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Notice of Traffic Revision and Possible Delays: Tuesday, June 25th

Near 5142 LaBounty Drive, between Smith Road and Slater Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane alternating traffic near 5142 LaBounty Drive between Smith Road and Slater Road. The traffic revision is in effect Tuesday, June 25th, 2024, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

This one-day project is associated with a private development project.

City Seeks Applications for 2025 Tourism-Related Activities

Do you have a good idea for some tourism-related activities? We are now accepting applications for our Lodging Tax Grant Program!

This program uses funds collected when people stay at local hotels, motels or RV parks to help encourage additional tourism in Ferndale.

Funding from the program may be used directly by local jurisdictions, or indirectly through a convention and visitors bureau or destination marketing organization, for the marketing and operations of special events and festivals and to support the operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned by nonprofit organizations described under section 501(c)(3) and section 501(c)(6) of the internal revenue code of 1986, as amended.

The Lodging Tax Grant Program is managed by the Deputy City Clerk, and recommendations on funding are made by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to the City Council, which has final say over allocation of funding.

DEADLINE IS JULY 31st, 2024. No exceptions. You can find the application here.

Please send all completed applications and any questions to Deputy City Clerk Michelle Williams at michellewilliams@cityofferndale.org or 360-685-2358.

Now Hiring – Senior Accountant

The City is now hiring a Senior Accountant. Under the direction of the Finance Director, the Senior Accountant performs a variety of routine and complex professional-level accounting functions and analysis. Recommends policies and procedures to ensure compliance with accounting practices, laws, and regulations, and analyzes and audits financial records for completeness and conformance to policies and procedures. Monitors and analyzes revenue and expenditure accounts. Prepares a variety of complex reports, statements, and documents for major financial projects.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

The position is open until July 8, 2024.

City Offices Closed for Juneteenth

City Offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024, in honor of Juneteenth. Emergency services will be available by calling 911. City Offices will be open again for regular hours on Thursday, June 20th, 2024.

Now Hiring – Court Clerk

The City is now hiring a Court Clerk. The Court Clerk works independently to coordinate the day‑to‑day operation of the court.  Duties depend on specific assignments and day‑to‑day activities and include routine court duties. This includes performing a variety of scheduling, accounting, collections, communications and record keeping. The position is full-time.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

The position is open until June 24, 2024.

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Now Hiring – Parks Maintenance Worker

The City is now hiring a Parks Maintenance Worker. The Parks Maintenance Worker applies knowledge and skills to perform the regular and recurring maintenance, installation, and repair work of city parks, using any of the equipment authorized and available.  Receives moderate supervision, depending on experience and complexity of task. Expected to perform routine assignments independently following standard practice.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.  The position is open until June 21, 2024.

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equity Advisory Committee Vacancy

The City currently has an opening on the Equity Advisory Committee (EAC). The EAC is an advisory board charged with examining issues of diversity and promoting solutions to the City that help us embrace our diverse community and create a more fair and just future for Ferndale.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of even months (February, April, June, August, October, December) at 5:00 p.m. All meetings are hybrid, with the option of attending in person at City Hall or remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Members shall be appointed upon the basis of demonstrated interest in, and knowledge and support of equity and diversity. Members of the public who have resided in the Ferndale School District boundary for at least one year are eligible to serve on the Committee.

To apply, please complete an application and send it to City Clerk Susan Duncan, susanduncan@cityofferndale.org. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2024.

TRAFFIC NOTICE – MONDAY, JUNE 10 – Malloy Ave. OPEN 2:50 p.m.

Update 2:50 p.m. – Malloy Avenue is open.

TRAFFIC NOTICE for Monday, June 10th, 2024 at 12:25 p.m.

Malloy Avenue between Memorial Drive (northbound) and Seamount Drive (southbound) is closed to through traffic due to a water leak. Please avoid this area if possible. The City will post an update as soon as more information is available.

Update 1:36 p.m. – There was a break in the water main. Crews are on scene determining the extent of the break and repairs needed. It is important to note that properties in the vicinity of Memorial Drive to Hillside Drive are currently without water. The City will update the public when more information becomes available.

