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June Vaccine Schedule

Vaccines can help people stay healthy to avoid missed activities and work, and to have time for what matters most – family, friends and hobbies. To protect against serious diseases such as meningitis, shingles, whooping cough, hepatitis A and B, and chicken pox, Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) offers recommended vaccines for children, teens, and adults at locations across the county. Vaccine appointments can be made at 440-284-3206; walk-ins are also welcome. Vaccine clinics this June include:
·Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lorain County Public Health, 9880 South Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria
*Extended vaccine clinic hours are available on June 6 through 6 p.m.

· Wednesday, June 13, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wellington Town Hall, 115 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington

··Wednesday, June 20, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Avon VFW, 36950 Mills Rd., Avon
 
·Wednesday, June 27, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lorain County Free Clinic, 5040 Oberlin Ave., Lorain
 
Clinic times and dates are subject to change. Bring vaccine record if available, insurance card, and cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. LCPH participates in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program to provide vaccines to children who qualify; no child in the VFC program is denied vaccines for inability to pay.
 
Now is prime time for summer breaks, service trips, and vacations. We help travelers stay healthy with travel vaccines and comprehensive educational materials specific to travelers’ needs. Call to make a travel clinic appointment.
 

Tick Season

May 24, 2018 (Lorain County, Ohio) – Humans aren’t the only creatures that like to enjoy picnics in the summertime. Ticks are bugs that like to turn humans into a snack. Tick bites can be more than bothersome, they can spread disease to people and dogs. The most common disease ticks spread is Lyme disease, which can cause headache, fatigue, and rash, and might spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. There have been no cases of Lyme Disease reported in Lorain County this year.
“By taking some simple precautions, you can prevent tick bites and Lyme disease and still enjoy time outdoors,” says David Covell, MPH, RS, health commissioner at Lorain County Public Health. “Many people in areas of the country make tick checks a daily habit, and it’s time for people across Ohio to get into the same routine.”

Prevent tick bites by following these steps:
  • For humans
    • Stay out of areas with tall grass and lots of plants, where ticks like to hide, and walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with ticks.
    • Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find ticks, and tuck pants into sock tops or boots.
    • Use bug repellants – follow instructions carefully.
    • Check yourself, children, and pets for ticks after spending time outside.
    • Bathe or shower after walking through tall grass or plants to wash off ticks and help you find them easier.
  • For dogs and cats
    • Check dogs and cats for ticks since they can get sick with a tick-borne disease, and because pets can carry ticks into the house as a risk to people.
    • Ask your veterinarian about tick control treatments for pets.
    • Mow the yard and other places where pets and people play so ticks won’t like to hide there.
For more information on how to live healthy, contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367 or visit LorainCountyHealth.com. Follow your local health department on Twitter@LorainCoHealthFacebook, or YouTube.

Disposing of Mattresses and Upholstered Furniture

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.

Press Release from the Lorain County Commissioners

February 7, 2018
Contact – Don Romancak, Director
(440) 328-2323
 
Elyria, OH – The Lorain County Board of Commissioners awarded a contract today to Facemeyer Landscaping, LLC, of Galena, OH in the amount of $656,874.11 for the Lake Avenue Stream and Wetland restoration project. The County received 16 bids for this project.
 
The Lake Avenue Stream Restoration Project will restore
approximately 1,400 LF of the Clinton Avenue Ditch, creating floodplain and substrate that will improve water quality and habitat. Ten acres of wetlands will be enhanced providing increased habitat, stormwater detention and filtering of the flood waters removing sediment, heavy metals, and nutrients before they get to the Black River and Lake Erie.
 
This project is being funded with a Section 319 Grant through the Ohio EPA and the Lorain County Storm Water Management District providing the funding.
 
Commissioner Lori Kokoski commented: “This project has taken
some time and been redesigned to meet the needs of the site while retaining benefits. Working with the Our Lady of the Wayside, Elyria Township and Ohio EPA among other groups has resulted in a better project.”
 
Commissioner Ted Kalo stated: “Protecting our greatest resource while providing stormwater management positively impacting Elyria Township, Sheffield Township and the City of Lorain is another step along the way of progress for all of our communities.”
 
Commissioner Matt Lundy emphasized: “The County has been
working towards this project and we are now about to see the fruits of that labor bringing a multitude of benefits to the Townships and the municipalities. This is an example of what County Government can do in partnership and with resources.”

CHIP Home Repair Awards

January 24, 2018
NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: DONALD ROMANCAK 440.328.2322

LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

CHIP Home Repair Awards

Lorain County – The Lorain County Board of Commissioners approved at this morning’s meeting a contract to Green Home Solutions for home repairs in the amount of $5,800, with a contingency for unforeseen conditions of $580, to assist a homeowner in Columbia Station, a contract to KMU Trucking & Excavating for home repairs in the amount of $14,500, with a contingency for unforeseen conditions of $1,450, to assist a homeowner in Elyria Township, and a contract to JenMet Construction for home repairs in the amount of $43,095, with a contingency for unforeseen conditions of $4,300, to assist a homeowner in Kipton.

These projects are 100% funded through a Community Housing Impact Program (CHIP) grant that the County applied for and received in 2016. Lorain County, in partnership with the cities of Oberlin and Sheffield Lake, applied for and was awarded over $1.1 million dollars. These funds are used to maintain homeownership, preserve affordable housing, and protect and stabilize neighborhoods. Funds are also used for Fair Housing program, Tenant-Based Rental Assistance through Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority and the administration of the program.

The CHIP Program Year 2016 funds are fully committed to projects. The County plans on applying for funding in 2018. The grants are on a two-year cycle, meaning the County cannot apply again until the 2018 Program Year. The CHIP funds can be used to preserve housing in all Lorain County communities except for Lorain, Elyria, and Vermilion, which operate their own programs.

Contractors wishing to be able to participate in bidding on projects need to contact Community Development at (440) 328-2322. There is approximately $400,000 plus remaining to be bid out.

For further information, contact the Lorain County Community/Economic Development Department at 440- 328-2322.