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Ferndale Hires Rachel Moothart as new Finance Director

Ferndale Hires Rachel Moothart as new Finance Director

Rachel Moothart

The City is excited to introduce Rachel Moothart as our new Finance Director. Moothart comes from the private sector where she is the Accounting Manager for Syndel, an international aquaculture manufacturer based out of Ferndale. Her professional experience includes serving as the financial controller for Woodstone Corporation in Bellingham. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting as well as a Master of Business Administration in business and accounting.

“We believe that Rachel has the right mix of professional experience and a passion for public service that will help her excel serving our community,” said Mayor Greg Hansen. Moothart’s contract was approved by the City Council at their August 15th council meeting. Her first day is Sept. 2nd.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Moothart. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work on behalf of the people of Ferndale.”

As finance director, she will be responsible for overseeing the finance department which develops the annual budget, manages the annual audit and investments, provides revenue and expenditure projections, maintains fiscal controls and oversees utility billing.

For more information about the Finance Department at the City of Ferndale, check out the city’s website here: https://www.cityofferndale.org/finance-department/

Ferndale Uses COVID Relief Funds to Jump Start Downtown

Mayor Greg Hansen with Ferndale’s Downtown

Ferndale Uses COVID Relief Funds to Jump Start Downtown

Thanks to an infusion of COVID relief funds, the City is launching a number of initiatives aimed at improving Ferndale’s downtown. Of the approximately $4.2 million the City is set to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), here are some of the ways the City is using that money to support our downtown:

Main Street Program: The City has allocated $400,000 to establish a Main Street Program, complete with events, programing and a paid executive director, to pursue economic development for our downtown core. These seed funds would help the program get established however it is intended to be self-sustaining in the following years. Rather than relying on the previous volunteer efforts of the Ferndale Downtown Association, this program can promote redevelopment efforts, beautification and bring fresh economic activity to Ferndale’s downtown core.

In addition to this seed funding for the Main Street Program, the City has provided an additional $450,000 to the program, including $200,000 for grants or loans to incoming businesses that will support Downtown revitalization, $200,000 for grants or loans to existing businesses which seek to grow or change in a manner that supports revitalization or who undertake improvements to respond to COVID-19, and $50,000 for Downtown beautification efforts and/or matching funds for beautification efforts that the Program may wish to pursue.

Business Interruption Grants: The City has allocated $200,000 to the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce to distribute as business interruption grants for Ferndale businesses impacted by COVID-related closures. The city anticipates that a majority of the grants will be targeted at businesses with 20 or less employees.

Supporting the Community Resource Center: The City has allocated $400,000 to the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative to hire a full-time executive director and expand services to the city’s most vulnerable who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. This is also a seed money investment with the goal of the Cooperative becoming self-sustaining at the conclusion of this grant.

The Cooperative is currently working with our state legislators to secure additional funding for a community navigator position that would help those experiencing hardship navigate local resources and services.

All of these initiatives are supported by COVID relief funds and do not impact the City’s general fund.

“While all of these efforts are worthwhile on their own merits, taken together, they are an unprecedented investment in Ferndale’s future,” said Mayor Greg Hansen. “While the impacts of the pandemic are still being felt, the decisions we make today put us on the path to come roaring back.”

 

Video Message from Mayor Hansen

Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen provides an update on the City’s actions and preparedness planning for the upcoming severe weather, comments on work and efforts the last couple of weeks after the recent flood, and provides suggestions for how you can best prepare yourselves and help your neighbors.

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2021 Flood Event – Support and Resources

FOOD ASSISTANCE AND DONATIONS

MIRACLE FOOD NETWORK

http://www.miraclefoodnetwork.org/

https://www.facebook.com/MiracleFoodNetwork

info@miraclefoodnetwork.org

The Miracle Food Network is located at 5611 Third Avenue, Ferndale (in Pioneer Center) and will accept food donations, either fresh or shelf stable items, between 10am and 1pm Monday through Friday.

CLEANUP ASSISTANCE AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

FERNDALE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER

(360) 380-2200

https://www.facebook.com/FerndaleCommunityResourceCenter

coordinator@ferndalecsc.org

http://ferndalecsc.org/resource-center

The Ferndale Community Resource Center is coordinating volunteer efforts and donations right here in Ferndale. If you need help or can provide help, please visit their facebook page or call (360) 380-2200 and leave a message so they can connect you to the correct resource.  They will also be coordinating efforts with Samaratins Purse, a non-profit organization that may be able to assist in the cleanup of structures.

WHATCOM COUNTY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

(360) 788-5311

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3827/Flood-Response-Information

The Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management is collecting contact information from those who need assistance and is also collecting information and reports of storm and flood damage. Please call (360) 788-5311 to report storm damage and be sure to leave your name, address and contact information, including phone number.  This information will be used to seek federal disaster relief funds and assistance.

