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TMACOG Tech: Personal Expression and the Workplace

TIP Public Comment

Bike Corridors

Bike Month

Water Quality
TMACOG Tech: Water/Wastewater Training

Clear Choices, Clean Water

Side Lot Rain Gardens

Member News
Work Zone Awareness

Funds for Signs

April & May 2017

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TMACOG Tech to Address Personal Expression and the Workplace

To what extent do employees have the right to free speech? What constitutes bullying or harassment? How can you manage multiple generations in one workplace? more


TIP Public Meeting and Public Comment

There is still time to comment on TMACOG’s short range transportation plan. The public comment period for the Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) runs through April 7, 2017. The TIP describes what transportation projects are coming up in northwest Ohio, how they are funded, and when they are programmed. Interested people can review the documents online or attend a public more

National and State Bike Route Network
Taking Shape

Transportation planners across the country are coordinating efforts to designate roads and paths as bike routes to establish a national network that would enable long distance travel by bicycle. TMACOG is coordinating the project in northwest Ohio and working with planners in other parts of the state. Ohio’s move to establish a network of signed US and State routes will serve as a backbone for long-distance riders, while also connecting local residents to nearby communities. Christine Connell, TMACOG transportation public administration specialist, has been reaching out to local governments to explain the state and national plan and how northwest Ohio would be part of more

May is Bike Month

Get your bike out and get ready to explore northwest Ohio on two wheels. During Bike Month, TMACOG works with partners to sponsor bike rides, provide safety training, and educate cyclists and drivers about laws regarding cycling. TMACOG’s goal is to establish bicycling as a practical commuting option and to incorporate bicycles into street transportation safely and efficiently. To help encourage bike commuting, TARTA offers a reduced 25 cent bus fare for anyone using the bike rack Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May more




Professional Development for Water and Wastewater Operators

TMACOG is partnering with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to provide training for water and wastewater operators and for professional engineers working in that field more


Greater Toledo Lake Erie: Clear Choices,
Clean Water

TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition and other partners concerned with water quality are joining in with a national project called Clear Choices, Clean Water. The northwest Ohio group will be labeled the Greater Toledo Lake Erie more


Ambitious Project to Replace Blight with Beautiful, Useful Green Space

The TMACOG stormwater staff and a host of partners are joining the Lucas County Land Bank and neighborhood redevelopment advocates in an intensive effort to install rain gardens in a central Toledo neighborhood.

The Land Bank has a long-running program to remove blighted buildings and return property to the tax rolls. They plan to remove 2,500 blighted structures throughout the county by 2020. TMACOG and its partners are piggy backing on this work to help the Junction Avenue team implement their established neighborhood revitalization plan. In earlier efforts, rain gardens have already been installed in the neighborhood at Hoag Street near Pickett Elementary School, and at the intersection of Belmont and Forest more



WorkZone Safety and Distracted Driving

Distracted driving might be one reason why the traffic accident rate is inching up after years of decline. The National Security Council has declared April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Put down the phone. Don’t eat while you drive. Demonstrate safe practices to children in your car; they will be drivers someday. And really, put down the phone.

April 3-7, 2017 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. This annual spring campaign is held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. Drivers are reminded to follow posted speed limits, be aware of changing merge zones and construction vehicles, and look out for the men and women working on the highways.

For Go Orange Day on April 5, roadway safety professionals will being wearing orange to show their support of work zone safety.


Area Townships Eligible for Funding for Warning Signs

The 2017 Township Sign Grant application cycle is now open and will run through Friday, June 9, 2017.

The program provides funds to improve signs on roads where accidents are more common. Better signs can warn of sharp turns in the road, fixed objects (such as bridge abutments), bike path crossings, and hidden drives. The qualifying townships for 2017 in northwest Ohio include:

Benton (Ottawa)
Napoleon (Henry)
Cass (Hancock)
Perrysburg (Wood)
Center (Wood)
Plain (Wood)
Clay (Ottawa)
Portage (Wood)
Clinton (Fulton)
Ridgeville (Henry)
Danbury (Ottawa)
Salem (Ottawa)
Eden (Seneca)
Sandusky (Sandusky)
Freedom (Henry)
Springfield (Lucas)
Freedom (Wood)
Washington (Hancock)
Harris (Ottawa)
Washington (Henry)
Liberty (Seneca)
Washington (Sandusky)
Loudon (Seneca)
Washington (Wood)
Middleton (Wood)
York (Fulton)
Monclova (Lucas)
York (Sandusky)



More information concerning the Township Sign Grant Program, including a link to the sign grant application, can be viewed on the program’s website here.


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Upcoming Events

TMACOG Tech: Personal Expression and the Workplace
Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, Toledo
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

TMACOG Tech: Field Training & Asset Management for Water and Wastewater Operators and Engineers
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave. Bowling Green, OH
Contact: Kris Barnswell, 419.241.9155 ext. 123