Crew Continues Smoke Test of Sewer Lines this week

Public Works crews are set to smoke test sanitary sewer lines this week in the neighborhoods identified above.

 These tests help the City identify how and where water (and other material) enters and leaves our sewer system, allowing us to locate defective connections and spots in need of repairs.

During smoke testing, field crews blow air and smoke into the sewer system from the street and then monitor where it comes out. The smoke under pressure will fill the main line as well as any connections and then follow the path of any leak to the ground surface, quickly revealing the source of the problem.

For instance, if smoke permeates up through a yard, it indicates breaks in the sewer line. The smoke is gently pushed to overcome atmospheric pressure and  should escape from building roof vents.

The smoke itself is actually not smoke, but a non-toxic, non-staining odorless vapor.

Smoke testing is a harmless, cost-effective way to identify areas of our sewer system that need improvement.

Below are some common questions and answers about this testing, if you have any further questions, please call the Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.

Crews Set to Smoke Test Sewer Lines this week

Public Works crews are set to smoke test sanitary sewer lines this week in the neighborhoods identified above.

 These tests help the City identify how and where water (and other material) enters and leaves our sewer system, allowing us to locate defective connections and spots in need of repairs.

During smoke testing, field crews blow air and smoke into the sewer system from the street and then monitor where it comes out. The smoke under pressure will fill the main line as well as any connections and then follow the path of any leak to the ground surface, quickly revealing the source of the problem.

For instance, if smoke permeates up through a yard, it indicates breaks in the sewer line. The smoke is gently pushed to overcome atmospheric pressure and  should escape from building roof vents.

The smoke itself is actually not smoke, but a non-toxic, non-staining odorless vapor.

Smoke testing is a harmless, cost-effective way to identify areas of our sewer system that need improvement.

Below are some common questions and answers about this testing, if you have any further questions, please call the Public Works Department at (360) 384-4006.


Invitation to Bid for Thornton Street Overpass Project

INVITATION TO BID

FOR

THORNTON STREET OVERPASS PROJECT

City Project No. ST1998-03 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by CITY OF FERNDALE that sealed bid proposals will be received by the City of Ferndale at Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington, 98248, (360) 384-4006, until November 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., and will then and there be opened and publicly read for the Thornton Street Overpass Project. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This contract provides for the construction of a roadway and bridge over the BNSF Railroad Tracks.  Project limits are from the vicinity of the Thornton/Malloy intersection, then easterly and southerly to the north leg of the 2nd Avenue Roundabout.  Work will include a preload settlement period, trench excavation; utility work, construction of a bridge; and other work in accordance with the Contract Plans, Special Provisions, the Standard Specifications, including the amendments thereto, and Standard Plans.

Bid Guaranty

All bid proposals shall be accompanied by a bid proposal deposit in cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or surety bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal.  Should the successful bidder fail to enter into such contract and furnish satisfactory performance bond and payment bond both in an amount of 100 percent (100%) of the contract price within the time stated in the specifications, the bid proposal deposit shall be forfeited to the City of Ferndale.  All bidders and subcontractors shall have a contractor’s license to work in the State of Washington and a City of Ferndale Business License before starting work. All work performed on this project will be subject to prevailing state wage rates.

Project Documents 

Maps, plans, and specifications may be obtained from the Ferndale Public Works Department, located at Ferndale City Hall upon payment in the amount of $50 for specifications and plan sets.  Informational copies of maps, plans and specifications are on file for inspection at 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington 98248.  An electronic version of the project plans and specifications are available for download on the City of Ferndale website at www.cityofferndale.org/thorntonoverpass. If you download the bid documents, you are required to contact the City via email at public-works@cityofferndale.org to be added to the planholders’ list.

Questions regarding the information contained within the Project Documents shall be directed to Reichhardt & Ebe Engineering, Inc. at (360) 354-3687, attention Luis Ponce, P.E. and/or Aric Smathers, P.E.

Pre-Bid Conference

Bidders, prior to submittal of a bid, may attend a pre-bid conference with the Project Engineer.  The meeting will start on November 7, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington 98248.  A jobsite visit may follow upon request.

The City of Ferndale in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-Assisted Programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award.

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Minority and Women-Owned firms are encouraged to submit bids.

Susan Duncan

City Clerk – City of Ferndale

Published October 23rd and 30th, 2019

Ferndale Record Journal

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7am-7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7am-7pm

Thornton Road, between Evergreen Way and Sunshine Drive

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Thornton Road, between Evergreen Way and Sunshine Drive on Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7am – 7pm. 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.

City Weighs Options for More Equitable Utility Rate Structure

City Weighs Options for More Equitable Utility Rate Structure

Click the picture above to access more information on the rate study

On Monday, Oct. 7th at 6pm in the City Annex (5694 Second Avenue), the City Council will be reviewing options for adjusting the utility rates.

Earlier this year, the City hired FCS Group to study our rate structure and provide recommendations on how to fund future capital projects while maintaining a fair structure for all ratepayers. This meeting, they will be presenting their findings and the options available to the council going forward.

