Table of

Caucus and Forum

Green Infrastructure Described

Sewage Treatment Rules

Gas Cap testing

Staff Changes

TIP and 2045

Conference on Freight

Complete Streets Plan Recognized

New Members

July & August 2015

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Summer Caucuses and Legislators Forum
All TMACOG members are invited to attend and participate in the summer caucus sessions and legislators forum Wednesday, August 5, 8:30 a.m. – more

TMACOG Planners at Academic Forum
The University of Toledo has been studying the implementation of green infrastructure as a strategy to improve urban water quality. TMACOG projects have been part of that study. At a University of Toledo workshop in late May, TMACOG staff presented information about effective and innovative projects that TMACOG and partners have more


Updates to Sewage Rules
In response to new rules affecting home sewage treatment in Ohio that became effective January 2015, TMACOG has proposed efforts to assist county health departments and local governments as they implement the rules. One effort is the development of outreach materials that health departments can use to communicate with septic system owners. These materials will also provide helpful information for home builders and realtors, county and township elected and administrative officials, local media, citizen groups, and home sewage treatment system service providers.

The other primary project involves an update of the Onsite Sewage Treatment Chapter of the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan). That chapter describes how statewide rules work, what policies are set at the local level, and establishes regional policies. TMACOG will facilitate meetings to update that chapter.

These projects will be ongoing in Fiscal Year 2016 which began July 1, 2015. For more information contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program

Drivers interested in saving gas and protecting air quality can have their vehicle gas caps checked at locations in southern Michigan, and Lucas and Wood counties this more

Transportation Staff Changes
This spring saw a number of changes to the staff of the TMACOG Transportation department. Project Planner Diane Reamer-Evans retired after a long and productive career. She had been at TMACOG since 1993. Two new planners were hired in May. Mike Fuller and Rebekka Apardian have begun work with the title of Planner more

Major Planning Projects Nearing Completion

TMACOG’s long range transportation plan and the short range plan were both voted on and approved at the June 17 Board of Trustees meeting. The plans affect Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and Bedford, Whiteford, and Erie townships in Monroe County, more



Conference on Freight-Keynotes Confirmed

Breaking Boundaries: Building a Future Together

The program for the 2015 Conference on Freight will address freight policy, industry integration, energy and sustainability along with the growing need for cooperation between people who move goods and those responsible for freight more

Complete Streets Plan Recognized
The National Complete Streets Coalition has recognized TMACOG’s Complete Streets Policy as one of the best of agency policies completed last year. TMACOG’s policy ranked fourth in the nation out of 28 submitted for policy established by a regional agency.

The National Complete Streets Coalition ranks each year’s new Complete Streets policies to “celebrate the people who developed exceptional policy language and to provide leaders at all levels of government with examples of strong Complete Streets policies.”

TMACOG’s policy was established as a model for local jurisdictions. It has been a valuable reference to jurisdictions in the area including the City of Bowling Green. See TMACOG's Complete Streets Policy here.

New Members

TMACOG welcomes Penta Career Center as a returning governmental member of TMACOG (in the schools caucus) and AT&T Ohio as a new non-governmental member.

Penta Career Center was organized in 1965 as a trade school. It has evolved into a center for lifetime learning with a significant adult education component. Courses of study in the high school include agriculture, advanced manufacturing technologies, HVAC, engine systems, culinary arts, medical technology and a wide range of service professions. Adult education includes contractor and remodeling technologies, machine technology, and health care career options. Penta graduated its 50th senior class in 2015. Penta staff participated in caucus sessions with other schools at the January General Assembly. Learn more about the center and its offerings here.

AT&T Ohio is a new member, joining other utilities including Toledo Refining Co., BP-Husky Refining, Columbia Gas, and First Energy. AT&T representatives will caucus with other TMACOG non-governmental members at the summer caucus Wednesday, August 5. “AT&T explores not only what’s possible today, but what can be achieved in the future. From leading the mobile broadband revolution to connecting the largest companies to their operations around the globe, AT&T strives to help our customers connect to their world. Providing the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 300 million Americans with 4G LTE service. AT&T was excited to become a member of TMACOG because it plays a vital role in regional development and cooperation. And as a member, we will have the opportunity to speak directly with local officials and help to shape the future of this region. For updates on local initiatives, please visit”

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Upcoming Events

Summer Caucus and Legislators Forum
Wednesday, August 5
Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107

2015 Conference
on Freight

Monday - Wednesday, September 14-16
Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza
: Christine Connell 419.241.9155 ext. 119