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Happy Friday North Bend. Here is the latest issue of the Weekly Recap, designed to keep you up to date with happenings around town and around the Snoqualmie Valley. The heatwave forecast for this weekend has the potential to set temperature records, so we encourage you to be safe, stay hydrated and cool. See info below for using City Hall as an emergency cooling center if your home becomes too hot.
Weather forecasters are predicting record-setting temperatures across Western Washington this weekend, with highs expected to reach the low 100s in North Bend Saturday, June 26 – Monday, June 28th. With nighttime lows remaining in the low 70s, overnight cooling could be limited in homes without air conditioning. For home cooling tips, excessive heat health safety tips, and warning signs of heat-related illnesses, click the linked headline above.
The City of North Bend will open Council Chambers and the City Hall lobby area as an emergency cooling center during the upcoming forecasted heatwave. These areas of City Hall will be open to residents seeking shelter from the heat from Saturday, June 26th - Monday, June 28th, from 10AM to 8PM, when historic temperatures are predicted to reach 100 - 110 degrees. Residents utilizing the temporary City Hall emergency cooling shelter will need to follow Covid-19 public health guidelines, including signing in, temperature checks, masking (whether vaccinated or not) and social distancing. Residents can bring mats and cold food. Bathroom access will be available. Occupancy will be limited to approximately 75 people. Cooling center may be extended if temperatures over 100F continue. Click linked headline for additional information for cooling shelter users.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Thank you to the community who joined the City, Eastside Fire & Rescue and King Conservation District for this important discussion about wildfire preparedness and risk mitigation strategies for homes. If you missed the June 23rd Town Hall, a recording is now available in the City website Media Center HERE.
Earlier this month King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) broke ground on a new Loop Vehicle Maintenance and Staging Facility in the eastern portion of the City. For the past five years, King County has worked with community members and the City on planning, designing and permit approvals to construct this new facility, located off exit 34 near I-90, on County-owned land. Construction of the new facility - located between 468th Avenue SE, SE 144th Street and SE 146th Street - is expected to take approximately 18 months.
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.
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.