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Get to know City Council candidate Mike Fritz

Tribune Staff • Jul 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Name: Mike Fritz

Age: 66

Occupation: Owner/partner Fritz Auto Body

Education: Grand Haven High School and variety of trade schools for auto body repair

Community involvement: I have lived in Grand Haven my whole life. I am a fifth generation to live here. I have been involved with Tri-Cities Kids League. Since being elected to council, I have been involved with projects such as lighthouse restoration, catwalk restoration, coal tipple, Musical Fountain, boardwalk, East Grand River Park and the skate park.

What unique qualities or experiences make you a good candidate for City Council? I was chairman and vice chairman of NORA for 13 years, serve on the Economic Development Committee, Brownfield Redevelopment, audit committee and the audit review committee. Have served on the Blue Ribbon finance committee for infrastructure on both bond issues. I have been involved with all aspects of city government.

What do you consider the top issues facing the city, and how would you address them? Infrastructure is by far a big one. In order to maintain the needs of our city, we have to keep up with this. We are looking at a sustainable and long-term way of funding these growing needs, so future councils will have a mechanism to get the work done for years. If this millage is passed, it will help us maintain our infrastructure without adding more debt and a higher millage. It will replace what is already there.

Is there anything you would change in Grand Haven? Why and how? The strengths of the city are its citizens. You need to listen and build trust with them. We have a great city staff that looks at what is best, like keeping us financially sound, a great public safety department that makes us safe, public works department, beautiful parks, good roads, a beautiful town. When our citizens get involved, things get done.

Is there anything you would change in Grand Haven? Why and how? The east side-west side thing. We are all in this city together as one city. I have never looked at it this way, but have been told by some. We have made great strides in breaking this down, but more work needs to done. Before you can move forward, you need to look at your past.

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