County discusses potpourri of business at hand
Lorain County commissioners didn’t have much business on the agenda for their Nov. 7 meeting, so much of it was made up of discussion of the previous day’s election.
Of the county business discussed, the commissioners approved a lease agreement for Ohio Means Jobs Lorain County, 42495 North Ridge Road in Elyria Township, retroactively dated from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
The total rent for the 21,204-square-foot building is $22,688 for the year.
Commissioners also accepted the improvements to Barrington Park Subdivision 8 on behalf Eaton Township.
As part of the completed construction, Barrington Drive was extended .152 miles and Bexley Drive was extended .032 miles.
In other news, both his fellow commissioners and County Administrator James Cordes congratulated Commissioner Matt Lundy on his Nov. 6 election victory over two challengers.
The group also took the opportunity to commiserate over the failure of the countywide levy to fund Recovery One, a rehabilitation services center meant to be placed in the old Golden Acres Retirement Home, 45999 North Ridge Road in Amherst Township.
“I think with the limited resources we had, we made a good run at it and the percentages weren’t close, but it was something I was watching all night,” Cordes said. “We have to have a conversation going forward in the future on what we’re going to do there and how we’re going to do it.”
Commissioner Lori Kokoski also shared her disappointment with the levy’s failure.
“I think we ran a solid campaign,” Kokoski said. “Our core group put in a lot of time and effort into this, and I think it showed. Even though it didn’t win, over 50,000 people voted to support it.”
According to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections, 56,918 votes were cast against the levy while 52,159 were in support of it.