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Welcome to the official page for news about the Lorain County Commissioners! This section focuses on current events and accomplishments related to the Board of Commissioners and their partners. Please visit our list of Commissioner Projects for detailed descriptions of what the Commissioners are currently working on.

Commissioners Showcase Bronze SWANA Award

Lorain County CommissionersThe Lorain County Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce that the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District (LCSWMD) has been awarded the 2013 “Bronze Excellence Award” from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), an organization of which the District is a member.

The LCSWMD nominated its
Collection Center (located at 540 South Abbe Rd. in Elyria, Ohio) for the “Special Waste” category. The facility opened its doors to Lorain County residents and businesses in June 2010. Since then, it has had a steady stream of patrons of over 10,000 vehicles through its door each year.

For more information, please call Keith Bailey,
Director of the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District at (440) 329-5440, or email kbailey@loraincounty.us.

Commissioners Honor 9-1-1 Agency's Staff

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, the Lorain County Board of Commissioners honored Robin Jones as Retired Director of Emergency 9-1-1 and welcomed Tracy Slagle as the new Acting Director for the department as part of their weekly meeting.

Later on, the Board also recognized Melody Leisure with a Certificate (LC 911 Dispatcher) as the Ohio Gold Star Winner for the State of Ohio. She was recently honored on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the related conference luncheon. The Ohio Gold Star Award is chosen from nominations submitted by dispatch agencies all over the State. The Commissioners and their staff are very proud of her accomplishment and were happy to congratulate her.

Commissioners Waive Dog License Late Fees

On Wednesday, April 25, 2013, the Lorain County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution #13-173 to waive late fees on dog licenses. Normally, a penalty would be assessed for anyone that has not obtained a dog license after January 31, 2013, but the dog licenses mailers had a few errors. So a new Amnesty program will now be effective from May 1-31, 2013.

For more information about the program or to Purchase a Dog License, please contact Warden Jack Szlempa of the Lorain County Dog Kennel at (440) 326-5995. The Dog Kennel is open from 10 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday - Saturday. Dog licenses may be purchased at multiple locations, including the Lorain County Auditor's Office in the Lorain County Administration Building (226 Middle Ave., 2 Fl., Elyria, OH 44035).

NEW! Commissioners Host Offshore Wind Webinar

Clean Energy States AllianceOn Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 11 am - 12 pm, the Lorain County Board of Commissioners hosted a Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar in the LCGP's 5th Floor Conference (located in the Lorain County Administration Building), in partnership with CESA's Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP) and the Great Lakes Wind Network (GLWN).

Patrick Fullenkamp, Director of Technical Services, GLWN; Principal Investigator, DOE Supply Chain Project) and Dee Holody, Director of Operations, GLWN; Assistant PI, DOE Supply Chain Project presented information about potential opportunities as the LEEDco's World-Class 'Icebreaker' Project moves forward, including DOE/GLWN Offshore Supply Chain Project and how coastal regions can participate in the development and implementation of this emerging energy industry.
 
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) was one of seven offshore projects to receive funding, from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); the only project committed to installing wind turbines in the Great Lakes. LEEDCO will receive $4 million over the next 15 months. In addition to the LEEDCo award, local GLWN received DOE funding to assist the seven projects regarding the offshore supply chain.

With the announcement of DOE funding for technology demonstration projects in Port Isabel, TX; Atlantic City, NJ; Cleveland, OH; Coos Bay, OR; Booth Bay Harbor and Monhegan Island, ME; and Virginia Beach, VA - and with Cape Wind in Massachusetts and Block Island in Rhode Island already under permit - the U.S. is well on its way to making offshore wind energy a reality.

The DOE recently awarded the GLWN a research project grant for the benefit of the U.S. wind industry, titled “U.S. Wind Energy Manufacturing and Supply Chain: A Competitiveness Analysis.” The webinar will give an overview of how GLWN works with regional economies to identify opportunities for logistics, transportation, manufacturing, staging, and attraction – all areas that will support the advancement of the offshore industry.

