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Statewide Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Begins Oct. 1st

The statewide single-use plastic bag ban will take effect October 1, 2021.Plastic bags are a major contaminant in Washington’s recycling centers, waterways, and roadways.

Washington’s Plastic Bag Ban reduces pollution by prohibiting single-use plastic carryout bags and charging a fee for acceptable bags in business establishments.

Consumers are encouraged to bring their own clean, reusable bags for use in stores and restaurants.

Paper bags and reusable plastic bags will be available at some businesses, but prepare to pay at least eight cents per bag for those options. The fee may not be collected from anyone using a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women’s Infants and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Assistance Program (FAP).

Visit the Department of Ecology website here for more detailed information.

Notice of Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7am-7pm

Notice of Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7am-7pm

LaBounty Drive, between Sunset Avenue and Seahawk Drive

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on LaBounty Drive, between Sunset Avenue and Seahawk Drive on Tuesday, September 21st, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Please see attached for traffic control plan.

EXTENDED: Notice of Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, September 20, 2021 to Wednesday, September 22, 2021

EXTENDED: Notice of Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, September 20, 2021 to Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Vista Drive, between Robyn Drive and Lincoln Drive

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Vista Drive between Robyn Drive and Lincoln Drive on Monday, September 20th to Wednesday, September 22nd, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board Vacancy

The City has a number of Boards and Commissions that work to advise the City Council on a broad array of subjects. These are volunteer positions but absolutely essential to providing quality input to the City’s decision-making process.

There is currently a vacancy on the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB). It is a four-year term, expiring August 31, 2025. The PRTAB assesses the community’s parks and recreational facilities, programs, needs and costs, and makes recommendations to the City Council for the care, management, supervision, and improvements to City parks. The PRTAB also provides input related to the updating of the City’s Parks Master Plan.

To apply for this position, please complete this application and email it to City Clerk Susan Duncan at susanduncan@cityofferndale.org. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. September 22, 2021.

Notice of Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Tuesday, September 7th and Wednesday, September 8th

Notice of Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Tuesday, September 7th and Wednesday, September 8th

LaBounty Drive, between Smith Road and Sunset Avenue

Drivers should expect delays as LaBounty Drive is closed to thru traffic between Smith Road and Sunset Avenue starting at 7AM on Tuesday, September 7th until 7PM on Wednesday, September 8th. Northbound traffic will be detoured via Sunset Ave. to Rural Ave. to Slater Rd. to Pacific Hwy. to Smith Rd. to LaBounty Dr. Southbound traffic will be detoured via Smith Rd. to Pacific Hwy. to Slater Rd. to Rural Ave. to Sunset Ave. to Labounty Dr. Detour route will be marked. Road will remain closed for duration of the work, including overnight. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project.

Please see attached for traffic control plan.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Ferndale Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Applications Solicited for Organizational Grant Program

The City of Ferndale provides grants to various human services and economic development organizations to enhance the quality of life for homeless, low-income and senior residents and to promote economic development within the City.

The challenge given the City’s inability to serve all needs for all people and all businesses is to determine how to create the greatest impact with available funding. Proposals will be evaluated by city staff and approved or denied by the Ferndale City Council as part of the budget process.

Interested organizations can fill out the application (which can be found here or on our Forms and Applications page) by September 1st, 2021. Please email the completed application to Deputy City Clerk Sherry DeJong at sherrydejong@cityofferndale.org or drop it off at City Hall.

Coast Salish Mural Project Underway

The Ferndale Arts Commission is collaborating with the Lhaq’temish Foundation to complete a Coast Salish mural project on the west side of the Pioneer Pavilion.
The whole project is planned to be complete by the end of summer of 2022. Two smaller murals are being completed this year as part of the larger project, the first of which is nearly finished and will be wrapped up early this week.


Jason LaClair is a 38 year old member of Lummi Nation. His design on the Pavilion is called “One From the Heart.” Jason has been practicing in the Northwest Coast Style for over 20 years, mainly focusing on creating logo designs for many Tribal entities in both Nooksack and Lummi. Jason has wanted to paint murals in Whatcom County to ensure the First Peoples of Whatcom and the Coast Salish Communities are recognized, as well as their Coast Salish ancestors. Jason has completed several murals before and is collaborating with Gretchen Leggit on an upcoming  mural for the City of Bellingham as well.

“The Ferndale Arts Commission is grateful to work with Jason and bring his art to the Pioneer Pavilion project” said Rebecca Xczar, Ferndale Arts Commission Chairperson. “We are so excited to bring this Coast Salish project to the Pioneer Pavilion, and we deeply appreciate the collaboration with the Lhaq’temish Foundation.”  

The second mural piece is planned to begin this week.

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