Morgan offers citizens change
CENTREVILLE — After spending 25 years serving in the Annapolis Fire Department, Jeff Morgan and his family moved from the western shore to Centreville in 2008 after his home was built in the North Brook community.
Seven years later, Morgan is running for the open seat on the Centreville Town Council.
Dissatisfied with how the town has spent citizens’ money and looking to give residents another option, Morgan, who retired as a battalion chief, will face incumbent George “Smokey” Sigler in the April 3 election.
“I’m not happy with the way things are being run right now,” Morgan said.
After three elections
where candidates ran unopposed, Morgan said he felt it was time to give people a choice.
One council decision Morgan took issue with was the purchase of a building on North Liberty Street that the town will eventually convert to parking associated with the construction of the new County Circuit Courthouse. The town spent $880,000 on the property, but Morgan said the appraised value was significantly less and he was upset how the town overspent.
“Money is just not being spent property or wisely,” he said.
As a homeowner or an individual, Morgan said people can’t just turn around and say, “I’m going to raise my salary and do whatever I want to make more money.” Though raising taxes can be justified sometimes, Morgan said it is not when the money is used inappropriately. He said it “puts a bad taste in people’s mouths and I don’t think they’re very happy with that.”
Though Morgan has never
run for political office before, he said his experience aiding in the creation of the Annapolis Fire Department budget, coordination between various governmental agencies, the public and the private sector as well as his current position as president of the North Brook Home Owners Association has given him managerial experience needed to be successful.
“I’m pretty much straight forward,” he said. “...I’m not going to give you the answer you want. I’m going to give
you the correct answer.”
Another area of concern Morgan has is the timeliness of infrastructure projects throughout town. He said one reason people move to the town is for the water and sewer. He said the council needs to look at “making sure infrastructure is taken care of” and that it’s updated.
When the town purchases properties within its limits it takes away from the potential tax base, he said, and is one area of lost revenue. Vacant buildings in Centreville
are another source of lost revenue, he said. Morgan hopes to attract commercial businesses and restaurants to those areas.
Understanding that moving to Centreville means a resident probably won’t have a Kmart of Target nearby, he said people shouldn’t have to go to Easton, Chestertown or Kent Island to have various food choices.
“I’d like to see a few more added to the area,” Morgan said, “just something different so people have different choices.”