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Ohio Conference on Freight


Passenger Rail Speaker

Fort-to-Port Grand Opening

How to Drain Your Pool

Swan Creek Signage


Clean Ohio Applications

Ottawa River

Ukranian Guests

Photo of the Month

New Members

Member Highlight:
Village of Haskins

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Ready to Roll! Ohio Conference on Freight
The deadline for registration for the 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight is Friday, September 7. Click here to register now. The conference is Thursday and Friday, September 13 & 14 at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky. To reserve a room at the Kalahari Convention Center call 877-525-2427. Reference “Ohio Conference on Freight” and ask if reduced room rates are still available....more

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

In response to a recent survey of TMACOG members, this TMACOG Tech session will show members how to use state services to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and continue to deliver needed programs and services. Many state and federal grants now require evidence of regional collaboration in grant and loan applications. The need for services continues to grow even as state contribution to local governments has been reduced. This session will help members take advantage of state programs.

TMACOG has invited representatives from the Ohio Auditor of State's office and the Ohio Office of Budget and Management to discuss the Skinny Ohio initiatives, the Local Government Innovation Fund, and the Beyond Boundaries action plan.

There is no cost to attend but please contact Jennifer Allen to register: 419.241.9155 ext. 107.


Amtrak Chair at Local Forum

Thomas C. Carper, chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors, will be the featured speaker at the annual Passenger Rail Forum, Monday, October 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The luncheon and public event will be held at the Toledo Club, 235 14th Street in downtown Toledo.

The Passenger Rail Forum is an annual event presented by the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association 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.

The lunch meeting is open to the public. 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.

Fort-to-Port Finish Line

The realignment of US 24 from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Toledo has been completed on time and on budget. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) celebrated with a ribbon cutting near Waterville on Tuesday, August 28. Before it opened to vehicles, walkers, runners, and cyclists were invited to try out the pavement...more


End of Season Pool and Hot Tub Draining

TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition is sharing information about how to drain swimming pools and hot tubs while protecting stormwater.

You’ve spent the summer barbecuing, swimming and appreciating Ohio’s abundant natural resources and now it’s time to pack up the last picnic, send the kids off to school and close the backyard pool. Many pool owners don’t know that draining pool water directly to the storm sewer can harm local creeks, rivers and lakes and the fish and wildlife that live in them.  This is because pool water contains chlorine, copper, and filter backwash that when discharged to a storm sewer runs directly to ditches and streams without being treated....more

Swan Creek Watershed Signs Going Up

A series of interpretive outdoor signs in the Swan Creek watershed will provide information about stormwater management and restoration projects, and encourage the public to take steps to protect water quality.

The signs were created through an environmental education mini-grant that TMACOG received from the Ohio EPA through the Ohio Environmental Education Fund. TMACOG partnered with local high schools and park systems to create the signs. Students at Sylvania North View and Springfield High School researched water issues and designed the signs. Park employees will install them in Harroun Park, International Park, Pearson Metropark, Olander Park, and at Harvest Ditch in Springfield Township.

A sign unveiling at Harroun Community Park east of Main Street in Sylvania will be announced.

GreenTown Conference at SeaGate Centre

On October 25 & 26, GreenTown: The Future of Community will be coming to the SeaGate Centre in downtown Toledo. GreenTown is a dynamic experience designed to help create sustainable communities. Active since 2007, the conference directors bring inspiring speakers and case studies to an audience of community leaders representing government, business, and higher education. The goal 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

Clean Ohio Funds Application Schedule

An informational meeting September 6 will help non-profit organizations in Lucas County learn how to apply for Clean Ohio grants.

Clean Ohio provides grants to preserve open space. In this newest round of grants, $1,267,184 has been allocated for the preservation of wetlands, parkland, or other open spaces in the county. Applicants must provide a minimum 25 percent in local matching funds. The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) will hold the September 6 meeting to discuss the program, its goals, and to answer questions...more

Ottawa River Progress at UT Campus
Phase 1 of a large project to restore in-stream and riparian habitat along the Ottawa River where it travels through the main campus of the University of Toledo is near completion. In the current phase of work, construction crews removed old mixed fill from the 1960s that had filled in floodplains...more


TMACOG Welcomes Ukrainian Delegation
On August 9, TMACOG was host to the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development and WSOS Community Action Commission. They were escorting a group of local leaders from the Western Ukraine who are visiting the region researching best management practices in government...more

TMACOG Photo Gallery - Photo of the Month

The photo of the month was taken by Thomas Liskai from Helena, Ohio. September’s selection is a dramatic photo showing the photographer’s son at work on a Sandusky County farm. See recent submissions to TMACOG's photo gallery here.

New Members
TMACOG welcomes back two returning members. The Village of West Millgrove in Wood County has re-joined TMACOG as a governmental member. Ann M. Schreiner is the mayor of West Millgrove. Sylvania School District also returned as a member in July. Bradley Rieger is the superintendent of schools. More information is available at

Member Highlight
Village of Haskins

The Village of Haskins is a small but growing community. The population in 2003 was 650 people. With the building of new residential subdivisions, the population is now 1188. Mayor Paul Gies says that he is one of the many new people who moved to Haskins in the last decade for the peaceful small town living. The village is a bit off the beaten path in Wood County southeast of Waterville. State Route 64 and SR 582 are the main roads. Villagers will be very glad when the widening of US 24 and I-75 work are complete as many residents commute to the north and south. The village has their own police department. Middleton Township volunteers staff the fire department and host the annual chicken barbeque fundraiser in August. The village motto is “Where to Live,” reflecting a commitment to a safe and family friendly community ...more

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Upcoming Events

Ohio Conference
on Freight

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

Summit on Sustainability and the Environment
Presented by Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Wednesday, October 3, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
Keynote speaker: Lisa Wojnarowski Downes, coordinator of the North American initiative of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)

Regional Collaboration & Shared Services

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

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