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Lake County SID Under Consideration

We have learned that Lake County is looking at the prospect of creating a Shoreline Special Improvement District (SID) for its residents. If you are a Lake County resident and are interested in a SID, please review the below information and return the pre-application no later than June 26th. If you are not a Lake County Resident, you should contact your county commissioners, local government, or port authority to inquire about a SID project. At this time, we are not familiar with any other county projects. To learn more about a SID, see our white paper here. The following information was shared with us by Lake County officials:
The Lake County, Ohio Communities are seeking properties within their boundaries to join in the establishment of a special improvement district (SID) under provisions of the Ohio Revised Code to address the abatement of shoreline erosion.
The attached pre-application form should be completed by any property owner in need of shoreline erosion assistance and interested in participating in a special improvement district to address those issues.
The pre-application form does not obligate you or your property at this time. It is a preliminary expression of interest to help your community quantify the number of properties that may initially be included in the SID, the number of projects that may be undertaken by the SID and the planning of potential financing for them.
Official petition processes will follow this pre-application phase to formally establish the SID and to commence the assessment process for erosion control projects to join properties into the SID.
If you are a Lake County (Ohio) resident and own property in need of erosion control assistance and are interested in joining the SID, please complete the pre-application form and return it to your City’s or Village’s Mayor/ Manager or to your Township’s Board of Trustees no later than June 26, 2020 so that your communities can help expedite the process to address erosion control concerns.
 Note that the Ohio Lakefront Group is providing this information as an educational effort. Before you enter into any legal agreement (not the interest form), you should check with your own legal counsel to make sure it protects your rights in your private property. 

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OLG 2020 Annual Meeting Cancelled

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The Ohio Lakefront Group Annual Meeting for 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Please read the above letter from Tony Yankel for an update on what we are doing at this time, including monitoring algae and lake levels, educating on SIDs, and how we are handling board members and elections.

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OLG E-News May 20, 20202

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Cuyahoga County Proposes connected Lakefront Path

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently reported on a massive proposal by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish to create a “transformative” connected lakefront path from Bay Village to Euclid.
The County is not proposing to take private property, which comprises about 70% of the land area under consideration. Instead, the City plans to follow in the footsteps of Euclid, where private landowners granted public access to their property in return for stabilization of the shoreline along a 3/4 mile trail. The Euclid program cost $12 million. Budish’s team estimates that the project would cost about $15 million per mile. The project is in early stages with Cleveland.comreporting that the County is requesting a $200,000 grant to assist in funding a $500,000 feasibility study. 
The initial wish-list for the project includes things like bike and pedestrian access to bridges, coordination of lakefront access in communities and with other cities, and a change in Ohio law to allow breakwalls to be built into the lake to create a road for ambulances. 
More information on the plan can be found on the Cuyahoga County Executive’s website, including proposed access maps.  The report indicates an extensive opportunity for public hearings and input will be planned. 
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