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Mayor Rob’s latest update on City accomplishments and milestones was released this week. Stay up to date on everything North Bend with this quarterly report to residents. Click linked headline to read the full Message from the Mayor.
Did you miss this week’s Council meeting? If so, it’s easy to catch up on the latest discussion about Form Based Code. The virtual meeting recording is now available in the City website media center. Click linked headline to watch.
With clearing and grading completed last fall, developer contractor crews will 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 began this week. Watermain installation work is estimated to begin the week of April 12th.
During this week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Rob acknowledged the incredible impact the North Bend Theatre has had on our community during its 80 years – yes, 8 decades – of operation. Join the City in saying Happy Birthday North Bend Theatre!
If you missed last week’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.
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.)
It’s that time of year again. Whether you’re spring cleaning or de-cluttering, the City’s annual free Special Recycling Event can help. Load up your car in the proper order, head to Snoqualmie Middle School and participating organizations will take items off your hands for proper disposal or recycling. The linked headline includes a list of accepted and not accepted items. [Covid-19 public health guidelines will be followed during the event.]
What do you get when you combine two days and hundreds of community members? IMPACT. In honor of Earth Day, the City invites community members to join us for our inaugural North Bend Beautification Days on April 18th and 19th. Grab some gloves and bags for recycling or trash and head out into your neighborhood or to your favorite park, river spot, or area you think needs some TLC – and help tidy up our City. When finished, post a photo of your full bag of collected trash or recyclables with the #NBEarthDay on Facebook or Instagram. Use that hashtag and you’ll’ be entered to win a bag of locally-made, authentically delicious North Bend Theatre popcorn. 25 winners will be randomly selected.
Since last week, Covid-19 activity declined slightly in North Bend. Over the past 14 days there were 10 new cases reported and the test positivity rate decreased to 5%. The City’s 7-day daily case average also decreased to .07. Neighboring Snoqualmie experienced a noticeable uptick over the past two weeks, with 29 new cases reported and an 8.3% test positivity rate. The recent increase in new cases is an important reminder that even with the vaccine rollout, the virus continues to circulate in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. 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.
On Monday, April 12th, the State will perform the first Covid-19 Key Indicator evaluation for counties across the state. All counties were moved to phase 3 on March 22nd. To remain in phase 3, King County must have: 1) 200 or fewer cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days; and 2) 5 or fewer hospitalizations per 100,000 residents over the past 7 days. If both indicators are failed, King County will be moved back to phase 2. Currently, King County’s case level is 187.8/100k residents and hospitalizations is 3.9/100k residents. See King County Covid-19 Key Indicator Dashboard HERE.
As of April 5th, approximately 3.8 million vaccine doses have been given across the state, which is 85% of the 4.47 million doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. In King County, nearly 1.3 million doses have been administered. Washington is currently averaging nearly 60,000 daily administered vaccine doses. On April 15th, all Washington resident 16 and older will become vaccine 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.
Starting April 3, the Northwest Railway Museum began 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.
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.)
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.
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