Tuesday, January 02, 2001

Green Twp. gets trustee today

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Paul Ratterman, a lawyer who has lived in the township for most of his life, will be sworn in as township trustee today.

        Mr. Ratterman will replace Bill Seitz, who was elected state representative for the 34th House District in November.

        Mr. Ratterman was recommended by a committee and was chosen from among more than a dozen applicants.

        He will join Trustees Tony Upton and J. Dale Proffitt, who have said they will accept the recommendation at a special trustees meeting at 6 p.m. today.

        “He's been involved with local groups, and he's paid his dues,” Mr. Upton said. “He exemplifies good judgment.”

        Mr. Ratterman, 38, lives in the Monfort Heights area. He has until recently served on the township's land-use committee. He also was involved in the campaign to pass the road levy in 1995.

        “He's been very active on the township level,” Mr. Proffitt said. “I think Paul will do a great job.”

        Mr. Ratterman has already committed to running for election in November. Both he and Mr. Proffitt will be standing for election. “Dale and I have already opened up some discussions about doing a joint campaign,” Mr. Ratterman said. “That is the game plan.”

        Both say it is paramount to mount a successful campaign for a police and road levy.

        “He and I share the same philosophy as fiscal conservatives,” Mr. Proffitt said. “The main responsibility of township trustee is to provide for police, fire and roads. Anything above that is all well and good, but the main things are police, fire and roads. Paul is on the same page as me.”

        Mr. Ratterman said development and the township's parks are other issues the trustees must keep an eye on.

        He said a chance to serve the township more directly led him to apply for the open trustee position.

        “I've always been interested in public service,” Mr. Ratterman said. “I've been fairly active over the last eight to 10 years.”


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