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Notice of Traffic Revision and Possible Delays: Monday, April 10th

Douglas Road, between S Church Road and Angelina Street

Drivers should expect delays as Douglas Road, between S Church Road and Angelina Street will be closed to through traffic on Monday, April 10th. The closure is in effect between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Motorists will detour around the closure via Angelina St and Stratus Pl.

This closure is for work is associated with a private development project.

Notice of Traffic Revision and Possible Delays: Friday, April 7th through Thursday, April 13th

Portal Way, between Trigg Road and Kaas Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane alternating traffic on Portal Way, between Trigg Road and Kaas Road beginning Friday, April 7th and lasting through Thursday, April 13th. Lane closures will be M-F 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 associated with a private development project.

Construction Closes Thornton Street between Malloy and Vista Starting in April

Construction activities are set to begin in early April that will close Thornton Street between Malloy and Vista. This closure is expected to last until the anticipated fall 2023 completion. A $4M federal grant, as well as City utility funds, will be used to replace the aging infrastructure, some of which is as old as 40 years.

Once finished, there will be two travel lanes with a new roadway surface including shoulders, curb, and gutter. Also, to enhance pedestrian safety, sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the street, along with speed tables, a vehicle activated speed sign, and a flashing pedestrian crossing beacon.

A road closure is necessary and will remain in place for the duration of the project, not only for the safety of those on site, but for our community. A detour route is available for vehicles (see graphic below) and a pedestrian route will be available through the closure area.

For your safety and the safety of the contractors, please follow all traffic closure signs, be mindful of personnel on site, and use alternative routes when possible. Thank you for your patience!

More information about this project available at:

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

Notice of Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Beginning Monday, April 3rd, 2023

Thornton Street between Vista Drive and Malloy Avenue will be closed to through traffic.
Monday, April 3rd, 2023, through fall 2023.

Drivers should expect to detour around Thornton Street between Vista Dr. and Malloy Ave. as it will be closed beginning on Monday, April 3rd. The closure is expected to last into the fall of 2023. The closure is in effect 7 day per week, 24 hours a day for the duration of the project. A detour route directs drivers South, to the Vista-Malloy Roundabout near Ferndale High School.

Through Traffic and Traffic Needing to Transit East-West
Through traffic should expect delays as they detour around the closure via the Vista-Malloy Roundabout.

Local Drivers
Residents inside the work zone should expect weekday delays as they enter and exit their neighborhood through the construction zone.

A pedestrian pathway through the work zone will be provided.

This closure is for work associated with the Thornton Street – Vista to Malloy Improvement Project.
If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact the Ferndale Public Works Department at 360-384-4006.

Closure Area Full


Closure Area Detail

Request for Proposals – Financial Management Software System


The City of Ferndale (“City”) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit vendor proposals for a municipal financial management software system (system) to serve the current and projected needs of the City.  The application software and hardware configuration should comply with the minimum specifications as outlined in this RFP.  The City operates on the cash basis of accounting.

The City intends to seek the best solution, based on the evaluation criteria contained in this RFP, for its data processing needs.  The successful vendor(s) will seek to establish an integrated hardware/software environment for the City that can be implemented rapidly following conversion of existing data and processes into the system.  The hardware/software must satisfy the specifications contained in this RFP and shall include whatever vendor resources are required from the areas of computer systems hardware, software, security, technical training, conversion, maintenance, and service support, including coordination with the City’s IT provider.


The City of Ferndale is a Second Class Code City located in Whatcom County, in northwest Washington State.  The City has a population of approximately 15,500 people and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Washington State and operates as a cash-basis entity, utilizing the Washington State Auditor Budget, Accounting, and Reporting System (BARS).  The Ferndale Finance Department consists of five full-time employees, including a Director, Deputy Treasurer, Senior Accountant, Utility Billing Clerk, and Accounts Payable Clerk.  The City currently operates Vision Classic municipal finance software and utilizes Payroll, Utility Billing, Cash Management, Financials, and Business Licensing modules within that software.

Currently, the City also utilizes Microsoft Excel to supplement financial software when creating and maintaining the City’s budget, in creating Journal Entry and Transfer documentation, and more.  The City also utilizes Quickbooks to process Accounts Receivable.  The majority of City forms, including timesheets, utility billing, purchase orders or vouchers, and budget reporting are completed on paper copies that are then manually entered into the respective software systems.

