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FEATURES

Save the Date: TMACOG General Assembly

Access Ohio Comments Invited

TRANSPORTATION
AASHTO Safety Award

TIP Funding Applications

Functional Road Classification

New Long Range Plan in Development

ENVIRONMENT
Portage River Plan Endorsed

Ohio Lake Erie Commission

Clean Ohio Fund

Urban Waters Group

NEWS
Member Highlight: Village of Weston

Directory of Public Officials


EVENTLINE
December 2013 & January 2014
WEB
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FEATURES

Annual TMACOG General Assembly

Wednesday, January 29, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg

All TMACOG members are invited to attend the annual General Assembly Wednesday, January 29, to elect leadership, participate in caucus sessions, and choose committee assignments. Our keynote speaker, Dan Anderson of The Andersons, will address our theme of Agri-business and its local, regional, and global impact.

Agenda:
 
8:30 - 9 a.m.
Registration and Networking
9-10 a.m.
Caucus Sessions
10-10:30 a.m.
Break
10:30 11 a.m.
TMACOG Business Meeting and Election of Officers
11-11:30 a.m.
Break
11:30 – 12:15
Networking Lunch
12:15 – 1 p.m.
Keynote Presentation: Dan Anderson of The Andersons
1 p.m. Closing Remarks

The cost for the General Assembly is $30 members, $60 non-members. Watch for registration information available in early December.




Ohio Long Range Plan – Comments Invited

ODOT has completed a draft of Access Ohio 2040, the state’s new long range transportation plan. Interested people can view the 11 recommendations that will guide ODOT policies and strategies in the coming years and provide comments and suggestions. See the plan and leave comments at www.accessohio2040. You can also see the plan in the library of TMACOG offices at 300 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, Toledo OH 43604. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to: access.ohio.2040@dot.state.oh.us or by U.S. mail:
Jennifer Townley
Div. of Planning
Attn: Charles Dyer
Ohio Department of Transportation
Mail Stop #3280
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223

Written comments must be received by the close of business on January 15, 2014


TRANSPORTATION

Ohio Commended For Road Safety

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has awarded the 2013 Safety Leadership Award to the state of Ohio. The award was presented to ODOT Director Jerry Wray at the AASHTO annual meeting in Colorado....read more




Transportation Improvement Program Applications Due

The fiscal year 2014 -2017 Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) has been approved by the state of Ohio and TMACOG is accepting applications from communities in Lucas and Wood counties to fill the project pipeline for the next two to three years. Applications for Surface Transportation Program (STP) projects are due January 31, 2014...read more


Road Classification Project

Federal agencies sort roads into seven categories and those roads must be reviewed every 10 years. How roads are categorized determines federal appropriations TMACOG receives....read more




New Long Range Plan

The 2035 Transportation Plan for the TMACOG region emphasized investment in our multimodal system but focused much of our federal spending on updating our expressways. The next plan – for 2015-2045 – is just getting started. TMACOG is asking, how should we focus the next long range plan?

As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and southern Monroe County, Michigan, TMACOG solicits input from all users of the transportation system to maintain our region’s plans. Providers of transportation services, freight operators, commuters, cyclists, and pedestrians all have a stake in deciding how best to move goods and people.

The 2045 plan will be developed over the next two years. Letters have gone out to major stakeholders in the region asking them to provide their input or to participate in work groups. Public meetings and surveys will roll out in February and March, 2014. See our region’s current plan here and look for opportunities to contribute to the new plan coming soon.




ENVIRONMENT


Portage River Plan Endorsed



The Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources have announced their full endorsement of the Portage River Watershed Action Plan Update. The updated plan, completed by the TMACOG Environmental Planning department in early 2013, expanded the original 2012 study area from nine hydrologic unit codes (HUCs) to the entire river basin: 18 HUCs.

