Table of
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TRANSPORTATION

TIP Update

Ohio Conference on Freight

Federal Update

Train Day Toledo

ENVIRONMENT
208 Plan Succeeds Through Cooperation

Clean Ohio Fund


Northwood and TMACOG Partnership

MEMBER NEWS
Member Highlight:
City of Maumee


Congratulations NWWSD

Welcome New TMACOG Members

EVENTLINE
June & July
2014

Web
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TRANSPORTATION

Regional Transportation Projects Recommended for Funding

Members of the TMACOG Transportation Improvement Program committee (the TIP) have completed evaluation of applications for federal transportation funds. The current round of Surface Transportation Program (STP) grants for Lucas and Wood counties allocates $17.5 million in fiscal years 2018 through 2020. The TIP Committee recommends STP-funded grants be awarded to 15 projects submitted by Lucas County, the cities of Bowling Green, Toledo, and Oregon, and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. The TIP Committee scoring and ranking spreadsheet is posted here. When approved by the Transportation Council, these projects will be programmed into fiscal years and included in the TIP for construction/completion in the 2018-2020 period. These projects may be added by amendment to the pipeline projects in the current TIP, the 2014 -2017 TIP, in which case they will roll over into the 2016-2019 TIP.



Ohio Conference on Freight:
Keynotes Announced


Driving Change in Global Logistics

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

Conference organizers have announced keynote speakers and workshop topics for the 2014 Ohio Conference on Freight. The two-day program includes five major addresses to the entire group of attendees, a choice of 13 smaller workshop sessions, and option to attend either of two tours....read more



Legislative Update - Transportation

Local funding for transportation will be affected by budget votes and bills currently being considered in Washington D.C.

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) reports regularly on the state of federal legislation. NARC notes that the federal budget that has been proposed by the House of Representatives would move toward balancing the budget through spending reductions. Transportation programs would sustain some of the largest proposed cuts. The problems that have been in place for years continue: fuel taxes that support the Highway Trust Fund are inadequate and again the fund is on target for insolvency, this time by August, 2014. Should congress fail to act, there will be a slowdown in pay to states and to local regions in the middle of the summer construction season. A multi-year bill reauthorizing the federal budget would require $100 billion in new revenue for a six-year bill, and it’s unclear where lawmakers would find the money.

A new federal transportation bill is also under discussion. The GROW AMERICA Act would replace MAP-21. The bill proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation is a four-year, $302 billion plan that provides increased funding and increased control for local governments and MPOs such as TMACOG. See the U.S. DOT proposed bill here.

Train Day Toledo

Several thousand people came through the Toledo Amtrak station and the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza on May 2 and 3 to celebrate trains and train travel. Trackside, guests could see a range of locomotives and passenger cars, art and historical displays and enjoy kids’ rides. Upstairs were model train layouts, music, more vendor displays, food, and fun...read more



ENVIRONMENT

Erie Township and 208 Plan

In Erie Township in southern Monroe County, residents and local leaders are clear that they value their mostly rural character and want to keep it that way. To maintain local control of the character of their township, residents have aligned their master plan, their zoning plan, and now their portion of the region’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan) accordingly....read more

 

Clean Ohio Committee Makes Recommendations, Seeks New Members

The Clean Ohio Fund has allocated $1,268,954 for the preservation of open space in Lucas County. The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) that administers the fund in Lucas County met at TMACOG April 23, 2014 to review applications for the fund....read more



Northwood Public Schools and TMACOG Partner for Environmental Education

Northwood Public Schools is expanding its science offerings and TMACOG is part of the curriculum. The seventh grade students of teacher Lara Fish have been working on water quality studies over the course of the school year. Among other activities, students have been sampling and testing the water of Wolf Creek/Berger Ditch which runs by their school. ...read more




MEMBER NEWS

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, ...read more


20 Years of Water and Sewers

Northwestern Water and Sewer District celebrated 20 years of operation in Wood County with a party and open house on May 4. The party included tours, food, a fishing derby and live tweeting from a bucket truck...read more

New Members

TMACOG welcomes Eastman & Smith, Ltd. and the Wood County Educational Service Center which recently became members of TMACOG.

Eastman & Smith is a law firm that traces its history to 1844 when the City of Toledo was only seven years old. The firm currently has 150 employees including 75 lawyers. They provide legal services to public corporations and private commercial firms working in manufacturing, service, professional practice, health care, and insurance. They join TMACOG as a non-governmental member.

The Wood County Educational Service Center is a returning governmental member of TMACOG. The center works to serve school districts in Wood County, providing before and after school programs, gifted and special needs education, and a wide range of specialized services to schools and students.


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