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Report on Summer Caucus

Water Quality
Stormwater IDDE

Student Watershed Watch

Ag Committee

Active Transportation II

Bridge Funds Available

TIP Report

ADA Meeting

Toledo Downtown Transportation

Tools & Rules



Report on Summer Caucus and Forum with State Legislators

Caucus Reports
Click HERE to read reports of the conversations from each of the seven caucus sessions held July 31, 2019.

Special Guest Speaker

Special guest Randy Gardner is now the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Before this role, he had been a member of the panel of state legislators at the summer caucus for many years. Gardner spoke briefly at the forum about his new position. He spoke about the need for well-educated Ohioans and noted that while Ohio has a great number of college and universities, it lags in the number of residents with graduate degrees. Ohio currently imports college students from other states and other countries, and Gardner talked about the need to keep those students in Ohio as they start professional more

Water Quality

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

The TMACOG Stormwater Coalition will present a special training session on how to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to area waterways. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) is one of the primary responsibilities of a municipal stormwater manager. The workshop will be held October 17, noon to 4 p.m., at the City of Oregon Municipal more

Getting Ready for the Student Watershed Watch

For the 30th year, teachers are preparing to bring the Student Watershed Watch to classrooms across northwest Ohio. The SWW has been a hallmark TMACOG program since 1989, bringing hundreds of students out to area waterways for hands-on water quality investigation every October. The program also involves classroom analysis of findings and presentation of scientific conclusions at a Student Summit held in more

Ag Committee Goes to Work

TMACOG’s new Agriculture Committee gathered August 14 for the first organizational meeting. About 30 people met in the TMACOG Boardroom. People in attendance included farmers, representatives of soil and water conservation districts and the Ohio farm bureau, environmental advocates from the Lake Erie Waterkeepers and other groups, and elected more



Active Transportation Academy; Conducting Walk & Bike Audits

TMACOG’s second Active Transportation Academy course will be held October 10 from noon to 4 p.m. (Location TBD.) This program is aimed at local governments, neighborhood or civic organizations, bicycle advocates, business, developers and builders, school administrators, and others concerned with safe travel for walkers and cyclists.

This course provides instruction on how local communities can determine if there is a pedestrian or bicyclist safety issue in certain neighborhoods or along particular corridors. It explains common causes of safety issues and identifies problems using local knowledge and professional expertise. Instructors will review different types of walk and bike audits, provide helpful resources such as, and discuss special considerations around intersections, schools, and other potential conflict points and sensitive land uses. During the training, instructors will lead participants on a mock walk or bike audit at a location that poses safety challenges to pedestrians and/or bicyclists.

The Active Transportation Academy programs are presented by ODOT’s Local Technical Assistance Program. Later programs in the series will address the role of active transportation in public health. For more information contact TMACOG Transportation Planner Lance Dasher: 419.241.9155 ext. 1115.

Ohio Bridge Partnership Program

Cities, counties, and villages are eligible to apply for federal funds to replace roadway bridges in a program that begins September 1.

A funding limit of $1 million per project has been established through the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program (OBPP). ODOT will provide 100% of eligible costs for construction only (including construction engineering, i.e. testing and inspection), up to the specified funding limit. The local entity is responsible for the costs of preliminary engineering, environmental studies and documents, final design and right-of-way.

The project solicitation process happens every year. It will begin September 1 of each year, and close October 15. This annual solicitation process will be for a rolling three-year program (i.e. the September 2019 solicitation will be for the FY 2022-23 program years). The application form will be made available September 1 and must be completed and submitted on-line through the Office of Local Programs’ website.

The program guidance document is available at:



TIP Report

Annual List

By federal law, TMACOG is required to produce an annual listing of federal funds that have been obligated (budgeted and assigned to a project) in the previous fiscal year. These funds are budgeted by the Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP). See the information following and the accompanying charts and spreadsheets for the 2019 more

Access to Buildings Under the ADA Act

Governmental officials, builders, and developers are invited to attend a half-day meeting about the Americans with Disability Act and what it means about access to buildings. The free event is Friday, September 27, 9 a.m. – noon in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo. A light breakfast is included.

U.S. Department of Justice architect Diane Perry will offer an overview of ADA accessibility requirements. An informative panel will discuss the intersection of the ADA and the Ohio Building Code, and Mark Achinger from Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity will discuss the creation of a universal design floor plan at this seminar.

There is no fee to attend but registration is required. Contact Katie Shelley at the Ability Center: 419.885.5733, ext. 120.

Partners Prepare Grant - Toledo Riverfront

TMACOG staff is working with a broad group of partners to develop a grant application for transportation projects that would serve downtown Toledo and the riverfront area: improved parking technology, wayfinding signage, an autonomous public transit shuttle, and improved multimodal transportation options. The potential grant is through the U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.

The grant procedure is a challenging one and partners are preparing for a long process that may require more than one application to be successful. The grant partners are TMACOG, ConnecToledo, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, the City of Toledo, TARTA, the University of Toledo, and Metroparks Toledo. The first attempt at the grant application will be July 2020.



TMACOG Tech: Tools & Rules II
Legal Components for Managing Meetings

Wednesday, october 9, 8:30 - 10;30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin luther King Jr. Plaza, Toledo more


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Tour - Blanchard River Demonstration Farms
September 9,
8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Three family farms near Findlay

Access to Buildings Under the ADA Act
September 27,
9 a.m. - noon
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo

TMACOGTech: Tools & Rules & Legal Components for Managing Meetings
October 9,
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo

Active Transportation Academy - Walking and Bike Audits
Thursday, October 10,
noon. - 4 p.m.
Washington Junior High
5700 Whitmer Dr.
Toledo, OH 43613

Student Watershed Watch - Student Summit
Friday, November 8,
9 a.m. -1;30 p.m.
Toledo Zoo Malawi Events Center, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo