Fermon is seeking a second term on the Indio City Council

Waymond Fermon is seeking another four-year term on the Indio City Council

INDIO — Waymond Fermon, who is halfway through his first one-year rotation as mayor of the largest city in the Coachella Valley, has whetted his appetite for local politics. He is hungry for more. To that end, he announced this morning that he will seek a second four-year term on the Indio City Council to represent District 2.

Fermon burst onto the scene in 2018 as a political newcomer. What he did next surprised many in Indio and beyond. He dethroned veteran city council member Michael Wilson.

“I’m running for a second term because my work on the board is not done,” Fermon said in his announcement speech. “We have shaped a solid foundation for our city. I believe it started with the adoption of the 2040 master plan, the climate action plan and the final environmental impact report in 2019. Also, this year Indio was the first city in the valley of Coachella to receive its certification for our housing component by the state Department of Housing and Community Development. These milestones are essential as we continue to create a city where people want to live, work and play. »

Born and raised in Indio, Fermon was raised in the public school system, before graduating from Indio High School in 1998. He attended the desert college and graduated from the first College of the Desert Public Safety Academy. Board member Fermon went to the California Department of Corrections, Richard McGee Correctional Training Center, where he graduated as a corrections officer in October 2002. Fermon has since been employed at Calipatria State Prison (CAL) in Imperial County.

as the only current Afro-American elected from the Coachella Valley, he prides himself on being a role model for young people and his community.

As the man who says he “wears Indio on his sleeve”, Fermon says there have been several highlights during his tenure. If you visit Indio today he said there is construction going on all over town. Some of these projects are the new Public Safety Campus, Kia and Unicars Honda dealerships, affordable housing complexes, road and infrastructure projects, and the CV Link pedestrian thoroughfare.

“I am extremely excited about the development of Indio Grand Market Place after more than 30 years of desolation of the old Indio Fashion Mall and John Nobles Ranch,” Fermon said. “I have been very active in discussions with the town community and the new developer (Haagen Company) about further development. Haagen Company has notified the city that it will begin construction on the existing property in August 2022. This is a major accomplishment for our city.

Plus, residents are patiently waiting for the downtown neighborhood to grow, Fermon said.

“Well, it’s happening – with restaurants, entertainment, education, apartments and open green spaces,” he said. “Each month we have our second round of Saturday concerts in downtown Indio. We have an amphitheater in the planning, Gambino’s Creperie and Avenida Music under construction on Miles Ave. We have several apartment complexes in planning and several buildings in receivership for new developments.

Additionally, Fermon said, the Desert College expansion on Oasis is currently under construction. The university campus will grow from 40,000 to 80,000 square feet, with approximately 5,000 additional enrollments. The campus will also have a children’s development center just south of the existing property.

“This is great news for our students in the eastern Coachella Valley,” Fermon said.

In his district, Fermon said he was active in seeking grants to address challenges in certain communities.

“We received an $8.5 million grant from California Parks to build the Indio Sports Park located at Avenue 44 and Jackson. Additionally, we also received the $5 million Clean California Grant which will address sidewalk, infrastructure and landscaping issues along Jackson Street from Kenner Avenue to 45 Avenue. »

During his tenure, Fermon said he wanted to be as accessible to the community as possible. During his career as a corrections officer, Fermon was an investigator for 10 years. During this time, he said he learned that he could not be present in more than one place at a time.

“Therefore, I hired and organized small groups of residents all over the city who would let me know what was going on in their neighborhoods,” Fermon said. “I have found this method to be quite effective in staying informed as not everyone is comfortable attending board meetings.”

Additionally, Fermon said he is also very active on social media. He uses his platform to help with community awareness, announcements and positive messaging to cultivate unity in the community, the mayor said.

Fermon asks residents to continue to “trust the process.”

“The job of leading a community is never done,” he said. “Every day new challenges arise. In 2020, we were confronted with Covid-19. In Indio, we have lost 283 people due to Covid-19 issues. My heart goes out to all these families.

The city has public safety issues that need to be continually addressed, as well as issues of affordable and accessible housing for seniors and veterans, homelessness issues and economic development, he said.

“I’m dedicated to Indio,” Fermon said. “I wear Indio on my sleeve.”

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