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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.
According to the National Weather Service: North Bend may see a mixture of snow and rain soon, beginning Saturday. Click the linked headline for an extended forecast.
Be prepared for winter weather in North Bend: Some rain and snow is predicted for North Bend next week. The City would like to remind residents of snowplow routes, as well as the steps you can take to assist Public Works crews as they plow streets when winter weather strikes. Download your copy of the 2022-2023 Snowplow Route Map HERE. Click the linked headline to visit our Emergency Management webpage. Have questions or concerns? Email EM@northbendwa.gov.
To understand the order in which City streets are plowed, please see the 2022/2023 City of North Bend Snowplow Route Map which details Priority 1, 2, and 3 routes and priority access point locations. The City added an additional snowplow to its fleet this year to improve efficiency in managing street treatment during snow events.
Check out the Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association’s winter newsletter: Winter is a perfect time to give thanks for this unique public open space: once part of the vast Snoqualmie Prairie and maintained by the Snoqualmie Tribe and their ancestors for thousands of years. To have a significant place like Meadowbrook now, as public open space land, is a treasure and a responsibility. This winter’s newsletter shares:
Nominate the 2022 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.
December 20th North Bend City Council meeting canceled: The North Bend City Council meeting, originally scheduled for December 20, is canceled. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for January 3, 2023.
Light Up North Bend winners will be announced next week: Judges will be out and about this weekend, checking out decked-out homes and storefronts that registered for the annual Light Up North Bend contest! Early next week, votes will be tallied, and winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to a North Bend business of their choice. Stay tuned for your own downloadable Light Up North Bend map, and take your family and friends on a self-guided holiday tour through North Bend.
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.
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.
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. The deadline for applying is January 17, 2023.
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: Carson Maestas shared a photo of downtown North Bend recently, on NextDoor.com. “I love the way the cloud looks like it’s angrily peeling off of Little Si.” Thanks for sharing, Carson!