Now Accepting Applications for City Council Vacancy

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

Applications are now being accepted to fill a vacancy on the Ferndale City Council due to the resignation of Councilmember Ramon Llanos.

The vacant seat will be on the November 2021 ballot as a new 4-year term; therefore, the appointed Councilmember will serve only until the November 2021 election is certified, at which point the candidate who prevails in the election will take office and serve for the rest of 2021.

Applicants should plan to attend the January 4, 2021 regular City Council meeting, during which they will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and be briefly interviewed by current Councilmembers. The selected applicant will be sworn in that evening and will begin to serve immediately. For instructions and an application packet, please click here. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 7.

Special Meeting Notice -Council Retreat January 20 & 27

Notice is hereby given that the Ferndale City Council will hold two special meetings for the purpose of a Council Retreat.  The first meeting will be on January 20, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The second meeting will be on January 27, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Both meetings will be held remotely via Zoom, with staff and Councilmembers accessing the meetings from individual locations. These are open public meetings as outlined by the Open Public Meetings Act, and members of the public are invited to attend and observe. For information on how to access the meeting, email susanduncan@cityofferndale.org

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.”

Remote Meeting Notice -TUESDAY, January 19, 2021 Council Meeting

The City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. on TUESDAY, January 19, 2021  (note the time change from the regular start time of 6:00 p.m.) will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams, with staff and Councilmembers accessing the meeting from individual locations. This complies with Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-28, as extended through January 19, 2021.

This is still an open public meeting as defined by the Open Public Meetings Act. The City will be using Microsoft Teams to livestream the council meeting. Members of the public do not need to download anything to view the proceedings. To join the meeting, click here.

 Members of the public who wish to submit comments on items not on the agenda are encouraged to submit written comments to City Clerk Susan Duncan by emailing susanduncan@cityofferndale.org. Comments received prior to 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2021 will be read during the public comment period of the meeting and included in the meeting record. For more details on submitting public comments for a remote meeting click here.

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.”

Remote Meeting Notice – January 13, 2021 Council Committees

The regularly scheduled Council Committee meetings on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams, with staff and Councilmembers accessing the meeting from individual locations. This complies with Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-28, as extended through January 19, 2021.

These are still open public meetings as defined by the Open Public Meetings Act. The City will be using Microsoft Teams to livestream the meeting. Members of the public do not need to download anything to view the proceedings. To join the live events, click on the following links:

The Public Works & Utilities Committee meeting begins at 8:00 a.m.

The Finance & Administration Committee meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.

The Planning & Land Use Committee has been cancelled.

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.

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