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Regional Collaboration and Shared Services

Passenger Rail Forum

Ohio Conference on Freight

Specialized Transportation

Introducing Eric Kellstadt

Sign Unveiling


Salvage & Stewardship Certificates

208 Plans Certified

Photo of the Month

Directory of Public Officials

Member Highlight:
Richfield Township


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The state of Ohio is strongly encouraging local governments to explore ways to collaborate and share services across boundaries – township, city, county, and state boundaries. The next TMACOG Tech will provide information on why and how to increase collaboration.

Regional Collaboration and Shared Services
Governments leveraging resources and finding efficiencies

Wednesday, October 17, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

David Miller, director of policy for the Auditor’s office, will represent Skinny Ohio. Randy Cole, controlling board president and policy advisor for the Office of Budget and Management, will explain the Beyond Boundaries report and state of Ohio efforts to make collaboration easier...more



Amtrak Chair at Local Forum

Thomas C. Carper

Chair, Amtrak Board of Directors
The chair of the Amtrak Board of Directors, Thomas C. Carper, will be the featured speaker at the Passenger Rail Forum, Monday, October 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. “We are very pleased that Mr. Carper is visiting Toledo,” said Donald Yerks, chair of Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA). “His visit is a measure of the importance of Toledo in the Amtrak system, as well as the importance of Ohio in a vibrant Midwestern passenger rail system.”

The luncheon and public event will be held at the Toledo Club, 235 14th Street downtown Toledo. Tickets are $25 for NOPRA members, $30 for non-members, and $18 for students. Please contact Jodi Rayburg at 419.241.9155 ext. 120 to reserve your place. Or find the registration flier under TMACOG events here and fax, mail, or e-mail it.

The Passenger Rail Forum is presented by NOPRA and TMACOG’s Public Transit & Passenger Rail Committee. Organizers share new developments in passenger rail transportation including investment in new and upgraded connections in Ohio, Michigan, and neighboring states and the resulting economic benefits to the region.

Report from the 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight

The 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight was a forward-looking, energetic forum for more than 240 registrants from 14 states and the province of Ontario. The conference attracted attendees from as far as Texas, California, Georgia, and Washington D.C. to the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky. The roster included representatives from six port authorities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and at least five chambers of commerce and eight economic development agencies from Ohio and Michigan...more

Local Agencies Awarded Vehicles
Three local agencies were informed that they will receive grants for specially equipped vans through the ODOT Specialized Transportation program. Anne Grady Foundation, Bittersweet Farms, and Community Care-A-Van will receive funding to pay up to 80 percent of the cost of a handicapped accessible vehicle.

The Specialized Transportation program is a federal initiative that helps non-profit agencies and public bodies with transportation needs. Eligible applicants that serve the elderly or people with handicaps are encouraged to apply for grants for vehicles or other technology that aids in transportation. Preference is given to applications that can demonstrate need, coordinate with other local entities, and show that the vehicles will serve a large number of people. TMACOG coordinates the program in Lucas and Wood counties and assists local agencies with the application process. The 2013 application process should be announced in October or November.

Meet TMACOG’s Newest Transportation Planner

Eric Kellstadt
Transportation Planner III
Eric Kellstadt joined TMACOG in August in a new position of Transportation Planner III. Eric brings to TMACOG extensive experience in both public and private sectors. His past work experience has included private development for engineering firms, and regional and state planning for the Missouri Department of Transportation. His work at MoDOT mirrored many areas addressed by TMACOG including the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)...more


Watershed Signs Unveiled

On Thursday, October 4 at 1:30 p.m., students from Sylvania City Schools will assist in the unveiling of permanent educational stormwater signs at Harroun Community Park off Main St. in Sylvania. Students will join elected officials and park personnel.

The sign on the banks of the Ottawa River was designed by two of last year’s seniors at Sylvania Northview. The new sign is one of eight in parks and open land in the region which describe specific water management or wetlands preservation projects.

Following the unveiling, students and guests can participate in water evaluation activities and plant seedlings. City Forester Art Landseadel from the City of Sylvania and educators from Lucas Soil and Water and from Olander Park will provide additional information about wetland restoration, native plants, and stewardship.

