Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

“Range anxiety” – worry on the part of a person driving an electric vehicle that the battery will run out before a charging station can be reached – is cited as a reason why some people are reluctant to use electric vehicles as their main transportation. However, there are a significant number of publicly accessible stations available in the TMACOG region from a McDonald’s in Port Clinton, to Northwest State Community College in Archbold.  

TMACOG transportation planners are working to identify locations and types of electric vehicle charging stations in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. See the map and the list of locations. This information is preliminary and does not include every station. Planners are looking for resources that will help identify more. If you know of a station not listed here, please contact Marc VonDeylen (vondeylen@tmacog.org) at 419.241.9155 ext. 1136 with the address and type of charger if known.

Level 1 charging units use household current (120 volt, 20 amp). Level 2 chargers are faster and use 208-240 volt, 40 amp current, the same as a washer or drier. While vehicles and delivery of service differ, in general level 2 charging adds about 25 miles of range per hour (RPH), while level 1 charging only adds about 4 miles of RPH.


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TMACOG Partner NORED Annual Meeting

Time is running out to register for the 2018 NORED Annual Meeting to be held Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.

This year's speaker is Gary Leidich, a consultant to the electric industry and Board Member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.

Registration for individuals and reserved tables of eight are available at Eventbrite using the link below when paying by credit card.


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Special Districts and Authorities Caucus, Jan. 29, 2018

TMACOG members have asked to learn about what their fellow members discussed at caucus sessions during the 2018 General Assembly held January 29, 2018. See links in the next several posts to each of the caucus session notes. 

Special Districts and Authorities

Call to Order/Welcome/Introductions – Scott Carpenter, Facilitator of the Special Districts and Authorities Caucus and Director of Public Relations for Metroparks Toledo called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone present.  Introductions were made around the room.

Non-Governmental Members Caucus, Jan. 29, 2018

Welcome and Introductions – Caucus facilitator Dennis McMickens, called the meeting to order. 

Schools, Colleges & Universities Caucus, Jan. 29, 2018

In attendance were representatives of:
The University of Toledo
Monroe County Community College
WSOS Community Action
Ottawa Hills School District
Rossford School District
Penta Career Center
Bowling Green State University
Sylvania Schools
Toledo Public Schools

Moderator: Ann Theis of Owens Community College.
TMACOG staff: Kari Gerwin (facilitator) and Mary Pat McCarthy (notes).

Township Caucus, Jan. 29, 2018

Call to Order/Welcome/Introductions – Facilitator of the Township Caucus and Perrysburg Township Trustee Robert Mack, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. 

Villages Caucus Jan. 29, 2018

Call to Order/Welcome/Introductions –

Mayor Gordon Bowman, Pemberville, facilitated the meeting and welcomed those in attendance. Round table introductions were made. Those in attendance are also noted on the Sign-In sheet for the meeting.

City Caucus, Jan. 29, 2018

1.                   Call to Order/Welcome/Introductions
Mike Beazley welcomed everyone and introductions were given.

County Caucus Session- Jan. 29 2018

TMACOG staff: Tim W. Brown

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Got Rental Space?

U.S. Census Bureau is looking for office space to rent in the Toledo metropolitan area from June through August, 2019. Space requirements are in the 7,000-7,300 usable square footage range.

If you have office space available for a short time lease, you may submit an application using the following links:
About Federal Business Opportunities: https://aaap.gsa.gov
About the leasing program: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=aa2040a0bc81e262b202df5e8a5c0a8a&tab=core&_cview=0

The application process opens February 1, 2018.

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In Response to Popular Demand ... the Lyrics

At the retirement reception for TMACOG's Kurt Erichsen, staff and friends performed a short musical number. For those who missed this one-time-only performance, here are the words.

Kurt Erichsen is a Top Environmentalist
(To the tune of A Modern Major General. Lyrics by Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada)

Kurt is the very model of a top environmentalist
He knows the rivers, streams and creeks on Erie Basin’s waters list
With wit and humor on display Kurt is a master cartoonist
In theater and drama he’s a leading musicologist
For future planning we recall the work of student watershed
For permitting and grantsmanship  he’s always been so far ahead
He’s very good at navigating wetlands fens and foggy bog
And formulating policies for regions part of TMACOG.