In addition to the above, the City is seeking a Municipal Financial Management Software System and vendor that will provide:

  1. Full integration between financial modules (budgeting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, utility billing).
  2. Budgeting reports include integrated revenue and expenditure balances with a minimum 5-year comparison reporting.
  3. Solutions , including software features or third-party applications, that will facilitate the conversion of existing hard-copy forms (time sheets, purchase vouchers, etc.) into an electronic format, with the goal of decreasing or eliminating hard copy paperwork and manual data entry.
  4. Compatibility with MS Office tools.
  5. Easy export of all data for analysis.
  6. Installed (non cloud-based) solution is preferred, but cloud-based applications will be considered.
  7. Real time posting of all financial transactions.
  8. Reliable and responsive support, with demonstrated company stability and continued innovation.
  9. Compatibility with SmartGov, Asset Essentials (Brightly Software), InvoiceCloud preferred.
  10. Ability to convert Vision Classic data to new system(s).
  11. Adequate security controls, including “firewall” controls: full access, read-only, and limited editing for all modules. Security controls must also include reporting and audit tools which document the nature and time of individual user edits within the system.  Security controls should also include secondary approval for adjustments and changes.
  12. Reasonable ability for City staff to modify or edit City processes and thresholds based on City code or process changes.
  13. Solutions, including software features or third-party applications, that will enable online access for employees to view or print paystubs, W2’s, and employee accruals.


  1. General Ledger
  2. Budget (the City currently operates on an annual budgeting basis, biennial budget capability also requested)
  3. Accounts Payable
  4. Utility Billing, including flexibility to modify calculation methodology such as utility averaging, tiered billing structures, and to include other billing methodologies associated with different customer classes, including customer classes not yet defined by the current rate structure.
  5. Accounts Receivable
  6. Cash Receipting
  7. Payroll (including integrated timesheets), automated vacation request/ employee accrual database preferred
  8. Miscellaneous Invoicing

The City seeks to contract with a single vendor for all hardware and software, and hardware/software maintenance, installation, conversion, training, and support.  The City contracts with an independent third party for IT purposes, and coordination between the single vendor and the City’s IT consultant is anticipated.  The City reserves the right to evaluate each software application module on its own standard of performance, regardless of whether other or remaining application modules of the vendor are considered by the City.  The City reserves the right to award the system to any one vendor or a combination of vendors.

Digital proposal will be accepted until 5pm on April 28th, 2023.  Proposals submitted must be binding for no less than ninety (90) days after the date received.

The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or portions of a proposal.  The City also reserves the right to waive minor technicalities in the proposal.  The City reserves the right of evaluation and the right to determine the methodology for evaluation of the proposals to determine which proposal is best.  The City reserves the right to re-open the RFP process or to modify the process after April 28th, 2023, if no vendor has been chosen.  In such case, nothing shall prevent a vendor from submitting a new or identical proposal.  However, the submission of a prior proposal shall not automatically result in consideration during a new RFP process.  In addition, the City reserve the right to accept the proposal (or proposals) deemed to be in the best interest of the City; the most qualified proposal will not necessarily be the proposal with the lowest cost.  Further, the City reserves the right to accept a proposal (or proposals) for any or all items separately or together.

Digital proposals should be submitted with the subject line “Municipal Financial Management Software,” and signed by an officer of the company.  Digital proposals shall be mailed to the following email address:

It is the responsibility of the vendor to deliver the proposal in accordance with the instructions contained above and/or elsewhere in the RFP.  Proposals dispatched, but not received by the City by the proposal closing time, will not be considered.

Pre-Submittal Questions: There will be no pre-bidders conference.  Vendor inquiries are to be director to Susan Duncan, City Clerk, at

Comparable Agencies/ City Tour:  The City may seek to gain a better understanding of the manner in which vendor software has been integrated into the daily operations of other public entities (not necessarily municipal governments), and requests a list of Washington State public agencies that are currently utilizing this software.  The City reserves the right to contact any and all of these agencies and may request a tour or conference with these agencies, independent of the vendor.

Award of Contract: The final award of the proposal or contract will be made by the Ferndale City Council.  The City reserves the right to request that representatives of the vendor attend a City Council meeting or City Council Committee meeting (virtual or in-person) in order to respond to questions or to demonstrate the functionality of the system.

Contract: In addition to the completed proposal, a resulting contract may be required by the City, including but not limited to: written correspondence between the City and the vendor subsequent to the proposal submission, product literature, or similar.

