Table of

General Assembly

Water Quality
Agenda for Lake Erie

Improvements in Water Treatment

Student Watershed Watch

Clean Ohio

Bike Maps and Crashes

TIP News

Member News
Grant Writing

Spirit of Wood County Award



General Assembly of TMACOG Members

Fifty years ago, in 1968, TMACOG held its first General Assembly in a conference room at the City of Oregon. Please plan to attend the 2018 General Assembly Monday, January 29, 2018, 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg. This meeting of TMACOG members will kick off the anniversary year and will also be the annual business meeting with caucus sessions and a keynote luncheon.

The business meeting includes election of officers and election of members of the TMACOG Board of Trustees. President Tim W. Brown will give a presentation on the state of TMACOG. Click here to review a complete list of committees and councils on which members may serve. Anyone may participate in a council or committee and TMACOG values people with a variety of skills and interests.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Christopher J. Winslow, director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Dr. Winslow is based at Stone Laboratory in Lake Erie where has a unique perspective on a wide range of Lake Erie research projects. He’ll discuss current research and the value of the Great Lakes.

For information about partnership and exhibit opportunities, contact Gilda Mitchell, TMACOG’s director of membership and outreach, at 419.241.9155, ext. 1105.

Agenda for Lake Erie

Members of the TMACOG Water Quality Council and its committees are creating a new TMACOG policy document that will be the “Agenda for Lake Erie.” This document will describe the policies, goals, and strategies that the members agree are necessary to improve the health of Lake Erie. It will address regional priorities and state the case for action at local, regional, and national levels.

Beginning with the premise that the problem of harmful algal blooms is one that can be solved by people working together with effective tools, members envision a document that will serve as a guide for legislators making regulations, for governments deciding how to allocate limited funds, and for state and federal agencies that choose projects to support and fund.

Members of the Water Quality Council and its committees represent a wide range of expertise, from water treatment plant operators, to legislators, to private sector consultants and engineers.

Partnerships Improve Water Treatment

TMACOG water quality planners recently toured a new wastewater treatment plant in the Village of Bloomdale in southern Wood more

Student Watershed Watch - Student Summit

More than 130 students from upper elementary school to high school met at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus for the annual Student Watershed Watch Summit on Friday, November more

Clean Ohio Fund: $1.2 Million Available

The newest allocation from the Clean Ohio Fund budgets $1,213,662 to Lucas County for the preservation of open space. Since 2000, the Clean Ohio fund has returned more than $12 million to the county. In previous years Clean Ohio Funds have preserved more than 30 natural areas in Lucas County, including Kitty Todd Nature Preserve, Oak Openings Metropark, Sylvan Prairie Park, soon-to-be-open Howard Farms, and land which doubled the size of Pearson Metropark.

NRAC will hold a meeting to discuss the program including scoring methodology and changes to that methodology from prior years. This is the opportunity for applicants to ask questions of the committee. Potential applicants are strongly urged to attend. The meeting will be Wednesday, December 6 at 2 p.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom, 300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Toledo.

Applications can be obtained by contacting the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) District 12 Liaison, Kurt Erichsen at TMACOG: 419.241.9155, ext. 1126. Applications forms and program information can also be found on TMACOG’s webpages here or on Clean Ohio’s website here.

All applications must be submitted to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) by 5 p.m. on March 16, 2018. All applicants will be notified of NRAC’s recommendation by April 30, 2018.


Bike Counts and Bike Crashes

TMACOG transportation planners are working on a series of maps and data lists to track collected information about regional bicycle and pedestrian traffic routes and more

TIP News

The Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) will be amended to speed up work at the Ironville terminal at the Port of Toledo. Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. is building a new hot briquetted iron manufacturing facility at that location near Front Street, north of I-280. Work scheduled for 2021 has been moved up to 2019, and original funding of $2,752,160 is increased to $4,350,000. The original project includes resurfacing Front St. but the scope of work has now increased to include roundabouts at Front St. and Millard Ave., and at Millard Ave. and Tiffin St.

TMACOG planners have announced that current TIP is fully budgeted through fiscal year 2022. There will be a solicitation for fiscal year 2023-2024 in the spring of 2018.


Grant Writing Training

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is partnering with Grant Writing USA for a two-day grants workshop, December 18 & 19. The class will be held at the EMS Training Center on Jefferson Ave. in Toledo. This training is appropriate for beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county, and state agencies as well as nonprofits and educational institutions.
TMACOG members and staff can claim a discount. Use the code “OHASSN” when registering to receive the discount. More information including learning objectives, graduate testimonials, and online registration is available here.


Spirit of Wood County Award
Tim W. Brown, TMACOG president and former Ohio state representative and Wood County commissioner, was recognized recently by Wood County Commissioners with a Spirit of Wood County Award. The award included commendations from Ohio Governor John Kasich, the Ohio House of Representatives, and the Ohio Senate.

Tim W. Brown, president of TMACOG (second from left) is presented with the Spirit of Wood County award for Self Government by the Wood County Commissioners: Craig LaHote, Doris Herringshaw, and Ted Bowlus.

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Upcoming Events

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. 1107

Kurt Erichsen's Retirement Reception
Thursday, January 31, 2018 4 - 6 p.m.
TMACOG Boardroom
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155

ext. 1107

Transportation Summit
Friday, March 16, 2018 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Premier Banquet Complex,
4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo
Contact: Dave Gedeon, 419.241.9155

ext. 1125

Sunshine Laws Certification Training

Friday, April 6, 2018 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Owens Community College, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155
ext. 1107

Celebrate TMACOG's 50th Birthday
Thursday, April 26,
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Gilda Mitchell, 419.241.9155

ext. 1105