Traffic Impacts at Main Street/Barrett Road Intersection Nov. 8th, 9am-11am

Traffic Impacts at Main Street/Barrett Road Intersection Nov. 8th, 9am-11am

Public Works crew will be at the intersection of Main Street and Barrett Road Nov. 8th from 9am-11am, doing road maintenance. This will cause temporary delays as flaggers direct traffic through the affected area. Please use alternative routes if possible.

For more information, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4301.

Summary of November 6th, 2018 Council Meeting

Meeting Materials can be found here

 City Council Agenda Follow-Up

November 5, 2018

5:00 STUDY SESSION: 2019 Budget Forecast INFO ONLY
CALL TO ORDER/FLAG SALUTE/ROLL CALL  
PUBLIC COMMENT INFO ONLY
CONSENT AGENDA

The PRTAB Appointment was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Mayor Mutchler.

Councilmember Taylor moved, and Councilmember G. Hansen seconded, to approve the consent agenda as amended.  MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

 

APPROVED AS AMENDED

 

PRTAB APPOINTMENT

Councilmember G. Hansen moved, and Councilmember Kennedy seconded, to approve the appointment of Ellie Margulies to the PRTAB. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

 

APPROVED

CAPITAL PROJECTS UPDATE

Public Works Project Manager Katy Radder presented an update on the following capital projects:

·         Washington Street, Main to Vista – Paving, speed table installation, restoration/landscaping, and striping have all been completed. The road is open.

·         Cherry Street & Pioneer Park Sidewalks – Both projects are complete and within the budgeted amount.

·         Upcoming Projects: TIB Grant applications have been submitted for Main Street to Barret Road, Portal Way Sidewalks & Thornton Street Overcrossing.

·         Early 2019 anticipated projects include: Ferndale Terrace Reconstruction Design, Stormwater Decant Facility, Waterline Extension (Nordic Way to Scout Place), and First Avenue/Main Street Intersection Construction.

 

 

 

 

 

INFO ONLY

PRESENTATION: County-Wide Wayfinding Analysis

 

INFO ONLY

 

PUBLIC HEARING: 2019 Preliminary Budget

Two public hearings are required prior to adoption of the 2019 operating budget. The second public hearing will be held at the December 3, 2018 meeting.

 

INFO ONLY

ORDINANCE: Park Facilities Rental Fees

Rental fees for park facilities, including athletic fields and park shelters have not been updated in over five years. Looking at comparative facilities and rentals, it is clear that the City of Ferndale has some room to be more competitive while still offering facilities at an affordable rate. This increase will help cover staff time involved in managing rentals and maintaining city facilities. Currently there are several variables used in calculating rental fees, such as Public Works call out fees, fees for turning lights on/off, and different rates for tournaments and practices. The proposed changes streamline the charges into one flat rate fee to eliminate the confusion in calculating the rental fee.

A charge for non-athletic use of the fields has been added, as well as a key rental fee to allow renters to avoid additional call out fees for closing facilities.

Councilmember Watson moved, and Councilmember Kennedy seconded, to approve the agenda bill. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVED

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting was adjourned at 7:02 p.m.  

 

Calling All Artists: Ferndale Arts Commission Requests Mural Artists

Arts Commission Requests Mural Artists for Downtown Ferndale

The Ferndale Arts Commission is calling for artists from across the Pacific Northwest to install murals in downtown Ferndale. Artists are invited to submit designs, that they would then install in downtown Ferndale in the summer of 2019. Mural sizes will vary depending on location but all designs will be vetted by the Ferndale Arts Commission and the appropriate property owner.

“Our goal is to bring new art styles that will complement the area and inspire our community,” said Councilmember Rebecca Xczar, council liaison to the Ferndale Arts Commission.

Interested artists should submit at least one sketch in color, with height and size preferences, along with any relevant previous experience (pictures of prior murals completed or other art projects).

Deadline is November 30th, 2018. Send all submissions to Rebecca Xczar at rebeccaxczar@cityofferndale.org. For more information, please call (360) 319-2677.

Ferndale Police, School District to Hold Emergency Communication Exercise “CRIMSON RAM”

Ferndale Police, School District to Hold Emergency Communication Exercise “CRIMSON RAM”

Graphic - image of Crimson Ram

Ferndale Police, School District to Hold Emergency Communication Exercise “CRIMSON RAM”

The Ferndale School District is readying to join partners for an exercise in Emergency Communication. The exercise, deemed “Crimson Ram” by participating agencies will be conducted cooperatively by the Ferndale School District Safety Advisory Committee, Whatcom Country Sheriffs’ Office Division of Emergency Management, Whatcom Fire District 7, Ferndale Auxiliary Communication Service, and the Ferndale Police Department.

