Tate Township, Ohio

Tate Township Trustees

We are your 3 elected township trustees entrusted to serve on your behalf in matters related to the township. We are dedicated to working together for the greater good of the township to provide a safe and fiscally sound environment for the residents.

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November 2023 Trustee Meeting Update

Summary of the regular meeting of the Tate Township trustees held November 14, 2023.

These are not the approved minutes of the meeting.  They are unofficial notes. Trustees Bob Redden and John Wilson were present for the meeting. Fiscal Officer Kathy Brannock was present at the meeting

The official meeting minutes from October 2023 were approved. Oct 2023 Trustee Mtg

Reports from the departments for last month:

  • Zoning- There were 8 permits issued for 1 Inground Pool, 3 Single Family Dwellings, 3 Garages, 1 Shed, and 1 Zoning Change.
  • Cemetery- There were 10 burials, 5 foundation orders, and 1 grave sold. They poured 6 foundations and installed 7 memorials.
  • Roads- Macedonia Road has been blacktopped and birmed. The bridge on Moore Road will be complete this week.  They are putting in an order for the culverts for Moore Road.  The annual stormwater training provided by the EPA was attended by an employee as required. The Tate Township Clean-Up 2023 Report was submitted.  Tate Township CleanUp 2023 Report
  • BTFD-  BTFD Nov 2023 Update There were 113 EMS calls and 28 fire calls in October.  The time out the door averaged  1.3 minutes with on-the-scene in 5 minutes.  There was zero loss in fire damages and they saved $102,000 in fire loss. reminder that there continues to be a burn ban through the end of November. Warnings are being issued to violators.  A big thank you to the supporters of the levy because it passed and the BTFD can continue giving top notch services.  Recommend adding a new cadet Wyatt Burns for a 1 year probationary. This will max out the number of 10 cadets for the department. (Trustees approved).  There were 2 resignations.  Recommend the cost of $500 to rewrite and sunmit the Ohio 1st Responders Grant which would potentially pay to update the radios to the new system. (Trustees approved). They sent 5 fulltime personnel to Milford for training.  The BTFD was awarded $10,000 for 5 sets of gear to replace old gear.
  • Public Presentation-  A petition was brought to the trustees signed by 55 residents asking the township to vacate the undeveloped section of Case Road. Several surveys going back decades were shown to the trustees to show that the road has never been developed.  The Road Supervisor added that the township does not receive any tax money for that section and he is in favor of the vacate. The trustees said the petition needs to be submitted to Clermont County for approval.
  • Next meeting is December 12th at 7:00pm.

BT Buzz Fall Newsletter Mailed Out

The BT Buzz newsletter is a community-wide paper mailing sent out twice per year so that residents of Bethel-Tate get updates on news from this area.  The Fall 2023 newsletter has articles from:

  • Bethel History Museum & Historical Society
  • Bethel Branch Clermont County Public Library
  • Bethel-Tate Local School District
  • Tiger PAWWS PTO
  • American Legion Post 406
  • Village of Bethel
  • Grant Career Center
  • Tate Township departments including Bethel-Tate Fire Department
  • Printing costs are co-sponsored by Community Savings Bank & Southside Services Inc.

Attached is a digital copy.  BT Buzz Fall 2023

Local Bethel-Tate Fire/EMS Information

Bethel-Tate Fire Department

Bethel-Tate Fire/EMS 2023 Information:

