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Happy October North Bend. We hope you’re enjoying the start to Fall, and all the Snoqualmie Valley colors that come with the season. Here is the latest issue of the Weekly Recap, designed to keep you up to date with happenings around town. Be sure to click linked headlines where applicable to read the full news release.
The City is hosting a FREE Community Shred-It Event. On Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 8AM to 12PM residents can bring un-needed documents to North Bend City Hall, SE 920 Cedar Falls Way, for safe and secure shredding. The event is open to ALL North Bend residents. Bring up to 2 file boxes or 3 grocery bags of documents
A new statewide plastic bag ban goes into effect today that prohibits the distribution of single-use plastic carry-out bags by restaurants, retail, small vendor and grocery stores. Per the new state law, if customers choose to use compliant plastic or paper bags offered by a merchant, the business is required to charge 8 cents per bag. Although the City of North Bend had already enacted a single-use plastic bag ban that did not require businesses to charge a paper bag fee, the new state law supersedes the City ordinance. Residents will begin to notice this new state-imposed bag charge when shopping locally.
Join your elected officials and City staff for the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 7PM. Click the linked headline to view the full agenda and instructions to access the virtual Zoom meeting.
North Bend City Hall will close to the public at 11:30AM on Thursday, October 7, 2021, to accommodate an all staff training event. City Hall will still be open to the public on Oct. 7th from 8:30AM – 11:30AM and will resume normal operating hours on October 8th.
An important reminder that the City has cancelled the final date – October 16th – of the 2021 Yard Waste Recycling Program due to budget constraints of the annual program funded by King County. This recycling program should return in April 2022.
If you noticed street trees were removed on North Bend Way west of Bendigo Blvd, it was because the root systems of the trees had started creating sidewalk trip hazards. The removed trees will be replaced in the coming weeks with ones less apt to create these trip hazards in the future. Thank you for your patience and understanding while our Public Works crews work to keep our sidewalks and community safe.
North Bend Blues Walk is back. The popular one-day blues festival that takes over historic downtown North Bend is returning after a temporary ‘Covid vacation.’ On Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 6PM to midnight, one ticket gets attendees into 17 North Bend venues featuring 22 bands and more than 100 musicians. Click the linked headline for schedule, venues and to buy tickets.
On September 28, 2021, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties representatives, along with elected State and City officials, gathered in downtown North Bend to officially launch the organization’s newest community: Taylor Town. When complete, the new North Bend affordable housing community located at 250 E. 2nd Street will have seven townhomes, each with approximately 1,250 sq. feet, 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.
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 helps 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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Rainbow Wrapped Little Si – this week’s rain also prompted a perfectly placed rainbow over Little Si. We captured this view from City Hall.