Update 2:05 p.m. – Water is turned back on and road will be opening shortly. An update will be shared when the road is open.

Update 2:50 p.m. – Malloy Avenue is open.

TRAFFIC NOTICE – MONDAY, JUNE 10 – Malloy Ave. Closed, updated 2:05 p.m.

TRAFFIC NOTICE for Monday, June 10th, 2024 at 12:25 p.m.

Malloy Avenue between Memorial Drive (northbound) and Seamount Drive (southbound) is closed to through traffic due to a water leak. Please avoid this area if possible. The City will post an update as soon as more information is available.

Update 1:36 p.m. – There was a break in the water main. Crews are on scene determining the extent of the break and repairs needed. It is important to note that properties in the vicinity of Memorial Drive to Hillside Drive are currently without water. The City will update the public when more information becomes available.

Update 2:05 p.m. – Water is turned back on and road will be opening shortly. An update will be shared when the road is open.

Update 2:50 p.m. – Malloy Avenue is open.

Request for Proposals: Design, Fabrication, and Installation of a Sculpture in Griffintown Park

The City of Ferndale (“City”) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit artist proposals for the design, fabrication, and installation of a sculpture to be placed in Ferndale’s Griffintown Park, located at 5786 Second Avenue.

Project Details

This project is made possible by a grant from the Berghoff Art Fund of Whatcom Community Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to manage a process for public art acquisition and installation that:

  • Creates a sense of hope and optimism for the community; has some aspect of humor, wit or playfulness.
  • Preference to local Whatcom County talent, as long as the piece(s) presented meet a quality standard comparable to pieces available outside the local area. If no local artists apply for awards the search will expand outward to regional, then national
  • Could last for 5-10 years
  • Is not a depiction of violence, religious imagery or political in nature
  • Has an identified location for installation;
  • Is appropriate in size, scale, material, form and style for the social and physical environment in which it is to be placed;
  • Is durable and resistant to vandalism;
  • Is maintainable at a reasonable cost;
  • Is reasonably able to be installed;
  • Is maintained by property owner

An all-inclusive award of up to $15,000 for the sculpture will include artist fees, design fees, fabrication cost, site preparation costs, engineering expenses, and installation costs.

The selected artist must be willing to enter into the  City’s Agreement for Commissioned Artwork and prepare a scope of work that provides for the services outlined in this RFP. For the Agreement for Commissioned Artwork, click here.

Project Timeline

The City intends to complete the selection process using the following schedule. However, the City reserves the right to adjust the timeline as necessary. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the City’s website.

Release Request for Proposals:                             May 31, 2024

Applications Due:                                                        July 8, 2024

Arts Commission Review of Applications:        July 10, 2024

Project Awarded:                                                        July 15, 2024

Installation Plan Finalized:                                     July 15 – 31

Site Prep and Installation:                                       August 1 – November 30, 2024

Selection Information

The selection panel is made up of members of the Ferndale Arts Commission members, with final approval granted by the Ferndale Mayor.

Application Requirements:

The following items should be submitted via email to: susanduncan@cityofferndale.org

Or by mail to:   City of Ferndale   Attention: Susan Duncan
PO Box 936
Ferndale, WA  98248

  • Statement of Interest – Describe in a few paragraphs your interest in the project. The statement should demonstrate your understanding of the project objectives and include a preliminary proposal for how those objectives would be achieved.
  • Concise representation/drawing(s) or photograph(s) of your proposed sculpture – Up to five images may be submitted.
  • Concise representation/drawing(s) or photograph(s) of past projects of similar scope – Up to five images may be submitted.
  • Resume highlighting past projects of similar scope – Resume should include information regarding experience designing, fabricating, and installing public art in outdoor public spaces.

The selection panel will individually rate each applicant on the following criteria:

  • Quality of past work; technical and aesthetic
  • Fit of artist’s portfolio with project vision
  • The connection between the project and the artist’s creative practice.
  • Relevant experience and demonstrated ability to successfully design, fabricate, and install public sculptures of similar scope

Additional Information

  • Submitting an application to this RFP does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.
  • All artists submitting an application will receive notification of the results of the selection process.
  • Application materials will not be returned.