Public Involvement Policy
Great Lakes Grants
Students Explore Water Quality
208 Plan Certified
Ohio Conference on Freight report
Passenger Rail Forum
Acting Head of Transportation
Welcome New Members
Summer Caucus and Lawmakers Forum
October & November 2014
Public Involvement Policy - Comments Requested
TMACOG has updated and revised its agency-wide public involvement policy and is inviting public review and comment. The draft policy is posted on the TMACOG website here. The policy describes how TMACOG ensures public input, shows maps of environmental justice areas and low-income areas in the TMACOG planning region, and includes links to relevant federal regulations. The public comment period will last until Friday, November 7. Interested people are invited to review the document and send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular evaluation and revision of the public involvement policy is one way that TMACOG ensures that the entire community is reflected in regional plans. TMACOG is committed to engaging active and representative public involvement from the entire region. Ongoing and meaningful public involvement in TMACOG planning activities ensures that projects and policies reflect local goals and needs.
"I see Your JEDZ and MUD and Raise You a TID"
Wednesday, October 15, 2 p.m., Grand Lobby of the
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Behind the jargon and acronyms are valuable programs that can fit your community’s economic development plans and assist your business community. Some programs may already be in place and underused. Learn about the available programs and evaluate them for your situation. This TMACOG Tech session follows the October Board of Trustees meeting.
“I see your JEDZ…” will be helpful for elected officials, economic development professionals, and jurisdictions interested in forming partnerships to foster regional economic development. Panelists will include: Glenda Bumgarner, ODOT office of Jobs & Commerce; Keith Earley, Lucas County Engineer; Jamie Beier Grant, Ottawa County Improvement Corporation; Walter J. Celley, Township of Perrysburg; Doug Born, Regional Growth Partnership; and Sheilah McAdams Esq., Attorney.
There is no fee to attend but please call to register by October 10. Contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107.
Black Swamp Conservancy Wins Great Lakes Grant
Sustain Our Great Lakes, a public-private partnership between ArcelorMittal and several federal environmental agencies, announced $12 million in grants for Great Lakes restoration. The goals of the program include restoring wetland areas, restoring fish passage, and controlling invasive species. This round of grants will fund 31 projects in several U.S. states and the province of Ontario.
Explore Area Watersheds
For 25 years, junior high and high school students working in and around the Maumee River watershed have been testing for nutrients in the water. Students and teachers will be back at work October 15 collecting water samples for the Student Watershed Watch. This work has taken on new urgency since the City of Toledo water crisis in early August that resulted from elevated levels of an algae toxin in Lake Erie...read more
Governor Approves Region's 208 Plan
The 208 Plan is reviewed and updated as needed to ensure that sewerage plans in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships of Monroe County, Michigan continue to meet the standards of the Clean Water Act and adapt to community needs.
Ohio Governor John Kasich has certified TMACOG's “208 Plan,” the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan, and it is officially part of the state of Ohio Statewide Water Quality Management Plan. Certification is important because the Ohio Director of the EPA must deny permits that conflict with the 208 Plan. The plan that Governor Kasich has approved was certified by the TMACOG Board of Directors in July 2013. It includes significant amendments needed by Port Clinton and Ottawa County to accommodate development. In July 2014, TMACOG completed and submitted another update to Ohio EPA. That version is pending with Ohio EPA.
Report on the Ohio Conference on Freight
The Ohio Conference on Freight continues to grow in size and influence. The 2014 conference, held September 18 and 19 in Columbus, attracted 270 registrants from 16 U.S. states and
from Canada and Mexico. Speakers and presenters brought expertise from all modes and included government and business leaders...read more
Annual Passenger Rail Forum
Learn about what’s new in passenger rail and meet with transit professionals at the annual Passenger Rail Forum, Monday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Toledo Club. TMACOG Public Transit & Passenger Rail Committee and the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA) are hosts. The luncheon and meeting are open to the public...read more
Specialized Transportation Funds Awarded
Agencies that serve elderly and disabled people can apply for Specialized Transportation funds that pay for 80 percent of the cost of a passenger van or other transportation-related materials. ODOT has announced awards for the current round of applications. This year the program will fund 48 vehicles in 34 counties. In Lucas County the Anne Grady Center was awarded two passenger vans and the South Toledo Senior Center (the Margaret Hunt Senior Center, Inc.) will receive one. In Wood County, the Wood County Children’s Services Association also will get a van.
TMACOG receives and scores applications for Lucas and Wood counties.
Transit Information on tmacog.org
The transportation pages of the TMACOG website contain timely information about public transit programs in Ohio and the TMACOG region. The Ohio Statewide Transit Needs Study is a series of reports by ODOT that evaluate the condition of Ohio’s buses, explore the overall funding picture for transit services, and analyze market conditions at the level of each of the 88 Ohio counties. The study also includes results of rider surveys of more than 5000 people from around the state.
The TMACOG pages also contain a recently completed document answering frequently asked questions about transit in the TMACOG region. This document explains how the TARTA system operates, who it serves, and how TARTA is funded. It also describes the other transit systems operating in the region and what type of service they offer – fixed route, or demand response.
TMACOG maintains a Public Transit & Passenger Rail Committee to analyze transportation needs and identify options that will improve personal mobility and strengthen economic health. People interested in the work of the committee are invited to see the web pages here or contact staff liaison Diane Reamer-Evans at 419-241-9155 ext. 117.
Acting Vice President of Transportation
David Gedeon, AICP, has been appointed Acting Vice President of Transportation at TMACOG following the departure of Warren Henry to the City of Toledo. Gedeon has been with TMACOG for 16 years...read more
Welcome New Members
TMACOG is pleased to welcome the City of Monroe as a returning governmental member and Toledo Botanical Garden as a new non-governmental member.
The City of Monroe is the county seat of Monroe County, Michigan. It has a population of nearly 23,000 and Monroe is located about 17 miles north of Toledo. Other TMACOG members in Monroe County include the townships of Erie and Whiteford, the Port of Monroe, and Monroe County Community College.
Toledo Botanical Garden is a free public garden that serves the region as a living museum and a center for horticulture and the arts. Toledo Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between the Metroparks of the Toledo Area and the non-profit Toledo Botanical Garden Board, Inc. in collaboration with the City of Toledo. TMACOG has partnered with the garden in recent years on a large project to remove dams and improve water features on the grounds.
Summer Caucus and Legislators Forum
Elected officials and TMACOG leadership attending the
August 28 TMACOG Legislators Forum included (from left):
Sen. Randy Gardner, Sen. Cliff Hite, Sen. Edna Brown,
Rep. Tim Brown, Ottawa County Commissioner and TMACOG Chair Jim Sass, Rep. Mike Sheehy, Mayor of Whitehouse
and TMACOG Vice Chair Angela Kuhn, and TMACOG
President Tony Reams.
The Villages Caucus.
Special Districts & Authorities Caucus.
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Student Watershed Watch-Testing Day
Wednesday, October 15, at waterways in various locations in northwest Ohio
Contact: Matt Horvat 419.241.9155 ext. 123
TMACOG Tech: I See your JEDZ and MUD and raise you a TID
Wednesday, October 15, 2 p.m., Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107
Swan Creek Balanced Growth Best Practices Workshop:
Options for Compact and Conservation Development
Friday, October 17,
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Matt Horvat 419.241.9155 ext. 119
Passenger Rail Forum
Monday, November 17, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
at The Toledo Club
Contact: Diane Reamer-Evans 419.241.9155 ext. 117
Leadership Retreat/Strategic Planning Session
Wednesday, December 17, 2:30-
4 p.m.. Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107