RFP Amendments: The City reserves the right to request clarification on any proposal or to ask respondents to supply any additional material deemed necessary to assist in the evaluation of the proposal.  The City reserves the right to change the RFP schedule or to issue amendments to the RFP at any time.  The City also reserves the right to cancel or reissue the RFP without notice.

Public Disclosure: All materials provided to the City by vendors are subject to State and City public disclosure laws.  Any proprietary information contained in the vendor’s proposal must be clearly designated and shall be labeled “Proprietary Information.”  Marking the entire proposal or any one or more of the major sections as proprietary will not be accepted.

Software Conversion: The City currently utilizes Vision Classic financial software and anticipates that all or a majority of data from the existing software provider will be converted to the new system.  The City further anticipates that both software suites will continue to operate for a period of time as City staff are trained and as the system is integrated.  The preferred vendor must demonstrate the technical ability to coordinate this data transfer.

Contact with City Employees.  In order to ensure fair and objective evaluation, all questions related to this RFP should be addressed only to the person(s) so named in this RFP.  Contact with any other City employee, including but not limited to email or telephone marketing directed at any City staffmember is expressly prohibited without prior consent of the person(s) so named herein.  Vendors directly contacting other City employees will risk elimination of their proposal from further consideration.  Any vendor with an existing relationship or contract with the City may contact the City only to perform required maintenance and updates of existing systems, be they related to the City’s financial modules or another form of software or hardware.


The City intends to complete the selection process using the following schedule.  However, the City reserves the right to adjust the timeline as necessary.  Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the City’s website.

Questions regarding the RFP may be submitted to the City by March 31, 2023 at noon.  The list of submitted questions with their respective answers will be posted to the City’s website by April 4th at 5pm.  The City in its sole discretion will determine whether its response to a question is adequate.

The City reserves the right to make an award without further discussion of the proposal submitted.  The City shall not be bound or in any way obligated until both parties have executed a vendor contract.  The City also reserves the right to delay contract award and/or not to make a contract award.

Release Request For Proposal                                                     March 14th, 2023

Vendor Questions Due                                                                  March 28th, 2023

VENDOR PROPOSALS DUE BY 5PM                                            April 28th, 2023

City Review                                                                                        April 28th – May 8th

Vendor Selected – Recommendations to Council                May 10th, 2023

Council Approval – Contract Awarded                                     May 15, 2023


The RFP Response shall be organized in the following order:

Cover Letter

  • Executive Summary
  • Company Background
  • Client References
  • Recommended Software Solution
    • Recommended hardware and software
    • Proposed data conversion process
    • Proposed implementation and training schedule
  • Support
  • Cost Summary
  • Terms and Conditions


  • Executive Summary


The Executive Summary should include a brief overview of the Proposal.  It should be prepared in such a manner as to make it understandable to individuals not familiar with the terminology particular to a project of this type.

2.0 Company Background

The Company Background should provide vendor information including, but not limited to:

  • Company headquarters information
  • Complete list of products provided by the Vendor, including, but not limited to:
    • Release date
    • Most-recent update
    • Product origination (i.e., developed in-house, acquisition from another Vendor, etc.)
    • Anticipate future software updates or plans to update, and including expectations for product patches to be included in a potential contract, vs. updates that will not be included in the potential contract.
  • Number of years in public sector software
  • Total number of clients
  • Total number of employees

List the number of staff members* by primary responsibility:

Development: ___________________________

Support: ________________________________

Implementation: ____________________________

Marketing and Sales: _________________________

Network Services: ___________________________

Accounting: ________________________________

TOTAL**: ____________________________________


*If applicable, please note any staffing expansions or reductions anticipated within the next
twelve months, why these changes may be necessary, and the consequences to the vendor if these changes do not occur as planned.

**As necessary, please describe the manner in which individual employees are tasked with
multiple responsibilities within the organization.

3.0 Client References

Vendor must supply at least three (3) Washington sites that are currently using a similar system requested by the City.  Be sure to include the total population served by the government.  Please provide: entity name, address, contact name, phone number, and email address.  This reference list is mandatory. 

4.0 Recommended Software Solution

Describe the recommended software solution for the requested Municipal Financial Management Software.

