Member Highlight: Monroe County
The TMACOG region includes three southern townships of Monroe County in its transportation and environmental planning areas. While Monroe County is officially part of the Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint Census Statistical Area, it is also a northerly extension of the Toledo metropolitan area and an important part of northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan regional plans.
Monroe County Commissioner Connie Velliquette is an active member of TMACOG, currently serving on the Board of Trustees and the Membership Committee. She says, “Elected officials need to participate in TMACOG in order to take full advantage of information about regional transportation and environmental issues. By attending meetings and workshops we are able to build important business relationships with the different officials from this region while receiving pertinent information.”
The county has a total area of 680 square miles and had a population of about 146,000 in the 2000 Census. County communities that are members of TMACOG include the Village of Dundee, the townships of Erie, Bedford and Whiteford, Monroe County Community College, Monroe Bank & Trust, and the Port of Monroe, Michigan’s only port on Lake Erie. The shoreline area in the county is largely industrial with two coal-fired plants and a nuclear power plant. One of the DTE Energy coal-fired plants will be the site of TMACOG’s annual Monroe County Reception October 15.
The county recently completed and distributed a comprehensive plan document to study current land use trends and to present recommendations for the direction of land use and development in the county. The plan is available on the county website: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/
Fun Fact: At one time, the City of Toledo was part of Monroe County. The border was changed in 1837 at the conclusion of the Toledo War. When Michigan became a state it got the Upper Peninsula, and Ohio got Toledo and the important mouth of the Maumee River at Lake Erie.