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Feature

2020 General Assembly

Transportation Funds for Specialized Projects

Certification Review

2045 Plan

I-73-74-75 Corridor

Water Quality Public Input in 2020

Good Housekeeping

News
Sunshine Laws

Calendar
Web



Feature

Registration is now open for the 2020 General Assembly.

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



Transportation

Applications Due:
Specialized Transportation for Seniors and Others

Applications for funds to defray the cost of vans or other transportation technology serving senior citizens or people with disabilities are due January 10. The program is Specialized Transportation Section 5310. TMACOG is accepting and scoring applications. Download the application here.

Nonprofit agencies and governments are eligible to apply. The goal of the program is to improve options for the elderly and disabled population in the Toledo Urbanized Area. 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 and submit it by 4 p.m. on Friday, January 10. Submit one paper 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



Transportation Certification Review


Transportation stakeholders and the general public are invited to an open house meeting January 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza to meet with state and federal agencies who are auditing TMACOG’s transportation planning procedures. The meeting is free and no registration is required.

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.

For more information, contact David Gedeon, 419.241.9155 ext. 1125. Advance registration is not required.



2045 Plan-Update 2020 in Progress

Work groups meeting to update “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan” have completed their revisions to the draft plan. The priorities, initiatives, and policies have been reviewed and altered as needed...read more


Road to Columbus



TMACOG is asking state officials to reconsider a 30-year-old concept for a better highway connection from the Great Lakes region to Columbus and points south and east. In a recent letter to Governor DeWine and transportation advocacy groups, TMACOG recommends that an I-73/I-74/I-75 corridor become a state priority. Governor Mike DeWine has stated that infrastructure will be a focus of his administration and this project should be at the top of the list...read more


Water Quality

Public Input for Water Quality Plans in 2020



The Water Quality department will be updating two critical documents in 2020: the 208 Plan and the Agenda for Lake Erie. Both will be seeking input from stakeholders and the general public...read more




Stormwater and Good Housekeeping



TMACOG staff is upgrading training materials related to Good Housekeeping practices that are required by fleet operators and other municipal employees. Workers who salt the roads, cut grass, wash trucks, change oil, work with fertilizer, use batteries, or use herbicides and pesticides are required to get training about safe use and storage of the materials they use. The new training materials will include videos and a short self-quiz to ensure that the material is understood.

Areas addressed will include:

• Streets: leaf collection, street cleaning
• Grounds: mowing, fertilizing, etc.
• Salt/Snow: storage and use of salt and equipment
• Materials Storage: indoor/outdoor containment
• Spills: response, emergency contact
• General Good Housekeeping

The Action Group of the Stormwater Coalition is outlining the content to ensure that that the training modules include information required. The project will be complete by summer of 2020. For more information on training municipal employees about best practices, contact TMACOG Water Quality Associate Barbie Kalta at 419.241.9155 ext. 1126.



News
Registration is open: Ohio Sunshine Laws



Elected officials are required to complete Ohio Sunshine Laws Certification Training during each elected term. The regional session is Friday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. at Owens Community College. Training is presented by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. This session fills up quickly: Register here.









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Upcoming Events

2020 General Assembly
Monday, January 27,2020
Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Perrysburg


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,
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Premier Banquet Hall, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo

Ohio Sunshine Laws Certification Training
Friday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. -
12:15 p.m.
Owens Community College, Veterans Hall, Perrysburg

TMACOG Tech:
Nuisance Abatement
and Code Enforcement

Wednesday, April 29, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo