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2013 Annual Report

Sunshine Law Training

2045 Plan - Public Meetings

Transportation Summit

GIS Day Toledo

Stormwater webinar series

GIS in Health Department

TMACOG Tech: Containing Costs at your Water/Sewer System

Pollution Prevention Plan Workshop

Open Meetings Presentation

Directory of Public Officials

Engineer of the Year

Caucus Reports

New Member

March & April 2014
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2013 TMACOG Annual Report

See the 2013 TMACOG Annual Report posted on the new & improved TMACOG website.

Ohio Sunshine Law Training

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office will release the new editions of the Ohio Sunshine Laws Manual in mid-March. On Friday, April 4, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., TMACOG Tech will bring staff from the Attorney General’s office to Owens Community College to provide training on this important government more


Seeking Public Input: 2045 Transportation Plan

As planning begins for the next long range transportation plan, TMACOG is soliciting public input from all users of the region’s roads, rails, bus systems, bike trails, and more

"The Role of Transportation in Regional Revitalization"

Registration is now open for the twentieth Transportation Summit which will be held Friday, April 11, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee. Register here. Or call or e-mail to register: Jodi Rayburg at 419.241.9155 ext. more

GIS Day Awards

A day devoted to the exploration of Geographical Information Systems brought professional map makers, planners, and engineers together with high school and college students. The day’s events were held in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza and included presentations from a wide range of professionals, student presentations, and exhibits from employers and equipment more


Free Stormwater Webcasts Offered in 2014

TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition will host a series of webcasts in 2014 provided by the Center for Watershed Protection. The sessions address best management practices and green infrastructure. Stormwater Coalition members and interested people will be invited to view the webcasts at the TMACOG office and discuss the regional implications afterwards. The two-hour webcasts will be of interest to operators of stormwater green infrastructure, watershed coordinators, builders, city planners, or anyone interested in management of stormwater.

There will be no cost to attend. A certificate for professional credit will be provided: 2PDH (equivalent to 0.2 CEU). Some of the topics provided by the Center for Watershed Protection include maintenance of green infrastructure, local codes in stormwater management, and tying stormwater programs to water quality requirements. The webcasts presented will be based on the interest of Stormwater Coalition members. A minimum number of registrants may be required. For a full list of webcasts, see the webpage here.

Dates and topics of the webcasts will be posted on the stormwater webpage and announced by e-mail. To be added to the e-mail list or for more information on the series, contact TMACOG Stormwater Planner Kari Gerwin at 419.241.9155 ext. 103.

GIS and Health Department Planning

TMACOG Environmental Planner Matt Horvat is working on a contract through the Ohio EPA to improve analysis functions in the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. The health department is converting their paper files to digital data and incorporating that data in a Geographical Information System (GIS). The goal of the program is to develop new ways to improve public health through visual analysis of already available data and to train health department staff on the use of GIS. Mastering GIS will allow staff to make better connections between data and public health issues, making staff efforts more productive.

Horvat explains, “When information is stored away in file cabinets, you can’t get a big picture the way that you can by looking at a map where all the information is consolidated and visual.” He cited an example of how a GIS changes data presentation. When septic system inspection reports are on a single piece of paper in a file cabinet in one of three rooms full of file cabinets, analysts can’t easily see which piece of property might have a septic system that has never been inspected. But when the information is tagged to a map, and all the parcels that have approved septic systems are highlighted, you can see one that has not been inspected.

Final Call for Registration
Containing Costs at your Water/Sewer System

Late registration will be accepted through March 5 for this full-day seminar to be held Friday, March 7, 2014, 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Owens Community more

Stormwater Training in Northeast Ohio
The Northeast Ohio Storm Water Training Council (NEOSWTC) is offering a half-day workshop on March 12, 2014 focused on improving the review of stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWP3s) for construction and post-construction best management practices. This workshop is specifically targeted toward professionals with SWP3 design and/or review responsibilities. This event will be held at the Peace Officer Training Academy in Richfield, Ohio. Visit the NEOSWTC website for more information:



Open Meetings Presentation

TMACOG members learned the answer to the question “If three trustees walk into a tavern, does a public meeting break out” at a presentation from the law firm of Spengler Nathanson February 18. (The answer is, maybe.)

Spengler Nathanson Attorney
Cheryl Wolff

Attendees also learned about executive sessions, and penalties for open meetings laws violations. The Spengler Nathanson presentation is posted here.

On April 4, TMACOG and the Ohio Attorney General’s office will present required training on Ohio Sunshine Laws which cover public records. Register for this free session here.

2014 Directory of Public Officials

TMACOG’s completely updated directory of elected officials in 12 Ohio counties and three Michigan counties will be distributed to members later this month. The Directory of Public Officials is one of the most appreciated benefits of membership in TMACOG. More than 950 separate jurisdictions, agencies, and organizations are listed in the book with updated phone numbers, e-mail address, and other contact information. Additional copies can be purchased by members ($50) and non-members ($150). Contact Communications Director Peggy Ricard at 419.241.9155 ext. 105.

Recognition for TMACOG Chair and Partners

Keith Earley, PE, PS, chair of TMACOG’s Transportation Council and the Lucas County Engineer, was named 2014 Northwest Ohio Engineer of the Year during National Engineers Week. Travis Rhoades, PE, of TMACOG member Mannik & Smith, was named Young Engineer of the more

Caucus Reports

Follow the jump to read highlights of the seven separate caucus sessions at the 2014 TMACOG General Assembly. Governments of all sizes have common concerns about sharing services, records management, personnel contracts, and state more

Welcome New Member

TMACOG welcomes new non-governmental member Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

CEC works in the primary practice areas of environmental services, civil and site development engineering, ecological sciences and solid waste management. The firm has 18 offices around the U.S. with a concentration in the Midwest and headquarters in Pittsburgh. Learn more about this new member at

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Upcoming Events

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

Train Day Toledo
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza and the Amtrak station
: Diane Reamer-Evans, 419.241.9155 ext. 117


Open Doors, Open Minds. Beyond Accessible Design
Friday,May 9, 8 a.m. - noon at the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
: Peggy Ricard, 419.241.9155 ext. 105