Fryer looking to regain his old seat on town council

 

Rick Fryer, who was a councillor from 2006-10, is looking to return to the council table.

Rick Fryer, who was a councillor from 2006-10, is looking to return to the council table.

By Ron Giofu

 

Rick Fryer is looking to regain his former seat on town council as he is running for a councillor’s position in the Oct. 27 election.

“I had been debating about mayor or councillor,” said Fryer.

Fryer said with two daughters in high school and one in elementary school, he wanted to spend more time with them and believes being a councillor would allow him to do that.

“I think it’s more important to be a family-first type of person,” he said. “I want to make sure I still have time for them.”

Fryer, who missed out on the mayor’s chair by 222 votes in 2010, said the decision to run for a councillor’s seat didn’t come lightly.

“It’s one I’ve been mulling for the past three or four months,” he said. “I’ve stayed up to speed on everything that’s going on and I dislike a lot of things I see.”

Fryer wants to help put Amherstburg “back on track” and said it will be a black-and-white type of campaign, right from his platform to the colour of his election signs. He said that, if elected, he will provide black-and-white answers to questions that residents pose.

“We need to work as a cohesive unit and no longer portray the town in a negative light,” said Fryer. “We need to get Amherstburg in the media for the right reasons, not the wrong reasons.”

Believing it is unrealistic for the town’s financial director to be able to go through all of the numbers in a month’s time, Fryer doesn’t believe the town has the exact numbers on the debt and stated all the information “needs to be put on the table.” Tackling financial issues needs to be a top priority for the new council to set the tone for the next four years, continued Fryer, but added financial stability isn’t his only goal. Bringing in new business is also a priority.

“We have not gone out and attracted new business,” he believes.

Attracting new business and industry would allow people who live in Amherstburg to work in Amherstburg.

“The number one priority for myself in Amherstburg is increasing the tax base and reduce the burden on regular taxpayers,” he said.

Fryer pointed out he would like to see the stretch of Front Road North between Ranta Marina and Malden Road illuminated “so we have a consistent stretch from Amherstburg to Windsor with lights for everyone’s safety.”

Fryer said his door-to-door campaign will be to ensure everyone’s concerns are taken care of. If elected, he said he is willing to work with everyone around the council table.

“I’m not interested in having a divided council as in the previous four years,” he said.

Fryer is calling for a one-hour “open mic” session before council meetings to allow residents to voice their concerns rather than having to wait another two weeks before they are allowed to get on a subsequent council agenda.

“I want to be open with the residents and allow them to ask questions of us,” said Fryer. “That’s a huge aspect of council we have to change. It’s a must.”

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