Tate Township, Ohio

Bethel-Tate Fire Department July 2020 Update

The July 2020 BTFD update is posted on the website and can be downloaded directly BTFD July 2020 Update.  To see all the BTFD updates from 2020 and past years go to this page.

USDA Declares August Tree Check Month

Urges Public to Look For Invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle and Not Move Firewood

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2020 —August is the peak time of year to spot the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) as adults emerge from trees. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is declaring August as ‘Tree Check Month.’ Checking trees for the beetle and the damage it causes is one way residents can protect their own trees and help USDA’s efforts to eliminate this beetle from the United States.

“Just this past June, we confirmed a new infestation in South Carolina after a homeowner reported that they found a dead Asian longhorned beetle on their property,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ National Operations Manager for the ALB Eradication Program. “We need the public’s help to find new areas where the beetle has spread, because finding it sooner means less trees will become infested.”

ALB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that attacks 12 types of hardwood trees in North America, such as maples, elms, horsechestnuts, birches and willows. In its larval stage, the insect feeds inside tree trunks and branches during the colder months. The beetle creates tunnels as it feeds, then it chews its way out as an adult in the warmer months. Infested trees do not recover and eventually die. Infested trees can become safety hazards since branches can drop and trees can fall over, especially during storms.

The beetle has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize:

  • Black and white antennae that are longer than the insect’s body.
  • A shiny black body with white spots that is about 1” to 1 ½” long.
  • Six legs and feet that can appear bluish-colored.

Signs that a tree might be infested include:

  • Round exit holes in tree trunks and branches about the size of a dime or smaller.
  • Shallow oval or round scars in the bark where the adult beetle chewed an egg site.
  • Sawdust-like material called frass, laying on the ground around the tree or in the branches.
  • Dead branches or limbs falling from an otherwise healthy-looking tree.

ALB is not harmful to people or pets. If possible, residents should take pictures and capture suspicious insects in a durable container and freeze them, which helps preserve the insect for identification. Residents can report the insect or tree damage by calling the ALB hotline at 1-866-702-9938 or reporting online at www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com.

“As people use firewood this summer, we are also asking them to buy heat-treated and certified wood rather than move untreated firewood long distances, which can potentially spread ALB,” warned Ryan. “You can also responsibly gather firewood where you will burn it or buy it in the area where you will use it.”

Firewood cannot move out of areas that are quarantined for ALB without a permit. It is important that people follow state and federal laws, which restrict the movement of woody material, to keep the tree-killing pest from spreading outside of known infested areas.

It is possible to eradicate the pest. Most recently, USDA and its partners declared Brooklyn and Queens in New York free of ALB. The insect has also been eradicated from areas in Illinois, New Jersey, Boston, Massachusetts, other portions of New York, and portions of Ohio.

For more information about the Asian longhorned beetle, other ways to keep it from spreading and eradication program activities, visit www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com. For local inquiries or to speak to your State Plant Health Director, call 1-866-702-9938.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Please join APHIS to help protect the world’s crops, forests, gardens, and landscapes against invasive pests. Learn more by visiting www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/2020.

July 2020 Meeting Highlights

Summary of the July 2020 meeting of the Tate Township Trustees:

The Tate Township Trustees’ regular meeting was held on July 14, 2020, with all trustees present.

  • Cemetery reported 3 burials in June, 7 foundations ordered, and 1 out-of-township grave sold.
  • Roads- The road crew has made good use out of the new Durapatcher machine.  The township roads are getting potholes filled and cracks sealed which will help extend the time between pavings.  Residents have been expressing their appreciation.  They have cleared all the trees for the future retaining wall going in between the cemetery and the maintenance yard. 6 private culverts were installed.  The Tate Township clean-up was held June 12 & 13, 2020 with residents dropping off 492 loads of junk. The clean-up report can be found here: Tate Township CleanUp 2020
  • BTFD-They received the relief money from HB481 for COVID-19 expenses.  They will purchase special CPR devices that help first responders avoid contact with patients. One will be placed in each ambulance. They are planning to purchase a UV light device that can disinfect buildings.  There is a new leak in one of the roofs, the trustees approved the repair. There was an arson fire on S. Union St. in June. The June 2020 BTFD report can be accessed here: BTFD June 2020 Update
  • Zoning- There were 5 permits issued.  The business signage has been moved at Sugartree & Rt 125 so it is out of the right-of-way. The trustees agreed to start the process to file Nuisance paperwork on residents that have been repeatedly asked to clean up their yards, served with grievance notices, and are still refusing to follow the Zoning rules.
  • Deputy Pike reported that all Clermont County deputies have been given more extensive training to be able to respond to mass gatherings and protests in the event they would get out of hand. The direct phone number to reach Deputy Eric Pike is 513-734-7088.  This will ring his cell phone when he is on duty and will go to voice mail (leave a message) when he is busy or off-duty. He asks that you only call him for non-emergencies.
  • Next meeting is August 11, 2020, at 7:00pm.

May 2020 Meeting Minutes

The official minutes from May 12, 2020, were approved at the June meeting and are located on the  Meeting Minutes Page. Recent aerial photos of Tate Township are now posted on the Meeting Minutes page.

Download minutes HERE – May12 2020 mtg

ALB Update June 2020

The Asian Longhorned Beetle newsletter from USDA for June 30, 2020 can be found HERE

Bethel-Tate High School Administrators Hired

Bethel-Tate Local Schools welcomes two new hires to the high school for the 2020/2021 school year.

The Assistant Principal is Tom Haas. Mr. Haas has been at Norwood High School for the last seven years teaching mathematics and engineering.

The Athletic Director is Dan Simmons.  Mr. Simmons served as Athletic Director for part of his 26-year tenure in the West Clermont District.

Read the BT press release for more information: New BTHS Administrators.



Bethel-Tate Basketball Coach Approved

The Bethel-Tate School Board approved the hire of a new basketball coach.  Chris DeLotell previously coached for the Forest Hills district and is excited about his new position at Bethel-Tate High School.

The Enquirer wrote an article on the boys basketball program.  Follow this link to read it.

Special Meeting Notes

The Tate Township trustees held a special meeting on June 26, 2020.  The item of business was HB481.  All trustees were present and unanimously accepted a resolution to accept HB481.  This will allow Tate Township to receive funds from the State for extra expenses that are related to COVID-19. No other actions were taken.

Need Help? Call 2-1-1 For Services

In Thursday’s (6/25/20) news briefing, Ohio Governor DeWine says it is important for all Ohioans to keep social distancing and wear masks in public areas, if possible.  There has been a steady increase in COVID-19 numbers within the last 10 days in Southwest Ohio. This is suggested in an effort to keep the cases of COVID-19 at a minimum.  If you have to be in a public area, please use precautions to protect yourself and others.

Governor DeWine wants everyone to know that If you need community services and do not know where to turn, you can call 2-1-1 to speak to a trained professional who can connect you to essential community services. This is NOT a crisis hotline and is available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.  You can also get information from their website UWGC211


Legal Notice – Special Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a special meeting of the Tate Township Trustees will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00 am, meeting at the site of the Bethel-Tate Fire Department   149 North East St. Bethel, Ohio. The topic to be discussed is Ohio HB 481