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Happy Sunny Friday North Bend and welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap, designed to keep you up to date with happenings around town and the Snoqualmie Valley. Remember to click linked headlines where applicable to read full news releases. Enjoy your Father’s Day weekend.
The City Council recently passed a resolution to place a proposition on the November 2nd General Election ballot authorizing the renewal of the taxing authority for the North Bend Transportation Benefit District (TBD) No. 1, which expires in April 2022. The measure would authorize the renewal and continued collection of two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) sales and use tax within the boundaries of the TBD, which are the same as the city limits, for the purpose of financing a portion of the costs associated with projects identified in the City’s Transportation Improvement Program, multi-modal connectivity projects, and streets, sidewalks, and trails repairs and improvements. If this measure is approved by the voters, the tax will continue to be collected for another 10 years rather than expiring in April 2022. The City Council is seeking residents to serve on two committees to draft statements in favor of or in opposition to the ballot measure. The statements will be included in the King County Voter’s Pamphlet for the November election. Up to three individuals will be appointed to each committee by the City Council at its July 20th meeting. Those interested in serving on either the pro or con committee need to submit their name, address, phone number, e-mail address and which committee they would like to serve on, to the City as soon as possible, but no later than July 13, 2021. For more information, contact City Clerk Susie Oppedal at (425) 888-7627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for this important discussion. Community members are invited to join the City of North Bend, Eastside Fire & Rescue and King Conservation District for an important Town Hall about Wildfire Resiliency and Preparedness on June 23, 2021, at 6PM. The virtual Town Hall will be held using Zoom and will provide an opportunity to learn more about the proactive steps Eastside Fire & Rescue takes to protect North Bend when wildfire risk increases; the Wildland Urban Interface and what it means to live within its boundaries; and preventive steps to reduce wildfire risks to homes. Click linked headline for Zoom meeting access.
Did you miss this week’s City Council meeting? If so, it’s easy to catch up. Just visit the City website Media Center to watch the meeting HERE.
Looking for something special and unique for dad on Father’s Day weekend, June 19-20? Let dad blow off some steam and have some family fun with a steam train ride through the beautiful upper Snoqualmie Valley. Step back in time as you board historic coaches at either the Snoqualmie or the North Bend Depots. For more information and to order tickets, go to: TrainMuseum.org
During the past seven years, the City has actively pursued water conservation through ongoing distribution system leak reduction efforts, customer conservation education, and the 2020 Water Conservation Ordinance. A recent North Bend Water Service Meters vs. Water Production Analysis shows that City and resident conservation efforts are seeing results – evidenced by reduced water production even with a growing number of City water customers. Click linked headline to find out how these remarkable results were made possible.
Paving crews have begun 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, and is expected to wrap up in November.
Site work for a new 23-unit condominium project along E. Park Street - near the new North Bend Way roundabout - is expected to begin the week of June 21st. These will be the first new condominiums built in the City in over 20 years, helping to meet the City’s Comprehensive Plan goal of diversified housing options in a walkable location to downtown services. That site work - which includes clearing, grading, utilities, and curb, gutter and sidewalk construction - will be completed by developer TCMM Sequoia. When site work is completed, the project is expected to be sold to Pulte Homes of America for condominium construction at which point the name will be changed from Cade Vu to 109 Degrees.
King County has launched the Reinig Road Revetment Repair Project, 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.
Grab tickets while you can! Last summer the pandemic triggered the resurgence of drive-in movie family fun, so the North Bend Downtown Foundation decided to give its popular Drive-in at Meadowbrook event a repeat performance for 2021. On Thursday, July 1st, grab your family and friends, some dinner and snacks and head down to Meadowbrook Farm for a taste of nostalgia while watching a classic – The Neverending Story -from the comfort of your own car. Tickets should be pre-purchased at www.downtownnorthbend.org.
Here's a chance to help determine future recreation programming offered by Si View Metro Parks. Take the community survey today and help develop recreational programs to meet the needs of the Snoqualmie Valley. Get started HERE.
It's back.... Snoqualmie Valley Transportation's Summer Freedom program has returned, 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 www.svtbus.org for more information.
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 and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 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.
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.
Eastside Fire & Rescue, which serves the City of North Bend and surrounding unincorporated King County areas, is reminding residents that its annual burning moratorium went into effect on Tuesday, June 15th and runs through September 30th. This authorized seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger and is timely as the region has experienced unseasonably warm, dry weather this spring.
Big news from King County this week, which means the King County mask directive will end on June 29th. Keep it up North Bend! As of 6/17, 64% of those residing in North Bend zip code 98045 (12 and over) are fully vaccinated and 72% have had one vaccination dose. Vaccination appointments are widely available in the Snoqualmie Valley. Schedule here: www.vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov
[Featured image credit: Don Detrick]