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Happy Friday, North Bend! Welcome to the newest edition of your Weekly Recap. Remember to click linked headlines for articles and posts.
Nominate a North Bend Citizen of the Year: The City of North Bend is seeking nominations for the 2022 Citizen of the Year Award. Nominations must be for a North Bend resident or business that has gone above and beyond to make North Bend a better place to live, through professional or volunteer efforts, or by an extraordinary contribution to the community. The deadline for nominations is December 21, 2022.
North Bend joins King County and other cities in restricting personal use of aerial fireworks: On December 6, 2022, North Bend City Councilmembers approved an ordinance amending the City’s Fireworks Code, NBMC 8.20.010. The ordinance will ban the personal use of aerial fireworks within North Bend city limits, removing “special fireworks” from the definition of those authorized for sale, use, discharge, and possession within the City. Effective in 2023, the City of North Bend will join a growing number of jurisdictions banning the use of aerial fireworks, including King County, Snoqualmie, and Kirkland. View the City of North Bend’s ordinance by referring to pages 327 to 331 of the Council Packet HERE.
City Council adopts 2023-2024 Budget, reflecting community priorities and infrastructure improvements: The North Bend City Council adopted the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget Ordinance at the December 6, 2022, City Council meeting. The City’s budget reflects Council’s investment in community priorities, and multiple ongoing and new infrastructure improvements. A detailed summary of the $104.5M in 2023 and $101.7M in 2024 Preliminary Biennial Budget can be found in the December 6 Council Packet.
Applications are now open for the City’s first North Bend Citizens Academy: Are you interested in learning about how your local government works here in the City of North Bend? Want to learn about opportunities to become more involved, while connecting with City leaders, staff, and other civic-minded residents? If so, please consider applying for the 2023 North Bend Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy is a seven-week interactive course designed to provide an in-depth look into city operations. It will be held weekly, from February 6th to March 21st, 2023. Learn more and apply HERE.
Light Up North Bend registration deadline extended to December 14: The deadline for the Light Up North Bend holiday lighting contest has been extended to Wednesday, December 14. After a winter storm hit the region last week, many citizens and business owners had to delay installing holiday lights on their homes and storefronts. The City hopes the added time to deck out our community is helpful. Register your home, storefront or neighborhood HERE.
ICYMI: December 6 City Council meeting: If you missed this week's City Council Meeting, the recording is available on our website, under Media Center.
PSE reports supply chain delay as cause for work halting at SE 136th St and 436th Avenue SE Roundabout: Crews from Greystar have put preparations into place to construct a privately funded roundabout at the intersection of 436th Avenue SE and SE 136th Street. Work is currently halted, as Puget Sound Energy reports supply chain delays for a necessary part.
Learn more about the updated “bivalent” COVID-19 booster: The updated, “bivalent” COVID-19 booster now available is designed to protect us from Omicron, the most common form of the virus spreading right now. “Bivalent” means that the booster helps to protect against two different types of the virus, both the original strain and the Omicron strain. The previous vaccines and boosters focused on protection against the original strain. They offered some protection against Omicron, but not as much as the updated bivalent boosters. Because the updated booster targets both strains of COVID-19, it can help to prevent serious illness and death, especially for adults over age 50. Vaccination can also lower the risk for long COVID, which can lead to serious long-term health problems. Access resources and information by clicking the linked headline.
Holly Days Wrap-up: The North Bend Downtown Foundation (NBDF) held a rockin’ Holly Days here in town, on Saturday, December 3. The community cheered on Councilmembers Alan Gothelf and Mary Miller as Holly Days emcees, and Roberta McFarland led participants in the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony. There were an estimated 400+ attendees to the cherished winter festival, with nine participating vendors who crafted with children, a Santa – courtesy of Simpson Group Real Estate, four community performance groups, four marshmallow roasting pits, a Community Tree lighting ceremony - all free to the community, all in the center of our downtown.
Keep up with the City on social media: One of the easiest ways to keep up with City happenings and breaking news is to follow us on social media. We are active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stop by and become a City of North Bend follower today. You can also find the City on NextDoor HERE.
Picture of the Week: A fitting share last week, from the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum - The original snowplow: A double drum (for loading) in snow. The driver pictured here is using a stump as a big brake for the rig. Date unknown (before 1947).