Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 and Thursday, August 13, 2020

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 and Thursday, August 13, 2020

Intersection of Slater Road and Rural Avenue

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Slater Road at the intersection of Rural Avenue on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 and Thursday, August 13, 2020, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Road will remain open during nonworking hours. This work is to complete road improvements associated with a private development project.

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

4 Ways to Submit Public Comments at Council Meetings During COVID-19

During this pandemic, it is more important than ever for the public to be able to share their thoughts and perspective with their elected officials. This input in an essential component of public decision-making and the City has provided several opportunities for public comment.

Tips for an Effective Public Comment:

Please include your Name and Address. This makes it easier to put your comment in the public record.
Be Brief and Specific. Share exactly what you are speaking in favor or against and why. It is better to offer 2-3 compelling points than 6-7 rambling items.
Avoid Speculation, Profanity, Slander and Accusations. This is a public proceeding and we ask all participants to be professional in their participation.

Below are the four ways in which the public can submit comments to their elected officials. The City encourage all who reside in the City of Ferndale to participate in the City’s decision-making process.

  1. Email Your Elected Officials. By far, the quickest and most direct way to provide input is to email the City Council and Mayor. Send an email to council@cityofferndale.org for the City Council or GregHansen@cityofferndale.org for the Mayor.
  2. Submit a Written Comment to be included in the Council Record. Email City Clerk Susan Duncan (susanduncan@cityofferndale.org) a statement to be included in the council minutes as public comment. Please state in your email to the City Clerk that it should be included in the written record. It must be received by 4pm on the Monday of a Council meeting at the latest to be included in that meeting’s minutes.
  3. Submit a Comment to be read aloud at a City Council Meeting. Email City Clerk Susan Duncan (susanduncan@cityofferndale.org) a statement to be read aloud as public comment. The statement must be shorter than 3 minutes when read aloud at a normal pace, this usually means a statement of 400 words or less. Please state in your email to the City Clerk that you would like the comment read aloud. It must be received by 4pm on the Monday of a Council meeting at the latest to be included in that meeting’s minutes. Public Comments submitted without a preference for inclusion in the written record or being read aloud will be included in the written record.
  4. Provide a Comment In Person During a Council Meeting with a Public Hearing. When City Council has a public hearing on the agenda (see agendas here), the City Annex will be open to visitors to provide an in-person public comment. Those who wish to offer the comment in person will be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing requirements while in the City Annex. The public comment must be shorter than 3 minutes.

For more information or questions on how to best participate in the City Council decision-making process, please contact City Clerk Susan Duncan at susanduncan@cityofferndale.org or 360-685-2354.

Now Hiring – Code Compliance Officer

The City of Ferndale is now hiring a Code Compliance Officer. The Code Compliance Officer (CCO) performs public safety work related to City ordinances and specific nuisances, infractions, and violations contained in the Ferndale Municipal Code, International Codes, Revised Code of Washington, and associated regulations. The CCO must occasionally utilize moderate physical agility and strength and may encounter hazardous situations.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Councilmember Herb Porter Receives Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Councilmember Herb Porter

Congratulations to Councilmember Herb Porter for completing his Association of Washington Cities Certificate of Municipal Leadership! This course of study provides city elected officials with the knowledge they need to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships. Bravo! https://wacities.org/events-edu…/cml-program/cml-recognition

Utility Shutoffs Suspended Due to Governor’s Action

Utility Shutoffs Suspended Due to Governor’s Action

In July, the City announced that they were providing increased flexibility for utility customers as shutoffs resumed for the June 30th billing cycle (set to take place on August 19th). Yesterday, Governor Inslee extended a moratorium on utility shutoffs. The City will comply with the Governor’s order and will not proceed with utility shutoffs for the June 30th cycle.

The City strongly encourages utility customers to pay all or some of their utility bill to avoid accumulating a large balance. For utility customers impacted by the pandemic in need of assistance, the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative has established a fund to help with utility bills. For more information on this program, visit their website here: http://ferndalecsc.org/.

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Notice Traffic Revisions and Possible Delays: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Shannon Avenue, between Joseph Place and Kristi Place

Drivers should expect delays as traffic is reduced to single lane traffic on Shannon Avenue, between Joseph Place and Kristi Place, on Wednesday, August 5, 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.

City Council Remote Meeting Notice – August 3, 2020

The City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m.  (Note the time change from the regular starting time of 6:00 p.m.) on Monday, August 3, 2020 will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams, with staff and Councilmembers accessing the meeting from individual locations. This complies with Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-28, as extended through September 1, 2020.

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.

The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020.

The public comment session at the opening of the meeting has been cancelled until further notice. Members of the public are encouraged to submit written comments to City Clerk Susan Duncan by emailing susanduncan@cityofferndale.org. Comments received prior to 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 3 will be included in the meeting record.

function exclude_from_search($query) { if ($query->is_search) { $query->set('post_type', 'post'); } return $query; } add_filter('pre_get_posts','exclude_from_search');