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Happy Fall, North Bend. Welcome to our second installment of North Bend Weekly Recap, where we share headlines and happenings in the City over the past week. Click linked headlines (if applicable) for more information.
Are you in need of masks? If so, the City still has a supply. Simply email Erin Mitchell at EMitchell@northbendwa.gov and she will schedule a pick up time.
There will be a three-week BloodWorks Northwest Pop-up Blood Drive at Snoqualmie City Hall from October 28th - November 11th. Mount Si High School is also partnering on this appointment-only blood drive. Schedule at appointment HERE. Covid-19 anti-body testing will be completed on donors through October 31st.
New COVID-19 cases continue to be reported North Bend. King County Public Health reported three new cases on Wednesday. In the North Bend city limits there were 13 new cases reported in the first 14 days of October, one new hospitalization and the City's positive test rate is 3.9%%, which is almost double that of the countywide rate. In comparison, in September there were 17 total cases reported in North Bend. The City encourages residents to be vigilant as we enter the cooler months. Mask up. Wash Up. Spread Out. #KeepNorthBendHealthy.
Per the City's Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO - North Bend Municipal Code 13.050.060), Public Works Director Mark Rigos has determined that beginning Friday, October 16th, water use reductions defined in WCO Stage 1 and Stage 2 will come to an end for 2020.
The Cedar River Partners Apartment Project is anticipated to break ground this month along SE North Bend Way near the intersection of 436th Ave SE. Initial site work includes clearing and grading of the 21-acre site often referred to as the Dahlgren Property. The project also includes a 4-acre City park with Snoqualmie River access.
On October 31st, from 12PM-6PM, local organizations collaborate with the cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City for a free, Halloween-inspired fall trek. The Quarantine-O-Ween Triple Treat Trek will incorporate pre-made merchant-crafted goodie bags that will be placed on tables - for safe and easy pick-up by participants.
Note: Cities are following Washington State Safe Start guidelines to provide this safe, distanced community trek. The outdoor, socially-distanced trek will be marked and six feet of distance between treaters and trekkers will be maintained. Hand sanitizer will be provided at tables.
This week the North Bend City Council approved a resolution that will keep revenue raised from a planned King County sale tax increase at home for affordable housing and related service needs. This option became available when King County missed a September 30th deadline - outlined by state law – to enact an affordable housing sales tax increase. State laws says if counties miss the deadline, cities may adopt the one-tenth of one percent sales tax increase and use the revenue to support their own affordable housing initiatives and related services.
It is estimated North Bend could collect approximately $300,000 annually from the small tax increase, which will be used for citywide affordable housing initiatives, along with other related services – like mental health, substance abuse, senior and veterans programs - to support lower-income North Bend residents. Bellevue, Covington, Issaquah and Snoqualmie also enacted similar resolutions.
As the November 3rd 2020 General Election draws near, King County Elections has provided an overview of key dates, as well as information on how to register, how to return ballots or request a replacement, and other voting best practices.
Ballots should hit mailboxes this week, but there is still time to register to vote. The deadline to register online or return a paper registration form by mail is Monday, October 26th. The easiest way to register - or ensure your registration is up to date - is at www.VoteWA.gov.
King County Elections encourages everyone to vote early as they are expecting 90% voter turnout, with almost 500,000 ballots returned to drop boxes on Election Day alone Click the linked headline above for more information about ballot box locations, what to do if you ballot doesn’t arrive and more.
The Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington Arts Commission have partnered to provide federal CARES Act funding to art and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. Grants are available up to $10,000 each, no funding match is required. Applications are due October 23, by 5PM.