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Staff News

JobsOhio 101

Water Quality
Algal Bloom Update

Rain Garden Construction

Portage River Log Removal

TIP Amendments

Member News
Member Sevices

Gas Station Cleanup Funds


Accounting for Change

Linda Lowe, TMACOG’s accountant since 2003, is retiring in September. Her replacement, Nathan (Nate) Reiter, is on the job already, with Linda showing him the books.

Linda and Bill Best, the Vice President of Finance & Accounting, have been a strong two-person team. “I have really enjoyed working with Bill,” Linda said. “In fact, everyone I’ve worked with at TMACOG has been a pleasure. The staff are very professional, warm people, and good at their jobs. We really are like a small family.” Linda will be moving to Pittsburgh to live with her daughter while she finds the right place to stay. A person who likes to stay busy, she’ll also be looking for a part-time job. Of her replacement, Nate, she said, “He’s a good choice. He’s got a well-rounded background. And the way he understands technology, I can see he’ll be sharp.”

Nate Reiter comes to TMACOG with a broad background in finance and economics. He has worked for private businesses in finance and administration and has extensive experience with personal and business taxes. He’s an enrolled agent with additional work experience in human relations. Nate grew up in Waterville and now lives in Sylvania, and earned his college degree at Miami of Ohio. He is settling in to his office already. “I’m looking forward to the range of accountancy tasks on this scale,” he said. Nate joins a strong culture of fishermen in the office, plays golf, and sides with Detroit in the professional sports category. He watches soccer and cheers for Tottenham Hotspur.

Learn about how JobsOhio works for government and industry in northwest Ohio in a TMACOG Tech presentation Wednesday, October 11, 10 a.m. – noon.

JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation created under Governor Kasich’s administration. It is designed to drive job creation and bring new capital investment to Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts. RGP Northwest Ohio is JobsOhio’s regional partner.

The TMACOG Tech session presented by JobsOhio will explain who they are, how they are structured and show how they operate. The presentation will look at targeted industries and regional wins. Learn about program and resources that are available to local governments and businesses. Get the latest tools and resources, and strategy updates from Ohio’s top job growth team. Meet JobsOhio staff and share contact information.

There is no cost to attend but please contact Jennifer Allen (419.241.9155 ext. 107) to register.



Tracking Algal Blooms

This map from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows their forecast for cyanobacterial density in the western basin of Lake Erie and in Sandusky Bay for August 24, 2017.

There are dozens of research projects going on in the Great Lakes region addressing different aspects of lake health. For people interested in following this work and monitoring the health of the water of Lake Erie, there are several resources that are more

Rain Gardens Growing

Two rain gardens created at the intersection of Belmont and Forest in Toledo’s Junction Avenue neighborhood are healthy in their first full year of growth. In 2016, TMACOG contracted Schoen, Inc. to construct the rain gardens. Construction involved grading work, removal of a basement foundation that had been buried during a past housing demolition, and placement of underdrains and engineered more

Decision Made on Portage Log Jams

After a decade of petitions, discussions, surveys, and assessments, the Joint Board of County Commissioners (composed of the boards of commissioners for Wood, Seneca, and Hancock counties) has decided that a log jam clearing project in the Portage River will go forward. The project covers 46 river miles in a drainage area of 111 square miles.

Wood County Engineer John Musteric said that bids for obstruction removal will be due November 1, 2017 and the project will be completed by August 1, 2019. In surveys done three or four years ago, workers counted about 250 blockages (mostly logs but some tires and other trash) and 6400 leaning trees that will also be removed. The scope of work says that obstructions will be removed from the waterway and deposited away from the floodplain area. Homeowners are responsible for burning or other disposal of the material after that. About 5000 property owners of 8500 parcels in the watershed will be assessed to pay for the work.

Musteric said, “I’m glad it’s moving ahead.” He said that the project may reduce flooding but won’t eliminate it. “There’s a reason why they call it the floodplain. It floods, people.” He added that this project has given him reason to take a hard look at how people are assessed for this sort of project. “Who’s really benefiting? People living and farming within the 100-year floodplain will see more benefit than people with an intermittent waterway on their property.”

TMACOG wrote a resolution in support of the log removal plan a decade ago. Kurt Erichsen, TMACOG vice president of Water Quality Planning, said the plan will not disturb the natural course of the waterway by widening or dredging.


TIP Amendments

In August, the Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) was amended to reflect changes in local planning and in available funds.

Funds were newly allocated to a project that would widen I-475 from Central Ave. to Airport Hwy. and add an I-475 interchange at Dorr St. This project is a priority in the TMACOG long-range plan but is currently unfunded. The TIP amendment allocates $4 million in Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds managed by TMACOG. The entire cost of the project is estimated at $52 million. The TMACOG funds are contingent upon additional funding being allocated by the ODOT Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC).

The project to widen Secor Rd. at the border of Toledo and the Village of Ottawa Hills between Bancroft St. and Central Ave. was dropped from the list of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) projects after the Village of Ottawa Hills withdrew support for the project. At public meetings, some citizens expressed opposition to widening the road and adding roundabouts. That project would have taken residential property and removed some houses.


Members Have a LOT of Questions

How many cars go by my business every day? Where are the most dangerous accidents in our county? Can we use your boardroom for a video conference? more

Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Applications Now Open

Provided by the Ohio Development Services Agency

The Cleanup and Remediation track of the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Program is now accepting applications. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Funding totaling $4 million per fiscal year will be available for these grants. Applicants must have a minimum score of 50 points to be eligible for funding consideration.

Applications for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018 will be accepted until April 30, 2018. Applications received after this date may be funded in SFY 2019. Property Assessment and Fast Track grants are awarded on an on-going basis with no annual cap on funding, if the project meets minimum eligibility requirements.

The application and scoring matrix can be found on Ohio Development Services Agency’s Abandoned Gas Station Program webpage. A list of projects funded since the program’s inception is located here. If you have any questions about the program, please contact April Stevens at (614) 466-4007 or

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Upcoming Events

TMACOG Tech: JobsOhio 101
Wednesday, October 11, 10 a.m. - noon
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Jennifer Allen , 419.241.9155 ext. 107

TMACOG Tech: Agricultural Actions for Clean Water in the Western Lake Erie Basin
Wednesday, November 15,
12:30 - 4 p.m.
Monroe Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd.
Monroe, MI
Contact: Joy Minarcin, 419.241.9155 ext. 128

TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 29, 2018 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107