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Happy April, North Bend. Here is the latest installment of the Weekly recap, designed to help you keep up with City happenings and events around town. Remember to click the linked headlines – where applicable – to read the full news release. We hope you enjoy your holiday weekend.
If you missed Monday’s Habitat for Humanity Public Outreach meeting for the organization’s new North Bend Community, you can watch a recording of the Zoom meeting on the City’s YouTube Channel. The meeting includes a detailed presentation on application requirements. The new 7 townhome community will be located at E. 2nd Street and Janet Ave in downtown North Bend. Construction is anticipated to begin later this summer.
Community members are invited to join the April 6th virtual City Council meeting. Click the linked headline to view the full agenda packet, which also includes instructions to access the Zoom meeting.
With clearing and grading completed last fall, developer contractor crews are scheduled to begin utility infrastructure work for the Cedar River Partners Apartment Project located on North Bend Way near the 436th Ave SE intersection – often referred to as the Dahlgren Property. On site utility work and utility location work is anticipated to start the week of April 5th. Watermain installation work is estimated to begin the week of April 12th.
Effective April 15, all Washington residents 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Since Washington State began its vaccination program, the Department of Health has followed a tiered eligibility system, beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death. According to the Governor’s office, the expansion of vaccine eligibility comes, in part, in response to a recent uptick in COVID cases statewide.
Covid-19 activity increased again this week in North Bend. Over the past 14 days there were 13 new cases reported and the test positivity rate increased to 7.8%. The City’s 7-day daily case average rose to 1.3. Neighboring Snoqualmie is also seeing a noticeable uptick, with 25 new cases reported in the past two weeks and a 10.7% positivity rate. This increase in new cases is an important reminder that even with the vaccine rollout, the virus continues to circulate in our area. Until more residents are fully vaccinated, it is critical to continue following all public health guidelines – spread out, mask up and keep social circles small – to #KeepNorthBendHealthy and help prevent King County from moving back to Phase 2 of the State’s Reopening Plan.
As of March 29th, more than 3.3 million vaccine doses have been given across the state, which is nearly 83% of the 4 million doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. In King County, just over 1,071,000 doses have been administered. Washington is currently averaging nearly 56,000 daily administered vaccine doses. On March 31st nearly 2 million more residents became vaccine eligible. Gov. Inslee also announced this week that beginning on April 15th all Washington resident 16 and older will become eligible. Find a Covid-19 vaccine HERE.
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.
The 2021 North Bend Yard Waste Recycling program begins on April 17th. This free, annual recycling program is open to North Bend residents and property owners on select Saturdays April – October from 8AM to 12PM at the North Bend Public Works building, 1155 E. North Bend Way. Accepted yard waste items include grass clippings, leaves, weeds and branches and limbs up to 3” in diameter and up to 3 feet long. The program cannot accept large branches, sod, dirt, rocks, concrete, asphalt, wood, stumps, trash, construction debris, manure, or plastic bags. (Click linked headline for all program dates.)
The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum is currently seeking applicants for a citizen seat on the Forum. The citizen representative will be appointed to a 4-year term on the committee. Applicant qualifications include residency in a city, town or population center in the King County portion of Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 7, which includes the Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valley areas; strong familiarity with Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish Watersheds; general knowledge of the Endangered Species Act; familiarity with local land use policies and practices; familiar with or involvement in habitat restoration, stewardship and/or water quality best practices. Applications are due by April 16th. (Click linked headline for application link.)
To create awareness and promote community work to alleviate the trauma of sexual violence; ensure support resources are available to all survivors; and reduce harmful attitudes and behaviors that contribute to this underreported crime, Mayor Rob McFarland has proclaimed April 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month in North Bend, and encourages all residents to commit to a safer future for all children, young people, adults and families in our community.
Spring is here and food trucks are back at Si View Park on Thursdays! Pair your park visit or evening walk with a dinner stop at a food truck. Get your meal to go or enjoy it at the picnic tables at Si View Park. Trucks will be parked near the picnic shelter and open from 4 to 8PM, starting April 1st.
Welcome back to aquatic programs at the Si View Pool. Si View’s Aquatics team has been hard at work developing an operations plan that ensures safety of participants and staff, including new safety practices training, re-certifications as necessary, and a schedule that limits number of visitors at any one time and provides time for frequent cleanings. Available programs currently include lap swim, water aerobics, private swim lessons (for groups of up to 3), and swim team. All activities require pre-registration. Learn more at www.siviewpark.org/aquatics.phtml.
Join the Si View Metro Parks team! With the peak summer season headed our way hiring has expanded. Si View has seasonal openings with the park maintenance team, community center staffing, and summer camps. If you love to help people, Si View Parks has an opportunity for you! Learn more at www.siviewpark.org/careers.phtml.
Starting April 3, the Northwest Railway Museum will begin its annual spring train ride season, resuming rides on both Saturdays and Sundays through October. Trains depart from both North Bend and Snoqualmie. Enjoy a socially distanced, scenic train ride through the upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard historic railway cars. Schedules and tickets are available at TrainMuseum.org. Tickets include free admission to the Train Shed Exhibit Hall. On Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend, kids will also receive a fun Easter egg treat. Masks are required on all train rides.
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