Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers
Farm Season Update
Multimodal Needs Analysis
Transportation Council Certification
Erie Township Sewer System
Ohio Gubernatorial Candidates Forum
Register Now for Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers
Registration is now open for this valuable forum. Members are strongly encouraged to attend and participate to help inform TMACOG’s priorities and identify regional challenges. In response to member requests for more time to caucus, those sessions are a little longer and there is more opportunity for conversation with state lawmakers....read more
Spring Planting held up by Rain
One of a series following a growing year on an area farm. Farmer Brendyn George farms about 2,000 acres in southern Wood County and northern Hancock County. TMACOG is documenting a growing year to share information about how farmers make decisions that affect water quality and their livelihood...read more
Bike Share Program Reving Up
Gotcha Bikes from Charleston, South Carolina is the vendor who will supply bikes to the planned downtown Toledo bike share program. At a May meeting of stakeholders, representatives from the company made a presentation about how the program would be set up. The City of Toledo has issued permits to install the bike hubs at 18 locations. (See Map) The bikes have step-through frames and built-in keypads that will lock and unlock the bikes. GPS systems will track where the bikes are within the system.
Rental fees and membership fees have not been finalized; organizers are projecting bike share usage based on program from cities of comparable size. Gotcha Bikes advised that in their experience, sponsorship will be necessary to augment the dollars raised by rental fees and membership in the bike share program. Plans are to have the bike share, with 18 hubs and 100 bikes, installed by late summer or early fall.
Update to the Multimodal Needs Assessment
TMACOG’s Transportation staff has recently completed an update to the Multimodal Needs Assessment, one of the foundational study documents that impacts and directs development of the long range transportation plan. An update to that plan, the “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan” (the 2045 Plan), will be developed over the next 24 months.
The draft Multimodal Needs Assessment was presented to the Transportation Council at its May 2 meeting. It will be presented for approval at the June 19 meeting of the Transportation Planning Committee.
The Multimodal Needs Assessment is a resource document that summarizes socio-economic trends, describes the regional multimodal transportation system, and identifies gaps in the network. The data in this report will be analyzed and will help determine which projects should be added to the long range plan. This assessment supports ongoing efforts to achieve an efficient allocation of investments among all modes of transport in the regional network.
TMACOG is required annually to certify that the TMACOG transportation planning process complies with federal regulations and laws pertaining to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). At the May 2 meeting of the Transportation Council, Vice President of Transportation David Gedeon listed the main federal planning regulations and the laws that MPOs must comply with. He presented a resolution stating that TMACOG is in compliance with these laws and regulations. The resolution was approved by members of the Transportation Council and by the Executive Committee at its regular May 16 meeting.
Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program is a new federal program that replaces the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.
According to reports on transportation.gov, fiscal year 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation.
Local governments can apply to BUILD to fund projects of local or regional significance. The program has $1.5 billion available through September 30, 2020. The maximum grant award is $25 million and no more than $150 million will be awarded to a single state. At least 30 percent of BUILD funds must be used in rural areas. The application deadline is July 19, 2018. For more details, see the application process here. Historically, the federal grant program receives vastly more applications than can be funded.
Areawide Water Quality Management Plan
The 2018 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan, known as the 208 Plan, is in the final review and approval process. The 208 Plan has been reviewed by partners, approved by TMACOG’s Wastewater Committee at the May 2 meeting and by the Water Quality Council (WQC) at their May 14 meeting. ....read more
New Sewers Address Health Issues
Since 2007, Ottawa County has been taking steps to address outdated, out of compliance wastewater treatment infrastructure along the Lake Erie coastline between Port Clinton and the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility...read more
Biocells in the Junction Neighborhood Thriving
Officials from the U.S. EPA joined TMACOG and City of Toledo representatives to check on two biocells built in fall of 2016 on vacant property in the Junction neighborhood of central Toledo...read more
TMACOG members invited to Candidates Forum
The Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC), in partnership with TMACOG, is hosting a 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum Tuesday, July 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Columbus at 401 High Street in Columbus. The event provides an opportunity for each candidate to present their platform and includes a luncheon featuring keynote speakers discussing infrastructure needs.
See more information at this link.
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OARC Gubernatorial Candidates Forum
Tuesday, July 10,
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
401 High Street, Columbus
Contact: Kevin Futryk 614.221.7157
Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers
Wednesday, August 1, 8 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Penta Career Center,
9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155