Author: Riley Sweeney

Don’t Drip and Drive – Fix That Leak!

dont-drip-and-driveConcerned that your car might be leaking? Did you know that even a single drop on your driveway can mean a shorter lifespan for your car? Plus, leaks are the largest polluters of Puget Sound, so it’s also having a huge impact on the health of our local waters.

Don’t Drip and Drive offers free auto leaks workshops to help you learn about your car and make sound choices for Puget Sound!

  • Workshops are taught by certified automotive instructors from local, participating technical schools.
  • Workshops are open to EVERYONE in the Puget Sound region.
  • Workshops include a 2 hour class about basic automotive systems, maintenance and information about the impacts of leaks.
  • Each class participant has the option to stay up to 2 hours later to have their vehicle inspected by the class instructor.

Register here for one of four workshops at the Bellingham Technical College this spring:

March 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

April 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

June 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You can learn more about how to protect our local waters at

Connie Faria Appointed to Planning Commission

Connie Faria

Connie Faria

At the February 6th council meeting, the City Council confirmed Mayor Mutchler’s appointment of Connie Faria to the Planning Commission. Faria served on the Ferndale City Council from 2007-2011 and was a member of the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board.

“Connie is a smart, capable nominee and will provide an excellent perspective to the commission,” said Mutchler. “I’m excited to have her as part of the Planning Commission.”

The Planning Commission reviews the Comprehensive Plan, sections of the Ferndale Municipal Code, the City’s official Zoning Map, and the Shoreline Master Program and makes recommendations to the City Council. The Commission meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday after the first Monday of the month at City Council Chambers, 5694 Second Ave. You can find their agendas and minutes by clicking here.

Mayor and City Administrator Advocate for Ferndale in Olympia


Mayor Mutchler and Administrator Young

Yesterday, Mayor Jon Mutchler and City Administrator Greg Young traveled to Olympia to lobby legislators on behalf of Ferndale’s interests. The State Legislature is in session and discussing a wide range of topics that affect city efforts. Mutchler and Young met with Rep. Luanne Van Werven and Rep. Vincent Buys, legislators that represent Ferndale in the state house.

“It’s important that Ferndale’s voice is heard in the halls of Olympia, and I’m proud to report that our meetings with Buys and Van Werven were very productive,” said Mutchler.

Mutchler and Young also met with a few other legislators and shared their perspective on regional issues. All the meetings were set up by Brian Enslow, a lobbyist retained by the City starting in 2017.

You can find the City’s 2017 legislative priorities by clicking here.

New Art Ready to “Inspire” at Griffintown Park

Councilmember Rebecca Xczar, on behalf of the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB) has installed a new, temporary art feature at Griffintown Park. Using reflective tape on the fence adjoining the park, she (with the help of a few volunteers) created the word “Inspire”.




Xczar said the piece is aimed at “inspiring people to get involved and love our parks. The PRTAB hopes to bring people out to enjoy our beautiful parks as we spend this year working together to spruce them up and spend time doing recreational activities.”

This piece is one in a series of temporary art installations. Previous pieces include the “Before I Die” project, and Mandala display. The City Council approved the recommendation of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to fund materials for art displays in the Ferndale Parks in 2017 and “Inspire” is the first project with funding.

Why the word “Inspire”? “I wanted to share something positive, something that would remind people that we all have something to offer to make our world a better place,” said Xczar.

PRTAB meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at City Hall. Currently, the PRTAB is seeking feedback from the public on their proposed recreational activities. You can find their survey here.

"Inspire" in progress

“Inspire” in progress



Streetlight LED Conversion Project to Start Early February 2017


Starting in the next couple of weeks, if you live north of Thornton Street, you may notice a two-man crew and bucket truck in your neighborhood. Work is scheduled to begin on the first phase of a yearlong process to install new LED fixtures on our older streetlight systems. The Relight Washington program is funded by the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) and is being carried out by Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Aimed at improving street light infrastructure and lowering cities’ street light bills across the state, Ferndale will benefit as each old fixture is converted to more energy efficient LEDs.

For more information about this project, including work schedules, locations, cost savings and benefits to LED lighting systems, please check out the project page at or call the Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace to Reopen Monday Jan 30th.

After the weather impacts that lead to closing Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace last week, Public Works has been assessing the road damage and making repairs to the road surface.

Paving is scheduled for Monday, Jan 30th, and the roads will be reopened with no restrictions after that is complete, provided the weather cooperates. If this schedule changes for any reason, the City will update the public through our website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).

Prep work begins on damaged road sections

Prep work begins on damaged road sections

Currently the Public Works crew is preparing the road surface for paving, so the closures will remain in place for the weekend and Monday morning. The City appreciates everyone’s cooperation with all traffic controls until the roads can be safely reopened.

For more information, contact the Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Prep work on Douglas Road

Prep work on Douglas Road


What Recreational Activities Should the City Sponsor this Year? You decide!

riverwalkfountainboxBuilding on the success of Star Park last year, the City is gearing up to offer a series of recreational activities in our Parks this summer. These would be free and open to the public.

Rather than just draft a list of activities that the City thinks will work, we are asking the public for their input.

Please click here and take a short survey.

Thank you for your feedback, it helps the City provide the recreational programs that the public wants, when they want them.

Emergency Weight Restrictions Lifted, Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace Remain Closed

After assessing road conditions, Ferndale Public Works is lifting the Emergency Weight Restrictions implemented January 17th.

Sections of Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace will remain closed at this time while the Public Works crew repairs the road surface.

The City appreciates private businesses and the public at large for their cooperation in protecting our streets while the restrictions were in place.

For more information, contact the Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace Closure and Speed Reduction


Ferndale Terrace

The City is temporarily closing sections of Douglas Road and Ferndale Terrace for repairs. The City’s Public Works crew will be working diligently to create a drivable surface for vehicles after recent thawing temperatures and heavy vehicles caused damage to the street.

Ferndale Terrace is closed between Hendrickson Ave. and Seamount Dr.

Douglas Road is closed just northeast of the Pioneer Meadows Montessori School.

A detour is in place to move vehicles around the Douglas Road closure (see map below). No trucks are allowed on Douglas Road from Imhoff to S. Church Road and the speed limit is reduced to 10 miles per hour for all other vehicles to prevent further damage to the road.

All county road restrictions apply to the detour route.

This is anticipated to be a short term road closure, the City will update the public once the repairs are complete and the road is reopened.

As roads continue to thaw, check back for more possible road closures.

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