"The newly elected council of the Township of Spallumcheen in 1989.
Mayor: Guenter A. Rieger, Council members: Ald. Nonie Anderson, Ald. John Low, Ald. Dave Jordan, Ald. Marlene Docksteader, Ald. Les Young, Ald. Rob Hay. Mayor Rieger calls for a cooperative spirit.
"The best way to solve problems is through a spirit of cooperation", Mayor Guenter A. Rieger said in his inaugural speech on Monday at the inaugural meeting. "Spallumcheen with over 65,000 acres can use its unique position as a municipality whose heart is another municipality, the city of Armstrong, to have a bright future," Mayor Guenter A. Rieger said.
Mayor Eric Hornby is now very optimistic about the general atmosphere between Armstrong and Spallumcheen... Mayor Hornby said: Spallumcheen voters made a very good decision......"
Mayor Rieger said: "Only futuristic planning will ensure, that the Township of Spallumcheen will remain as the most scenic municipality in British Columbia, where taxpayers will be able to enjoy their life in the future, as we enjoying it today." What do taxpayers say about Rieger:? People said: "You can love him or you can hate him", but he, Mayor Rieger, worked very hard providing Spallumcheen taxpayers/residents an honest and open government, not found very often today.
"Rieger seeks second term in Spallumcheen. Citing solid community support, Spallumcheen Mayor Guenter Rieger has announced he will seek re-election. Rieger is so far opposed by only one other candidate, Coun. John Low, a frequent sparring partner with Mayor Rieger around the council table.
Low said. ." We have to oust him out of his office."
"The taxpayers have spoken clearly, and I am very pleased," a beaming Rieger said. Mayor Rieger's real victory came in the Spallumcheen council race, which saw all three incumbent councilors - Bob Hay- Dave Jordan including Harold Norris, who was defeated in the 1989 municipal election as incumbent mayor by Rieger, and was coming back as a counselor in a by-election in 1992, defeated in favor of his own supporters.
In 1993, the newly elected council wasted little time in getting things done. Council passed one of the most important motions in Spallumcheen's history. A process Mayor Rieger lobbied unsuccessfully for in his previous term. Mayor Rieger said: " A Very significant step for community involvement is the step to offer Spallumcheen taxpayers Citizens Initiative Referendum and Recall", Mayor Guenter A. Rieger said in his inaugural address. "This council will go into Canadian history since Spallumcheen will be one of the first communities in Canada to make such an important move."The Provincial Government of British Columbia, may not be ready yet for such legislation.
Rieger said: "Let other people do it. We have many people in our area who would like to have such a job. I could not handle all the party politics etc., since you're not able or allowed to represent truly your constituents..... I leave it up to others......
Changing my principles just to be popular, that's not for me. I have learned a lot during the last 6 years. I had the privilege of working with dedicated people, with two different councils. I think both councils made excellent and wise decisions, beneficial for Spallumcheen for years to come.
Knowing firsthand what the media can do to you, I'm not interested in any other political position. Honest and fair journalism is very hard to find these days. The media can make you or can break you. I like Spallumcheen and my country which has so much to offer. I did my part. I may well write a book someday."
Let's see what happens for Rieger during the next few years. A guy like Rieger can't be silent, and people can be assured that we will hear more of him. His forward-thinking and voice on the Spallumcheen council and Regional district will be missed. During his terms, a lot of ink was used and his name made many times headlines......
Mayor Guenter A. Rieger fulfilled his promise by providing an open and honest government not found many times anymore. He, Rieger was an inspiration for many, but also a nightmare for those who did not like his open approach. He had no hidden agenda and was working very hard by preventing or solving problems. Honesty and Integrity are always close to his heart and demonstrated during his terms as mayor.
Rieger Avenue, which was named after Rieger, will engrave his name in Spallumcheen's history. We wish Mr. Rieger and his family all the best.