Board of County Commissioners

Board of Lucas County Commissioners appoints new directors for JFS and Planning and Development

 

TOLEDO, OH. – The Board of Lucas County Commissioners recently approved the promotion of two long-time Lucas County employees to new positions.

Breda Osburn was named Director of Lucas County Job and Family Services (JFS) and Tonia Saunders was appointed Director of Planning and Development. The appointments are effective immediately. Read full release.

Lucas County Commissioners to Promote In-Demand Jobs Week



TOLEDO, OH. – The Lucas County Board of Commissioners will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019, to talk about upcoming local events to recognize “In-Demand Jobs Week”, a state-wide celebration of jobs, industries, and skills that are in demand in Ohio. Read full release.

Lucas County announced as Certified Welcoming



TOLEDO, OH. – The Board of Lucas County Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has achieved the status of Certified Welcoming, the first county in Ohio and only the second community in the state to earn the merit. The Commissioners and Welcoming America announced Lucas County’s achievement today during a press conference in One Government Center.

According to research published by New American Economy, the immigrant population in the city of Toledo grew from 2.8 percent in 2000 to 3.7 percent in 2014. During the same the period, the U.S.-born population decreased nearly a 13 percent. Also, local immigrants, who account for 3.4 percent of the overall population, make up 4.2 percent of the workforce, generate nearly $242 million in spending power for the local economy, and contribute more than $31 million in state and local taxes. Read full release.



Board of Lucas County Commissioners declare opposition to Ohio House Bill 6



TOLEDO, OH – The Board of Lucas County Commissioners today strongly declared its opposition to House Bill 6, which the commissioners view as nothing more than a bailout for the bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., the parent company of Toledo Edison.

“House Bill 6 will only help the shareholders of FirstEnergy and FirstEnergy Solutions while significantly raising electricity rates on homeowners, renters, small business, and industry in Ohio,” the Commissioners said. Read full release.



Lucas County Announces New Development for SeaGate Convention Centre and the Opening of New Hyatt Brand Hotel



Dual-Branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House to Occupy Former Hotel Building

TOLEDO, OH.– The Lucas County Commissioners are excited to announce the construction of a dedicated ballroom that will be attached to the SeaGate Convention Centre and the redevelopment and operation of a nearly 200-room hotel that will carry the dual brands of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House to be located in the vacant hotel building adjacent to the convention center.  Read full release.

Lucas County Commissioners file lawsuit in federal court seeking the U.S. EPA to enforce U.S. Clean Water Act to clean up Lake Erie



TOLEDO, OH – The Board of Lucas County Commissioners filed a lawsuit today to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to comply with its legal obligations under the Clean Water Act regarding the impaired status of Lake Erie.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo, states that the refusal of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to submit a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to the federal EPA violates the requirements of the Clean Water Act and other federal regulations. Read full release.


Board of Lucas County Commissioners Announce Citizens Task Force to Confront Concerns about Public Transportation



TOLEDO, OH – The Board of Lucas County Commissioners today announced the community members who will serve on the task force charged with reviewing the future long-term funding and sustainability of public transportation services in the greater Toledo area.

The members of the task force are: Kim Cutcher, Local Initiatives Support Corp. Executive Director; Cheri Budzynski, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; G. Opie Rollison, Marshall Melhorn; Rev. Otis Gordon, Warren A.M.E. Church Senior Pastor and Certified Public Accountant; Doni Miller, Neighborhood Health Association Chief Executive Officer; Angie Goodnight, Information and Community Outreach Coordinator for Ability Center of Greater Toledo; Michael Hampton,      Getting Ahead While Getting Out; Dan Rogers, Cherry Street Mission Ministries President and CEO; Bruce Baumhower, President of United Auto Workers Local 12; Sam Melden, Director of Metro Region Volunteer Services for ProMedica;  Alexis Hayman-Staples, Toledo Pride/Collingwood Arts Center Executive Director; Drew Williams, University of Toledo Student Government President; Duke Wheeler, Wheeler Farms; Joe Luzar, Vice President Business Development at The Mosser Group; Adele Jasion, accountant/owner of Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD; Demetria Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority; Guisselle Mendoza, President of Latino Alliance of Northwest Ohio, and Frank Szollosi,  National Wildlife Federation’s Regional Outreach Coordinator.

The Commissioners believe public transportation is vital to the economy and viability of our community. The task force will therefore be charged with an examination of transportation needs in the Greater Toledo area and the development of recommendations that will promote the most connective and efficient transit system going forward.  


Mayor and Commissioners Announce Members of the Toledo-Lucas County Complete Count Committee 


TOLEDO, OH – The Lucas County Board of Commissioners and Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz today announced the citizens who will be serving on the Toledo-Lucas County Complete Count Committee, which is charged with ensuring that there will be a comprehensive enumeration of all residents of Toledo and Lucas County during the upcoming 2020 decennial census.

Complete count committees are commissions organized by local governments to raise awareness of and facilitate a higher self-response rate to the census and are comprised of representatives from civic organizations, faith-based groups, educators, the business community, labor, and other community stakeholders. 

