Summary of the July meeting of the Tate Township Trustees that was held 07/10/18:
- The trustees voted to accept the 2019 budget.
- Mrs. Marx addressed the trustees about the cemetery rules regarding the decorating of graves. The concern is that there are people who want to have flowers on their loved ones’ graves but there are many monuments and markers that do not have vases or room on the stone for flowers to be placed. The trustees understand the concern and appreciate the information. Ed Stanley suggested they call and make an appointment to discuss options that might be available. If decorations are within the rules of the cemetery, they will not be taken off.
- Mr. Painter, the county commissioner, was present to address the trustees about the possible additional 1% hotel tax which would be spent on buying down the debt of the FC Soccer team’s professional sports complex in Clermont County. He assured the trustees that he would keep an open conversation going as soon as he knows more. He is worried that false rumors will start circulating and the county residents will not get all the right information to make a voting decision.
- Mr. Harvey asked Mr. Painter about the additional $5 license fee that was recently added. Mr. Painter said that the funds are earmarked specifically for road repair in all of Clermont County.
- A representative of an energy consultant firm addressed the trustees about putting the aggregation back on the ballot. The trustees said they are not interested in running it again because the residents voiced their opinion by voting it down in November 2017. They respect that decision.
- Officer Pike reported that he is getting complaints about cars parking on township roads that are already narrow. No Parking signs seem to have disappeared over the years. Chief Stowell said they could use Fire Lane signs to be sure the roads stay clear to through traffic and emergency vehicles. Mr. Stanley will check into it and mentioned they would probably cost about $50 each. Pike said he had to ask a group of people to leave the cemetery because they were playing a video “catch” game and walking all over the graves. No law was broken, however it was disrespectful. Officer Pike asked about his renewal contract. The trustees said they can only keep his services if the voters pass a officer levy in November. They voted to accept the contract with a possible cancellation if the levy fails.
- Zoning- George Eckert had 5 permits for room additions in June. He reported on a number of ongoing property neglect and trash situations as well as illegal residencies. In the past, he has tried to work through a mediator to get the situations resolved but that it a slow process and doesn’t always work.. He is now using the county agencies that have more authority and hopes this will encourage residents to follow zoning regulations to avoid penalties.
- Fire & EMS- Chief Stowell reported 242 total runs in June, 42 were fire and 162 were EMS.The June total for fire loss was $45,700. As a part of the Statewide Mutual Aide, the BTFD water truck was used in Portsmouth to help keep the hospital running and cooled while they had no water at all in their water mains. The 2 trucks that aided were pumping 83,000 gallons a day. He noted that, in an emergency here, we had Felicity’s water truck as a back up. Still waiting on final news for 3 grants that were applied for.
- Cemetery- Ed Stanley reported 4 funerals in June and 2 foundations ordered. They have been replacing driveway and road culverts as well as continuing work on Happy Hollow Rd. He needs to order winter road salt by July 13th and the program now requires each entity to buy at least 80% of what they pre-order. He asked the trustees to consider building a salt barn.
Summary of the June meeting of the Tate Township Trustees that was held 06/12/18:
- Some residents were in attendance to ask questions about the ditching and resurfacing of Happy Hollow Road. They would like it wider while the work is being done. Trustee Burns explained that the width of the road and the ditch area is limited by what was originally determined in the early days of the township. The township only has control of the easement and the road.
- Officer Pike made 55 calls in the month of May, gave 16 warnings, had 2 criminal arrests, and 26 investigations.
- The Assistant Chief gave the May Fire and EMS report- They had 147 EMS runs and 75 fire runs. The 2008 ambulance is now back in service. They have been awarded the grant for the BTFD parking lot and have been granted 2 additional radios valued at $7000 which are in Columbus getting programmed.
- In cemetery news, Ed Stanley reported there were 8 funerals in May and 8 new foundation orders. They poured 27 foundations and sold 3 graves to in-township residents.
- In road news, there are now 2 roads with metal plates on them waiting for the maintenance crew to be able to have good weather and the time to repair them.
- The Trustees passed a resolution to get millage information in order to put a levy for deputy protection on the ballot in November.
- Trustee Daugherty made a proclamation that Tate be a purple heart township. He asked that the township purchase and place 4 signs at the main entrances to the township.
Summary of the May meeting of the Tate Township Trustees that was held 05/08/18:
- Comments and questions for the trustees: Residents were in attendance to thank the trustees for continuing to offer the clean-up days. A member of the village council asked the trustees to consider forming a transparency board composed of officials from the township, village, and schools to bring ideas together.
