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Saturday, March 16, 2013
He's far from being a new kid on the block, but Fletcher Dickert is definitely in line to become one of North Augusta's most prominent residents this year, as he prepares to join North Augusta City Council.
Dickert, a 2003 graduate of North Augusta High School and 2007 graduate of Clemson, was the top vote-getter in the municipal election. He will be the Council's youngest member, joining David McGhee as one of two newcomers in the body. Both are now attending Council meetings in preparation for their roles.
Dickert earns his daily bread on the western side of the Savannah River, applying his degree in construction science and management, along with a minor in business administration.
"I am a project manager for a commercial general contractor," he said, referring to Allen-Batchelor Construction, based near the Augusta Mall. "I'm in charge of the management of construction projects, from design stage all the way through the warranty period."
The projects are largely commercial. "We do a lot of health care facilities, doctors' offices and churches. We've built government facilities, such as fire stations and those kinds of things."
The best part of the package is "getting to be part of the team that builds the construction project," he said. "The enjoyment is at the end of the project, and being able to sit back and look at what I was able to be a part of, and it's neat being able to drive around town now, after doing this for six years, and say, 'Well, I had a hand in this job, and, I had a hand in that job.'"
One of his relatively high-profile projects was Augusta Back and Neuroscience - "that big, futuristic building on the corner of Riverwatch and Stevens Creek," he said.
"I've done the Grovetown Fire Station. I did a job for the Augusta Utilities Department. I built Aiken Oral and Facial Surgery, over in Aiken. I built an apartment building over in Aiken, for USC Aiken. ... Our company's had a hand in a lot of big projects," he said.
He and his wife, Ashley, also are engaged for the first time in another endeavor: parenthood. Their household now includes Zoe Rae, their 6-month-old daughter.
Dickert's attention, however, was focused on youth before he became a dad. "I am very active in my church, specifically the church youth group. I go to TrueNorth Church ... I spend a bunch of time doing that, and I enjoy the outdoors - hunting and fishing - but I don't seem to have much time for those things anymore."
TrueNorth's student minister, Adam Allen, is among Dickert's admirers. "He's my best friend in the world. Even if he wasn't involved with student ministry, he's an amazing man who can do tons of things, and he's done so much for me. He's a very giving person," Allen said.
"My ministry is built on relationships, investing in the students, learning more about them and getting to know them, and he does that on a weekly basis with the guys. He goes to their sporting events. In the past couple of months, he's taken students on fishing trips and had dinners with them. On Wednesday nights (at the church), he's anywhere from checking in people to holding doors for people, to running a game up on stage with people."Dickert, "very organized and logistically minded," is a perfect counterpart to Allen, in Allen's assessment. He also described Dickert as admirable in terms of "basic humility and servanthood."
As for assistance in youth ministry, Allen confirmed, "He knows what I need before I need it."Touching on his job, Dickert said the biggest challenges tend to involve "working with a large group of people and trying to get everybody on the same page and dealing with different personalities."
The job, he said, involves bringing hundreds of people together to accomplish a project.Addressing his future Council role, he said, "I'm really excited and looking forward to serving the citizens of North Augusta."