Summer Caucus with State Lawmakers
Counting Bike Traffic
Approved: TIP and 2045 Plan
Agenda for Lake Erie Timeline
Tools for Teachers (GLOW)
Gas Cap testing
Plan now to participate in the 2020 Summer Caucus with State Lawmakers. The summer meeting of TMACOG members will take place July 28 and 29 in a GoToMeeting teleconference format. In previous years, the caucus sessions happened simultaneously and members could only attend a single session. In 2020 the caucuses will be at staggered times and members can join any sessions that they are interested in. There is no limit of attendees. The 2020 agenda will not include a separate legislative panel discussion however state officials are invited to participate in caucus sessions.
Registration is open now. There is no fee to participate. Please indicate which sessions you plan to join; video/teleconference call instructions will be emailed to you prior to the date of each session.
Persons requesting special accommodations are invited to contact TMACOG Accessibility Coordinator Jennifer Allen
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Tuesday, July 28
8:30 a.m. County Caucus
10:30 a.m. City Caucus
1:30 p.m. Village Caucus
3:30 p.m. Township Caucus
|Wednesday, July 29
||8:30 a.m. Schools, Colleges & Universities Caucus
10:30 a.m. Districts and Special Authorities Caucus
1:30 p.m. Non-governmental Members Caucus
Elected officials who have indicated their participation to date are:
Sen. Teresa Fedor – 11th District, Ohio
Sen. Theresa Gavarone – 2nd District, Ohio
Rep. Haraz Ghanbari – 3rd District, Ohio
Rep. Jim Hoops – 81st District, Ohio
Rep. Derek Merrin – 47th District, Ohio
Bike Traffic During Pandemic
The multi-use trails in northwest Ohio are seeing large increases in traffic this spring compared to the spring and summer last year.
In 2019, trail traffic was counted for a week at each location between May and July. In 2020, traffic was counted in early May in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. TMACOG planners assumed that traffic would be higher in 2020 because people are off work and bike riding is a pleasant, socially distanced form of exercise. But they didn’t expect the increase that they saw...read more
Major Transportation Plans Approved
Long Range Plan
The TMACOG Board of Trustees will vote on TMACOG’s long range transportation plan at the June 17 meeting. “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan – Update 2020” is the blueprint for planning in Lucas and Wood County in Ohio and three southern townships of Michigan. In addition to construction and other infrastructure, the 2045 Plan includes initiatives and policies that direct regional decision-making. View the plan including maps and lists of committed projects, priority projects, and non-motorized projects here: http://www.tmacog.org/onthemove/.
Transportation Improvement Program
The TIP is updated every other year. It is the region’s short term plan of transportation investments. The fiscal year 2021 -2024 TIP will include approximately $429 million in programmed projects from all sources:
$308 million in federal dollars, $58 million in state, and $63 million local. The TIP was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 15. If all goes according to schedule, the 2021-2024 TIP will be approved by the U.S. DOT on July 1, 2020 and become effective immediately. See an interactive map of projects here that allows you to view individual projects.
Ozone Action Season
We’re all concerned about lung health during this virus emergency and summer weather can generate ozone pollution which can make breathing problems worse.
On the long sunny days between May and September, sunshine can combine with volatile organic compounds (including unburned gasoline vapors) and nitrous oxides (including car exhaust) to generate ozone. Ozone is corrosive to lungs and can also cause damage to plants including agriculture and trees.
Households can reduce the amount of ozone through simple actions: limit the use of cars and trucks to early morning and late evening. Avoid mowing the lawn or using small engines during the heat of the day. Only fill gas tanks during the coolest part of the day and don’t overfill them.
Use paints and aerosols that are safe for the air. Reduce household
energy use overall. Unplug appliances that are not in use including chargers for phones and toothbrushes. Adjust the thermostat to reduce
air conditioner use. Consider hanging clothes to dry to avoid use of the drier. Run the dishwasher only when full.
Make your own ozone detection strips with coffee filters, cornstarch, and potassium iodide. There are many tutorials online. You will also have to monitor humidity to use your tests.
Your family can monitor air quality and take action when the forecast indicates ozone could be a problem. To get forecasts from the City of Toledo send an email to email@example.com and ask to be added to the forecast list. Also visit https://www.airnow.gov/ to review maps of monitors and trends. See ozoneaction.org for more tips.
The City of Toledo region forecasts will be made available a minimum of twice each week; more frequent updates may occur during periods of unusual weather conditions. Ozone forecasts will be made predicting
levels of air quality conditions: 1) good, 2) satisfactory, 3) precautionary measures should be taken by sensitive groups, and 4) caution.
Agenda for Lake Erie Timeline
The Agenda for Lake Erie is a one of TMACOG’s fundamental policy documents. It describes the policies, practices, and funding actions that a consensus of members agree will make meaningful progress toward phosphorus reduction in Lake Erie, support a robust water recreation industry, and provide safe, reliable drinking water to our region’s 500,000 citizens. ...read more
Student Watershed Watch – Teacher Training
Every August, dozens of schoolteachers and other area educators sign
up with TMACOG for focused training sessions on the collection and analysis of water samples. They learn how to lead their classrooms in
the evaluation of water quality in rivers and streams in northwest Ohio
and southeast Michigan. This year, the training will be by webinar but
still include all the information to improve teachers’ skills. This year will bring some new tools to the task...read more
Turning a Soggy Mess into a Rain Garden
A large overgrown yard in West Toledo was a pain to mow. And it
always ponded a little water after a heavy rain. Storm sewers on
the street sometimes flood during storms which can cause problems
in basements in the area...read more
Gas Cap Testing Program Delayed
In a normal year, TMACOG and City of Toledo staff would be hosting events to check the gas caps on passenger vehicles and replace leaky caps. That program has been postponed. Later in the year, there may
be some drive-through opportunities for testing.
Still Time to Complete the Census
Local governments still have time to encourage residents to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. The coronavirus crisis has pushed back the deadline for finishing the Census from late-July to mid-August. Field operations, which reach out to households that have not responded, have also been slowed. It is important to the funding and operation of government that every person be counted. The results of the Census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
The Census counts every person living in the United States and five territories, including foreign citizens and people without documentation of citizenship. The census provides critical data that governments, lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on Census data.
The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
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TMACOG Tech: Nuisance Abatement and Code Enforcement
June 19, 9:30 a.m.
Training for Water and Wastewater Operators
June 9, 11, 18 & 25
Free for TMACOG members