$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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