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Lorain County has a variety of programs available to assist small businesses. The Lorain County Community Development Department and the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District offer several Grant Programs, including the Lorain County Revolving Loan Fund. These departments can also direct you to other organizations in the region for assistance through other programs. Please call 440-328-2322 for more information.
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The Lorain County Board of Commissioners generally meets every Wednesday at 9:30 am. The meetings are held at the Lorain County Administration Building in Public Hearing Room B. For details about this arrangement, please refer to the information about the Commissioners Meetings.
Special events attended by the Commissioners may be posted on the webpage for Commissioner News. To find general events happening throughout Lorain County, please view our online County Calendar.
All Commissioner's Agendas and Minutes are posted online each week for community members to view. The collection of agendas is available online for the current and previous years (as far back as 2018).
Please feel free to Subscribe to Updates and receive the Commissioners agenda via email each week. To view an agenda that is not on this website, please contact the Clerk of Board.
While the Commissioners do not directly participate in lobbying, the County does belong to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Both of these distinct organizations work in partnership and have a registered lobbyist for lobbying issues at the state and federal levels.
The policy development process leads to the publication of The American County Platform, which NACo uses as a guide to deliver County government's message to the Administration, Congress and the American public. The CCAO also publishes a variety of Publications.
NACo's Committees, whose members include County officials from every region of the country, are charged on an annual basis with evaluating issues and policies. The CCAO also charges a respective membership fee. For the year of 2012, Lorain County paid $6,007 for NaCo Membership and $10,392 for CCAO Membership.
The annual membership fee contributed to these two organizations is determined by population and is subject to change each year. For more information, please email Sandra Strohsack or call her at 440-329-5760.
The Lorain County Sheriff's Sales are scheduled on select Wednesdays on the Fourth Floor of the Lorain County Administration Building (226 Middle Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035), in the Commissioners Meeting Room D. Please note that the Lorain County Commissioners and their Departments are not at all affiliated with the Lorain County Sheriff's Sales.
Additional information and FAQs can be found on the website for the Lorain County Sheriff (updated daily on weekdays), by calling Mary Ochenas at 440-329-5544, or you can visit the Lorain County Sheriff Civil Office, located at the Lorain County Justice Center (225 Court Street, Elyria, OH 44035).
If you are interested in obtaining a notary license to become a notary public, please contact the Lorain County Clerk of Courts' Office. They are located on the First Floor of the Lorain County Justice Center (225 Court Street, Elyria, OH 44035). The Civil Division of the Clerk of Courts (Room 105) handles civil case filings, appellate case filings, notary public applications. Their office hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, please call the Clerk of Courts' Office at 440-329-5536, or fax: 440-328-2416.
If you were born in Lorain County or in Ohio you can obtain birth certificates by contacting the Lorain County General Health District:
9880 S Murray Ridge RoadElyria, OH 44035Phone: 440-322-6367 or 244-2209Fax: 440-322-0911
The Lorain County General Health District provides certified copies of death certificates, which are available for those that passed away in Lorain County, except in the City of Lorain. Their office does not have state-wide issuance. For details about obtaining certificates, please their webpage for Birth and Death Certificates.
If you would like to request a copy of a person's will that died in Lorain County, please contact the Lorain County Probate Court:
225 Court Street6th FloorElyria, OH 44035
Phone: 440-329-5175Fax: 440-328-2157
Lorain County offers a variety of financial incentive programs for businesses. The Lorain County Community Development Department wants to help your business grow and thrive. Please call 440-328-2322 for more information.
The Lorain County Community Development Department has local and State grant programs available for qualified housing improvements, marketing and off-site infrastructure projects. Please call Community Development at 440-328-2322 for more information. You may also be interested in Grant Programs available from the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District. Please feel free to contact the District with your questions.
The Lorain County Community Development Department analyzes and distributes census figures by mail to the townships from Census.gov as they become available. Information is available upon request. Please contact Lorain County Community Development Department for more information.
The Annual Budget and Annual Appropriation are really one and the same document and set of annual numbers. The word "Budget" is typically used as a business term, and focuses on the idea that a budget is a one-year "plan" together with many line-item accounts to guide businesses and governments during the course of the year.
The Budget Department provides current information concerning the County Budget (XLS) each year. The word "Appropriation" is a more formal term than "Budget" and focuses on the legal precept that monies must be set aside formally by legislation (through resolutions of by the Lorain County Board of Commissioners) to meet County payments to vendors, bond and noteholders, and other government agencies.
The "Tax Budget" is compiled in the first half of each year for the succeeding year's activity. In terms of County revenues, the Tax Budget provides governmental departments (Commissioners, County Auditor, State Tax Commission) with a first view of anticipated revenues for the succeeding year, including estimated revenues in relation to not only the General Fund but also special revenue funds and levy (millage) funds.
In terms of expenditures, the Tax Budget is a valuable tool for, again, providing a first estimate of what expenditures may occur in the succeeding year, and how realistic such expenditures may be as compared to tax budget revenue estimates. As of this writing, the County Budget Commission has waived the requirement of constructing a tax budget under Section 5705.28.1 of the Ohio Revised Code. However, the Budget Commission requires the taxing authority to provide information needed by the Commission to perform its duties, and more information after June 9, 2003.
