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Letter from the President

Search Committee Formed

Transportation Summit

STP Funds

Next Generation of Freight Professionals

ITS Update

Water Quality Council

208 Plan

Septic Maintenance

Social Media

Funds for Gas Station Clean up

March & April 2016

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A Letter from the President
Tony Reams, President of TMACOG

Tony Reams, only the fourth permanent top officer of TMACOG since 1968, will retire in July, 2016. He began work at TMACOG
in November, 2000.

TMACOG is a unique agency and I’ve had a very special job here. The next president of TMACOG will have great challenges ahead but, like I did, will find great satisfaction in the work. Working for an entire region is different from administering a jurisdiction. Our five-county area of Lucas, Wood, Monroe, Ottawa, and Fulton counties has a population of more than 800,000. TMACOG is a forum for about 90 separate governments in two states and about 60 non-governmental agencies and business. That is a lot of pieces.. more


Search Committee Formed

A search committee has been formed to recruit applicants for the position of president of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Current president Tony Reams has announced his retirement, effective July, 2016. The committee plans to evaluate candidates starting in March. Applications are due by end of business day on March 31. The committee plans to confirm a candidate by May and have a new president in place by June, 2016.

The search committee is composed of members of the TMACOG Leadership Development Committee. Persons interested in the position are asked to contact Bill Best, TMACOG vice president of finance and administration, 419.241.9155 ext. 108.

There are no specific academic requirements and it is not necessary that applicants have experience as elected officials. Mayor of the City of Sylvania and Chair of the TMACOG Board of Trustees Craig Stough said, “The president of TMACOG leads the staff and facilitates policy decisions. The right candidate will have excellent political, administrative, and leadership skills.”


Keynote: The Fast Act
Toledo Region Transportation Summit


Toledo Region Transportation Summit
Friday, March 18, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Parkway Place, 2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee

Registration is due by March 11.
See the links to complete agenda and registration here.

After years of short term fixes, there is a new long term federal transportation bill: Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Transportation planners and local governments need to understand how the bill will change funding and affect planning for regional priorities. We’ll hear from an expert at the 2016 Transportation more

Applications Solicited for Transportation Projects

TMACOG’s Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) is soliciting applications for the federal Surface Transportation Program. There is approximately $11 million available for projects in Lucas and Wood counties for fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Only those projects on federal-aid-eligible roads qualify. Applications are due by June 3, 2016. TMACOG federal funds will be provided at a maximum of 80/20 split of federal funding.

For more details about timing and application materials, contact TMACOG Planner Lance Dasher at 419.241.9155, ext. 115.

Next Generation of Logistics Professionals

Sandra Simon, a career coach for Toledo Public Schools, thinks that a program funding a supply chain management program for high school students is a smart idea. Money for the Youth Career Grant comes from fees employers pay for visas given to immigrants coming to the U.S. for technical jobs. She says, “We’re using that money – from importing skilled people – to grow our own talent here.” more

Region Updates ITS network

As communication technology changes and becomes more integrated with the transportation system, regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) including TMACOG are keeping track of developments. A review and update of the TMACOG region’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) architecture is underway more




Water Quality Council

The first meeting of TMACOG’s new Water Quality Council (WQC) will be held Wednesday, March 9 at 1:30 p.m. Location is yet to be determined, check the calendar on The new council was created in response to member requests for a more direct focus on regional water quality. A vote at the January General Assembly modified the TMACOG bylaws and established the new council. The goal of the WQC is to coordinate and recommend positions on water quality issues and policies to the TMACOG Board of Trustees in an effort to improve and protect water quality in our region and Lake Erie. The committees of the WQC that have been established are Wastewater, Watersheds, Stormwater Coalition, Public Water Supply, and Regional Water Planning.


208 Plan Update Promotes Economic Development

In the North Baltimore region on the border of Wood and Hancock counties, residents are juggling issues concerning combined sewer overflows, home septic systems, and desire to attract business development. Revisions to the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan) show how local officials and other partners responded to these challenges to the benefit of all more

Septic System Maintenance Information

When households are far from public sewer systems, in a rural area or very small community, a home sewage treatment system is the way to manage household waste. To help homeowners maintain these systems and keep them working correctly, people working to address water quality in the Wolf Creek/Maumee Bay region have produced and are distributing educational more



Better Communication Through Social Media

TMACOG uses a wide range of tools to convey information to members and to facilitate communication between members. For timely information and important news, members are invited to follow, link to, friend, and join TMACOG’s social media outlets.

Twitter. Outlet for timely news and comments. Follow TMACOG.
Facebook. Sharing partner news and events. “Like” the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, and our Bike and Pedestrian page.
TMACOG Blog. News and member discussion. Sign up to receive e-mail notification of new postings.
Youtube. Informational videos. The website is the library of TMACOG data and information.


Funds Available for Gas Station Cleanup

The Ohio Development Services Agency has announced a new website where local jurisdictions can apply for grants to assess and clean up gas stations with buried fuel tanks.

The website for the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Program is now available on the Ohio Development Services Agency website. On the webpage you will find program guidelines and resources to determine your site’s eligibility. If you have any questions about the program, please contact April Kasun by e-mail or 614.466.4007.

The Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant will provide funding to assess and clean up BUSTR Class C sites (underground storage tanks with documented petroleum releases). Eligible activities include up to $100,000 for assessment and up to $500,000 for cleanup. Other eligible activities include costs to empty or remove underground storage tanks, abatement of asbestos, lead or other contamination, demolition and site clearance.

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Upcoming Events

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

Ohio Sunshine Law Training
Friday, April 8,
8:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Contact: Jennifer Allen ext. 119

National Train Day Toledo
Saturday, May 7,
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Toledo Amtrak Station and Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Plaza Contact: Rebekka Apardian ext. 117

Bike Month
Throughout the month of May at locations all around northwest Ohio
contact: Lance Dasher ext. 115