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Happy Halloween, North Bend. Welcome to our third installment of the North Bend Weekly Recap, where our goal is to share City headlines and local happenings to keep you updated. Remember - click linked headlines (if applicable) for more information.
Don't forget to 'Fall Back' this weekend. We return to standard time on Sunday, November 1st - so set those clocks back Halloween night when you go to bed. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep.
King County Public Health issued guidelines to keep your little Goblins safe this Halloween with tips to prevent illness, help the community stay on track for reopening and still retain some of Halloween’s spooky fun. See advice HERE.
Grab your mask and costume! Snoqualmie Valley cities partnered to bring this safe and unique adventure to the community. Join us in downtown North Bend from noon to 6PM to search for the Fall Fox and grab treats at 5 designated tables. All Safe Start guidelines will be followed. Masks and hand sanitizer will also be available for attendees. Wowza! 24 North Bend businesses and community organizations teamed up to provide goodie bags for the Trek. More info including maps, grid and safety protocols HERE.
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 is 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 also be completed on donors through October 31st.
New COVID-19 cases continue to be reported in the City of North Bend. There have been 6 new case this past week and 12 cases over the past two weeks with a 4.3% positive test rate (about double the countywide test rate). There have been 26 cases so far this month (a new record) in the City, surpassing 17 in September. The City encourages residents to be vigilant as we enter the cooler months. Mask up. Wash Up. Spread Out. #KeepNorthBendHealthy
After launching this grant program over the summer with $183,000 in federal CARES Act funding, the city still has some of that funding available for grants to local small businesses and community organizations that did not receive grants during the summer. Click the headline for requirements and the application. Deadline to apply is 5PM, November 4th.
Tuesday, November 3rd is election day. Ballots must be postmarked or dropped in a ballot drop box by 8PM on election day. Ballot drop boxes are located at the Fall City, North Bend and Snoqualmie libraries. King County Elections is expecting a 90% voter turnout and is encouraging residents to vote early.
We’re glad you asked because there’s a great, local story behind this building. This spring it will become the new headquarters of North Bend company, Karakoram Splitboard and Snowboard Bindings. The 13,000 square foot building will provide the company showroom, office, warehouse and manufacturing space. Click the headline to learn more about the family-owned business.
We’ve added a new interactive tool to increase resident awareness of current and proposed commercial and residential development projects within the city limits. See the new Story Board Map HERE.
Mayor Rob proclaimed November 2020 Kindness month in North Bend, encouraging the community to recognize the power of kindness and the ripple effect it can have in the City, the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond. Through simple acts of kindness, we can promote healthy behaviors and positive dynamics within our community.
The appreciates residents' help to keep sidewalks clear and provide more space for pedestrians - especially on garbage collection days when cans should be placed curbside, instead of on sidewalks. Putting cans curbside also allows Republic Services to provide the most efficient service possible. If you have mature landscaping that is encroaching on sidewalks, we remind you that it is also the responsibility of individual homeowners to trim shrubs to prevent them from blocking sidewalks.
The City Council will hold a public hearing – November 17th at 7PM - to receive comments on a development agreement (DA) that would allow a marijuana retail store at 43514 SE North Bend Way. This will be the second public hearing on the topic. The planning commission also held a hearing on August 13th before recommending approval of the DA. The City Council has also expressed a desire to hear directly from the public before making its decision on the topic. Click headline for details about providing public comment to the City Council.
If you see Publics Works crews working in the downtown core next week, it’s prep work for the installation of North Bend’s holiday lights. This year, if new street tree growth allows, each tree may get an additional string of lights to brighten up this holiday season. We’ll keep you posted on that as tree evaluation is completed.
New Karakoram headquarters building under construction on SE North Bend Way, across from City Hall.