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.