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2020 General Assembly

Water Quality
Clean Ohio Fund

IDDE Workshop

AG Committee

Transportation Transportation Certification Review

2045 Plan - Update 2020

TRAC approval

Specialized Transportation

News
New Members

Schedule A Visit

In Memoriam


Calendar
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Feature



Each year in January, the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments convenes the General Assembly of members. Members are encouraged to attend to participate in elections, share concerns in caucus sessions, and consider options for council and committee assignments. The program includes time for casual discussion and networking...read more


Water Quality

$1.1 Million Available to Protect Open Space in
Lucas County


Local governments and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funds to preserve open space and protect riparian corridors in Lucas County. The Clean Ohio Fund has allocated $1,198,662 to Lucas County. Applications are available now.

Potential applicants are strongly urged to attend a meeting to discuss the program Thursday, December 5 at 10 a.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom, 300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Toledo. This will be an opportunity to hear more details about the application and selection process and ask questions of the members of the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC).

Visit the TMACOG or Ohio Public Works Commission websites for information on eligible projects, application instructions, and application materials. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., March 13, 2020. Submit complete application to TMACOG by that date. Applicants will be notified of NRAC’s recommendation by April 30, 2020.

For more information, contact Sara Guiher at 419.241.9155 ext. 1147.




Illicit Discharge Workshop for Stormwater Planners



TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition put together an Illicit Discharge and Elimination (IDDE) workshop in October to assist those municipal employees who are required to track down suspicious discharges to storm sewers and waterways. The Stormwater Action Group organized the workshop for Stormwater Coalition members who wanted to ensure that they are complying with Ohio EPA requirements. The City of Oregon was the host for the event...read more



Ag Committee Takes Shape

TMACOG recently formed an Agriculture committee under the Water Quality Council. This group will bring agricultural interests from Ohio and Michigan to the table when regulation and the health of Lake Erie are discussed.

The Ag Committee chair is Mike Libben of Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District and the vice chair is Jim Carter of the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District. Mike Libben said, “Our partners in agriculture are excited to be part of this new group. It’s good for them bring rural and farming concerns to this central urban area.” He said that farmers are independent people who are used to working alone and that it’s important that more people understand their principles and concerns.

The new committee is looking at several areas of interest. They are considering a review of all the grant funds that are available for farmers. They also plan to take deeper look at the interaction between wastewater and water treatment and agriculture. Farms may make beneficial use of spent lime and biosolids from these treatment plants.

The committee will meet quarterly. The plan is for cold weather meetings in February and November to be held in the TMACOG Boardroom, but April and August meetings will be held at locations where members can see and learn more about agricultural practices. There are 15 voting members of the committee: five farmers (one each from Wood, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Monroe counties), soil and water conservation districts from the same counties, one representative each from the Ohio and Michigan Farm Bureaus (membership organizations representing farmers’ interests), one representative from a college/university, and one representative of a citizen/advocacy group.

 


Transportation

Transportation Certification Review


Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) conduct a review of TMACOG’s operating procedures and policies to ensure that the agency is meeting state and federal standards for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). TMACOG is the MPO for Lucas and Wood counties and three southern townships of Monroe County.

The review ensures that TMACOG’s planning process is comprehensive, cooperative, and continuous. And it also ensures that all interested people in the region are able to participate in TMACOG’s transportation planning process. In previous years following review TMACOG has been commended for its public involvement process and for excellent freight planning. “The audit has sometimes pointed out things we could do better and that advice helps us improve service,” said David Gedeon, vice president of Transportation. “We are looking forward to a productive discussion with the FHWA and the FTA.”

Transportation stakeholders and the general public are invited to a public meeting January 14 at noon in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. The meeting is free and no registration is required.





TMACOG’s long range transportation plan is being reviewed and modified as part of the required 5-year update procedure. The 2045 Plan-Update 2020 plan is the prioritized list of projects, initiatives, and policies that guide transportation investments in the Toledo metropolitan area (Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and southern Monroe County in Michigan)...read more


I-475, I-75 Improvements on Track



The ODOT Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) released its list of recommendations in November. Included in this list is a major project widening I-475 from Airport Hwy. to US 24. This is a $79 million project scheduled for construction in 2022.

Another project that has been in TMACOG long range plans for many years in now underway. Funding for a new interchange at Dorr Street and I-475 has been awarded and preliminary work has begun. Major construction will begin in the spring of 2020. This project also includes widening I-475 from Central Ave. to Airport Highway.

The total cost for widening and the interchange, which includes $12 million in local funds, will be $44.3 million. Plans include roundabouts at both exit ramp intersections and widening Dorr St. between McCord Rd. and Holland-Sylvania Rd. from two to five lanes. The new interchange will improve function and safety. It will provide a much needed interchange to the corridor with better access to the University of Toledo and will reduce congestion at the Central Ave. and Airport Hwy exits.




Specialized Transportation Section 5310
FY 2020 Application Now Open


Agencies serving the elderly and disabled population in the Toledo Urbanized Area are eligible to apply for Section 5310 funds. The Section 5310 Program aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and by expanding transportation mobility options. For more information on the Section 5310 program and to check your eligibility please visit
http://www.tmacog.org/com_special.htm

Please fill out the program application by 4:00 p.m. on Friday January 10th. A public notice of intent to apply must also be published by December 17th. Please submit one hard copy AND one electronic copy of the application to TMACOG:

Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
Attn: Marissa Bechstein
300 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 300
Toledo, Ohio 43604
bechstein@tmacog.org

 

News
Welcome New Members
At the end of 2019, TMACOG membership stands at 87 governmental members – counties, cities, villages, townships, and special districts – and 56 non-governmental members including utilities, consultants, trade groups, and advocacy organizations.

TMACOG is pleased to have welcomed new and returning members in 2019. The City of Luna Pier, Michigan, was a charter member of TMACOG in 1968 and has returned. The law firm Spengler Nathanson also returned and Woolpert, an architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) service, is a new member.



Schedule a TMACOG Visit
Gilda Mitchell, TMACOG Director of Membership and Outreach, is available to speak at council meetings and staff meetings. To make sure you are receiving all the benefits of membership, invite her to make a presentation to your staff or leadership. Gilda Mitchell: 419.241.9155, ext. 1105.

In Memoriam

Long time TMACOG employee Diane Reamer-Evans died October 25 after a long illness.

She retired from TMACOG in 2015 after 22 years with the agency. Before that, she had worked at the City of Toledo.



Diane’s TMACOG title was Transportation Project Manager but those words do not convey the scope of work she took on. From regional transit, to passenger rail, to long range plans, and bike paths, she was an expert on the broad scope of transportation planning which she managed with enthusiasm, intelligence, and a fundamental mission to make things better for people. Her work continues to have an influence on the region.

Bill Best, TMACOG vice president of Finance and Administration, worked with Diane for her entire career. He said, “Diane was a strong advocate for those many things she passionately supported. She spent her career trying to make her adopted home of Toledo a better place to live.”




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2020 General Assembly
Monday, January 27,2020
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Access Toledo: Resources for Members
Wednesday, February 26, 8:30 -10:30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo

2020 Transportation Summit
Friday, March 27,
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Ohio Sunshine Laws Certification Training
Friday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. -
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