Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Floods get top priority in Deerfield

Administrator to stay on

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Former Administrator Hazel Dotson, who plans to retire in October, has been named director of storm water drainage management.

        Mrs. Dotson, who also continues to work with new Administrator Greg Horwedel, will keep her $62,400-a-year salary. Mrs. Dotson, who has worked for the township for 17 years — about half as its top administrator — will oversee the newly created Storm Water Drainage Task Force, which was formed after the July 17 storms caused severe flooding in the township.

        “We wanted to make sure we addressed this problem immediately,” said Trustee President Larry Backus. “The board wanted to identify one individual who could zero in on the project and come to important conclusions as soon as possible.”

        The new storm water director's position is temporary, and will no longer exist when Mrs. Dotson retires.

        “The trustees just asked me to head this up and pull this task force together,” Mrs. Dotson said. “We've already had two meetings, and hopefully in the next week we're going to start involving the residents now in our meetings. ... We've got a lot of complaints out there and a lot of concerns that we need to address.”

        Township zoning inspector Joel Smiddy has been named public works project coordinator. Mr. Smiddy, who will make $32,000 a year, will manage water, sewer and construction projects and other maintenance programs under the public works director.

        Mr. Smiddy also will be a liaison between the township and other government agencies; supervise and coordinate infrastructure development and improvements; and manage sidewalk, road and curb inspections as well as road striping.


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