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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the latest edition of your Weekly Recap. We hope you enjoy the upcoming chilly weekend. Rumor has it – it may even be a dry weekend. Remember to click linked headlines below where applicable to read full City news releases.
Join your friends and neighbors to ring in the holiday season on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 5 to 8PM as Holly Days returns to downtown North Bend. This old-fashioned holiday festival includes a live stage, firepits with marshmallow roasting and smores fixings, visits with Santa, and of course, the lighting of the community tree with Mayor Rob.
The City invites residents and businesses to make the City shine bright this holiday season as the 2nd Annual Light up North Bend holiday lighting contest returns. Launched in 2020 when holiday traditions were limited by the pandemic, Light up North Bend proved to be such a popular event that we’re bringing it back for 2021. Click the linked headline to enter the 2nd annual LIGHT UP NORTH BEND – A HOLIDAY SPIRIT CONTEST. And watch for a map of participating homes and businesses when judging is complete so you can take a Light up North Bend driving tour.
If you missed this week’s Council meeting, you can catch up by watching the meeting recording in the City website Media Center. This meeting had a full agenda including items like hotel performance standards, a potential Meadowbrook ULID (Utility Local Improvement District), and the 2022 City property tax levy. Click linked headline to watch.
In preparation for the 2021-22 winter season, the City has updated its Snowplow Route Map, which includes new neighborhoods and streets. The map identifies Priority 1, 2, and 3 snowplow routes throughout the City limits, as well as priority access point locations. During snow events, Public Works crews focus first on Priority 1 roads. When treatment of those roads is complete, crews then move to Priority 2 roads and follow the same protocol before moving to priority 3 roads.
A small section of 436th Ave SE - between SE Cedar Falls Way and SE North Bend Way – is closed for multiple weeks as crews continue work on a privately-funded roundabout at the intersection of North Bend Way and 436th. This work is weather dependent and subject to change. Detour routes are marked along North Bend Way and Cedar Falls Way in the project area. Local access for residents of 436th Ave SE will be provided.
After a large landslide in April 2018 left most of this popular trail inaccessible, Mountains to Sound Greenway has announced that thanks to the Forest Service, in collaboration with several local partners, the trail is now reopened to the public. Click linked headline to learn more about the extensive repair effort.
Local nonprofits and volunteers are teaming up to make the trail safer and more sustainable for its nearly 300,000 annual visitors. Rattlesnake Ledge, owned and operated by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and one of the most popular hiking trails in the I-90 corridor, reopened in late March 2021 after being closed for nearly a year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. During the closure, work started on some much-needed improvements to make the trail safer, more sustainable, and to help protect the natural environment.
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We're traveling back in time again this week. This time to the 1940s we estimate at the corner of Bendigo Blvd and North Bend Way (former Sunset Highway).