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Crissy Ford and Rachel Pringle to Receive Mayor’s Citizenship Award

Rachel Pringle and Crissy Ford backstage at FHS

In recognition for their years of service to the children and arts community of Ferndale, Crissy Ford and Rachel Pringle will receive the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship this year. The award recognizes those members of the Ferndale community is a new tradition to recognize members of the community for their extraordinary commitment to the betterment of our city.

Ford and Pringle have brought joy, delight and enchantment to the city in their role as theater directors with the Ferndale School District. They have put in the long hours, worked exhausting schedules and managed threadbare budgets to create incredible experiences for performers and attendees alike. Their work includes shows with the Summer Youth Theater (Honk, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man), Skyline Elementary (Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland), Vista and Horizon Middle School (Into the Woods, The Music Man, Once Upon a Mattress, Oklahoma, Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie), Ferndale High School (Guys and Dolls, Cinderella), the Ferndale’s Got Talent fundraiser and more.

Currently, they are directing the upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof, showing February 22nd through March 3rd at the Ferndale High School auditorium.

On behalf of a grateful community, the Mayor recognizes their dedication to inspiring the next generation of performers. The award will be presented to Ford and Pringle at the start of the next City Council meeting, February 5th, 6pm at the City Annex (5694 Second Avenue).

They will be the second annual recipients of the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship. In 2017, the award was presented to Jeff Callender.

Now Accepting Applications for Small Works Roster and Vendor List

City of Ferndale

Public Works Department

Small Works Roster and Vendor List

Notice is hereby given that the City of Ferndale Public Works Department is now accepting applications for its Small Works Roster and Vendor List for the year 2018. All interested parties may download application forms from the City’s webpage here. Completed applications can be returned to the City of Ferndale, attn.: Public Works Department, P.O. Box 936, Ferndale, WA  98248 or emailed to public-works@cityofferndale.org. Applications are valid for the calendar year in which it is received. A new application must be submitted each year.

Small Works Roster applicants where required by law, must be properly licensed or registered to perform work in the State of Washington. Contractors whose names appear on the Small Works Roster may be contacted from time to time to submit job proposals for contracts in the amount of $300,000 or less (RCW 39.04.155). Vendors whose names appear on the Vendor List may be contacted from time to time to submit quotes for materials, supplies or equipment not connected to a public works project in accordance with RCW 39.04.190.

If you have any questions please contact the Public Works at public-works@cityofferndale.org, or by phone (360) 384-4006 during regular business hours.

Mayor Jon Mutchler Visits Sister City Minamiboso, Japan

Mayor Mutchler (right) with Mayor Yutaka Ishii of Minamiboso, Japan

This last week, Mayor Jon Mutchler visited Ferndale’s sister city, Minamiboso, Japan. The mayor was serving as part of a delegation from the Bellingham Sister City Association that was participating in the Wakashio Marathon in nearby Tateyama, Japan.

While in Japan, the Mayor attended a traditional tea ceremony, visited a public elementary school, met the official mascot of Tateyama (“Dappe”), explored a tomato farm, ran a marathon and strengthened the international ties that connect our communities.

In 2016, a delegation from Minamiboso came to Ferndale to celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary as sister cities. Ferndale hosted a reception, complete with performances, gifts and cultural exchange. Mutchler was able to see some of those gifts on display at the Minamiboso community center (pictured below).

No public funds were expended on this trip, the airfare was provided for by USA Fit Bellingham, a local running group of which the mayor is a member.

Help Choose Our 2018 Parks Activities

Last year, over 2,000 Ferndale residents enjoyed our “Summer of Fun”. They marveled at a solar eclipse, searched for treasure across the City, played tug-a-war with their friends and family and ate delicious food at Star Park. This year, we are expanding our recreational activities to include even more events.

Help us decide which events to hold and when to offer these recreational opportunities by taking our 2018 Parks Activities Survey. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes, and your input will shape what we offer this year.

2018 Parks Activities Survey

City Council Sets Priorities for 2018

City Council Sets Priorities for 2018

This Wednesday, the City Council, Mayor and City Staff gathered for a daylong retreat to set their priorities for the coming year. Council selected liaisons for community groups, assigned committee members and participated in a goal setting exercise called “Must/Should/Could”.

As part of this exercise, they identified top priorities and then winnowed them down to things they “Must Do”, “Should Do” and “Could Do” with the understanding that not all of these projects will be completed in two years, but progress will be made towards these goals.

City staff will then use this list of prioritize to shape their work for the year and guide the 2019 budget process. You can find 2016’s list by clicking here and previous year’s Must/Should/Could by clicking here. See below for current lists, committee and liaison assignments.

For more information, please contact Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or by clicking here.

2018 Council Retreat “Must” List

  1. Implement Parks Plan which includes the following projects; BMX Pump Track, Spray/Splash Park, Skate Park, Fenced Dog Park, Bender Park, Covered Picnic Shelters, and Turf at Phillips 66 Ballfields
  2. A New Administration Building/Council Chambers/Courthouse
  3. Downtown Revitalization including infrastructure review, incentives for businesses, and improved parking
  4. Upgrade and Improve Main Street Traffic Lights/Crosswalk
  5. Hire a Grant Writer on Staff
  6. Finalize an agreement with Lummi Nation about Slater Road Development
  7. Establish a Parks Department
  8. Hire an Engineer on Staff
  9. Install Portal Way Sidewalks
  10. Approve a Long-Term Financial Plan

“Should” List

  1. Identify Long-Term Staffing Needs
  2. Upgrade and Repair Ferndale Terrace
  3. Establish Municipal Broadband
  4. Install Douglas Road Sidewalks
  5. Establish a New “Signature” Event
  6. Install Slater Road Roundabouts
  7. Draft an Affordable Housing Plan
  8. Construct More Public Restrooms
  9. Provide Support for Slater Road Elevation
  10. Annex E. Slater Road UGA

“Could” List

  1. Establish a Wetland Mitigation Bank
  2. Form a Volunteer Corps
  3. Address Homelessness in Ferndale
  4. Draft an Asset Management Plan
  5. Extend Water/Sewer Service to Grandview
  6. Install Pioneer Pavilion Air Conditioning
  7. Install Water Meter Telemetry System
  8. Approve a Pizza Annex Plan (Repurpose or Tear Down)
  9. Rebuild the Pioneer Park Stage
  10. Build the Community Plaza

Ferndale Market Area First in Nation for Job Growth in 2017

The Bellingham Metropolitan Area, which encompasses the Ferndale Market Area added over 5,000 jobs in the last year, making it the fastest growing area in the United States. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the Bellingham Metropolitan Area employed 107,678 people by October of 2017, an increase of 5,609 jobs since January of that year.

The strongest sectors were mining, logging and construction, with manufacturing a close second. Many of those construction projects are located right here in the City of Ferndale, where over 120 single family homes were built in 2017.

“We are excited to see so much job growth in our community,” said Community Development Director Jori Burnett. “This momentum will propel us forward to the next great chapter of our city.”

This is part of the larger economic trends in the area as more businesses locate their facilities in Pacific Northwest.

You can learn more about why Ferndale is a great place to locate your business at www.FerndaleMade.com.

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