  • The Bethel-Tate Fire Department (BTFD) is the 7th busiest department out of 15 departments in Clermont County. The fire and EMS calls average 2,100 each year.
  • Proud of being rated an ISO class 3/3Y for the first time since the department was organized putting BTFD in the top 12% in the US.
  • Fire and EMS grants are competitive and hard to get.   Bethel-Tate’s fire department has received over $2,000,000 in grants over the last 5 years.
    • 2017- FEMA grant for $$235,000 for air packas and breathing air compressor.
    • 2018- Community Block Development Grant (Cler Cty) for $100,000 to repave and stripe the firehouse oarking lot.
    • 2018- FEMA grant for$131,000 for new fire hose and nozzles.
    • 2019- FEMA grant for $175,000 for 2 complete sets of hydraulic, battery powered auto extrication tools and stabilizer jacks.
    • 2020- FEMA grant for $460,000 for a $2,500 gallon pumper/tanker to replace 2 trucks.
    • All FEMA grants are 95% funded with a 5% match.
    • 2021- FEMA SAFER grant for %903,000 to pay for 3 additional firefighter/EMTs that is 100% funded for three years.
  • Bethel-Tate FD personnel
    • Conduct over 200 fire safety inspections annually at village and township businesses, churches, schools, and multi-family apartment buildings.
    • Issue open burning permits.
    • Visit the schools to teach fire prevention and safety.
    • Moniter school fire drills, tornado drills, and train on active shooter drills.
    • Offer CPR classes upon request.
  • In cooperation with American Red Cross, we provide a smoke detector giveaway program and installation, if needed.

October 2023 Trustee Meeting Update

Summary of the regular meeting of the Tate Township trustees held October 10, 2023.

These are not the approved minutes of the meeting.  They are unofficial notes. Trustees Gary Reed, Bob Redden, and John Wilson were present for the meeting. Fiscal Officer Kathy Brannock was present at the meeting

The official meeting minutes from September, 2023 were approved. Sep 2023 Trustee Mtg

Reports from each department for last month:

  • Zoning- 9 permits were issued for 1 shed, 1 garage, 1 Single Family Dwelling, 1 inground pool, 2 storage units, 1 variance, and 1 use variance. The 2 variance (public) meetings are set for Oct 25 at the Bethel-Tate fire department meeting room.
  • Cemetery & Roads- There were 4 burials, 2 foundation orders.  They have 3 foundations left to pour. Macedonia Road is paved but not birmed yet. The bridge crew from the County started on Moore Rd to replace the bridge.  The crew has been ditching and patching township roads.  They replaced 5 private drive culverts.  Patterson Rd is completed.  Salt prices this year for the township are $96.84 per ton, delivered.  They have the plows and salt spredders hooked up and ready to go when needed.
  • Deputy Pike did not have a report for the trustees.
  • Bethel-Tate Fire Department- In September there were 36 fire calls with the average response time of 5.6 minutes.  The fire department saved $155,000 in property and reported $25,000 in property loss. There were 115 ems calls.  September report here: BTFD Oct 2023 Update. The hydrant installations are on hold while Tate Monroe Water works on water leaks.  The levy flyers have been mailed out.  The BTFD levy campaign received an anonymous donation of $1000 that will pay for the campaign costs.  They are very grateful and hopeful for the levy to pass. In new news, the BTFD crews visited Bick Primary for fire prevention.  They will visit Hill Intermediate next. Chief Stowell reminds everyone that the State issued burn ban is back in effect.  Burn permits are free and residents can burn 6am to dark.

Trustee Redden asked for a moment of silence to privately reflect on the passing of Mr. Bick’s daughter this afternoon.

Trustee Reed read the resolution for public comments/addressing the trustees at a meeting.  He answered some questions from the last meeting. The question about why equipment was rented from Singleton. Trustee Reed gave three good reasons. The cost to rent from Singleton is a lot less than the closest equipment rental business. Renting from a local business is beneficial to our community,  Because he lives in our township, he rents to us outside of normal operating hours in an event such as an emergency need after a storm.  He added that our township is fully covered on insurance.

Trustee Reed reported that the rumours about a Nestlewood large solar project expansion are false.  Currently there are no applications in place for Nestlewood to expand. Large solar and wind farms have been restricted, prohibiting their construction in Tate Township since June 21, 2023 per Clermont County Resolution No. 090-23.  Clermont Cty Large WindSolar Restrictions

A discussion among all 3 trustees about the small wind and solar resolution that is in the works.  The attorneys have highlighted sections that need replaced or changed with the reasons noted.  They agreed to meet with J. Carney, attorney, to go through the document line by line so that it could become a final draft ready for approval.  The attorney was present at the meeting and they agreed upon a time and date within the week to meet at her office.

Public discussion was heard and the meeting was adjourned at 8:40pm.

The next regular meeting will be held on Nov. 14th at 7:00pm.


