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EVACUATION NOTICE

EVACUATION NOTICE

Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Ferndale is STRONGLY encouraging and requesting the voluntary evacuation of all residents and businesses in the area south of Main Street between 4th Avenue and the Nooksack River, effective immediately.  The Nooksack River has not yet reached its crest, and the potential exists for the river to breach the existing levee.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure and then evacuate their properties; the City will inform the public when it is safe to return.  All residents outside of the voluntary evacuation area are requested to avoid any unnecessary trips and to stay off the roadways, in order for emergency and first responders to effectively respond to the emergency.

Evacuees should exit to the north and Main Street to leave the area.  Temporary shelter is now available at the Ferndale High School cafeteria, which can be accessed off Golden Eagle Drive or Shuksan Drive from Vista Drive or Washington Street.  More to come on more shelter options as information becomes available.  For questions, please call Ferndale City Hall at (360) 384-4006.

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.

Mandatory Watering Restrictions In Effect June 1st through September 15th

Mandatory Watering Restrictions in Effect June 1st through September 15th

The City of Ferndale has implemented mandatory watering restrictions effective June 1st through September 15th. Residents with odd numbered street addresses are mandated to water only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Residents with even numbered street addresses water only Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Mondays are non-watering days to allow the City’s reservoirs to recharge after the weekend.

The mandatory watering restrictions do not apply to the following situations:

  • Drip irrigation systems or handheld watering
  • Watering of flower and/or vegetable gardens
  • Watering of outdoor potted plants and hanging baskets
  • Watering of newly planted lawns/landscaping

Following these restrictions will help residents save money on their utility bill, reduce the impact on the environment and help ensure the City’s utility system runs strong throughout the hot season.

For more tips on how to conserve water this summer, check out Five Ways to Save Water This Summer. For questions and more information, contact the City at 360-384-4302.

Upcoming Road Closure: At and around 5127 Labounty Drive, between Smith Rd and Slater Rd

Upcoming Road Closure: At and around 5127 LaBounty Drive, between Smith Road and Slater Road

Drivers should plan to detour as LaBounty Drive will be CLOSED to through traffic near the work site at 5127 Labounty Drive between Smith Road and Slater Road. The closure is scheduled to last from Monday, June 20th, 2022, through Monday, September 26th, 2022. The closure is in effect 24/7 for the duration of the project.

Through traffic will be detoured via Pacific Highway. Local property access will be maintained throughout the closure. This work is for stormwater improvements associated with a private development project.

Notice of Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Friday, May 27 2022

Thornton Street between Vista Dr. and Malloy Ave.

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane alternating traffic on Thornton Street between Vista Dr. and Malloy Ave. on Friday, May 27th. The traffic revision is in effect from 7:00 AM to approximately 1:00 PM. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours.

This closure is for utility work associated with the Thornton Street – Vista to Malloy Improvement Project.

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

Citywide Community Meeting Set for May 31st, 6:30PM

Citywide Community Meeting Set for May 31st, 6:30PM

Get the inside scoop on what is happening in Ferndale directly from Mayor Greg Hansen, council members, city staff and community leaders at our in-person Citywide Community Meeting on Tuesday, May 31st  at 6:30pm in the Pioneer Pavilion (2007 Cherry St). The City will be holding an open Q & A session, as well as providing opportunities for the public to give feedback on a number of upcoming city
initiatives.

At this event, participants can

  • Learn about progress on the Thornton St. Overpass and Metalworks Skatepark
  • Offer feedback on the best use of remaining COVID relief funds
  • Explore the recent investments in City’s utility infrastructure and utility rate equity
  • Connect with community groups and non-profits
  • Meet your neighbors!

Open house begins at 6:30pm, with a presentation at 7:00pm. If you have any questions, call
Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353.

 

Notice of Traffic Revision: Wednesday, May 18th through Friday, May 20th, 2022

LaBounty Drive, between Les Schwab Tire Center and Smith Road

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on LaBounty Drive, between the Les Schwab Tire Center and Smith Road beginning Wednesday, May 18th and lasting through Friday, May 20th, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours. This work is to complete shoulder improvements associated with a private development project.

 

Hybrid Meeting Notice – May 11, 2022 Council Committees & Committee of the Whole

The regularly scheduled Council Committee meetings and Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 will be hybrid-style meetings, with the option of attending in-person or remotely. The meeting will be held at the City Hall Main Conference Room, 2095 Main Street.

These are still open public meetings 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 live event, click on the following links:

The Committee of the Whole meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude at 10:00 a.m.

The Planning & Land Use Committee meeting is cancelled.

The Finance & Administration Committee meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Vandalism Suspects

Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Vandalism Suspects

The Ferndale Police Department is asking the public’s help to identify three suspects in a series of vandalism cases. The suspects were caught on camera vandalizing a Ferndale business and are connected to a rash of graffiti in the greater Ferndale area.

The three suspects are described as male, and in their twenties. Two of them have darker hair with facial hair while one has lighter hair and skin. Anyone with information about these three suspects should contact Detective Steve Gamage at 360-483-5720 or sgamage@ferndalepd.org.

 

Now Hiring – Pioneer Park Tour Guides (Part-Time/Seasonal)

The City is now hiring part-time, seasonal tour guides responsible for conducting educational tours of beautiful historic Pioneer Park cabins and structures to individuals and groups of all sizes and ages.  We are looking for a high-energy and enthusiastic individual who enjoys working with the public. Tours begin mid-May and end mid-September. $15 per hour, approximately 15 hours per week.

TO APPLY: Submit a letter of interest & application by mail, (PO Box 936  Ferndale, WA 98248) email, (susanduncan@cityofferndale.org ) or in person (2095 Main Street  Ferndale, WA 98248)

Closing date: May 16, 2022.

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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