City Council Confirms Commission Appointments

  • Written by David B. Clark
City Council met Tuesday, November 14 with a lengthy list of Business Items to discuss and handle. Before these items, the council received numerous counts of praise and thanks from community members regarding a wide sweep of topics from small business developments to the continued progress on DeYoung park. 
Among these many Business Items were the appointments of two positions: one for the Planning Commission and one for the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Two candidates submitted Community Service Application forms to be considered for appointment to the Planning Commission, Paul Cowles and Nicolas Duchastel de Montrouge. The council conducted interviews with both applicants and after a short adjournment, appointed Duchastel de Montrouge whom won the appointment with a majority of four votes to Cowles three. 
Duchastel de Montrouge is a software engineer originally from Montreal, Quebec. During  his  interview with council, he explained why he felt he would be an asset to the Planning Commission. His experience with the Northshore School District’s Task Force has exemplified his ability to handle transportation issues. The council went on to ask Duchastel de Montrouge how he felt about city council positions being nonpartisan after he had shared his involvement with the Democrat party. Duchastel de Montrouge went on to explain that he felt that the fact that these positions are nonpartisan is essential. “I’m a citizen of Woodinville, first and foremost,” Duchastel de Montrouge stated. He went on to stress the importance of keeping Woodinville’s charm intact. Duchastel de Montrouge said, “It would be a failure to us to end up with strip malls everywhere.”
Duchastel de Montrouge’s primary responsibility will be to provide direction and guidance on Woodinville’s future growth. He will be reviewing and providing recommendations to City Council on the City of Woodinville’s comprehensive land use plan as well as changes to zoning code. 
One candidate submitted a Community Service Application form to be considered for the Parks and Recreation Commission, Dr. Sarah Arndt. The council confirmed the appointment of Dr. Arndt.
“Parks are a huge passion of mine,” began Arndt during her interview with City Council. Arndt has lived in Woodinville for three years and has been an active community leader in various capacities. She is a board member at her local church and has previously served as a board member elsewhere.  Arndt has young children, so she has naturally been driven to promoting parks and recreation for young families. Arndt stated, “We need more options for people to get out in our local environment.”
Dr. Ardnt will be responsible to provide guidance and direction to City Council concerning comprehensive park planning, the acquisition of land for parks and recreation facilities, development, design, and operation of parks and recreation programs and facilities, among other duties.
City Council approved the final design and bid plan for the DeYoung Park project and authorized City Manager, Brandon Buchanan, to begin soliciting bids for construction.
Council member Elaine Cook said, “This project has become the most beautiful example of what can happen when a community comes together and supports and gets behind something that the city is doing. I would like to thank The Garden Club, the Rotary, the Chamber, the City staff; Mr. Buchanan, specifically, for getting behind this project and contributing to it.”  

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