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JUNE 16, 1997

Local News

Two new planning commissioners chosen

new planning commissioners by Andrew Walgamott
The Woodinville City Council met and interviewed four candidates for two Planning Commission posts on June 11. The successful candidates were John Janson and Terry DePolo. The two were chosen by the council to replace outgoing commissioners Cliff Williams and Nathalie McRoberts. Their terms of service are set to expire at the end of this month.

John Janson
   John Janson retired from Boeing and the U.S. Army after 19 and 22 years of service, respectively. Until recently, he served as a member of the Washington State Boundary Review Board. He reviewed the incorporation of Woodinville and served as a commissioner on the board of King County Water District 107.
   During the council interview, Janson said he saw a need for Woodinville to expand its boundaries. The 67-year-old Janson said he would bring experience and willingness to serve to the Planning Commission.
   A resident of the Kingsgate area, Janson has lived in Woodinville for the past five years. He hails originally from New York City and has lived in Washington since 1970.

Terry DePolo
   A financial accountant, Terry DePolo says he's team-oriented, having worked on quality improvement groups at Boeing. During interviews, DePolo said he envisioned Woodinville becoming like an Edmonds, citing the soundward city's "well-thought-out streets," trees, and managed growth. DePolo said among the key issues for Woodinville would be managing growth.
   Originally from Richmond Beach, DePolo said he became interested in serving on the commission after seeing the post advertised in the Woodinville Weekly. He and his wife and three children live in the Wellington Hills area.
   "The two people we picked will give us a good balance," said Mayor Bob Miller. "They will give us a different perspective and it will really help Woodinville."
   Janson and DePolo will be formally introduced to the City Council at the June 23 meeting.
   Planning Director Ray Sturtz said he has asked Tom Reko and James Pierce, who also applied to the commission, to serve on the Citizens Advisory Panel looking at the downtown master plan and economic strategy plan.