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TMACOG Tech Sessions

Water Quality
Agricultural Water Control

Public Water Supply

TIP Report

Specialized Transportation Funds

Seasonal Driving Tips

Member News
New TMACOG Staff

Miller Diversified



Two opportunities for professional development and education are coming up. There is no fee for either of these TMACOG Tech more


Funds Available for Agricultural
Best Management Practices

A simple box and stopper boards at the edge of wheat, bean and corn fields is saving farmer Brendyn George money through reduced use of fertilizer, increasing the yield on his corn and bean fields, and protecting the water of Lake Erie from excess sediment and phosphorus pollution. George is a third generation farmer in Wood County and has been a Jackson Township trustee for more than 20 more.

Public Water Supply

At the meeting of the Public Water Supply Committee September 7, there were scientific presentations to members addressing urgent current more



TIP Report
In fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), federal money obligated for transportation projects in Lucas and Wood counties was approximately $81.7 million for 112 projects.

Please see our TIP Annual Listing of Projects with Obligated Federal Funding report for details of the projects including locations and sponsors. If you have any questions contact Transportation Planner Lance Dasher, 419.241.9155, ext. 115.

Applications Due for Specialized Transportation Funds

Private nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and operators of public transportation services are invited to apply for Specialized Transportation funds. Funds can provide capital or operations funding for transportation projects that provide options for older adults or individuals with disabilities within the Toledo Urbanized Area (Lucas and Wood counties).

The application form and instructions are here. For additional information or any questions, contact Rebekka Apardian, 419.241.9155 ext. 117. Funds can be used for the purchase of handicapped accessible vans, for preventive maintenance on active specialized transportation vehicles, computerized reservation systems, or other products and services that provide transportation to this population. Please see the application for the full list of eligible items.

Applications must be received at TMACOG by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Please submit two copies – one hard copy mailed or delivered, and one digital copy emailed – to:

Attn: Rebekka Apardian
300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Ste. 300
Toledo, Ohio 43604

The applications received will be reviewed by a subcommittee of TMACOG’s Public Transit Committee and will be fulfilled by both TMACOG and TARTA (Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority).

Gohio Commute and Seasonal Driving Tips

Sick of driving in snow and rain? Log on to and find a carpool or vanpool. Check out your public transit options. Log your shared trips and earn rewards.

Major construction usually concludes in the fall but some road construction will be ongoing. Be especially cautious around workers in poor weather. The first snow in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan usually falls in mid-November but has come as early as mid-October.

Your chances of hitting a deer rise in October, November, and December and peak at dawn and dusk. In Michigan, chances are 1 in 85 that a driver will hit a deer. Ohio drivers’ risk is 1 in 125 according to car insurance websites. Experts advise that a driver brake if possible, but avoid swerving which could cause a more severe crash.

Welcome New TMACOG Staff

Gilda Mitchell
began work at TMACOG October 2 in a newly created position as director of membership and outreach. "I am excited to be a part of the TMACOG team and I look forward to working in concert with the staff to improve the quality of life in the region.” In her most recent previous position, Mitchell was property development administrator for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Mitchell earned her bachelor of business administration from the University of Toledo and her MBA from the University of Findlay.

TMACOG President Tim Brown said, “With recent retirements, we had a re-structuring of some administrative staff and we were able to create this new position. We anticipate that Gilda will help us grow our very popular TMACOG Tech programs and work with members to develop additional services.”

Sara Guiher
has accepted a long-term temporary assignment as Water Quality Associate. Among other duties, she will be facilitating the Student Watershed Watch project including school field testing and the Student Watershed Watch Student Summit held in November. Guiher’s work experience includes research and outreach at the University of Toledo. She has a particular interest in invasive plants and habitat maintenance.

Award-winning Building

Photo credit: Lourdes University

Miller Diversified Construction was recognized for the 2017 Building of the Year by the American Buildings Company for the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center at Lourdes University. Stough and Stough Architects designed the center. Craig Stough is the mayor of the City of Sylvania and chair of TMACOG.

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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

Passenger Rail Forum
Monday, October 23,
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Toledo Club
235 14th St.,Toledo
Contact: Rebekka Apardian, 419.241.9155 ext. 117

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