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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the latest installment of your Weekly Recap. Well, we got rid of the snow this week, only to be presented with an out of state union led temporary work stoppage at Republic Services facilities. We thank you for your patience during this latest unexpected garbage collection disruption. On a positive note, we are supposed to have a sunny, dry weekend, so we hope you can get outside and enjoy some well-deserved sunshine. Remember to click linked headlines below, where applicable, to read full news releases.
The City’s garbage, recycling and yard waste contractor experienced an unforeseen disruption this week – a temporary work stoppage led by out of state union members. Republic and the City’s goal is for collections to resume ASAP. In the meantime, we opened a garbage drop-site at Torguson Park this week with the help of Republic Services. We are carefully monitoring latest developments from Republic so that we can seek options to help our residents. Please watch the City website and our social media channels for new updates about this work stoppage impacting solid waste collections.
The City has issued a Clearing and Grading permit for the new River Run Apartment project. This multi-family housing development is located south of Chinook Lumber at the corner of 436th Ave SE and SE 136th Street, and will consist of 128-units in 11 buildings with one additional building containing a clubhouse/office space. Approximately 28 of the new apartments will be designated as affordable housing for households earning 80% or less of the King County Area Median Income (AMI). Click linked headline for additional details.
North Bend Covid-19 Activity
Mirroring Covid activity state and nationwide, new cases of Covid-19 have increased in the City. According to King County Public Health, the level of community transmission in North Bend is currently categorized as high. Over the past week, 108 new cases were reported – a 151% increase from the previous 7 days. Fortunately, there have been no new hospitalizations or deaths reported during the same time period. Vaccinations, boosters, masking and physical distancing are all encouraged by Public Health officials to slow the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
The community is invited to join City staff and elected officials for the January 18th regular City Council meeting. To see the full agenda packet, including instructions to access the virtual Zoom meeting, please clicked the linked headline above.
Mayor Rob McFarland has proclaimed January 2022 National Mentoring Month. Mayor Rob encourages community members to consider mentoring youth in our community to increase positive outcomes for our local children and teens.
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Thank you to our hardworking Public Works crews who helped collect trash at private residences and manned our garbage drop-off site at Torguson Park this week. This comes after two weeks of snowstorm response. Thank you!