Table of

Report on the
General Assembly

Transportation Summit

Safe Routes to School

2015 Conference on Freight

Shared Services

Lake Erie Sources and Solutions

News for Realtors


Grand Opening

Directory of Public Officials


February & March 2015
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TMACOG General Assembly

At the 2015 General Assembly held January 21, TMACOG members voted to retain the current leadership for a second 12-month term. James Sass, Ottawa County commissioner, remains TMACOG chair and Angela Kuhn, mayor of the village of Whitehouse, will remain vice more


Transportation Summit - Registration is Open

The 2015 TMACOG Transportation Summit will be Friday, March 20, 8 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Pinnacle in Maumee. Registration is now more

Safe Routes to School - New Funding Round

A new round of funds is available for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The SRTS program provides funds for safety projects that encourage or enable children in grades k-8, including those with disabilities, to walk or ride their bikes to school. Funds can be applied to infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. The application deadline is March 2.

In the TMACOG region, the City of Oregon has been successful in securing and putting SRTS funds to use. The city added sidewalks and improved signage and pavement markings around Starr Elementary School and Fassett Middle School.

Full application requirements are posted here.


2015 Conference on Freight:
Breaking Boundaries: Building a Future Together

In 2015 the Ohio Conference on Freight and the Mid-America Freight Coalition join forces with the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Indiana Department of Transportation along with the Federal Highway Administration to offer a comprehensive forum addressing the freight and logistics industry in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and the 10-state mid-America freight region.

Key organizational support is provided by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, and JobsOhio.

The 2015 Conference on Freight will be September 14-16. It will be held at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza.

Follow program developments at For more information on the conference, contact Conference Director Christine Connell at 419.241.9155 ext. 119.


Shared Services for Water and Sewer

Smaller communities can often find efficiencies when they work together to jointly build, fund, and operate water and sewer systems. A one-day seminar will cover the practical issues involved. The Shared Services program is Friday, February 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Owens Community College. The keynote speaker is Craig Butler, director of the Ohio more




There is growing understanding of what is causing harmful algae blooms and a dead zone in Lake Erie, and growing consensus on strategies that can address those causes. In a full-day meeting of the TMACOG Environmental Council on January 22, more than 140 people came to hear a wide range of speakers and talk together about next more


Workshop for Realtors in Ottawa County
TMACOG and partners on the Portage River Basin Council will present a workshop for real estate professionals in Ottawa County Wednesday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Port Clinton. The goal is to provide information and recommendations on real estate issues concerning water and sewage treatment.

Floodplains and wetlands. What are federal regulations regarding these areas and how do they affect what can be built on a property?
Are Sewers in Your Future? As jurisdictions extend sewer lines, existing residential areas are encouraged to disconnect septic tanks and tap into sanitary sewers. The 208 Plan shows where sewers are presently available and lists sewer capital improvement plans.
Septic tanks. How home sewage treatment plants work, their lifespan, and recommendations regarding inspection and disclosure.

The workshop will provide three continuing education credits for licensed realtors. For more information, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.


Welcome the New TMACOG Blog

In ongoing efforts to improve communications and provide additional services to members, TMACOG has established an interactive blog. Please visit, bookmark, and follow

“We see the blog as adding a couple of important functions,” said TMACOG Communications Director Peggy Ricard. “It allows us to quickly disseminate news that is relevant to members, and it allows members to talk back to us and to each other through a fast, simple interface.” The Communications department staff will monitor the comments section to answer questions or provide other help.

The blog includes the TMACOG meeting calendar, the same calendar that appears on the website. To be notified when there are updates to the blog, please enter your preferred e-mail in the “follow by e-mail” box.

“This is a work in progress,” said Ricard. “We want to help members develop the content that they want to see.” Comment on any article, send your news and comments to, or call Peggy Ricard at 419.241.9155 ext. 105.

Congratulations CEC

On Wednesday, January 14, TMACOG member Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) celebrated the opening of its newly relocated and expanded Toledo office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. CEC’s new Toledo office is located at 4841 Monroe Street, Suite 103, Toledo, OH 43623. More information on CEC is at


Directory of Public Officials
Thank you to all who promptly responded to the TMACOG request for information as we update the annual Directory of Public Officials. To those few who have not yet replied, you will be receiving a call from TMACOG staff asking for your help.

The directory contains the names of thousands of elected officials, their phone numbers, email addresses, and websites. It also includes contact information for social service agencies and for federal and state elected officials. TMACOG members cite the directory as one of the key benefits of membership. The 2015 version will be distributed in March.

TMACOG thanks RGP for its generous support of the directory production.


Early Renewals
Thank you to more than a dozen TMACOG members who renewed their 2015 membership even before 2014 was over. Your dues provide essential services.

Member dues fund those activities of TMACOG that are not funded by state or federal grants including much of the work of the Environmental Planning department. Some other activities include direct services to members such as the annually produced Directory of Public Officials. Dues also pay for local initiatives that TMACOG and its members want to do which are not part of any grant program. Examples include researching algae issues, training on GIS mapping software, and organizing TMACOG Tech seminars.


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Upcoming Events

Shared Services for Water and Sewer Resources Workshop
Friday, February 27, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Owens Community College
: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

Transportation Summit
Friday, March 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., The Pinnacle, Maumee
: Christine Connell 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Water, Sewer and Floodplains: Ottawa County Workshop
Wednesday, April 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Port Clinton
: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

Ohio Sunshine Law Certification Training
Training from the Ohio Attorney General's Office >>Register here
Friday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.., Owens Community College, Audi/Visual Classroom Center, Perrysburg
: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107. There is no cost and it is open to the public.

National Train Day Toledo | click here
for more information.

Friday and Saturday, May 1 & 2
Amtrak station and Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Plaza
: Diane Reamer Evans 419.241.9155 ext. 117