- Deputy Pike – Thank you to the trustees for getting curbside recycling for the residents. Cameras are going to be installed at the recycle bins up at the grocery parking lot to help prevent the unwanted items being dumped there. The trustees thanked Pike for getting the extra help for clean-up days. Pike said that checking IDs to be sure they are residents helped too. They did turn about 20 non-residents away. During the month of April, he had 67 calls, 21 reports, 4 traffic stops, 28 investigations and recovered $500 of stolen property.
- Zoning – George Eckert reported there were permits for 2 room additions, 2 porches, 2 garages, 1 in-ground pool and 1 deck issued last month. He has been working with several homes to get them to clean up yards and get rid of non-licensed vehicles.
- Roads – Ed Stanley reported that Happy Hollow Road will be paved once they finish the culverts and prep work by Brown County Asphalt. The old road signs that were replaced weighed over 2000 pounds and brought in $830 from recycling them. The heavy and continuous rains we are having is undermining the old culvert pipes quicker than the road crews are able to get to them to be replaced. They are having to put steel plates over some pipes that gravel doesn’t fix.
- Cemetery – They are waiting on the weather to put in foundations for 24 markers and stones. The mowers have cut every Monday 3 times now and they are doing great. Last month there were 10 funerals, 2 foundation orders, and 2 graves sold to residents.
- Fire Department & EMS – Rick Stowell reported there were 159 total calls of which 39 were fire and 120 were EMS. They had 1 fatal fire and 1 firefighter injury. The 2008 ambulance is in the alignment shop. He has located a security system with 6 cameras to be used at the fire ststion. The BTMS will be conducting a mock disaster at the Bethel Woods complex which is similar to a fire drill for the residents. The Ladies Auxiliairy brought in $2900 from the quarter auction
Summary of the April meeting of the Tate Township Trustees that was held 04/10/18.
- Comments and questions for the trustees: Neighbors are complaining about trailers on Donald road that have been there awhile. The trustees acknowledged their issue and assured them that Zoning has been working on it for 2 years. George Eckert explained the steps and mediation he has been through with this property. This is a process that has to go through the court system which also takes a lot of time.
- Tom Bixler came to the meeting to explain who he is and why he is running for county commissioner in May.
- Deputy Pike said he has a work task force lined up to help with the Tate Township clean-up this Friday and Saturday. He will be checking IDs to be sure they are in the township.
- Chief Stowell reported the Bethel-Tate Fire Department & EMS responded to 166 emergencies in March, 38 fire & 128 ambulance runs. Average time to leave the station was 1 1/2 minutes and they averaged 5 1/2 minutes to be on the scene. The complete BTFD Mar 2018 Update is on the BTFD page. They are still waiting on word for breathing pads grant application but they have heard that the pumper tank grant has been denied. The ladder truck is in Columbus getting the cylinders fixed. The trustees approved a motion to purchase the extended warranty on the heart monitors that communicate when they are in route with/to the hospitals.
- Please go to the middle school on Thursday, April 19, 2018 to support the Ladies Auxiliary Quarter Auction. All the money is used to help purchase needed items for the fire department.
- Ed Stanley- reported 7 funerals in March and 3 foundation orders. Once it gets dry enough to get heavy equipment out, they will be able to form the foundations and place the 18 stones on graves. Meanwhile, the crew has been replacing road signs on the township roads with over 400 poles and signs so far. These were purchased through a State grant at no cost to the residents. We have received word that the Trisler Road culvert and pavement replacement grant has been awarded. Tate Township’s matching portion will be $24,000. The focus of the road repair work this summer will be on Happy Hollow Road. The trustees opened the 3 bids and will compare their specifics and announce who the job is awarded to soon. Once the road department is finished with the ditching and repairing, the paving company will repave Happy Hollow Road.
Summary of the March meeting of the Tate Township Trustees that was held 03/13/18.
- Zoning Report- The house on Donald Road is dismissed and it’s now in foreclosure. There is a new complaint on Sugartree Road that is being investigated.
- Sheriff Report- There were 52 calls in the month of February with 2 arrests. Nothing out of the ordinary was reported,
- Fire Department & EMS Report- There were 139 calls in February, 30 fire and 109 were EMS. The 2005 ambulance was sold for $7300 on the government auction site to a traveling doctor. The 2008 ambulance is getting repaired from the accident in Williamsburg at their insurance expense. The safety meeting at the BT high school went well with about 20 people in attendance and all questions answered about safety in a tornado, mass shootings, and other disaster situations. In new business, there is a concern about the number of people wasting precious response time by physically going to the BTFD building to report emergencies. In 2017 there wer 37 times when citizens reported emergencies at the fire department. The Chief has requested that a 911 box be installed outside the building.
