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Posted on: August 18, 2023

North Bend Weekly Recap: Message from the Mayor, Community Survey, a commission vacancy, and more

Weekly Recap 08.18.23

Quarterly Message from the Mayor: In his newest Quarterly Message, Mayor McFarland shares City accomplishments from the past few months, while looking forward to upcoming projects and goals. Learn about infrastructure and transportation improvements, community development and engagement, human services, and more. 

Police seek public’s help to locate a missing person: The Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Dept. is asking for the public’s help to locate missing 20-year-old Mohamed E. Ibrahim who was last seen on August 15. He was reported missing to the Bellevue Police Department after failing to return from a club meeting at Bellevue College on August 15.  It was later determined that he did not attend the meeting in person but attended virtually while hiking in the Little Si area of North Bend.

Continued hot, dry weather prompts City to prepare for Stage 2 of the Water Conservation Ordinance: Based on the upcoming forecast of continued hot and dry weather conditions and a drastic reduction of snowpack throughout the watershed, the City of North Bend will likely enact Stage 2 of the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO) beginning the week of August 21. As climate change continues to impact King County and the Pacific Northwest region, the City encourages citizens to join in on conservation efforts, and the WCO is a great way to actively help make a difference.

Calling all residents interested in local economic development: The City of North Bend is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Business and Economic Development Commission (EDC) for Position No. 1, term expiring December 31, 2023 (with the eligibility for subsequent four-year appointment). The EDC consists of five members and is responsible for providing recommendations to the City Council for North Bend’s economic growth and development, based upon specific work plans or projects as assigned by the City Council. 

Community Survey results highlight residents’ perceptions of City services and quality of life: Results of the first city-wide Community Survey were presented at the August 15 North Bend City Council meeting. The randomized, scientifically valid survey conducted in March and April provided residents with an opportunity to offer feedback on a variety of City services as well as general perceptions of the quality of life in North Bend. Results from the Community Survey can provide guidance to the City on many fronts, including financial choices, service adjustments, direction of our City Council and Administration, and day-to-day work for city staff. 

ICYMI: On Tuesday, Mayor McFarland, Council, staff, and community met for the August 15 City Council meeting. Topics included:

  • A youth appointment to the Parks Commission
  • An introduction to results of the city-wide Community Survey
  • Three motions, one authorizing a purchase for IT network equipment, one authorizing an amendment with the Department of Natural Resources regarding Dahlgren Park, and one authorizing a contract with PH Consulting for the 2024 Sidewalk Gaps Project.

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 the meeting is on the City’s YouTube channel.

Effective immediately, King County declares Stage 2 of Burn Ban: Effective immediately, the King County Fire Marshal and the King County Fire Chiefs Association in coordination with local jurisdictions have issued a Stage 2 Complete burn ban on all outdoor recreational fires throughout King County. This means any outdoor fire such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using firewood is PROHIBITED. Manufactured portable outdoor gas-fueled devices are allowed, including barbecues and patio warmers and enclosed pellet cooking smokers. For more information, visit

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.

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: The Festival at Mt. Si and Lucid Layout Photography shared photos of weekend festivities August 12 and 13. Pictured here are the Ignite Dance and Yoga dads dancing down North Bend Way in the Grand Parade!

Parade-34, credit Lucid Layout Photography

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