Happy Friday, North Bend! Welcome to the newest edition of your Weekly Recap. Remember to click linked headlines for articles and posts.
City receives WellCity distinction, provides for more opportunities to give back: For 13 years running, the City of North Bend is proud to announce that it has received the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) 2023 WellCity distinction, a recognition earned through continual efforts to commit to city employees’ health. As a WellCity, North Bend staff have the opportunity to participate in a series of events that benefit the community as well. Activities such as tree planting, volunteering at the local food bank, and picking up litter are a few examples of WellCity events that staff look forward to every year.
Mayor McFarland proclaims March as Resilience Month: The City recognizes the importance of promoting community engagement around the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the effect of ACEs and toxic stress on the developing brain, and how resilience-building strategies buffer these predicted negative impacts. Coalition work of organizations such as Valley Resilient, Friends of Youth, Care Point Clinic, Larch Counseling, Ultimate Vision, Trail Youth Coffee Home, Encompass, Empower Youth Network, Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, Reclaim Stability, Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, Supportive Community For All, Riverview School District, Snoqualmie Valley School District, and many more work together toward a community of hope and healing.
Housing Action Plan survey closes on Sunday: The Planning Commission, City staff, and community participated in a Housing Action Plan Open House and Public Hearing on March 1, gathering additional feedback from citizens, with great discussion throughout the evening. The Housing Action Plan survey will be closing at midnight, Sunday, March 5. If you haven't had a chance yet, please consider sharing your voice by taking the survey, HERE.
March 7th City Council Meeting: The community is invited to join City staff and elected officials for the in-person/hybrid March 7th City Council meeting at 7 p.m., located at North Bend City Hall: 920 SE Cedar Falls Way. Topics include:
- Mayor McFarland's State of the City Address
- A first reading of the Ordinance Adopting NBMC 3.78 regarding the Multi-Family Tax Exemption Program
- An introduction to the Motion Authorizing a Contract with Quality Control Corp. for
- Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Upgrade
Updated construction schedule for SE 136th Street and 436th Avenue roundabout: As work progresses on the SE 136th Street and 436th Avenue roundabout (RAB), contractors are sharing their upcoming construction dates, with the hopes that citizens find the information helpful. Below are approximate schedule plans for roundabout construction phases, from late February through completion, in May. The City reminds citizens that all projects are dependent on weather and may change as needs arise.
North Bend’s Citizens Academy: North Bend Fire Station 87 and City Hall were hoppin' on Saturday as Eastside Fire & Rescue led an interactive and fun Citizens Academy session. Thank you to BC Merritt, Emergency Manager Andrew Stevens, and Public Educator/PIO Catherine Breault for their expertise. While our 2023 series is full, we hope to bring this seven-course series back on an annual basis. Learn more HERE.
This week, City Hall expanded hours of operation, with more in-person opportunities to serve: City Hall has expanded hours to the public in an effort to better serve citizens throughout the day. Where City Hall was previously closed for a lunch hour, it is now open:
- Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
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: Twin Falls Middle School (TFMS) Music Boosters shared a photo on Facebook this week, of a musician walking toward the historic North Bend Theatre, which showcased the TFMS Music Boosters fundraiser this week. They wrote, “Another huge thank you to our North Bend community for all of the support.”