Table of
Contents


FEATURES
TMACOG Annual Report

Message from TMACOG President

TMACOG Nominations Invited

TRANSPORTATION
Passenger Rail Forum

Safety Locations Report

ENVIRONMENT
First WQC Meeting

NRAC Meeting

New Ozone Regulations

Junction Ave. Report

MEMBER NEWS

Middlegrounds Metropark

Directory of Public Officials

EVENTLINE
November & December 2015
Web

pdf version


FEATURE

TMACOG Annual Report
The last year in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan has been a busy and adventurous time for TMACOG members. The new annual report is out detailing accomplishments and activities of TMACOG members and partners. Please take a few minutes to open this link and turn the pages of our electronic report. You’ll see your membership at work: protecting water quality, providing professional training for elected officials, planning our roadways and other transportation plans. This report covers the 2014 calendar year and up to the end of the fiscal year, July 31, 2015.

Thank you for your support for and participation in TMACOG. We look forward to continued regional progress.



Message from TMACOG President


TMACOG President Tony Reams has recorded a brief message about the upcoming increase in TMACOG member dues. Click here to watch a video explaining what led to the decision to raise dues and what other changes are underway. Members will receive their annual invoices and dues statement early in November.

TMACOG Nominations Invited


TMACOG has grown in influence and value to its members through strong, committed leaders. Each January, members select new committee assignments and elect TMACOG leadership at the General Assembly. Nominations for councils, committees, board of trustees, and leadership are now being accepted. Active member participation ensures that TMACOG remains focused on issues that are important for the quality of life in our region. Vibrant leadership leads to a vibrant region.

Click here to review a complete list of committees and councils on which you may serve. Anyone may serve on a council or committee and TMACOG needs people with a variety of skills and interests.

Please indicate your willingness to actively participate in TMACOG by simply completing and returning the committee participation form no later than Friday, December 4, 2015.


TRANSPORTATION

Passenger Rail Forum Looked at Streetcars


People interested in passenger rail travel and rail transit attended a program and luncheon to learn about recent innovations in the Midwest. The annual Passenger Rail Forum was Monday, October 26, at The Toledo Club. The program was organized by TMACOG and the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA).

The keynote speaker for this year’s event was John Schneider with the City of Cincinnati Planning Commission. Mr. Schneider was a driving force behind the establishment of Cincinnati's new 3.6-mile streetcar. The creation of that new public transit option was a political and economic challenge. A panel of regional voices also weighed in on the topic and answered audience questions.


TMACOG Safety Report in Development
TMACOG has begun work on an updated safety report. This is a study that identifies high crash locations as part of a plan to identify the leading causes of serious injuries and deaths on public roadways. When the report is complete, local governments can use the information to make decisions about applying for funds to make improvements at the high crash intersections and other locations.

The study is part of TMACOG’s responsibilities as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). In Lucas, Wood, and southern Monroe counties, TMACOG regularly evaluates systems analyses and operations to identify transportation needs of the region.

The Safety Locations and Measures report was last updated in 2013. That document is here. For more information about the study, contact TMACOG Technician Marc VonDeylen,419.241.9155, ext. 136.


ENVIRONMENT

Water Quality Council - Inaugral Meeting
Nov. 4

The first meeting of the newly constituted TMACOG Water Quality Council is November 4, at 2 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, just outside TMACOG offices. Water Quality Council and sub-committee members are asked to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet. The event will include keynote speakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...read more



Informational Meeting for Grant Applications


In 2015, the Clean Ohio Fund has allocated $1,216,484 to Lucas County for the preservation of open spaces. The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) will hold a meeting to discuss the program, its goals, and to answer questions. Potential applicants are strongly urged to attend. The meeting will be December 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom, 300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Toledo. Non-profit organizations are eligible for the grants. A 25 percent local match is required.

Applications and more information can be obtained by contacting the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) District 12 Liaison, Kurt Erichsen at TMACOG: 419.241.9155 ext. 126. Application forms and program information can also be found on the TMACOG webpages here, or on the Clean Ohio website.

All applications must be submitted to TMACOG by 5 p.m. on March 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified of NRAC’s recommendation by April 30, 2016.




EPA Strengthens the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone


On October 1, 2015, the U.S. EPA strengthened the standard for ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. Areas that are not in attainment for the new standard are required to reach attainment by 2025. Based on testing over the last two years, the TMACOG region is likely to be in attainment of the more stringent regulation.

The EPA states that the updated standards will improve public health protection, particularly for at-risk groups including children, older adults, people of all ages who have lung diseases such as asthma, and people who are active outdoors, especially outdoor workers. They also will improve the health of trees, plants, and ecosystems.

The EPA press release explains the protocol for their decision making: “The Clean Air Act (the Act) requires the EPA, for each criteria pollutant, to set a standard that protects public health with ‘an adequate margin of safety’ and public welfare from ‘any known or anticipated adverse effects.’ As interpreted by the Agency and the courts, the Act requires the EPA to base the decision for the primary standard on health considerations only; economic factors cannot be considered.”

 

Junction Avenue Urban Waters Project


Neighborhood leaders met in the Junction Avenue neighborhood to weigh options for including green infrastructure in their neighborhood redevelopment plans...read more

 


MEMBER NEWS
The Middlegrounds Metropark


As construction on the Anthony Wayne (high level) bridge comes to completion, a new park in the Metroparks of the Toledo Area system is being created immediately adjacent to it. The Middlegrounds Metropark is a 28-acre parcel that is under and south of the bridge. The new park will be an urban greenspace with a walking trail, fishing access, a canoe and kayak launch area, and scenic views of the Maumee River...read more


Directory of Public Officials
The 15-county reference book that TMACOG produces each year is now in development for production in 2016. Schools, non-governmental members, and social agencies will be contacted in November asking them to update their contact information. Townships are asked to list the results of November elections and provide information on township trustees and any administrative officials. Timely and accurate information from members helps TMACOG produce a valuable reference. Members regularly cite the Directory of Public Officials as a primary benefit of membership.


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Student Watershed Watch - Student Summit
Wednesday, November 18,
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University of Toledo, Scott Park Campus Contact: Matt Horvat ext. 123

TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 25,
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