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Happy sunny Friday North Bend. Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap. It's been a busy week as we prepared for our citywide, multi-day Earth Day citywide cleanup event. We've also got our yard waste recycle program kicking off this weekend and an upcoming special spring recycle event that will assist you in getting rid of unwanted items in your home. As always, remember to click the linked headlines for all details in the full news release. Enjoy the beautiful and warm weekend!
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. [See flier at bottom of page.]
Seattle-King County Public Health recently recognized Snoqualmie/North Bend Police Department Officer Austin Gutwein for saving the life of a North Bend man in January 2021. Gutwein was first on the scene, responding to a call reporting a collapsed man in a business on E. North Bend Way. Upon arrival, he used an AED to restart the man’s heart and continued chest compressions until Eastside Fire & Rescue arrived a short time later. Officer Gutwein was able to me the man he saved this week.
Mayor Rob’s latest update on City accomplishments and milestones was released last 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.
Stop by next week's City Council meeting. Click the linked headline for the full agenda packet, including instructions to access the virtual Zoom meeting.
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.)
As part of a two-year Citywide Sidewalk Reinvestment Program, the North Bend City Council awarded a contract for the 2021 Annual Sidewalk Repair Project to Accord Contractors, LLC. This year’s funding will be solely focused on repairs in the Forster Woods neighborhood, which was determined to be the highest priority area following a citywide sidewalk evaluation. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, April 19th and includes the removal of numerous street trees, stump grinding, and sidewalk/driveway removal and replacement work.
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.]
Get rid of your old, unwanted or unused prescriptions at this annual event on Saturday, April 24th from 10AM to 2PM. Bring your pills for disposal to North Bend City Hall, 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, or the Snoqualmie Fire Department at 37600 Snoqualmie Parkway. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. (Note: this is a joint event with the DEA, which cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)
Since last week, Covid-19 activity declined again in North Bend. Over the past 14 days there were 6 new cases reported and the test positivity rate decreased to 4.1%. The City’s 7-day daily case average was flat at .07. Neighboring Snoqualmie’s recent uptick in cases has slowed, with 20 new cases reported and a 7.1% test positivity rate over the past 14 days. This increase in new April 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.
As of April 10th, nearly 4.2 million vaccine doses have been given across the state, which is 82% of the approximate 5.2 million doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. In King County, nearly 1.5 million doses have been administered. Washington is currently averaging nearly 57,500 daily administered vaccine doses and 22% of residents have been fully vaccinated. On April 15th, all Washington resident 16 and older became 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.
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.
To honor the impact of HopeLink across the Puget Sound region, Mayor McFarland joined the mayors of Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle, Shoreline, Skykomish, Snoqualmie and Woodinville to jointly proclaim April 21st HopeLink Day. The joint proclamation honors the work of the HopeLink organization, that for five decades has served as a vital resource and beacon of hope for community members experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Wondering about the large trees lining the field between the former Two Rivers building and North Bend Elementary? There’s history to these trees planted in the early 1920’s in honor of a fellow student. Learn about the trees from this Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum article.