City Council Sets Priorities, Committee Assignments for 2018

This Wednesday, the City Council, Mayor and City Staff gathered for a daylong retreat to set their priorities for the coming year. Council selected liaisons for community groups, assigned committee members and participated in a goal setting exercise called “Must/Should/Could”.

As part of this exercise, they identified top priorities and then winnowed them down to things they “Must Do”, “Should Do” and “Could Do” with the understanding that not all of these projects will be completed in two years, but progress will be made towards these goals.

City staff will then use this list of prioritize to shape their work for the year and guide the 2019 budget process. You can find 2016’s list by clicking here and previous year’s Must/Should/Could by clicking here. See below for current lists, committee and liaison assignments.

For more information, please contact Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or by clicking here.

2018 Council Retreat “Must” List

  1. Implement Parks Plan which includes the following projects; BMX Pump Track, Spray/Splash Park, Skate Park, Fenced Dog Park, Bender Park, Covered Picnic Shelters, and Turf at Phillips 66 Ballfields
  2. A New Administration Building/Council Chambers/Courthouse
  3. Downtown Revitalization including infrastructure review, incentives for businesses, and improved parking
  4. Upgrade and Improve Main Street Traffic Lights/Crosswalk
  5. Hire a Grant Writer on Staff
  6. Finalize an agreement with Lummi Nation about Slater Road Development
  7. Establish a Parks Department
  8. Hire an Engineer on Staff
  9. Install Portal Way Sidewalks
  10. Approve a Long-Term Financial Plan

“Should” List

  1. Identify Long-Term Staffing Needs
  2. Upgrade and Repair Ferndale Terrace
  3. Establish Municipal Broadband
  4. Install Douglas Road Sidewalks
  5. Establish a New “Signature” Event
  6. Install Slater Road Roundabouts
  7. Draft an Affordable Housing Plan
  8. Construct More Public Restrooms
  9. Provide Support for Slater Road Elevation
  10. Annex E. Slater Road UGA

“Could” List

  1. Establish a Wetland Mitigation Bank
  2. Form a Volunteer Corps
  3. Address Homelessness in Ferndale
  4. Draft an Asset Management Plan
  5. Extend Water/Sewer Service to Grandview
  6. Install Pioneer Pavilion Air Conditioning
  7. Install Water Meter Telemetry System
  8. Approve a Pizza Annex Plan (Repurpose or Tear Down)
  9. Rebuild the Pioneer Park Stage
  10. Build the Community Plaza

City Council Committee Assignments

Public Works & Utilities Committee Cathy Watson, Fred Kennedy and Teresa Taylor
Planning and Land Use Committee Rebecca Xczar, Teresa Taylor and Fred Kennedy
Finance & Administration Committee Keith Olson, Greg Hansen and Kate Hansen

 

City Council Liaison Assignments

 

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) Greg Hansen
Bellingham International Airport Advisory Committee Teresa Taylor
Ferndale School Board Kate Hansen
Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA)   Cathy Watson
Whatcom County Fire District #7 Fred Kennedy
Ferndale Senior Center Cathy Watson
Chamber of Commerce Greg Hansen
Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB) Rebecca Xczar
Ferndale Heritage Society Teresa Taylor
Old Settlers Association Jon Mutchler
Arts Commission Cathy Watson
Ferndale Downtown Association Teresa Taylor
Community Service Cooperative Kate Hansen
Ferndale Public Market Kate Hansen
Planning Commission Rebecca Xczar
Community Center Advisory Board (CCAB) Greg Hansen
Ferndale Community Coalition Greg Hansen