- Cemetery Report- In February there were 7 funerals, 7 graves were sold (6 in township & 1 out of township), and 5 graves were bought back.
- Roads Report- The focus has been on fixing Happy Hollow Road which has fallen apart this past winter. There will need to be a lot of ditching work, 5 more road culverts replaced as well as 12 to 13 driveway pipes replaced before the road will be ready for a much-needed repaving.
- The Tate Township cleanup dates were discussed and the earliest possible dates were picked from weekends listed as available from Rumpke. April 13th & April 14th will be the cleanup dates from 7:00am to 5:00pm each day. The trustees will make sure that someone will be there to check IDs for proof of Tate residency. A bulletin will be posted in all businesses in Bethel.
Summary of the February meeting of the Tate Township Trustees that was held 2/10/2018.,
- A representative from Rumpke would still like to offer the unified pricing plan to the township residents, which was presented at the last meeting. The trustees would not need to take action because there is no contract. Regardless of the trustee’s decision, any resident that uses Rumpke now and is over age 65 can contact Rumpke to receive a $2 discount on their bill each month.
- Former trustee Frank Wilson was in attendance and wanted to say that all the employees of the township are doing a great job. Also in attendance, newly elected school board member Bill Shula expressed his sincere thanks to the BTFD, EMS, and Bethel Police for reacting so quickly when he had an emergency and calling the UC air care, which he credits for saving his life. We are lucky to have skilled and quick thinking employees that can handle life or death situations so well.
- Zoning- George Eckert had 4 new permits in January. He had no new news to report.
- Cemetery- Ed Stanley reported 10 funerals in January and 7 (in township) graves were sold.
- Roads- The road crews salted the township roads 6 times in January and used 88 tons of salt. All the signs and hardware have now been received. They now begin the long process of replacing all the township road signs.
- Fire dept & EMS- Rick Stowell reported 170 calls in January of which 37 were fire and 133 were EMS. There was only $750 of reported fire damage. The average time for anyone in the department to be out the door to a response is 1 minute and they are on the scene in 4.75 minutes. They have submitted 1 grant for a new parking lot around the BTFD. They have also submitted a grant request for new firefighter breathing equipment and pumper tanker. The new ambulance should be in service by Friday.
- Sheriff’s report- In January there was 1 breaking and entering, 2 burglaries, 1 criminal damage, 4 assaults, 3 domestic violence, and 7 reports of theft in Tate Township.
Summary of the January meeting of the Tate Township Trustees that was held 1/9/2018.
Rick, a representative of Rumpke, offered a recycle & trash removal plan to the trustees for Tate Township. This would add a recycle curbside pickup to all township residents outside the Village of Bethel and include 1 large pickup a month per house at no additional charge. There would be a $2 per month discount for senior citizens. Recycle bins or carts would be provided to each resident that uses Rumpke. If the residents would be interested in adding curbside recycling and the trustees give the okay, the monthly charge would be $19.25 and could be started within one month.
Officer Pike reported that the Next Door App is being used by some Tate residents. Anyone can go to NextDoor.com and sign up or get more information. The FOP (fraternal Order of Police) will be calling residents for their annual fundraising.
Road & Maintenance- Ed Stanley gave the year-end report for the maintenance department. He reported that all the hardware and posts have been delivered from the State grant and they are waiting on the signs. They will be stored in the Maintenance buildings until they are able to start the replacement process.
Cemetery News- The Trustees approved the rules for the new cremation area of the cemetery. The cost will be different because the plot sizes are smaller. Only flush mount headstones within the size of 12″ x 24″ will be permitted. No above ground height monuments will be allowed. Ed has received a bid for the 2018 year cemetery mowing.
Fire & EMS- Rick Stowell gave December and Year-end reports. They will be placing the 2005 ambulance online for auction in February. The new ambulance is here and waiting on latching to be installed before it is put into service probably in March. New: The fire department meets the requirements for a grant to replace the parking lot around the BTFD building. The trustees gave approval for them to apply for the grant. The department now has 11 out of 12 full timers certified in the ICE rescue training.
The December meeting of the Tate Township Trustees was held 12/11/17. Here is a summary of the meeting events. The approved minutes are posted to the Meeting minutes page.