Road Work – Pitzer & Macedonia

Monday, 10/2/23, Pitzer Road will be closed to thru traffic from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, 10/3/23, Macedonia Road is tentatively planned to be repaved between St Rt 133 and Bethel Concord Road, weather permitting.

Moore Road Closure Notice

The Clermont County Engineer’s Office will close Moore Road to through traffic on Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM between the addresses 2393 and 2597 Moore Road.

The closure is needed so that Duke Energy can relocate some utility poles for the upcoming bridge replacement project. Detour signs will be posted. The detour map and notice of closure are attached here: MooreRdClosure2023

Tiger Pride Night Returns For Bethel-Tate Homecoming

Thursday, 9/21/23 – A cherished tradition returns!🎪 Carnival games,🔥 Blazing Bonfire, and  Groovy Tunes. 🎶  Calling all families, community members and alumni…Rally behind Bethel-Tate High School for Tiger Pride Night on Thursday, 9/21/23 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the high school.  This FREE event is sponsored by Student Council. Expect a night filled with school spirit, community love, and a whole lot of fun!

Friday, 9/22/23 – BT Homecoming Parade begins at 5:30pm from the BT Middle School down Plane Street to the Bethel-Tate High School.  The homecoming football game kicks off at 7:00pm with the Tigers taking on East Clinton.

Saturday, 9/23/23 – Bethel-Tate Homecoming Dance 8:00-11:00pm for students only.

September 2023 Trustee Meeting Update

Summary of the regular meeting of the Tate Township trustees held September 12, 2023.

These are not the approved minutes of the meeting.  They are unofficial notes. Trustees Gary Reed, Bob Redden, and John Wilson were present for the meeting. 

The official meeting minutes from August 8, 2023 were approved.

After a few resolutions to approve for meeting minutes, bills, and payroll, Gary Reed reminded the residents in attendance about resolution  6132-20 that the trustees unanimously approved on 6/13/23. Public Participation At Township Business Meeting

The August department reports:

  • Cemetery Report: There were 10 burials, 10 foundations ordered amd 11 graves sold (6 in township/5 out of township sales). They poured 14 footers with 6 more to be poured soon.  They finished grading section 23.  This section has turned out to look really good with plenty of grade now that the work has been completed.  The new Gator has arrived and they are using the old Gator for the cemetery concrete work vehicle.
  • Road Report: Ed was able to get 100 tons of blacktop grindings delivered and donated from Brown County Construction from a job.  Ed also got 120 tons of clean limestone donated to be used for the township road birming projects. The maintenance crew has been Duropatching the township roads.  They had to take down 3 trees and the BTFD used the ladder truck to assist them with one.
  • Deputy Report:  Deputy Pike handled 79 calls, took 19 reports, made 4 criminal arrests, conducted 42 investigations, closed 22 reports, and assisted other departments 21 times.  He participated in August in Burke Park for the National Night Out for youths.
  • BTFD Report: BTFD Sep 2023 Update Total calls for August were 163.  There were 43 fire calls, with 5 structure fires.  The crews did an excellent job. Total fire loss was $7,100.00 and total saved was $258,000.00. No new hydrants have been installed last month by Tate Monroe Water. The Duke Bethel/Batavia gas pipeline is on schedule to be wrapped up in October. The levy for the BT fire department are almost finished.  The goal is to have them mailed to all residents by October 1st.  Levy signs will be out in October as well. Action was taken on a resignation, 2 hires, and a fire cadet.  This puts the cadet number up to 10 which is just were we want to be. With the several structure fires lately in Tate Township, the Chief complimented the department with “very good fire knockdowns on all occasions minimizing the fire loss on all 3 structures.”
  • Zoning Report: Rob reported both July and August activities. There were 9 permits that included 1 home occupancy, 1 pole barn/garage, 2 room additions, 1 inground pool, 2 garages, 2 single family dwellings, and 1 variance. Rob suggested that the complaints he receives should be reported on a form for clarity, paper trail, and his organization.  He has a draft that he will finalize and post to the website. This process should help the residents.
  • The trustees asked Alex from Choice One to come to the meetingto answer questions about the draft of the Alternate Energy: Solar resolution.  The trustees brought up a few minor changes they would like to see done. Alex said that he could complete the changes by the end of week so the the trustees could get legal counsel to review it.
  • After public participation, the meeting was adjourned at 8:46pm.
  • The next meeting will be October 10, 2023 at 7:00pm.

