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Posted on: November 6, 2020

North Bend Weekly Recap: Record COVID cases; Holiday lights going up; Be prepared for floods

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As we wrap up a busy week that included the November 2020 election, here are some happenings and headlines in the City of North Bend. Remember to click the linked headline where applicable. 

COVID-19 CASES HIT RECORD HIGH IN OCTOBER 

Covid-19 activity continues in North Bend with 6 cases reported in the past 3 days - along with one new hospitalization. The City saw a 76% increase in reported coronavirus cases in October (30) compared to September (17). King County is at a critical juncture, reporting record high daily cases this past week that surpassed any previous peak day. As we enter the fall and winter, Public Health Officials warn that it's more important than ever - even throughout the holiday season - to keep gatherings small,  mask up when around people from outside your household and wash up. #KeepNorthBendHealthy 

NEW FLASHING BEACON CROSSWALK INSTALLED ON PARK STREET 

The City has made it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross Park Street with a new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Crosswalk installed near William Henry Taylor (Train Depot) Park. The new pedestrian activated RRFB crosswalk was paid for by a King County Grant.  [Photo: New Park Street Mid-block RRFB crossing.]


park street crossing 

MOST RECENT CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECORDING AVAILABLE 

The November 3rd City Council Meeting recording is now available on the City website HERE. Councilmembers discussed the City's proposed new biennial budget and held a public hearing on school impact fees. 

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY POP-UP BLOOD DRIVE HAPPENING NOW  

There is a three-week BloodWorks Northwest Pop-up Blood Drive happening 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 done on donors. 

DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY LIGHTING WORK BEGINS 

Public Works crews braved the rain earlier this week and completed the first step of the City’s holiday light display – the snowflakes are officially up on light poles! More lights will be installed soon and the new street tress might be able to accommodate two strings of lights this year. [Photo: City crews putting up snowflake lights this week.]

snowflakes go up

QUARANTINE-O-WEEN TRIPLE TREAT TREK A HUGE SUCCESS 

800 participants turned out in downtown North Bend last Saturday for this unique Halloween trek. The sun was shining, social distance rules were followed and candy was safely placed on 5 tables around town – all so our youngest residents could have an amazing Halloween. Thank you to our merchants, organizers and trick-or-treaters for making it a memorable day. 

RECORD VOTER TURNOUT IN WA 5TH DISTRICT 

Way to go voters! According to King County Elections Returned Ballots statistics, Washington State's 5th Legislative District, which includes North Bend, saw just over 88% of registered voters return ballots. 

NOVEMBER IS FLOOD AWARENESS MONTH 

Mayor Rob proclaimed November Flood Awareness Month in North Bend. With the City’s location along the Snoqualmie River, it is critical residents understand and prepare for flooding risks, especially those living is low-lying areas. Thursday’s heavy rain and the Snoqualmie River Phase 2 flood level were a stark reminder that we’ve officially entered our yearly flood season. We compiled a list of key resources to help residents when the  River rises. Click the headline for all details. 

NOVEMBER 17TH PUBLIC HEARING ON MARIJUANA RETAIL STORE DEVELOPER AGREEMENT 

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.

ICYMI: Spectacular Snoqualmie Valley Sunrise

North Bend had an incredibly colorful Fall sunrise earlier this week. Local business, BasePoint Fitness captured it - and we wanted to share. Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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