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City seeks planning commissioners after resignations

Harry DeWolf, Jeremy Pietzold moving on
by: contributed photos, Harry DeWolf, left, and Jeremy Pietzold.

Two members of the Sandy Planning Commission have announced their resignations, and the city is searching for volunteers from the community to fill the vacancies.

Commissioners Harry DeWolf and Jeremy Pietzold will resign from the land-use body at the end of the year.

Pietzold, who will have served on the commission for two years, is resigning in hopes that he will be elected to the City Council on Nov. 7 - a seat for which he is running unopposed. He says he will take with him the respect and admiration of the work the planning commission does.

'The meetings are long and a lot goes on there,' Pietzold said. 'They have a hard job to do.'

He said he learned many lessons on the commission, from the individual rules and regulations of the city development code, to the fact that, 'you're not going to please everybody. I think I'm much more open to other people's views, but still able to make the hard decisions.'

DeWolf, who has been involved with the commission for the last three years, who is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Portland office, said he is leaving because of the demands of his job, which will soon include more travel throughout Oregon. He is also pursuing a master's degree.

'My decision is purely a decision of time management and personal commitments and goals,' DeWolf said. 'I always try to put forth my full effort. If I can not commit to fully participate in the Planning Commission I need to step aside for another citizen that can.'

After he receives his master's degree, DeWolf says he hopes to come back to city government, 'either in the Planning Commission, City Council or even (as) Mayor.'

DeWolf encourages Sandians to seriously consider serving on the planning commission. 'I feel it is the obligation of every citizen to support the city they live in and receive services from,' he said. 'It is not a matter of just paying your taxes.'

Potential planning commissioners must live within the Sandy city limits and be willing to attend meetings on the second Tuesday and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter to City Planning Director Tracy Brown by Nov. 17, describing their interest in the position and any special qualifications.

The city council will make the final appointments and the new commissioners would begin in January. One seat expires at the end of 2008; the other in 2009.

'It's kind of a thankless job,' DeWolf admits, 'but it's necessary. I feel all of the past and present planning commissioners are excellent, and they all want the very best for the citizens of Sandy and the city's future.'

To apply for the Planning Commission seats or to learn more about the body, call Brown at. Application letters should be addressed to Tracy Brown, Planning and Development Director, City of Sandy, 39250 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055.