TOLEDO – Ottawa County Commissioner Mark Stahl was re-elected to continue serving as Chairman of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Governing Council.
Stahl was sworn in during a TMACOG meeting that was practically held on Friday. He had previously been elected for his first term as chairman of the organization in January 2020.
Mike Aspacher, Mayor of Bowling Green, was elected Vice Chairman. Stahl said he looks forward to working with them in their leadership roles at TMACOG.
Stahl said he was proud to be part of a “great organization that works together on the challenges and opportunities in our region”.
The regional partnership deals with a variety of issues that affect all members of the region, such as: B. economic development, water quality and transport.
Among the projects that Stahl identified as a high priority for Counties Ottawa and Lucas is a Nearly $ 20 million proposed new Curtice-Williston sewer system.
TMACOG has worked on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which persisted through much of Stahl’s first term as chairman.
In April, TMACOG applied to the U.S. Treasury Department for federal funding through the Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the CARES Act.
With a relatively small population of over 40,000, Ottawa County would otherwise not qualify for direct relief funding under the existing formula of the CARES Act, which is a benchmark for 500,000 residents.
Together, TMACOG members represent a total population of more than 800,000 in only Ohio.
While the efforts were supported by US Senator Sherrod Brown, D-OH, and US Representative Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo The US Treasury Department ultimately rejected TMACOG’s application.
Still, Stahl said they will continue to use TMACOG as a voice on issues affecting the region.