Northwest NEWS

May 24, 1999

Local News

Planning commissioners re-appointed

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--The City Council unanimously approved second four-year terms for Planning Commissioners Gareth Grube and Cherry Jarvis at the May 17 council study session. Both commission chair Grube and Jarvis were recommended by fellow commissioners because they "have given tirelessly of their time, knowledge, and expertise for the citizens of Woodinville."

   Both have served on the commission since its inception in 1993, starting with two-year terms, followed by a four-year term ending July 1, 1999. The Woodinville Municipal Code (WCM) allows planning commissioners to serve two four-year terms. The Commission primarily researches and advises the City Council on land use and transportation issues.

   "The Planning Commission has attracted a very cooperative, functional group of volunteers," Grube said. "We have a good staff, enthusiastic people who give caring, practical responses and can tackle things many others (groups) can't because they're too busy getting organized. We have a good attendance rate and our members are prepared when they show up. That enables us to be of real help to the City Council.

   "Woodinville's Planning Commission was one of the quickest commissions in the area to create a Comprehensive Plan under the GMA. Changes to that original plan have been minimal, so I guess the city staff thinks we're doing a pretty good job."

   Jarvis is a 34-year Woodinville resident who was the commission's first chair. "I have committed many hours to reading and researching the various community issues which the Planning Commission considers and believe I have a solid knowledge of these matters," Jarvis said in her application for further service.

   Jarvis has served as a 20-year Trustee and 15-year Foundation member for Shoreline Community College. She is a longtime member of the Women's University Club in Seattle. Before Woodinville incorporation, she served on several planning committees under the authority of King County.

   "I really care about how Woodinville grows, physically and economically," said Jarvis. "I'm delighted to be appointed again. I like the idea that the Planning Commission has staggered terms, so we can have members who retain the historical perspective, yet we will always have a progressive turnover of members who bring new perspectives and ideas."

   While Grube and Jarvis started with two-year terms, original Commission members Gina Leonard and Vice Chair Len McNally are both halfway through their second four-year terms, and will need replacement candidates to step forward in two years for the volunteer positions, Jarvis said.

   Each commission member brings specialty knowledge to the table, either from professional experience or through self-study. Jarvis' specialty knowledge comes from serving on many design review boards. Newer commissioners John Janson, Terry DePolo, and Maria Morris are in the middle of their terms.

   In her spare time, Jarvis helps run Vintage Auto Parts, which her husband Terry started 40 years ago. Their company buys factory parts for pre-1975 cars from dealerships that have warehoused the parts, then sells them to car collectors all over the world.

   Grube is a civil and environmental engineer with Ann Seymonds & Associates in Seattle. A 20-year Woodinville resident who grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, he was a founding member of the Woodinville Rotary chapter and was active in committees that led to the City of Woodinville's incorporation. Educated and trained in Alaska to design sewage treatment plants, Grube put his education to early use in Danang, Vietnam as a SeaBee officer for the Navy in 1970.

   Grube's wife Barbara quoted an industry credo, one of the favorite sayings he uses in defense of his "dirty" work: "It may be s--- to you, but it's bread and butter to us." When not immersed in sewer matters or helping plan Woodinville's future, Grube loves to garden and build wood furniture.

   Grube's job gives him knowledge of essential parts of our infrastructure that most take for granted. He recently finished work at the York wastewater pump station at NE 124th and Willows Road, the brick building with the fish weathervane. That station's pipeline runs west through Totem Lake, following the railroad tracks south to the Renton treatment center, he said.

   He will soon start work on a new pump station north of Home Depot in Woodinville. That station will pump south to the York station wastewater that has, since 1975, travelled through a pipe that goes under Lake Washington near Lake Forest Park.

   "Eastside growth has outdated that pipeline," said Grube. "We need the new one to keep the older one from overflowing into Lake Washington."