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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap. As we approach August, it’s been a very busy week around town, and we have lots of information to share with you. Click the linked headlines where applicable to read full City news releases. Enjoy your weekend and stay cool in the predicted hot temperatures today and tomorrow.
On Thursday afternoon, Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a 3 alarm, two-acre brush fire near I-90 exit 38 on forest service land. It took nearly 3 hours to get the fire 50% contained, at which point forest service firefighters took over. This fire highlights the extremely dry conditions of the City and the greater Snoqualmie Valley area. We urge residents to be Firewise and take precautions to create defensible spaces around their homes in the event wildfires impact our area. Thank you to our partners at Eastside Fire & Rescue for their quick response in containing yesterday’s brush fire. To learn more about defensible spaces and other steps you can take to be prepared, watch our June 23rd Wildfire and Resiliency Town Hall with experts from EF&R and King Conservation District HERE.
In honor of the worldwide premiere of the movie Hunting Bigfoot at the historical and independently owned North Bend Theatre on Friday, August 6th, Mayor Rob McFarland has proclaimed the day, 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 Valley resident.
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.
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.
If you missed this week’s virtual Town Hall meeting regarding a potential Meadowbrook ULID that would extend public sewer service to the western portion of the City limits, the meeting recording is now available in the City website Media Center HERE.
The community is invited to join elected officials and staff for the Tuesday, August 3rd virtual City Council meeting. Click the linked headline for the full meeting agenda, which includes instructions to access the Zoom meeting.
In collaboration with the SnoValley Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Rob and Councilmember Mary Miller officially welcomed Wells Fargo to town on Thursday, July 29th. The new branch is located at the corner of Bendigo Blvd & Park Street next to Bartell’s - and they were very creative with the small building’s space. Welcome to North Bend!
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.
Construction is expected to begin soon on the new headquarters of Sphalerite Technologies along SE North Bend Way in the eastern portion of the City. The company was issued a project clear and grade permit by the City last week, which allows sitework to begin. That sitework includes clearing and grading, utility installation and street frontage improvements and is anticipated to minimally impact traffic in the area.
Thursday Aug 19 at Si View Park. This is an event not to miss. Make it a night to remember. Start the evening at the North Bend Farmers Market with entertainment by Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist (science and music show for all ages), and then cap the night off with an outdoor movie - all at Si View Park on Thursday August 19th. The Movie in the Park event is sponsored by Si View Metro Parks and King County Parks. Movie admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated and support Si View’s Family Fun event series. Suggested donation is $10/family.
Wednesday Aug 18, 6:30pm at Si View Park. Si View Metro Parks continues to be committed to providing residents with an option for a locally governed, public aquatic facility. The community is invited to join this meeting to explore options for a facility that aligns residents’ needs with Si View Park’s ability to sustainably operate and maintain an aquatics facility. A project site has been secured adjacent to Si View Park, and a potential new grant funding source that can help balance the needed community investment has also become available. Community input is needed. Learn more here: https://www.siviewpark.org/newpool.phtml
The Business Bulletin is the City's quarterly business newsletter. It is dedicated to keeping our business community updated with the latest news about businesses, development and infrastructure projects, messages from the Mayor and Council, events and more. Check out the 16th edition of the Bulletin here.
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) 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.
It’s been a long time since Mt. Si Senior Center was able to open its doors to the community, but the wait is finally over. The Center will resume on-site programming on Monday, August 2nd. The Center will follow Washington State guidelines on masks and social distancing. Masks are encouraged, but not required for fully vaccinated people.
Did you notice the historic Sunset Garage at the corner of North Bend Way and Bendigo Blvd got a facelift courtesy of a fresh coat of paint? It gives this busy City corner a whole new feel.