By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Out of three qualified candidates who volunteered to serve on the city’s Design Review Board, the Mill Creek City Council picked local business owner Diane Symms.
The three candidates were interviewed just before the September 5, 2017, city council meeting by Councilmembers Mark Bond and Mike Todd, along with Design Review Board Chair Dave Gunter. Symms was their unanimous choice based on her ability to work in committees, her business experience, and her knowledge of architectural and landscape design.
Symms is the owner of Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants with over 30 plus years of business experience. In her letter-of-interest she wrote, “Part of my enjoyment of our business is being directly involved in creating the design and architecture of the restaurant facility, landscaping and overall ambiance of the business.”
In a telephone interview Todd commented, “Diane was a good pick because she has been involved in the community for a long time and wants to contribute by participating in business related design review decisions. She is an established local business owner with lots of experience in the architectural design choices for her establishments.”
When reached by telephone Bond said, “I first met Diane in 2006 when we both served on the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission. She was always thoughtful and polite in her interactions with others during commission meetings. I was very impressed by her ability to articulate her opinions without being antagonistic, a difficult feat in a political group.”
He went on to say, “We were blessed with three outstanding candidates and couldn’t go wrong with any of them. I chose Diane because she identifies so well with Mill Creek and is such a great fit for the Design Review Board. We are really fortunate to have her serve.”
Mill Creek’s Design Review Board makes decisions regarding the aesthetic and visual aspects of landscape and building architecture. They meet once per month to review plans submitted for their approval.
Symms will serve a three-year term starting in September 2017. Her first Design Review Board meeting is Thursday, September 21st.