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FEATURE
Transportation Summit

Sunshine Law Training

Transportation
Public Meetings 2045 Plan

Fix Our Roads

Water Quality
Public Meetings:
208 Plan


Portage River Water Trail

Student Watershed Watch

Member News
One-question survey

TMACOG Tech: Bias

Calendar
Web



Features


Air, Road, Rail, and Water –
All Modes Lead to Economic Development
Friday, March 29
Premier Banquet Hall
4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toled
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Register by March 22 for the 2019 Transportation Summit.
...read more




Ohio Sunshine Laws Certification Training

Register early for this popular, free, Sunshine Laws Certification program from the Ohio Attorney General’s office in partnership with TMACOG. The 2019 program is Friday, April 5 at Owens Community College. Register here. The program has moved to Veterans Hall, a larger space.

Officials are required to complete three-hour Sunshine Laws Certification training for each term of office for which they were elected or appointed. Officials may send a designee to the training but TMACOG and the Attorney General strongly recommend that officials attend in person. It’s important 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.

 

 

Transportation

Regional Transportation Plans Need Public Input

Millions of dollars come to northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan through various federal transportation programs. TMACOG is inviting public comment on how to best invest in the region’s long range transportation plan: “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan.”

TMACOG is charged with maintaining this transportation plan for Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and southern Monroe County, Michigan. The plan is being updated for 2020 and stakeholders are asked to provide input. The best plans serve everyone – commuters, bicyclists, freight haulers, and people who use public transit. TMACOG needs to hear from a wide range of users to build a system that works for us all...read more


Fix Our Roads Ohio



TMACOG is part of a large coalition of stakeholders that have formed Fix Our Roads Ohio, a group that is advocating for sustainable funding for transportation infrastructure and is educating state lawmakers and civic leaders on the critical issues. The coalition includes local governments, chambers of commerce, construction firms, county engineers, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations like TMACOG. For information about the coalition and to read a compelling case statement, see https://fixourroadsohio.com/.

Local governments work hard to identify and rank priority transportation projects. These needs are drastically underfunded and we have a long list of needs that will not be met without increased funding. Here are some facts:

Click here for a spreadsheet sorted by county.
Click here for a spreadsheet sorted by municipality.
Click here for more information on ODOT's budget

Fix Our Roads Ohio is advocating for practical, sustainable solutions that will ensure a safe and reliable transportation system. Governor DeWine’s administration is proposing an increase to the gas tax as a first step and TMACOG endorses that proposal. We urge TMACOG members to contact their legislators and ask them to support Governor DeWine’s proposal. Locate your legislators at: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/ or call (800) 282-0253. If you know your legislator personally, please call as a personal conversation has the most significant impact.





Water Quality

Public Invited to Review Regional Sewer Plans


TMACOG manages the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan) for four counties (Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood) in northwest Ohio and three townships (Bedford, Erie, Whiteford) in southern Monroe County, Michigan. The primary focus of the plan is long-term wastewater management. Originally developed in the 1970s, the plan is updated annually through regional collaboration with various stakeholders that include counties, townships, cities, and villages.

Sewer systems are publicly owned, therefore, we invite the public to learn about the 208 Plan and updates to regional sewers and sewage treatment at a public meeting in their area.

The agenda at each meeting will include a brief overview of the 208 Plan and updates to the individual facility planning areas in each county. The main focus will include new sewers, upgrades to wastewater treatment plants, status of package plants, and other capital improvements needed in the future.

MEETINGS
Lucas & Wood Counties | Wednesday, March 6, 2-4 pm, Northwestern Water and Sewer District, 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, OH
Monroe County | Friday, March 8, 2-4 pm, Bedford Township Government Center, 8100 Jackson Road, Temperance, MI




Portage River Water Trail

Establishing a recreational water trail is like making a biking trail, except that the water trail is already present; it just needs some signage and convenient access established. However, a water trail requires cooperation among local governments, coordination with state and federal agencies for funding, and agreements for maintenance. The final trail will promote river access for canoes and kayaks with safe access to the water, parking areas, and information about the waterway...read more



Celebrating the Student Watershed Watch


by Sara Guiher, TMACOG Water Quality Planner

We have mayflies on the brain lately, and that works perfectly this year. This is 2019, TMACOG’s year of the mayfly and the 30th anniversary of the TMACOG Student Watershed Watch (SWW)!

In case you are not familiar, let’s start with a little background on the SWW...read more


 

Member News

Did You Know: Member Quiz

Click here to take the one-question quiz!





“All millennials are lazy.”

“People over 40 are terrible with technology.”


These ideas, and other preconceptions, can invisibly affect decisions made in the workplace. TMACOG is partnering with Bob Bethel and the Employers’ Association to follow up on a TMACOG Tech offered last year on workplace harassment. The new program will address inequities in the workplace that are caused by unacknowledged prejudice or bias, even by people of good will.

“Making Harassment Unacceptable - Recognizing and Dealing with Unconscious Bias”
Wednesday, April 24, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

There is no fee but registration is required. Register here.

To request special accommodations, please contact Jennifer Allen: 419.241.9155, ext. 1107.

 



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Upcoming Events

2019 Transportation Summit
Friday, March 29,
8 a.m-2 p.m.
Premier Banquet Center, 4480 Heatherdowns


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

Water and Wastewater Workshop
Wednesday, May 22, Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza


TMACOG Tech: Making Harassment Unacceptable -
Recognizing and Dealing with Unconscious Bias"
Wednesday, April 24,
Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

Bike Month
All of May, at many locations

Toledo Train Day
Saturday, May 4
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, and Amtrak Station

Canoemobile
June 26-29
Maumee River locations

Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers
Wednesday, July 31, 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Penta Career Center – 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg