Lorain County withholds $ from Lorain City

In the business portion of the meeting 12 agenda items were approved. Financial items included were

  1. Adjustment of salaries of two Avon Lake Municipal Court employees

2. Increase of $180,000 to the Neighborhood Alliance to provide protective services for Adults for Fiscal yr 2021

3. 75% reduction ($14,838.20) to the Community Incentive Grant funding to the city of Lorain until the city repays debt to the county

Agenda item #11 lifted the pandemic State of Emergency in the county rescinding resolutions 20-205, 20-206, and 20-213 which were passed by the previous administration on 3/18/20. These resolutions established the running of the county in case commissioners and/or the administrator were to be incapacitated for an extended period of time.        

Administrator & Commissioners’ Reports of Weekly Activities

Michelle Hung reported the Lake Erie Crushers will be sponsoring a food drive at their 6/30/21 game in support of the Lorain County Council on Aging food banks. 

According to their website https://lcooa.org/  LCCOA is the primary agency for supporting Lorain County’s over 68,000 older adults. Their mission is to improve the health, well-being and independence of aging individuals and other adults with special needs. 

On 6/30 bring a nonperishable food donation and be entered in a raffle for a Lake Erie Crushers Fun Pack.

Matt Lundy reported Grace Gallucci, director of Northeast Ohio Agency Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), spoke at the Township Association meeting.

Matt said the Community Protection team reported 29 covid cases and 62% of residents over the age of 18 have received covid shots.

Mr. Lundy complimented the Neighborhood Alliance on the great work they do in the county. During their virtual annual meeting they discussed a “New Kitchen” fund raising initiative.

Food Forum Forward in coordination with the Health Department and 2nd Harvest is working to get food to families in need.

SB111 is currently in review in the Ohio Senate. If passed, $422 M will be available thru the Rescue Act to townships.

Dave Moore is working with Senator Manning regarding the state biennial budget bill and hopes to have something to report next week. 

In regards to the Lorain County Trump Rally scheduled this Saturday 6/26 at the Lorain County Fairgrounds Mr. Moore expressed his feeling that the event will be safe and encouraged people to participate in this historic event for Lorain County.  

Administrator Tom Williams indicated he has had a number of calls concerning the county’s funding of the county fair. In 2020 he pointed out that due to the pandemic the fair lost half a million dollars. He emphasized that fair funding is for the Jr, Sr, and General Fair and that it supports the 4-H program year round not just the week of the fair.    

(Note: Report of June 23, 2021 Lorain County Commissioners’ Meeting)

Commissioners approve $1,700,000

Elyria, Ohio – At each county commissioners’ meeting a variety of items are voted on. Many involve financial expenditures.  When the commissioners discuss any of the items, I report that discussion. At the 6/9/21 meeting none of the commissioners offered any input on the 19 items on the agenda. All were passed unanimously.

In four of the 19 agenda items a grand total of $1,668,136.20 was approved for four different projects.

 Following votes taken on the 19 agenda items each commissioner reported on his/her activities for the previous week.

Confederate Flag

Matt Lundy followed Michelle Hung’s report on county support of the Lorain County Fair. While he expressed his personal support for the fair in general, he took the opportunity to continue to express his never ending opposition to what he described as the fair board “marketing” of the confederate flag. In his words  the flag is “a symbol of hate and more recently insurrection”.

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$15 million available to pay your rent

1. Tom Williams reported there was a meeting with mayors, county directors, community development and solid waste personnel.  Meeting was to provide county contacts to mayors and to open communication lines.  

2. Matt Lundy discussed the continued elevated numbers of county residents with mental health and addiction issues.  This should come as no surprise.  It would be helpful to know exactly what LCADA Way, MHARS Board and Nord Center are doing to address these issues.  In speaking with the former director of MHARS Board several months ago, there is no centralized record keeping of overdoses, deaths from suicide, etc. 

3. Michelle Hung reported that Lorain County Storm Water acquired 59.2 acres south of Lorain Rd. on Rt. 83 for a retention basin project.  The cost of the property was $295,000.  Michelle sits on the board for Lorain County Storm Water.  

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Mentoring & Tutoring Continue with help of $248,000

Four organizations have applied for and the commissioners awarded them with TANF funds (the state of Ohio Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program). 

Individuals and families who apply for TANF must meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household and report as required by the state.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Job and Family Services and Horizon Education Center, and Tower Educational Consulting Group, Inc. of Lorain are sharing in a combined total of $247,881.79 for Mentoring and Tutoring low income Lorain County children for the period of July 1, 2021 thru September 30, 2021.

ECK comment:

No explanation was offered as to why four organizations would be providing  what appears to be the very same services and how those services do not overlap for the same children. It would seem likely that at a minimum there would be administrative services costs duplicated across the four organizations.

(Note: This is a report about the Lorain County Commissioners meeting on May 26, 2021.)

TIFs and CHIPs approved

Elyria, Ohio – TAX ABATEMENTS and COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS APPROPRIATED FOR ANOTHER YEAR by Lorain County Commissioners.

The Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) meets yearly (as required by law) for the purpose of reviewing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) projects and residential and commercial Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs) for the previous calendar year.

The TIRC reported to the Commissioners that eight tax abatements and 34 TIFs are in compliance and should be continued for another year.

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When in doubt, throw it out

Elyria, Ohio – In the state of Ohio communities (political subdivisions) are offered an incentive program to encourage them to increase the tonnage of recyclables they recycle on an annual basis. The county administers the program and for 2021 Lorain County can receive a maximum of $450,000 to be distributed to communities meeting the state standards. 

Many communities experience a high contamination rate reducing the amount of their reimbursement so Solid Waste Management District Director Blevin is looking into implementing a variety of programs in an attempt to reduce that contamination rate. He wants to begin by targeting multi-family dwellings in Lorain and Elyria.

A slogan they hope will stick in residents’ minds is

            ”When in doubt, throw it out.”

 meaning when in doubt about a particular item as to whether it can be recycled or not, place the item in the regular

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