August 7, 2000
by Bronwyn Wilson
Gareth Grube, a Woodinville resident for 22 years, was unanimously chosen by the City Council on Monday, July 31st, to complete the term vacated by Deputy Mayor Marsha Engle. Grube not only brings his wit and congeniality to the position, but also his willingness to be accessible to people in the community. "I want to be easily accessible," he said. "I'll be available by telephone, or in person if you happen to catch me in a grocery store, or by email." In addition, Grube stated that his favorite thing about Woodinville is the people, so it shouldn't be difficult for anyone to approach him.
As a councilmember, Grube wants people to have an opportunity to be heard and to understand why decisions were made. "The most important issue is that the Council remain credible and remain communicating with the people they represent," he said.
Grube also has a vision for Woodinville. "My vision is to find low-impact ways to deal with traffic and to control change in a way that it is accepted by the citizens," he said and then added, "We don't want the community to lose the flavor of a modern small town."
And with the exception of military service overseas, Grube has lived much of his life in areas with a small town flavor. Spending his early childhood in Oregon, Grube moved to Alaska with his family when he was 12. As a young man he spent a year in Vietnam in the Navy Civil Engineer Corp. Afterward, he moved to Washington State where he has made his home since. Today he's a senior civil engineer with Symonds, a consulting engineering firm. His wife, Barbara, has been in sales with the Woodinville Weekly for 18 years, and is preparing, along with him, for a big family event this October. Their daughter, Jennifer, is getting married. The couple also has a son, Joseph, who is an attorney. For Grube, being a father is one of his many important roles. Add husband, engineer, and now councilmember to the list and Grube has a well-rounded and full schedule. Even so, he still has time to enjoy gardening, stamp collecting and woodworking.
Besides his life experiences, Grube's insight into the workings of the City is a plus for the Council and for the community. His involvement with the Planning Commission since 1993 includes participation in several citizen advisory committees. Grube stated that his service on the Planning Commission gave him an awareness and sensitivity to the issues facing the City as a whole and to its aggregate parts. "I know and respect the Councilmembers and am committed to working collaboratively with them to solve problems and execute the will of the Woodinville citizenry," he said.
Commenting on Grube's appointment to the Council, Mayor Randy Ransom said, "It was a difficult decision and we feel we've selected someone who will fit in well with the Council." Grube will serve in Position No. 6 until the November 2001 general election.