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General Assembly

Transportation Summit

Specialized Transportation

Water Quality
Ottawa River Fish

Installing Water Control Devices

Nutrient Inventory

Member News
Kurt Erichsen

Welcome New Members




General Assembly of TMACOG Members

Monday, January 29, 2018, 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg

The new year will be a celebration of TMACOG’s 50th anniversary, and the year will begin with the January General Assembly. Please join elected officials, educators, special districts, and business representatives to get the year off to a great start. The agenda includes election of leadership and a keynote presentation. There will also be a few special anniversary more

Transportation Summit

What’s it Take to Make it Safe?

Friday, March 16, 2018, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Premier Banquet Hall
4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo

Join your colleagues and partners for an informative and engaging Transportation Summit. This year’s program looks at all aspects of safety: driver behavior, distracted driving, accidents involving bikes and pedestrians, infrastructure design, and more. We’ll also review the upcoming construction season with reports from ODOT and area jurisdictions.

Registration is open: Professional Engineers can claim professional credit hours at the Summit.

For more information contact David Gedeon, vice president of Transportation, at 419.241.9155, ext. 1125 or

Transportation for Elderly and Disabled

At their December meetings, the TMACOG Transportation Council and the TMACOG Board of Trustees made recommendations to help fund the purchase of specially equipped vehicles that will be used by the region’s elderly and disabled populations. more

Water Quality

Fish Advisory Lifted: Ottawa River

The Ohio EPA recently announced new guidelines for eating fish caught in Ohio lakes and rivers. Recognizing the Ottawa River as improved, the “do not eat” advisories were removed for all species and replaced with far less strict recommendations. TMACOG and its partners have been involved in improving habitat in the river for decades. In 2010, an extensive dredging operation funded by the Great Lakes Legacy Act removed contaminated sediment from 5.5 miles of the riverbed. Dam removal has also improved habitat.

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler made the announcement at the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park. “The types of fish you find in a river are great indicators of the health of the water and the Ottawa River in Toledo represents one of Ohio’s great ongoing success stories,” Director Butler said. “Through state and local cleanup efforts, and with help from federal funding through programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, we are now able to remove the comprehensive ‘do not eat’ fish advisory for the Ottawa River that was put in place in 1991.”

The relaxed advisories recommend that people can safely eat one meal a month of channel catfish, common carp, or golden shiners. Other fish can be eaten once a week. More details about Ohio’s sport fish consumption advisories are on the EPA website here.


Grant Funds Water Control Structures

Hoytville farmer Brendyn George is continuing to invest in water control structures on 2,500 acres that he farms in southern Wood County. He wants to use less fertilizer and keep that fertilizer on his fields. Like most farmers, George is very aware that agricultural practices are responsible for the majority of phosphorus that is entering Lake Erie and contributing to harmful algal blooms. He is doing what he can to protect the lake while still growing soybeans, wheat, and corn profitably...
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Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Source Inventory

The goal of the TMACOG nutrient source inventory is to identify areas within the Ohio portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin where wastewater infrastructure improvements are needed to reduce potential phosphorus sources. The inventory will estimate pollution caused by home sewage treatment systems (septic systems) and package more



Thank You, Kurt Erichsen

On Kurt Erichsen’s first day at TMACOG in 1984, his new boss told him to take his pick from a room full of empty desks. At that time, the Environment Department was barely operational. But the need for coordinated regional planning – for remediation of polluted rivers and for coordination of water treatment facilities – was clear. Kurt took the job and things have been looking up ever more


Welcome New Members

TMACOG welcomed two new non-governmental members in December: AAA Northwest Ohio Region/AAA Club Alliance and Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.

AAA is the American Automobile Association, a membership group that provides a range of services to motorists. Edgar Avila is the executive vice president for the Northwest Ohio Region. He said, “AAA feels TMACOG is an outstanding organization committed to achieving results in the areas of traffic safety and transportation. As the oldest and most trusted safety advocate for motorists, AAA is working closely with stakeholders across the country to stay ahead of the monumental changes that are coming concerning the move from human driven vehicles to autonomous, self-driving vehicles.”

The Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative is a member-owned and nonprofit agency that provides electric service in largely rural areas. Diana Hersch, director of economic development and public relations for the cooperative, says that she is looking forward to working with TMACOG. “I am fascinated by the incredible array of planning services that TMACOG affords northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan in the regional infrastructure you assist in strengthening, thereby fortifying Ohio’s infrastructure - key to economic growth.”

Learn more about the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative here.

Two TMACOG Tech Sessions:
Sunshine Laws, and Harassment in the Workplace

On Tuesday, February 13, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., TMACOG will host a TMACOG Tech session addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. Bob Bethel, director of human resources for The Employers’ Association, will lead the session. Bob is a past director of the Ohio Society for Human Resource Management and is a current Springfield Township trustee. There is no fee but please register with Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 1107.

TMACOG will host the Ohio Attorney General’s office for a free Sunshine Law Certification Training program Friday, April 6, 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Owens Community College. This free training fills up quickly and registration is required. Register here.

Officials are required to complete the three-hour training for each term of office for which they were elected. Officials may send a designee to the training but the Attorney General strongly recommends that officials attend in person to ensure that they understand their duty to provide access to public records as required by Ohio law. Each session includes an in-depth analysis of Ohio's Public Records Act with a brief discussion of Ohio's Open Meetings Act. Thank you to Owens Community College for sponsoring this training.

There is no fee for either TMACOG Tech event. Please contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 1107 with any questions or to request special accommodations.

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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
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 4 - 6 p.m.
TMACOG Boardroom
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155

ext. 1107

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, Toledo
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, 2018
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Gilda Mitchell, 419.241.9155

ext. 1105