January 22nd, 2019 Council Meeting Summary

Council Materials Available Here

 City Council Agenda Follow-Up January 22, 2019  
CONSENT AGENDA Councilmember Taylor moved, and Councilmember K. Hansen seconded, to approve the consent agenda.  MOTION CARRIED 7-0.     APPROVED  
PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS UPDATE Community Development Director Haylie Miller presented updates on the following private development project:   Smith Meadows – Located on West Smith Road. This is a 3.8-acre parcel with 11 parcels, zoned RS Low. (3 – 5 units per acre) The roads, utilities, and all infrastructure have been completed. The next step is for the applicant to submit the final plat application to the City.       INFO ONLY
PRESENTATION: Community Development Department 2019 Legislative Plan Community Development Director Haylie Miller presented Community Development projects planned for 2019, including:   Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) Update: Many sections in the City’s SMP are outdated and need to be modified to reflect City goals and to comply with State guidelines.Planned Unit Development (PUD) Code Modifications: Current PUD code language is outdated and should be rewritten.Multifamily High Rezone: Replace the RM 1.5-Multiple Dwelling and Residential Office Zones within proximity of the Downtown Core with a new zone referred to as the Residential Multifamily High Zone. Ferndale-Priority Mitigation Program: Mitigation is described as compensation for project-related impacts to regulated biological critical areas.  The focus of this program will be on those areas within the FEMA 100-year floodplain and stream/river shorelines. The program is to be available for projects across jurisdictional boundaries with mitigation to occur within the city limits and UGA. Application Vesting Regulations: Review application vesting regulations and timelines specifically for land use applications to assure appropriate timelines are in place and regulations are clear.Catalyst Development: Establish a Downtown Catalyst incentive program that includes a waiver of all administrative, impact, and connection fees for up to three development projects meeting all required criteria to assist in the development of a vibrant downtown core.Mobile Home Park Developments: Currently, there is no zone in which mobile home parks could be located. Street Trees: The City’s Tree Ordinance was adopted in 1999 and has not been updated since. Proposed updates will include modification of tree spacing requirements, more flexibility, and will establish themes along certain corridors.Park Development Standards Details: Adopt trail standard details. The current code has one trail detail that does not work in all cases. Multifamily Parking Regulations: Research possible code changes, if necessary, to clarify whether “off-street” parking means on -site or within a garage.                                   INFO ONLY
CONTRACT: WWU Sustainable Communities Partnership Interagency Agreement AS part of the 2019 budget the City Council authorized funds to support a multi-disciplinary partnership between the City of Ferndale and Western Washington University for the purpose of exploring opportunities and challenges related to Downtown Ferndale and the surrounding areas. The proposed partnership is intended to bring the broad resources of WWU and its Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) to bear on the issue. Since its inception three years ago, the SCP has worked with the City of Edmonds, the City of Stanwood, and Skagit County to advance those jurisdictions’ planning. Work is performed by WWU students from several disciplines as part of an academic year-long effort. These students are typically juniors or seniors who are working at the direction of professional faculty with expertise on their respective fields. The final documents that will be provided to the City are at a standard that would be typical for professional consultants, at a fraction of the overall cost of a consultant. Councilmember Kennedy moved, and Councilmember Taylor seconded, to approve the agenda bill. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.           APPROVED
ADJOURNMENT: Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.              

Free Mosaic Workshop for Library Art Installation this Sat.

Looking for some creative fun in Ferndale to get you through the winter?

Join mosaic artist Debbie Dickinson at a Ferndale Arts Commission sponsored community art project. We’ll work together to create elements of a mosaic garden to be installed by Debbie outside the library this Spring. Piece together colorful flowers and leaves using pre-made forms and supplied materials and instruction. FREE and open to all Ferndale residents. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshop Details–

Dates: Saturdays, January 12th & 26th, February 9th and 23rd
Times: Drop-in any time between 9:30am and 1pm, workshop ends at 2:30. Expect to spend about an hour on a piece of the mosaic wall creation.
Location: Pioneer Pavilion at Pioneer Park (2007 Cherry Street).

Finished work will become part of the Library Mosaic Project outside of the Ferndale Library. For more information, please call Susan Duncan at (360) 685-2354.

Jan. 22nd – Ferndale Food Bank Helps Workers Impacted by Federal Shutdown

The Ferndale Food Bank, located at 1671 Main St. in Ferndale, has decided to offer a special distribution to our unpaid federal employees. The distribution will take place on Tuesday, January 22 beginning at 10 AM ending at 1 PM and then again from 5pm- 7pm. Please bring a copy of your ID and a recent Federal government paystub. They will be serving those living in our service area which includes Ferndale School District, very north bit of Bellingham and Custer.

The Ferndale Food Bank wants to reinforce with these workers that their work is important to us and we want to support them in anyway we can during this challenging time.

