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Posted on: July 21, 2023

North Bend Weekly Recap: Human Services Grant, upcoming events, Taxpayer Transparency Tool and more

Weekly Recap 07.21.23

Roadwork scheduled for SR 18 between I-90 and Issaquah-Hobart Road Friday night through Sunday:  Both directions of State Route 18 will close for annual maintenance the weekend of July 21 through 23. Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, July 21, through 12 p.m. Sunday, July 23, SR 18 will close to eastbound and westbound traffic between Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie and Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast in Hobart. Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will perform several tasks during this closure, including drainage cleaning, clearing line of sight, guardrail repair and temporary patches for potholes. Follow the WSDOT travel map by visiting

ICYMI: On Tuesday, Mayor McFarland, Council, staff, and community met for the July 18 City Council meeting. Topics included:

  • A Motion authorizing a lease with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife  
  • A Motion authorizing the purchase of a street sweeper

If you missed it, the recording is available on the City website, under Media Center. An audio recording can be found in the Document Center. Another place to view recorded City meetings is our YouTube channel.

City of North Bend now accepting Human Services Grant funding requests: The City of North Bend is committed to a healthy community where all people thrive. Each year, the City allocates human services funding to nonprofit organizations that serve the North Bend community. The City is now accepting grant funding requests from local human services organizations as part of the City’s 2024 budget cycle. Application requests must be received by September 1, 2023.

The Taxpayer Transparency Tool: The King County August primary election will be here before we know it. The Taxpayer Transparency Tool is a website which provides taxpayers with an individualized accounting of where their property tax dollars go, and the estimated cost of any proposed property tax measure to be voted on. The Taxpayer Transparency Tool only shows the impact of property tax measures.  Other ballot measures, including sales tax measures or benefit charges, are not included. 

Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, Mt. Si Senior Center, North Bend and Snoqualmie win Vision 2050 Award: Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Director Josh Brown presented a Vision 2050 Award to Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, Mt. Si Senior Center, the City of North Bend and City of Snoqualmie Government at the July 18 North Bend City Council meeting. Vision 2050 Awards celebrate progress in enhancing the region’s communities and natural environment while advancing equity and opportunity. SVT, Mt. Si Senior Center, and the cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie were awarded in the “Working Together” category. They were honored for promoting a livable region by helping to implement Vision 2050, the regional growth management, economic and transportation strategy.

Meet up with Mayor McFarland on Wednesday: The City of North Bend’s Meet up with the Mayor series returns this summer! Wednesday, July 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. will be the first in a series of monthly meet-up events. Community members are invited to join North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland at Volition Brewing Co, located at 112 West North Bend Way. Bring your questions and enjoy the summer weather and relaxed atmosphere of Volition Brewing, in the historic district of downtown North Bend!

Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Department bring National Night Out back with on August 1: The Police Department is pleased to bring its National Night Out event back to the Snoqualmie Valley community on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Snoqualmie Community Park. National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event held in cities across the United States the first Tuesday of August. 

Community gathered outside North Bend Fire Station 87 on Monday for a push-in ceremony to celebrate the arrival of Eastside Fire & Rescue's new aid vehicle, which was purchased with grant funding secured by the Snoqualmie Tribe and EF&R. Exterior art on the vehicle was designed by Tribal Member Taylor Cameron, with artwork contributed by Tribal Member Rhonda Spencer. Chief Lane and staff, members of the Tribe, Mayor McFarland, North Bend City Councilmember and EF&R Board member Alan Gothelf performed the traditional push-in ceremony. Guided by EF&R Mechanic Ryan Lenihan, the new aid vehicle was pushed safely to its spot inside the station's apparatus bay.

It's dry outside! Looking for ways to safeguard your home from wildfire? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers free online training that will help you reduce wildfire risk to your property. Learn more here:

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. You can also find the City on NextDoor.

Photo of the Week: Snoqualmie Valley Record shared photos from the July 15 Downtown Block Party, one of North Bend’s largest summer festivals. Pictured here is local performance art group, Ignite Dance and Yoga!

Ignite Dance, Photo Credit Snoqualmie Valley Record

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