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Turnpike Report

Passenger Rail Forum

Gas Cap Testing

Transit Added to Committee

Multimodal Needs Assessment

Student Watershed Watch

Groundwater Maps

Green Infrastructure Workshop
TMACOG Tech: October

Speakers Bureau

Planning and Zoning Conference

Member Highlight: Safety Council of Northwest Ohio

Member News

Manufacturing Forum & Expo

October / November 2011
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TRANSPORTATION________________________ Ohio Turnpike Leasing Questions

TMACOG staff has prepared a briefing paper that is a summary of recommendations related to leasing or otherwise changing the current ownership and/or operating arrangements of the Ohio Turnpike. As northwest Ohio’s regional planning organization, TMACOG has an interest in facilitating a robust consideration of the issues surrounding Ohio’s Turnpike lease proposal. This issue involves many stakeholders and could have impacts on turnpike usage, toll rates, the ability to make improvements across the transportation system, and even Ohio’s economic competitiveness...more

Invitation to Passenger Rail Forum

There is growing interest in travel by rail and exciting developments around the Midwest. People interested in new high speed rail service are invited to attend the Passenger Rail Forum Monday, October 17, 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. at the Toledo Club, 235 14th Street in Toledo. (Doors open at 11 a.m.)

The program will look at the impressive progress on the Detroit-Ann Arbor-Chicago high speed route with a description of the benefits to local communities. Featured speakers are Tim Hoeffner, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation; and Michael Benham, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.

The forum is open to the public (fee is $25, special student rate $15). Please register by contacting
Diane Reamer-Evans
at 419.241.9155 ext. 117 or e-mail The program is hosted by Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA) and the TMACOG Public Transit & Passenger Rail Committee.

2011 Gas Cap Report

About ten percent of passenger vehicles in northwest Ohio are driving around with leaky – or missing – gas caps. TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services teamed up to continue the Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program for the eleventh consecutive year in 2011. This program tests gas caps on passenger vehicles and provides free replacements for faulty or missing caps. Of the 709 gas caps tested during the summer season, 70 were replaced...more

New Emphasis on Transit
Public transit has always been an important part of TMACOG transportation planning but transit will now receive greater attention as part of a standing TMACOG committee.

Over the last few years, members of the Transportation Council have talked about giving transit more emphasis in the planning process. After discussion and recommendations, the TMACOG work program was updated to “integrate the analysis and advance of public transportation into the TMACOG organization and committee structure.”

The existing committee on passenger rail will now include transit planning work as well. The re-organized committee is the Public Transit & Passenger Rail Committee. Membership has been expanded to include representatives from transit providers, human service agencies, government, employers, healthcare, higher education, and citizen interests. The committee meets quarterly (February, May, August and November) on the third Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom. Diane Reamer-Evans is the TMACOG staff contact.

Multimodal Needs Report
People arriving at the Amtrak train station in Toledo and who haven’t parked a car there may find that they must walk to connect to their next mode of transportation. Transit users who want to travel between the region’s two largest cities (Toledo and Bowling Green) currently have no public transit link. Identifying these sorts of gaps in the transportation system is the focus of a recently completed TMACOG report assessing our region’s multimodal assets. The ODOT-required report looks at how all the different modes of travel intersect and how easily people can shift between them. It covers the movement of goods (freight transportation) and the movement of people...more


Student Watershed Watch

Up to 800 students from all around the Maumee River watershed will be out collecting water samples Wednesday, October 19. They are participating in the twenty-second annual Student Watershed Watch (SWW)...more

Updated Groundwater Maps Available
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has announced that groundwater maps designed to illustrate an aquifer’s vulnerability to contamination from land surfaces have been updated for Lucas, Henry, Huron, and Portage counties. The maps are available at the ODNR website.

A groundwater pollution potential map can be helpful to county administrators, commissioners, zoning boards, and others as they make decisions about local development and land-use activities affecting groundwater quality. The report accompanying the map describes the various factors that were evaluated to determine pollution potential ratings.