  • Product names and features. The City welcomes a comprehensive list of features, including a discussion of the manner in which these features contribute to a comprehensive financial management software solution, a comprehensive and streamlined City financial process, reduction or elimination of hard copy forms and manual data entry, creation of new digital forms, and potential integration with existing City processes and procedures.
    • The vendor may also include recommended third party software or hardware that is intended to complement and will be compatible with the vendor’s own systems.
    • Any known or anticipated issues or concerns related to data and software conversion from legacy systems.
    • Recommended City hardware, including server access, and including planned coordination with the City’s IT provider related to:
      • Review of initial needs
      • Initial installation
      • Customer service
      • Unplanned updates/ troubleshooting
      • Scheduled updates
    • Testing and verification procedures necessary to validate full and accurate data transfer.
    • Vendor responsibility for protecting against, monitoring, reporting, and resolving security breaches

5.0 Support

The Vendor should provide the following Support Information:


  • Support Options
    • Does the Vendor provide Online Support?
    • Is the Vendor available for pre-arranged onsite collaboration that can be integrated into the contract, or may be available for an additional cost, as needed, beyond the contract?
    • Typical response times

Other options for support?


  • Support Goals
    • Please provide response times and resolution times to the following incident levels:
      • Emergency (Issue must be resolved immediately)
      • Critical (Issue must be resolved rapidly in order to maintain City functions)
      • Standard Help Call (Resolution not time-critical)


  • Problem Escalation Procedures
    • How are incidents handled?
    • What tools do the vendor support staff use in order to understand the issue, to collaborate with other vendor employees, and to work with City staff?
    • What is the basic chain of command? What elements of the command structure should City staff understand when making a request?
    • Can City staff break the chain of command for emergency issues, if they do not believe the issue is being resolved efficiently? How would this process take place?


  • System Updates
    • How are updates managed?
    • How often are updates released?
    • What is the typical downtime during an update?
    • Do all modules have the same update schedule?
    • When is the next major modification scheduled for each of the modules?
    • Does the vendor anticipate that any of the modules will be replaced or discontinued within the next five years? If so, which one(s)?
    • What steps are taken to protect against data breaches, fraud, or the loss of data during initial conversion and subsequent updates?


  • Vendor Dissolution or Sale
    • What steps are in place to protect the City from the sudden or unexpected dissolution of the vendor, or its sale?
    • Will the City be able to access data if the vendor is suddenly dissolved? What steps can be established to ensure that City data is retained and can be imported to replacement software?
    • What steps are in place to ensure that the Vendor will support data conversion from its platform to another platform, should the City seek another platform in the future?

6.0 Cost Summary

Amounts should contain taxes.  All costs shall be in actual dollar-and-cent amounts, “Time and Material” quotation is not acceptable.  Please break down costs by each product and the associated costs to implement.  Provide a separate break down cost and details for recommended data import from Vision Classic software for all applications.  Provide a separate break down cost and details for training City Staff.  Please note that for the purposes of these calculations, City Staff shall include:

  • Finance Director (one FTE)
  • Deputy Treasurer (one FTE)
  • Senior Accountant (one FTE)
  • Utility Billing Clerk (one FTE)
  • Accounts Payable (one FTE)
  • Misc non-Finance Staff who will utilize new software on an irregular basis, generally as internal users/customers.

7.0 Terms and Conditions


Vendor shall protect, indemnify, and hold the City harmless from and against any damage, cost, or liability for any injuries to persons or property arising from acts or omissions of the vendor, its employees, agents, or sub-contractors, howsoever caused.


Certificates of insurance shall be addressed to the City.  All insurance shall be in effect during the term of the contract.  Vendor shall provide the following coverage:

  • General liability, errors, and missions insurance not less than $1million for bodily injury including accidental death, to any one person and aggregate. Property damage not less than $1 million for any one accident or aggregate.
  • Vendor’s Protective Liability Damage Insurance in the same minimum coverage as under General Liability Insurance.
  • Worker compensation insurance in accordance with provisions of the Labor Code of Washington.


The electronic conversion of the City’s existing data is vital.  Vendor must address the conversion methodology, including data needs from the City and the existing software provider (Vision Classic), and disclose all related conversion costs in the cost summary.  The Vendor must also clarify expectations for City staff participation in data import and conversion.

Response Preparation Costs

The City will not pay any costs incurred by any vendor in the proposal preparation, printing, demonstration, or negotiation process.  All costs shall be borne by the proposing vendors with the exception of costs associated with any City personnel visits to Vendor offices or other client sites.


