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Happy Friday, North Bend. Here's the Weekly Recap to help keep you up to speed with City news and happenings. Remember to click linked headlines (where applicable) to read full news releases.
North Bend is seeing the most Covid-19 activity since the pandemic began. There were 8 new cases reported this week in the City limits and 2 new cases in the Riverbend area. In the past 14 days there have been 15 new cases reported in North Bend with a 5% positive test rate, which is double that of the countywide test rate. By comparison, in August there were 11 cases reported and in September the City had 18 total coronavirus cases. During the first 3 weeks of October, though, there have already been 22 cases. The City encourages community members to mask up, wash up and spread out to #KeepNorthBendHealthy as we head into the cooler months.
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.
The City recently re-launched its Instagram page. Follow us for updates. Share your photos and tag us. See the North Bend Instagram page HERE.
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.
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.
The NW Railway Museum has a special, socially-distanced Halloween train running on Saturdays and Sundays, October 24th-25th and 31st. Join them in costumes for a 90-minute fall decorated train excursion. Children arriving in costume will receive a small prize. You can board the train in North Bend or Snoqualmie. More information and tickets HERE.
The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Risk Management Service Agency (RMSA) recognized the risk management efforts of its members that contributed to an improvement in their liability loss experience this past year – including the City of North Bend. The City received a 2020 Safety Award in the Most Improved Liability Claims Experience category.
As an effort to keep North Bend neighborhood sidewalks clear, and ample room for pedestrians, the City is reminding residents that garbage, recycling and yard waste containers should be placed curbside - not on sidewalks - on designated collection days, and landscaping should be trimmed to prevent encroachment on public sidewalks.
Late Thursday night/early Friday morning, the 1920s era Craftsman Holland home was moved down Maloney Grove Ave toward a new location on E. North Bend Way. It was an all-night undertaking by Cook Brothers Structural Moving, who were are also responsible for stepping in to save the home from demolition. See video of the historic late night move on the City of North Bend's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feeds.
Earlier this month, the North Bend City Council approved a design contract that will bring some street repairs and new watermain to portions of the Silver Creek neighborhood over the next two to three years. The NE 6th Street Watermain Replacement and Street Repair project will provide pavement spot repairs, minor storm drainage improvements and replace watermains, fire hydrants, and water services.