Special Re-organizational meeting 5:00 pm: The trustees and department chairs met in executive session to discuss personnel. In the open meeting, the trustees accepted all resolutions for pay and zoning fee changes. An amendment was made to appoint John Wilson to the zoning appeals board. A motion was made to appoint Diane Eckert to close the cemetery gates at dusk & open and close them on weekends.
December Regular meeting 7:00 pm:
- A representative for the garbage collection/waste bids came to talk to the township. They have rejected all bids because of the terms and will ask for new bids with clarification and change the contract request to 3 or less. They expect bids back in February. The next step is to hear the bids from the other companies (Solid Waste & Republic) in February or March.
- Zoning- George Eckert reports there were 4 new home permits and 1 garage permit. The house on Brown Street went up for sheriffs auction on 12/17/17. On Donald Road, the camper in front of the mobile home is up for sale and they say the side yard camper is not being used to live in.. On Jones Florer Road, the garage burned and the owners are cleaning it up. He is working to get a yard cleaned up on Swings Corner Road. New news: A house on St Rt 133 that he has posted notes on the home and sent letters. The owner said they are trying to find a contractor and lawn care service to fix the issue.
- Cemetery & Roads- Ed Stanley reports there were 8 funerals in November, 10 graves sold with 4 to township residents and 6 to out of township residents. Stanley asked trustees to consider banning a dome vault int the Township cemetery. Reed said he needed more time before making a decision.
- The cemetery would like to have one area dedicated to cremation burials. The plots are sized smaller and flat stones would be required. They would sell for $200 each
- The 550 dump truck is working well. The crew needs a chain saw that will fit into the truck. The trustees approved the purchase of a Stihl saw with 2 extra chains and a bar cover.
- A laser transit is needed to do the ditch work and culverts to measure fall for water flow. The trustees approved the purchase of a new transit.
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.
The October meeting of the Tate Township Trustees was held 10/10/17. Here is the condensed version. The minutes, when they are approved, will be posted to the website after the November meeting.
- The Trustees would like to congratulate Bethel-Tate Tigers Football for their 7-0 record this season.
- Zoning report from George Eckert. He issued 3 permits in September. There are a couple of properties that he is working with the owners on to get torn down since the Trustees passed the resolutions to do so. They are moving forward and George will keep us updated on the progress.
- Officer Pike reported that the breaking and entering numbers are down since last month. In September, he responded to 73 calls, made 3 warrant arrests and recovered $450 in stolen property. He asked the trustees if they would like more information on Next Door, a website through the county that residents can use to report suspicious activities that they see and the sheriffs are able to respond and use that information. Currently, the Clermont County Sheriff’s department cannot interact with residents on other social media sites. If the Next Door website is something that Tate residents are interested in, he would have another deputy come to a meeting to explain the benefits of the program to Tate residents. Trustee Burns would like residents to contact any of the trustees to let them know if they are interested or not.
- The Cemetery and Road Maintenance report for September was given by Ed Stanley. They sold the F450 on gov.deals. He asked about the grant for Trisler Road and Trustee Reed said he does not expect that will happen because the road is in more than one county and the grant doesn’t allow for that. He has an agreement with the Bethel-Tate schools to sell them salt as needed when the Township crew is already at the Maintenance barn. If a Township employee has to make a special trip to get the salt loaded then there will be an additional fee to cover the employee’s salary. There was an inquiry about the lack of progress on tearing down the Spring Street house. Ed said that while the weather holds out, the maintenance crew is taking advantage of getting as much other work done as they can. They will resume work when the weather gets colder.
- In cemetery news, Ed reported there were 12 funerals. They sold 15 graves of which 11 were out of township residents. They poured 7 1/4 yards of concrete for the headstones and 10 footers for markers.
- The September report from the BT Fire Department was given by Rick Stowell. He reported 161 runs of which 38 were fire and 123 were EMS. Their average time in route to the call is 1 minute. The average time to be on the scene is 4 1/2 minutes. The Trustees motioned to accept Lindsey They are getting ready to sell the ambulance which still has a faulty air-ride.
- The Trustee passed a motion for a commitment letter with Park National Bank for up to $180,000 and a 5 year fixed interest (currently 3.058%). This is to be used for the life squad.
- The Trustees mentioned that the garbage contract is still in the works. The Aggregate meeting was last week. This is a good thing for the residents with no way for them to lose by voting FOR it on 11/7/17.
