Lee County Commissioners Greg Frich prepares for the start of Tuesday night's meeting in Leesburg.
LEESBURG, Ga. -- When Greg Frich was campaigning for the District 5 post on the Lee County Commission, one of his primary goals was to have a transparent government and bring it closer to the people.
He's wasting no time to work on that. Frich, who attended his first regular Lee County Commission meeting Tuesday night, is hosting a community meeting for Redbone area residents on Jan. 15.
Frich said the meeting will be at the Redbone Fire/EMS Station at 1286 Graves Springs Road. Supper will be provided for those who confirm their attendance. To do so, call 886-8221 or email Frich at greg.frichlee.ga.us or gregfrichgmail.com.
"One of the steps I plan to take is bringing government to the people and will do that through a lot of town hall meetings, Frich said.
Several county officials are on the list to attend and provide brief remarks including Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk, Code Enforcement Director Jim Wright, Planning Commissioner Bob Alexander, Tax Assessor Joe Wright, Sheriff Reggie Rachals, Utility Services Director Catherine Ponson, Fire Chief James Howell and Director of EMS Bobby Watkins.
Among the topics for discussion include road paving, public safety, neighborhood watch programs, changes in vehicle sales tax and speed bumps for roads. Those attending will be able to bring up other issues.
"I want to make sure local government understands what the needs and concerns are of local residents and small business owners," Frich said.
Frich has been attending county commission meetings for the past two years and, since his election in July, has met with each county department head. He also completed a county commissioner training course at the University of Georgia.
As one aspect of being a leader, Frich said he has studied the history of the county.
"I'm fascinated," he said. "It helps if you understand the history of our county. ... Someone once said if you want a new idea, read an old book."