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Posted on: December 8, 2023

North Bend Weekly Recap: Citizens Academy, upcoming workshop, Tollgate Farmstead and more

Weekly Recap 12.08.23

Happy Friday, North Bend! Welcome to the newest edition of your Weekly Recap. Remember to click linked headlines for articles and posts.

Mayor Pro Tem Koellen welcomed new and reappointed commissioners:

  • Welcome, Parks Commissioner Matt Miller, and congrats on your reappointment, Brian Duncan and Minna Rudd! 
  • Congrats on your reappointment, Economic Development Commissioners Martin Maisonpierre and Nick Jensen!

Council selected Councilmember Gothelf for the 2024 Mayor Pro Tem: At this week's City Council meeting, the Council selected Councilmember Alan Gothelf to serve as the 2024 Mayor Pro Tem. This position serves for one year. Council thanked current Mayor Pro Tem Heather Koellen for a fantastic year and welcomed Councilmember Gothelf to his new position.

Congrats to Ofc. Peter: Councilmembers and the public had the opportunity to congratulate the newest Snoqualmie-North Bend officer, Michael Peter to the team this week, at the December 5 Council meeting. Ofc. Peter has begun his three-to-four-month field training, which will prepare him for solo patrols in our community in the near future.

Applications are now open for the North Bend Citizens Academy: The Citizens Academy is an eight-week interactive course designed to provide an in-depth look into city operations. It will be held weekly, from February 5 to April 1, 2024. Applications are being accepted through January 16, and the course will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, please fill out an application which can be found on the City website, at the Citizens Academy webpage

Tollgate Farmstead received a John D. Spellman Award for Historic Preservation on Thursday: On December 7, the Tollgate Farmstead Project in North Bend received the 2023 King County Executive’s John D. Spellman Award for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation in the Restoration category. This award commends the efforts to revitalize the Tollgate Farm site for use by local agricultural producers and the community by restoring the historic house and rebuilding the barn.

City exited Stage 1 of WCO on Wednesday: On December 6, 2023 the City of North Bend exited Stage 1 of its Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO) for the remainder of the 2023 calendar year. The preceding winter was a relatively average year for snowpack, peaking at 60” (Snow Water Equivalent) on April 23. Due to unprecedented warm temperatures in May, the snowpack completely melted by June 12. Streamflows are slowly but continually increasing with the recent rain.

Please join Planning Commission and city staff for the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Element, Designations, and Zoning workshop: On January 3, 2024, look forward to an informal and open opportunity to provide input and participate in discussion with the Planning Commission and city staff on all things land use and zoning. For more information, contact Principal Planner Mike McCarty, North Bend Community and Economic Development Department by phone, at (425) 888-7649, or email, at

ICYMI: On Tuesday, Mayor Pro Tem Koellen, Council, staff, and community met for the December 5 City Council meeting. Topics included:

  • Appointments to the Economic Development Commission
  • Appointments to the Parks Commission
  • Selection of the 2024 Mayor Pro Tem
  • Ordinance – Amending NBMC 17.08.150 regarding application requirements for preliminary plats and binding site plans
  • Ordinance – Repealing NBMC 20.12.050(G) regarding the Wastewater Treatment Plan/Sewer Capacity
  • Resolution – Authorizing REET 2 Funds for real estate property purchase

Community Newsletter, from A Supportive Community for All: A Supportive Community for All (SCFA) is a local nonprofit organization with a mission to create a more equitable Snoqualmie Valley by engaging, connecting, and supporting people and organizations working together to collaboratively build a community where all members can thrive. This month, SCFA released their December Community Newsletter, and it is packed with beneficial information and access to valley-wide services. Read the newsletter by signing up via the linked headline. 

Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter, from King County Local Services: Local Services helps connect unincorporated King County residents to King County services such as local roads, permits, land use planning, and more. Local Services released their December Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter, with snowplow information, parks maintenance and more. To subscribe, visit the Newsletter and Archive webpage.

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