- The Trustees are looking for residents that are interested in serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Zoning Commission. If you are a resident of Tate Township an are interested, please contact one of the trustees.
SEPTEMBER 2017 Summary
The September Tate Township meeting was held 9/12/17. Here is an overview of what happened. The actual minutes are officially approved at the next (October) meeting.
- The Zoning report is that 12 permits were issued in the last 2 months (July & August). George said he has been busy issuing violation letters for unlicensed vehicles sitting around houses and also for unkempt yards.
- Officer Pike reported that he made 62 calls in August and 8 warrant arrests. He brought printed out stats sheets for the trustees and said that he will continue to do so.
- Chief Stowell reported that the 2005 ambulance is out of service. The problem is related to the air ride. They have the new ambulance on order. In August, when Duke Energy had a planned power outage, the Bethel-Tate Fire Department had a power surge that destroyed the outside AC unit. Duke has denied the claim Rick made for them to pay and now it will go to insurance coverage.
- The CC Sheriff’s department, the Bethel Police, US Grant Career Center, and Bethel-Tate Schools are all working together to plan an active shooter drill. The planning committee is meeting next week.
- There were 9 funerals held in the cemetery in August. The trustees asked if there was room to store the shepherd’s hooks a little longer in case there are still residents that want to pick them up. Ed said that they may need that barn to store the new signs that are already ordered but not here yet. If he has to make room for the signs, the hooks and other ornaments will be sent to be recycled.
- The Road and Maintenance department reports that they sold the F-650 in an online auction and the F-450, which is a 2001 needs to be sold because the pump for the salt spreader is worn out and no longer reliable. It will be put up for auction on the same site. They had the new F-550 get an undercoat to help protect it against the salt and make it last longer.
- The Bethel-Tate School District has asked to get their salt from the Township this winter. Ed will contact John Burns from the district to work out a plan.
- The trustees passed resolutions to have 2 houses condemned so that they can be torn down by the township. This is all part of the procedure with the County to be able to take them down.
JULY 2017 Summary
The Tate Township Trustee meeting was held 7/11/17. Here is an overview of what happened. The actual minutes are officially approved at the next (August) meeting.
- The next township meeting will be August 8th, 2017.
- A representative from Josh Mandel’s Ohio Auditor office was present to commend Kathy Brannock (Clerk/Fiscal Officer) and Trustees for partnering with the State and offer transparency to the public. Tate Township’s fiscal records are accessible on the Ohio State Checkbook website.
- With a 8/9/17 deadline to go on the ballot, the trustees decided to let the voters choose whether to allow them to form an aggregate in the effort to give township residents the option to lower energy costs. This will be on the November ballot. All residents will receive several mailings with details, information, and round table discussion dates. Expect your 1st mailing in early August.
- Tate Township is forming a cooperative agreement with Franklin Township to upgrade and pave Trisler Road with a OPWC grant application. They should know by November if the grant is approved. This would cut Tate’s costs from 29% to 6.1% of the total job cost, a savings of about $94,000.
- A waste franchise is forming with several area townships and some villages to reduce waste collection costs, add curb-side recycling, and offer additional services, if needed, for residents with handicaps. No costs or actual contracts were discussed.
- Sheriff Pike reported there has been an increase in breaking and entering in southern Clermont County since the beginning of the year. He would like the residents to know that the sheriffs are working to find, arrest, and convict the offenders. Since January, the sheriff’s department had enough evidence to get 4 search warrants issued. So far, 16 people have been arrested in connection with the break-ins in the area. If you have information that would help in their investigations, please call the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.
- Chief Stowell reported 35 fire calls and 116 EMS calls in June. The trustees accepted 3 resignations and 1 part-time hire. The department has been servicing the fire hydrants and cutting back weeds around them.
- Cemetery news, Ed Stanley reports 10 funerals and 14 grave plots sold in June. There is a new owner on Swope Road that is now cutting the old cemetery located back on his property. It was deeded to the township in 1850. The trustees agreed to compensate the owner for one cutting every 2 weeks, if needed. The trustees gave an end date of 10/01/17 for residents to pick up shepherd hooks that have been removed from Tate Cemetery.
- Road & Maintenance news, the County road crews will be replacing culvert pipes soon on Ohio Rd, Grant Rd, and the township will have a dump truck there to collect the old black top to use for new roads in the cemetery. The State is replacing a culvert on St Rt 133 near Vic-Joy Rd. The International truck that was purchased from the Village is working out good. The old F650 will be sold online with a minimum bid of $28,000. Search for govdeals.com.