Lorain County, Ohio
change to the Board of Trustees Meetings
The trustees and fiscal officer meet the second and third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at 5166 Clinton Avenue. Everyone is welcome to attend. The first meeting of the month will be a business meeting. Residents will be welcome to speak at the second meeting of the month.
new Road Maintenance Worker
Welcome Michael Rosso!
Public Awareness Report: The Drug & Overdose Epidemic in Lorain County
Preservation of the health, safety and welfare of our county residents is a responsibility we take seriously. Fatal drug overdoses keep rising in Ohio with the Ohio Department of Health recently reporting a 20% increase. The impact is being felt in our community at an alarming rate.
Here in Lorain County (population 306,000), new research estimates 35,000 residents are misusing or abusing opioids*. Last year, 132 overdose deaths occurred. Some of the dead included grandparents. An alarming number of infants are being born displaying withdrawal symptoms due to drug exposure. 75% of our children being placed in foster care in the county is due to parental substance abuse.
Fentanyl is now being mixed with all kinds of street drugs triggering overdoses and death. It is alarming to report that the federal government has assigned two designations to our county because it has become one of the leading drug trafficking counties in the nation. This drug activity is harmful to our families, our children and our local economy ($200-million/year negative economic burden*).
This Public Awareness Report will provide you with the latest information on the severity of the toll the drug epidemic is having on our county. We continue to work with law enforcement and those on the front line providing treatment. This is a community crisis that we, as a community, must address for the sake of our families and the future of our county.
The Board of Lorain County Commissioners
Ohio Township Association Scholarship
The Ohio Township Association (OTA) began offering scholarships to high school seniors in 2005. Four $1,500 scholarships in two categories are being provided this year. See the attachment for more information.
Recycling at Home
An average American generates nearly 1 ton of trash a year, but all that waste doesn't have to go to the landfill. Rumpke has made significant investments in recycling technology to make recycling easy and convenient at your home.
Rumpke’s program, called single-stream recycling, allows all recyclables to be mixed together, and it is sorted at one of Rumpke’s advanced recycling facilities. Single stream programs focus on all recyclable materials generated by residents – not just individual items. This comprehensive approach helps divert the greatest volume of recyclable materials from landfills.
Residents can typically recycle the following items:
Plastic bottles and jugs
Glass bottles and jars
Steel cans and lids
Paperboard (like cereal boxes)
Envelopes and junk mail
Newspapers, magazines, and inserts
Telephone books and catalogs
Rumpke offers curbside recycling and public recycling drop boxes throughout its service region.
Lorain County Emergency Notification System
February 18, 2015 -- The link below is to register for the County's Emergency Notification System. It's free to all residents of Lorain County. Emergency Notification System
Wrap Mattresses and Upholstered Furniture in Plastic for Disposal
Due to the increasing number of bed bug infestations, all mattresses and upholstered furniture MUST be wrapped in plastic in order to be picked up. If a mattress has been ordered for removal and is out for collection on your scheduled bulk pickup day and it is not wrapped in plastic, the hauler will NOT remove the mattress. ALL mattresses, whether infested with bed bugs or not, are now required to be wrapped in plastic. It is a health hazard to the drivers, workers, and residents for the mattresses to be exposed.
The plastic isn't necessary when disposing mattresses and upholstered furniture during Dumpster Days.
Friendships are just plain good for you. In fact, social connectedness is strongly linked to a person’s overall health, including risk for chronic diseases, depression, happiness, and suicide. To better connect Lorain County adults ages 55 and over to the community, the Lorain County General Health District is launching the Buddy Connect Pilot Program—for no cost. Starting this fall, two phone calls from a volunteer buddy will help you or a loved one to connect to the community; home visits are also available. Call 440-567-4120 to sign up or to volunteer.
Need Help with your Gas Bill?
FirstEnergy’s (NYSE: FE) Ohio utilities, remind customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance programs. In Ohio, customer assistance programs include:
• Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus)
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) is an extended payment arrangement that allows Ohio customers meeting program guidelines to pay a percentage of their income or $10.00 per month, whichever is greater, instead of
their usual electricity bill. Eligible customers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For more information, call (800) 282-0880.
• Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
HEAP is a federally funded grant program administered by the State of Ohio Department of Development through a network of local community action agencies. HEAP provides customers help with paying winter heating bills, and occasionally summer cooling bills. For more information, call (800) 633-4766 (Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison customers); or (800) 589-3101 (Illuminating Company customers).
• Salvation Army Emergency Hardship Programs
The Salvation Army organizations across the Ohio utility territories offer emergency assistance programs for those who have suffered a recent financial hardship and need temporary help to pay their electricity bill. Program funding is provided by FirstEnergy’s Ohio employees and customers. The distribution of funds is administered by Salvation Army agencies located throughout Ohio. Contact your local Salvation Army agency to learn more.
• Emergency Assistance
Additional help in paying utility bills may also be available to low-income residents through local county departments of human services, community action agencies, soldier’s relief commissions or veteran’s services offices. Listings for these resources can be found in the blue pages at the front of your local telephone directory, or you can call your county government or visit them online to learn more.
Ohio residential customers of FirstEnergy’s utilities looking for a convenient way to manage their electric bills also can sign up for the FirstEnergy Installment Plan, which allows customers to make consistent monthly payments to avoid the impact of seasonal highs and lows in their electricity bills. To apply or learn more about programs to help keep electricity bills affordable, visit www.firstenergycorp.com or call Ohio Edison customer service at (800) 633-4766; The Illuminating Company customer service at (800) 589-3101; and Toledo Edison customer service at (800) 447-3333. Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., serves more than 1 million customers across 32 Ohio counties. Connect with Ohio Edison at www.ohioedison.com, on Twitter @OhioEdison and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioEdisonThe Illuminating Company serves more than 750,000 customers across Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Follow The Illuminating Company on Twitter @IlluminatingCo and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IlluminatingCo. Toledo Edison serves more than 300,000 customers in northwest Ohio. FollowmToledo Edison on Twitter @ToledoEdison or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ToledoEdison.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow on Twitter at @FirstEnergyCorp.
Lorain County Office on Aging
The core services offered by Lorain County Office on Aging are designed to promote the health, well-being, and independence of at-risk aging and disabled adults living throughout Lorain County. Services include:
- Aging & Disability Resource Network (residents 60+ & adults with a disability)
- Information & Assistance
- Benefits Screening & Assistance
- Options Counseling to help aging & disabled adults remain safely in community settings
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
- Support Services to maintain health, well-being & independence
- Housekeeping Services
- Chore Services
- Home Delivered Meals
- Transportation Assistance to Health Care Appointments
- Food Pantry Services (including home delivery of commodities and fruits & vegetables)
- Senior Dining Program
- RSVP (volunteer opportunities for Lorain County residents 55+ years)
- Senior Years Newspaper
- Health Education Services
- Kinship Care Program
320 N. Gateway Blvd., 2nd Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
Services: Benefits Assistance, Support Services, Options Counseling, Information & Assistance, Senior Dining, Food Pantry Services, Chore Services, Housekeeping Services, Transportation to Healthcare Appointments, Kinship Services, RSVP Volunteer Program, Senior Years Newspaper, Health Education Services.
Service Area: Lorain County
County-Wide Launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
October 26, 2016 -- The Stocker Foundation (Website | Profile) Board approved a five-year grant of $400,000 toward the county-wide implementation of the Dolly Parton's Imagination Librarybook distribution program. The Stocker Foundation will serve as the backbone agency, supporting a coalition of nonprofit organizations and governmental entitites. The program is scheduled to launch next summer prior to the start of school year 2017-18. Patricia O'Brien, Executive Director of The Stocker Foundation states, "The Stocker Foundation aims for lasting impact, ensuring Lorain County's youngest learners enter formal education kindergarten ready and stay on-track for grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is another example of the Board's commitment to this goal." Dolly Parton's Imagination Library was established in 1995 by The Dollywood Foundation to benefit young children living in eastern Tennessee. Within five years, the program was successful enough locally to be scaled nationally.
