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TMACOG Tech: Sunshine Laws

Funds for Alternative Transportation

Ribbon Cutting Perrysburg Bike Path

Transportation Summit

Home Septic Systems

208 Plan

Sediment Control

Special Proclamation

Welcome New Members

Photo of the Month

Member Highlight-
Village of Oak Harbor

February & March 2013
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Spengler Nathanson P.L.L. presents

H3O - A Story in 3 Parts - Water & Wastewater Management
Friday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
at Owens Community College

H3O is one of a series of TMACOG Tech workshops building professional capacity in the managers of public utilities. Mayors, members of council, members of boards of public utilities, and personnel responsible for water or sewerage systems will benefit from this more

Ohio Sunshine Law Training
Friday, March 8, 9 a.m. – noon
at Owens Community College

All elected officials are required to attend – or designate an agent to attend – three hours of training on Ohio’s public records and open meetings laws during each elected more



Call for Bike and other “Transportation Alternatives” Grant Applications
In the most recent federal transportation bill, MAP 21, there is a category of projects called Transportation Alternatives. This category includes non-motorized transportation and other projects to make transportation more community-friendly. The TMACOG Transportation Alternatives Committee is requesting applications for a new round of grants and will accept them through Monday, April more

Perrysburg Ribbon Cutting
The grand opening of a portion of a planned multi-use path in Perrysburg was celebrated with a ribbon cutting January 10. The new 10-foot-wide section connects to an existing path on the west side of the Maumee-Perrysburg Bridge (SR 25) more

Turnpike Proposal Explored at
Transportation Summit

The featured speaker at the March 22 Transportation Summit is Rick Hodges, executive director, Ohio Turnpike Commission. In December, 2012 the State of Ohio released a long awaited study of the Ohio Turnpike and announced the Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan—which foregoes a lease or placing the turnpike under the control of the state’s department of transportation. Instead the plan calls for a continued public turnpike commission with greatly expanded authority to issue $1.5 billion in new bonds against future toll revenue. Under the proposal, the Ohio Turnpike Commission will be renamed the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and have input on infrastructure projects beyond the more


Proposed New Rules for Onsite Sewage Treatment
Since October 2010, the Ohio Department of Health has been working through a diverse advisory committee to develop new rules related to home septic systems and small package sewage systems. An initial set of new rules has now been proposed. Interested people can review the proposed new rules here. Public comments are accepted through February 8. Next, a second draft of the rules will be posted in late February for a 60-day public comment period. That comment period will include the Ohio Public Health Advisory Board Review, the Common Sense Initiative review, and will then be followed by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review process.

Comments are welcome by e-mail at, or by fax at 614.564.2509. Any questions about the proposed rules may be addressed to the Residential Water and Sewage Program at 614.644.7551, or at

208 Plan Progress
In August 2012, Ohio Governor Kasich certified all six of the state’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plans (208 Plans), including the TMACOG region plan. These separate plans were officially incorporated into the state of Ohio’s Water Quality Management Plan. The approved regional plans have now been sent to the U.S. EPA which is responsible for final approval. The local plan now under consideration at the EPA was adopted by the TMACOG Board of Trustees in June of 2011. It has been working its way through the state and federal system since then, although area partners have moved ahead using the locally approved plan as a foundation.

Final endorsement and approval by the state and EPA is important to future planning. By law the Director of the Ohio EPA must deny permits that conflict with the plan. This higher level approval tells us that the cooperative work of the jurisdictions in our region has been evaluated and accepted and is a solid basis for further planning. The next update to TMACOG’s 208 Plan is scheduled for the middle of this year.

Erosion and Sediment Control
TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition has organized a workshop to provide Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) more

MEMBER NEWS ________________________

Special Proclamation Honors
Kenneth W. Fallows

Past chair of TMACOG and long-time chair of the Environmental Council Kenneth W. Fallows, was honored with a special proclamation at the 2013 TMACOG General Assembly held January more


Welcome New Members
TMACOG welcomes new non-governmental members the
jdi group, Inc., and Worline & Associates, Inc. The jdi group is
an architectural/engineering group and Worline & Associates is a surveying and engineering consulting firm. Both companies are housed at 360 West Dussel Drive in Maumee.

TMACOG Photo Gallery
Photo of the Month

The February photo shows a snow fog on the Slippery Elm
Trail near Bowling Green. The photo was taken by Wood
County Park staff.


Member Highlight
Oak Harbor

The fortunes of inhabitants of the Village of Oak Harbor have changed with the times. The village began as a lumber exporting community in the nineteenth century, shifted to a mostly agricultural economy in twentieth, and now the village is benefiting from tourism with an increase in birdwatching, fishing, and hunting in the Lake Erie coastal region. Nature facilities close to the village include the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, and the Black Swamp Bird more

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Upcoming Events

H3O - A story in 3 parts - water & wastewater management

Friday, February 8, at Owens Community College, Law Enforcement Center
Contact Kurt Erichsen, 419.241.9155 ext. 126

Ohio Sunshine Law Training
Friday, March 8, at Owens Community College, Audio/Visual Classroom
Contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107

Transportation Summit
Friday, March 22, at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Stormwater Erosion and Sediment Control
Tuesday, March 26 at Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo, 1911 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee
Contact Kari Gerwin, 419.241.9155 ext. 103

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