Author: Riley Sweeney

Tsunami Siren Test Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19th

On Thursday, October 19th the Whatcom County tsunami sirens will be tested at 10:19am. This is part of the annual Great ShakeOut Exercise, conducted statewide in preparation for a large scale earthquake. The sirens will generate a wailing sound, inform listeners that it is just a drill and then tell people to evacuate to their muster point. Please do not be alarmed.

Request for Qualifications for Civil and Structural Engineering Services

CITY OF FERNDALE

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR

Civil and Structural Engineering Services

The City of Ferndale, Washington solicits interest from consulting firms with expertise in Civil and Structural design to provide engineering services for the Thornton Railroad Overcrossing Project.  The City has completed a 30% design which will form the basis for completion of design.  Initial phase shall consist of preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates, right of way plan and acquisition support, permitting, and preparation of bid documents including bid phase services.  Future phases may be added, including but not limited to construction engineering, construction management, inspection, and materials testing.

The project will improve and connect Thornton Street, from Malloy Avenue to the roundabout at Portal Way/Second Avenue, via an elevated crossing of the Burlington Northern Railway right of way and tracks.  Thornton Street will be upgraded to full City Standards, including curb, gutter and sidewalk within the project limits. The City of Ferndale is seeking qualification statements from Professional Engineering firms with experience providing design services, including: roadway, bridge and structure design; surveying; geotechnical investigation, studies and services; permitting; right of way acquisition; as well as the creation of plans, specifications and estimates; and construction management, construction engineering and inspection services for the Thornton Railroad Overcrossing Project.

The completed 30% design can be downloaded from the City of Ferndale website by clicking hereInterested parties are responsible for monitoring the website for information concerning the RFQ and any addenda issued at www.cityofferndale.org.

Questions regarding this Request for Qualifications should be directed to Kevin Renz, Public Works Director, (360) 685-2376 or via email at kevinrenz@cityofferndale.org.

The City of Ferndale reserves the sole right to terminate this process, to not award a contract, and to cancel or modify this solicitation process at any time. In no event will the City or any of their respective agents, representatives, consultants, directors, officers, or employees be liable for, or otherwise obligated to reimburse, the costs incurred in preparation of this RFQ, or any related costs. The prospective consultant teams shall wholly absorb all costs incurred in the preparation and presentation of the submittals. The RFQ Submittals will become the property of the City of Ferndale.

Interested firms shall submit a Statement of Qualification that contains the following:

  1. Cover Letter. 
  2. Qualifications: 

Outline the qualifications of the firm to perform this work.

Project management, provide an organizational chart of the proposed consulting team and a short resume of all key people listed on the chart.

  1. References:

Provide a list of projects that were similar in scope. Project list should include year completed, budget, scope and reference contact.

The Statement of Qualification submittal shall be a maximum of 10 pages (not including the cover page) and one original and four copies will be submitted.

RFQ SUBMITTAL DEADLINE AND DELIVERY LOCATION

All responses shall be made in writing.  Responses by FAX will not be accepted.  Sealed responses will be received by the Public Works Director of the City of Ferndale, Washington up to the hour of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Responses delivered later will not be accepted. The City of Ferndale is not responsible for delays in delivery.

All responses to this request that are mailed through the United States Postal Service shall be addressed to the Public Works Director, City of Ferndale, P.O. Box 936, Ferndale, WA 98248. Hand-delivered responses, or responses not set through the USPS, shall be delivered to the Public Works Department, 2nd floor front counter, City of Ferndale, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington. The United States Postal Service will NOT deliver to the street address.  All responses shall be placed in a sealed envelope, which is clearly marked “THORNTON RAILROAD OVERCROSSING PROJECT RFQ”.

The selection process for this project will involve the following three steps:

  1. Request for Qualifications.
  2. After the City reviews the Statement of Qualifications received, up to three firms will be invited to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP).
  3. After the City reviews the RFPs, consultants may be selected to interview.

This portion of the project does not contain federal funding however future portions of the project may be funded utilizing federal funds.  Therefore the project in its entirety will be held to Federal EEO requirements.

The recipient, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 525, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award.

The City of Ferndale reserves the right to cancel this request or reject any and all responses submitted or to waive any minor formalities of this call if the best interest of the City would be served.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

The City of Ferndale, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), commits to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability, in all of its programs and activities. This material can be made available in an alternate format by emailing Kevin Renz at KevinRenz@cityofferndale.org or by calling collect (360) 685-2376.

Title VI Statement

The City of Ferndale, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award.”

 

 

Washington Street Reduced to Single Lane Alternating Traffic Starting Monday, Oct. 16th in Preparation for Street Widening

Washington Street, between Main Street and Vista Drive will be reduced to single-lane alternating traffic beginning Monday, Oct. 16th from 7:30am-5pm as work begins to relocate utility poles and lines ahead of the City’s road widening and improvement project on Washington Street. Flaggers will direct traffic for the safety of travelers and crews working in the area.  Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate routes to avoid possible congestion and slowdowns in the area.

While PSE anticipates their work will occur over the next two weeks, the other utilities will be scheduling similar work this fall and winter prior to road construction, which may cause further traffic impacts.

Construction of this project is possible thanks to a $733,933 grant award from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board’s Urban Arterial Program, as well as the City’s Transportation Benefit District. You can learn more about this project at the City’s website: http://www.cityofferndale.org/government/departments/public-works/public-works-projects/5937-2/

We will post updates on this project as they become available.  If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

New Temporary Art, “The Orange Square”, at Griffintown Park

Continuing a series of exhibits at Griffintown Park, Councilmember Rebecca Xczar has installed a new display. The installation is temporary, like those earlier this year, and is part of a year-long series of temporary art installations at Griffintown Park by the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB)The current display, “The Orange Square” is intended to generate conversation about perspective.

“Fall is here and with the changing season brings new perspective. The string art changes based on the angle of viewing, bringing dimension and depth to the experience,” said Xczar. “The PRTAB invites all to walk Griffintown and enjoy the piece while it lasts.”

The PRTAB is planning a large installation for November along with a volunteer clean-up day. More details to come soon.

 

Traffic Impacts at Third Avenue and Alder St., Thursday Oct. 12th from 12-5pm

Traffic will be impacted at the intersection of Third Avenue and Alder Street on Thursday, October 12th from 12-5pm. Flaggers will be in place to move vehicles through the area. Although the intersection will not be closed, please use caution and plan alternate routes if possible.

This work is part of our Third Avenue Improvement Project to install pervious pavement along the edges of the roadway to intercept stormwater runoff from the road and sidewalks. Crews will be paving the first lift of asphalt.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays on Labounty Drive Oct. 12th

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 7:00am – 7:00pm.

LaBounty Drive, between Seahawk Drive & Sunset Avenue

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on LaBounty Drive, between Seahawk Drive & Sunset Avenue. Flaggers will be on-site directing traffic while Arrow Construction works to complete improvements associated with a private development project.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

PSE Continues Streetlight Work on Main Street Oct. 10th-12th

This is an update on our earlier alert, Downtown Traffic Impacts for Friday, October 6th & Tuesday October 10th.

On-street parking will be impacted on various sections of Main Street downtown on Tuesday, October 10th through Thursday, October 12th from 8am to 3pm while Puget Sound Energy (PSE) utilizes the designated parking spaces with a two-man lineman crew and bucket truck in order to replace the existing streetlight bulbs and fixtures to more energy efficient LEDs, as part of the Relight Washington program. The crew will not be blocking the lanes however there may be occasional disruption of traffic flow.

Please mind the no-parking signs and proceed carefully through the area.