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It’s been a busy week in North Bend. In case you missed this week’s headlines, here’s a quick recap of City happenings and news. [Click linked headline for all details.]
Rapid Relief Business Grants Continue to be Distributed
The City continues to distribute emergency financial assistance grants to small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The City allocated just over $180,000 in federal CARES Act funding to launch the program. Friday morning, grant checks were given to Encompass and Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services.
Mayor Rob’s Quarterly ‘Message from Mayor’
Late last week Mayor Rob released a 3rd quarter City update. Many positive things were accomplished – despite the pandemic – that align with the City’s mission statement to make North Bend a highly livable community.
Governor Relaxes Safe Start Rules for Business Activities
This week Governor Inslee relaxed Safe Start reopening rules for restaurants, movie theaters, sports, libraries, etc. This means the North Bend Theatre will be able to open with reduced capacity, restaurants can serve additional residents and more. Read all the changes HERE.
Stage 2 of Water Conservation Ordinance
Due to virtually no rain in the past 100 days and an unseasonably hot September, North Bend entered Stage 2 of the Water Conservation Ordinance on October 6th. Stage 2 allows for irrigation three days per week based on a home address odd-even schedule. The City appreciates residents efforts to follow the WCO and protect a limited, natural resources.
Community Shred-It Event – October 10th
The City will host a Shred-It event at City Hall, 920 Cedar Falls Way, from 8AM to 12PM on Saturday, October 10th. The free event is open to all North Bend residents. You may bring two file boxes or three grocery bags of documents for secure shredding. No stiff metal, plastic bags or DVDs please.
City Appoints New Youth Member to Parks Commission
At the October 6th City Council meeting, Mayor Rob McFarland appointed Mount Si High School junior Luke Duvall to serve as the new youth member of the North Bend Parks Commission. He was selected based on his enthusiasm for community volunteerism and his passion for recreation and the outdoors.
October 6th City Council Meeting Recording
If you missed this week’s virtual City Council Meeting, a recording of the Zoom meeting can be found on the City website HERE.
Special City Council Meeting Scheduled for October 12th
There will be a special virtual City Council meeting on Monday, October 12th at 7PM. The King County Council is expected to implement a one-tenth of one percent sales tax increase for affordable housing on October 13th. Because the county missed a deadline, the City has the option to take the planned increase – prior to county adoption - and keep the revenue for citywide affordable housing initiatives and related services. The City Council will consider a resolution to keep that planned sales tax increase local.
Tree Farm Subdivision Grading Activity FAQs
As clearing and grading of the new Tree Farm Subdivision continues at Maloney Grove Ave, the City has provided answers to some FAQs regarding the site work - including grading activity.
Historic North Bend Home Saved
A historic home along Maloney Grove was recently saved from demolition. It will be moved to a temporary location in the coming weeks while the owners search for a permanent location. The City used a SEPA condition as an effort to save the home, but initial plans to move the house were derailed in March by unforeseen issues. At the last minute, though, Cook Brothers Structural Movers stepped in to save the Craftsman, 1920s era home.
Department of Health Issues “Tips for a Safer Halloween”
The Washington State Department of Health urges trick-or-treaters to mask up, observe social distancing, and limit close contact with non-household members. While parties and large gatherings are discouraged, there are still plenty of safe ways to have fun this Halloween. See tips HERE.
Rise In Coronavirus Activity Noted
The state Risk Assessment Dashboard indicates a slight rise in virus activity in the last week. The effective reproductive number is now estimated to be 1.4 in Eastern Washington and 1.3 in Western Washington - a figure over 1 indicates accelerated spread.
King County has also noted an uptick in North Bend where 14 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the past two weeks, along with an approximate 5% positive test rate - which is double the countywide rate. Masking, distancing, and limiting gatherings remain critical to avoid a potential fall surge. The City of North Bend encourages residents to help #KeepNorthBendHealthy.
[Photo 1: Councilmember Elwood presents a Rapid Relief Grant Check to Jan Formisano of Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services; Photo 2: Mayor McFarland and Councilmember Miller present a Rapid Relief Check to Nela Cumming and Laurie Gutenberg of Encompass]