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Ozone Season

Ash Tree Removal

Water is Life

Phosphorus Reduction

Take the ODOT Survey

Joint SEMCOG Meeting

Ohio Conference on Freight

Bike Month

Train Day

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It’s Ozone Action Season

TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services operate Ozone Action Season from May through September. During Ozone Action Season, Toledo and TMACOG provide information about current air quality, promote awareness of the dangers of ozone, and provide advice on how people can protect their health....more

Help with Ash Tree Removal

Private property owners in Lucas, Wood, and Erie counties who need to remove ash trees that have been killed by the emerald ash borer are eligible for help from WSOS Community Action. The program will provide 40 percent of the cost to remove two ash trees per property. To be eligible, the trees must be a potential threat to structures and play areas.

Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2012 or until the funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. There are several steps required in the application including soliciting three estimates. Homeowners are warned not to have trees cut down until they have received an approval letter. An information letter and application are online here. For additional questions regarding the program, contact Cindy Brookes, watershed specialist, at WSOS Community Action: 419.334.5016.

Water is Life: Sustaining Water and Sewer Infrastructure
TMACOG has been working with members and partners to present a series of informational sessions about managing water utilities. The TMACOG Tech session on Wednesday, June 20, is on the same topic, but specifically directed toward elected officials and those working with policy issues in their communities...more

Application for Grant to Reduce Phosphorus
TMACOG worked with Wood and Ottawa county agencies to apply for a grant to reduce phosphorus application in agriculture. Phosphorus has been identified as a nutrient that is promoting the development of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

The proposal promotes improved fertilizer management through soil testing to identify phosphorus needs on agricultural fields. Based on soil test results, the plan would reduce the amount phosphorus reaching the waterways by a three-pronged approach: employing nutrient management plans, using precision nutrient management with variable rate technology, and planting cover crops. The first two strategies address how much fertilizer is needed on what part of a field, preventing runoff of excess nutrients. Cover crops work by reducing erosion of phosphorus-containing soil after harvest.

Partners in the grant application include the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hancock, Ottawa, and Wood counties. The grant is through US EPA in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program. The proposal requests $527,713 in grant funds, plus about 25% matching funds from participants and benefiting farmers. Awards should be announced in June.


Take the ODOT Survey
The Ohio Department of Transportation is currently completing the statewide long range transportation plan titled “Access Ohio 2040.”  As a part of the public involvement process, ODOT is inviting area transportation stakeholders to complete the Customer Preferences Survey at . Anyone who drives, takes the bus, rides a bike, or walks is a transportation stakeholder. The survey will take about 10 minutes.

The TMACOG Transportation Council will meet with members and staff of neighboring Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at Cabela’s in Dundee, Michigan. This is an annual joint meeting, held to ensure that planning activities are coordinated across the state border.

TMACOG works closely with neighboring SEMCOG throughout the year, particularly on transportation plans. The groups have representation on each other’s planning committees and frequently consult on specific projects.

Ohio Conference on Freight
Planning is well underway for the 2012 conference, September 13 & 14. This year’s conference is shaping up to offer a substantial program with interesting tour options, breakout sessions, and keynote addresses from new perspectives.

Follow conference developments on the updated webpages starting here. The new pages have more information, better organized for freight professionals. Under the Ohio Conference on Freight tab is where you will find all updates on the 2012 conference. Click on Conference Partners tab to learn about opportunities for partnerships and vendor packages. We will be happy to discuss your organization’s needs and tailor a partnership to meet your objectives. Please contact Christine Drennen, transportation public administration specialist, at 419.241.9155 ext. 119.

Also new this year is the location. The conference will take place at the Kalahari Convention Center, a high-tech conferencing facility that provides ideal networking and meeting space.

Registration for the Ohio Conference on Freight will be available starting in early July.

Bike Month
The weather mostly cooperated for the many bicycle events that TMACOG and partners hosted during May. Bike Month is designed to encourage more people to use bicycles as regular transportation, and when they do, to ride safely. Events in 2012 included several bike rodeos with safety training for young people, the Ride of Silence to remember people who have been hurt or killed while riding bicycles, Bike Day at the Farmers’ Market, and group rides through Woodlawn Cemetery. Thank you to Bike Month sponsors and partners:

ProMedica Health System
Metroparks of the Toledo Area
ODOT District 2
City of Oregon
Oregon City Schools
Safe Kids Coalition
University of Toledo

Black Swamp Bicyclists Society
Hostelling International
Maumee Valley Wheelmen
Toledo Area Bicyclists

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Another Record Train Day Toledo
Since Amtrak announced the first National Train Day in 2008, the Toledo celebration of freight and passenger
trains and train travel has been one of the nation’s largest. TMACOG personnel estimates that the 2012 Train Day Toledo held May 5 attracted 8,000 people to the downtown station. More than 4,000 toured Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train. Toledo was able to host the exhibit train because the city traditionally holds the first Train Day event in the country each year..


MEMBER NEWS__________________________

Member Highlight

GenoaBank was founded in 1902 and has been a member of TMACOG since 2005. The bank was formed as and remains a locally owned, independent community bank. From its start in Ottawa County, GenoaBank has steadily expanded and now has branches in Maumee, Oregon, and Rossford, as well as Elmore and Millbury...more

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Water is Life

Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
June 20, 2 p.m.
Contact Kurt Erichsen
419.241.9155 ext. 126

Ohio Conference
on Freight

Kalahari Convention Center, Sandusky
September 13 & 14
Contact Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119