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Councillor Mel Fisher resigns

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Mel Fisher

By Chris Marchand

Another Dryden City Councillor is bowing out of local politics.

City of Dryden Councillor Mel Fisher has submitted his letter of resignation effective September 15, 2012.

Fisher says stress related to a deep dissastisfaction with the present council’s ability to communicate effectively was starting to negatively affect his health.

“If find I’m not effective as a councillor because I find myself at odds with council on almost every single issue,” Fisher told the Dryden Observer Thursday. “There’s not much point in killing myself with a lot of stress if I’m not doing any good.”

Councillor Fisher was elected to the former Town of Dryden Council from 1969 to 1972. He was elected to City of Dryden Council in 2006 and re-elected in the 2010 Municipal Election.

The office of Councillor will be declared vacant at the September 17, 2012 regular meeting of Council. Under the Municipal Act, within 60 days of declaring a vacancy the municipality shall either appoint a person to fill the vacancy or pass a by-law requiring a by-election to fill the vacancy.

Mayor Craig Nuttall thanks Mr. Fisher for his service to the community stating, “Councillor Fisher has served the community for a long time and we wish him well”.


3 thoughts on “Councillor Mel Fisher resigns

  1. Living for 8 years in The Town of Dryden during the 1980’s I for a brief time was part of a proud progressive community. When it came to public services, recreation and a vision of the future Dryden was far ahead of all the other North Western Ontario communities. As a young Engineering Assistant with the Town of Dryden Public Works Department I had the opportunity to work with and learn from most of the people responsible for steering Dryden in that direction. Mel Fisher at that time was the Town Engineer and was one of those leaders. I can not comment on the current financial dilemma The City of Dryden is now in as I do not know enough about how it transpired. I do know that without Mel Fisher the task to regain financial soundness will be that much harder. Good Luck Mel in your future endeavors. All the best.

    Robert Stasiuk

  2. Just one more indication that the present council is ineffective and lacks any ability or interest in providing information to the citizens that elected it. Too many closed meetings, an inability to provide answers to questions, ongoing fiscal problems for the town, an inability to detect and prevent budgetary failings – the list goes on and on. Yet, everything is rosy. I find that very hard to believe.

    When council veterans such as Mel feel it’s time to go, there must be things going on that bear some measure of scrutiny. Who is going to do that for the tax-payers?

    1. Fisher was the problem!!!! All these problems relate to our past Mayor and council. Shut down DMTS 300000.00 a month is a lot money to loose every month. Tax payer cant afford it. The bussiness does not make money. 30 million since 2008 they have lost. Mel just stick to gardening a good place for you.

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