Sigler seeks re-election
CENTREVILLE — For the past six years, George “Smokey” Sigler has been a member of the Centreville Town Council. He is seeking re-election to the three-member board.
As a councilman, Sigler said he has fought for Centreville residents in lowering their county tax bill during tax differential talks with the county. Though the town has not received the
full 17.2 cents the town feels it is due, the amount residents have received has increased each year, he said.
In fiscal 2017, Centreville received $429,888 in tax differential money for duplicative ser vices with the county “that went directly back to the citizens.”
“Before I came on the council there was no tax rebate,” Sigler said. “Now there’s an actual line on the county tax bill ... that shows what the rebate is.”
Sigler said work at the one-megawatt solar array at the town’s spray irrigation field on Hope Road has been a major accomplishment in his eyes. Used to spray the town’s treated effluent on the farm to “put the bare minimum back into the Bay,” Sigler said the eight million gallon holding lagoon needs to be continually looked at as the town infrastructure and commercial structure grows.
With the help of former county Commissioner Paul Gunther, Sigler said the council began looking at new farming practices and treating the property as an actual farm. Sigler said he pushed to have the solar array placed there because a lot of energy is needed to pump the effluent from the sewer plant to the property, into the lagoon and eventually over the field.
Throughout the 20-year lifecycle of the array, Sigler said the town will save about $300,000 in electrical costs. “That’s hard dollars that the residents are saving because I pushed to have this solar array in,” he said.
If re-elected, Sigler said, work will be continued at the spray irrigation field. By doing “right things right,” he said, planting renewable resources, such as cedar and pine trees that reproduce over years, around the farm’s buffer is important, as well as what is planted.
With water going to the property, the land is worth more to farmers commissioned to work there. “If you have a readily accessible source of water, then you’re still going to maintain that $400 an acre cost” when a dry spell comes, he said.
Looking 10 years down the line, Sigler said the town should begin positioning itself to acquire another farm, which he said he has been in negotiations for.
To help Centreville continue moving forward, Sigler said, the town has focused on infrastructure repairs and has begun creating an environment that attracts investments and companies. A new extended care facility will be built on Comet Drive and continued talks with businesses looking to set up shop in town have been priorities, he said.
Continuity is key to continue that work, he said.
Sigler has served on the county’s economic development board since first coming to office and said he continually makes plugs to attract new businesses. The Centreville Economic Development Authority, made up of business professionals, is one entity Sigler is proud to have helped form.
Sigler sees the corridor going out past the high school as the next growth pattern and said the town needs to be prepared for that expansion through smart growth planning.
“Maximizing our return on investments for the properties we have now and ensure that whatever new development comes to Centreville is done the right way,” he said.
With the mantra, “endeavor to persevere,” Sigler said continuing a course of action in the face of difficulty is something he has accomplished during his time serving and hopes to continue doing if re-elected.
O’Shuck’s Irish Pub owners Mike and Jennifer Brown are hosting a meet and greet with Sigler from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Musician Harry Traynham will perform from 2 to 3 p.m.
GEORGE “SMOKEY” SIGLER