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Happy June North Bed and welcome to the latest installment of the Weekly Recap. We hope you’ve enjoyed this beautiful sunny week around the Snoqualmie Valley, which has been a busy one. As always, remember to click the linked headlines below – where applicable – to read full news releases. Have a wonderful weekend!
Are you ready? Si View Park’s North Bend Farmers Market opens for the season on Thursday, June 10th. This year there will still be some King County pandemic restrictions in place, but they won't be as extensive as last year when the market was severely limited. Rain or shine, the North Bend Farmers Market operates each Thursday from 4PM to 8PM through September 9th at Si View Park, 400 SE Orchard Drive. Click linked headline for market guidelines and pandemic restrictions.
Renton-Pickering American Legion Post 79 hosted a moving Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 31st at the new Veterans Memorial Garden located outside City Council Chambers. Numerous elected officials and veterans spoke to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country. The City was honored that the Veterans Memorial Garden could be the backdrop for this ceremony to honor and remember.
Did you miss this week’s virtual City Council meeting? Its easy to catch up. Visit the City website Media Center to watch the June 1st meeting.
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) recently created a new COVID Bill Assistance Program, designed to help qualified customers facing financial struggle pay their utility bills. Since launching the program in late April, PSE has distributed over $9 million directly to its customers to reduce or eliminate outstanding balances. The program offers: up to $2,500 in additional utility bill payment assistance; up to $2,500 to forgive past balances for customers who received energy assistance in the past; extended payment plans up to 18 months; the option to change your energy bill’s due date to help with monthly budgeting.
Paving crews will be on site the week of June 14th to begin preparation for shoulder paving between North Bend City Hall and the Snoqualmie Valley Trail Crossing along East North Bend Way. This work is required to restore approximately 1.5 miles of roadway shoulder impacted by a recently installed watermain along this stretch of roadway. Additional North Bend Way lane closures should be anticipated throughout the summer for traffic improvement projects required as part of the Cedar River Partners (Dahlgren) Apartment project. In July, construction will begin on a new roundabout at North Bend Way and 436th Ave SE. Work on the new roundabout is expected to wrap up in November.
King County will launch the Reinig Road Revetment Repair Project in mid-June, which will require an approximate 3-month closure of Reinig Road between SE 81st Street and 428th Ave SE in unincorporated King County near Three Forks Park. Construction is anticipated for June 15th through October 30th. To improve safety and increase construction efficiency, Reinig Road will be closed in both directions near the project site. The westbound lane, though, will reopen by September 6th. The detour route includes part of downtown North Bend.
On Tuesday, June 1st, the City Council unanimously approved the adoption of Form Based Code (FBC) to guide development in the City’s Downtown Commercial (DC) Zone, which encompasses approximately 20 blocks in the downtown area. The more traditional North Bend Municipal Code (NBMC) that had guided development in the City’s Downtown Commercial Zone focused on segregated uses and density. The new Form Based Code is a land development regulation that fosters predictable built results and high-quality public spaces (sidewalks, plazas, etc.) by using physical form, rather than separation of uses, as its organizing principle. Compared to traditional zoning, FBC places more emphasis on community character and the impact development has on the public realm.
King County has opened the next round of its Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP). The program helps people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who are at risk of housing instability or homelessness. The program is funded by $145 million from the Federal Coronavirus Response &Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and will help King County residents by paying past, current, and future rent and targeting resources to people in need. Click linked headline to apply.
It's back! King County Metro's popular #TrailheadDirect service to Mount Si, Little Si and Mount Teneriffe trailheads returns starting Saturday, June 5th. Click the linked headline for schedule and pricing.
On May 25, the SnoValley Chamber of Commerce, Umpqua Bank and the cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie sponsored a virtual job fair. Local employers and job seekers met to discuss current openings and hiring processes. Following the virtual job fair, employers may now submit jobs to an online Community Jobs Board, and in turn, job seekers may review and apply. For more information, click here.
As of May 31st, over 7 million vaccine doses have been given across the state. In King County, over 2.6 million doses have been administered and 74.6% of residents 12 and over have received at least one dose. In North Bend zip code 98045, 68.2% of those 12 and over have received one dose – and 54.2% are now fully vaccinated. Statewide 54% of residents (16+) are now fully vaccinated and nearly 63% have had one dose. Since the Pfizer vaccine became available for kids aged 12-15 on May 13th more than 100,000 Washington 12 to 15-year-olds have received their first dose, which is 27% of that population. Vaccination appointments are now widely available locally. Find a Covid-19 vaccine HERE.
North Bend Covid-19 activity declined this past week. According to reported June 2nd Public Health data, during the past two weeks there were 5 new cases reported in the City – but NO new cases have been reported since May 28th. As virus activity continues, vaccination is the critical tool to keep that activity in check and stop variant spread to #KeepNorthBendHealthy - and to meet the State’s June 30th reopening target.
It's back.... Snoqualmie Valley Transportation's Summer Freedom program is returning, allowing riders who are 18 or younger to ride free between June 1st and August 31st. This vital program will help local youth get to where they need to go this summer. Visit https://svtbus.org/ for more information.