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FEATURE
Transportation Summit

Transportation
Public Meetings 2045 Plan

Needs Survey

Documenting Roundabouts

Gohio Commute - Carpool

Water Quality
CESSWI workshop

208 Plan Update

Canoemobile

Finishing the Growing Year

Member News
Sunshine Law Training

Calendar
Web



Features


Registration is not yet available for the twenty-fifth TMACOG Transportation Summit, Friday, March 29 at the Premier Banquet Hall, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.

The Transportation Summit is an annual review of regional transportation issues. It looks at the current and near future state of highway, road, air, and water transport in the region and also looks ahead to see what is coming down the road. The Summit includes a progress report on transportation projects in the region.

Check the Transportation Summit page for details as speakers are confirmed...read more


Transportation

Updating the Long Range Transportation Plan

Transportation Planner Dana Doubler is leading the update to the 2015-2045 Transportation Plan. Public meetings are scheduled throughout the region from late February to early April.

A transportation plan that serves everyone in the region needs input from everyone in the region to work most efficiently for the most people. TMACOG and regional stakeholders have begun updating the region’s Transportation Plan, and your input is needed to make this plan successful!...read more

 

 

What’s Bugging You?

Do you wish there were a highway exit closer to your job? Would you prefer to have sidewalks in your neighborhood? Can you safely ride a bike to work? TMACOG wants to know what everyone wants to see in a regional transportation system.

Commuters, cyclists, bus riders, and commercial drivers and everyone else are invited to contribute to the Transportation Needs Survey. Surveys are available at any of the public meetings coming up. Those meetings include maps of planned projects, and lots of information about the current plan. If you can’t attend a meeting, you are still invited to answer the survey. Look for paper and pencil survey at any library in Lucas and Wood County and southern Monroe County, Michigan. You can also go online at any time. The online survey includes a link to a map where you can put a pin to show where you have problems or suggestions.

Your comments are important to the task force that is updating our region’s long range transportation plan. That task force will review all comments and consider your needs as TMACOG updates the policies, projects, and initiatives in the plan. Be part of the future by participating in this survey.



Roundabouts Reducing Crashes




Dutch Road and Waterville-Monclova Road meet in two places at a jog in Waterville Township, just southwest of US 24. Roundabouts were constructed in 2014 at both locations and the number and severity of crashes at those locations has been greatly reduced.

TMACOG’s System Performance & Monitoring Committee (the SPAM committee) reviewed statistics at a recent meeting. From 2011 to 2014, there were 19 crashes including one fatality and seven injury crashes. Following the construction of the new intersection, from 2015 through most of 2018 there were eight crashes, no fatalities, and only two injuries (the rest were property damage only)...read more

 


Make the Smarter Commute – Carpool



Sharing the commute to work cuts costs for gas, car maintenance, parking, and insurance. Carpools also reduce the number of vehicles on the road, preventing air pollution. It’s a smarter commuting choice.

Now you have a new way to set up a convenient, efficient carpool. Go to GohioCommute.com, click register, and enter your destination to find other carpoolers. Once you get started, remember to log every carpool trip to earn points that qualify your group for valuable prizes.



Water Quality

Certification Prep and Test for Stormwater Inspectors - Feb. 11 & 12



Erosion, stormwater, and sediment control are critical parts of almost every construction project. The environmental impact of poor erosion, sediment, and stormwater management is significant and proven. Federal and state agencies continue to increase regulation and enforcement every year.

People who are responsible for stormwater control on construction sites or those who inspect sites, are invited to complete the certification process for CESSWI: Certified Erosion, Sediment & Stormwater Inspector.

Please note that attendees must be qualified to take the test prep and the exam. You don’t have to take the test preparation class to take the exam. For more information please visit www.EnviroCert.org.

CESSWI review course is February 11. Registration is limited to 50.
HBA Classroom, 1911 Indianwood Circle, Maumee
Cost is $300 for non-HBA members when $65 discount code is applied. Use coupon code THBA2019 when you register at www.EnviroCert.org. Fee is waived for HBA members.
CESSWI test is February 12. Only 25 people can be seated for the test.
HBA Classroom, 1911 Indianwood Circle, Maumee
There is a separate fee for the CESSWI test: $150 for both HBA members and non-members. More information and registration can be found at www.EnviroCert.org.




Five-county Plan Update Underway

The Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (also known as the 208 Plan from that section of the Clean Water Act), documents agreements on how to manage sewage treatment systems in Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, and Sandusky counties, and three townships of southern Monroe County, Michigan. The plan is updated regularly in response to development, investment, and changing regulations.

For the newest round of updates, information on each of the plan’s 48 facility planning areas (FPAs) has been sent to the designated management agencies (DMAs) requesting updates and changes. TMACOG asks that all DMAs respond by March 15. County-wide public meetings will be held in each county in February or March to share information about changes and solicit public comments. The update will be completed by April and presented to TMACOG’s Wastewater Committee on May 1, to the Water Quality Council on May 13, and the TMACOG Board of Trustees on June 19. All TMACOG meetings are open to the public.

See the current version of the 208 Plan here and follow the page for news and opportunities to review updates and provide comment.


Canoemobile is Coming!


Four days in June will be a festival of water exploration in northwest Ohio when the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile comes to town. Fun and educational programs are in the works for June 26 through June 29, 2019. Canoemobile is six over-size canoes, each 24-feet long. Experts will supervise all excursions and provide paddles and life jackets. Over the four days of activities, up to 1,200 people will have the opportunity to participate...read more




Wrapping up the Growing Year - Planning for Next One

One in a series of articles looking at the business of agriculture in northwest Ohio.

Scientists have determined that agriculture is the source of more than 80 percent of the phosphorus that reaches Lake Erie and contributes to harmful algal blooms. This series shows how area farmers make choices during the year to both grow a profitable crop and protect the environment that is their livelihood.



Brendyn George, who farms 2,000 acres in Wood County with his brother and a partner, managed persistent rain during both spring planting season and fall harvest time, with decent sunshine in between. All things considered, George sums up the year as a good one. Wheat and bean harvests were adequate and the corn is drying out in storage and looking very good.

Over the winter he’s planning for next year’s growing season, considering seed and nutrient purchases and waiting for results of soil sampling. He talked with TMACOG staff about his year and about how best management practices affect his yield and protect water quality...read more

 


Member News

Ohio Sunshine Laws Certification Training

TMACOG will again host the Ohio Attorney General’s office for a free Sunshine Laws Certification program. The 2019 program is Friday, April 5th at Owens Community College. The classroom has moved to the larger Veterans Hall. Register here for this northwest Ohio seminar. This class fills up quickly.

Officials are required to complete the three-hour training for each term of office for which they were elected or appointed. Officials may send a designee to the training but the Attorney General strongly recommends that officials attend in person to ensure that officials 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.

For any questions or to request special accommodations, contact Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 1107.

 



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Wednesday, February 27, 8:30 -10:30 a.m.
TMACOG Boardroom, For members, elected officials and board members who are new to TMACOG. Orientation will include a tour of TMACOG offices.
Contact:
Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155, ext. 1107


2019 Transportation Summit
Friday, March 29, 8 a.m-2 p.m.
Premier Banquet Center, 4480 Heatherdowns
Contact:
Austin Mack, 419.241.9155, ext. 1120


TMACOG Tech: Ohio Sunshine Laws Certification Training
Friday, April 5, 2019 – 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Owens Community College Veterans Hall, Perrysburg
Contact:
Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155, ext. 1107

Water and Wastewater Workshop
Wednesday, May 22, Grand Lobby of Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Contact:
Kris Barnswell, 419.241.9155, ext. 1123