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January 23, 2021

    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
    John R. Hamercheck
    Commissioner
    Ron Young

    Hereby, notice is given, the Lake County Auditor is seeking to fill the position of Deputy Auditor - Appraisal Manager. Click here for details...

    RSVP Lake County Moves Under the Lake County Commissioners by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, January 15, 2021

    RSVP Lake County moves under the Lake County Commissioners

    Lake County, OH – 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 year-long strategic plan that focused on priorities related to the Senior Services Levy.  Volunteer services were 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 in early 2021. 

    Please click here for the PDF version.



    COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Phase 1B in Lake County by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021

    Joint Statement from Lake County Emergency Management Agency

    Lake County General Health District, and Lake Health

    Re: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

    For Phase 1B Populations 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.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.



    LAKE COUNTY WINS WITH STATE CAPITAL BILL by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020

    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

    Please click here to read the entire press release.



    COMMISSIONERS APPROVE PURCHASE OF A NEW REVERSE 911 SYSTEM by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020

    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.)

    Please click here to view the entire press release.



    Commissioners Appoint Future Director of Job & Family Services by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, December 4, 2020

    The Board of Lake County Commissioners announced on December 3, 2020, that they have selected Willoughby resident Suzanne Casar as the next Director of the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services after current Director, Matthew Battiato retires in May of 2021.

    Please click here to read the complete news release.



    COMMISSIONERS, POLICE CHIEFS AND SHERIFF ANNOUNCING INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGHOUT LAKE COUNTY IN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

    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.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.

    Link to the video of the press conference.

    News-Herald Article



    Lifeline Announces Rent, Mortgage, and Water Assistance for Ohioans Impacted by COVID-19 by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

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

    October 28, 2020

    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. 

    Please click here to view the entire press release.



    Commissioners Small Business Grants and Loans Making Impact throughout Lake County by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

          Commissioners Small Business Grants and Loans Making Impact throughout Lake County

    PAINESVILLE, OH, OCTOBER 28, 2020-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.

    Please click here to view the entire press release.



    Commissioners Proclaim National Adoption Awareness Month in November by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

    THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ADOPT A RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2020"NATIONAL ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH" IN LAKE COUNTY, OHIO

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

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

    Please click here to view the resolution.



    Commissioners Proclaim October "Made in America" Month in Lake County, Ohio by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, October 9, 2020

    THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ADOPT A RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER "MADE IN AMERICA" MONTH IN LAKE COUNTY, OHIO

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

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

    Please click here to view the resolution.



    Siren Test Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.



    Siren Test Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.



    Siren Testing September 30, 2020 @ 9 am by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    Cleveland Communications will be testing the following sirens starting at about 9 am this Wednesday after the silent siren test.

    The locations of the sirens tests are:       

    L19 near intersection of Middle Ridge and 20- Perry Twp.

    L2 near intersection of Hubbard and Madison Ave.- Madison Twp.

    L26 Near area of 608 and Winchell- Concord Twp.

     



    Siren Testing August 31 - POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEEK by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, August 28, 2020

    The test has been postponed until next week.

    Harbor Energy is performing some testing on sirens in the Davis-Besse and Perry EPZs next week.  This testing requires us to take actual sound level readings for each of the types of sirens we have.  The data collected is then used to calibrate the computer model that our contractor uses to create a map of the siren decibel levels.  The basic test is as follows:

    1. Disable rotation, such that the siren remains pointed at the instruments.
    2. Place instruments at siren height, using a bucket truck, calibrate sound meters, and record.
    3. Sound the siren to record data.
    4. Place the siren back in a normal condition and move to the next siren.

    Schedule

    Monday 8/31

    • Testing will be performed at siren L19 at approximately 1015 am on Monday 8/31/2020.
    • Testing will be performed at Siren L2 at approximately 1130 am
    • Testing will be performed at Siren L26 at 1:00 pm

    The locations of the sirens tests are:       

    L19 near intersection of Middle Ridge and 20- Perry Twp.

    L2 near intersection of Hubbard and Madison Ave.- Madison Twp.

    L26 Near area of 608 and Winchell- Concord Twp.



    Siren Test Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Monday, July 6, 2020

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.



    Siren Test For April 8, 2020 Will Be Silent by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

    At the request of the Board of Lake County Commissioners, in an effort to avoid causing unnecessary concern for the public, Energy Harbor’s audible siren test scheduled for April 8, 2020 has been re-scheduled as a silent test.  Normal testing is expected to resume next quarter.



    Ohio EMA Warns About Scam Phone Calls by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

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    For Immediate Release: March 30, 2020

    Ohio Emergency Management Agency Will NOT Call You Asking for Personal Information

    Scammers are Trying to Monopolize on Fear of COVID-19

    COLUMBUS – The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) is receiving reports of spam calls to Ohioans from individuals claiming to be from the Ohio EMA and requesting personal protected information, such as a Social Security number.

