Table of

New Land Use Inventory Initiative

Gas Cap Program Report

TIP Projects


Rail Forum

Clean Ohio Applications due

Student Watershed Watch

Harroun Park

Ash Trees

Ottawa River at UT Campus

Shared Services

Photo of the Month

Photo Gallery

Shared Services Expo

Member Highlight:
Village of Metamora

November | December

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Land Use Inventory Initiative

In the next 25 to 35 years, will people live closer to or further from their work? Will new manufacturing plants require road improvements, rail improvements, or both? These types of questions are part of a new Land Use Inventory Initiative that TMACOG has begun. Land use has always been integrated with transportation planning, but this new study is designed to more completely integrate land use data in TMACOG’s transportation planning...more

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement
Program Results

More than 19 percent of cars and light trucks tested in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan have a leaking or missing gas cap. That was the finding of the 2012 Gas Cap Testing and Replacement program which checked 624 vehicles this summer and replaced 120 faulty caps...more

TIP Report

Click here to see a spreadsheet detailing transportation projects that received federal funding in Lucas and Wood counties in fiscal year 2012.

In fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012), federal money for transportation projects in these counties was approximately $77 million. Of that, TMACOG is charged with the selection and funding of just over $15 million. These funds are administered through TMACOG’s Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP). ODOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) manage the balance of $62 million for other projects. This list is federally funded projects only and does not include road projects funded separately by cities and villages.

Many entities in our region – including local political jurisdictions, engineering and construction firms, ODOT, FHWA, and TMACOG – work cooperatively and in coordination to efficiently manage and successfully complete these transportation projects. For more information contact Dave Gedeon, 419.241.9155 ext. 125.


Celebrate GIS Day

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology will be celebrated with displays, contests, and interactive learning experiences on Wednesday, November 14. GIS Day will be held at the City of Toledo, Department of Engineering Services at One Lake Erie Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students and anyone interested in how data and mapping technologies have merged into new visually accessible systems is invited to stop in...more

2012 Passenger Rail Forum

Amtrak Chair Thomas Carper explained the economic impact of passenger rail to a standing room only crowd of about 140 at the 2012 Passenger Rail Forum on October 22. He pointed out that economic development has always clustered around transportation facilities and that younger people are increasingly seeking options to personal cars...more


Clean Ohio Applications Due

Clean Ohio provides grants to preserve open space. In the most recent round of grants, $1,267,184 has been allocated for the preservation of wetlands, parkland, or other open spaces in Lucas County. Applicants must provide a minimum 25 percent in local matching funds.

Application forms and program information can be found on the TMACOG website here, or on the Clean Ohio website here. For more information, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

-Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m.: Applications due at TMACOG

-Monday, December 31, 2012: Recommendations announced


Student Watershed Watch in Perrysburg
2012 Student Watershed Watch
Students from the Perrysburg High School Environmental Club began their water quality analysis with samples from the Maumee River October 18. This is the second year for the Perrysburg group, and the 24 th for the Student Watershed Watch. Every year this unique environmental program introduces hundreds of students to environmental careers, provides hands-on field work, and inspires the next generation of environmental stewards...more


Watershed Education at Harroun Park

Students, teachers and elected officials from the City of Sylvania and Lucas County learned more about Harroun Community Park at a hands-on educational event October 5. The occasion was the unveiling of a new sign designed by students from Northview High School but the program also included examination of macroinvertebrates, information about wetlands, a lesson on the impact of the emerald ash borer, and a tree planting project...more

Help for Ash Trees

WSOS Community Action Commission has announced one more, final round of grants to help landowners remove dead ash trees. Applications to defray the cost of cutting down trees will be accepted until November 30, 2012 or until funds are exhausted.

WSOS Community Action Commission (WSOS) is administering a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help remove trees that are a hazard. Property owners in Erie, Huron, Lorain, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties are eligible. Complete information and the application form are on the website here.

For additional questions about the program, contact WSOS Watershed Specialist Cindy Brookes 419.334.5016.

Ottawa River Restoration Continues
Work to improve habitat in and around the Ottawa River where it flows through the University of Toledo campus continued with planting of more than 300 plants and trees on the re-constructed stream bank. ...more


Information about Shared Services
The TMACOG Tech session held October 17 provided valuable information about Ohio’s Beyond Boundaries program and the Skinny Ohio program, two ways that Ohio is encouraging local governments to share services and improve efficiencies...more

TMACOG Photo Gallery - Photo of the Month

This month’s photo, “Roundabout - King & Nebraska,” was taken by staff at the Lucas County Engineer's Office.

Submissions Invited for TMACOG Photo Gallery

Local photographers are invited to submit their photos of the region to be included in a new TMACOG photo gallery. One selected photo will be published each month in the Big Picture. All photos will be posted here and may be used in TMACOG public information pieces...more

Shared Services Expo
More information about state of Ohio initiatives for shared services will be presented at the Shared Services Expo, Tuesday, November 27, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Idea Center, 1375 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115.

Keynote speakers are former U.S. Senator George Voinovich,Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, and Controlling Board President & Policy Advisor Randy Cole.

Pre-registration is required due to limited capacity. Registration is $50, and includes a continental breakfast,
box lunch, and conference materials. Register at: www. /education. There are options for distance learning for those who cannot attend in person. Contact John Ramicone at or 216.916.6360. The registration fee for this option is $75
per site.


Member Highlight
Village of Metamora

The small Village of Metamora is in northeastern Fulton County, right on the Ohio/Michigan border. Like many smaller communities in northwest Ohio, the village is growing. The population was 627 in 2010, an increase of 11.4 percent since 2000. For a small village, Metamora has a couple of larger employers including Parker Hannifin Corporation which makes motion and control technologies, and APC Construction...more

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Upcoming Events

Student Watershed Watch
November 14 at the Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo
Matt Horvat, 419.241.9155 ext. 123

TMACOG General Assembly
January 29, 2013
at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Tony Reams, 419.241.9155 ext. 179