by Lisa Tome
It's been a contentious two years for Bob Fisher.
Fisher, 90, will preside over his final full Rising Sun town meeting this week before giving up the gavel the second Tuesday in July.
"It's been two years of turmoil, lack of cooperation, and sleepless nights," said Fisher.
When he took the Oath of Office in 2012, his goal was to provide "collaboration, transparency, and responsiveness".
"I did get them to test the fire plugs. Other than that, I don't remember anything (he's done)," said Fisher. He also convinced the town board to donate $200 to offset the cost of hall rental for the Upper Chesapeake Community Band's anniversary concert.
He said it was a downhill slide from the get go, the night of his swearing in when commissioners introduced Resolution 2012-03. Fisher contends that this resolution decreased the duties of the mayor and transferred them to the town administrator. Resolution 2012-03 was passed in 2012, two weeks after Fisher took office. Resolution 2013-02 is a duplicate of the 2012-03. It was passed after questions came up in court about whether it was passed properly a year prior.
These resolutions have been the foundation of a court battle. Fisher has offered to drop all lawsuits if town commissioners would rescind the ordinance. That never happened. "There was no need to spend any money. It was the town's decision (not to rescind)," said Fisher.
"I was completely unaware of that (resolution). I thought I came back to Rising Sun to do good. That (resolution) prevented me from doing anything. I had no access to anything and I was locked out of town hall," said Fisher.
Fisher said from his viewpoint, the town will have future dealings with Robson, the contractor who abandoned the sewer plant project.
He also said the town "is spending more money for things that are not essential to Rising Sun." "I feel that there was a roadblock whenever I tried to do something," he said. "I want to be remembered as a contributing member to the Town of Rising Sun, to life in Rising Sun. I have been involved in lots of civic activities and will continue to be."
"I believe town government serves the needs of the people. They people have spoken. I will continue to be interested in the affairs of Rising Sun. I will contribute in any way I can," said Fisher. He also said he will live in town, despite allegations during his tenure that he is/was a Delaware resident.
Although he would sum up his two years as both disappointing and frustrating, he wants to remain involved.
He will pass the gavel to Mayor-elect Travis Marion. "What I would say to him is good luck. I'll help in any way I can. I will give him any assistance he will need. I will help him or anyone in the community. I still am interested in Rising Sun. I think my greatest skills are in the area of water and sewer because of my engineering background," said Fisher.
He plans to continue to teach at the Academy of Lifelong Learning at University of Delaware. He also has an interest in another Cecil problem.
"My present interest is in the drug situation. I have some ideas that may be helpful on that level. I will devote more energy to the county level, in particular the drugs.”
He is also part of the land use committee for the Cecil County Economic Development Commission.