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TMACOG General Assembly

Reams Retirement

Federal Transportation Bill

Transportation Summit

ITS Update

TMACOG Recertification

Clean Ohio Funds

208 Plan Procedure

Fulton-Henry County Meeting

January & February 2016

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TMACOG General Assembly - Register Now

The annual General Assembly of TMACOG members is Monday, January 25. At this year’s assembly, members will vote on a change in TMACOG bylaws to formally recognize the creation and adoption of a new Water Quality Council. Caucus sessions are another reason why members should make sure to attend. These sessions establish the cooperation that makes regional development possible and lead to future more

TMACOG President Announces Retirement

Tony Reams, who has been president of TMACOG since November of 2000, has announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2016, at the end of the fiscal year.

The TMACOG Board of Trustees is beginning the process to select the next president to lead the staff. A search committee is in development. The plan for succession calls for a decision in May with a start date in June.

TMACOG was formed in 1968 and has had four permanent presidents or top officials.


Local Implications of New Federal FAST Act
A new five-year federal transportation bill has been approved after years of extensions and delays. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act replaces Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) more

Toledo Region Transportation Summit

Government officials, public and private sector transportation professionals, engineers, planners, and all transportation stakeholders are invited to attend the Toledo Region Transportation Summit Friday, March 18, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Parkway Place in Maumee.

The program includes two panel sessions followed by a networking luncheon and keynote address.

Registration is available now at For more information contact Christine Connell, ext. 119.

Intelligent Transportation System Update

TMACOG has announced that ConSysTec has been awarded the contract to build the architecture of the next generation of the region’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

The current model is the Toledo Metropolitan Area Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems Architecture. It is a roadmap for integration of transportation systems (including message boards, emergency communication, and traffic signaling systems) in Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and the three southern townships of Monroe County, Michigan. The architecture models how information and resources can be shared and integrated to provide a safer and more efficient transportation system.

The report is an important tool used by operating agencies and planning agencies in local jurisdictions. It shows how different area systems are related and provides a blueprint for cost effectively expanding and improving the regional integrated transportation network.

The contractor will create a planning document that looks out to 2030. The software package will be updated and existing and planned projects identified by ODOT and local jurisdictions will be added. Work will begin immediately and public meetings will be scheduled in late winter or spring of 2016.

For more information on the ITS system, contact TMACOG planner/analyst Lisa Householder, 419.241.9155 ext. 124.

Public Meeting Addresses TMACOG
Planning Process

Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hold a public meeting as part of the process to re-certify TMACOG’s compliance with federal regulations related to transportation planning. The public is invited to attend the 2016 meeting on Wednesday, January 20, noon – 1 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. more



Learn How to Apply for Clean Ohio Funds

TMACOG urges any applicant who is planning to apply for Clean Ohio Fund grants to attend an informational meeting Wednesday, January 13 at 2 p.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom, 300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Toledo.

The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC), the committee that evaluates and makes recommendations on applications, is hosting the meeting to discuss the program, its goals, and to answer questions. Clean Ohio grants fund preservation of open space and are available to nonprofit organizations in Lucas County.

In the current round of funding, the Clean Ohio Fund has allocated $1,216,484 to Lucas County for the preservation of open spaces. Applications and more information can be obtained by contacting 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.


Changes to 208 Plan Procedures
The TMACOG Wastewater Committee is creating a streamlined procedure for evaluating applications for installation or modification of any wastewater collection, storage, or treatment system. The new procedure brings permit evaluation closer to home and puts local agencies in more

Sewerage Planning Meeting for Fulton & Henry Counties

Fulton-Henry County Sewerage Meeting
Friday, January 15, 10 a.m. – noon
Oberhaus Park Shelter House, Napoleon

TMACOG members in Fulton and Henry counties have expressed interest in TMACOG’s sewerage and wastewater planning services. As TMACOG reorganizes its Water Quality committees, there is a potential for expanding services to those counties. Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Monroe counties are already covered by the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan, more commonly called the 208 plan.

At the January 15 meeting Kurt Erichsen, vice president of Water Quality at TMACOG, will discuss what regional sewer planning entails. Fulton and Henry counties might benefit from a 208-style plan or communities might be better served by planning on a community-by-community basis.

Neither Henry nor Fulton County themselves are members of TMACOG, but several of their villages are. TMACOG anticipates consulting with the county sanitary engineer or lead official, the health department, and the plan commission about any services.

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Upcoming Events

Clean Ohio Funds - Informational Meeting
Thursday, January 13, 2 p.m.
TMACOG Boardroom Contact: Kurt Erichsen ext. 126

TMACOG Certification Review
Wednesday, January 20, noon
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
: David Gedeon ext. 125

TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 25,
Holiday inn French Quarter, Perrysburg Contact: Jennifer Allen ext. 107

Construction Site Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan How-to's
Wednesday, January 27, 9 a.m - noon.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza.
Contact: Kari Gerwin ext. 103

The Toledo Region Transportation Summit
Friday, March 18,
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Parkway Place, 2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee Contact: Christine Connell ext. 119