Thursday, January 06, 2000

Deerfield board votes Morand as president

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Trustee William Morand will assume the township's top spot for the second time in four years.

        Trustees voted Mr. Morand, 43, president of the three-member board on Tuesday. The move was part of the township's annual reorganization. He was unopposed.

        Mr. Morand will preside over trustee meetings and perform ceremonial duties for Warren County's largest township. He does not have veto power; all three trustees have equal votes.


        “The trustees run the township as a team, so being named president's not going to go to my head,” Mr. Morand said. Trustee Larry Backus was named vice president. The third trustee is Tom Raga, former president.

        Mr. Morand will serve a one-year term as president during a period of unprecedented residential and business growth in the township. He previously served as trusteepresident in 1997.

        The 16-year township resident is in his second term as a trustee. Mr. Morand ran unopposed for the $10,000-a-year job last November and was re-elected to another four years.

        A self-employed certified public accountant, Mr. Morand was first elected in 1995 by ousting then-Trustee Joe Mettey.

        Two years later, he tried to unseat veteran Commissioner C. Michael Kilburn in a Republican primary for Warren County Commission, but lost by more than 2,200 votes.

        Mr. Morand has helped the unincorporated township obtain local zoning laws, commercial development, parks and water and sewer service. Last year, he supported an unsuccess ful attempt to get the township its own ZIP code and post office.

        He has advocated giving townships more governing powers, and is a founding member and chairman of the Southwest Ohio Township Association. Limiting annexation by nearby cities remains one of his political goals.

        “I would like to see (trustees) continue to build our community by developing our parks system and planning for road and infrastructure improvements,” Mr. Morand said.

        He added that dealing with storm-water problems, refining the township's zoning code, encouraging resident involvement in government and improving communications and relations with neighboring governments also are priorities this year.


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