An endorsed watershed plan is a critical tool for groups working to protect public health and improve water quality. Watershed plans are recognized by state and federal regulators as primary planning documents and projects based on such plans receive preferential funding. The plan is posted on the Portage River Basin Council pages of tmacog.org here. TMACOG’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees will review and evaluate the Portage River plan at their regularly scheduled meetings...read more



Ohio Lake Erie Commision



Paul Toth, president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, was recently selected by Ohio Governor John Kasich as one of four new appointees to serve on the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC)...read more



Clean Ohio Applicants Urged to Attend



Local governments, park districts, and non-profit organizations in Lucas County that plan to apply for grants from the Clean Ohio Fund are strongly encouraged to attend an informational meeting December 18 at 10 a.m. at TMACOG offices. This round of grants will allocate $1,268,954 for open space acquisition and preservation.

At the December 18 meeting, members of the Lucas County Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) will explain the program and its goals and answer questions about the evaluation process.

Applicants are encouraged to offer tours of their project sites for council members as part of the process. Application forms and program information can also be found on the TMACOG website here. For questions contact, Kurt Erichsen, TMACOG vice president of Environmental Planning and NRAC District 12 Liaison, at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

The deadline for completed applications is 5 p.m. on March 12, 2014. Applications should be submitted to TMACOG. All applicants will be notified of NRAC’s recommendation by April 30, 2014.



Urban Waters Initiative

A new federal initiative has been formed to encourage better use of natural waterways in urban areas. The Urban Waters Initiative is focused on urban and metropolitan areas, particularly those that are under-served or economically depressed. The Maumee River watershed is one of the areas specifically targeted for this initiative. TMACOG is participating in regional discussions which also include TMACOG partners and members City of Toledo, Partners for Clean Streams and Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, and U.S. Coast Guard.

A meeting of local leaders was held November 19 to discuss the region’s challenges and to brainstorm ideas for reconnecting people to urban waterways. The meeting included a discussion of the potential for economic revitalization through waterway improvements. People interested in the Urban Waters Initiative may contact Cheryl Rice, Natural Resources Conservation Service at 419.893.1966, ext. 3.



NEWS
Member Highlight
Village of Weston



The Wood County village of Weston is just over one square mile and home to about 1,600 residents. The village is west of Bowling Green and south of Grand Rapids. Weston was a founding member of TMACOG in 1968 and recently renewed membership.

Village officials stay busy, working on park improvements, road repair, and economic development projects. This year, the village joined in with several other Wood County communities to apply to the Ohio Public Works Commission for road repair funding....read more



Directory of Public Officials

Your help is needed as TMACOG updates the annual Directory of Public Officials. Each year, TMACOG staff updates information for elected and appointed officials in 15 counties, 27 cities, 95 villages, 177 townships, and nine park districts. In addition, the directory includes contact information for chambers of commerce, school districts, and scores of government agencies from farm bureaus to port authorities, to mental health boards. To get correct information, TMACOG staff e-mails or sends letters to every one of the 900 or more entries in the directory, asking for updated information.

Non-elected entries – like schools and public agencies – received letters of request in late October. Counties, cities, villages, and townships will get letters before the end of the calendar year. The 2014 directory will be published in March. To ensure that the TMACOG Directory of Public Officials remains the best single resource for information on government in this region, please return the request promptly. The directory is a benefit of membership and is provided free to members. Non-members can purchase a copy for $150. If you have any questions about the directory, please contact TMACOG Director of Communications, Peggy Ricard at 419.241.9155 ext. 105.


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Upcoming Events

Helping Small Communities Meet Their Water and Wastewater System Needs
Tuesday, December 3, noon-1:30 p.m.
Contact:Joyce Gray
, Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), 440.331.6804

TMACOG Leadership Retreat
Wednesday, December 18, 2:30-4 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact:Tony Reams
, 419.241.9155 ext. 179

Informational Meeting for Clean Ohio Fund Applicants
Wednesday, December 18, 10 a.m., TMACOG Boardroom
Contact: Kurt Erichsen, 419.241.9155 ext. 126

TMACOG General Assembly
January 29, 2014 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact:Tony Reams
, 419.241.9155 ext. 179