The Annual Budget (annual appropriation) is the final budget created for the succeeding year. This budget is hammered out in the last half of the year for the succeeding year. It is approved by the Board of County Commissioners by formal resolution in December. The Annual Budget, then, as opposed to the Tax Budget, becomes the official budget for the succeeding year and provides the legal basis for the Board to meet its payment obligations.
The Lorain County Purchasing Department and the Special Projects Management office are now posting information about public bidding online, including RFPs & RFQs (Requests for Proposals and Qualifications). Please see our frequently-updated list of Public Notices to find bids that are currently available. Bids may also be advertised in some local newspapers, like The Chronicle-Telegram and The Morning Journal.
The County does not currently operate a Building Department. If the work is within a Local Municipality, then please contact the appropriate entity. If the work is within a Township, and the work is commercial, please contact the local Township entity and check to see if they have a relationship with a State of Ohio Certified Building Official and Inspector.
Another option is to contact the State of Ohio for plan review and permits. The Ohio Department of Commerce provides 2 lists of building departments and sub-departments for residential and commercial properties, which are certified by their Board of Building Standards.
For questions or more information, please contact the Lorain County Community Development Department at 440-328-2322 or email them.
The Lorain County Dog Kennel is the county facility for temporarily housing stray and unwanted dogs. For all questions concerning dogs missing or found, please contact the Dog Kennel at 440-329-5995, or email Dog Warden Tim Pihlblad.
You may also Sign Up for Doggie Alerts to receive information about recent captures, which include the area and physical attributes of dogs. If you would like to receive these notices via email, simply Subscribe to Updates.
If you are interested in adopting a stray dog for a new pet, please see our list of Dogs to Adopt. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, please contact the Dog Kennel at 440-329-5995, or email the kennel.
The Lorain County Dog Kennel updates this list of dogs as frequently as possible, sometimes more than once a day - so please check back frequently. If you have trouble viewing this page, please check back in about 24 hours - we may be experiencing technical difficulties with our site.
For further information about adopting dogs in Lorain County, please visit the Friends of the Lorain County Dog Kennel.
The County maintains a comprehensive list of local Recycling Centers, which provides contact information for these facilities. The Solid Waste Management District also supports these recycling businesses and organizations, along with actual collection programs. Many materials may be recycled at the Lorain County Collection Center.
The District's recycling projects include blue bag recycling, fluorescent bulb and ballast recycling, composting, e-scrap collection, household hazardous waste, latex paint disposal, use motor oil, printer cartridge recycling, and scrap tire disposal. For general inquiries about recycling in Lorain County, please call the Solid Waste District's Information Hotline at 800-449-5463.
The Jury Commissioners have dedicated the Jury Duty page to provide complete guidelines and rules for the jury. All jury groups must call the Lorain County Justice Center every night for jury instructions. Please dial 440-328-2240, 440-328-2241 or 877-223-8744 (toll free) only after 4:30 pm for this information. Jurors must listen to the entire message for complete instructions. The information for jurors will also be posted on our Jury Instructions page, which is updated after 4:30 pm every day (and not before).
The Lorain County Transit (LCT) operates a total of 4 fixed Bus Routes and a Dial-a-Ride service. Printed copies of these bus routes may be picked up at the Lorain County Commissioners Office, located on the Fourth Floor of the Lorain County Administration Building. For additional schedule or fare information, please call the Transit at 440-329-5525 or 440-244-6261; you may also send LCT an email. LCT office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. If you are calling after hours, please call the Scheduling Department at 800-406-7541 or 440-365-0224. The hearing disabled may access these numbers through the Ohio Relay Service at 800-750-0750.
Lorain County has been a member of the National Association of County's (NACo) Prescription Drug Discount Card Program since 2005. This program was designed for uninsured and underinsured residents. Use the card anytime your prescriptions are not covered by insurance. Through a partnership with Caremark, this simple discount card can save an average of 22% off the full retail cost of prescription medication.
Printed copies of the discount card are available for pick-up at the Lorain County Commissioners Office, located on the 4th floor of the County Administration Building:
226 Middle Avenue4th FloorElyria, OH 44035
A Customized Prescription Discount Card is also available online for PDF download at Caremark's Online Resource Center.
We are always looking for ways to improve our website for Lorain County, Ohio. The Lorain County Commissioners would be delighted to include information for your business or organization as part of our Information Center, or as one of our Helpful Links. We are also able to add various upcoming events to our County Calendar. If you are interested in becoming a part of Lorain County's site, please call Sandy Strohsack at 440-329-5760 or email her.
While browsing this site, you may have noticed that a few webpages include a short message indicating that they are under construction. These webpages are not quite finished for the public to see.
Features of our site that are under construction include podcasts, email subscriptions, online newsletters, and streaming video. Please be patient as we work rapidly to complete these pages.
If you are looking for information on a page that is currently under construction, please call the County's Automated Switchboard at 440-329-5000, or feel free to Email Us. Your question will then be transferred to the appropriate County office.