The members of the committee are: U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur; Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz; Gary L. Byers, Lucas County Commissioner; Pete Gerken, Lucas County Commissioner; Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Lucas County Commissioner; Mark Reiter, Lucas County Public Information Officer; Ignazio Messina, City of Toledo Director of Communication; Brian Dicken, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce; Shannon Lands, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department; Barbara J. Petee, ProMedica; Jeff Dempsey, Mercy Health; Doni Miller, Neighborhood Health Association; Dr. Donald Perryman, Center for Hope Church; Dr. S. Masheer Rehman, United Muslim Association of Toledo; Willie Perryman,  Project Coordinator JFS/CSEA/OMJ Transition Services; Margie Traband, University of Toledo Office of Government Relations; Dr. May Ann Gawalek, Lourdes University; Meg Adams, Toledo Edison; Rhonda Sewell, Toledo Lucas County Public Library; Brittany Ford, Welcome Toledo-Lucas County; Anita Martinez Folger, Adelante; Patty Hernandez, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality; Anneliese Grytafey, Toledo Community Foundation; Marie Flannery, Fair Housing Center; Brad Toft, YMCA/JCC; Bill Farnsel, Neighborworks; Wendy Pestrue, United Way of Greater Toledo; Cheryl Grice, Pathway; Regina Russell, Area Office on Aging; George Tucker, Greater Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO; Kevin Dalton, Toledo Federation of Teachers, and Steve Kowalik, AFSCME.

The Toledo-Lucas County Complete Count Committee is comprised of elected officials, educators, and leaders of civic organizations, faith-based groups, labor, and the business community. They will help support the upcoming census count and strive to encourage citizens to promptly respond to complete census forms in a timely manner.

The results of the 2020 Census will be instrumental in determining Ohio’s Congressional delegation and the allocation of federal funds to address future transportation needs as well as assist local governments as they establish education, healthcare, transportation, social services, and emergency response priorities.



Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) will receive full February benefits early


TOLEDO, OH. – Due to the federal government shutdown, Lucas County recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be receiving February benefits early.
For people who received SNAP benefits in January and are scheduled to receive SNAP in February, their February benefits will be available on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card on January 16. This will be their benefit for the entire month of February and no additional food dollars will be added in February. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has instructed the Ohio Department of Job and Services to issue February benefits early because of a provision in the expired federal spending bill that allows the USDA to continue to fund some of its programs for 30 days beyond when the department had to shut down. To comply with that rule, the USDA is working with each state to load February SNAP benefits onto recipients’ cards now rather than the beginning of February, when they would normally be available.

SNAP-participating customers are being encouraged to plan their purchases carefully so that they will have money available to meet their food needs through the end of February.


Welcome Toledo-Lucas County wins award in the Gateways for Growth Challenge Round III

Toledo, OH – New American Economy and Welcoming America have selected Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (Welcome TLC) to receive a Gateways for Growth Challenge award in the third year of the initiative.

Launched in December 2015, the Gateways for Growth Challenge is a competitive opportunity for local communities to receive tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants from New American Economy and Welcoming America to develop multi-sector plans for welcoming and integrating immigrants.

“We launched the Welcome TLC initiative five years ago because we realized the value of immigrants and refugees and the potential they bring to Toledo and Lucas County. Toledo-Lucas County has a unique immigrant population and history that has served us well in the past and will continue to serve us well in the future,” the Lucas County Commissioners said.

“This is another step in Welcome TLC’s leadership in including Toledo-Lucas County’s small but growing and diverse immigrant population in our regional talent and economic development strategies,” said Mechelle Zarou and Reem Subei, Welcome TLC’s Co-Chairs. “Especially in this era of misinformation on immigration, Toledo’s immigrant community is to be celebrated and welcomed and we continue to work to put our region on the map nationally.”

Following a rigorous application process, Welcome TLC and 12 other communities were selected for the third round of the Gateways for Growth Challenge. This year’s awardees, alongside Welcome TLC, include Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Charlotte, North Carolina, Flint, Michigan, Lexington, Kentucky, Lowell, Massachusetts, Memphis, Tennessee, Northern Kentucky, Roanoke, Virginia, San Antonio, Texas, and Wayne County, Michigan.

In applying for the Gateways for Growth Challenge, Welcome TLC demonstrated a strong commitment to develop a concrete strategy that ensure all residents have access to the tools and support they need to succeed and contribute to their communities, and to highlight the contributions immigrants are already making locally. Foreign-born residents account for about seven percent of Toledo’s population and more than nine percent of Lucas County’s population.

Welcome TLC will receive tailored research assistance from the Gateways for Growth Challenge to update a study on the demographics and economic impact of immigrants and refugees in Toledo. 



