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Brrr... and welcome to the latest edition of the North Bend Weekly Recap. Remember to click the linked headlines where applicable to read full news releases. Reminder that Monday, February 15th, is a holiday and City Hall will be closed. Stay warm and safe - and have a Happy Valentine's Day, too. Our Public Works Department is actively monitoring weather forecasts and conditions. If/when snowflakes begin falling, our crews are ready!
The coldest temperatures of the season, along with the possibility of snow, are expected in the Puget Sound region. With some Arctic air funneling into Western Washington through the mountain passes, high temperatures for North Bend are predicted to hover near freezing this weekend. Our public works crews are ready and monitoring weather conditions closely. Click the linked headline to see the City’s snowplow routes, street treatment policies and other tips to help our snowplow drivers in the event of measurable snow.
The City of North Bend has scheduled a public hearing to solicit input and comments on a proposed sewer rate increase. The Public Hearing will happen during the Tuesday, February 16th regular City Council Meeting at 7PM. The meeting will be held online using Zoom Meetings. The small increase will fund the Wastewater Treatment Plant High Priority Improvements Project.
Have questions about water? We have a new website page that contains answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the City’s water supply and water infrastructure planning. Click the linked headline to view the Q&A.
Last 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.
Join us for this Tuesday for the regular North Bend City Council meeting. Click the linked headline to view the entire Council agenda packet. The virtual meeting will be held using Zoom Meetings.
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 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.
In late February/early March Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County will begin site preparation work for its newest community located at 250 E. 2nd Street in downtown North Bend. Site preparation on the land parcel at E. 2nd Street and Janet Ave includes tree removal. There are plans to save two trees on the property, though. The new, income qualified affordable housing project includes 7 townhomes, each with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.
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Covid-19 activity increased this past week in North Bend. Over the past 14 days there were 13 new cases reported in the City with a 9.3% test positivity rate. The City’s 7-day daily case average also increased from .6 to 1.3 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.
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.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reported that as of February 6th, more than 940,000 doses of vaccine have been given across the state, which is nearly 80% of the 1,195,207 doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. Washington is currently averaging 26,857 vaccine doses given each day.
North Bend organizations have been celebrating Valentine's Day all week. In response, our community has been shopping local and sharing the love. Looking for ways to support a local business? Here are a few:
Last 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 change for utility bills and other correspondence.