Table of
Contents


FEATURE
Summer Caucus - Legislators Forum

Clean Ohio and Metroparks

TRANSPORTATION
Ohio Conference on Freight

Traffic Interns

Gas Cap Testing

Bike Month

ENVIRONMENT
Ozone Season

Stormwater Case Study


MEMBER NEWS
Thank You for Survey Responses

Anniversary

New TMACOG Members

Share Your News

EVENTLINE
July & August
2014

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FEATURE

Save the Date for TMACOG Summer Caucuses
and Forum with State Lawmakers

The summer meeting of TMACOG members has a full agenda. Please mark your calendar now and plan to attend. The Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers is Thursday, August 28 from 8:30 a.m. - noon. The forum will be held in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, with caucus sessions in TMACOG’s offices.

State lawmakers who have confirmed their attendance for the forum are: Senator Randy Gardner, Senator Cliff Hite, Representative Tim Brown, Representative Teresa Fedor, Representative Barbara Sears, and Representative Mike Sheehy.

All TMACOG members are asked to send one or more representatives to the summer meeting. Participation in the caucus sessions helps to direct TMACOG activities during the rest of the year.

AGENDA
Summer Caucus and Forum with State Lawmakers
Thursday, August 28, 2014

8:30 a.m.
Registration with continental breakfast/networking
9 a.m.
Presentation “Complying with Ohio’s Open Meetings Laws”
Attorney Cheryl Wolff, Spengler Nathanson P.L.L.

9:45 a.m.
Caucus Sessions: Counties, Cities, Villages, Townships, Special Districts & Authorities, Schools & Universities, Non-governmental Members
10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:30 a.m.
Forum with State Lawmakers
Noon
Concluding remarks

There is no fee to attend but please contact Jennifer Allen at 419.241.9155, ext. 107 to register by Friday, August 22nd.



Clean Ohio Funds Preserve Oak Openings Region

Three projects of the Metroparks of the Toledo Area are the top ranked applications and have been recommended for funding through the Clean Ohio Fund. The Clean Ohio Fund allocates money to each Ohio County for the preservation of open space and to increase public access to natural areas. From the five proposals submitted in Lucas County, the three Metroparks projects ranked highest in the evaluation process...read more



TRANSPORTATION


Driving Change in Global Logistics

September 18 & 19, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Columbus, OH

Register early for the Ohio Conference on Freight to secure early bird rates for both the conference and for hotel accommodations. The Ohio Conference on Freight website has complete information regarding speakers, topics, tours, and more.

The Ohio Conference on Freight is a project of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments in association with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the National Association of Regional Councils. Additional support is provided by The JobsOhio Network.

 
 



Traffic Counts Provide Fundamental Planning Data

TMACOG’s summer interns collect essential data used for transportation modeling and planning in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The work for 2014 summer interns Abby Curtis and Andrew Carden includes counts that are required by ODOT, requests from TMACOG members, and ongoing collection of data on area roadways...read more


Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program

Does your check engine light come on now and then? You may have a poorly fitting gas cap that is wasting gas and contributing to ozone pollution. Stop in to one of the testing locations in July and August to have it checked...read more


Kicking Off Cycling Season

For the whole month of May, TMACOG and many regional partners hosted rides, shared maps, and took other steps to encourage adults and children to use bicycles as commuting vehicles...read more

 


ENVIRONMENT

Ozone Action Season

From May through September is when northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are most likely to experience unhealthy air caused by ground level ozone, or smog. Ozone collects in the lower atmosphere on hot, still days with a lot of sun. Ozone is created when Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) react with sunlight on hot days. Emissions from industrial facilities and electric utilities, motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents are some of the major sources of NOx and VOC. Nearly half of VOC are generated by motor vehicles.

Individual actions can affect air quality. On hot, sunny days, consider taking a bus or riding a bike to work or school, don’t fill up the gas tank or light a grill until the worst of the day’s heat is gone. Take steps to reduce the amount of energy your household consumes and avoid use of engines and grills. At home, adjust the thermostat to run the air conditioner less and hang laundry out to dry instead of running a household appliance.

Ozone can affect lungs and also hurts plant growth. Children and people with asthma and other lung problems can be harmed by continued exposure to ozone. Even in the short run ozone can cause chest pain and trouble breathing.


Stormwater Case Study: Rain Garden in a Brownfield

Grants from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) are funding the design and construction of several stormwater management projects in Lucas County. The University of Toledo is evaluating those pilot projects with the goal of providing information to developers who want to reduce the amount of stormwater entering sewer systems, remove pollutants from the water, and do so cost effectively. The TMACOG Stormwater Coalition is providing a forum for the grant recipients to discuss and collaborate on their projects...read more



MEMBER NEWS

Thank You for Survey Participation

TMACOG recently conducted an opinion survey as part of the public involvement for our regional long range transportation plan, “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan.” Four prize winners were chosen in a random drawing, and they will receive either a gas card or a bus pass. The lucky winners are: Melanie Coulter, David Marrufo, James Moriarty, and Robert Spino. Thanks to everyone for participating! More information about the transportation plan can be found here.

Congratulations
TMACOG member Eastman & Smith celebrated 170 years of service on June 5, 2014. The law firm is Toledo’s oldest and one of the largest. It was established in 1844, only seven years after Toledo’s founding.

Welcome

TMACOG welcomes new member Republic Services, Inc. Republic provides trash and solid waste collection and also provides recycling and hazardous waste management services. Republic is a private company with offices in Erie, Michigan, and joins TMACOG as a non-governmental member.

What’s New, Members?
Is your community celebrating a milestone? Do you have a grand opening of a new bridge or bikeway? Did your agency win that big grant you applied for? Share your member news with TMACOG. Message us on Facebook (Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments) or send your news to public.info@tmacog.org.


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Upcoming Events

Summer Caucus -
Legislators Forum

August 28, 8:30 a.m. - noon 2014. Location TMACOG offices and Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Contact: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107

Ohio Conference on Freight
September 18 & 19 at the Hyatt Regency, Columbus
Contact
: Christine Connell 419.241.9155 ext. 119