 

Community members can expect to see a large communication van and several additional emergency response vehicles:

 

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Ferndale High School

According to organizers, the exercise has three primary objectives:

  1. Build relationships and communication capacity between partner agencies so that if an actual emergency event occurs we can work together efficiently and effectively
  2. Test the effectiveness and capacity of the Ferndale School District’s Incident Command System.
  3. Practice activating the Public Information Officers response team that is part of Whatcom County Emergency Management        

Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11th Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Great War

Veterans Day Ceremony Commemorating 100th Anniversary of the Great War

Sunday Nov. 11th, 2pm

Pioneer Pavilion Community Center

2007 Cherry Street, Ferndale

The American Legion Kulshan Post 154 and the City of Ferndale are hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center (2007 Cherry Street) on November 11th at 2pm. The ceremony will pay tribute to those who have served, including a reading of Flanders Field and remarks by Mark Aamot. The ceremony will commemorate the end of World War I and the 100th anniversary of the formation of the American Legion. Whatcom Gold Star families will be in attendance. After the ceremony, refreshments will be provided courtesy of Haggen and the Veterans museum in Pioneer Park will be open for visitors.

For more information, please contact Mayor Jon Mutchler at (360) 685-2350 or jonmutchler@cityofferndale.org.

Vacancies on Parks, Arts, and Planning Commissions

There are numerous ways residents of the City of Ferndale can participate to help enhance the community they live in. One such way is volunteering to serve on city advisory bodies that help forum public policy and make Ferndale a prosperous place to be.

We currently have an opening on the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB), the Arts Commission and there is anticipated to be an opening on the Planning Commission. If you are interested in serving on one of these bodies, please fill out the Boards and Commissions application and submit it to City Clerk Susan Duncan. You can find the application here.

All these meetings are open to the public. Appointments to these advisory bodies are made by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

For more information contact the City Clerk Susan Duncan
Email: susanduncan@cityofferndale.org
Phone: (360) 685-2354
Fax: (360) 384-1163

Felony Suspect Arrested on Main Street after Vehicle Pursuit

From the Ferndale Police Department

On 10/26/2018 at approximately 1520 hours, Officers were dispatched to an AM/PM convenience store at 6890 Grandview Road for a report of a male masturbating in his vehicle in the parking lot. The reported license plate did not match the described vehicle.

Officers arrived and located the vehicle described and observed the man still exposing himself. Officers contacted the suspect who refused to open the door and exit the vehicle. The suspect then started his vehicle and attempted to flee from the officers, ignoring commands to stop. Officers began to pursue the vehicle as it traveled east bound on Grandview Road, turning southbound onto I-5.

Additional officers attempted to use spike strips at Ferndale Main Street on I-5 however, the subject slowed and drove onto the median to avoid the spike strips. As the subject continued south on I-5, an Officer behind the subject used a PIT maneuver to try and stop the subject.

The subject’s truck spun however, and the subject used his truck to ram multiple police vehicles while trying to get away. The subject rammed and pushed police vehicles with his truck until he was able to continue to flee, continuing south on I-5 continuing to endanger the public and Officers.

Another Officer used a PIT maneuver again in an attempt to stop the subject. The subject again rammed and pushed police vehicles until he was able to continue to flee, this time disabling a police vehicle by pushing it into a ditch with his truck.

The subject then drove north in the southbound lanes, fortunately traffic had been stopped. The subject drove the wrong way on the Ferndale Main Street I-5 on-ramp, against traffic, and traveled East on Main Street. Officers were then able to make another PIT attempt, the subject’s truck spun around and he was then blocked in with three police vehicles. The subject continued to try and ram through the police vehicles as officers broke out his window and were able to secure the subject and take him into custody.

The subject was identified as Ronald A. Worthen (08/13/1965). No officers were injured in the pursuit or arrest.

Mr. Worthen was later booked into the Whatcom County Jail on the following charges:

  • Attempting to Elude a Police vehicle
  • Assault 3rd x4
  • Hit and run x4
  • Driving while license suspended 3rd
  • Indecent exposure

And three unrelated warrants from other jurisdictions.

This case is still under investigation, additional information and/or charges may follow.

Washington Street Reopens with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

With a snip of the ribbon, Washington Street is officially open to traffic!

Big thank you to all of our partners who helped make this project a success including Ram Construction General ContractorsReichhardt & Ebe EngineeringCompass Point Survey Group, the Washington Transportation Improvement Board and more. A special thank you to the area residents and community for their patience during construction.

More pictures of the ceremony can be found on our facebook page here.

Update on Alleged Threat to Ferndale High School (10/24/18)

From the Ferndale Police Department

Working with the school district, we have learned that the origin of the alleged threat was an overheard conversation in a local store. With the help of the store manager, we identified the two students who were having the conversation. They were subsequently questioned by our officers. The two students independently verified that they had been in the store talking about the threat that surfaced at FHS on Monday of this week. Their conversation was not about a new threat.

The good news is that our community is working together to report anything they believe is suspicious in order to ensure the safety of students, staff, and families.

Thank you for your patience. We take every threat seriously and always take every precaution. This morning we worked hand-in-hand with our Ferndale Schools and the incident has been successfully resolved.

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