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Fralick says goodbye

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Says decision to not reappoint him was political decision

By John Barnhart

    Frederic Fralick, who represented the District 4 on the county’s planning commission for 10 years, said goodbye in what he termed a “soliloquy” at a farewell dinner held at Olde Liberty Station last week.

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    Fralick’s time on the planning commission ended when his term expired in February and District 4 Supervisor John Sharp chose not to reappoint him.
    “I wish you the best,” he said to the gathering.
    Fralick was presented with a plaque honoring him for his service on the planning commission. During this time he served stints as chairman and also on planning commission committees. Some of these committee assignments occurred when District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson was serving as planning commission chairman.
    “I appointed him because I thought he would get the job done,” Wilkerson commented.
    “I appreciated what the staff and planning commission had done to have a little recognition dinner and plaque,” Fralick said later.
    Fralick said he enjoyed every minute of his time on the planning commission, and that included the need to learn a great deal.
    “Staff was incredibly helpful to me,” he said.
    Fralick said he was disappointed that he was not reappointed to the planning commission. He was originally appointed by former District 4 Supervisor Bob Bashore, who Sharp unseated a decade ago.
    “John reappointed me a couple of times,” Fralick said in a phone interview.
    When Sharp decided not to reappoint Fralick, he informed him, face-to-face, in what Fralick termed a “gracious” and “really cordial” manner.
    “John spoke to me personally over lunch,” Fralick said.
    Fralick was the second planning commission member who was not reappointed in the last two years. Rick Crockett, who served on the District 1 seat for a number or years, was not reappointed when his last term ended in 2012. Fralick said both he and Crockett were not reappointed for political reasons. He said the planning commission should be non-political.
    “I always believed I was apolitical,” Fralick said.
    “I remain really interested in the county, what it should be, what I think it should be,” he said.
    Meanwhile, he said he’s gotten more involved with his church, Grace Memorial Episcopal,  in Lynchburg