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Posted on: March 8, 2018

Mayor Presents Annual State of the City Address

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North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing delivered his 14th State of the City Address during the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 at the Mt. Si Senior Center.

Hearing’s speech focused on accomplishments over the past year and upcoming plans for 2018. 

“Council continues to work hard to improve the quality of life for our citizens,” Hearing said. “This was a chance for us to promote civic awareness and community engagement and highlight some of the work and planning that needs to be done with this goal in mind.”

In his address, Hearing provided the 2017 financial picture, citing a growth in revenues. He said the City prioritizes a 10% reserve to the general fund to guard against unexpected financial situations and for added security and lower interest rates during bonding exercises.

He also spoke about events planned for 2018 to help bring the community together, including the Jazz Walk, Farmers Market, Summer Concert Series, Block Party, Downtown Trick-or-Treat event and the Holiday Lighting Festival, Holly Days.

Other topics included planned transportation improvements, upgrading the Wastewater Treatment Plant and balancing property rights with preserving the rural character of North Bend. 

“Many citizens wish the Council had the ability to simply lock a gate at exit 31 and curtail all new development,” Hearing said during his speech. “This is one example of the balancing act the Council must perform. We all know property rights allow every citizen the right to develop or sell their property. The hard work of the Council this year will be the tricky balance between these property rights against the community’s vision of retaining North Bend’s rural character, natural beauty and small-town scale.”

To view the video of the address, go to the City’s website under Government, Media Center and click on the March 6 Council meeting. The address begins around the 25 minute mark. The video is also broadast daily on NBTV cable channel 21 at 8:30 a.m., noon, 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
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