Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 3, 2005

Lynch ready to join county board

By Lynda Jensen

Tim Lynch is ready to hit the ground running when he is sworn in as the only new face on the Carver County board of commissioners Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Lynch will represent District 4, which includes Hollywood Township, the townships of Waconia and Watertown, the City of Watertown, and precincts in the City of Waconia.

The former Hollywood Township supervisor has spent time backgrounding issues since he was elected November, as well as attending the Association of Minnesota Counties convention in St. Cloud last month.

He took an informal tour of county facilities recently, and has talked with several people about issues.

The budget shortfall will likely take center stage for the county board, he said.

The former board had to make large cuts to various departments, something which may be reinstated by the new board.

Lynch is interested in leaner government, making efficient use of tax dollars rather than relying on existing fund balances for ongoing operations.

Other issues include several large scale local road construction projects, including Carver County Road 10 and Highway 212.

Lynch is also interested in being a peacemaker to a board that is known for division, with many 3-2 votes to show for it in the past.

“I plan to be more of a bridge builder,” Lynch said.

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