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Transportation Summit

TIP Public Meetings

Functional Classification

Water Quality

What is a 6119 District?

Clean Ohio Funds

Member News
Sunshine Law Certification Training

March & April 2017

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Autonomous Vehicles and Design Innovation

This year marks the twenty-third anniversary of TMACOG’s Transportation Summit. The event is designed to share information and facilitate networking among elected officials, urban planners, and transportation experts from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

This year’s program features three informative panels, refreshments, and a buffet luncheon. Plenty of time is built into the day to make new connections with counterparts from across the region. Approximately 200 people are more


TIP Public Comment Period

People who want to be better informed about how federal transportation money is being spent are invited to participate in the TIP public comment period March 27 through April 7, 2017. The Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) describes what transportation projects are coming up in northwest Ohio, how they are funded, and when they are programmed. TIP projects include major roadways in Lucas and Wood counties. The TIP is not the forum for minor collector streets, residential streets, or more


Functional Classification Update Approved

Every 10 years, based on Census years, transportation planners evaluate and rank area roadways based on their function in the larger transportation system. This ranking has implications for what kind of state and federal funding is available for repair and improvement of roadways. TMACOG staff and regional stakeholders reviewed the functional classification network and provided feedback to ODOT for several proposed more



Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Dead and fallen Ash trees are a big reason for log jams on the Toussaint Creek. Landowners in three counties successfully petitioned their Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to address jams in 32 miles of the creek. Work will begin in March or April of 2017 and will take about a year to complete. Mike Libben, district program administrator with the Ottawa SWCD, said that a survey of the creek showed 6,663 dead trees – most of them Ash trees that were killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.

The petitioners included business owners and land owners who were troubled by frequent flood conditions along the creek in Wood, Sandusky, and Ottawa counties. Under Ohio Revised Code, citizens can make a formal request for ditch or stream maintenance and all the property owners in the watershed are assessed for the work. The Toussaint petition started three years ago and contracts for the work were confirmed in January, 2017.

Mike Libben said that the job covers the stream from Benton-Carroll Rd. in Ottawa County to Sugar Ridge Rd. in Wood County. The watershed includes parts of the City of Bowling Green and involves some villages including Luckey and the outskirts of Pemberville. To implement the plan, more than 3,000 landowners of about 5,000 parcels were contacted and informed of the projects and their property was assessed to pay for the work. “There were minimal objections,” said Libben. He and his fellow SWCD professionals have many hours into the job already with notifications to landowners, delineating the watershed boundary, inventorying log jams on the length of the river, and designing an approach to the work.

The work will pull logs out of the creek and leave them nearby while ensuring that they won’t fall back into the water. Ten-foot filter strips will be added in agricultural areas where needed.


What is a Section 6119 District?

The City of Toledo and elected officials from communities that purchase water from Toledo have been meeting for many months to explore development of a regional water system. A sub-committee tasked with investigating the legal aspects of a new system presented information about a Section 6119 District (Ohio Revised Code) at a large public meeting on February 3 at TMACOG more

Clean Ohio Fund - Applications Due

Local governments and agencies seeking funds to help preserve open space in Lucas County are invited to submit their applications for Clean Ohio Funds.

Proposals are due to TMACOG Tuesday, March 28 by 5 p.m. Members of the Natural Resources Assistance Committee will review and score the applications by April 10. The committee’s recommendations will be announced April 13.

Application documents, scoring methodology, and more details are on the TMACOG website here. For additional information, contact Kurt Erichsen, 419.241.9155, ext. 126.




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. Registration is closed for this program and the class is full. Other venues may be available for people who can travel. Check options here.

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.

Thank you to Owens Community College and Huntington Bank
for sponsoring this training. Please contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107 with any questions about the April 7 training event.


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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

Bike Month
Locations and dates throughout the region in May
. Contact : Lance Dasher , 419.241.9155 ext. 115