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Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Ferndale is STRONGLY encouraging and requesting the voluntary evacuation of all residents and businesses in the area south of Main Street between 4th Avenue and the Nooksack River, effective immediately.  The Nooksack River has not yet reached its crest, and the potential exists for the river to breach the existing levee.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure and then evacuate their properties; the City will inform the public when it is safe to return.  All residents outside of the voluntary evacuation area are requested to avoid any unnecessary trips and to stay off the roadways, in order for emergency and first responders to effectively respond to the emergency.

Evacuees should exit to the north and Main Street to leave the area.  Temporary shelter is now available at the Ferndale High School cafeteria, which can be accessed off Golden Eagle Drive or Shuksan Drive from Vista Drive or Washington Street.  More to come on more shelter options as information becomes available.  For questions, please call Ferndale City Hall at (360) 384-4006.

Now Accepting Applications for City Council Vacancy

Front Row: Councilmembers Paul Shuey, Herb Porter, Kate Bishop and Ramon Llanos. Back Row: Councilmembers Ryan O’Larey, Erin Gunter, Mayor Greg Hansen and Councilmember Ali Hawkinson

Applications are now being accepted to fill a vacancy on the Ferndale City Council due to the resignation of Councilmember Ramon Llanos.

The vacant seat will be on the November 2021 ballot as a new 4-year term; therefore, the appointed Councilmember will serve only until the November 2021 election is certified, at which point the candidate who prevails in the election will take office and serve for the rest of 2021.

Applicants should plan to attend the January 4, 2021 regular City Council meeting, during which they will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and be briefly interviewed by current Councilmembers. The selected applicant will be sworn in that evening and will begin to serve immediately. For instructions and an application packet, please click here. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 7.

Lost and Found Items

Have you lost or misplaced an item recently? If one of these items fits the general description of your lost property, contact Michelle with the Ferndale Police Department at 360-483-5745 to describe and claim your lost property. Items turned into the Ferndale Police Department: headphones, purse, bicycle, cellphone, money, waist pack.

Ferndale Deploys Renamed Snowplows as Community Braces for Winter Weather

Ferndale Deploys Renamed Snowplows as Community Braces for Winter Weather

With cold weather in the forecast, Ferndale Public Works has been applying de-icer, sand and salt to Ferndale streets and preparing our four snowplows for deployment. In 2020, the City asked for help naming their plows and receiving over 2,000 votes and suggestions. After consulting with Public Works staff, the City is proud to announce that Golden Eagle, Plowtallica, SanderYacht and Jam On are ready to hit the streets.

“Thank you to everyone who helped us name our snowplows but don’t stop there,” said Mayor Greg Hansen. “You can also help us by moving your vehicle into your driveway. When cars are parked along the street, some neighborhoods become too narrow for our plows to navigate. Help us help you by moving your vehicle before the snow needs clearing.”

Once the snow arrives, residents can assist by clearing the sidewalk in front of their property, staying home if they don’t need to be out and if they do have to drive, proceeding slowly and carefully.

Public Works staff will be monitoring the snowy conditions and clearing the snow priority routes throughout the weather event. For more information and the snow priority routes, visit

Now Hiring: Finance Director

The City of Ferndale is now hiring a Finance Director. The Finance Director is  a professional management position requiring a college degree and at least 5 years of progressively responsible finance management experience, preferably with a municipality or other government entity.

Under the general supervision of the City Administrator, the Finance Director is responsible for the design and implementation of the municipal budget, together with internal and external policies and procedures necessary to effectively and efficiently administer the budget and overall City finances. The Finance Director is responsible for collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure that the City can meet identified levels of service and long-range plans, and to effectively communicate the opportunities and risks associated with different policy choices, all consistent with state, federal, and local law.

the position is open until filled. For more information and application instructions, click here.

Ferndale Police Begin Safety Emphasis near School Zones

Ferndale Police Begin Safety Emphasis near School Zones

To remind Ferndale residents to drive carefully near our schools, Ferndale patrol officers will be conducting a safety emphasis over the next couple of months. Officers will be located on or near school property with their lights on to encourage safer driving in school zones.
“We’ve tried being stealthy and writing some tickets and folks continue to go way too fast near our schools,” said Chief Kevin Turner. “We are hoping the flashing lights will do the trick.”
“So if you see one of our patrol vehicles lit up near a school, do not be alarmed,” said Turner, “but do ease off on that accelerator.”
School zones often have pedestrians that may not be aware of passing vehicles. Drivers are encouraged to keep their eyes open and be ready to stop.

Ferndale Launches Online Open House and Survey to Develop ADA Transition Plan

Ferndale Launches Online Open House and Survey to Develop ADA Transition Plan

The City of Ferndale is in the process of developing an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Transition Plan to guide when and where mobility improvements need to be made. City staff are conducting an inventory of current pedestrian facilities throughout the entire city to find gaps in and barriers to accessibility.

To assist with this effort, the City is hosting an online open house and community survey to gather input from residents as to what needs to be improved. Regardless of whether or not someone has difficulty moving through Ferndale, the City wants to hear their voice as part of this process. 

Online open house and survey are available here: