Table of
Contents


FEATURE
Public Meetings 2045 Plan

ENVIRONMENT
The Facts on GI Costs


Stormwater Projects at UT

Stormwater Webcasts

Workshop for Realtors

TRANSPORTATION
Transportation Summit

Train Day Toledo

NEWS
TMACOG Tech

EVENTLINE
March & April 2015
Web
pdf version


FEATURE
Public Meetings on 2045 Transportation Plan

The public is invited to review a draft of our region’s new transportation plan. The 2015-45 Transportation Plan sets priorities for spending millions of federal and state transportation dollars expected to come to our region. Projects in the plan include highway widening and safety improvements, bridge and pavement repair, bicycle paths, more public transit and passenger rail service, and railroad overpasses. The plan aims to make transportation better for both citizens and the movement of freight. The 2045 Plan applies to Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships in Michigan...read more

 

ENVIRONMENT
Green Infrastructure: Real World Costs and Benefits

As part of a series of initiatives to establish facts about the efficiency of green infrastructure, TMACOG Stormwater Planner Kari Gerwin has built an interface where Stormwater Infrastructure (SWIF) project managers can enter raw data about their projects. The goal of the project is to establish real-world costs of construction and maintenance of these types of stormwater treatment projects...read more

 


Green Infrastructure on UT Campus
On the main campus of the University of Toledo (UT), Dr. Cyndee Gruden led two stormwater demonstration projects which will be monitored by UT students. These projects are part of a series of projects in Lucas and Wood counties which are measuring the effectiveness of green infrastructure...read more

 

New Season of Stormwater Webcasts

TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition will host a series of webcasts in 2015 provided by the Center for Watershed Protection. The sessions address stormwater program management and green infrastructure...read more


Workshop Planned for Realtors
TMACOG and partners on the Portage River Basin Council have planned a workshop for real estate professionals in Ottawa County. The seminar is 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. Topics include:

What are federal regulations regarding floodplains and wetlands and how do they affect what can be built on a property?
As jurisdictions extend sewer lines, existing residential areas will be encouraged to disconnect septic tanks and tap into sanitary sewers.
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. For more information, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.





TRANSPORTATION
Delivering Value: Projects, Plans, and Performance

Please register by March 13 for 2015 Transportation Summit. The program provides timely and useful information for elected officials, planners, engineers, transportation service providers and others interested in the efficient movement of people and goods in the region. See details and the complete agenda here.

Transportation Summit
Friday March 20, 2015
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, OH

Panel 1: Near Term Projects and Plans for the Future
Randy Cole
, Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and Mike Gramza, P.E., Administrator of Planning and Engineering, ODOT-District 2, lead this panel. They will preview projects planned for the upcoming construction season and beyond. The focus will be on regionally significant projects and how they will impact the transportation system....read more


 

Train Day Toledo: "Embracing Rail's Future"

The Amtrak station in downtown Toledo will host thousands of visitors on National Train Day Toledo, Saturday, May 2. There will be activity from opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. to the final whistle at 4 p.m. Informational displays and experts will show what the future holds for rail in Toledo and the country.

Exhibitors and guests are also invited to a special preview party, “Friday Night by the Tracks,” May 1. Register for the preview event at www.tmacog.org. Proceeds from the preview party support efforts to expand passenger rail service.

Displays will be both trackside at the station at 415 Emerald Avenue, and upstairs in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Special on-the-rails exhibits in 2015 include the Amtrak Special Exhibit Train, a variety of freight locomotives, and motorized handcars for guests to try out. Indoors you’ll find huge model train layouts, historical information, current travel information, and special guest artist Robert West. Mr. West is an internationally known illustrator who specializes in railroad scenes of the past and present.

Guests for Train Day are invited to attend the opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. to hear from elected officials and from railroad executives about plans for the future of passenger and freight rail.



NEWS
TMACOG Tech:
Ohio Sunshine Law Certification Training



The next Sunshine Law training program is Friday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., at Owens Community College, in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center. Elected officials are required to complete a training session on Ohio’s open records and meetings laws every elected term. The requirement states that a proxy may be sent but TMACOG joins the Ohio Attorney General’s office in encouraging elected officials to attend in person.

Registration is through the Ohio Attorney General’s office here. Register soon to secure your place. This event fills up quickly and will only be offered once in northwest Ohio this year. There is no cost for the class and it is open to the public.

For more information contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107.

Thank you to the sponsor of this training program, Republic Services.



 


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Upcoming Events

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

Stormwater Coalition - Conversation with Developers
Wednesday, March 25, 9 -11 a.m., Toledo Area Homeowners Association, 1911 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee
Contact
: Kari Gerwin 419.241.9155 ext. 103

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

Ohio Sunshine Law Certification Training
Training from the Ohio Attorney General's Office
Friday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.., Owens Community College
Contact
: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107.

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

2015 Conference
on Freight

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