Please call Suzanne Nevan, the director of the Ferndale Food Bank with any additional questions at 360-223-0788 or you can email by clicking here.

Potential Quorum Notice – Town Hall Meeting January 23, 2019


Notice is hereby given that one or more members of the Ferndale City Council may attend the following meeting:

Town Meeting – A Visioning Workshop for a Ferndale City Center Plan

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Pioneer Pavilion 

2007 Cherry Street  Ferndale, WA

This meeting is sponsored by Western Washington University and the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the meeting is a visioning workshop for a Ferndale City Center Plan. Planning topics include: Transportation Solutions, Urban Infill, Architectural Character, Safe Routes to School, Habitat Enhancement, Public Parking, Park and Trails, Flood Risk Reduction, Children’s Activities.

This is an Open Public Meeting as outlined by the Open Public Meetings Act, and members of the public are invited to attend and observe.

        Susan Duncan, City Clerk

Meet Your Ferndale City Staff

Each day, your local government is hard at work making Ferndale an even greater place to live, work and play. Here is a little introduction to some of the people who work for you, the people of Ferndale.

From left to right:

  • Riley Sweeney, Communications Officer/Recreation Coordinator

Riley Sweeney prepares materials for the city website, social media, is our public information officer, handles the City’s insurance, interacts with our community groups and runs the City’s Parks and Recreational activities. If you have a question about something going on in Ferndale, he is a great place to start. You can reach him at (360) 685-2353 or via email by clicking here.

  • Chief Kevin Turner, Ferndale Police Chief

Chief Turner oversees our Ferndale Police Department, which includes two lieutenants, three sergeants, three detectives, eleven officers and four support staff. His team works around the clock to ensure that our community is safe and stronger together.

  • Mayor Jon Mutchler

Elected in 2015, Mayor Jon Mutchler provides general supervision over the administrative affairs of the City; including the responsibility for the appointment and removal of personnel; and the execution of the laws and policies as adopted by the City Council. You can reach him at (360) 685-2350 or via email by clicking here.

  • Susan Duncan, City Clerk

Susan Duncan oversees compilation and distribution of twice-monthly Council agendas and packets, and is also responsible for maintaining City records as the official records depository and archivist for Ferndale. She handles public records requests and serves as the Human Resources department for the City.

  • Haylie Miller, Community Development Director

Haylie Miller oversees the community development department which is responsible for working with community members, elected officials, project applicants, and others to establish a collective vision for the community. This includes setting and updating land use regulation, building codes, permit requirements and our comprehensive plan.

  • Sirke Salminen, Finance Director

Sirke Salminen is tasked with the development of the City’s Annual Report and Budget. With the help of her finance team, she also manages the annual audit and investments, provides monthly and annual revenue and expenditure reporting in relationship to the annual budget, and prepares water and sewer utility billings.

  • Jori Burnett, City Administrator

Jori Burnett is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City and provides oversight on all the department heads. He sets long-term goals for the staff and facilitates the general improvement of the city.

  • Kevin Renz, Public Works Director

Kevin Renz oversees the Public Works department which plans, constructs, operates, and maintains City water, sewer, storm, transportation systems and other facilities and buildings for the City.

Basic Emergency Preparedness Workshop Jan. 17th, 6pm

Basic Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Empower yourself and your family. Join us to learn more about what supplies and resources to have on hand when a natural or human-made disaster occurs. All are welcome. Light refreshments provided.

Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Meeting Room, 

                 Ferndale Library

                 2125 Main Street

Hosted by Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Ferndale CERT is one of the member organizations of the FERN and working with the Ferndale Police Department. For more information, please email Gayland Gump by clicking here

Parks and Rec Activity Survey 2019

Last year, over 3,000 residents enjoyed free recreational activities in Ferndale’s parks. In 2019, we want to bring you even more great parks and rec offerings. Help us decide which events to sponsor by taking our 2019 Parks and Rec Activity Survey.

Parks and Rec Activity Survey 2019

Your responses to this survey shape what events we host and how we advertise them in 2019. The whole survey should take about six minutes to complete, we appreciate your input.

For more information or questions, please call Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or email him by clicking here.

Explore Ferndale with our Online Map Viewer

Curious what lies beneath your neighborhood? Explore our city with our Online Map Viewer. Our Graphic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Brenna Sterling-Borgognoni works full-time to update and expand the information available the public through this resource.

Click Here to Access Online Map Viewer

Using our Online Map Viewer, you can explore where the water lines are located in your neighborhood, what upcoming public works projects are planned in your area and where exactly that property line is located.

These sort of tools allow the city to identify crime hot spots, locate neighborhood needs and plan for the future.

Toggle through the layers using the checkboxes on the right to discover new features. For more information on our Online Map Viewer, please call Brenna at (360) 685-2371 or email her by clicking here.

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