In 2014, the Lucas County Commissioners launched the Welcome Toledo-Lucas County Initiative in partnership with LISC Toledo with resolutions of support from Lucas County and the City of Toledo. Welcome TLC is governed by a Steering Committee of cross-sector community partners and leaders, including immigrants, refugees, and people of diverse cultures that is focused on community outreach, language access, legal services, and workforce and economic development. More information on Welcome TLC can be found on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/WelcomeTLC and on LISC Toledo’s webpage www.lisc.org/toledo/our-work/welcome-toledo-lucas-county.



Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak elected President of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners

Commissioner Wozniak elected to one-year term as President

TOLEDO, OH – Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak was selected Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the three-member Board of Commissioners to serve as board President for 2019. She will serve a one-year term.

“We will work collaboratively with staff, labor unions, and elected officials to address budget challenges while continuing to deliver great public service to the citizens of Lucas County. We will continue to utilize innovation to create efficiencies in county operations while staying committed to key capital improvements projects in downtown and within our county operations. Look for exciting developments to happen in 2019 that will benefit our residents and community as a whole,” Commissioner Wozniak said.  

Commissioner Wozniak previously served as president from 2005 through 2008 and 2015 through 2016. She is currently in her 17th year as a Lucas County Commissioner.



Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken re-elected to CCAO Board of Directors

Toledo, OH – Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken was re-elected Monday to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) Board of Directors at the association’s annual winter conference in Columbus. 

He will serve a second two-year term on the Board of Directors. In addition, Commissioner Gerken is the co-chair of the Water Quality Task Force.

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio advances effective county government through legislative advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and research, quality enterprise service programs, and greater citizen awareness and understanding of government.


Lucas County Board of Commissioners files lawsuit in national prescription opiate litigation


The Lucas County Board of Commissioners today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, against defendant manufacturers and distributors of prescription opiates.  The Board was joined by Lucas County Children Services Board and the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County as plaintiffs in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation multidistrict litigation, MDL 2804.  Opiate Litigation Information


Statement by Lucas County Commissioners in response to Governor Kasich’s executive order designating eight watersheds as distressed



The commissioners issued a statement Wednesday in response to the governor's executive order declaring Lake Erie watersheds distressed. Distressed Watershed Commissioner Response



Lucas County Board of County Commissioner's Statement Regarding Immigration Raids in Sandusky County

The Lucas County Commissioners released a statement today on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids Tuesday at greenhouses in Sandusky and Castalia and the arrests of 114 people. Immigration Raid Statement

Toledo Area Water Authority Memorandum of Understanding

Toledo Area Water Authority Memorandum of Understanding


 
Welcome Toledo-Lucas County unveils new community resource guide to address hate and racism

There is so much we can all do to address hate and racism in our community. This guide is intended to be a living document and resource guide for local organizations and initiatives and national resources to address hate and racism and to build welcoming, inclusion, and equity in our community. Please consider volunteering, donating, elevating, connecting, and supporting these efforts. Get started today with the Welcome TLC Equity Guide!

MacArthur Safety + Justice Challenge

In April of 2016, Lucas County was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.75 million grant to reform Lucas County's criminal justice system. The Safety + Justice challenge allows Lucas County to implement meaningful reform in our criminal justice system as we address fundamental questions about community safety, the use of jails, and justice for all. 
 
Learn more about Lucas County's efforts to ensure that our criminal justice system works for all residents at the Safety & Justice Challenge website.

View the MacArthur Safety +Justice Challenge 2017 Annual Report  


 
Nutrient Source Inventory Tool


The Lucas County Commissioners, the City of Toledo, and the Toledo/Lucas County Sustainability Commission is proud to announce the unveiling of the Western Lake Erie Nutrient Source Inventory Tool.

The Western Lake Erie Nutrient Source Inventory (NSI) is an interactive map showing sources of nutrients in the western Lake Erie watershed. The NSI looks at urban and rural sources of runoff throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin that is contributing to harmful algal blooms. The map will be an important tool in the initiative to reduce phosphorus amounts in Lake Erie by 40 percent

Nutrient Source Inventory Tool

Lucas County 2017 Budget


The Lucas County Commissioners passed a $600 million budget on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Clink the link below to see the full presentation.

2017 Budget Presentation
 

Toledo Seagate Convention Centre Market and Revenue Study

The Lucas County Commissioners hosted Development Strategies, Inc., for the public presentation of the Toledo Seagate Convention Centre Market and Revenue Study.

Click the link below to view the full presentation.

Toledo Seagate Convention Centre Market and Revenue Study

 

 

Lucas County is Committed to a Clean Lake Erie


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Moving Forward: Legal Solutions to Lake Erie's Harmful Algal Blooms
Commissioned by the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, written by legal experts and professors Ken Kilbert and Jack Tuholske, this report is an in-depth analysis of the legal tools available to address water quality issues. The report provides a framework for success in restoring and maintaining the health of Lake Erie.

Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC)


This initiative works to build a welcoming and inclusive community for immigrants and people of diverse cultures that supports a vibrant civic, economic, and social fabric for all. Currently housed in the Board of Lucas County Commissioners in partnership with Toledo LISC.
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