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Posted on: February 2, 2024

North Bend Weekly Recap: Storm debris, celebrating Burt Mann, new garbage contract, and more

Weekly Recap 02.02.24

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

Celebrating the life of Burt “Walking” Mann, a community-planned event: Friends of Burt Mann, 2018 North Bend Citizen of the Year who was known for his joyful spirit, consistent daily walks throughout North Bend, and much more, have organized a Celebration of Life at the Si View Community Center. Organizers remind participants that the gathering will likely reach capacity within the room at Si View. Please be patient, and also be prepared to remain outside the room, should this occur. Two local articles on Burt Mann can be read by visiting the Snoqualmie Valley Record and Living Snoqualmie.

Storm debris collection event on Saturday for North Bend city residents: The City of North Bend will host a storm debris collection event for City residents on February 3, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to collect residential wood debris from recent wind and ice storm events. The intent of this program is to help residents clear debris from multiple January ice and wind storms within city limits, not land clearing or commercial disposal. As cleanup continues, you may see Public Works crews out on and near city streets, clearing debris. Please take care and slow down.

Beginning April 1, Recology King County will begin a new contract for once-a-week garbage collection for City customers. This transition marks an exciting development in our community's efforts toward sustainable waste management practices. Recology is an established provider serving 11 cities in the region. The decision to select Recology as the City’s new garbage collection provider follows a rigorous procurement process conducted in 2022 and facilitated by Epicenter Services, where Recology emerged as the preferred choice based on its solid performance in contract compliance, customer service, community outreach, and education.

The community is invited to join City staff and elected officials for the January 16 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Topics include:

  • A presentation on the ACI Award for the Torguson Skate Park 
  • A Motion – Approving NB Way Complete Streets Corridor Plan 
  • A Motion – Authorizing Contract with G&O RE Gardiner Creek/NW 8th Street Flooding

Please note the following change for virtual participants: Members of the public attending the meeting in-person will have an opportunity to provide public comment, and if attending the meeting by teleconference may submit written comments via in-person drop off, mail, fax, or email to soppedal@northbendwa.gov. All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on January 16. If you require accommodations because of a difficulty attending the public meeting, the City requests your contact by 5 p.m. on January 16.

Snoqualmie Police Department conducting death investigation:  On January 31, 2024, at approximately 8:30 pm, the Snoqualmie Police Department is investigating the deaths of two individuals in the 900 block of Stone Brook Dr SW in North Bend, WA. This is an on-going investigation and appears to be an isolated incident.

Congratulations, MSHS Girls Cross Country Team: Mayor Miller joined Senators Hawkins and Mullet, Coach Steven Crane, Athletic Director Jack Hill, representatives of the Snoqualmie Valley School District, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), and parents at the Capitol this week, as they celebrated MSHS’s first-ever 4A State Cross Country Championship. Senator Hawkins offered Resolution 8650 alongside Senator Mark Mullet who also represents North Bend.

WB SR 18 closures near North Bend began this week: WSDOT began closing westbound SR 18 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday nights to Friday mornings. It began Wednesday, Jan. 31, and will go through the end of March. People should plan for up to 20-minute delays, as a pilot vehicle will guide traffic through a single lane along a 2-mile stretch between Lake Creek and Deep Creek, just east of Tiger Mountain summit. 

King County’s video highlighting historic preservation at Tollgate Farm Park: The farmstead improvement project has received the King County Executive's John D. Spellman Award for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation in the Restoration category. As this King County TV video highlights, the future of this historic site is bright, and ready for new community programs. Enjoy your visit!

This month, Mayor Miller took Cub Scout Pack 452 on a tour of City Hall. They experienced Council Chambers, staff work areas (including the mayor's office), and interviewed Mayor Miller. The Scouts had great questions. Please stop by, consider participating in Public Comment, and join a couple of the Scouts as they lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance at the February 6 City Council meeting, starting at 7 p.m.

Online voting open for 2024 King Conservation District Board Election: King Conservation District (KCD) is holding its annual Board Supervisor election from January 23, through February 13, 2024. Three candidates are vying for the position: Brittney Bush Bollay, Aaron Ellig, and Erik Goheen. 

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 February Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter, with bridge cleaning information, subarea planning for the Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River community service area, and more. To subscribe, visit the Newsletter and Archive webpage.

King County Local Services invites community members to apply to join the Community Advisory Group: Selected members will play a part in helping King County to identify your community's top needs. There will be a variety of engagement and learning opportunities as well. Apply by clicking the linked headline.

Puget Sound Energy’s RPAG meeting: PSE invites customers to join their Resource Planning Advisory Group (RPAG) webinar on February 13, from 12 to 2 p.m. Register by clicking the linked headline.

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. You can also find the City on NextDoor.

Picture of the Week: As shared by the North Bend Downtown Foundation, a local Mount Si High School FFA Freshman captured a beautiful sunrise from the high school barn this week!

Sunrise, photo taken by MSHS student


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