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New TMACOG Leadership

Meet TMACOG and Open Meetings Training

New TMACOG Staff

Complete Streets Policy

National Freight Network

Functional Road

Mentoring Project

Clean Ohio Deadline

Facing Algae Costs

Water/Sewer Training


February & March 2014
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New TMACOG Leadership Elected

At the annual General Assembly of TMACOG members held Tuesday, January 29, 2014, TMACOG members endorsed the nomination of officers. Elected for a 12-month term are: more

Visit TMACOG and Find out What Happens Next

Following elections and the first calendar year meeting of governments, TMACOG invites newly elected officials and all members to learn about the resources available to their jurisdiction through their membership. You are invited to the open house, and a special presentation, at the TMACOG offices Tuesday, February 18, 3-6 p.m.

This year the orientation includes a presentation by Spengler Nathanson PLL on what you need to know about Ohio’s open meetings laws. The presentation will cover the definition of public meetings and executive sessions, obligations, and liabilities. This training is different from the Sunshine Law training that is offered by the Ohio Attorney General’s office in April. That meeting covers public records and responding to requests for records.

Even for members who regularly attend TMACOG events, this open house will review resources available to you. The TMACOG website has been reorganized and we’ll walk you through the navigation. You will also meet senior staff and learn how staff can help your jurisdiction or organization. There is no charge but please let us know if you will attend. Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107.

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Welcome to TMACOG

Janet Arcuicci, AICP

TMACOG is pleased to welcome Janet Arcuicci to the transportation department. Janet is a senior transportation planner and she is part of the team that is developing the 2045 Transportation more


Complete Streets Policy in Development

The philosophy of Complete Streets is that the surface transportation system should serve all members of the community - from drivers of cars, trucks, buses, and emergency vehicles, to cyclists, pedestrians, people using mobility aids, and school children and others using buses. While the Complete Streets idea has been part of discussion and planning processes for many years, TMACOG is developing a policy to incorporate the concept into the regional transportation planning process. The policy is under development but should be completed in March and will be available at the Transportation Summit, Friday, April more

TMACOG Providing Input to National Freight Network

As required by the current federal transportation bill, MAP-21, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has created a national freight network plan to assist states in strategically directing resources toward improved system performance for the efficient movement of freight. A draft of that national plan has now been sent out to regional transportation planning agencies to get local input. TMACOG freight planners and members of the TMACOG Freight Advisory Committee are reviewing the FHWA draft and preparing comments. The TMACOG region is Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and southern Monroe County, more

Functional Road Classification Underway

TMACOG planners, area jurisdictions, and members of TMACOG’s System Performance and Monitoring Committee (the SPAM Committee) are at work on a system-wide road classification project that is done every 10 years. TMACOG is addressing roads in Lucas and Wood counties and parts of Fulton and Ottawa counties that fall in the Toledo and Bowling Green urbanized areas including the Wood County portion of Fostoria. The project involves classifying area roads by the amount of use they get and how they work as part of the transportation more

TMACOG Mentors Transportation Planning

TMACOG works closely with other Councils of Government throughout Ohio and coordinates many transportation efforts with the Southeast Michigan Council of Government (SEMCOG). Now, with a new mentoring program, TMACOG is partnering with the Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) in western more


Applications for Clean Ohio Funds due March 12

More than $1.2 million of Clean Ohio funding is available for non-profit organizations in Lucas County to acquire and/or preserve open space. Applications are evaluated and recommendations made by the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) which is housed at TMACOG. The deadline for completed applications is 5 p.m. on March 12, 2014. All applicants will be notified of NRAC’s recommendation by April 30, 2014.

Application forms and program information can 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.

Governments Protect Lake Erie Drinking Water from Algae

A special session of the Environmental Council was held Thursday, January 23 on the topic of algae and Lake Erie. The program was particularly directed toward elected officials and operators of water intakes and treatment plants.

In the summer of 2013, operators of the water treatment system in Ottawa County’s Carroll Township temporarily shut down because of algae. In Toledo, water treatment plant operators needed a budget increase of $1 million to pay for chemicals required to address algae in the water more

Containing Costs at your Water/Sewer System

Elected officials, council members, and operators of public utilities are invited to a day-long seminar addressing the financial sustainability of water and wastewater utilities. The program is Friday, March 7, 2014, 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Owens Community College. The program will be valuable for any personnel responsible for managing water or sewer systems.

Attendees will learn short term and long term finance strategies, personnel requirements, new informational technology, emergency response, and other technical and operational issues. Attendees earn Ohio EPA contact hours. Continuing professional education credits are also available for professional engineers.

Please register by March 1. Contact Joy Minarcin at 419.241.9155 ext. 128. Cost is $20 for TMACOG members, $40 for non-members. Registration fee includes lunch and take-home training materials. No refunds can be made for reservations cancelled after March 5. For questions regarding the program, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

This TMACOG Tech session is sponsored by TMACOG with financial support from Jones & Henry Engineers, Ltd. Training and materials are provided by Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP). See for more information about Ohio RCAP.


February 13 is GIS Day!

There has been a technological revolution in mapping software and area groups are sharing the news. GIS Day is Thursday, February 13. The open house event is at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students, engineers, and anyone interested in the technology are invited to attend. Parking is free and there is no admission more

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin luther King, Jr. Plaza
Contact Lisa Householder
, 419.241.9155 ext. 124

Three Trustees Walk Into a Tavern...Did a Public Meeting Break Out?
Visit TMACOG and Find out What Happens Next.
Tuesday, February 18 at the TMACOG offices, 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Contact: Jennifer
, 419.241.9155 ext. 107

TMACOG Tech: Containing Costs at your Water/Sewer System
Friday,March 7, 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Owens Community College
: Kurt
, 419.241.9155 ext. 126

TMACOG Tech: Ohio Sunshine Law
Friday, April 4, 2014. at Owens Community College
: Peggy Ricard, 419.241.9155 ext. 105

Transportation Summit
Friday, April 11, 2014 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee Contact: Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Open Doors, Open Minds. Beyond Accessible Design
Friday,May 9, 8:30 - noon at the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
: Tony Reams, 419.241.9155 ext. 107