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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap. Remember to click the linked headlines where applicable to see the full news release. If you'd like these weekly newsletters delivered to you inbox, visit the Notify Me section of the website and subscribe to City News Releases. Enjoy your Super Bowl Weekend!
Starting March 1, 2021, Republic Waste will launch new garbage/recycle collection routes in North Bend, with approximately 50% of City customers being assigned new service days. The updated service schedule will increase efficiency and balance existing routes – resulting in less time that trucks are on City roads. Republic will also be adding new routes to serve the City’s growing population. If your collection day will change, Republic Services will notify you of your new service day by mid-February.
The City of North Bend released its 14th Business Bulletin last week. View the January, 2021 Business Bulletin and all others, here. This business-centric quarterly newsletter is a great way to keep up with your favorite local businesses and learn about new business happenings.
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Visit the City’s Media Center to catch up on this week’s City Council and Town Hall meetings. Both meetings were well attended by citizens who participated in the public comment process regarding the City’s Water System Plan.
Covid-19 activity declined this past week in North Bend. Over the past 14 days there have been 10 new cases reported in the City with a 7.4% test positivity rate. The City’s 7-day daily case average also declined to .6. Although vaccine rollout is ramping up, it is still vital to follow public health guidelines – spread out, mask up and keep social circles small – to #KeepNorthBendHealthy until the vaccine reaches more of our population in the coming months.
The department of health continues to make progress with its vaccine distribution and administration efforts. As of February 1, 773,346 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine, which is more than 60% of the 1,160,850 doses delivered to providers and long-term care programs across the state. Currently, Washington is averaging 27,902 vaccine doses given per day, inching closer to its goal of vaccinating 45,000 people per day.
For more info on King County’s COVID-19 vaccine dose status, including how many people have been vaccinated for COVID-19, their demographics, and the number of doses allocated to providers in King County, visit the King County Public Health vaccine dashboard HERE.
This week, the North Bend City Council approved two contracts that will bring improvements to downtown sidewalks on 2nd Street and pavement on Park Street. Both projects are identified in the City’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Design and construction will happen in 2021 and 2022.
On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the North Bend City Council unanimously approved the City’s 5-year Water System Plan (WSP). The in-depth plan – which was developed over the past 1.5 years with input from multiple county and state regulatory agencies and stakeholders - outlines the City’s existing facilities, procedures and policies, along with potential future actions, that ensure the City meets its legal obligations to safely deliver water to current and future customers.
This week the City installed a new, large wayfinding sign near the often-busy intersection of North Bend Way and Mt. Si Road – the primary entrance point to one of the City’s most popular outdoor recreation areas - in support of local businesses. The new sign was installed as part of a Port of Seattle Economic Development grant program and will direct visitors from this popular outdoor recreation spot to downtown North Bend businesses.
Important FYI for unincorporated (outside city limits) North Bend residents. King County Local Services is working to develop a community-identified list of service, program, facility, and capital improvement projects in support of the community’s vision. The community is the driver of this, so if you live in unincorporated areas of North Bend - King County Local Services wants to hear from you. Have a say. Help develop this 20-year vision by taking part in the survey HERE.
Last month the Northwest Railway Museum launched scenic winter, socially distanced Saturday train rides through the upper Snoqualmie Valley. This is the first time in the Museum’s history that visitors can take the historic railway excursion along the Museum’s 5.5 miles of track during the winter months of January – March and includes departures from downtown North Bend. Multiple North Bend departure times give riders the opportunity to visit local shops and enjoy other downtown amenities. The train departs from the North Bend Depot at 10:30AM, 12:00PM, and 1:30PM. [All public health guidelines, including masks, frequent cleaning, and reduced capacity, are followed onboard.]
The City has changed its mailing address. No more PO Box. Instead we are using our physical address: 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend, WA 98045. Please note the changed for utility bills and other correspondence.