North Bend council works on budget, sewer, bombs

North Bend City Council members approved a first draft of the 2011 city budget, moved forward on the sewer project being completed in the Tanner annexation, and discussed pipe bombs in a brief meeting Nov. 16.

North Bend City Council members approved a first draft of the 2011 city budget, moved forward on the sewer project being completed in the Tanner annexation, and discussed pipe bombs in a brief meeting Nov. 16.

That last item received some light-hearted treatment when Council Member Ross Loudenback asked Mark Toner, Chief of Police Services, to discuss an incident with an explosive Nov. 4 that was being widely reported in Seattle area newspapers, and to reassure the council that the city was not a “terrorist target.”

Toner explained that the explosive was not a pipe bomb in the traditional sense, but was reported as such because the department has only two categories for disturbances of this type, fireworks or bombs. The bomb squad was investigating the remains of the device that exploded Nov. 4, but Toner assured the council “It’s not as exciting as it sounds.”

He continued to a topic that was more concerning. “We have had several of what we call ‘Drano bombs’ and these are of more interest to me … they aren’t stable and someone could lose a finger or other body part with one of them.”

On a related note, Council Member Jeanne Petterson updated the council on the status of the police services contract with King County. She said the city was waiting for additional information from King County, but hoped to have it in time for the council’s Nov. 30 study session.

Draft Budget

A first draft of the city’s 2011 budget was reviewed and approved with one dissenting vote (Council Member Greg Garcia). Mayor Ken Hearing was pleased to report in his budget message that the budget include a 10 percent reserve amount in the general fund “with a significant safety net to protect against unusual revenue dips or unexpected expenses.”

City Manager Duncan Wilson emphasized that the revenue and expense figures were estimates and “we’re still trying to find a way to bring down the expenses.”

Sewer Project

The $17 million project to extend the city’s sewer system into the Tanner annexation is nearly complete and should be done by January, reported Public Works Director Ron Garrow. One of the final steps will be establishing the annual assessment to charge the property owners for their share of the cost of construction.

Garrow recommended the council approve a proposal by Allen Brackett Shedd Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants to develop the assessment rates. The council approved the contract for up to $62,400.

Their proposal includes setting the assessment for the 400 parcels in the project area, notifying the property owners and holding a public hearing on the assessments. The process is estimated to take three to four months.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo
Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

Snoqualmie Falls was shown frequently in Twin Peaks, as was the Salish Lodge & Spa resting on the cliff above the falls. File photo
News around the Valley: Trailheads, Chamber news, ‘Twin Peaks’

Trailhead Ambassador program launches From Trailhead Ambassadors The Trailhead Ambassador program will… Continue reading

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo
King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. North Bend is required to find two mitigation sources which can be tapped to replenish water in the river on days with low flows. Ashley Hiruko/staff photo
North Bend, Sallal could restart water negotiations

Representatives from both utilities have said they’re talking again.

A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Masks are still king in combating new COVID strains

A top UW doctor talks new strains, masks and when normal could return.

Fall City Fire Chief Chris Connor is retiring on Feb. 26, 2021 after 40 years with the department. Contributed photo
Fall City Fire Chief retires after four decades

Chief Chris Connor started with the department in February 1981.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Democrats look to allow noncitizens to serve on school boards

A Senate bill takes aim at a state law requiring anyone seeking elected office to be a citizen.

A road closure due to flooding on SE Park Street, Snoqualmie, during the 2016 flood. File photo
Minor flooding possible along Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers

Both the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers reached minor flooding phases on Monday… Continue reading

Most Read