Table of

General Assembly

Water Quality
Regional Water Discussion

Stormwater Coalition

Bike Sharing Program

Member News
Sunshine Law Certification Training

Monroe Bank & Trust

January & February 2017

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2017 General Assembly Report

More than 200 members of the General Assembly of TMACOG members met January 30 to caucus in peer groups, vote on leadership and changes to TMACOG bylaws, and listen to a keynote presentation about border security in the Lake Erie more




Regional Water Authority Discussions

The City of Toledo and all the communities that buy water from Toledo have been meeting for many months as a Regional Water Planning Committee. Elected officials from each of the communities and the City of Toledo recently passed a non-binding resolution in favor of exploring options for the creation of a regional water supply and distribution more


Stormwater Coalition

The TMACOG Stormwater Coalition (SWC) is growing in size and influence. The SWC now includes 24 members in northwest Ohio: cities and villages working together to share training and educational programs and ensure that their communities are in compliance with regulations.

The newest members of the SWC are the City of Perrysburg, which joined in early 2016, and the Village of Whitehouse, which is a brand new member.

Alice Godsey, director of public utilities for the City of Perrysburg, appreciates the resources she can access through the Stormwater Coalition. “We can call other members,” she said “and find standard documents that we need, or ask how someone else handled a problem. It’s been very helpful.” She also mentioned free webinars and workshops as benefits of membership. Personnel in Perrysburg have experience running a stormwater management program and they have brought expertise and experience to share with coalition members.

The Village of Whitehouse is a newly regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), which means that village officials need to comply with Ohio EPA regulations that are new to them. Steven Pilcher, director of public service for the village said, “Joining in the Stormwater Coalition will ensure the village stays current with the practices of being a good steward of the resources in and around the village.”



Bike Sharing

The Metroparks of the Toledo Area was recently awarded funds from a series of grants to begin a bike share program in downtown Toledo. Eighty percent of the funding came through a Clean Ohio Fund grant. The Metroparks received an additional $263,000 grant through the federal Transportation Alternatives more



Ohio Sunshine Law Certification Training

TMACOG will again host the Ohio Attorney General’s office for a free Sunshine Law Certification Training program Friday, April 7 at Owens Community College. Register here for this northwest Ohio seminar. This class fills up quickly.

Officials are required to complete the three-hour training for each term of office for which they were elected or appointed. Officials may send a designee to the training but the Attorney General strongly recommends that officials attend in person to ensure that officials understand their duty to provide access to public records as required by Ohio law. Each session includes an in-depth analysis of Ohio's Public Records Act with a brief discussion of Ohio's Open Meetings Act.

Ohio Sunshine Law Certification Training is Friday, April 7, 8:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. at Owens Community College Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Rooms 125-128, in Perrysburg. Registration is online here but for any questions contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107.


Congratulations Monroe Bank & Trust

Monroe Bank & Trust has been a member of TMACOG since 2006. Since the bank was founded in 1858, it has grown into one of the largest community banks in Michigan, with more than $1.2 billion in assets. In 2016, MBT Financial Corp., the parent firm of Monroe Bank & Trust Co., based in Monroe County, Michigan, was one of the top 10 banks in total share value among regional companies with public stock. The firm has a 75 percent total return on share price and paid a dividend in 2016.


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Upcoming Events


Friday, March 31,
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Premier Banquet Hall,
4480 Heatherdowns Blvd.
Christine Connell, 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Ohio Sunshine Law Certification Training
Friday, April 7,
845 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Owens Community College
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107