Paul Joiner focuses on challenges

By: Brandon Darnell The News Messenger
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If elected to the Lincoln City Council, Paul Joiner promises to bring hard work and a common-sense approach — and to do his homework on every issue as Lincoln deals with tough fi-nancial times. “I won’t shoot from the hip and make snap judgments. I will always do my homework,” Joiner said. Having spent the majority of his life in Lincoln, Joiner feels he knows what matters to Lincoln’s citizens and has what it takes to serve their needs. “This is my hometown. I deeply care about this community,” Joiner said. Working summers as he was growing up, Joiner did a variety of jobs, including working in surveying, being employed as a draftsman and framing houses on his father’s first subdivision. When he grew older, he and his siblings built a subdivision of their own. After serving a stint on the Planning Commission, which began his direct involvement in the community, Joiner shifted to the Design and Review Board. Currently, Joiner is involved with the Police Activities League, playing a part in last week’s fishing derby and many other community-related events. He is also active in Rotary and volunteers for the Lincoln Community Foundation, a mostly volunteer group that handles small grants for community organizations. Though he studied architecture at Sierra College, Joiner took a degree in business and went on to start his own graphic design business. Deciding to run for city council was a clear-cut decision for him. “My family has prospered here, and I’d like to give back to the community,” Joiner said. Lincoln’s greatest strength is, as Joiner put it, “without a doubt its people, its community.” If elected, Joiner wants to make sure that the construction of the Highway 65 bypass doesn’t cause downtown Lincoln to wither and die. “I believe that the historic downtown will be the tie that binds all the neighborhoods into one community,” Joiner said. He wants to see restaurants, theaters and other entertainment centers built downtown to bring more people together. “The biggest challenge for the next couple of years is going to be economic,” Joiner said. He foresees a financial benefit from the construction currently under way on the Highway 65 bypass, as well as the Thunder Valley Casino expansion. Since the workers will be here, they will spend money on lunches and other items. Once the projects are complete, he believes they will bring more cash into the city’s economy. Still, he cautioned that the road ahead won’t be easy. “We need to approach this with good business practices,” he said. “I have a strong understanding of the need to reach the appropriate balance between land use and market forces.” He added that it is very important to continue to provide for the public safety, chiefly police and fire services, by keeping those agencies at a high level of protection even during financially difficult times. “For me, this is not about ego; it’s not about somehow raising my status in the community,” Joiner said. “It’s about giving back to the community and leading our city to the very best future it can possibly have.”