General Assembly will Focus on Security
All TMACOG members are encouraged to send representation to the 2017 General Assembly, Monday, January 30, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg. This is the annual TMACOG business meeting and includes the election of officers and board members and a vote to amend the bylaws. The keynote luncheon speaker is from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
This year, newly elected officials in the TMACOG region are invited to attend a “pre-game” breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in J. Patricks’s Restaurant before the rest of the program begins. This is an opportunity for people new to elected responsibilities to meet with TMACOG senior staff and learn about the services and resources available to them as TMACOG members.
The General Assembly begins with caucus sessions at 8:30 a.m. and the election of members to the Board of Trustees. The business meeting will follow.
The day concludes with a luncheon and keynote presentation. The 2017 speaker is Matthew J. Grupe. He is the Patrol Agent in Charge at U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Sandusky Bay Station. He will answer some questions for the audience: How does the U.S. Border Patrol operate in northern Ohio? How do local elected officials, law enforcement, business owners, and citizens help in addressing networked threats to our region and nation?
|2017 TMACOG General Assembly|
Monday, January 30, 2017
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter
10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg
Persons requesting special accommodations due to limited English proficiency, disabilities of language, mobility, or other handicap are invited to contact TMACOG Accessibility Coordinator Jennifer Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.241.9155, ext. 107).
Thank you to Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc. for hosting the newly elected member “pre-game” breakfast.
Monitoring by the City of Toledo shows that northwest Ohio remains in compliance with the current ozone standard of 75 parts per billion. Our results show that our region would also meet proposed more stringent standards for ozone. The region remains well in compliance with the other monitored air pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, particulates, and sulfur dioxide.
The federal regulations for ozone were made more rigorous in 2015. Regulations were tightened because science indicated that the 2008 standard (75 parts per billion or ppb) is not adequate to protect public health. Research supports a standard within a range of 70 ppb to 60 ppb.
The City of Toledo operates three monitoring stations: downtown Toledo, Waterville, and Jerusalem Township. Wood County has one monitor in Bowling Green. To determine whether the region is in compliance, analysts collect measurements throughout the day. The highest rates over eight hours are averaged to determine the day rate. Then the fourth highest day rates from all the monitors over three years are averaged. Because that number is below 75 ppb, northwest Ohio is in compliance. It’s important that all monitors work correctly all the time because an absence of data counts against us.
Air quality is part of TMACOG’s transportation planning because cars and trucks are a primary source of air pollution. Plans for surface transportation are evaluated for their impact on air quality.
TMACOG’s Transportation Legislative Agenda tells elected officials in Columbus and Washington D.C. what the people of northwest Ohio want to see happen in their local transportation system. Between now and March 2017, TMACOG will be working with regional stakeholders and users of the transportation system on the agenda. They will address all modes: rail, surface streets, water, air, pedestrian, and bicycle. They will consider policies that affect local efforts including funding for public transportation, repair and investment, and policies. The result is a consensus document that can guide lawmakers.
The agenda is timely because a new Ohio legislative session begins in 2017. Legislators in Ohio will be starting work on the biennial budget including budgeting for transportation.
To begin the process, TMACOG has posted a new webpage that assembles broad background information and research about transportation policy and funding solutions. The page includes links to House and Senate bills related to transportation, state and national plans and studies, and contact information for state and federal legislators.
TMACOG’s Transportation Public Administration Specialist is leading the development of the agenda. Contact Christine Connell at 419.241.9155, ext. 119.
Watch out for Deer
Your chances of hitting a deer with your car are highest in November and December. These accidents are common and can cause expensive damage to the vehicle and injury to both the deer and occupants of the car.
You are most likely to encounter deer on the roadway between sunset and midnight, and in the hours shortly before and after sunrise.
A road that divides agricultural fields from forestland will have more deer on it.
Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be near.
Deer whistles and special reflectors marketed to deter deer have not been proven to reduce collisions. Your best tools are high beams, and the car’s horn. A long blast will shoo deer away.
Wear your seatbelt. Most people who are injured in crashes with animals were not wearing a seatbelt.
More than 150 students and their teachers met at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus for the annual Student Watershed Watch Summit on Thursday, November 10. They presented results of their water quality testing research and explored careers in environmental science. This is the 27th year for the program…
In warm weather, we can collect rain in rain barrels and direct it to rain gardens. Different strategies are required for snow and ice.
Winter Snow and Ice Removal
Snow and ice dumped on driveways and sidewalks needs to be moved. But not all approaches to snow removal are stormwater-friendly. Snow- and ice-melting products, known as de-icers, can have negative environmental impacts. If melted snow and ice carrying the chemicals end up in waterways, they can cause fish and vegetation kills. Some de-icers can release cyanide (used as an anti-caking agent) after they enter streams. Overuse of certain de-icing products, such as salts, can damage driveways and vehicles and can also be a hazard for pets. Lawns and landscape plants are also at risk for damage from overuse of salts that includes browning of leaves or needles and preventing trees, shrubs, and other plants from getting water. In general, use the minimum amount of ice melt product. Shovel most of the snow off before putting de-icer or salt out on the frozen spots.
Winterizing Rain Barrels
Rain barrels are great in warm weather but they can be damaged if they are not properly maintained for the winter. The best option to winterize a rain barrel is to disconnect it completely.
Disconnect the rain barrel from your downspout and install a downspout extension to redirect water away from your house.
Drain your rain barrel completely. Water remaining in the rain barrel may freeze.
Store your rain barrel indoors for the winter or flip it upside down to keep out precipitation that may freeze and damage your rain barrel. If you plan to keep your barrel connected for the winter, be sure to disconnect any hoses from the valves. These valves can be damaged by expansion and contraction of metal due to temperature changes. Insulating your rain barrel is another option.
The November 17 TMACOG Tech session brought an edge-of-field scientist, an agricultural policy expert, a Wood County farmer, and a grain buyer to educate TMACOG members about the agriculture industry in northwest Ohio and the role it plays in the health of Lake Erie…read more
Partnership Shows Results – McCord Road Grade Separation
A project to separate the Norfolk Southern train line from McCord Road in Springfield Township had been floating around since 1988. It was identified as a priority that year in a TMACOG rail corridor study. Several years later, the project was specifically identified as a priority project in TMACOG’s 2025 Long Range Transportation Plan. The effort took on new momentum in 2009 following a fatality and serious injury when two Springfield High School students tried to beat a train. At that time about 84 trains a day crossed the road just north of the school…read more