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Posted on: January 5, 2024

North Bend Weekly Recap: Mentoring Month, Mayor Miller gets sworn in, Find a Ride program, and more

Weekly Recap 01.05.23

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

North Bend welcomes new mayor, Mary Miller: North Bend’s 21st mayor was publicly sworn in by City Clerk Susie Oppedal during the January 2, 2024, City Council Meeting. Her term began on January 1.

Local Scouts are back this year to collect your Christmas trees and safely dispose of them. Stop by the North Bend City Hall parking lot (located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way) on Saturday, January 6, between 9 and 2 p.m. This collection event serves as a Scout fundraiser, with a recommended donation amount of $20.

Thank you for participating in the January 3rd Public Workshop: Residents connected with the North Bend Planning Commission, councilmembers, and city staff, where they discussed Washington State’s Growth Management Act, and reviewed a wide variety of zoning maps, information on neighborhoods, and more together. Comments received will help staff begin as they delve into updating the 2015 Comprehensive Plan for the 2024 Update. If you couldn’t make it to the Workshop, you can still provide comments, now through January 31.

January is National Mentoring Month in North Bend: Mayor Miller encourages those interested in becoming a youth mentor to contact Empower Youth Network and to thank current mentors for helping to ensure the success of our youth.

ICYMI: On Tuesday, Mayor Miller, Council, staff, and community met for the first City Council meeting of 2024. Topics included:

  • Administering the Oath of Office to Mayor Miller and Councilmembers Elwood, Koellen, Rustik and Torguson
  • Mayor Miller's Proclamation for National Mentoring Month
  • Appointments to the Planning Commission for Stephen Matlock and Sam White
  • Council Standing Committee Appointments
  • A Motion authorizing a Memorandum of Agreement with ARCH for MFTE Service

Looking for ways to help increase mobility tools for our local and regional public transit system? Sign up for the new Find a Ride program, a “one-call/one-click” system that seeks to connect community members to the transportation services that meet their needs through a centralized trip planning and ride-requesting service – all just one call or one click away. By doing so, you will serve as a tester for this new tool, helping to ensure the system works for everyone.

New to Public Works: This month, the City of North Bend’s Public Works Department welcomed a long-awaited purchase: a 2023 Ford Electric Vehicle Lightning truck, with one more on the way.

The North Bend Citizens Academy is now full: While space in the Citizens Academy is officially at capacity, interested citizens are encouraged to submit an application to have their name placed on a waiting list in case of a cancelation.

 Community Newsletter, from 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 January 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 January Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter, with a year in review, 2023 investments, winter weather advice, and more. To subscribe, visit the Newsletter and Archive webpage.

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, X and Instagram. Stop by and become a City of North Bend follower today. You can also find the City on NextDoor.

Picture of the Week: Gail Folkins captured a beautiful sunrise over Meadowbrook Farm this week on Facebook. What a way to welcome in the New Year!

Photo of the Week, courtesy of Gail Folkins


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