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FEATURE
Ohio Conference on Freight - Program
Ohio Conference on Freight - Sponsorship
Opportunities
ENVIRONMENT
Funds for Storage Tank Remediation
Area Sewerage
Plans Approved
Stormwater Handbook Now Available
Swan Creek Balanced Growth Planning
RCAP Conference
TRANSPORTATION
TARPS update on new facility
Transit Study Available
Local Road improvements Advancing
Study for SR 18 Modification
TMACOG resolution re: Detroit River International Crossing
Go OHIO
MEMBER NEWS Member Highlight:
Henry Township

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FEATURE_____________________________

New in 2010 at Ohio Conference on Freight
The Ohio Conference on Freight is the only state-wide seminar to address the role of freight to the transportation system, the economy, and regional governments in Ohio and Great Lakes area...more

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Ohio Conference on Freight

Exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Ohio Conference on Freight, September 14 & 15 at the Hilton Hotel Toledo and Dana Conference Center. For sponsorship information click here, or contact Kathy Gries, 419.973.0404.

The 2010 Ohio Conference on Freight is hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the National Association of Regional Councils, and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Sponsors include the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, PNC, Eastman & Smith, Ltd., the University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute, CSX, Norfolk Southern, CN, the Ohio Association of Regional Councils, Parsons Brinkerhoff, the Ohio Soybean Council, and the Cleveland Cuyahogo Port Authority.

ENVIRONMENT_________________________

Funds Available for Storage Tank Remediation
The Ohio Department of Development has announced that funding is available to Ohio communities that need help cleaning up after abandoned underground storage tanks. Help is available when there is no other viable responsible party and ground is contaminated with petroleum. For more information about how to apply for funds, call the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) office at 614.752.7938 or email websfm@com.state.oh.us.

Area Agreement on Sewers
and Sewerage Reaches Approval
At their June 9 meeting, the TMACOG Board of Trustees approved the 2010 updates to the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan)...more

Stormwater Manual Released
Attaining and maintaining compliance with state and federal stormwater regulations is a challenge for governments of all sizes. To make current information accessible and useful to elected officials, TMACOG has created a digest brochure that will be distributed to members of the Stormwater Coalition and mailed to elected/appointed officials this month...more

Swan Creek Balanced Growth Plan Working Toward Implementation
The 23 jurisdictions of the Swan Creek watershed created and approved a balanced growth plan in 2009. Now, that the plan has been approved by the Lake Erie Commission, a committee has been assembled to help jurisdictions implement it. At a July 15 meeting, members met to talk about leadership and to discuss the direction and maintenance of the plan. People interested in participating are invited to contact the Maumee River Coordinator, Matt Horvat at 419.241.9155 ext. 123. Jurisdictions in the watershed that approved the plan include the cities of Maumee and Toledo; townships of Amboy, Fulton, Monclova, Pike, Providence, Springfield, Swancreek, Swanton, Waterville, Washington, and York; and villages of Delta, Swanton, Waterville, and Whitehouse. Additional jurisdictions in the watershed but which did not endorse the plan are Harding and Spencer townships, and the Village of Holland.

RCAP Conference for Small Towns
The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) is hosting a state-wide conference August 24-25 in Columbus which will provide valuable information to smaller communities...more

TRANSPORTATION______________________

TARTA Begins Construction at MLK Site
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza is the home of TMACOG and the Toledo Amtrak station. Now, with work begun by TARTA, the plaza will begin to take shape as a full-service transit center...more

Transit Study Available
Because of increasing interest in operation and funding of regional public transit, TMACOG is printing the Regional Transit Study – is Transit Working for our Region. The TMACOG report was completed in 2004 and is the region’s first ever comprehensive look at public transit...more

Local Road Improvements Advancing
ODOT and the Lucas County Engineer have submitted four project applications to the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) to receive funding in northwest Ohio:

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Second phase of I-75 / I-475 interchange at the former Jeep plant site in central Toledo

-I-75 widening in downtown Toledo

-I-75 / US 23 interchange upgrade in Sylvania Township

-McCord Road - grade separation at the Norfolk Southern rail crossing in Springfield Township

Study Begins on Possible SR 18 Modification
Looking ahead to future development in southern Wood County, ODOT requested and is tentatively scheduled to receive future funding of $2 million from TRAC to study possible realignment or relocation of SR 18. Mike Libigel, planning & programs administrator for ODOT District 2, said that ODOT expects new businesses and increased traffic to arise around the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal near North Baltimore. He is putting together a committee of interested parties in the area to provide expertise and information...more

TMACOG Resolution in Support of International Bridge
Construction of a new bridge between the U.S. and Canada near Detroit is vital to maintain and expand the strong trade relationship between the two countries. The TMACOG Executive Committee has approved a resolution to provide support for a private/public partnership between the State of Michigan and Transport Canada to finance and construct a six-lane bridge.

The resolution notes the very strong economic partnerships between the countries: Canada is the largest foreign trade partner for the United States, the largest foreign trade partner for 35 states, and Ohio’s top export market. The resolution has been forwarded to elected officials in the State of Michigan and Canada. To read the resolution, click here.

Public Invited to Go OHIO Transportation Futures Meeting
ODOT is scheduling regional meetings to introduce the new Go OHIO Transportation Futures Plan. The northwest Ohio meeting is Tuesday, August 3, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of the Martin Luther King Plaza (outside TMACOG offices, 3 rd floor of the Amtrak building).

The goal of the Go OHIO effort is to advance Ohio’s economic growth and prosperity by transforming all modes of transportation into a fully integrated system that will help ignite the economy and bring value to communities across the state. For more information on Go OHIO and the meeting in Toledo, visit www.go.ohio.gov.

MEMBER NEWS________________________

Member Highlight: Henry Township
Henry Township in southern Wood County is one of the newest TMACOG members. The township is home to about 4,000 people, most of them living in and near the villages of North Baltimore and Cygnet. Primary sources of employment are fabricating, tooling, and other industrial manufacturing businesses which support automotive and glass industries...more


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