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Posted on: July 23, 2021

North Bend Weekly Recap: July 27th Town Hall, Saving Water Partnership, Website Upgrades

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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the latest installment of the Weekly Recap, designed to keep you up to date on happenings and news around town. It’s been a busy week – and we also have a Town Hall coming up next week that the community is invited to attend. Remember to click linked headlines below where applicable to read full city news releases. Enjoy the perfect summer weather weekend!

Town Hall: Meadowbrook ULID, July 27th

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.

Construction of New Roundabout at North Bend Way & 436th Ave SE begins soon

Construction of a new privately funded roundabout at the intersection of North Bend Way and 436th Ave SE is scheduled to begin soon. 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.

Nice Work! North Bend Covid-19 Vaccination Rates Keep Climbing

Keep it up North Bend! Below are vaccination rates by eligible age groups as of July 20th. In total, just over 77% of those 12+ residing in zip code 98045 have initiated vaccination - and 71.7% are fully vaccinated. The 12-19 age group is where there is the most room for growth. Walk-in vaccinations are widely available in North Bend and the Snoqualmie Valley. Learn more about Covid-19 vaccines and schedule appointments at: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine [Note: rates for those 60+ in below chart are >95%, which is the highest level the King Co. Public Health dashboard goes.]

98045 vax stats

City Joins Saving Water Partnership, Expands Conservation Effort with New Resources and Rebates

At the July 20th City Council meeting, Councilmembers unanimously approved a contract to join the Saving Water Partnershipa collaboration between Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and 17 water purveyors that purchase water from SPU. The Saving Water Partnership is a water conservation program that offers tips, tools and rebates to help people preserve the region’s water for future generations.  With North  Bend’s membership, residents will have access to free on-site evaluations from SPU staff to find ways to use water wisely; leak detection kits; rebates for replacing aging plumbing fixtures and appliances with more water efficient models; as well as landscaping assessments and rebates. The City is excited to offer expanded educational materials, on-site evaluations and valuable rebates included with the Saving Water Partnership to support its ongoing water conservation efforts.

Citywide Weed Removal and Property Maintenance Effort to Prevent Wildfires

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.

Sip Suds & [Little] Si Event Returns to Downtown North Bend

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.

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Seasonal Burning Moratorium in Effect

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: 

  • Fires must not exceed three feet in diameter or two feet high.
  • Only Charcoal, dried firewood or manufactured fire logs may be used.  It is illegal to burn anything else.
  • Recreational fires must be a minimum of 25 feet from a structure.
  • A person, capable of extinguishing the fire, must always attend it.  The fire must be extinguished before leaving it.
  • Recreational fires are prohibited during air-quality burn bans and fire safety burn bans.  Check the link below for intermittent air quality related burn bans imposed by Puget Sound Clean Air.
  • It is ALWAYS ILLEGAL to smoke out your neighbor.  If smoke from your fire bothers you neighbors, damages their property, or otherwise causes a nuisance, you must immediately put it out.   

Mayor Proclaims August 6th Hunting Bigfoot Day

In honor of the worldwide premiere of the movie Hunting Bigfoot at the historical and independently owned North Bend Theatre next month, Mayor Rob McFarland has proclaimed August 6, 2021, Hunting Bigfoot Day in the City of North Bend. In addition to premiering locally, the movie was filmed in North Bend and the greater Snoqualmie Valley and highlights the natural beauty and history of the area. The writer and director, Taylor Guterson, is also a nearby Issaquah resident.

City Website Upgrades: Visit NEW ‘How do I’ and expanded Transportation Pages

 In an effort to improve residents’ ability to find information quickly and easily on the City’s website, a new main navigation tab titled ‘How Do I…’ was added this week. We invite you to explore this new website navigation system and hope it improves your ability to quickly find information you are seeking. Additionally, we expanded information on the Transportation page, including many options you may not know about. This upgrade was made possible with the assistance of the Snoqualmie Valley Mobility Coalition.

King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program

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 ‘COVID Bill Assistance Program’ 

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has a new COVID Bill Assistance Program, designed to help qualified customers facing financial struggle pay their utility bills. 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.

Picture of the Week

This incredible shot comes from local photographer Riley Seebeck of FlowPhoto Co. These two local elk herd residents were very content with last weekend’s weather.

elk mountain


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