The November meeting of the Tate Township Trustees was held 11/14/17. Here is a summary of the meeting events. The minutes, when they are approved by the trustees, will be posted to the website after the December meeting.
- Congratulations to Gary Reed and Greg Burns on their re-election to the trustee positions.
- Zoning news- George Eckert reported that 7 permits were issued with 1 new construction, a deck, and 2 garages. He says that construction is starting to pick back up. The house on Brown Street has been condemned and the County needs another letter from the Township. The house on St Rt 125 & Sugartree Rd. is moving forward to demolition. The owner has called George and said she is the process of getting estimates to have it torn down, In new business, George has issued several violation letters to residents for unlicensed vehicles, old campers, and burnt out buildings.
- Officer Pike- The October crimes stats are a total of 57 calls which include 14 reports, 4 warrants, 23 investigations, and 3 criminal arrests. He has not been able to set up an information session on the neighborhood watch program and will set a date before the next meeting.
- BT Fire Department- Chief Rick Stowell reported that in October they had a total of 182 calls with 49 fire runs, $4000 in fire damage and no fatalities or fire fighter injuries. They had 133 emergency medical service runs. In the last few days the had a house fire in town while 2 runs were out at the same time. 1 ambulance crew had a pregnant woman and 1 ambulance crew had a man with breathing distress. Both runs were emergency situations. The policy is that no one goes to a fire alone and with only one employee at the station, that person could not report alone to the fire. It was very upsetting to the department that Channel 5 ran a biased, sensational report that used inaccurate information. The response time on the fire was under 6 minutes. Greg Burns commended the Chief on the good job that the fire department does. Their record of excellence speaks for itself. Rick said he received calls from the Batavia , Monroe, Williamsburg, Miami Township fire chiefs and others, all wanting him to know they support the BTFD and have only good things to say about the department. Officer Pike said he has worked with other fire departments in the county and this (BTFD) is the best Fire department in the county. Chief Stowell said “Our staff is 2nd to none. We have a mission to save lives 1st and save property 2nd.”
- In other BTFD News- The 2005 ambulance air-ride has been repaired. The new ambulance will be complete in 25 days. Rick asked the trustees to look over the emblems that are being considered for the vehicle. In new business, one part-time EMT was hired with a 1 year probation. Rick has applied for a grant to replace all the 2-way radios in the 17-year-old system. They are asking for 20 radios/800 megahertz. They are applying for a grant to improve the parking lot and concrete on the NE side of the fire department lot. Because of where the BTFD building is located this qualifies them for the grant.
- Cemetery, Roads, & Maintenance- Ed Stanley reported in October 9 funerals were held. They poured 8 yards of concrete for 7 new footers. 4 graves were sold ( 2 within the township and 2 outside the township. The crew started tearing down the house on Spring St. A new grant is in the works to widen some roads. This would not happen until 2019 if they won the grant. The Trisler Road widening is still being considered. On the sign replacement grant. There will be approximately 500 new signs that will need to be installed. They are just now starting to be delivered. The trustees made a motion to approve Ed’s request for 2 employees to attend the Ohio Township Association Conference for 2 days in Columbus at the end of January 2018.
- New business- The trustees approved a records retention schedule RC-2.
- The aggregation failed to pass in Tate Township which would only have benefited the residents of Tate. They plan on trying again next year in an effort to bring a savings to the residents.