September 11, 2000
Councilmember Barbara Solberg resigns
by Bronwyn Wilson
Senior Staff Reporter
When Councilmember Barbara Solberg announced her resignation on September 5th, Woodinville lost one of its loyal advocates. Solberg represented the City on the Sammamish Watershed Forum and she took up the cause of salmon protection by participating in regional salmon recovery efforts. She chaired the City's Salmon Task Force. She also sponsored public forums where she went out into the community to discuss with citizens ways to help save wild salmon from extinction. This was one of her missions and she spoke to the community on this issue at every chance she had. The idea of protecting salmon first came to Solberg's attention years ago when she learned of a contractor who had a variance to build a 50 foot barrier that would impact a nearby stream and fish habitat. She fought to have the barrier held at 100 feet and due to her efforts, it was.
But salmon weren't the only matter on Councilmember Solberg's agenda. She represented the City on transportation issues, she served on the Council Finance Committee and on the Sorenson Master Plan Steering Committee. Her vision for Woodinville is to see the completion of the City Hall and campus as an efficient place to do business with the City, and as a hub of activity for citizens. She also wants to see people in the community utilize their elected officials and participate in city government. "I want to urge participation by citizens on our Boards Commission and City Council," she said.
An important part of Solberg's active life are her five grandchildren: two teenagers who live in Bothell, a grandbaby in Denmark and two grandchildren who are in elementary school and live in Orting, Washington. And, it is her role as grandmother that brought Barbara Solberg to the decision to leave her position on the City Council. She and her husband bought a house beside a golf course in Orting where they plan to spend more time with their grandchildren.
After living in Woodinville for 21 years, Solberg leaves with many memories. She remembers when Woodinville was a main street with two lanes and not one single stop light.
"It's changed incredibly," she said. The photo shop across from City Hall was once the grocery store in town. And back then, she said, Molbak's was just a little place. Woodinville has progressed over the years and Solberg is pleased to have been a part of it. She looks forward to seeing the completion of projects she had a part in.
"I'm really looking forward to the Council pursuing the planning and completing of the 177th project to relieve traffic on 175th," she said. "I voted for the utility tax for that purpose." She also said that she looks forward to the Council approving the roundabout project on Woodinville-Redmond Road and NE 145th. "It will make a marvelous gateway to our tourist district and our city. It is expected to improve access to our businesses at that intersection."
Councilmember Solberg said she will miss participating on the Council and will miss working with City Manager Pete Rose and his staff. "They are so dedicated and so interested in doing everything they can to make our city the best little city this side of the Sammamish River."
She added, "Being on the Council has energized me and I love it." But for now, Solberg will explore her creative side and spend some recreation time teeing off on the golf course. As for her grandchildren, they'll have a wonderful time trying to keep up with her.
Barbara Solberg's resignation is effective September 12th. For information on the process of filling Position Number 2 until the general election in 2001, contact Sandra Steffler, City Clerk at 425-489-2700, ext 223.