Table of
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FEATURE
General Assembly

ENVIRONMENT
Lake Erie Algae Sources and Solutions


Water Workshops for Realtors

Stormwater Case Study

Shared Services

TRANSPORTATION
Transportation Summit

Transit Resolution

NEWS
Welcome New Member

EVENTLINE
January & February 2015
Web
pdf version

FEATURE
TMACOG General Assembly

Join area educators, elected officials, business leaders, and economic development professionals for the TMACOG business meeting and caucus sessions, and this year with a focus on education. Registration is due by Friday, January 16...read more

ENVIRONMENT
Lake Erie Algae - Sources and Solutions
The TMACOG Environmental Planning department has assembled a full-day program on the issue of Lake Erie water quality. The program will look at what we know about sources of harmful algal blooms and explore solutions. It is open to all TMACOG members and the general public...read more



Workshops Planned for Realtors
TMACOG and partners on the Portage River Basin Council have planned workshops for real estate professionals in Wood County and Ottawa County. The goal is to provide information and recommendations on real estate issues concerning water and sewage treatment.

Both workshops will cover a range of issues:

Floodplains and wetlands. What are federal regulations regarding these areas and how do they affect what can be built on a property? Introduction to relevant agencies.
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 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (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 workshops will provide three continuing education credits for licensed realtors.

Wood County Workshop
Thursday, January 29, 1-4 p.m. at Newlove Realty, 336 S. Main St., Bowling Green

Ottawa County Workshop
Wednesday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Port Clinton

For more information, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Stormwater Case Study: Bio-retention in Oregon Parking Lot
Grants from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) are funding the design and construction of several stormwater management projects in Lucas County...read more

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 program is valuable for mayors, council members, boards of public utilities, and personnel responsible for managing water and sewerage systems...read more




TRANSPORTATION

Transportation Summit - Save the Date


TMACOG’s annual conference on the movement of goods and people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan has been set for Friday, March 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Pinnacle in Maumee.

The Transportation Summit brings together planners, academic researchers, business people, and elected officials for a discussion of future developments affecting transportation in the region. At this year’s summit, TMACOG will distribute the 2015-2016 Transportation Legislative Agenda. The agenda is prepared by a wide range of partners in the region. It represents the consensus of area stakeholders on questions of policy and regional transportation-related priorities. The agenda is designed to guide state and federal legislators when they are making decisions that will affect northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Look for more information on the Transportation Summit coming soon.

Transit Resolution
The TMACOG Board of Trustees has voted to approve a resolution supporting the findings and recommendations of an Ohio Statewide Transit Needs study that was recently completed. See the complete TMACOG resolution and staff report here.

Among other strategies, the ODOT study recommends creation of a dedicated transit fund to address the significant decline in transit funding through the state general revenue funds. In a related finding, the study report states, “Our analysis suggests that current level of investment in transit operations in Ohio – roughly $659 million – under invests in transit operations by roughly $172 million or by over 20 percent.” The chart ranks all 50 states in state funding for transit per capita.

Other recommendations, with accompanying strategies, include:

Encouraging regionalization of transit to better connect across jurisdictions
Use of creative strategies for raising more local transit funds
Coordinating human services transportation efforts and integrating these services with public transportation
Improving transit information systems
Creating a performance measurement strategy
Making investments in transit technology that can create immediate benefits for riders and transit operations

The TMACOG resolution will be sent to Ohio Governor Kasich,
area legislators, and the director of ODOT.

NEWS
Welcome New Member

The Bedford Township Board voted to restore its membership in both TMACOG and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) at their November meeting. As a southern Monroe County, Michigan municipality, the township is within the TMACOG planning areas for both transportation and water quality. Bedford and the other southern townships of Monroe County are a growing part of the TMACOG region. According to Census data, Bedford Township population increased from 28,606 in 2000 to 31,085 in 2010.



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Upcoming Events

TMACOG General Assembly
Wednesday, January 21, 8:30 - 1:30 p.m., Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact
: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107


Lake Erie Algae - Sources and Solutions
Thursday, January 22, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact
: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

Water, Sewer, and Floodplains: Wood County Workshop
Thursday, January 29, 1.-4 p.m., Newlove Realty, 336 S. Main St., Bowling Green
Contact
: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

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

Transportation Summit
Friday, March 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., The Pinnacle, Maumee
Contact
: 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
Contact
: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

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