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Shared Service Survey

Clean Ohio Fund Support

208 Plan Updates

Portage Watershed Plan

Drain Stenciling

Train Day

Bike Month

Funds for Rural Area

Ohio Conference on Freight

TIP Public Meetings

City of Toledo Award

Member Highlight:
Village of Hollan

April & May 2013
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Short Survey for TMACOG Members
TMACOG members have asked for a survey of members on the topic of shared equipment and services. Members should have received an e-mail survey on March 15. We ask that members reply by April 5. If you haven’t seen the e-mail, click here to find and respond to the TMACOG member survey. Please forward the link to any member of your administration or staff qualified to address the questions of shared services, equipment, facilities, or personnel. We are looking for a broad range of responses.

The general idea of shared services – that not every town needs a backhoe, or that IT services at the school can also serve the park system – has been a topic for years. It came up at every caucus session at this year’s TMACOG General Assembly. Additional incentive comes from state and federal governments pressuring local governments to consolidate or otherwise streamline their services. The survey asks a few questions to gauge interest, solicit ideas for the range of equipment or services that can be shared, and asks for recommendations for putting ideas into action. Based on member input, TMACOG can formulate next steps.


Clean Ohio Fund Support Sought

Kevin Joyce, Executive Director of the Black Swamp Conservatory, is one of scores of environmental and business leaders in Ohio who are working together to advocate for continued investment in the Clean Ohio more

Water Quality Management Plan
Communities in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships of Monroe County, Michigan cooperate to maintain the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan.

TMACOG staff is now in the middle of a routine update of the plan (called the 208 Plan) to make sure it includes current sewer infrastructure needs. Meetings have been held in all five counties. When all regional concerns have been addressed, a new updated plan will be prepared. Interested people can review the revised 208 Plan at a public meeting Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom. When complete, the plan will be presented at the Environmental Council meeting May 23 at 1:30 p.m. also in the TMACOG Boardroom. For questions on the 208 Plan, contact
Kurt Erichsen
at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Portage Watershed Plan Expanded
When the first edition of the Portage River Watershed Plan was prepared in 2012 by TMACOG and endorsed by the Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, it covered the area of nine subwatersheds defined by their hydrologic unit codes (HUCs). Work is underway now at TMACOG to expand the Watershed Plan with an additional nine more

“No Dumping, Drains to Lake”

Stenciling programs are one way that TMACOG members educate a community about storm drains and stormwater management. Partners for Clean Streams is working with other TMACOG members to stencil storm drains on Global Youth Service Day, April 27. During this event, young people, including girl scouts and boy scouts, spend a day painting messages on curbside drains to let the public know that water entering the storm drain system goes straight to a stream without treatment. Jurisdictions participating in the 2013 service day are the cities of Northwood, Oregon, Rossford, Sylvania, and Waterville and the villages of Holland and Ottawa Hills.

For more information about Partners for Clean Streams and Global Youth Service Day, click here. Also see


National Train Day Toledo – May 3 & 4

The Train Day celebration has been an annual event only since 2008 but it is already a hugely popular day of fun and information. Last year an estimated 8,000 people came through Toledo’s Amtrak station and Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza to learn how passenger and freight rail transportation serve our more


Bike Month 2013
Bike to the Right – Go with the Flow

May is National Bike Month, and there are lots of activities planned in the TMACOG region. The local focus this year is on safe cycling. A bicycle is a vehicle according to Ohio and Michigan law, subject to the same rules as a car, and with the same right to the more

Rural Areas Eligible for Transit Funds
Federal transit funding is now available for calendar year 2014 projects targeted to the special transportation needs of elderly individuals, individuals with disabilities, and low-income workers. The funds are available through the Ohio Coordination Program, Ohio Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program, and Ohio New Freedom Program. Click on the links for program information, proposal guidance, and proposal forms.

Eligible applicants include local governments, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. Projects must serve residents of nonurbanized (rural) areas and urbanized areas under 200,000 in population. Communities in Lucas and Wood counties are not eligible.

Proposals must be postmarked and emailed no later than Monday, April 22, 2013.

All projects must be derived from the locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan (“coordinated transportation plan”) for the geographic area served by the project. Questions and answers related to this funding opportunity will be posted on the project websites. Submit questions to David Walker at

Ohio Conference on Freight

Mark your calendar and plan now to attend the 7th Annual Ohio Conference on Freight. Registration will be available in June.

Thursday & Friday
September 12 & 13, 2013
Kalahari Convention Center, Sandusky, Ohio

The program will feature best practices and the latest developments in freight transportation, infrastructure, and logistics in Ohio and the Great Lakes region. Expect industry leading keynote speakers, workshop sessions, a networking reception, and a facility tour. Bookmark and check back to for details.

The conference director is Christine Drennen: 419.241.9155 ext. 119.

The Ohio Conference on Freight is a project of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, the National Association of Regional Councils, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Public Meetings – State and Regional TIP

As ODOT develops its four-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and TMACOG develops the northwest Ohio portion of the program (TIP), the public is encouraged to attend and participate in one of two local public more

MEMBER NEWS_________________________

Recycling Award for Toledo
The City of Toledo has won a 2012 Roads & Bridges Magazine Recycling Award. This national award in the Full Depth Reclamation Category is given to one project per year, and is co-sponsored by the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming more


Member Highlight
Village of Holland

Holland is a growing village in western Lucas County. Part of Springfield Township, the village population increased 35% over the last ten years. The current population is about 1764 people according to the 2010 more

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Upcoming Events

TIP Public Meetings
• April 11, 3-6 p.m., at ODOT District Two offices in Bowling Green, 317 E. Poe Rd.
• April 17, 3-6 p.m., at TMACOG offices,
300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Contact: Dave Gedeon, 419.241.9155 ext. 125

Bike Month
Click here for Bike Month activities
Eric Kellstadt, 419.241.9155 ext. 115

National Train Day Toledo
Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Amtrak Station and Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Contact:: Diane Reamer-Evans
419.241.9155 ext. 117

TMACOG Tech: Economic Development Training
Friday, May 31, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Peggy Ricard, 419.241.915, ext. 105

Ohio Conference on Freight
September 12 & 13, at the Kalahari Convention Center, Sandusky
Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119