Mark was the Mayer of smyrna for 6 years and also Little creek spanning of a decade.
Commissioner of the Delaware River and Bay authority and also Commissioner of the US Department of Mid atlantic fisheries Council. Member, St. Peters Episcopal Church, Member, Board of Directors West Rehoboth Community Land Trust, Member, Governors Council on Labor, Member, Delaware Veterans Post #2* -Member, Delaware Rail Task Force* -NRA Life Member -Member, American Red Cross Board of Directors – Central Delaware and State of Delaware* -Member, Bay Health (Kent General Hospital) Foundation Board* -Member, Board of Directors Central Delaware YMCA* -Founding Member, Nellie Hughes Homeless Shelter* -Member, Lightship Overfalls Foundation -Member, Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame* -Member, Lewes Chamber of Commerce *past
Republican Candidate for 3rd Sussex County Council The 3rd District needs real leadership immediately to correct the disastrous situation with our roads and to help support our EMS/1st Responders.
event in Georgetown.
Republican Candidate for 3rd Sussex County Council -Committed to keeping taxes low so we can create more jobs. -Member, St. Peters Episcopal Church -Member, Board of Directors West Rehoboth Community Land Trust -Commissioner, Delaware River and Bay Authority* -Commissioner, U.S. Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council* -Member, Governors Council on Labor* -Member, Delaware Veterans Post #2* -Member, Delaware Rail Task Force* -NRA Life Member -Member, American Red Cross Board of Directors – Central Delaware and State of Delaware* -Member, Bay Health (Kent General Hospital) Foundation Board* -Member, Board of Directors Central Delaware YMCA* -Founding Member, Nellie Hughes Homeless Shelter* -Member, Lightship Overfalls Foundation -Member, Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame* -Member, Lewes Chamber of Commerce *past
Mark G. Schaeffer for Sussex County Council (Previous Experience)
Irwin Burton (I.G.Burton) VS Mark Schaeffer For County Concil
I.G.Burton: has publicly said "Sussex county's Tax rate is not sustainable and taxes will have to be raised!
Mark Schaeffer: With the proper spending and restraint, Taxes will not be increased!
I.G.Burton: Continues to attack individual property rights of our farmers placing unconstitutional restrictions on thier properties according to the fifth amendment of our constitution.
Mark Schaeffer: If you are going to take any land from the farmers, or any land owners, they should be compensated for that loss of land. Private Property cant be taken without compensation.
I.G.Burton Has no plan to correct our traffic and congestion nightmare.
Mark Schaeffer: Has a proven track record of solving issues.
I.G.Burton Has no plan to correct the needs of our EMS/1st Responders.
Mark Schaeffer: Our EMS/1st responders need a more responsible equitable split of the necessary funds based on each departments individual needs.
(1) Unlike my Opponent, I will Not Raise you Taxes.
(2) Be Responsible with your Tax Dollars.
(3) I will support and fund appropriately our first responders and fire company's
(4) Institute Transportation Investment Districts To Control Growth and Improve Our Traffic and Roads.
(5) Uphold The 5th Amendment of The U.S. Constitution And Protect Individual Property Rights. If The
county takes a portion of your land for public use such as Buffer Zones, They Must Compensate The Land
(6) Create Meaningful High Quality Jobs Here In Sussex County So Our Children Don't Need To Move Away.
(7) Support Our Largest Industry, Farmers
My Vision For Sussex County
The large farm Mayor Schaeffer saved form being developed as a large residential subdivision and recruited the Delaware State University Agriculture School.
Definition of a Transportation Improvement District
"A geographic area defined for the purpose of securing required improvements to transportation facilities in the area," as described in the Delaware Department of Transportation’s Development Coordination Manual. A place where land use and transportation is planned in detail in advance, such that development consistent with that planning can pay a readily determined fee and forego the Traffic Impact Study process.
Purpose of a Transportation Improvement District
Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs) provide the transportation improvements needed to support land development in locations identified as appropriate for development in local Comprehensive Plans. Coordinating land use and transportation can lower infrastructure costs and foster planning for market-ready development / redevelopment opportunities. As a transportation-based impact fee, TIDs provide a way to equitably distribute the cost of transportation improvements triggered by development-related growth to the private sector benefiting from the facilities.
Schaeffer will on day one implement TIDs in sussex County.
Editor’s note: The following is the fifth in a series of features on candidates for the Sussex County Council. The primary elections in the races for council seats are set for Sept. 15.
As he continues his campaign for a seat on the Sussex County Council, Mark Schaeffer is focusing on specific goals, with more funding for first-responders, better control of traffic congestion and avoiding tax increases among those goals.
The 61-year-old Lewes resident, a Republican challenging incumbent Councilman Irwin G. “I.G.” Burton, representing District 3, is a volunteer at the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department. He and his wife, Ruby, are both certified EMTs.
They have five children and 12 grandchildren.
“Our first-responders don’t get enough money, and I would like to see more funding from the County. The whole county funding program for first-responders needs to be more equitable,” he said, adding that there is more stress for first-responders now because of rapid population growth in the county.
“I’m concerned about my opponent’s comments, that he plans to raise real estate taxes. He has not supported our fire companies. He is passing ordinances that impact farmers’ property rights. I am concerned about that, and I want to make a change,” he said.
On his Facebook page, “Mark G. Schaeffer for Sussex County Council,” he states, “The 3rd District needs real leadership immediately to correct the disastrous situation with our roads and to help support our EMS/1st Responders.” His campaign slogan is “Keep Sussex Strong.”
He said he has known his opponent 45 years, has spoken to him many times and would be willing to debate him in a public forum. Burton could not be reached for comment.
To better control traffic, Schaeffer suggested traffic improvement districts.
“I want to see us correct traffic and congestion problems. These traffic improvement districts delineate geographical areas where development occurs, or will occur, and makes sure the investment is done up front, as opposed to after development occurs,” he said.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Delaware, the former mayor of Little Creek and Smyrna is an associate commercial broker for the Long & Foster real estate company. He has a background in construction, appraising and auctioneering.
In 2016, he ran for County Council and lost by 64 vote swing in a four-person race. Candidates at that time were Frank Shade, Kevin Burdette, Schaeffer and Burton.
Schaeffer, who noted that he spent his boyhood summers enjoying the Delaware resort areas and moved to Lewes as a full-time resident 15 years ago, said he wants to see County finances handled better. Although his opponent has said he only supports user fees, those fees are the same as taxes, Schaeffer asserted.
Schaeffer said he also wants more jobs made available so residents don’t have to leave the area to find work.
Concerning the coronavirus pandemic, Schaeffer said he wants businesses to “open back up immediately and our schools have to reopen, too.”
“It’s a concern. Our children need to be in school. That can be done with appropriate safety measures in place,” he said.
Sussex County Council District 3 encompasses the Broadkill Beach, Ellendale, Lewes, Lincoln, Milford, Milton, Primehook Beach and Slaughter Beach areas. The primary election will be on Sept. 15. The general election will be on Nov. 3.
Council members are paid $30,855 annually, with a $2,750 stipend paid twice yearly. The president of the council receives $31,977 annually, with the same stipend.
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