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Welcome to the latest installment of the North Bend Weekly recap. We hope you’ve enjoyed the lengthy stretch of warm sunny weather in the Snoqualmie Valley. Remember to click the linked headlines where applicable for all news release details. And don’t forget – we’ve got a couple of big events happening this weekend: the annual spring special recycling event and the prescription drug take back event.
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 between 9AM and 3PM 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.)
The City will hold a public hearing to solicit input and comments on a proposed water rate increase on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7PM during the regular City Council meeting, which will be held online using Zoom meetings. The City is proposing an annual 5.5% water rate increase for 2022-2026 and new General Facilities Charges (GFC) for water connections to help fund normal operations, maintenance and planned capital improvements. The proposed increases were determined by a Water Rate Study recently completed by FCS Group, a firm contracted with the City.
Join Mayors Rob McFarland and Matt Larson for their North Bend and Snoqualmie State of the City Address presentations. The SnoValley Chamber will host the program from 11:30AM to 1:00PM on Wednesday, April 28. The meeting will be virtual. Registration is required on the SnoValley Chamber website.
North Bend Covid-19 activity declined again this past week. Over the past 14 days there were 6 new cases reported and the test positivity rate decreased to 2.6%. The City’s 7-day daily case average declined to .03. Neighboring Snoqualmie’s recent uptick in cases continues to slow, with 15 new cases reported and a 5.4% test positivity rate over the past 14 days. This increase in virus activity in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley 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 April 19th, nearly 4.8 million vaccine doses have been given across the state, which is 82% of the approximate 5.8 million doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. In King County, nearly 1.7 million doses have been administered. Washington is currently averaging nearly 59,000 daily administered vaccine doses and 25% 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.
If you missed this week’s City Council meeting, the recording is now available in the City website Media Center. It was a short meeting and it’s a great way to catch up with recaps provided from various Council and regional committee meetings.
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 began last week and includes the removal of numerous street trees, stump grinding, and sidewalk/driveway removal and replacement work. Work is expected to be complete in late spring.
King County pet licenses are required for all dogs and cats eight weeks of age or older living in the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) coverage area, which includes North Bend. Pet licenses identify and protect your dog or cat if they get lost and offer other benefits, including the free Ride Home Program. On April 1st RASKC launched its ‘License for Love’ campaign, which waives fees for expired pet licenses to ensure cats and dogs receive important protections. If you’ve fallen behind or have forgotten to renew your pet’s license, this campaign offers the perfect opportunity to renew without paying additional fees. The offer expires on June 30th.
The 2021 North Bend Yard Waste Recycling program is off and running. 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. Click the linked headline for all dates and accepted yard waste items.
We want to express our gratitude for the community effort during the City’s inaugural, two-day Beautification Days Event in honor of Earth Day. On Sunday, April 18th and Monday, April 19th, residents, multiple community organizations, local businesses, Republic Services representatives, Councilmembers, the Mayor and City staff turned out to collect garbage and recyclables around the City. Click the linked headline to see photos from the event.