Table of
Contents
FEATURES
208 Plan: Public Comment Period
Bike Week
June Leadership meetings
ENVIRONMENT
ARRA sewer funding rundown
Environmental Council Inspects Ottawa River Dredging
Portage River basin Council - Remote Sensing
TRANSPORTATION
Local Projects Approved for Funding
Bike Commuting Tips
Joint Ohio/Michigan Transportation Meeting
Transportation legislative Agenda
Train Day
2035 Update 2011
MEMBER NEWS
Ozone Action Season
Newest TMACOG Member
Member Highlight:
Rossford Public Schools
NARC National Meeting in Ohio

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FEATURES____________________________

Public Review and Comment – Area Sewerage Plans
People interested in our region’s water treatment plans are invited to review changes and updates to the 208 Plan at a public meeting May 4, 7 p.m. at TMACOG. Comments are due to TMACOG by June 7, 5 p.m...more

May 17-22 is Bike Week

Pump up your tires, it’s Bike Week! Cycling is fun, healthy, protects the air, and can save a commuter a lot of gas money. During Bike Week, TMACOG encourages people to use a bike for recreation but also, try to use a bike for regular commuting and errands. For lots of information about area bike paths, maps of cycling facilities, and links to bike groups, go to www.tmacog.org/bikeweek.htm... more

Notice: Meeting Date Change for TMACOG Leadership Meetings
The date of the June meeting of the TMACOG Executive Committee and the quarterly meeting of the Board of Trustees has been changed. Both meetings will be held on Wednesday, June 9. The Executive Committee is at noon and Board of Trustees will follow at 1:30 p.m. Critical items are on the June agendas including the TMACOG Annual Work Program and the fiscal year budget.

ENVIRONMENT_________________________

Federal Stimulus Plan Funds Sewer Projects


Federal funds, urgently needed for repair and construction of sewerage facilities, are coming to the region through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Many jurisdictions in northwest Ohio and throughout the state are struggling with the high cost of sewer infrastructure and urgent need for updates, especially to correct combined sanitary and stormwater systems. The stimulus funds mean that communities will need to borrow less money to do the needed work and will have less pressure to raise utility rates
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Environmental Council to Visit Ottawa River Clean Up Site
Members of the TMACOG Environmental Council will get a close up look at the sediment dredging project on the Ottawa River at the regular meeting of the council May 27 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be on site of the dredging operation near the Hoffman Road landfill in north Toledo...more


Remote Sensing for Non-point Pollution
At the April meeting of the Portage River Basin Council, Dr. Robert K. Vincent, Professor in the Department of Geology at Bowling Green State University, made a presentation about satellite remote sensing. The procedure he developed helps to detect the presence of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and E.coli in water and total phosphates on land and water...more

TRANSPORTATION______________________

Local Projects Selected for Funding
Four of eight major transportation projects in northwest Ohio that were submitted to ODOT have been selected for Tier II funding by Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC). Selection “is a big step in the right direction,” says Warren Henry, TMACOG vice president of Transportation....more

Tips for Commuting by Bicycle
You’d be surprised at how much you can get done on a bicycle with just a little planning.

  • If you want to commute by bike to work, try driving your proposed route ahead of time, looking for safety issues and road conditions. There may be a parallel side road that is safer for a bike than your usual route by car...more

Joint Ohio/Michigan Transportation Meeting
A June meeting of TMACOG’s Transportation Council will be a joint meeting with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). The meeting is Wednesday, June 23, 1-3:30 p.m. at Cabela’s in Dundee. The annual joint meeting is part of continued coordination of transportation plans across the state boundary. The two groups also exchange representation on each other’s planning teams. On the agenda in June is news about rail programs, and a discussion of a proposed new international border crossing between Detroit and Windsor. Rail issues that concern both states include passenger and freight rail. SEMCOG will have a report on light rail on Woodward Avenue and improved high speed rail service between Detroit and Chicago. For more information contact Warren Henry, 419.241.9155 ext. 129.

Transportation Legislative Agenda Complete
TMACOG has been working with a coalition of 16 partners to prepare a transportation legislative agenda for our region. All of the coalition partners have endorsed the document and it is now ready to be shared with legislators in Lansing, Columbus, and Washington D.C.

The agenda is a guide to legislators. It describes key projects and legislative initiatives that require the support of lawmakers as we work to develop an integrated and efficient multimodal transportation system for our region. See and print the 2010-2011 Transportation Legislative Agenda here.

Train Day – Toledo and Beyond

Train Day in Toledo is May 1, 9:30 – 4 p.m. at the historic Toledo Amtrak station on Emerald Street and the renovated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Displays will remain up in the Amtrak station through May 8 and visitors are welcome. Train travelers can also head to Chicago which is celebrating Train Day May 8. For other Train Day events across the nation, see www.NationalTrainDay.com.

Input Sought for Region’s Long Range Plan
Local governments and all interested people are reminded that TMACOG is requesting your input as we review the region’s long range transportation plan: 2035 Plan Update 2011...more

MEMBER NEWS__________________________

Ozone Action Season: May - September


Ground level ozone is most often a concern during spring and summer months in our region. From mid-May through September, the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services will monitor conditions and send out announcements forecasting air quality. Their forecasts are based on expected temperature, wind, heat, and amount of sunshine...more

New TMACOG Member
TMACOG is pleased to welcome First Federal Bank as a new non-governmental member. First Federal was chartered in Defiance in 1935 and now has 33 offices in northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan, and northeast Indiana. The full-service bank is one of about 150 TMACOG members.

Member Highlight: Rossford Schools

The Rossford School District serves about 1,900 students living within the cities of Rossford and Northwood and the townships of Perrysburg and Lake. Students attend three
K-6 elementary schools ( Eagle Point, Glenwood, and Indian Hills ), Rossford Junior High, and Rossford High School. The school district is currently considering how to address its aging school facilities..more

National Association Meeting in Ohio
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) will have their annual conference and exhibition in Cleveland, June 15-17. The agenda includes information relevant to planning agencies and councils of government, but will have presentations of value to elected and appointed officials as well...more

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