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Happy Friday, North Bend. It’s hard to believe, but we’re almost halfway through November. There’s been a lot happening in the City this past week – so here’s your weekly recap to help you stay up to date. Remember – click the linked headline (where applicable) for the full story.
Volunteers Plant 40 Trees at City Hall
Thank you to approximately 15 volunteers who came out last week to plant 40 native Conifer trees on City Hall property in honor of Arbor Day. Boy Scout Troop 466, Mayor Rob and his wife Roberta rolled up their sleeves to provide additional forest canopy around City Hall.
Please Don’t Purposely Blow/Direct Leaves into City Streets or Curbside
The City uses street sweeping vehicles to maintain roadways, but they can sustain costly damages from leaf piles. Please remember to rake/blow leaves on your own property and dispose in yard waste containers - and not blow or direct them into city streets. Our vehicles will bypass these piles when encountered. Leaves can also clog storms drains and cause street flooding. Thank you for your help.
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.
As coronavirus spread hits record highs in the state and county, Public Health officials are urging residents to rethink Thanksgiving plans. North Bend cases continue their record trend from October, with 10 case reported in the past week, 19 cases in the past two weeks and a 6.2% positive test rate – all of which are new record highs for North Bend. City officials continue to stress the importance of Masking Up, Washing Up and Spreading Out to #KeepNorthBendHealthy.
Republic Waste partnered with local North Bend business, Ameriprise Financial to fill a station wagon with food donations for the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. The donation hand-off crossed the Blue Friday goal line at Huxdotter coffee last Friday. Nice work everyone!
The North Bend City Council meets this Tuesday, 11/17. There are multiple public hearings scheduled, including the 2-year biennial budget, a proposed marijuana retail store, and property tax levy.
If you or your business still needs masks, the City has an ample supply. Please email Erin Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pick up or delivery (business only).
The North Bend Downtown Foundation and the City of North Bend are collaborating to create a unique holiday calendar that spans November 28 through December 25. This calendar will be a one-stop location for our community, providing virtual holiday events, fundraisers and activities that will inspire local exploration, dining, holiday shopping and entertainment. Watch for more information soon.
The holiday lights are up throughout downtown – and more cheer is coming soon. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for a beautiful Community Tree in downtown North Bend. We are working hard to select, cut, move and install the 2020 Community Tree, and we hope you will enjoy it! We would like to give a shout-out once again this year to North Bend Chevrolet for graciously preparing for the patience and maneuvering that will occur once our tree arrives.
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. Recent heavy rain and last week’s Snoqualmie River Phase 2 flood level were a reminder that we’ve officially entered our annual flood season. We compiled a list of key resources to help residents when the River rises. Click headline for all the details.