Retired Alderman Guy Grube was officially recognized by the City of Kiel for his 20 years of service at the June 9 meeting of the Kiel City Council.
Mayor Michael Steinhardt presented Grube with a proclamation outlining his service, noting that Grube served as an alderman for two separate time periods, once in the early 1990’s, then again from 2006 until he stepped down from the Council in April.
Steinhardt thanked Grube for what he called selfless service to the citizens of Kiel and his dedication to making Kiel a better community. He said that Grube, a Vietnam veteran, helped to oversee the positive growth of Kiel while serving on the Council, but was also instrumental in serving on the budget and salary committee, and as chair of the Kiel Public Library Board. The mayor also humorously noted that Grube was the unofficial “chairman” of pickle ball at the Kiel City Hall.
“Guy served many years in city government on committees and he was always there to help bring a conservative bent to watch our budget and watch our spending,” the mayor said.
Reflecting on time
Grube recalled he initially became a Council member after being appointed to the position by Mayor Tom Keller, after the two had duelled for the mayoral position. He earned three terms to the Council in that first stint, then decided to step back to make his time available to his kids.
“In 2006, I came back again. I felt there were some nagging things I wanted to try and change, and getting involved was the only way to change them,” Grube said.
One of those things was personal. After getting sick of sweeping sand out of his garage after the snow season, Grube convinced the city to stop the use of excessive sand on streets during the winter.
He also took on the task of preserving the historic city hall with a passion, at a time when some were considering razing replacing the building.
“I grew up there, went to the library there and wanted to keep the building because of its unique look and how it was part of Kiel’s identity,” he said.
“It turned out that 80 percent of the community favored keeping the building,” he said.
Grube said, “I always tried to work for the betterment of the city. People knew my position. I took a stand and would stick with it. But, what I learned more than anything is that you can’t come in bullheaded and think you are going to change the world.”
Grube served under five Kiel mayors, each of them unique in their own way, he said.