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Happy Friday, North Bend. Here is the latest edition of the Weekly Recap. As always, remember to click linked headlines where applicable to read full City news releases. It’s been another busy week around town – so we hope this newsletter helps keep you up to date. If you’re interested in having the Weekly Recap delivered to your inbox, click the ‘Notify Me’ button on the City website homepage and sign up for News Releases. Have a wonderful weekend.
Construction of a new privately funded roundabout at the intersection of North Bend Way and 436th Ave SE is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks. The project was originally anticipated to start in late July, but has been delayed by issues related to the undergrounding of nearby utility lines. Construction will require 436th Ave 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 marked in the project area.
Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases caused by the more transmissible Delta variant, Governor Inslee has re-instated a statewide indoor mask mandate in public settings effective Monday, August 23rd. Covid-19 activity in the City of North Bend has accelerated this summer. After only 3 cases being reported in June, there were 22 cases reported in July and through August 23rd there have been 39 cases reported. Since June there has been one hospitalization and one death reported. Vaccination rates for North Bend zip code 98045 continue to increase. Currently 74.5% of those 12+ are fully vaccinated and 80.3% have had at least one shot. Vaccines are readily available at local pharmacies and the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Schedule a vaccination at www.vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov
Each year the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO) Stage 1 goes into effect on August 15th. It applies to all homes and businesses within the North Bend City limits and City water customers located outside the City limits. The WCO was enacted by the City Council in June 2020 as an effort to be good stewards of the environment, conserve a precious and finite natural resource and protect the Snoqualmie River. This is the second year it will be in effect. Click the linked headline for an overview of the WCO, including the different stages and details regarding when you can water each day.
Snoqualmie Valley students return to classrooms on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. The return to full-time, in-person learning – combined with a bus driver shortage - means the potential for more students walking to/from North Bend area schools and more parents transporting their children to/from school. Drivers are encouraged to slow down, follow posted school zone speed limits and use extra caution to protect the safety of pedestrians on their way to class. With school buses back on local roads regularly, it’s also important for drivers to refresh themselves on the rules of school bus stops. Click the linked headline for a refresher on rules for School Bus Stops.
In late July, the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) announced for the 4th consecutive year the City of North Bend’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was honored with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award. Of approximately 300 wastewater treatment plants statewide, North Bend’s plant was one of 125 that achieved full compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in 2020. [Photo: WWTP Staff Members (L to R): Craig Jess (w/Cody), James Monroe, Jeff Leamon, Greg Fierro]
North Bend City Staff are handing out free cloth face masks to residents and businesses. Should you wish to pick up masks for your family or business, or request a local delivery, email Erin Mitchell.
King County has a Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP) that 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 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.
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Oh, those toilets. Of all water fixtures in homes, they often account for the most water usage – and are also often the culprit of leaks that can REALLY add up. Did you know? Running toilets are the top source of leaks inside homes and can waste as much as taking 15 showers a day or more! If you suddenly have a high water bill, toilets are the first place to check for a leak.