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TMACOG Tech: Tools and Rules for Managing Meetings

Funding Shortfall

TIP Report

Autonomous Vehicle Steering Committee

ADA Meeting

Water Quality
New Associate

Stormwater Workshop

208 Plan

Member News
Black Swamp Conservancy



Tools and Rules for Managing Meetings

“Point of order, Madame Chair!”

For those new to elected office or taking on new responsibilities for public meetings, these words can cause mild terror. However, help is here. Gain confidence in meeting management with this TMACOG Tech seminar. Learn the tools to conduct meetings fairly and in an orderly manner. The program will cover parliamentary procedure and Roberts Rules of Order and provide tips for managing controversial topics.

TMACOG Tech: Tools and Rules for Managing Meetings
Wednesday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo

There is no fee but registration is required by October 5. Register online here. People requesting special accommodations are invited to contact Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155, ext. 1107.


Transportation Applications Exceed Funds Available

For the current round of Surface Transportation Block Grants (STBG), TMACOG has received 39 applications requesting a total of about $60 million. There is about $14 million available for appropriation. more


TIP Report - Annual Listing FY 2018

Under federal law, TMACOG is responsible for producing an annual listing of federal funds that are obligated in the previous fiscal year. In fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018), federal money obligated for transportation projects in Lucas and Wood counties was approximately $61.6 million for 102 more

Autonomous Vehicle Steering Committee

There is a consensus that self-driving buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles are on the way. To explore the ramifications for the regional transportation system, TMACOG has partnered with local stakeholders and formed a new Autonomous Vehicle Steering Committee. The committee was established at the request of TMACOG members the University of Toledo, TARTA, and AAA Northwest Ohio.

Ohio is encouraging testing of autonomous vehicles on state roadways. In an executive order, Governor Kasich said, “Ohio is well positioned to lead in developing the cars of the future, and just as Wright Brothers did at Huffman Prairie, our great state stands ready to once again launch a new era in transportation.”

The DriveOhio project encourages companies engaged in research, development, and testing of smart mobility systems to use the state’s infrastructure and test facilities. In northern Ohio, the Ohio Turnpike is being touted as a test bed for autonomous and connected vehicles.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo is presenting a seminar that will provide information on how to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This is an opportunity for any administrator who manages a jurisdiction’s or agency’s ADA plan to learn about legal obligations and gain practical advice. Learn about best practices from speakers with the ADA, ODOT’s ADA coordinator, and Metroparks Toledo.

There is no fee to attend but please call to register: 419.885.5733. Continuing education credits are pending for APA, ACTCP, and CLE.

ADA Self-review and Transition Planning Seminar
Friday, September 28, noon – 4 p.m.
At the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1155 Larc Lance, Toledo, OH 43614


Water Quality

Water Quality Associate

Tatiana Burkett started work as a part-time associate in TMACOG’s Water Quality Planning department in August. She will be working with Water Quality staff on grant-funded projects and ongoing programs through June, 2019. Her first responsibility will be assisting Water Quality Planner Sara Guiher with Student Watershed Watch field work this summer and early fall and the Student Summit in November. Following the SWW, she will also be assisting Water Quality Planner Kris Barnswell with efforts to map home sewage treatment systems for local health departments..

Burkett is a recent graduate of Piedmont College in Georgia where she earned a BS in environmental science with a minor in chemistry. She has had internships in environmental consulting and in working with teachers to create water quality projects to satisfy curriculum requirements. She is pleased to be moving back home to northwest Ohio and starting her career. Contact Tatiana at, or 419.241.9155 ext. 1147.


Workshop Addresses Construction Permit

As of April, 2018, there is an updated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit related to stormwater discharge on construction sites. The Ohio EPA has arranged a workshop for builders, engineers, inspectors and elected officials to learn about the new permit requirements.

Tuesday, September 18, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green, OH 43402.
There is no fee but registration is required. Register here.

208 Plan in Certification Process

The TMACOG region’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (called the 208 Plan from that section of the Clean Water Act) has been approved locally and is now being reviewed by the Ohio EPA and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Once certified at the state level, the regional plan will be incorporated into state plans. In Ohio, there are six “Areawide” agencies that maintain 208 Plans for regions around major cities. All six of these Areawide Plans are part of the Ohio’s Statewide Water Quality Management Plan that addresses sewers, wastewater treatment, septic systems, and stormwater.

The 208 Plan is important to regional development efforts because the EPA cannot approve permits for projects that are not consistent with the plan.


Member News

Black Swamp Conservancy Restoration Wetlands

Northwest Ohio has many examples of wetland restoration on the shores of Lake Erie: a project at Maumee Bay State Park, the new Howard Marsh Metropark in the same area, and Winous Point Marsh Conservancy in Sandusky Bay are all projects TMACOG partners have been involved with. Now TMACOG member Black Swamp Conservancy is restoring wetlands 80 miles away from Lake Erie but with the same goal of protecting the lake’s water quality by capturing and treating more

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Upcoming Events

Tools and Rules for Managing Meetings

Date and location: Wednesday, October 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155
ext. 1107

2019 TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 28, 2019 – 8 a.m-1:15 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155, ext. 1107

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
Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155, ext. 1107