and chassis, per the Bid Specifications.  Bid Specifications may be obtained at the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities Administration Building or Transportation Department, 8121 Deepwood Blvd., Mentor, Ohio during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Each Bid shall contain the full name and address of each person or company interested in the Bid and shall be accompanied by a Bid Guaranty in accordance with Section 153.54 of the Ohio Revised Code.  Bid security furnished in bond form shall be issued by a surety company or corporation licensed in the State of Ohio to provide such surety. All bidding must conform to Sections 3313.46 & 3327.08 of the Ohio Revised Code and Attorney General’s Opinion #70-105. All chassis and bodies must meet minimum state standards.  The Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Bids, to waive informalities or irregularities in the bidding process and to enter into a contract with the Bidder whom, in its opinion, offers the lowest responsive and responsible Bid.  All Bids shall be in sealed envelopes and marked “School Bus Bid.”  

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