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New and Improved

Nominations Sought

City of Toledo Association

Major Transportation Funds Announced

Specialized Transportation

Gas Cap Report

Passenger Rail Forum

Ohio Conference on Freight


Howard Farms and Clean Ohio

Required Training:
Pollution Prevention

Student Watershed Watch

TMACOG Tech Season

New Member

November & December 2013
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The TMACOG website has launched with a new look and new features. The re-design makes it easier for users to find committee information, meeting dates, reports and documents in fewer steps. The new home page is a tidy set of tabs and links that take you quickly to what you are looking for. A calendar on the home page will have meeting agendas and minutes linked. You are invited to review the site map and then spend some time checking out the new and improved site. Let us know what you think at

TMACOG Nominations Invited

TMACOG has grown in influence and in value to its members through strong, committed leaders. It’s that time of year where members consider how they can best serve their communities through their work at TMACOG. Each January, members select new committee assignments and elect TMACOG leadership at the General Assembly. Nominations for councils, committees, board of trustees, and leadership are now being accepted. Bring your energy, concerns, and challenges to the TMACOG forum and help build a strong and cohesive region.

Click here to review a complete list of committees and councils on which you may serve. Anyone may serve on a council or committee and TMACOG needs people with a variety of skills and interests. Please indicate your willingness to actively participate in TMACOG by simply completing and returning the self-nomination form no later than Monday, December 2, 2013. Voting and assignments will take place at the General Assembly Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Perrysburg Holiday Inn French Quarter.

New Regional Public Works Association
Guest Article by Amy J. Wood
Commissioner of Special Projects, City of Toledo

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has recently established the Northwest Ohio Branch chapter. The northwest Ohio chapter includes the following counties: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and more


Millions to Northwest Ohio Transportation Projects

On September 26, ODOT’s Transportation Review and Advisory Council (TRAC) met and approved the “Final 2014-2017 Major New Program List” of projects. The list includes the projects previously approved by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) to be financed with turnpike more

Successful Applications Serve Disabled and Elderly

The Specialized Transportation Program operated by ODOT has announced its recent round of awards. In the TMACOG region, the Anne Grady Foundation in Lucas County and the Wood County Children’s Services Association received funding. The Anne Grady Foundation will receive funding for a passenger van and Wood County Children’s Services will fund a passenger van and a radio system. The federal Specialized Transportation Program provides 80 percent of the cost of equipment that serves the transportation needs of the elderly or disabled population. Applicants must be non-profit organizations and must come up with the additional 20 percent funding through local sources.

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Report

Although people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are not required to have environmental checks on their cars, hundreds of drivers volunteer every year to have gas caps on their passenger vehicles tested for more

Passenger Rail Forum

Passenger rail and its impact on economic development was the theme at the 2013 Passenger Rail Forum held October 7 at the Toledo Club. The forum is an annual event presented by the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA) and TMACOG’s Public Transit & Passenger Rail committee. About 80 people attended the luncheon and more

Successful and Informative Ohio Conference
on Freight

TMACOG and its partners presented the seventh annual Ohio Conference on Freight in September to an audience representing 18 states and four countries. The 2013 theme focused on innovation. More than half of the 258 attendees were attending for the first time. The 2013 conference had record attendance and also had record support from partners and sponsors. Evaluations from the participants indicated strong approval for the content of the program with 95 percent giving an overall evaluation of excellent or good, and 91 percent saying that it was an excellent or good value for the time more


Free Webinar: Water Infrastructure Funding Options

Small communities with questions on how best to finance water and wastewater systems are invited to log in to this free webinar.

Helping Small Communities Meet Their Water &
Wastewater System Needs

Presented by Small Communities Environmental
Tuesday, December 3, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Small Communities Environmental Infrastructure Group (SCEIG) is a consortium of state and federal agencies and independent organizations that provide loan/grant funding and technical assistance. Learn about funding options available to local governments for improvements to water and wastewater systems. There will be opportunities to ask questions during the webinar.

Information on joining the live webinar will be sent to regional communities in a follow-up e-mail. For more information, contact Joyce Gray, Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) at 440.331.6804 or Ms. Gray can be reached after Monday, November 18.

Clean Ohio Funds - Howard Farms

A new park – which will be the second largest park in the Metroparks of the Toledo Area system – was funded in part by Clean Ohio funds. Howard Farms is about 1,000 acres in Jerusalem Township near the Lake Erie shore, adjacent to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and near Metzger Marsh. Oak Openings Preserve, the largest metropark in the system, is 3,765 more

Required Stormwater Training Offered

Jurisdictions with stormwater permits are required to provide staff training as part of their stormwater management plan. The five-year permit period is about to expire and those who still need to complete the training are invited to attend a workshop to satisfy that more

Student Watershed Watch

TMACOG’s Student Watershed Watch annually brings hundreds of junior high school and high school students out of the classroom to experience environmental field work, learn to analyze their data, and to present it to a group of their peers. The goal of the long-running program is to create the next generation of environmental stewards and show young people careers in environmental fields, from university instructor, to EPA disaster clean up team, to snake expert on the Lake Erie more

TMACOG Tech Season Wrap Up

The TMACOG Tech program of informational seminars is part of TMACOG’s commitment to providing training and information to help members meet challenges and take advantage of more

Welcome New Member

TMACOG welcomes CT Consultants as a new non-governmental member. CT Consultants is an engineering, architectural, and planning firm headquartered in Mentor with several Ohio offices including Akron, Columbus, North Canton, Youngstown, and Toledo. They work in transportation and environmental planning as well as urban revitalization and site development. Contact the northwest Ohio office at 1690 Woodlands Drive, Suite 200 in Maumee. Phone: 419.897.7922. Kent A. Bryan, P.E, is the regional manager of the firm’s Toledo office.

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Upcoming Events

Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping Workshop
Tuesday, November 19, 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lucas County Sanitary Engineer Facility, 1111 S. McCord, Holland
Contact:Kari Gerwin
, 419.241.9155 ext. 103

Student Watershed Watch
Thursday, November 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus
Contact:Matt Horvat
, 419.241.9155 ext. 123

Water & Wastewater Infrastructure: Presented by Small Communities Environmental Infrastructure Group
Tuesday, December 3, noon-1:30 p.m.
Contact:Joyce Gray
, Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), 440.331.6804

TMACOG Leadership Workshop
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. 103

TMACOG General Assembly
January 29, 2014 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact:Tony Reams
, 419.241.9155 ext. 103