At Monday’s meeting of the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (MTGCD), the board of directors officially congratulated Director Ed Dittfurth on his re-election to the board.

Dittfurth was first appointed to the board in May 2007 to complete the vacated term of Boyd Waggoner. Dittfurth defeated challenger James Gray during the May 10 election when he garnered 64.12 percent of the votes. Dittfurth will now serve a full four-year term with the MTGCD.

Meanwhile, the board elected officers for the upcoming year. Comanche County’s Rodney Stephens will continue to serve as the board’s chairman. Stephens was one of two Comanche directors whose seat was up for re-election on May 10. An election was not held in Comanche County due to lack of opposition. Stephens will serve the board for another four years. Stephenville’s Ed Dittfurth was elected vice chairman, a position previously held by Comanche County’s George Bingham.

Finally, Fred Parker of Stephenville will continue in his role as the board’s secretary. Parker’s current term on the board expires in May 2010.

In other business, the real estate committee held a lengthy discussion on the relocation of MTGCD offices. Although there were no new options in potential properties, the search was narrowed as the directors decided to forgo the evaluation of existing buildings in favor of land to construct new facilities. In the new search, the board hopes to find a tract of land with adequate space for housing the district’s offices as well as sufficient meeting and storage facilities. In addition, a decision was made to focus on properties with city services although a decision was not made as to which city the offices should be located.