GreenTown Toledo-Lucas County

Elected officials, business leaders, and educators in northwest Ohio are all supporting and participating in a new type of conference for the region. GreenTown is a full-day conference that focuses on sustainable development. A pre-conference forum is about sustainable landscaping. Many regional agencies and businesses have partnered to bring the GreenTown conference to Toledo, October 25 & 26, at the SeaGate Convention Centre. The goal of GreenTown conferences is to promote networking and interaction and ultimately to help a community form sustainable plans to address transportation questions, natural resources issues, and pursue eco-centered development ...more

Salvage and Stewardship Recognition

Several salvage yards in Toledo are being recognized for their extra efforts to protect water quality. These owners and operators use best management practices to keep gasoline and oils from leaking into soils, collect mercury and any auto or machine parts that may contain dangerous chemicals, put out booms to contain leaks, and build swales to naturally treat stormwater....more

Kasich Certifies 208 Plans

Ohio Governor John Kasich recently officially certified all six of the state’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plans (208 Plans) including TMACOG’s regional plan. The TMACOG plan had been adopted through the Environmental Council and the TMACOG Board of Trustees in June, 2011 and now has been state certified. This is important because by law the Director of the Ohio EPA must deny permits that conflict with the plan...more


TMACOG Photo Gallery - Photo of the Month

This month’s photo, “Toledo Zoo – Music Under the Stars,” was taken by Lee Markham of Monroe, Michigan.

All photos submitted to TMACOG’s photo gallery are posted here.

Local photographers are invited to submit their photos of the region for the TMACOG photo gallery. One selected photo will be published each month in the Big Picture. Photos may be used in TMACOG public information pieces.

Photographers should e-mail submissions to File size should be no less than 1 megabyte and no larger than 4 megabytes. Include a short description of the image: where and when it was taken, any additional information.

Directory Now for Sale

Extra copies of the 2012 Directory of Public Officials are now available for member purchase for $25 while supplies last.

The annual directory is a valuable reference with current home phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and other contact information for elected and appointed officials in 15 counties of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. TMACOG members get a limited number of directories, distributed annually in March, as a benefit of membership. If your office or agency could use another 2012 directory, please call TMACOG Director of Communications Peggy Ricard at 419.241.9155 ext. 105. The directory is available as a printed book (200+ pages) or a searchable CD.

Member Highlight
Richfield Township, Lucas County

Not to be confused with the Richfield Township in Summit County or the one in Henry County, northwest Ohio’s Richfield Township in Lucas County is west of Toledo and includes the Village of Berkey and Secor Metropark. It is just over 22 square miles and home to 2,034 people. Population is on the upswing; growth is up 29 percent since 2000.

The township maintains Wolfinger Cemetery which is in the middle of Secor Metropark. The cemetery includes many monuments to founding families including an obelisk to Eliakim Munson, a soldier lost at Chickamauga in the Civil War. Secor Park is a popular gathering point for bicyclists. Many bike groups park cars at the National Center for Nature Photography in the park and then use the paved park trail and the rural roads in the township. Secor Metropark is on the edge of globally significant Oak Openings region. The park’s wetlands provide excellent habitat for frogs and salamanders.

Townships in Ohio are governed by a three-member board of trustees. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. The current Vice Chair of township trustees is Arthur Nevers. He serves on the TMACOG Board of Directors and is the TMACOG contact for the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan. Donald Eisel is the chair and John Hassen is the third Trustee. The Fiscal Officer, who is also elected, is Linda Johnston Decker.

John G. Ault

TMACOG staff and members remember John G. Ault with sincere gratitude for his outstanding public service to the citizens of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Mr. Ault was a long-time former Perrysburg Township Trustee and Wood County Commissioner. He served on the Board of Trustees of TMACOG and was the chair of TMACOG 1983 – 1985.

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Upcoming Events
Summit on Sustainability and the Environment
Wednesday, October 3, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
Presented by Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
More information

Regional Collaboration & Shared Services

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in Grand Lobby
Wednesday, October 17
Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107

Passenger Rail Forum
October 22, 11 a.m.
Toledo Club, 235 14th Street Toledo
Diane Reamer-Evans , 419.241.9155 ext. 117

GreenTown Conference
Lucas-County and City of Toledo
October 25 & 26
SeaGate Centre
Kurt Erichsen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119