Saturday, October 16, 2021

Statement on Political Negativity

In light of recent attacks made on political candidates running in Ferguson Township, I want to be clear that these negative messages go against my personal principles, ideals, and the messaging of my campaign. When I ran, I made a promise to myself that I would not attack any of my fellow candidates and I will continue to stand behind that promise. It has always been my purpose to run a campaign that focuses on the residents of Ferguson Township and the issues that matter to them. 

I realize that this is a fully contested and highly competitive election, I get it. However, attacking others is negativity that does not help our community, nor voters, nor my campaign. It makes me sick to see what's going on and I cannot in good conscious remain silent. I stand on principles and ideals taught to me by my family, I will not turn against those principles and ideals, and I will not apologize for standing up for what's right. 

When it comes to the issues facing our community, we need to come together and work together. Win or lose, we are all Ferguson Township residents in this election. We are a community of friends and neighbors, we are the people we interact with the most, together we are one.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Stormwater Management Fee Ordinance

Jeremie is committed to addressing the new Stormwater Ordinance that has sparked a lot of discussion in the Township on it's legitimacy. Understanding the importance that the ordinance brings to ensuring protection to our environment as well as sustaning the finances of the Township, Jeremie will work with residents to find common ground on how the Township can continue to adequately maintain its stormwater infrastructure needs in a fiscally sustainable manner. Jeremie will address the ordinance with the following actions:
  • Set the fee to zero until further notice.
  • Call for a comprehensive assessment of the state of our stormwater infrastructure. 
  • Work with the board to determine what our stormwater infrastructure maintenance priorities are.
  • Provide the public proper in-person opportunity to discuss how the Township should fund stormwater infrastructure needs moving forward. 

Jeremie would support a repeal of the ordinance should the Township be able to adequately maintain their stormwater infrastructure needs in a fiscally sustainable manner. However, given that Stormwater infrastructure cost are increasing and stretching the Township budget, it is important to keep the following in mind:
  • Ferguson Township has over 33+ Miles of pipe and channels, 2,352 inlets, and several stormwater facilities that need maintained.
  • The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit that requires the Township to invest into Stormwater infrastructure improvements. The Township is obligated by the Department of Environmental protection to reduce its sediment load to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 
  • The Township has to account for Stormwater infrastructure needs and adaptation from growth, development, and perception/flooding events.
The current Board of Supervisors who served during the passage of the ordinance called to review the ordinance in 2022 and Jeremie will work with the Board and residents to discuss, review, and reexamine the ordinance. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Experience Matters

Jeremie is one of the most experienced candidates running for Ferguson Township Supervisor in 2021. Not only is Jeremie uniquely experienced in working with people throughout his entire career but he's also experienced with working with Township residents, the Planning Commission, staff, regional partners, and the Board of Supervisors and understanding the happenings of the Township and how it works.

The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors has appointed Jeremie twice to serve on the Planning Commission. Today, Jeremie is serving as chair for the second consecutive year after being unanimously elected to the post by the Commission's members.

Here are some of the many accomplishments that Jeremie has been a part of while on the Planning Commission:

Supported Land Development Plans and Applicant Request that have benefited:

  • New Job Growth and Economic Development
  • Our Children's Daycare Centers and Schools
  • Park, Recreation, and Tourism

Modernized the Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances

Voted in favor of the Tree Preservation Ordinance

Stood up for real Workforce Housing and Affordability reform

Voting for experience in 2021 matters because it allows the Township to more effectively conduct business and serve the residents. The business and operations of the Township do not pause or stop during the transfer of leadership in January. The new Township Supervisors must be ready to hit the ground running on day one with an understanding of how the Board of Supervisors conducts business and functions, what unfinished business the previous Board of Supervisors has been working on, and the knowledge to make informed decisions.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Fiscally Conscious Stewardship

Township Supervisors hold a fiduciary duty to their constituents to efficiently use taxpayer funds to operation Township departments and services. Jeremie believes we should never take taxpayer funds for granted and should be cognizant that we are offering the best value to our residents for the taxes they pay.

Jeremie will support initiatives that improve efficiency in Township operations and create financial oversight, advising, and transparency. He believes, the Township should look beyond their own funding for alternative funding sources such as grants. In addition, he believes we should strengthen our relationships with intermunicipal partners who can share in the cost of common expenditures for a lower rate vs. contracting independently.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Caring & Protecting Our Environment

Ferguson Township has wonderful park lands, open spaces, and farms. Jeremie will continue to maintain the Regional Growth Boundary which regulates the sprawl of urban development. Ferguson Township has taken on several climate initiatives and projects from Resolution 2017-14, electric vehicle purchasing, new practices in Public Works, to a new LEED Gold Public Works facility. Today, Ferguson Township is partnering with the Centre Region Council of Governments to establish a strategy to reduce Green House Gas Emissions.

Jeremie has been supportive on regional climate action efforts and encourages everyone to get involved and stay informed. Open collaboration with the public is critical to how local government moves forward in addressing climate change. In addition, Jeremie is open of accepting Federal Government Resources that may become allocated to local municipalities for climate action. Furthermore, Jeremie believes the Township should align their operation within the Township's Community Bill of Rights.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

An Affordable Place to Call Home

Workforce Ordinance Income Qualifications and Cost
As Planning Commission Chair, Jeremie has fought for a more inclusive Workforce Housing Ordinance. Citing that the last ordinance missed the mark in addressing the housing challenges that our residents and families making less than $50,000 face. Many people working solely in essential occupations don't even meet the minimum requirements of the ordinance. 

Click to expand the slides Jeremie presented to the Board of Supervisors at the Public Hearing on the current ordnance.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Welcoming and Inclusive Community

Jeremie believes in the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He believes, despite our differences, we can accomplish more together when we actually take the time to come to the table open minded and find common ground. Jeremie was appointed twice to the Ferguson Township Planning Commission by a Board of Supervisors who were not of his political party. Today, Jeremie serves as chair on the Planning Commission with a dedicated and diverse group of members. The Authorities, Boards, and Commissions of the Township provide opportunity for our residents to get involved and help Township staff and elected officials. 

If elected, Jeremie will continue to support and sustain the efforts that have been made in the Township to address anti-discrimination. He also seeks to find equitable and sustainable resolutions to Social Justice through public engagement and open dialogue. Jeremie will also hold himself accountable to the residents and allow them opportunities to speak and be heard.