Wednesday, March 03, 1999

Deerfield Township hopes map sharpens identity




BY KEVIN ALDRIDGE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Leaders are putting this Warren County township on the map — literally.

        For the first time in its 195-year history, township officials are producing highly detailed maps of Deerfield Township.

        About 5,000 copies are ready for distribution, Assistant Township Administrator Doug Larrick said.

        “We are very excited about the maps,” Trustee Larry Backus said. “They should be a step above those provided to us by the Warren County engineer, which lacked in detail what the township would have liked.”

        Mr. Backus said the township's maps will more accurately depict the boundaries between Mason and Deerfield Township — a topic of some confusion among residents and nonresidents.

        The cost of the maps to the township was less than $150, Mr. Larrick said. The rest of the expense was paid through advertisements from 63 township businesses that will be listed on the maps.

        Mr. Larrick said each business will receive 10 complimentary maps, and the rest will be made available to township residents.

        The maps are the latest project being overseen by trustees in a continuing effort to strengthen the identity of Warren County's most populous township. Trustees Chairman Tom Raga said fostering a sense of identity is vital for a community where change is almost a constant.

        “We are taking steps to claim our identity, not establish one, because it does exist,” Mr. Raga said.

        Some of Deerfield Township's identity-building strategies this year range from touting township services on its Web site and in its quarterly community newsletter, Deerfield Digest, as well as campaigning for a new ZIP code.

        Two of the larger projects in recent months include establishing a water and sewer network in the township's northwest quadrant and planning a Town Center.

        Last month, Trustee Bill Morand said the township hoped to deliver water and sewer to portions of its northwest quadrant by May 1. The ability to deliver utilities to residents is intended to be a valuable tool for Deerfield Township in its efforts to stave off annexation attempts by neighboring Mason.

        Design plans for the Town Center, to be on 90 acres along U.S. 22 and Ohio 3 (Montgomery Road), were ap proved by trustees last month. Trustees say the Town Center will serve as something of a downtown for the township.

        Barbara Wilkens Reed, chairwoman of Deerfield Township's strategic planning committee, said the plan suggests a mix of commercial, residential and public use for the property.

        “We envision an unincorporated township that resembles a city in terms of the types of services we can provide to our residents,” Mr. Backus said.

       



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