Table of
Contents

FEATURE
Letter from TMACOG President

Tours at Ohio Conference on Freight

TRANSPORTATION
Traffic Counting

Federal Transportation Bill

Federal Approval of TMACOG Plans

ENVIRONMENT
Swan Creek Inventory

Canoe Tour of Maumee River

Ottawa Restoration Update
 
NEWS
TMACOG President Honored

TMACOG Tech Report

Member Highlight: Norta, Inc.

Member News

EVENTLINE
August / September 2011
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FEATURE____________________________


A Word about TMACOG Staff
Anthony L. Reams, TMACOG President

Like our members, TMACOG has been affected by the continuing poor economic climate. We’ve had some recent staff reductions due to changes in program funding that I want to explain....more


Ohio
Conference on Freight to Feature Tours
In-person tours of freight facilities are a way to connect the theoretical to the practical when it comes to creating a multimodal freight transportation system. Because of the number and quality of freight-related assets in northwest Ohio, people who attend the 2011 Ohio Conference on Freight (September 20 & 21) will have the option to choose from two types of freight facilities when they register...more


TRANSPORTATION________________________
Traffic Counting Season


It’s summer traffic counting season and TMACOG is collecting lots of data. TMACOG has hired two interns – Benjamin Holm from the University of Toledo and Stephen Auchmuty from Bowling Green State University – who are assisting with traffic counting and GIS work during the summer months...more


Federal Transportation Bill
The most recent federal transportation bill – SAFETEA-LU: Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users – expired in 2009. The expired bill has been extended multiple times. Most recently, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 passed in March and extends programs through the end of fiscal year 2011 (September 30). The lack of a bill has made long term planning difficult. A new federal bill will allow states to plan transportation projects with more certainty...more

Federal Approval for TMACOG Plans
On June 29, TMACOG received official notification from the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. EPA that its long term and short term transportation plans are in conformity with air quality standards. This is a key approval that now allows the Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP), and the 2035 Plan-Update 2011 to be implemented as planned. Federal approval is the final step in ensuring that regional plans are in accord with national goals for maintaining air quality.

ENVIRONMENT___________________________

Grant Awarded for Swan Creek Inventory
TMACOG has been informed that an application to the Lake Erie Protection Fund to inventory and assess stormwater management practices in the Swan Creek watershed was successful. TMACOG staff will partner with the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Lucas County Engineer’s office, and Ohio EPA. They began work in July, 2011 on the 12-month grant...more


Maumee River Canoe Tour Teaches Lessons

TMACOG Maumee River Coordinator Matt Horvat and Blade Outdoor Editor Steve Pollick put a canoe in the water at Kreager Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Tuesday morning, June 28, and ended a marathon canoe trip at International Park in downtown Toledo on July 1. For Steve Pollick, the trip was a rerun of one he made in 1984. For Matt Horvat, it was an opportunity to survey from end to end the watershed that he works for every day. As Horvat explained in a Blade interview, “My reason [for the trip] is to gain an appreciation for the resource I work daily to improve and protect.”...more


Ottawa River Restoration at UT

In May, TMACOG staff and partners at the University of Toledo began a project to restore natural function to the Ottawa River where the river goes through the university campus. The river has been channelized and is nearly devoid of plant life both in the riverbed and on the streambanks...more

NEWS__________________________________

TMACOG President Honored with National Leadership Award

Anthony L. Reams, president of TMACOG, received the Walter Scheiber Leadership Award at the June 15 annual meeting of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). The award is granted annually to a director or president of a regional council of governments who demonstrates professional and executive management excellence in carrying out regional concepts, approaches, and programs...more



The next session of TMACOG Tech will be October 19, at 2:30 p.m., immediately following the TMACOG Board of Trustees meeting. The theme is successfully applying for state and federal grants. There will be no charge but if you plan to attend, please call Jennifer Allen at 419.241.9155 ext. 107.

About 40 TMACOG members and other interested people attended the June 8 session of TMACOG Tech. The topic was Economic Development 101 and presenters were from different parts of the TMACOG region: Thomas Blaha, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission; Timothy Lake, business consultant, Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation; and Jerry Hayes, executive director, Defiance County Economic Development...more

Member Highlight:


NORTA, Inc.
Rails to Trails conversions are gathering steam around the country. In northwest Ohio, we may be ahead of the curve. The Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association has been in operation for about 20 years. NORTA was founded in 1991 as the Friends of the Wabash Cannonball Trail. In 1992, they incorporated as Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association, Inc...more

Member News

It’s official, Waterville is a village no more. Waterville officially became a city on April 29, 2011. A municipality becomes a city when the population exceeds 5,000 and Waterville was measured at 5,523 in the recent Census. Waterville will now meet with the city caucus at TMACOG meetings.

Welcome two new TMACOG members: Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, and Wauseon Exempted Village Schools.

Bedford Township in Monroe County celebrated its 175 th anniversary in July. As part of the celebration, local historians researched historically important sites in the communities of Lambertville, Temperance, and Samaria. Their notes and maps are available at the Bedford Library and at the Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Rd., Monroe, MI.

 


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