Today, is available in all fifty states, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. The goal of this book distribution program is to improve kindergarten readiness and later school performance by building awareness of the importance of parents reading to their children every day as well as instilling in young children an early love of reading. O'Brien advices, "In the first six years, children learn at a much faster pace than at any other time in their lives. Reading opens the door to early academic success. Numerous studies have shown that when children learn to read at an early age, they have greater general knowledge, expand their vocabulary and become more fluent readers. They also have improved attention spans and better concentration which are important skills to develop before entering kindergarten. Dolly Parton's Imagination Libraryis open to all children from birth to age five. Each month, registered children will receive a brand new book mailed directly to their home at no-cost, regardless of income. O'Brien said, "If a parent were to sign up their son or daughter at birth, the child would enter kindergarten with an at-home library of seventy-two books. The first book each child receives is The Little Engine that Could and the month the child turns five, s/he receives Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!" In 2015, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library celebrated its twentieth anniversary, distributing more than ten million books in a single year. Since inception, the program has distributed 70 million books to approximately 938,417 children around the world.
The decision to scale Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program into a county-wide initiative emerged from the success of Elyria's Ready, Set, Go to Kindergarten pilot program and research conducted by Lorain County Literacy Collaborative.
O'Brien explained, "Stocker Foundation Office & Grants Manager, Melanie Wilson, continues to meet regularly with a core group of 21 individuals, solidifying plans for the launch of the program. In Lorain County, there are just over 18,000 children under the age of five eligible to participate. By using a roll-out strategy that targets zip codes with higher percentages of children living in poverty, LCDPIL anticipates enrolling at least 60% of all eligible children within five years.
The Stocker Foundation was established by Beth K. Stocker in 1979. Over time, the foundation has evolved into a mature grant-making organization with current approximate assets of $50 million. Annually, The Stocker Foundation awards three million to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations across the United States. Currently eligible are communities located in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties, Ohio; Pima County, Arizona; Alameda and San Francisco counties, California; Dona Ana County, New Mexico; King County, Washington; and Hartford County, Connecticut. Competitive grantmaking focuses upon lessening the reading literacy achievement gap so that all students read at or above grade-level by the end of third grade.
Do Not Knock Registry
Tired of unwanted door-to-door sales? Sign up for the Do Not Knock Registry at blocktheknock.com.
How will a door-to-door solicitor know to not come to my house? Solicitors must request a permit from the Sheffield Township Fiscal Officer, Pat Echko, to be able to sell door-to-door. At that time, Pat will provide them with the Do Not Knock Registry listing the addresses that they are not allowed to go to. You will also receive a Do Not Knock window cling to place near your front door for further notification to solicitors that you’re on the Do Not Knock Registry.
Does the Do Not Knock Registry prevent ALL door-to-door solicitors from coming to my house? No. Non-profit organizations are still allowed to knock on your door.
What should you do if a solicitor still knocks on your door? Ask what organization they’re with. Non-profit organizations like public schools or churches are not regulated by the same rules as for-profit solicitors. Request identification. If you feel the solicitor is in violation of the Do No Knock Registry contact Pat or one of the Trustees to report them. And remember never, ever give anyone a copy of your utility bill.
For more information, go to blocktheknock.com.
THE NORTHEAST OHIO PUBLIC ENERGY COUNCIL (NOPEC)
Our new relationship manager for NOPEC is Pat McNamara. If any of the Sheffield Township residents have a problem with electric or natural gas, please contact Pat McNamara at 440.249.7832, 440.623.3455, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If another company solicits electric or gas quotes, ask if they have a solicitor’s permit from Sheffield Township. Pat Echko, Fiscal Officer, issues the permits. She can be reached at 440.324.9462 or email@example.com.
The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) serves members in over 200 communities within 13 counties in Northeast Ohio. For 15 years, they have saved communities and members more than $260 million in cumulative energy savings.
Benefits for NOPEC Residential Customers:
- Discounted energy rates negotiated exclusively for NOPEC customers
- myNOPEC – A free online resource for NOPEC members
- Interactive Tip House – Energy saving tips for every season
For questions regarding your electric bill or service call Ohio Edison at 800.633.4766. For questions regarding your natural gas bill contact Columbia Gas of Ohio at 800.344.4077.