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Posted on: May 7, 2021

North Bend Weekly Recap: May 13th Public Hearing, SR 202 Bridge Closure, Levee Breach Study

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Happy Friday and Happy [early] Mother’s Day to all you North Bend moms. It’s been a busy first week of May around town and we hope the recaps below will help catch you up. Enjoy the weekend and remember to click the linked headlines (where applicable) to read the full news release for all details. 

Snoqualmie River Bridge near the Falls Closed, May 10 – 14

If your travel plans will take you toward the lower Snoqualmie Valley on SR 202, here’s a heads up that the SR 202 Snoqualmie River Bridge will be closed for paving work from May 10-14. This bridge work is part of a $2 million SR 202 paving project from near Snoqualmie Falls Park to Boalch Ave in western North Bend. Click the linked headline for all details. Note: local access to Millpond Road will be available during the bridge closure.

King County to Conduct South Fork Snoqualmie River Levee Breach Study, May thru August

King County will begin fieldwork related to a Levee Breach Study of the South Fork Snoqualmie River in North Bend. This fieldwork will help identify areas that are vulnerable to breaching and will occur along the critical, 6.25-mile South Fork Levee system that runs thru the City. Findings from the study will be shared with residents when it is completed in March 2022.

May 13th Public Hearing on Development Agreement for Senior Housing Project

The City of North Bend Planning Commission will host a public hearing on Thursday, May 13th at 7PM to receive public comments on a proposed Development Agreement (DA) for a potential mixed-use Senior Housing project. Click the linked headline for instructions to access the Zoom meeting, read full Developer Agreement and information to provide written comments.

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May 9th – 15th Proclaimed Affordable Housing Week  

The City of North Bend has joined with communities and organizations throughout King County to raise public awareness and elevate the critical need to create healthy, safe, affordable homes for all residents.  Therefore, next week has been proclaimed Affordable Housing Week in the City.

NORTH BEND COVID-19 ACTIVITY UPDATE

North Bend Covid-19 activity crept up this past week. Over the past 14 days there were 9 new cases reported and the test positivity rate increased to 4.6%. The City’s 7-day daily case average was also up a bit to .06. Neighboring Snoqualmie’s recent uptick in cases also continues, with 37 new cases reported and a 10.6% test positivity rate over the past two weeks. This continued activity in the upper Snoqualmie Valley  is an important reminder that despite vaccine rollout, the virus continues to circulate in our area. Until more residents are fully vaccinated, it is important 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.

Governor Announces Two-Week Pause on Reopening Phase Movement

On May 4th, the state announced that local businesses will not be rolled back to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. All counties will be re-evaluated after the 2-week pause. Thank you to our community for continuing to follow public health guidelines while supporting North Bend businesses! #keepnorthbendhealthy

STATE and Local COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

As of May 3rd, over 5.6 million vaccine doses have been given across the state, which is 81% of the nearly 7 million doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. In King County, roughly 2  million doses have been administered. In North Bend zip code 98045, 61.4 % of those 16 and over have received at least one dose – and 38.4% are now fully vaccinated. More than 39% of Washington residents are also now fully vaccinated. The new Lake Sammamish State Park Mass Vaccination site and the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital have open appointments. Find a Covid-19 vaccine HERE.

Find Transportation to Covid-19 Testing and Vaccinations

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.

We’re Hiring Temporary Parks/Maintenance Workers

Have a college student home on break or a soon to be high school graduate looking for a summer job? The City of North Bend has immediate openings for temporary Seasonal Parks/Maintenance Workers. Must be 18. Click linked headline for full job description and instructions to apply.

We are Hiring

May 4th City Council Meeting / Water Rate Public Hearing Available

Did you miss this week’s City Council meeting? No problem. A recording of the meeting, which included a public hearing on a proposed water rate increase, is now available in the City website Media Center.

Mt. Si Senior Center Hosts Two Weekly Support Groups in May

In May, the Senior Center will host two free weekly support groups. You’re Not Alone During Covid meets each Tuesday at 2PM via Zoom and will  discuss concerns related to grief, loss, social isolation, anxiety and other stressors. Caregiver Support: Coming Together During Covid meets every Saturday at 10AM via Zoom and will discuss tips and strategies to help you take care of YOU as you are helping others. Email: advocate@mtsiseniorcenter.org to register or get more information.

Pet Licenses Required for Furry Family Members; ‘License for Love’ Campaign Waives Late Fees

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.

May 2021 is Building Safety Month

At the May 4th City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Chris Garcia proclaimed May 2021 Building Safety Month in North Bend. North Bend residents are encouraged to consider appropriate steps they can take to ensure the safety of our built environment and recognize that the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies has saved lives and protected homes and businesses.

Help Shape the Future of Transportation in the Valley – Take Survey

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is developing the next Regional Transportation Plan, which will describe how the region will meet transportation needs into the future, addressing existing needs and future growth. The plan outlines investments the region is making to improve all aspects of the transportation system – from roads, transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian systems – and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. Survey takes about 5 minutes. Take it HERE.

Picture of the Week

The sun was shining earlier this week and our history and natural beauty were on full display. Tollgate Farmhouse was looking fabulous while we were filming for a future project.

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