Summer Caucus and Legislative Forum
TMACOG members are invited to hear from a broad slate of state lawmakers and share local concerns at the summer meeting of TMACOG members.
In addition to the legislative forum, the meeting will include caucus session for each member group. These sessions are an opportunity for all members to help direct TMACOG activities. Governmental and Non-governmental members are asked to send a representative to ensure that all member concerns are heard.
Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers
Thursday, August 28, 8:30 a.m. - noon.
TMACOG Offices and Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo
There is no fee to attend but please register. Contact Jennifer Allen at 419.241.9155, ext. 107 by Friday, August 22.
Thank you to the state lawmakers who have accepted the invitation to come and take questions from TMACOG members:
Senator Edna Brown
Senator Randy Gardner
Senator Cliff Hite
Representative Tim Brown
Representative Teresa Fedor
Representative Mike Sheehy
Registration with continental breakfast/networking*
“Complying with Ohio’s Open Meetings Laws”
Presentation by Attorney Cheryl Wolff, Spengler Nathanson P.L.L.
Caucus Sessions: Counties, Cities, Villages, Townships, Special Districts & Authorities, Schools & Universities, Non-governmental Members
Forum with State Lawmakers
*Thank you to First Energy and Rudolph/Libbe for sponsoring today's hospitality.
TMACOG and OARC
A forum for discussion, learning from others’ experiences, coordinating plans, coming to consensus on policy issues. These are reasons that individual members join TMACOG, and they are also why TMACOG is an active member of the Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC)....read more
Swan Creek Pollution Reduction Targets
An Ohio EPA grant project recently completed by TMACOG’s Stormwater Planner Kari Gerwin helps jurisdictions in the Swan Creek watershed meet water quality standards...read more
Lucas County Health Department Updates Capabilities
A year-long project funded by the Ohio EPA allowed TMACOG staff to train Lucas County Health Department staff on how to use GIS to identify critical sewage areas. The department has been transitioning from paper records to digital records and has now improved their searching and mapping ability with the training. Matt Horvat, TMACOG’s Maumee River coordinator, provided one-on-one training in the health department’s offices using their data and equipment.
The GIS software allows technicians to search for information more efficiently and to map their results in a way that allows for better analysis. Horvat explained that now, when the department gets a complaint about possible sewage contamination, the health department is better equipped for quick response. When technicians know the location of a spill and the age of area septic systems they can map possible sources of contamination and its reference to streets and waterways.
TMACOG Stormwater Webcast Schedule
There are at least three more webcasts scheduled in the series created by the Center for Watershed Protection and presented by TMACOG and the Stormwater Coalition. There is no charge to attend. The two-hour webcasts are of interest to operators of stormwater green infrastructure, watershed coordinators, builders, city planners, or anyone interested in management of stormwater. To register for any webcast or for more information on the series, contact TMACOG Stormwater Planner Kari Gerwin at 419.241.9155 ext. 103.
Wednesday, September 10 at 1 p.m., at TMACOG offices:
“Stream restoration as a pollutant reduction strategy”
Wednesday, October 8 at 1 p.m., at TMACOG offices:
“Local TMDLs and regional/river basin TMDLS: a happy engagement or a shotgun wedding?”
Wednesday, November 12 at 1 p.m., location TBD:
“Retrofitting existing stormwater ponds and basins”
Washing Your Car and Protecting Water Quality
By Kari Gerwin, TMACOG Stormwater Planner
During warm summer months, many of us enjoy hand washing our vehicles at home. However, when a car is washed on a paved surface like in a driveway or in a parking lot the soap, detergent, automotive fluids, oil, and roadway dirt that gets rinsed from the vehicle flow straight into nearby storm drains...read more
Industry Leaders Steer Ohio Conference
The 2014 Ohio Conference on Freight brings top industry leaders to Columbus for timely, expert presentations and panel discussions. Register by August 20 for best rates
Transportation, Logistics, and Trade Policy
• Douglas George, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada, Detroit; and Flavio Díaz Mirón Álvarez, Minister for North America, ProMexico, discuss the achievements of NAFTA at 20 years, and forecast the future of the tri-lateral agreement....read more
Chessie Circle Trail Coordinating Committee Approves Development plan
The committee representing all the partners involved in the purchase and operation of the 11.6-mile Chessie Circle Trail approved a comprehensive development plan for the trail at their regular meeting Friday, July 11...read more
The roundabouts that have been built in northwest Ohio to date are at fairly low volume intersections where the roads are one lane in each direction and meet at 90-degree angles. The roundabouts under construction in the next couple years include some double lane intersections with much more traffic volume....read more
Construction Maps Updated
Updated maps showing road construction projects in the TMACOG region have been posted here (look for the orange road sign). Also see the accompanying data for details of the type of construction planned and the jurisdiction or agency in charge of the project. This map reflects work planned through the rest of 2014.
There will be construction at three of the four regional system interchanges (where interstate meets interstate) in 2014.
TMACOG welcomes new members A.A. Boos & Sons, Inc., and DLZ Corporation.
A.A. Boos is a general contracting firm established in 1946 and based in Toledo. The company began as a bricklaying business and now has a skilled labor force of about 150 employees including masons, cement finishers, ironworkers, operating engineers, and carpenters.
DLZ Corporation is a consulting engineering firm with offices throughout the Midwest including Akron, Cleveland, and Toledo. They have worked on bridges, highway projects, river locks, architecture, and water treatment systems. DLZ was one of the professional firms that worked on the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway. They were responsible for roadway design and surveying as well as subsurface investigation and geotechnical engineering.
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