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 www.cityofferndale.org/snow.
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.
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: www.cityofferndale.org/FerndaleADA
The Ferndale Police Department is looking for assistance identifying any people responsible for the damage done to the Star Park restroom and shelter over the weekend. Sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, the soap dispenser and towel dispenser were both destroyed, two trash cans were damaged and will need to be replaced, along with other miscellaneous damage. Ferndale Public Works has estimated the repairs and cleanup will cost around $3,000. If you have any information regarding this incident, we are asking you contact the Ferndale Police Department at Contact@ferndalepd.org.
Last week, the City of Ferndale received the 2022 Whatcom Housing Alliance Luminary Award for our work on Inspiring Innovation for affordable housing. Check out the video above to learn more.
The Ferndale Police Department consists of 22 commissioned officers and 5 support personnel. Ferndale is a vibrant community of over 15,000 people located on the Interstate 5 corridor, approximately 6 miles north of Bellingham and 13 miles south of the Canadian border.
Application: Support Services Supervisor Debbie Wharton at: DWharton@ferndalepd.org
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Brief Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Ferndale Suspect
On 10/18/2022 at approximately 1:30 pm, Ferndale Police were advised that Jade Garza was in the 5300 block of LaBounty Dr in Ferndale, WA.
Ferndale Police were aware that Jade Garza was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant and that he was known to carry a firearm.
As law enforcement arrived in the area, Jade Garza fled in a vehicle. The vehicle was subsequently located in the 2300 block of Douglas Rd. Officers were able to observe Jade Garza in an apartment that law enforcement knew to be Garza’s residence.
Due to the severity of the warrant and Garza known to be armed, traffic to the area was blocked off and additional officers were called in. Once the area was secured, police were able to communicate with Garza. With the assistance of family members, Jade Garza eventually agreed to surrender without incident.
Multiple agencies responded to this incident, including the Ferndale Police Department, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, and other agencies.