FOR VOLUNTEERS: The Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management is accepting calls from volunteers who wish to aid in cleanup efforts. Please call them at (360) 676-6681 to offer your help. Callers should provide their names, contact information and capability for volunteer efforts (i.e. cleanup, carpenter, electrician, general all-around, etc.).

RECONSTRUCTION AND REBUILDING

CITY OF FERNDALE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

(360) 384-4006

www.cityofferndale.org

If your structure has suffered damage and you are located within Ferndale City limits, please contact the City Community Development.  Director Michael Cerbone can assist you in determining permitting requirements can also assist in determining which permits be fast-tracked.  That telephone number is (360) 384-4006 or email him directly at MichaelCerbone@cityofferndale.org

UNSURE WHO TO CALL?

CITY OF FERNDALE

(360) 384-4006

www.cityofferndale.org

https://www.facebook.com/cityofferndale/

Unsure who to turn to? Please feel free to call City Hall during normal business hours at (360) 384-4006, and we will do our best to assist you.

FERNDALE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER

(360) 380-2200

https://www.facebook.com/FerndaleCommunityResourceCenter

coordinator@ferndalecsc.org

http://ferndalecsc.org/resource-center

The Ferndale Community Resource Center is coordinating volunteer efforts and donations right here in Ferndale. If you need help or can provide help, please visit their facebook page or call (360) 380-2200 and leave a message so they can connect you to the correct resource. 

WHATCOM COUNTY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

(360) 788-5311

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3827/Flood-Response-Information

The Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management is collecting contact information from those who need assistance and is also collecting information and reports of storm and flood damage. Please call (360) 788-5311 to report storm damage and be sure to leave your name, address and contact information, including phone number.  This information will be used to seek federal disaster relief funds and assistance.

City Hall, Police Station Open for Regular Business Hours starting June 14th

Ferndale City Hall, Police Station Open for Regular Business Hours starting June 14th

With the installation of new COVID safety measures complete, the Ferndale City Hall and Police Station will be open to the public for full business hours, 8:30AM-4:30PM Monday through Friday, starting June 14th.

“We appreciate the public’s patience while we made the modifications necessary, and we are ready to once again assist our community in person,” said Mayor Greg Hansen. The reopening is well in advance of the statewide reopening, currently scheduled for June 30th for all public facilities.

City staff has continued to work throughout the pandemic, accessible via email, phone and video conferencing to meet the needs of the public. The city recently launched a new utility billing portal to allow for more transparency, allowing for even more remote access to city documents.

For more information about city facilities, please contact Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at 360-685-2353 or rileysweeney@cityofferndale.org.

New Online Utility Billing Portal Coming June 1st

New Online Utility Billing Portal Coming June 1st

The City of Ferndale is bringing you a brand new utility billing portal, coming live June 1st from InvoiceCloud. The new interface will be free to use and will allow utility customers to receive their bill through email, set up Autopay, access their payment history, pay online with credit/debit card or e-check, set up bill reminders, update contact info, pay by text, Apple or Google Pay, and review up to 24 months of past bills as they become available.

This new system will provide better transparency for the public ensuring that all have access to their account information.

This does not mean that customers must give up their paper bill. For customers who prefer paper bills and check payments, the City will gladly continue to process their payments. They may even receive the paper bill and then go pay online.

Utility customers will receive information on how to sign up for the portal through the mail, separate from their bill, in the coming month.

Utility Bill Printing Error Discovered, No Impact on Billing Statement

In the most recent billing cycle, some Ferndale utility bills were printed with the “Late Notice” language from June 30th. We regret this error.

These bills are the regular notice for the Dec. 31st billing cycle. We have verified that all the rest of the information on the bill is correct, and per Governor Inslee’s order, there are no late fees or shutoffs through April 30th, 2021.

If you have questions about your specific bill, please call or email our utility clerk at 360-384-4269 or utilitybilling@cityofferndale.org.

Purchase a Tile at the New Star Park Picnic Shelter

Purchase a Tile in the New Star Park Picnic Shelter

UPDATE – Purchase Deadline May 14th, 2021

In summer 2021, the City will be constructing a Picnic Shelter adjacent to Star Park. This facility will include picnic tables, a large countertop and sink area with running water and artistic features that match the unique character of Star Park.

The base of the sink area will be covered with 4 x 8 ceramic tiles (picture above, equal to about the size of an average brick). These tiles are now available for purchase.

  • These tiles will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. If we receive your order after the tiles have been sold, we will return your funds.
  • Cost will be $50 per tile.
  • Other opportunities, including sponsorship of picnic tables, will be available at a later time for local businesses.

To purchase a tile, please print and complete this form (one form per tile) with check or money order made out to “City of Ferndale.” Printed forms are also available at the front door of City Hall.

Mail form and payment to City of Ferndale, PO Box 936, Ferndale, WA 98248.

For more information, please contact Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at rileysweeney@cityofferndale.org or (360) 685-2353.