The public is encouraged to attend and share their input on the best way to provide for the future of our utility system. More information about the rate study, including their presentation on revenue requirements in August and the materials for their presentation on Monday, is available on the city website here: www.cityofferndale.org/ratestudy

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, September 30, 2019 to, Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7am to 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Monday, September 30, 2019 to, Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7am to 7pm

Douglas Road, between Imhoff Road and S Church Road

Drivers should expect delays and consider alternative routes as Douglas Road between Imhoff Road and S Church Road will be closed to thru traffic from Monday, September 30, 2019 to Thursday, October 3, 2019, between the hours of 7:00am to 7:00pm. Southbound traffic will be detoured via Imhoff Road to Ulrich Road to Johnston Road to S Church Road to Douglas Road. Northbound traffic will be detoured via S Church Road to Johnston Road to Ulrich Road to Imhoff Road to Douglas Road. Flaggers will be on-site directing traffic. This work is to complete improvements associated with a private development project. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

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

RFQ for the Thornton Street, Vista Drive to Malloy Avenue Project

CITY OF FERNDALE

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

 FOR

Plans, Specifications, and Engineering Services

The City of Ferndale is seeking qualification statements from Professional Engineering firms with experience providing design services, up to and including: roadway design; surveying; geotechnical investigation, studies and services; permitting; as well as the creation of plans, specifications and estimates for the Thornton Street, Vista Drive to Malloy Avenue  Project. 

This project will reconstruct the and widen Thornton Street to current standards between Vista Drive to Malloy Avenue. Improvements include upgrading the stormwater, water and sanitary sewer utility systems, installation of ADA compliant sidewalks and ramps on both sides of the road, and upgrades to the street lighting where needed.

Questions regarding this Request for Qualifications should be directed to Katy Radder, Public Works Project Manager, via telephone at (360) 684-2377 or via email at KatyRadder@cityofferndale.org.

The City of Ferndale reserves the sole right to terminate this process, to not award a contract, and to cancel or modify this solicitation process at any time. In no event will the City, or any of their respective agents, representatives, consultants, directors, officers, or employees, be liable for, or otherwise obligated to reimburse, the costs incurred in preparation of this RFQ, or any related costs. The prospective consultant teams shall wholly absorb all costs incurred in the preparation and presentation of the submittals. The RFQ submittals will become the property of the City of Ferndale.

Interested firms shall submit four copies of a Statement of Qualifications that contains the following:

  1. Cover Letter. 
  2. Qualifications: 

Outline the qualifications of the firm to perform this work. 

Project management; provide an organizational chart of the proposed consulting team and a short resume of all key people listed on the chart. 

  • References:

Provide a list of projects that were similar in scope. Project list should include year completed, budget, scope and reference contact. 

The Statement of Qualification submittal shall be a maximum of 10 unbound single-sided pages, including cover letter. 

RFQ SUBMITTAL DEADLINE AND DELIVERY LOCATION

All responses shall be made in writing.  Responses by FAX will not be accepted.  Sealed responses will be received by the Public Works Department of the City of Ferndale, Washington up to the hour of 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 11th, 2019. Responses delivered later will not be accepted. The City of Ferndale is not responsible for delays in delivery.

All responses to this request that are mailed through the United States Postal Service shall be addressed to the Public Works Department, City of Ferndale, P.O. Box 936, Ferndale, WA 98248. Hand-delivered responses, or responses not sent through the USPS, shall be delivered to the Public Works Department, 2nd floor front counter, City of Ferndale, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, Washington. The United States Postal Service will NOT deliver to the street address.  All responses shall be placed in a sealed envelope, which is clearly marked “THORNTON STREET, VISTA DRIVE TO MALLOY AVENUE PROJECT RFQ”.

The City of Ferndale is committed to providing equal opportunities to State of Washington certified Minority, Disadvantaged and Women’s Business Enterprises in contracting activities. (Section 4 of Chapter 56, Laws of 1975, 1st Ex. Sess. State of Washington.).

The City of Ferndale reserves the right to cancel this request or reject any and all responses submitted or to waive any minor formalities of this call if the best interest of the City would be served.

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Thursday, September 19, 2019 and Friday, September 20, 2019, 7am – 7pm

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Thursday, September 19, 2019 and Friday, September 20, 2019, 7am – 7pm

LaBounty Drive, between Nordic Way and West Smith Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on LaBounty Drive, between Nordic Way and West Smith Road on Thursday, September 19, 2019 and Friday, September 20, 2019, 7am – 7pm. 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.

Residents Save Over 8.9 Million Gallons of Water this Summer

Residents Save Over 8.9 Million Gallons of Water this Summer

This summer, thanks to conservation efforts by the people of Ferndale, the city as a whole saved more than 8.9 million gallons of water from being used as compared to last year. Water usage for July and August was the lowest water usage in the last six years.

A combination of the mandatory watering restrictions, outreach to the community and individual conservation efforts resulted in easing the load on the local aquifer, saving wear and tear on the city’s utility system, helping to reduce or prolong some capitol improvements and lower water bills for residents.

“While we are working to secure our new well and expand our water treatment plant, we appreciate everyone doing their part to conserve this summer,” said Public Works Director Kevin Renz. “Letting your lawn mature to gold each year really does have a big impact.”

The mandatory watering restrictions expire on Sunday, Sept. 15th. With the temperatures dropping and the fall rainy weather arriving, residents are welcome to use water how they see fit; however conservation can have a big impact on an individual utility bill, and being attentive to water us helps further conserve this resource. For more ideas on how to conserve water, go to www.cityofferndale.org/water.

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