For more information, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Mike Challender at (440) 328-2361.
 
Commissioners Recognize Murray Ridge Soccer

Murray Ridge Soccer TeamThis is the fifth season the Murray Ridge Soccer Team played "Five-A-Side" soccer. The team competes under the auspices of Special Olympics Ohio. The year 2011 marked the first season that the team won the state title at the Ohio Summer Gases held on the campus of The Ohio State University. In 2012, they repeated as State Champions. In 2012, the Raiders finished the regular season undefeated with 10 victories. They had 3 wins over Lake County DD, 2 wins against Geauga County DD, and wins against Sandusky County DD, Lucas County DD, Portage County DD, Medina County DD and Henry County DD. At the Ohio Summer Games they defeated Montgomery County in the semi-finals, 4-2. In the championship game they bested Medina County, 9-0.

Team Roster: BJ Winkelman is the head coach. Micelle Miller is the assistant coach. Eric Byner: age 28, lives in Elyria; this was his third season; he plays defense. Victor Elder: age 28; lives in Lorain; this was his 3rd season; he plays defense. Ryan Eliason: age 24; lives in Grafton; this was his fourth season; he plays offense. Jeremy Foster: age 21; lives in Grafton; this was his first season; he plays defense/goal keeper. Carl Jeans: ages 39; lives in Lorain; this was his 4th season; he plays offense. Eric Johnson: age 45; lives in Elyria; this was his 5th season; goal keeper. Demetrius (DJ) Overall: age 25, lives in Elyria; this was his fourth season; he plays offense. Angel Rivera: age 22; lives in Lorain; this was his 3rd season; he plays defense. Kristopher Sommer: age 28; lives in Vermilion; this was his 5th season; he plays defense.

Commissioners Accept Award from Cleveland+

2012 Cleveland Plus AwardsOn Wednesday, June 27, 2012, the Lorain County Commissioners attended the 2012 Cleveland Plus Awards. The Commissioners were pleased to accept a 2012 Plus Award on behalf of the Lorain County Growth Partnership (LCGP), as one of its founding partners. The Growth Partnership won the 2012 Plus Award in the category of Workforce Development for the "Training and Retention of the Republic Steel Workforce".

At its inception, it was predicted that the project would likely generate up to 90 new steelworker jobs and an annual payroll of up to $8.5 million (according to public application documents from the State of Ohio Department of Development, Strategic Business Investment Division).

Other recipients of Business Attraction Plus Award included Team Lorain CountyLCJVS, LCCC and the Workforce Institute of Lorain County. For more information, please visit www.clevelandplus.com.  
 
Commissioners Raise Flag to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

On Mon., June 18, 2012 at noon, the Lorain County Board of Commissioners commemorated the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 to mark an important occasion in the history of the State of Ohio and the United States.

The United States of America declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812 in an attempt to end British violations of its sovereignty and to preserve its national honor. This conflict lasted for over two and half years and significant fighting occurred in our own state. Yet, few citizens today know about the history of the conflict and it significance.

The War of 1812 was our fist major war as a new nation and asselted our right as a sovereign nation to defend ourselves against illegal acts. By declaring and fighting a war against Great Britian, we not only preserved our national honor, but showed the world that the United State of America was to be reckoned with on an international level or a regional level, the
fighting of Ohioians solidified American control of our state and ended an almost sixty-year stuggle for the Great Lakes region.

The war had a lasting impact on Ohio bringing about the creation of new towns, supporting settlements, and cementing the cultural geographic boundaries of the Great Lakes region that exist to this day.

From big battles to small skirmishes, to life on the home front, there are numerous stories to be told about the impact of this conflict on individuals, families and communities gathered together, these individual stories create one collective voice that begins to form a larger picture and defines our Ohio story.

Today this 15 star flag, the very kind flown in 1812, represents the Ohio story and the American Story that is the War of 1812. For more information, please visit the website for the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
 
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