The basis for the evaluation of proposals received shall including the following considerations, along with the indicated relative importance.  Pursuant to RCW 29.04.270, the City will choose the vendor or vendors whose proposal is determined in the City’s sole discretion to be most advantageous to the City.  By submitting a proposal, a vendor acknowledges and agrees to these conditions:

  1. Vendor’s performance record in meeting the requirements of their existing public sector customers (users). Particular emphasis will be placed in the areas of training, customer support and the ability to meet the anticipated future needs of the City.
  2. Compatibility and integration with existing hardware and software.
  3. Total cost, including capability and costs to perform the required conversion of existing data files.
  4. Quality of application software manuals, or other documentation and training aids.
  5. Ease and ability to train user personnel .
  6. Responsiveness and adherence to the requested proposal format, which includes the thoroughness of the proposal as well as the format of the presentation .
  7. Proposer’s ability to support the total system solution, including implementation, conversion, software, training,, and software maintenance, support and on-going modifications .
  8. Software maintenance, support, and service capability .
  9. Built in compliance with the Washington State Auditor’s prescribed Budget, Accounting, and Reporting System (BARS) for a cash basis entity .
  10. Budgeting reports include integrated revenue and expenditure balances with 5-year comparison reporting .
  11. Vendor responsibility for protecting against, monitoring, reporting, and resolving security breaches, including anticipated vendor access requirements before, during, and after conversion.
  12. Overall operational fit, including potential streamlining of operations, decrease in manual entry, and decrease in hard-copy record storage requirements.







2023 Unclaimed Property Auction

Start off the year by shopping local! You will find items for auction at These are items that have been unclaimed or found property and left at the Police Department.

Make sure to pre-register in order to participate in the auction. Auction starts on Monday, March 13th! You will find bicycles, jewelry, various electronic devices, office equipment, cameras, and more!

Click here to access a flyer with complete item descriptions and pictures.

Request for Qualifications for Sewer Pump Station #16



The City of Ferndale is seeking qualification statements from Professional Design Engineering firms for upgrading Sewer Pump Station #16.

The City is seeking an Engineering firm to provide design-engineering and construction-engineering services for upgrading Sewer Pump Station #16, including the creation of plans, specifications, estimates and ancillary services.

Interested parties are responsible for monitoring the City’s website for information concerning the RFQ and any addenda issued.

Interested firms shall submit a Statement of Qualifications that contains the following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Approach and Understanding
  3. Project Organization
  4. Schedule
  5. Management Control Program
  6. Experience and References
  7. Familiarity with City Infrastructure and Operations
  8. Proximity of Project Office and Project Manager
  9. Resumes

The Statement of Qualifications submittal shall be a maximum of 10 double-sided pages. One original, four copies, and one USB thumb drive with a PDF copy shall be submitted.

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) consists of the following parts:

  • Submittal Delivery Instructions
  • Background
  • Submittal Requirements
  • Selection Criteria



All responses shall be made in writing.  Responses by FAX will not be accepted. Sealed responses will be received by the Public Works Department of the City of Ferndale, Washington up to the hour of 4:00 p.m., March 22, 2023. The Statement of Qualification submittal shall be a maximum of 15 double-sided pages (i.e., 30 pages). One original, four copies, and one USB thumb drive with a PDF copy shall be submitted. Responses delivered later will not be accepted.  The City of Ferndale is not responsible for delays in delivery.


All responses to this request shall be mailed through the United States Postal Service and shall be addressed to the Public Works Department, City of Ferndale, P.O. Box 936, Ferndale, WA 98248. Hand-delivered responses will not be accepted. The United States Postal Service will NOT deliver to the street address.  All responses shall be placed in a sealed envelope, which is clearly marked “SEWER PUMP STATION #16 RFQ, CITY OF FERNDALE.


The City of Ferndale reserves the sole right to terminate this process, to not award a contract, and to cancel or modify this solicitation process at any time.  In no event will the City or any of their respective agents, representatives, consultants, directors, officers, or employees be liable for, or otherwise obligated to reimburse, the costs incurred in preparation of this RFQ, or any related costs.  The prospective consultant teams shall wholly absorb all costs incurred in the preparation and presentation of the submittals. The RFQ Submittals will become the property of the City of Ferndale.


The City of Ferndale is committed to providing equal opportunities to State of Washington certified Minority, Disadvantaged and Women’s Business Enterprises in contracting activities. (Section 4 of Chapter 56, Laws of 1975, 1st Ex. Sess. State of Washington.).

All questions regarding the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) shall be directed to Mike Olinger via email at The City will not accept any other inquiries.

