June & July 2014
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Member Highlight:
City of Maumee

The City of Maumee is a longtime member of TMACOG and a brand new member of the TMACOG Stormwater Coalition. Joe Camp, director of Public Service, is pleased that Maumee City Council approved membership in the coalition. “We need to be part of the stormwater solution,” he said. “The challenge of stormwater management needs long term solutions that everyone needs to be part of.” Like many smaller jurisdictions, Maumee cannot assign an employee to work exclusively on stormwater questions. “A regional approach shares the work and shares the benefit,” Camp said. The Stormwater Coalition includes governments, and non-governmental organizations with responsibilities for managing stormwater and stormwater permits.

Joe Camp has been with the City of Maumee for 26 years and four mayors. He has been the director of Public Service for five years and was assistant director for about 12 years before that. In addition to membership in the Stormwater Coalition, he notes that Maumee actively partners with many of its neighbors in regional projects. Currently, Maumee is working with Monclova Township, ODOT, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and TMACOG to pursue a new I-475 exit at Maumee-Western Rd. He sees the additional exit as improving chances of economic development in both Monclova and Maumee with benefits for residents and commuters.

Maumee is partnering with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area on another transportation project. The city has just signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a paved berm/bikeway along River Rd. from Ford St. to South Jerome Rd. The 2.5 mile-long route will be adjacent to the roadway for some of its length but will be a separated bike path through Side Cut Metropark. Camp said that the path will improve safety in the popular bicycling area, and he notes that it will build on and connect to existing paths. The new berm and path will connect to Metroparks trails and to a trail created by Lucas County that goes to the Fallen Timbers historic site.

Maumee has always been a busy and prosperous small town. When the city was chartered in 1817, it was recognized as an important shipping center. In 1840 Maumee became the county seat in Lucas County and the Erie Canal opened which increased Maumee’s shipping stature. However, the rise of railroads in the 1850s slowed the shipping industry on the shallow and inland waters near Maumee. Unlike some smaller river cities, Maumee has continued to thrive. It has a solid center city business district and in the 1970s made a big investment in the Arrowhead Business Park. Adjacent to major facilities of The Andersons and near turnpike and expressways, Arrowhead has been a busy business center for 40 years. Maumee currently has a population of about 14,000 but has taxpaying jobs of 30,000.

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