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Rockwall P&Z Committee member Bricker challenging Russo for City Council seat

By J.J. Smith. A member of the City of Rockwall Planning & Zoning Committee and its former chairman, who is the president of four Rockwall construction and land development companies, is challenging first-term incumbent Council member Mark Russo for his seat in this Saturday’s municipal election.

Bill Bricker, who is president of Columbia Extrusion Company, plus Columbia Commercial Building Products and Rockwall Property Corporation, has lived in Rockwall for nearly 30 years.

He is also the head of Columbia Development Corporation, developer of Park Place West, which he calls a “neo-traditional neighborhood” across from Harry Myers Park on Washington St.

A former Rockwall Chamber of Commerce board member for five years, who completed the organization’s “Leadership Rockwall” program, Bricker said voters should elect him because his development and business background, as well as his accomplishments, much better qualify him to be a Council member than Russo.

“I believe that my experience and my deeds speak volumes as to the differences between my opponent and me. I believe I am more qualified in every way to assume the honored position of a Rockwall City Councilman and to use that position to the benefit of all citizens in the City of Rockwall.”

He said that he brings a wealth of community experience, as well. He is currently an Assistant Rotary Club District Governor, after serving as President and Treasurer of the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary.

Through his commitment to Rotary and in conjunction with the Columbia companies, Bill said he has donated time, equipment, manpower and personal work on Kids Zone, a major playground built by the  Breakfast Rotary Club for the City.

He added that he was instrumental in having the Pickens Lake named after Dick Pickens at Harry Myers Park, and has also actively supported the YMCA, Kiwanis, Master Gardeners, Boys and Girls Club, Dallas Race Week and many other charitable organizations.

According to Bricker, if elected he will focus on doing six basic issues.

He will encourage, participate and enhance the efforts to renew Downtown Rockwall, plus continue the City’s active role in road planning and development.

He will work to wind down and conclude any remaining issues with the Shores, plus work for and support maintaining adequate City services while holding the line on expenses and taxes.

He will encourage and participate in structuring solid and rewarding public/private development that is not at the cost of the City, yet is to the benefit of all.

He will also actively seek to maintain, but not increase, the City investment at the Harbor complex as it exists.

“This project must not fail but I feel it has been amply demonstrated that City money will not make the economics work. Private sector decisions must be made there, I believe they are ongoing. We must allow the free market to excel,” he said.

He added that he will also provide leadership, vision, and fair evaluations to all matters before the Council while listening to the constituents of the position.

“I have shown these qualities in business, in City duties, and various organizations around Rockwall such as the Chamber, he explained.”

Bricker is married to Rockwall native Angela Shields Bricker and they have two sons. The family attends Lake Pointe Church.

For more info, see BillBricker.com.

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