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Happy Friday North Bend residents. Welcome to the latest installment of the Weekly Recap! We hope you’re enjoying this brief cloudy spell and short reprieve from the heat. It’s been another busy week around town - and you can catch up below. Remember to click linked headlines where applicable to read full City news releases. Have a wonderful weekend.
After 16 months, City Hall reopened to the public this week. Public health guidelines are in place and are explained at the Cedar Fall Way entrance, which is the only point of entry at this time. Council and commission meetings are still being held virtually and are expected to transition to in-person hybrid meetings in September – October.
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 community is invited to join Councilmembers and staff for the July 20th City Council meeting which will be held using Zoom meetings. Click the linked headline to view the full agenda and for instructions to access the virtual meeting.
The community is invited to a virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 7PM to discuss the creation of the Meadowbrook Utility Local Improvement District (ULID), which would extend public sanitary sewer service into the western portion of the City Limits. Last year, a majority of Meadowbrook area property owners signed a petition requesting the City of North Bend extend sewer to serve homes and businesses in this area. Clicked the linked headline for instructions to access the virtual Town Hall.
Are you craving normalcy? Ready to connect with friends and neighbors? Then the North Bend Downtown Foundation has some great news! Sip Suds & [Little] Si – an art, music, wine and beer walk - is returning after an extended pandemic-related vacation. The concept is simple. On Saturday, August 21st, from 6PM to 9PM, pre-registered ticket holders can stroll the streets of historic downtown North Bend, enjoying local art, live music and stopping by designated businesses for tastes of local wine and beer. This year’s Sip Suds & [Little] Si is a bit smaller than in previous years – hence the Little Si reference. Tickets - $35 each - will be capped at 200, so be sure to purchase online ASAP.
Eastside Fire & Rescue, which serves the City of North Bend and surrounding unincorporated King County areas, is reminding residents that its annual burning moratorium is in effect June 15th and runs through September 30th. Outdoor recreational fires are not recommended due to the ongoing dry conditions, but if you’re using your firepit, here are some safety recommendations:
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!
In an ongoing effort to be a Wildfire Resilient Community, the City, in conjunction with Eastside Fire and Rescue, is coordinating a citywide weed removal program in areas where overgrown vegetation may pose a fire risk. North Bend Fire Code addresses vegetation and states, “Weeds, grass, vines or other growth that is capable of being ignited and endangering property, shall be cut down and removed by the owner or occupant on building lots that are either open or contain an occupied or vacant structure.” (e.g., overgrowth higher than 12 inches.) The City is asking business and residential property owners to inspect their landscaping to determine if it contains overgrown fire risk vegetation. If so, and in order to prevent brush and wildfires during the ongoing dry weather conditions, the City recommends that any overgrown vegetation be cut down and removed.
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.
The City of Enumclaw will be hosting the Moving Wall - a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - from August 5th – 8th. For residents interested in seeing the replica in person, please see the poster below for location.