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TIP: annual report

Environmental Planning Ad Hoc Committee


Urban Waters Grant

Stormwater Case Study: Oregon

WSOS Anniversary

September & October 2014
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“I see your JEDZ and MUD and raise you a TID”

JEDZ, FTZ, OEDC, MUD, CDG, TID*. 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.

Wednesday, October 15 at 2 p.m.
(following the Board of Trustees meeting which begins at 1:30 pm)

This TMACOG Tech session will be helpful for elected officials, economic development professionals, and jurisdictions interested in forming partnerships to foster regional economic development.

There is no fee to attend but please register by October 10. Contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107.

*Joint Economic Development Zone, Foreign Trade Zone, Ohio Economic Development Council, Municipal Utility District, Community Development Grant, Transportation Improvement District.

TIP Report

Click here to see a spreadsheet detailing transit projects that were awarded federal funding in Lucas and Wood counties in fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Click here to see a spreadsheet detailing all roadway (excluding transit) projects that had federal authorizations for funding in fiscal year 2014. This includes authorizations for new projects and funding obligation increases for projects that were authorized in a previous fiscal year.

In fiscal year 2014 federal money for transportation projects in these counties was approximately $435.5 million. Of that, TMACOG is charged with the selection and funding of just over $20.2 million. This figure includes the McCord Road grade separation which is being constructed by ODOT. These funds are administered through TMACOG’s Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP). ODOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) manage the balance of $415.3 million for other projects. This list is federally funded projects only and does not include road projects funded separately by cities and villages.

Many entities in our region – including local political jurisdictions, engineering and construction firms, ODOT, FHWA, and TMACOG – work cooperatively and in coordination to efficiently manage and successfully complete these transportation projects. For more information contact David Gedeon, 419.241.9155 ext. 125.

TMACOG Members form Ad Hoc Committee

The TMACOG Environmental Planning department has begun a review of the department and has asked that interested TMACOG members join in a process to make recommendations. “It’s been a while since we looked at the things that we do and the things that we don’t do,” said Environmental Council Chair Ken more

Protecting Water Quality Through
Resourceful Teamwork

The early August water emergency in the Toledo area has brought attention to the way local experts protect water quality in this region. TMACOG’s four-person Environmental Planning staff is part of the region’s web of professionals who work full-time to research and address water quality more

Urban Waters Grant

TMACOG has secured a $60,000 grant from the U.S. EPA to develop a green infrastructure plan to improve water quality and alleviate flooding pressure in Toledo’s Junction Avenue neighborhood.

The Junction Avenue Project is updating a business district revitalization plan that was last updated in 1987. Junction Avenue is a central city neighborhood that has a significant amount of vacant property and abandoned structures. The updated plan will guide future improvements in the area.

TMACOG Stormwater Planner Kari Gerwin said, “Many green infrastructure projects are built in new developments with lots of room or in rural areas where stormwater cannot be piped away. There is great need and great opportunities for green infrastructure within a built up urban environment. The plan will add beauty and natural areas while reducing flooding which results from overcharged sewers.”

The partnership working on the project includes elected officials in the City of Toledo, the University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center, the Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank), the Arts Commission, and the TMACOG Stormwater Coalition. TMACOG will facilitate the project advisory committee, conduct GIS analysis, and develop the Junction Avenue Green Infrastructure Master Plan document. The document will include a narrative plan and designs to illustrate the goals for increasing greenspace and green infrastructure. When it’s complete, the Junction Avenue Project group can provide the document to the City of Toledo Plan Commission for official adoption.

Case Study: Oregon Bioretention Cells

In the South Recreation Complex of the City of Oregon, construction has begun on a pilot project that will use bioretention cells to manage stormwater in a parking area. The area has no access to storm sewers so water must be managed where it falls. Up to now, the parking lot has used catch basins that direct rain water directly to Wolf more

50 Year Anniversary for WSOS

Congratulations to TMACOG member WSOS Community Action which is celebrating 50 years of services in the TMACOG region.

In 1964, Seneca, Ottawa and Sandusky counties formed the SOS Community Action agency coordinate a wide range of public services. Wood County joined the next year and the agency became WSOS. In recent years, WSOS has expanded its work to Hancock and Lucas counties. The program was initially funded through President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” which sought to build self-sufficiency and reduce poverty. WSOS provides Head Start and other early childhood programs, rural community assistance with water and road projects, employment training, home rehabilitation, and foreclosure prevention services. For more information about services call 800.775.9767.

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Upcoming Events

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

Student Watershed Watch-Testing Day
Wednesday, October 15, at waterways in various locations in northwest Ohio
: 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
: 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
: Matt Horvat 419.241.9155 ext. 119