August Bethel Library Kids Songwriting Event

The Bethel Library has a few seats remaining on Saturday, 8/26/23 from 12:00 to 1:00pm for the kids Songwriting and Recording With Skool Aid event.  Kids will learn how to play a variety of instruments as they create a song momento to keep.  Registration is required at this link:


August 2023 Trustee Meeting Update

Summary of the regular meeting of the Tate Township trustees held August 8, 2023.

These are not the approved minutes of the meeting.  They are unofficial notes meant to inform the reidents until the official minutes are posted. Trustees Gary Reed, Bob Redden, and John Wilson and Fiscal Officer Kathy Brannock were present for the meeting.  The official meeting minutes from 7/11/2023, 7/19/2023, and 8/3/2023 were approved:  Jul 11 2023 Trustee Mtg. Jul 19 2023 Special Mtg. Aug 3 2023 Special Mtg

The trustees began the meeting by hearing the July department reports:

  • Bethel-Tate Fire Department- BTFD Aug 8 2023 Update  They made a total of 168 calls, 46 fire calls of which 11 were in Village, 30 in the Township, and 5 mutual aid to other departments. They saved $75,000 in property damage and there was 1 civilian injury. EMS had 122 calls (76 township, 40 village, and 6 mutual aid calls).  Tate Monroe installed 4 hydrants, bringing the total to 53 hydrants that were acquired through grant monies.  There are 6 remaining hydrants to be installed.  The department has to backflush the dry hydrants which should happen within the next 2 weeks. The 2 ambulances that received recall notices are now fixed and back in service. The ’21 ambulance is at Kerry Ford/ Tri County to address a transmission issue that is under warranty. They are waiting on the answer for the FEMA grant they put in for $193,000 to cover new 2-way radios that will replace obsolete radios before 2025. The department is busy at this time of year making school inspections and along with mass casualty training for new administrators and employees. They have applied for the OHIO VAC grant for $50,000 to be used for equipment only used by volunteers in the department. This is a 5 to 1 grant which means for every $5 of grant money Tate will contribute $1.  The Chief has a Zoom meeting with Duke on 8/29/23 to hear about the Bethel-Batavia pipeline progress. The department is working on language for fire protection to be included in the zoning regulations.
  • Cemetery – There were 7 burials, 7 foundations ordered, 1 grave sold, and they poured 16 foundations. They currently have 14 more to pour before Labor Day.
  • Roads – The crews have been trimming trees, around signs on township roads.  They installed 2 separate culverts on Saltair Maple Road and 1 on Macedonia Road.  They are waiting on the State to replace another before they begin paving.  Brown County donated 150 tons of road grindings for our use.  All of the maintenance department concluded a required webinar on 2-lane safety training.
  • Zoning – Not present
  • Officer Pike – Nothing to present right now.
  • Resident question about the BTFD levy that will be on the ballot in November 2023. What is it needed for? Trustees responded that the resolution was approved at the July 11, 2023 meeting for a 2.5 mil levy for Fire and Medical emergency services  Chief Stowell addressed the need.  We haven’t had a department levy since 2014.  Our department costs (i.e fuel and medical equipment) have gone up a lot just like everything else.  We maintain an ISO rating of 3.  This rating can mean lower home insurance costs to our residents. We provide the best life-saving service with quick response times.  You know from my reports that we make excellent use of grant money in this department.  We would not ask for additional tax money if we did not truly need it. The Issue will go on the ballot this November for 2.5 mil which will cost homeowners $88 a year for a $100,000 valuation beginning in 2024.  An informational mailer will go out to residents sometime in September.
  • Several residents commented on their concerns and ideas for the Solar and Wind Zoning regulations that are currently being drafted.  The trustees are now working on the zoning draft with all the input they have received.
  • Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 9/12/2023 at 7:00pm.