Table of

Annual General Assembly

Welcome from Chair - Carol Contrada

Transportation Summit

Walk Score

New Location for Conference

Sidewalk Policy

Rate Setting Workshop

Portage Plan Submitted

Member Highlight:

TMACOG Tech Sunshine Laws

February /
March 2012

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At the annual TMACOG General Assembly held January 25, Carol Contrada, Lucas County commissioner, was elected as chair of TMACOG. Nelson Evans, mayor of Perrysburg was elected as Vice chair; and Don Nalley, council member, City of Fremont joined TMACOG leadership as second vice chair. The panel was elected for a one-year term...more


Welcome from new Chair of TMACOG,
Carol Contrada

I am honored to be the new Chair of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Speaking for your new slate of officers, we will do our best to uphold the history of strong regional cooperation established by those dedicated leaders who have come before us... more



Transportation Summit

Connecting Partners, Sharing Information, and Coordinating Efforts in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

TMACOG’s Transportation Summit is an annual gathering of elected officials, planners, engineers, service providers, academics, and business people. This year, topics under consideration for the agenda include:

  • Possible Changes to the Operations and Ownership of the Ohio Turnpike
  • Making Safe Routes to School a Reality in Your Community
  • A Preview of Transportation Projects for the Upcoming Construction Season
  • New Realities of Public Funding for Transportation

The format for the summit is a series of morning workshops and a luncheon keynote presentation. Elections for the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP Committee) will also take place at the summit. Plan now to attend the 18th Transportation Summit on the last Friday in March.

Friday, March 30, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Toledo, OH

Registration will be available in early February. For any questions on the summit, contact Christine Drennen at 419.241.9155 ext. 119.

Certified Planners (AICP) who attend can expect to be eligible for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits; Professional Engineers can claim CPDs. (4 hours expected.)


Check Your Walk Score

In some neighborhoods, residents can walk less than a mile to find groceries, a pharmacy, schools, and other amenities. In other places, a car is a necessity to access basic services. Two online resources are available to provide information on pedestrian access and safety anywhere in the U.S. Type an address at and find out resources within walking distance. If you type in two addresses (starting and ending points), you can learn how long the commute would take by foot, bicycle, bus, or car. The cost to drive is also included.

To find out how safe it is to walk in any particular area, try
. You will see the number of pedestrian fatalities between 2001 and 2009. 

New Location in 2012

The 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight will still be in the fall, but is moving from Toledo to the Kalahari Resorts southeast of Sandusky. The Erie County location is conveniently located near the Ohio Turnpike and Route 2. Kalahari's newly expanded conference facility offers state-of-the-art technology and flexible exhibitor space to meet the needs of the conference and attendees.The 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight will be held Thursday and Friday, September 13 & 14. Mark your calendars now.


New Sidewalk Policy Under Consideration

In an on-going effort to improve safe options for pedestrians, the Pedestrian and Bikeways Committee of TMACOG has developed a regional sidewalk policy. As more communities look at “complete streets” strategies, the policy provides helpful advice for incorporating walking infrastructure (sidewalks and curb cuts). The policy has been prepared as a guide to best practices for the use of jurisdictions in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. It is not a law or regulation, and it is coordinated with other design documents...more


Water and Sewer Rate Setting – February 17

There is still time to register for a full-day seminar on setting rates for public water and sanitary sewerage system. To register, call Joy Minarcin at 419.241.9155 ext. 128 by February 10.


Portage River Watershed Action Plan
submitted for endorsement

TMACOG and partners in the Portage River watershed have completed an action plan for the watershed and have submitted the plan to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for endorsement by the state. The plan is also being reviewed by the rest of the team with representatives from the Ohio EPA and Ohio University Extension. An endorsed plan makes regional applicants eligible for a whole category of state and federal grants. It also becomes a blueprint for people in the watershed who are working to maintain or improve water quality by listing impairments and suggested improvements...more



Member Highlight
Transportation Advocacy Group of
Northwest Ohio

The Transportation Advocacy Group of Northwest Ohio (TAGNO) is a coalition of business and community leaders dedicated to improving the transportation system in northwest Ohio. The group works with partners in the region to enhance the efficiency of Ohio’s transportation system and use that system to improve economic opportunities in northwest Ohio. The current chair of TAGNO is Mike Ryan of Hanson Aggregates. Tom Kovacik is the executive director...more


Registration Now Open for Required Training

Through TMACOG Tech, local elected officials can take required training close to home next month. All elected officials are required to attend (or have an agent attend) three hours of training on Ohio’s Sunshine Laws regarding open meetings and public records during each elected term. Attendees will take home valuable reference materials. The general public is also welcome to attend.

There is no charge. Registration is online here through the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

TMACOG Tech: Ohio’s Sunshine Law Training
Friday, March 9
9 a.m. – noon
Owens Community College Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Perrysburg

The Ohio Attorney General’s office conducts this training session.

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Upcoming Events
Setting Water and Sewer Rates

Owens Community College
Friday, February 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

TMACOG Tech: Ohio’s Sunshine Law Training
Owens Community College
Friday, March 9, 9 a.m. - noon

Regional Collaboration / Shared Services

Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Wednesday, March 21, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Transportation Summit
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Friday, March 30, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

National Train Day Toledo
Amtrak Station and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m

Bike Month
Many locations
May, 2012