“The people of Berlin spoke and we intend to listen”: Zack Tyndall elected town’s new mayor
BERLIN, Md. – Zack Tyndall, currently a Berlin council member, is the town’s newly elected mayor. He received almost 70 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election and he says he’s ready to hit the ground running.
“The people of Berlin spoke and we intend to listen,” says Zack Tyndall. “We will take a look at this years budget. There’s still a quarter left for us to evaluate and look at some cost savings measures we can make in this fiscal year and then really look towards next fiscal year and ways that we can manage the taxpayers money much more efficiently.”
He says figuring out exactly what to do with Heron Park so that it’s sustainable for the town is also high on his priority list. “It’s currently $200,000 of debt service on the books for the general fund for the town of Berlin every year. If we can find a way that’s sustainable for that property to produce revenue then we can explore keeping portions of that but if not we need to begin looking at ways we can offset some of that debt service,” says Tyndall. “I think that starts at a community level and we have a committee that’s been designed to help evaluate the park but we also need some community input for that so we will now doing that moving forward.”
Tyndall also tells 47 ABC he wants to protect Berlin’s small town charm while finding ways to capitalize on its potential. “We have the ability to look at some of the properties that we have that or maybe not being utilized to their fullest and work with our planning Commission to up zone those properties or maybe re-zoned those areas that will help add some shops down below and some residential units above.”
The mayor elect also says he’s looking forward to working with the Berlin Community Improvement Association specifically when it comes to the multi-purpose building on Flower Street.
Tyndall is set to be sworn in as Berlin’s new mayor on Tuesday, October 13th. Tyndall was running against four other candidates including incumbent Gee Williams.