    “The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is not calling Ohioans and asking for their protected personal information,” said Executive Director Sima Merick. “If you receive such a call, it is a scam. Please hang up the phone.”

    Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Ohio Department of Commerce Director Sherry Maxfield offer these tips to protect yourself from other scams:

    · Watch out for emails claiming to be from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other expert sources offering special advice or information about coronavirus disease 2019. Legitimate information is available for free from the CDC coronavirus.gov or from the Ohio Department of Health at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

    · Ignore advertisements promoting cures for COVID-19. There currently are no vaccines, prescription medications, or over-the-counter products available to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19.

    · Refrain from investing in businesses touting products, services or cures for COVID-19. Scam artists try to use the market downturn and the pandemic to scare investors into so-called “safer, guaranteed investments.”

    · Research nonprofit organizations and crowdfunding campaigns before donating. A database of registered charities is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. Avoid groups that pressure you into donating and never donate via cash, gift cards, wire transfer, or prepaid money card. These are the preferred payment methods of scammers.

    · Be watchful of anyone going door to door offering coronavirus testing or temperature readings and/or requesting personal information. Call law enforcement immediately if you see a suspicious person. Never let strangers into your home.

    · Beware of emails and other attempts to “phish” for your personal, financial, and/or medical information. When in doubt, do not share. If the source claims to be your bank or a government agency, confirm they are legitimate by calling the organization at a phone number you have verified.

    For information on government stimulus checks, visit the Federal Trade Commission website and stay tuned for updates from reliable news sources. The government will not ask you to pay anything to receive this money and will never ask for your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number. Never give this information out.

    · When online, avoid clicking on unknown links or pop-ups and never download any suspicious email attachment. Doing so could infect your devices with malicious software designed to steal your personal information or lock your computer until you pay a ransom.

    The Department of Commerce asks consumers to ask yourself these questions to help spot red flags:

    · Has someone contacted you unexpectedly about an investment opportunity or asked for payment on an unfamiliar account? If you weren’t expecting a phone call or didn’t initiate the contact, hang up. If you can put a block on the incoming phone number, do so to avoid additional calls.

    · Has someone promised you something? If you are offered something that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

    · Has someone asked you to do something? Were you asked for banking, credit card, or other financial account information? If you didn’t initiate the conversation, don’t provide it.

    · Is an investment being offered with a guaranteed high return with little or no risk? All investments carry risk. No one can guarantee an investment return.

    · Is there a sense of urgency or limited availability surrounding an investment? If the offer is legitimate, it will be there later. If someone offers you a “can’t miss” investment opportunity and puts you on the spot, don’t be afraid to walk away.

    · Is the person offering the investment, and the investment itself, properly licensed or registered? For the same reasons you wouldn’t go to an unlicensed doctor or dentist, you should avoid unregistered investment salespeople and their products.

    · Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive sales practice should contact the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost at www.OhioProtects.org or 1-800-282-0515.

    Price Gouging

    · Attorney General Yost’s Consumer Protection Section is receiving complaints of price gouging for items such as surgical masks and toilet paper. State law bans unconscionable sales practices, which could include dramatically increasing the price products solely in response to current events.

     

    For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

     

    If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community.

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    Siren Test Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.

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    Siren Test Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.



    Siren Test Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 11 am by NewsPosts, Publish Date: Monday, July 8, 2019

    Please be advised there will be an audible emergency siren test Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. This is only a test.



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    Bids for the GLK Digester Improvement Project #408-S-2017 for the Lake  County Department of Utilities Date: Wednesday, September 25, 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 the Lake County Roads Pavement Markings - 2019 Project for the Lake County Engineer's Office  Date: Wednesday, September 4, 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 the Blackbrook Maintenance Garage Roof Project - Ceiling Insulation Phase in Painesville Township for the Lake County Engineer's Office  Date: Wednesday, August 14, 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 the Blackbrook Maintenance Garage Roof Project - Ceiling Insulation Phase in Painesville Township for the Lake County Engineer's Office  Date: Wednesday, August 14, 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 the Winchell Road Culvert Replacement in Concord Township,Ohio, LCE Project No. 2019-009 for the Lake County Engineer's Office and Administered by the Stormwater Management Department Date: Wednesday, July 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 the Improvement of Various County Roads with Chip Seal LCE Project No. 2019-011 for the Lake County Engineer's Office Date: Wednesday, July 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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    Non-Medical In-Home Care Services Program The Bid Opening Date was March 8, 2019. Please see the attached notice of Intent to Award.

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    Bids for Lake County Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements #385-S-2016 for the Lake County Department of Utilities Date: Wednesday, June 26, 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 Lakeshore Boulevard Waterline Crossover Project #411-W for the Lake County Department of Utilities Date: Wednesday, June 12, 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 Lake County Road Department Salt - 2019 Date: Wednesday, May 22, 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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