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Hello and Happy Friday, North Bend. Here is your latest edition of the Weekly Recap. If you'd like to get these weekly updates delivered straight to your inbox, visit the Notfy Me section of the City website and sign up for 'New Releases.' Remember to click the linked headlines - where applicable - for more details and/or to read the full news release. Have a safe, great weekend.
Important Reminder: Starting Monday, March 1, 2021, Republic Services 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. If your collection day will change, Republic Services should have notified you of your new service day in mid-February.
The North Bend City Council will meet virtually for its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 2nd. The full meeting agenda packet, which contains instructions to access the Zoom meeting, can be found by clicking the linked headline.
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.
This week we launched two new City website pages. The Transportation page offers info on available shuttle bus, ride share, vanpool options to help get residents where they need to go. The Report a Street Light Problem page will direct you to reporting options for streetlight issues in the City. See a strobing or dark streetlight? This page will get you to the right place to help remedy the problem.
In honor of Twin Peaks Day, Mayor Rob McFarland was featured on CBC Vancouver radio talk show On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko. During the radio segment, Mayor Rob was asked many questions about tourism in North Bend, allowing him to highlight the City’s businesses; the important impact of Twin Peaks tourism to the City; and the many popular destinations that draw tourists from near and far to ‘the real Twin Peaks.’ Click the linked headline to hear the full interview.
The King County Library System (KCLS) has used a federal CARES Act grant from the Washington State Library (WSL) to install external Wi-Fi Access Points (AP) at 44 county library locations, including the North Bend Library. The new external Access Point provides residents with access to the internet outside the North Bend Library, 115 E. 4th Street, while the building remains closed to the public. You do not need a library card or Wi-Fi password to access the free “kcls.org wireless” network.
Crews started work last week to remove 5 long-vacant homes on E. Park Street – just west of North Bend Way. The land parcels encompassing 1.5 acres on both sides of Park Street are the future site of a 25-unit townhome project. Following home removal work, additional site work is anticipated to begin this spring.
Good news! Covid-19 activity decreased this past week in North Bend. Over the past 14 days there were only 3 new cases reported and the test positivity rate dropped to 3.8% The City’s 7-day daily case average also decreased from .07 to .01. As vaccine rollout continues, it is still vital to follow public health guidelines – spread out, mask up and keep social circles small – to #KeepNorthBendHealthy until the vaccine reaches most of our population in the coming months.
According to the Washington State DOH, as of Feb. 22, more than 1.4 million doses of vaccine have been given across the state, which is more than 75% of the 1.8 million doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. Washington is averaging 25,346 vaccine doses given each day. The state hit a new record on Feb. 11, administering 44,872 doses in a single day, which is extremely close to the goal of vaccinating 45,000 people per day.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (MTSGT) announced a new volunteer program - Trailhead Ambassadors – will launch this summer in the North Bend area where recreational trails see some of the largest numbers of visitors in Washington. The Trailhead Ambassadors program is currently recruiting volunteers to educate and empower visitors on trails and public lands within the I-90 corridor. As most North Bend residents already know, in recent years local trail use has increased exponentially. Mountains to Sound Greenway said this program is a direct reflection of the need to provide more resources to trail users about how to recreate responsibly.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and their negative effects can have a detrimental impact on developing brains. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ACEs are noted as the #1 chronic health epidemic in the nation, but resilience building strategies can interrupt their impact. The City of North Bend recognizes the important work of multiple Snoqualmie Valley organizations in building community resilience to create hope and healing for residents. Therefore, Mayor Rob McFarland has proclaimed March 2021 Resilience Month in North Bend.
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.
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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.