Northwest NEWS

April 10, 2000

Front Page

Bothell Council makes appointments

by Christina Coughlin, special to the Northlake News

   Paul Cowles says he wants to make Bothell a better place to live and work. That is why he applied for and was appointed to a vacancy on the city's Planning Commission.

   Councilmembers appointed applicants to vacancies on a number of boards and commissions during last week's City Council meeting. A former mayor of Bothell, Cowles was one of three selected to serve on the Planning Commission, which is responsible for, among other things, planning the future development of Bothell.

   "We are the eyes and ears of the City Council on land-use-type issues," said Cowles, who was appointed for a two-year term.

   Patrick Ewing, described by councilmember Bob Bandarra as a community activist in Bothell planning issues, was appointed to a four-year term on the Planning Commission, and Boeing engineer Dennis Strasser was re-appointed to a four-year term.

   Peg Dowd, the owner of Shannon's Flowers and Gifts in Bothell, said one of her main responsibilities as the new appointee on the Parks & Recreation Board will be to look for the best uses of Bothell's park facilities. "I can commit the amount of time needed to serve it [the board] well," said Dowd, who was appointed for a three-year term.

   Interest in the community and a passion for reading inspired Andrew Merget to apply for the vacancy on the Library Advisory Board. While serving a five-year term, Merget said that one of his responsibilities will be to advise the King County Library System about "unique situations" that may arise.

   Judson Clendaniel and Charles Keller were appointed to five- and four-year terms, respectively, on the Shorelines Hearings Board. Members of the board listen to appeals and advise about issues regarding shoreline regulation, noted Clendaniel, who served on the board previously.

   Shannon Ricketts was appointed to the Board of Adjustment for four years. According to Ricketts, the board members listen to unique cases in which there may be no clear legal answer.

   Dianne Gawne was appointed to the Landmark Preservation Board for five years. The board, said Bandarra, is responsible for, among other things, determining which buildings should be maintained.

Christina Coughlin is a student in the University of Washington School of Communications News Laboratory.