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

For more information, please email Sirke Salminen at

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

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 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

Councilmember Llanos to Vacate Seat Creating Vacancy on City Council

Councilmember Ramon Llanos being sworn in to office November 2019

Councilmember Ramon Llanos to Vacate Seat Creating Vacancy on the City Council

Councilmember Ramon Llanos has informed the City that he will be moving outside the City limits at the end of November 2020 and will no longer be able to serve as a City Councilmember effective November 30th. This creates a vacancy on the Ferndale City Council that could be filled as early as Dec. 7th or decided at a later point.

When a vacancy occurs on the City Council, the Council solicits applications for interested members of the public willing to serve and then selects one of those applicants to serve. The appointed member would serve until the 2021 election results are certified at the end of November.  

The City Council will meet and discuss the timeline, process and application materials at their November 16th council meeting starting at 6pm. Application materials will be available on the City website the following day.

Ferndale City Council Seeks Members for Equity Advisory Committee

Ferndale City Council Seeks Members for Equity Advisory Committee

At their last council meeting, the Ferndale City Council formed an advisory committee to make recommendations to elected officials and city staff relating to issues of equity. The seven-member board, called the Equity Advisory Committee, is seeking members from the public to serve.

The committee’s goals are to help the city attract diverse and well-qualified staff, facilitate trainings and educational opportunities around race and equity, and “research ways to increase equity in regard to housing, land use, hiring, policing, mental health, transportation, accessibility, systemic poverty, aging populations, racial and non-racial cultural divisions and more to find policy-based solutions.”

Councilmember Ali Hawkinson was the primary sponsor of the new advisory board. “We want this to be a committee of individuals that truly care about the well-being of their neighbors,” said Hawkinson. “We want to be a city that works to address the many inequities that exist in Ferndale, and that starts with accountability and transparency. This board is a great vehicle for that.”

Requirements to serve on the board include, “a demonstrated interest in, and knowledge and support of equity and diversity” and need to have lived in the Ferndale School District for at least one year. Interested members of the public should fill out an application and send it in to City Clerk Susan Duncan at

Veterans Day Ceremony Planned at Griffintown Park

The public is invited to attend a Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion Kulshan Post 154 and the City of Ferndale on Weds. Nov. 11th, at 11am at Griffintown Park (5786 Second Avenue), next to the flag poles.

The ceremony will include a brief speech by Lieutenant Colonel James (Jim) McKinney. McKinney served as a US Army Foreign Area Officer with over 30 years in the service, overseeing combat operations and counter-terrorism efforts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Mayor Greg Hansen will be on hand to lay a wreath at the memorial flag poles, Commander Robert Lyles and Adjutant Tom Darling will be in attendance to share the Story of the Poppies and a Reading of Flanders Field. Chaplain Donna Trecker will be providing the invocation.

Social distancing protocol and mask use required.

For more information, please contact Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or

City Council Passes Unanimous Resolution in favor of Ferndale School Levy

Front Row: Councilmembers Paul Shuey, Herb Porter, Kate Bishop and Ramon Llanos. Back Row: Councilmembers Ryan O’Larey, Erin Gunter, Mayor Greg Hansen and Councilmember Ali Hawkinson

City Council Passes Unanimous Resolution in favor of Ferndale School Levy

Last night, the Ferndale City Council passed a unanimous resolution in favor of the Ferndale School District Programs and Operations Levy.

The resolution, introduced by Councilmembers Ryan O’Larey and Erin Gunter, strongly endorses an “approved” vote for the Levy because, “Voting to approve the replacement levy will continue to provide funding for the much-needed support staff, counselors, paraeducators, extracurricular activities, and so much more. Ferndale students benefit intellectually,emotionally, and physically when these are funded.”

Ballots are due Nov. 3rd, 2020 by 8PM. Voters are encouraged to utilize the convenient ballot drop box located in the parking lot adjacent to Ferndale City Hall and the Ferndale Library.

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