Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, who represents District 2 of Dakota County, was selected on Tuesday as board chair by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners to replace Commissioner Mike Slavik. This is her fourth term as board chair.
During the inaugural 2018 meeting, Chair Gaylord highlighted continuing Dakota County’s long tradition of low taxes and high-quality services, including several 2018 Board priorities:
- Enactment of the local Dakota County transportation sales tax to ensure valuable taxpayer resources are targeted toward transportation and transit investments that are most effective for Dakota County’s residents and businesses without changing the sales tax rate.
- Moving forward in implementing recommendations from the East-West Transit Study to improve transit options on East-West corridors in Dakota County.
- Determining the need for and location of future arterial highways to ensure we have a safe, efficient transportation system in the years to come.
- Continuing to develop our countywide regional greenway system, including identifying new opportunities to connect people to the Mississippi River Regional Trail and opening a new trailhead in Pine Bend Bluffs.
- Completing the remodel of Galaxie Library as well as expanding and improving the public meeting spaces at both Heritage and Pleasant Hill libraries.
- Conducting a pilot with ride-sharing service Lyft to provide transportation for residents with specialized transportation needs, such as those with disabilities.
“I’m greatly looking forward to working with my fellow commissioners to advance these 2018 Board priorities and continuing to build upon our progress of 2017,” said Chair Gaylord.
As Commissioner Gaylord chairs the Board in 2018, Commissioner Liz Workman, who represents District 5, will serve as vice chair.