Project Background

This project is listed in the City of Ferndale Sewer Comprehensive Plan. The project includes increasing the duplex submersible pump station flow capacity from about 400 GPM to about 1300 GPM, adding a generator, and upgrading electrical/controls. The pump station is located on Portal Way 0.2 miles north of the I-5 underpass. Installation will be in City of Ferndale public right-of-way. The existing 10-inch force main will not be upgraded.

Submittal Requirements

This part of the RFQ describes the format and content of each section of the submittal.


Introductory Letter – The proposer may use this section to introduce the RFQ submittal and/or to summarize the key provisions of the submittal. The introductory letter shall include, but need not be limited to, the following information: The name of the firm, as well as, the signature, printed name and title, telephone, and email of the officer authorized to represent the firm in any correspondence, negotiations and sign any contract that may result. The address and office that will be providing the service, a project manager’s name, telephone, and email address. The federal tax ID numbers, and state of incorporation, if applicable, must also be included.


Approach and Understanding – Provide a detailed description of the project understanding and technical approach for completing the project and any suggested revisions. Include any issues that your firm believes will require special consideration.


Project Organization – List contact information for the lead firm and all sub-consultants to be engaged for the project; organization chart; brief description of responsibilities and qualifications for key personnel that emphasize experience directly relevant to the project.  Key personnel include the project manager, project engineer, geotechnical engineer, construction manager, and QA/QC team. List hours per average week each key personnel will work on the project.


Schedule – Provide a work schedule for the design phase. Consultant shall assume a minimum of two (2) weeks for all City of Ferndale review periods.


Management Control Program – Describe the project management approach; cost control system used to track expenses and labor; method for project status reporting; and schedule control system.  Describe the project review and QA/QC program.


Experience and References – Provide descriptions of projects performed by the individuals listed under Project Organization. Projects must be similar in scope to the City’s project.  Consultant experience that does not include the individuals listed under Project Organization will not be considered. Provide references for each of the listed projects.


Familiarity with City Infrastructure and Operations – Describe key personnel’s familiarity with City of Ferndale sewer infrastructure and operations.


Proximity of Project Office and Project Manager – Describe proximity of Consultant’s Project Office and Project Manager to Ferndale


Resumes – Provide a resume for all key personnel listed under Project Organization.


Selection Criteria


A technical review panel composed of City staff and/or others will evaluate and rate each proposal based on the following items:


  • Introductory Letter
  • Approach and Understanding (30 points)
  • Schedule (10 points)
  • Management Control Program (10 points)
  • Experience and References (30 points)
  • Familiarity with City Infrastructure and Operations (10 points)
  • Proximity of Project Office and Project Manager (10 points)
  • Interview/Oral Presentation if requested (30 points)


The City of Ferndale may hold interviews with a short list of Consultants prior to final selection. The highest rated consultant will be invited to submit a scope of services and cost proposal.  The Public Works Director will negotiate the final scope and cost of services with the selected Consultant. If the City and selected Consultant are unable to agree promptly on final terms and conditions, the City reserves the right to select the next highest rated Consultant.

Ferndale Offers Free Metallica-inspired T-Shirt to Encourage ADU Construction

Community Development Director Michael Cerbone, Mayor Greg Hansen, Associate Planner Jesse Ashbaugh and Planning Coordinator Patti Gearhart


Ferndale Offers Free Metallica-inspired T-Shirt to Encourage ADU Construction

Residents who construct an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in Ferndale this year can receive a free Metallica-themed shirt courtesy of the City. The first ten property owners who complete an ADU on their property, either attached or detached, receive the shirt, inspired by the Metallica album “And Justice for All” but repurposed to say, “And Housing for All!”

“Building an ADU is great for Ferndale,” said Mayor Greg Hansen, “it adds to our housing supply, provides opportunities for rentals or aging in place, and utilizes existing city infrastructure.”

An accessory dwelling unit is a small, self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as an existing single-family home. An ADU has all the basic facilities needed for day-to-day living independent of the main home, such as a kitchen, sleeping area, and a bathroom.

“Adding an ADU adds value to your property and provides vital housing choices for families, property owners and new residents,” said Community Development Director Michael Cerbone. “So if you are thinking about ADUs, come talk to our permit desk. We are excited to work with you.”

“We understand that offering a free shirt is not going to be the tipping point for anyone deciding to invest in an ADU,” said Hansen, “But it sends a message that Ferndale is enthusiastic about working with our residents to tackle affordable housing, one ADU at a time.”

For more information on building an ADU in Ferndale, check out

T-shirt design