Mor­gan of­fers cit­i­zens change

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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.”

JEFF MOR­GAN

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