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Judy Moran elected president of Lake County Board of Commissioners

Andrew Cass | The News-Herald
Judy Moran has been elected as president of the Lake County commissioners for 2016. Moran, a Willowick Democrat, takes over from Daniel P. Troy, who served as president of the board for the past two years. Troy will serve as vice president.
The vote came during the commissioners’ Jan. 11 organizational meeting, which is required by law to be held the second Monday of the year.
Moran has been a county commissioner since 2012. Before that, she served for 14 years on Willowick City Council. She spent seven years as a Ward 1 councilwoman and seven years as council president. She also owned Dandy Donut in Willowick for just short of 25 years.
As president, Moran said that she hopes to increase the visibility of the commissioners in the county.
“People are more than welcome to come up here and make appointments with the commissioners,” she said. “I’ve said that for three years now that I’ve been in office that my door is always open.”
She said one possibility to increase visibility is potentially designating Wednesday afternoons as “coffee with a commissioner” days, where residents can stop by the office to discuss issues or anything else they have on their minds.
“Ever since I owned the doughnut shop, I’ve tried to make myself available and see where we can help,” she said.
Appointments can be made by calling her office at (440) 918-2882.
Moran said she also would like to work more closely with the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority.
“They have some great plans in the next couple of months,” she said.
One of the big decisions that commissioners face in the early part of the new year also involves the port authority.
On Jan. 13, the port authority’s board is meeting to vote on whether to increase the county’s bed tax rate to 5 percent from 3 percent. If the port authority board approves the increase, the final decision is in the hands of the commissioners.
The additional 2 percent would be used to fund capital projects within one mile of Lake Erie. Project possibilities include the construction of breakwalls, lakefront trails and pavilions, and land acquisition. None of those funds could be used for operational costs of the port authority. Bed taxes are added to the total that a person pays when they stay at a hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast location in the county.