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Happy December North Bend and welcome to the latest installment of the weekly recap, where our goal is to keep you up to date with City happenings and news. Remember to click the linked headline (where applicable) to read the full news release.
We recognize things are different this year - that our traditional holiday events are being dramatically limited by the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t show our community holiday spirit in a new way. Enter North Bend’s inaugural lighting contest: LIGHT UP NORTH BEND – A HOLIDAY SPIRIT CONTEST.
There are 4 Divisions: Single-family home; Multi-family home (apartment, condo, townhome); Business; Neighborhood. There are 3 categories within the Single-family; Multi-family and Business Divisions:
Registration deadline has been extended until December 10th. Participating homes and businesses must be decorated and ready by December 12th at 5PM as judging will occur that evening by representatives of the North Bend Downtown Foundation. Click the linked headline to register today!
To celebrate the holidays safely, the City of North Bend has teamed up with the North Bend Downtown Foundation for a special Holly Days virtual celebration this holiday season - the Hometown Holly Days Countdown Calendar. From November 28th through December 25th, this unique calendar is your one-stop location for information about local, virtual holiday events, fundraisers and activities to help you #KeepitLocalNorthBend and support local businesses and organization during the holidays. Just grab your calendar and let it inspire local exploration for dining, holiday shopping and entertainment throughout the 2020 holiday season.
A recording of the most recent, 12/1, City Council meeting is now available on the City website HERE. Topics included the 2021-22 Biennial budget and a developer agreement for a marijuana retail store on North Bend Way.
Love Snoqualmie has launched a community-wide gift card drive to support Snoqualmie Valley. These gift cards help both the nonprofits and the local community members they serve. Love Snoqualmie Valley's goal is to raise $5,000 in the next 10 days and ALL contributions up to $5,000 will be matched. Link to donate is below. To donate or learn more click HERE.
On November 24, 2020, North Bend City Councilmembers convened remotely for a Work Study session that included an update on mitigation water planning. The City continues evaluating multiple mitigation strategies to meet water system constraints and challenges related to mitigation requirements. Public Works Director Mark Rigos provided an overview on several water topics and related economic development projects, saying that the most important property attribute is access to water.
On Tuesday, December 1st, the North Bend City Council approved a Developer Agreement to allow a Marijuana Retail Store at 43514 SE North Bend Way. Under the City’s zoning regulations, marijuana retail was not permitted at the location but could be considered by the City Council subject to a Development Agreement, reviewed pursuant to the process in North Bend Municipal Code Chapter 18.27. While marijuana retail is already a permitted use within areas of the City’s Interchange Commercial Zone near exit 31, applicants to-date have not been able to find a location in that area where property owners would allow the use, most likely due to use restrictions on the federally-backed loans on those properties.
Eastside Firefighters will take their popular Fill the Truck Food Drive and Reindeer Engine Toy Drive fundraisers virtual this year. Local firefighters remain dedicated to serving the community and continuing the tradition of giving while also keeping community members safe. With safety in mind, donations will be accepted online for the 2020 Holiday Food & Toy Drive. Community members can participate HERE or by texting “GIVE” to 339-229-5551.
Si View Metro Parks is excited to present the 17th annual Holiday Bazaar event, this year virtually! The community is invited to browse and shop for unique holiday gifts from local artisans November 25 to December 9th - all from the comfort of your own home. Participating vendors have prepared special offers, and many deliver locally in Snoqualmie Valley! So, get your holiday season shopping list out, and click here to explore Si View's virtual Holiday Bazaar.
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).