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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap – designed to keep you up to date on happenings around town and the Valley. We hope you enjoyed the 4th of July holiday last weekend. Thank you to everyone for following the City’s emergency declaration prohibiting aerial fireworks to prevent wildfires during this extended dry period. This effort helped protect our community and the surrounding environment. Remember to click linked headlines below where applicable to read full news releases – and have a wonderful, sunny weekend.
Each quarter, Mayor Rob provides numerous updates on City happenings, infrastructure improvements, new businesses, community development projects and more. This quarter’s Message from the Mayor also includes details about the reopening of City Hall to citizens and the transition back to in-person Council and Commission meetings. Click the linked headline and let the Mayor catch you up!
Weekend traffic alert! SR 18 between I-90 and Issaquah-Hobart Road will be closed in both directions this weekend for maintenance work. Drivers are advised to plan extra time to take alternate routes. The closure runs from 9 p.m. Friday (July 9) until 2 p.m. Sunday (July 11). Crews will repair more than 3,000 feet of pavement, replace and upgrade about 1,800 feet of guardrail, and do other work including improving drainage and taking down potentially hazardous trees.
Earlier this week, North Bend zip code 98045 hit a vaccination milestone, with 70.2% of residents now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Additionally, 76% have begun the vaccination process. This milestone helps improve the overall health of our community and helps the business community as well. Thanks to our residents. If you are interested in being vaccinated, appointments are widely available right here in town. Schedule an appointment today: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/
Construction of a new privately funded roundabout at the intersection of North Bend Way and 436th Ave SE is scheduled to begin the week of July 20th. Contractor crews working for Cedar River Partners - which is developing a new 212-unit apartment complex on the nearby, former Dahlgren property - will be building the roundabout to mitigate future traffic impacts at this critical intersection. Construction requires 436th Ave SE to be closed between North Bend Way and just north of SE Cedar Falls Way during several phases of construction. Local access for residents residing along 436th will be provided. Detour routes will be clearly marked along North Bend Way and Cedar Falls Way in the project area.
The Washington State Fire Training Academy (FTA) has notified the City that it will be hosting training exercises next week that may result in explosive noises being heard in areas of North Bend. Explosive noises are possible from 7AM to 5PM, Monday, July 12th through Wednesday, July 14th.
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.
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.
In June, 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 will launch the Reinig Road Revetment Repair Project this month, which will require an extended closure of Reinig Road between SE 81st Street and 428th Ave SE in unincorporated King County near Three Forks Park. Construction is anticipated for early July 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 will reopen by September 6th. The detour route includes part of downtown North Bend.