Table of

Census Request

50 Years

Gas Cap Testing-Last Chance

CMAQ Applications

Bike Counting

Water Quality
Nutrient Inventory

Rain Garden Construction

Member News
Whiteford Water System

August & September 2017

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Important Census Request

Every local government should have received a request from the U.S. Census asking for participation in the Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) process. The requests were sent out the first week of July, 2017 to both the highest administrative level (mayors or supervisors) and to the staff typically responsible for address data.

Make sure that you get all grants and resources you deserve by completing this process.

It is important (and required in Ohio) that local governments participate in LUCA to ensure that the Census has an accurate representation of baseline address data. This data will be used to collect the actual Census demographic data in 2020, so if a jurisdiction’s addresses are under-counted or not correctly located, the demographic data will also be inaccurate. Because resources and grants are allocated based on census counts, it’s in each jurisdiction’s interest to ensure accurate counts.

There are different ways to provide data that are appropriate for different sized jurisdictions. Smaller jurisdictions without adequate staff to participate can ask for help from larger levels of government. For more information about how it works and why participation is important, view this presentation that was part of a recent TMACOG Tech.

There will also be training sessions held in-person or via webinar this fall. Census officials recommend that you seek out one of these opportunities later in the year. See more information on the U.S. Census Bureau website.

Picturing TMACOG at 50

The first official meeting of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments was held May 31, 1968 in the city chambers of Oregon, Ohio. For all of 2018, TMACOG will be celebrating a half century of regional collaboration in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

As we take a historical look back and prepare for our next 50 years, TMACOG is collecting images of the region. City, County, Village, and Township administrators, as well as schools and special districts, will be contacted with a request for your favorite, most iconic photos.

Landmarks, architecture, and special events that can be placed at your community are all welcome. Please forward high-resolution images in a jpg format to Mike Tippett, 419.241.9155. We are looking for print-ready images, as opposed to the low-resolution used on websites.



Gas Cap Testing-Last Chance

City of Toledo employees testing gas caps this summer report that about 11 percent of passenger vehicles and light trucks checked so far are leaking gasoline vapors through poorly fitted caps. There are three more chances to get your cap checked:

Tuesday, August 1
Kroger, 4633 Suder Ave., Toledo, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, August 2
True North/Shell, 6903 Angola Rd., Holland, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, August 3
Circle K, 1235 N. Holland Sylvania Rd., Toledo, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

A leaky gas cap could cost a driver two tanks of gas a year, and contributes to air pollution and smog through the release of volatile organic compounds. Older cars are most likely to fail but even some new cars leak.

Testing takes only a few minutes and a bad cap will be replaced on the spot for free.

CMAQ Applications

The TMACOG Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) committee has evaluated applications and made recommendations for funding for a new round of transportation projects through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) more

Counting Two-wheelers

TMACOG has an annual on-going program to count cars and trucks throughout the planning region. Now, staff is also able to do accurate bicycle counts on both area roads and on off-road bike paths.

One type of traffic counting data collector used on roads can distinguish between bicycles and other wheeled vehicles. The other, an infrared counter, cannot distinguish between pedestrians and bicyclists, but is tripped whenever anything goes by it. This counter is posted on multi-use paths separated from the road.

This summer TMACOG planners have been conducting bicycle counts on locations identified in the long range transportation plan (the 2045 Plan), and on proposed U.S. Bike Routes and State Bike Routes in our region. They are also looking at other locations where bike traffic information is needed. This data is valuable for planners considering adding bike lanes when re-paving roads or working to link up bike paths. As more data is accumulated TMACOG will create an interactive map showing counts by location.

TMACOG member jurisdictions can request bike counts. Contact Marc VonDeylen at 419.241.9155.


Nutrient Source Inventory

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is a commitment between the U.S. and Canada to restore and protect the waters of the Great Lakes. A major goal of the agreement is to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025...
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Rain Garden Partnerships

A partnership of TMACOG, the Lucas County Land Bank, and the City of Toledo is successfully converting blighted housing into beautiful, useful green spaces in central more


Water Supply Improvements in Whiteford Township

Whiteford Township trustees Bernice Heidelberg, Don Sahloff, and Supervisor Walter Ruhl celebrated the start of construction on a brand new, $9.5-million public water system by inviting neighbors and partners to a groundbreaking on June 22, 2017. Kurt Erichsen, vice president of Water Quality Planning, represented TMACOG at the event. more

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Upcoming Events

Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Penta Career Center, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107

TMACOG Tech: Agriculture 201
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Monroe Community College
Contact: Joy Minarcin, 419.241.9155 ext. 128