Now Hiring – Deputy City Clerk

The City of Ferndale is now hiring a Deputy City Clerk. This is a full-time position offering competitive wages and benefits. For a complete job description, click here. For an employment application, click here.

Closing Date: May 1, 2019

The City of Ferndale is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Boil Water Advisory LIFTED for North Portal Way Area (Updated)

4/6/19 – 3:40pm Update: Boil Advisory is lifted. Test results came back satisfactory – all clear for Ferndale Water.

4/5/18 – 8:40pm Update: Crews are working to restore service within the hour however the boil advisory will remain in effect through tomorrow (Sat. April 6th) as samples are tested for potential issues.

During an inspection this morning, public works staff identified a leak in the water main that services the north Portal Way area. The Public Works crew mobilized on site, identified the source of the leak to be a cracked 12-inch valve and began work to repair the line.

Starting at 3pm and continuing through till 8pm, customers in the area will experience disruptions in their water service.

As a result of this work, the City is issuing a boil water advisory as a precautionary measure. An advisory does not mean that the drinking water is contaminated, but rather that it could be contaminated, so precautions should be taken until drinking water quality testing can be completed to confirm that no bacterial contamination is present.

Under a boil water advisory, customers in the affected area (see map) should follow these guidelines:

  • Boil all drinking water. Tap water should be boiled vigorously for three minutes before using it to drink, cook, or prepare food. Let the water cool sufficiently before drinking.
  • Ice made with un-boiled tap water should not be used for drinking purposes.
  • Dishes and food contact surfaces may be disinfected using tap water that contains one teaspoon of household bleach per gallon.
  • The tap water is safe for other purposes such as bathing; however, small children should be discouraged from swallowing bath water.
  • Water boiled for drinking and cooking purposes may be used for brushing teeth.

Thanks to careful monitoring and strict safeguards, it is unlikely that drinking water quality would be compromised, this is simply a precautionary measure. The City will issue updates via our website and social media when this advisory is lifted.

For more information, please contact Chief Plant Operator Mike Olinger at (360) 384-4607 or

Traffic Impacts on Main Street Bridge Weds. April 3rd

Washington State Department of Transportation will be conducting their annual inspection of Pioneer Bridge (our main bridge over the Nooksack River) Weds. April 3rd, starting at 11:30am and should be completed by 4pm.

During this work, traffic will be reduced to alternating, single lane traffic over the bridge. Public Works crew will be directing vehicles through the area.

Drivers are urged to obey all traffic direction and utilize alternate routes if possible. For more information, please contact Ferndale Public Works at (360) 384-4006.

Calling All Artists! Thornton Project Needs a Logo

Calling All Artists! Thornton Project Needs a Logo

The City of Ferndale is preparing to break ground on the new Thornton Street Overcrossing Project late summer/early fall 2019. This will be the largest public project since we built a bridge across the Nooksack.

You can be part of this major event! The City needs a logo to represent the project – something bold and uniquely Ferndale. The artist who designs the logo for this project will be invited to wield a golden shovel at the groundbreaking.

If you have an artistic eye or just a few ideas for a potential logo, send in your sketch, digital graphic or back of the napkin doodle to Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at Submissions are due by April 30h, 2019.

City Opens Negotiations with Elsa, Mr. Freeze for a Milder Winter

Mayor Mutchler (left) with Ice Delegation

After several years of heavy snowfall, the City of Ferndale opened negotiations with Elsa and Mr. Freeze in an attempt to secure a milder winter for Ferndale.

“While we may have received a frosty reception in the past, I believe now icy a path forward,” said Mayor Jon Mutchler at the recent council meeting.

Though the glacial pace of negotiations may chill enthusiasm for this measure, the City believes tensions are thawing. When reached for comment, the delegation agreed that they had given Ferndale the “cold shoulder” but are ready to “let it go.”

Whether or not an agreement can be reached, the City will continue to prepare for inclement weather. Click the links below to learn more about what to do in a flood, snow or ice weather incident.

Flood Preparation

Snow and Ice Preparation

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