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Happy Friday, North Bend and welcome to the latest edition of the City’s Weekly Recap, designed to keep you up to date on latest events and happenings. It was a busy week around the City. Remember to click the linked headlines below (where applicable) to read full news releases for additional details. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Spring!
The City of North Bend invites community members to an upcoming informational virtual meeting about the new Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County affordable housing project. The meeting will include information on applicant qualifications, application requirements, and the community application preference period for people residing or working in North Bend zip code 98045. That community application preference is anticipated to span the month of April 2021. The new North Bend Habitat for Humanity community includes seven 1,250 sq. ft., 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom townhomes.
On March 4, 2021, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) approved the City’s Water System Plan (WSP). Prior to the DOH approval, the 5-year Water System Plan had been approved by the North Bend City Council, the King County Council, the King County Utilities and Technical Review Committee and the Washington State Department of Ecology. The WSP outlines the City’s plan – consistent with Growth Management Act (GMA) requirements and other state law - to deliver safe and reliable drinking water to its current and future customers, including both City residents and Unincorporated King County residents.
To create more awareness and help establish additional Safe Place locations, Mayor Rob McFarland has proclaimed March 21 - 27th National Safe Place Week in North Bend. Safe Place is a program that quickly connects homeless and runaway youth (ages 12-17) to critical services. Safe Place launched in 1983 and now has 140 programs in operation across the country, including King County and the Snoqualmie Valley. The program has helped nearly 400,000 youth over the past 38 years. Mayor Rob encourages residents interested in learning more about the Safe Place program or volunteering as a youth mentor to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There will soon be a new storefront addition to the historic North Bend downtown core: Falling River Meats, a Snoqualmie Valley business that specializes in locally sourced, humanely raised meats. The new store is a great example of the type of businesses the City’s Community and Economic Development Department and volunteer Economic Development Commission have been working to attract to the revitalized downtown area to serve the needs of North Bend residents.
On Sunday, March 28th Snoqualmie Valley Hospital – in collaboration with the Snoqualmie Fire Dept. – will host a mass vaccination clinic. The hospital recently had a large vaccine order approved, including 2,000 first doses which is allowing the hospital to host its first mass vaccination event. Click the linked headline to see if appointments are available and to schedule.
The Snoqualmie Valley is home to a wonderful preserved open space – Meadowbrook Farm Park. This vast open space gem is available to Snoqualmie Valley residents for wildlife viewing, walking, and just enjoying the outdoors. See the latest Quarterly newsletter from the Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association to see what’s happening: winter2020-21.pdf (meadowbrookfarmpreserve.org)
Interested in donating blood, and accomplishing it locally? Then you are in luck. BloodWorks Northwest will bring a popup blood drive back to the Valley – at Snoqualmie City Hall Council Chambers from March 23 – 29. Donating blood is an essential and encouraged activity critical to sustaining community healthcare, especially during emergencies and tumultuous times like these. A one-hour donation appointment is a safe action to support local hospitals and patients. Schedule an appointment HERE.
Catch up with your City Council. If you missed the March 16th virtual City Council meeting, the recording is now available on the City’s website.
Governor Inslee announced that all of Washington State will move to Phase 3 of its Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan on March 22nd. Reopening will also transition from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. The new 3rd phase also includes a return to in-person spectators at professional and high school sports outdoor venues and businesses will be allowed to increase indoor capacity from 25% to 50%, including restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and others.
Are you spring cleaning or doing household organizing? Then it is the perfect opportunity to fix leaks and drips around the house. Did you know? Dripping faucets can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars each year. These how-to videos will help you with DIY leak fixes – to save money and protect a limited natural resource: How to Videos | Saving Water Partnership
In spring 2020 – and after months of planning and training - K9 Pooch joined the Snoqualmie Police Department. This past fall Pooch expanded his skills to North Bend. The idea of adding an anti-narcotic dog to the Snoqualmie Police Department began in 2019. Local nonprofit Friends of Snoqualmie Valley K9 was established and funds the canine narcotic detection program, including the acquisition of Pooch, the handler training program, veterinarian visits, food, and other expenses. The anti-narcotic K9 program does not increase the North Bend Police service contract.
The King County Conservation District (KCD) is currently holding an election for an open seat on its Board of Supervisors. Nine candidates are vying for open position #3. Voting started on March 1st and runs through March 23rd. Voting can be done electronically, making it easy to participate. Election ballots are available to eligible voters online through March 23rd at 5PM. Voters can return their ballots electronically through the online ballot access system or by printing and mailing them to King County Elections at 919 Grady Way STE 200, Renton WA, 98057.
We recently launched four new City website pages. The Covid-19 vaccination resource page helps you navigate everything vaccine-related. The Water FAQ page contains answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the City’s water supply and water infrastructure planning. 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.
Covid-19 activity increased this past week in North Bend. Over the past 14 days there were 4 new cases reported and the test positivity rate increased to 4.1%. The City’s 7-day daily case average also bumped up to .06. These new cases are a reminder that the virus continues to circulate in our area. As spread continues and vaccinations increase, it is still critical to follow public health guidelines – spread out, mask up and keep social circles small – to #KeepNorthBendHealthy until the vaccine reaches more of our population this spring.
As of March 13, more than 2.5 million vaccine doses have been given across the state, which is nearly 80% of the 3,165,350 doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. Washington is currently averaging 44,165 vaccine doses given each day. On March 17 Washington entered Phase 1B tier 2 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine timeline. This advancement opened eligibility to about 740,000 people. Governor Inslee announced this week that Phases 1B Tier 3 & 4 will start on March 31st, making another 2 million people vaccine eligible.
HopeLink has developed a new online resource to help residents find transportation to and from Covid-19 vaccinations and/or testing sites. Find it at: https://www.findaride.org/covid.
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