Table of

Annual General Assembly

Directory Reminder

TRAC decisions

Student Safety Contest

New Westside Coordinating Committee

Updated Maps

Portage River Basin Council

Salvage & Stewardship

Setting Water Rates

Census Workshop

New Ohio Program: LGIF

Toledo Branding Site

Member News

Member Highlight:
Toledo Trucking Association

January /
February 2012

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TMACOG General Assembly
January 25, 3 – 6 p.m.

What are the challenges and opportunities facing your jurisdiction or organization? What resources can you offer to support fellow members? The annual General Assembly of TMACOG members on January 25 is a forum for addressing concerns and forming partnerships. ..more

Help Compile the Directory of Public Officials

Every jurisdiction in 15 counties of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan recently received a letter asking for help compiling TMACOG’s Directory of Public Officials. Please return the information to TMACOG as soon as you know the results of elections and have the first meeting of the year to elect officers. If you have any questions, contact Tiffany Banks at 419-241-9155 ext. 157.

The Directory of Public Officials is a resource produced annually by TMACOG and provided as a benefit to members. This widely used directory is the most comprehensive and complete reference to elected officials, jurisdictions, social service agencies, and public institutions in the region. It is completely updated by TMACOG staff every year. We need your help to create the most accurate directory of our region’s resources. Thank you for helping TMACOG build communication and cooperation in our region.


Backtracking on TRAC

For the first time since ODOT’s Transportation Review and Advisory Council (TRAC) was formed, ODOT has determined that the value of those project commitments already made will exceed anticipated funding. It is anticipated that $2.1 billion of Tier 2 projects will need to be removed from the previously approved TRAC list.

TMACOG’s Transportation Council reviewed the available information at their December 7 meeting. TRAC was initially scheduled to release the final list of selected projects in mid-December. However, ODOT announced that the list will be delayed until a later date. Of the top three projects ranked in the TRAC, two are from northwest Ohio.

Make a Safety Video, Win a Bike

Through the Safe Routes to School program, ODOT is inviting students in grades K through 8 to produce and submit any creative project that demonstrates that students understand safe walking and cycling and traffic rules. Projects are due February 29 and can be posters, poetry, video, rap, or any other medium. There will be 36 winners statewide. Schools can win $1,000; students can win bikes or running shoes. To see an entry that includes Oregon City Schools, click here.

More information about the Every Move You Make program is posted here on the ODOT website. Teachers with questions can link here.

Westside Corridor Coordinating Committee
TMACOG has formed a new committee to pursue development of the 11-mile multi-use trail recently preserved for public use. The new Westside Corridor Coordinating Committee held their first meeting December 13. The initial tasks of the committee are the preparation of a development plan and the establishment of guidelines specifying the protection and operation of the corridor. All meetings are posted on the TMACOG calendar.

Members of the committee include:
Dave Dysard, Administrator of Planning & Design, City of Toledo Engineering Services
Rich Martinko, Director of the University Transportation Center, University of Toledo
Dave Zenk, Superintendent of Parks, Metroparks of the Toledo Area
Cheryl Johnson, Chair, Wood County Port Authority
Neil Munger, Director, Wood County Park District
Warren Henry, Vice President of Transportation, TMACOG
Ed O’Reilly, Chair, TMACOG Pedestrian & Bikeways Committee
Mike Gramza, Administrator of Planning and Production, ODOT

Updated Construction Maps Online
Link here to see maps describing location and scope of road construction work planned for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan through 2013. These maps and others in TMACOG’s Transportation Planning Map Gallery are created by TMACOG in consultation with ODOT, MDOT, and local jurisdictions.


Seeking Portage River Partners
TMACOG is inviting new partners to join the Portage River Basin Council. Since the Council was formed in 1994, TMACOG has worked with local communities on many river projects. Projects have included river clear cleanups, educational programs, a hydrologic study, grants for agricultural best management practices and upgrading septic systems, and most recently, completion of a watershed plan...more

Salvage & Stewardship Program Taking Shape

More than a dozen area auto salvage and recycling yards have volunteered for an innovative partnership to protect stormwater in the Ottawa River watershed. The Salvage & Stewardship program is operated by the City of Toledo in partnership with TMACOG and Tetra Tech. Funding is through a grant from the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative...more

Water and Sewer Rate Setting
TMACOG and the Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) have organized a full-day training session on setting public water and sanitary sewerage rates. The program will be Friday, February 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Owens Community College Law Enforcement Center...more


Boundaries Workshop

If your city or village has annexed some property or built a park, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to know about it. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas...more


The Local Government Innovation Fund Available
The Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF) is a new program that was started by the state of Ohio in 2011 to promote efficiency, collaboration, mergers, and shared services among local governments. Projects are also expected to facilitate improved business environments and promote community attraction.

The LGIF program will award up to $100,000 in grant funds per feasibility study, $100,000 in loans for demonstration projects, and up to $500,000 in loan assistance for group projects that involve multiple jurisdictions. A local meeting on the LGIF program will be held Wednesday, January 18, 10 a.m.- noon at Owens Community College. For more information, see the Ohio Department of Development website here . Grant funds will be awarded biannually and loan funds will be awarded quarterly through a competitive selection process.

New Toledo Branding:
Guest column from the Northwest Ohio Brand Council

The Northwest Ohio Brand Council has launched, an interactive website that positions the Toledo Region as a nationally recognized and globally engaged leader in the New Manufacturing Economy.

The branding initiative began two years ago with a collaboration of 12 public and private organizations committed to championing the region. The Northwest Ohio Brand Council realized many cities and regions were putting together sophisticated marketing and branding efforts to land new business and talent. The Toledo Region needed its own set of tools and messages to compete...more

Member News
New Members
Thank you TMACOG members. As we start the new year, TMACOG welcomes Springfield Local School District which has rejoined, and say hello to American Rivers which has joined TMACOG as a new non-governmental member.

Renewing Members
TMACOG membership renewal letters went out in November. Thank you to the many members who renewed by return mail. The first TMACOG members to renew for 2012:
City of Napoleon
DGL Consulting
Village of Archbold
Village of Green Springs
City of Maumee
Village of Risingsun

Award for Washington Township
Washington Township in Lucas County has been selected for the 2011 Best of Toledo Award in the Executive Offices category by the U.S. Commerce Association. The award recognizes local organizations that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Member Highlight
Toledo Trucking Association

The Toledo Trucking Association (TTA) was formed more than 50 years ago to represent the interests of trucking firms and associated suppliers. The group has a long established reputation for promoting safety, representing their industry, and supporting their members. As one strategy to promote the freight and logistics industry, the TTA established a college scholarship program...more

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Upcoming Events
The Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF)
Owens Community College
Wednesday, January 18, 10 a.m.- noon

TMACOG General Assembly and Open House
TMACOG offices, 300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Wednesday, January 25, 3-6 p.m.

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

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