Charles Fischer doesn’t get much time to put his feet up.
With four children at home, the oldest of which is only 8 years old, Fischer was staying plenty busy even before joining the Scandia city staff last month as the new Director of Public Works.
As have others in the role before him, Fischer has had to hit the ground running.
Originally from Brooklyn Park, Fischer comes to Scandia having worked for the cities of White Bear Lake and Eagan in those cities’ public works and parks departments, respectively.
This is his first time in a management-type role, but one he’s looking forward to developing.
“The biggest (goal) is to continue to improve the city’s infrastructure,” Fischer said. “To promote things, and be progressive and proactive, instead of reactive.”
The city staff and members of the community, he said, have been helpful as he’s gotten his feet under him through his first month.
“Everybody has been very welcoming,” Fischer said.
When he does get some spare time, fishing and pheasant hunting are his go-to hobbies.
“We like to spend a little time on the boat,” he said.
Plus, he’s a carpenter.
True to the old saying that a carpenter’s house is never finished, Fischer just recently completed a redo of the trim woodwork at home.
Fischer picked up woodworking as a hobby after taking carpentry classes in high school. Beyond projects around the home, Fischer is most proud of a coffee table and end table set that he built from scratch.
“The furniture building is the fun part,” Fischer said.
Fischer and his family have lived in Scandia for about a year already and he says they’re already quite settled in and comfortable.
“It feels much more like a community, more so than the higher density area where we lived (before),” Fischer said. “It already feels like we know more people.”