City Offices Closed Jan. 18th for MLK, Jr. Day

City offices will be closed this Monday, Jan. 18th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which means that the regularly scheduled city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19th instead at 5pm.

As you consider the legacy of Dr. King, please help protect your neighbors by wearing a mask, staying socially distant and avoiding any social gatherings with people outside your household.

“This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

Councilmember Ali Hawkinson Receives Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Councilmember Ali Hawkinson

Just one month after completing her Certificate of Municipal Leadership, Councilmember Ali Hawkinson has now received her Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.

AWC’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership program recognizes city and town elected officials for accomplishing training in four core areas:
• Roles, responsibilities and legal requirements
• Public sector resource management
• Community planning and development
• Effective local leadership

Those who earn the advanced certificate continue to strive for excellence by attending conferences and trainings, serving their community, and further developing leadership skills. To earn the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership, Hawkinson completed more than 60 hours of training credits and demonstrated community service.

“Cities and towns around the state are continually transforming in light of changing laws and the need to meet new challenges and opportunities,” said AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King.

“Our Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership recognizes mayors and councilmembers who continue to enhance the tools they need today to understand the legal landscape, plan for the future, manage their resources, and foster strong relationships. The elected officials who earn this certificate demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and a desire to bring new ideas back to their community.”

Purchase a Tile at the New Star Park Picnic Shelter

Purchase a Tile in the New Star Park Picnic Shelter

In early 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.

  • As there are only 175 tiles available, purchases are limited to no more than 2 per person. They 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.

Councilmember Ali Hawkinson Receives Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Councilmember Ali Hawkinson

Councilmember Ali Hawkinson Receives Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Congratulations to Councilmember Ali Hawkinson for completing her Association of Washington Cities Certificate of Municipal Leadership! This course of study provides city elected officials with the knowledge they need to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships. Bravo! https://wacities.org/events-education/cml-program

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

City Hall and the Police Station will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday, although first responders are always available when you call 911. City employees will be reachable by phone and email, as usual, once again on Monday, November 30th.

We urge everyone to make safe and responsible choices this Thanksgiving – help protect our community by keeping your gatherings small and if you meet with folks outside your household, please keep your gathering small, wear a mask and observe social distancing as much as possible.

We know this holiday will be different, but we want all of you to be safe and healthy throughout this holiday season. Thank you for doing your part to protect your friends and neighbors.

Ferndale Staff Answer Questions about 2021 Budget

Finance Director Sirke Salminen and City Administrator Jori Burnett answer questions from social media about the 2021 budget. For more information on the 2021 budget, check out our 2021 budget page at cityofferndale.org/finance-department/budget-documents/2021-budget-2/.

For more information, please email Sirke Salminen at SirkeSalminen@cityofferndale.org.

To weigh in on the budget, please attend our Dec. 7th Council Meeting or email your city council members at CityCouncil@cityofferndale.org.

Note: We are aware of the issue with the sound recording and have done our best to mitigate it. Our apologies.

Get your 2021 City Budget Questions Answered

We are finishing up the 2021 City of Ferndale budget and we want to hear from you! City budgets can be dense documents and we want to get all your questions answered before the City Council has their final public hearing on the budget at the Dec. 7th council meeting.

Post your questions about the budget on the City facebook page or send them in email to Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at rileysweeney@cityofferndale.org and next Monday, Finance Director Sirke Salminen and City Administrator Jori Burnett will answer them live the City’s facebook page.

Latest Downtown Mural Celebrates Local Flora and Fauna

The Ferndale Arts Commission has completed its latest downtown mural and the final one for 2020. The newest piece, titled “Tennant Lake” was painted by local artist Kelly Hoekema and is a celebration of local flora and fauna. It can be found on the side of FrinGe Brewing, facing Alder St.

“I love that I get to be part of a town that truly enjoys the arts.” said Hoekema. This is the fifth mural completed in 2020 and the twelfth mural completed as part of the Downtown Mural Project.

Artist Kelly Hoekema
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