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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the new installment of the Weekly Recap. Thank you to so many community members who braved the rain and cold for Holly Days last weekend. It was wonderful to gather in person again. This weekend we will be judging the Light up North Bend Holiday lighting contest so watch for results to be announced next week. As always, remember to click linked headlines below, where applicable, for additional details.
The City is pleased to announce that several additional transportation improvement projects are planned in 2022 that will improve pedestrian connectivity and enhance public safety for residents. As a result of robust sales tax revenue and conservative budget forecasting in 2021, the City’s general fund is ending this year in a very positive position, with additional revenue – some of which will be used to make trail and sidewalk improvements next year. Clicked linked headline for info on the project.
This week the City Council unanimously approved amendments to the Hotel Performance Land Use Standards in North Bend Municipal Code (NBMC) 18.10.050 Section 2.16. The hotel performance amendments went through a detailed process before being approved by the City Council, including a formal public hearing before the Planning Commission. Planning commissioners also thoughtfully debated the proposed amendments over the course of two meetings before making a formal recommendation to the City Council. The Community and Economic Development City Council Committee then discussed the amendments at length and recommended additional changes to address community concerns.
After months of pandemic related delays, this summer the City of North Bend finally received a brand-new snowplow to add to its fleet. In honor of the new plow, the City enlisted the help of 4th graders at North Bend and Opstad Elementary schools to help name its two largest plows. With dozens of creative name submissions, the City’s Public Works crew members then voted on their favorite names. The two names selected were Darth Blader and Snowdozer. Darth Blader was submitted by NBE 4th grader Jonah Schmidt from Mrs. Pynn’s class and Snowdozer was submitted by Mrs. Perretti’s 4th grade class at Opstad Elementary.
If you missed this week’s City Council meeting, the recording is available in the City website media center. Topics included hotel land use performance standards and the 2021-22 Mid-biennium budget adjustment. Click the linked headline to watch the meeting.
Valley Center Stage’s production of a Christmas Carol launched last weekend and runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 3 – December 19. Dickens' holiday classic tells a story of second chances, transformation, forgiveness, and compassion. Click linked headline for tickets and more info.
The Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge, 108 Sydney Ave N, will host a Santa Breakfast on Dec. 12th at 9AM. It’s open to all. Free photos with a Santa background and a delicious, holiday-inspired breakfast. Donations will be accepted, but this breakfast is free to attend.
Saturday - Monday, Dec. 11 - 13, 10 - 3 PM Get a photo of your dog with Santa! Appointments are not required, but will help guarantee a spot. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are guaranteed. $15 donations will benefit the Snoqualmie Valley (Pet) Food Bank and Canine Coalition. Click linked headline for more information.
Saturday, December 11 & 18 (10 - 3 PM). Group Real Estate is bringing Santa to town for free photos! Bring yourself, your kids and your dog! For more information, click linked headline.
Saturday, December 11 & 18 (10 - 3 PM). The Grinch is making an appearance at Pioneer Coffee! Stop by for coffee, treats and free photo ops. Located at 202 W North Bend Way. For more information, click linked headline for more info.
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.
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The firepits and s’mores were a popular spot to fill up and stay warm last Saturday during Holly Days.