Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, April 13, 2020 to Friday, April 17, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, April 13, 2020 to Friday, April 17, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Rural Avenue, between Slater Road and Wynn Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Rural Avenue, between Slater Road and Wynn Road from Monday, April 13, 2020 to Friday, April 17, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

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

Most Construction Activities Required to Stop

Most Construction Activities Required to Stop

Governor’s proclamation deems nearly all construction as nonessential

The City of Ferndale announced today clarifications to Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide stay-at-home order as it pertains to construction, identifying nearly all construction as nonessential. This means most construction activities are required to stop during the order.

All construction activities allowed to continue under exemptions must comply with social distancing including appropriate health and worker protection measures before proceeding. 

“We know this is hard,” said Mayor Greg Hansen, “But these necessary steps can literally save lives.”

According to the memo issued by the governor’s office, the exceptions are construction related to essential activities like health care, transportation, energy, defense and critical manufacturing; construction “to further a public purpose related to a public entity,” including publicly financed low-income housing; and emergency repairs.  

The City will defer to the governor’s order as to the list of essential businesses and subsequent letters from the governor’s office identifying specific businesses or construction projects as essential.

City inspectors shall have the authority to determine what is allowable to prevent spoliation. In their discretion the installation of a roof, roofing materials, doors, windows, or structural elements necessary to prevent the degradation or failure of building elements.

Projects that have determined that they qualify as essential infrastructure and businesses as described below may request inspections:

  • Healthcare and Public Health facilities.
  • Emergency Service facilities.
  • Food and Agriculture facilities which manufacture or distribute and currently under construction.
  • Utility facilities related to transportation, communication, electric, water, wastewater. 
  • Critical manufacturing facilities including hazardous or chemical materials.
  • Financial facilities.
  • Residential construction projects that are currently under construction can continue to a point to prevent spoliation, damage or unsafe conditions. Projects shall be brought to a point of securing the structure to prevent personal and environmental damage of exterior and/or interior building elements and to negate unsafe conditions. This will be construed narrowly.
  • Residential construction related to emergency repairs and projects that ensure structural integrity or the health and safety of occupants.

“The City continues to review, and process permit applications.  Recognizing that construction is vital to our community, our goal is to keep all permits in various review stages, moving full speed ahead so that construction can commence as soon as the emergency order ends. We thank our local applicants, builders and contractors for the collaborative effort during this time.” Haylie Miller, Community Development Director.

If projects are continuing construction that is not deemed “essential by the Governor’s Order” , the City will cease inspections and may proceed with enforcement (as necessary) to gain compliance.

For more information, contact Community Development Director Haylie Miller by phone (360) 685-2367 or email at HaylieMiller@cityofferndale.org.

Save Pipes, Don’t Flush Wipes

With the uptick in cleaning and sanitation, many of you are flushing wipes down into our sewer system. Please stop. There is no such thing as a flushable wipe, these materials do not break down and will clog our pump stations, causing serious damage to our utilities.

For more information or questions, please contact Ferndale Public Works at 360-384-4006.

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020, 7am to 7pm

LaBounty Drive, between Nordic Way and W. Smith Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on LaBounty Drive, between Nordic Way and W. Smith Road from Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

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

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020, 7am to 7pmN

Rural Avenue, between Slater Road and Wynn Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Rural Avenue, between Slater Road and Wynn Road from Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

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

Hiring Now: Part Time Parks Laborer

City of Ferndale

Employment Opportunity

Part-Time Parks Laborer

Jurisdiction:                  City of Ferndale

Job Title:                       Part Time Parks Laborer

Employment Type:       Part Time, Year-Round

Starting Salary:             $20.76/hour

Close Date:                    April 10, 2020

JOB SUMMARY: Applies knowledge and skills to perform regular and recurring maintenance, installation, and repair work of city parks, using any of the equipment authorized and available.   Receives moderate supervision, depending on experience and complexity of task. Expected to perform routine assignments independently following “best management practices.” This is a part-time, year-round position. The schedule is four days on, four days off on a rotating basis. Shift length is approximately four hours per day.      

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Use appropriate materials and equipment to complete assigned work according to specifications, verbal instructions, and established procedures. As directed, adapt equipment and materials to meet specific requirements.
  • Operate all assigned equipment and vehicles to perform any operation within the capacity of the machine as necessary to accomplish required work. 
  • Mow, trim, and edge lawns in parks, sidewalks, islands, and median strips, using appropriate equipment. Plant and maintain turf areas, trees, and shrubs. Pull weeds, prune shrubs, and perform other related duties. Operate light-duty trucks in picking up and delivering materials and supplies and to collect and remove debris from different locations as assigned.
  • As directed, perform painting, and assist with such tasks. Perform work in accordance with sound safety practices.
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner within scope of knowledge and authority; refer to the Parks Maintenance Lead, Supervisor, Foreman, or Public Works Director as appropriate. As required, coordinate work activities with other departments, for example, to share information and equipment.
  • Perform janitorial work within park facilities.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Work is primarily performed outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions, and may involve potential exposure to hazards such as herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. Work performed in this job may place the employee at risk of occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid Washington Driver’s License and a safe driving record.
  • Physical ability to perform essential functions of the job.

TO APPLY:

Submit letter of interest, completed job application (found here) and resume by mail, email or in person to City of Ferndale, 2095 Main Street, PO Box 936, Ferndale, WA  98248

susanduncan@cityofferndale.org

Closing date: April 10, 2020

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, February 24, 2020 to Friday, February 28, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, February 24, 2020 to Friday, February 28, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Slater Road between Rural Road and Kester Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Slater Road between Rural Road and Kester Road from Monday, February 24, 2020 to Friday, February 28, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

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

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Friday, February 14, 2020, and Tuesday, February 18, 2020 to Friday, February 21, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Friday, February 14, 2020, and Tuesday, February 18, 2020 to Friday, February 21, 2020, 7am to 7pm

Thornton Street, between Malloy Avenue and Shelby Court

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Thornton Street, between Malloy Avenue and Shelby Court on Friday, February 14, 2020, and from Tuesday, February 18, 2020 to Friday, February 21, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

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

Nooksack River Set to Reach Moderate Flood Stage this Weekend

Nooksack River Set to Reach Moderate Flood Stage this Weekend

Heavy rains and snow melt are predicted to push the Nooksack River to moderate flood stage this weekend. As the river rises, the City urges residents to obey all road closures, use caution and if there is water over the road, utilize an alternative route.

According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s prediction as of Wednesday morning, the Nooksack River is set to reach flooding level in Ferndale Saturday morning with a crest at 20.95 feet around 10am on Sunday. Ferndale Public Works crew are mobilized to close roads, parks and public facilities as they are impacted. The Army Corps of Engineers will be on site to monitor the impacts to the Ferndale levy and first responders will be on hand in case any private residences or locations need to be evacuated.

“While major impacts from a flood at this stage is relatively rare, we are taking every precaution to ensure that the public is safe during this flooding event,” said Public Works Director Kevin Renz, “The best thing the public can do is avoid adding to the situation. Please obey all road closures and don’t take any chances.”

More information about the City of Ferndale’s flood response and some history of flooding in Ferndale, please visit www.cityofferndale.org/flood.

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