Paper copies of the map also can be purchased for $10 each plus shipping and handling. For information, contact Jim Raab at or 614-265-6747.

Green Infrastructure: Doing the Math

Builders of new construction and managers at existing buildings are invited to attend a half-day workshop on the economic benefits of green infrastructure. The Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission has organized the event.

Presentations and data will be pulled from both local and regional projects – covering everything from bioswales to roundabouts. The workshop is funded in part by a grant from NOAA and the Ohio Coastal Training Program.

Green Infrastructure: Doing the Math
Presented by the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission
Friday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.
Nitschke Hall at the University of Toledo

For more information on the workshop and registration details, click here.


How to Identify and Pursue Federal & State Grants:
Tips for Local Governments

October 19, 2:30-4 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, Toledo

At the October TMACOG Tech presentation, elected officials and administrators will learn how to find the state and federal agencies that will support local programs and projects. In a changing governmental climate, this workshop will be useful for both experienced and newly elected officials.

Panelists are:

  • Keith Burwell, President, Toledo Community Foundation
  • Elizabeth Bostdorff, District Representative,
    Office of U.S. Representative Robert Latta
  • Theresa Morris-Ramos, Staff Assistant/Grants,
    Office of U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur
  • Leon Mason, Grants Coordinator,
    Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
TMACOG Tech will be held immediately following the October TMACOG Board of Trustees meeting. There is no fee, but please register by contacting Executive Secretary Jennifer Allen: 419.241.9155 ext. 107 or

TMACOG Speakers Bureau

Are you hosting a meeting, seminar, or recruiting program, and need a speaker? TMACOG’s speakers bureau may have a presentation to fit your audience. TMACOG staff and members can present programs on topics including: plans for passenger rail, canoeing from Fort to Port, using wetlands for water treatment, stormwater management, and freight in Ohio. The speakers bureau can also tailor a presentation to your meeting or group. For more information, contact Peggy Ricard, TMACOG director of communications, at 419.241.9155 ext. 105.

Planning and Zoning Conference
The northwest Ohio section of the American Planning Association will hold its annual planning and zoning workshop Thursday, November 10 at the Dana Conference Center, 3100 Glendale Ave. in Toledo. Two tracks will be offered, one focusing on urban topics and the other on rural/zoning issues. Sample topics at the workshop will include modernizing zoning codes; agricultural planning; land use plans; public utilities and zoning; Ohio legislative update; Jeep brownfield update; and Robert’s Rules of Order for public meetings. Professional development credits will be offered for both planners (AICP) and Professional Engineers.

For more information on the conference or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Pat Etchie, director of the northwest Ohio section of APA-OH, at 419.891.2222.

Member Highlight:
Safety Council of Northwest Ohio

The non-profit Safety Council of Northwest Ohio is a safety services agency dedicated to improving safety and health in the workplace and community. Dennis McMickens, president & CEO of the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio, serves on the TMACOG Board of Trustees and is a member of the Leadership Development Committee...more

TMACOG Member News

Thank you and welcome to new TMACOG non-governmental member Spengler Nathanson P.L.L. The law firm is a Toledo fixture, established in 1947 by men who were city leaders and who also held roles in state and national government service. From four founding attorneys, the firm has grown to more than 30 attorneys. The firm is a full-service agency providing professional services in business, family, and labor law, with an additional specialty in government relations and public sector law. For more information, see

Manufacturing Forum and Expo
The Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Forum & Expo will be November 9, 9 a.m. – noon, at BGSU (Perry Field House). Registration is at


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Upcoming Events
Passenger Rail Forum

Monday, October 17,
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Toledo Club,
235 14th St. Toledo

Student Watershed Watch
Wednesday, October 19
Various locations


Wednesday, October 19, 2:30 p.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza

Monroe County Reception
Thursday, October 27,
5-7 p.m.
Monroe County Historical Museum

Green Infrastructure:
Doing the Math

Presented by the Lucas County Sustainability Commission
Friday, October 28,
8:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Nitschke Hall at the University of Toledo

Fulton County Reception
November 9, 5-7 p.m.
Wauseon Middle School