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Hello North Bend residents and welcome to the new edition of your Weekly Recap. We are pleased to report that it has been a relatively quiet week around town now that a garbage strike is behind us. It looks like we are in for a stretch of dry and hopefully sunny weather in the coming week. We hope you can get outside and enjoy it. Have a wonderful weekend.
Republic Services made big strides this week to catch up on North Bend garbage, recycling and yard waste collections following weeks of missed pickups due to winter weather events and an ensuing strike. The City is aware that some residents did not have recycling collected on Wednesday, and is working with Republic on a solution as there are some households who have not had recycling picked up in a month. Additionally, City staff is requesting customer billing credits and/or reimbursements as compensation for the extended time period without service. When negotiations are complete, we will provide a community update.
There is an easy way to keep up with happenings and learn more about the history of Meadowbrook Farm Park – their quarterly newsletter created by the Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association. Click the linked headline to view the recently released winter edition, which features the history and cultural significance of Swing Rock from local historian Dave Battey.
Ready. Set. Vote. King Conservation District (KCD) is holding its annual Board Supervisor election January 18, through February 8, 2022. Four candidates are vying for position #2. Their statements can be found at www.kingcd.org/elections. Like the last two years, the King Conservation District election will primarily rely on electronic ballot access, with alternative options for printing and mailing in ballots. Click linked headline to vote.
The City 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.
If you missed this week’s City Council meeting, the recording is available in the City’s website Media Center. Please clicked the linked headline above to watch.
Mayor Rob McFarland has proclaimed January 2022 National Mentoring Month. He encourages community members to consider mentoring youth in our community to increase positive outcomes for our local children and teens.
According to King County Public Health, the level of Covid-19 community transmission in North Bend is currently categorized as high, although cases have declined since last week. During the past 7 day, 78 new cases were reported – a 43% decrease from the previous week when 138 cases were reported. 3 new hospitalizations were also reported this past week. Fortunately, no deaths were 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.
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 FREE at-home Covid-19 tests from the U.S. Postal Service. Click the linked headline to order your free tests. Orders will ship for free in late January.
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. Stop by and become a City of North Bend follower today. You can also find the City on NextDoor HERE
In case you missed Thursday’s rainbow. Thanks to resident Jamie Thompkins for sharing.