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.

Found Property

Have you lost or misplaced an item recently? If one of these items fits the general description of your lost property, contact Kim @ 360-483-5746.

~ Bicycles ~ Cellphone ~ Misc Retail Cards ~ Keys ~ Generator ~ Mini-Bike ~ Pocket Knife

Washington Supreme Court Justices Tour Ferndale Court Facilities

Washington Supreme Court Justices Tour Ferndale Court Facilities

A delegation from the Washington Supreme Court visited the Ferndale Municipal Court today to highlight the challenging conditions at the courthouse. Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, Justice Mary Yu and Justice Steven Gonzalez were joined by Bellingham Municipal Court Judge Debra Lev and Commissioner Pete Smiley during their visit.

Currently Ferndale Municipal Court is held in the City Annex on Second Avenue in downtown Ferndale. The facility, once a garage for the local firestation, also hosts proceedings by the city council, planning commission and hearing examiner. In recent years, the space has struggled to accommodate its growing uses.

“I am concerned and troubled that the limitations of our facilities may have an impact on the functions of our justice system,” said Ferndale Municipal Court Judge Mark Kaiman. “We must ensure due process for all involved, this cannot wait.”

Earlier the year, the City worked with the school district to assess whether a new joint courtroom and city hall could be established at the Old Main building of Ferndale High School but decided to pass on that option due to the cost.

The City and Council continue to work towards a new facility for the courthouse and city hall and are exploring options as part of the 2020 budget process.

Council Meeting Summary for Oct. 7th, 2019

Agenda Materials can be found by clicking here

         City Council Agenda Follow-Up October 7, 2019  
APPROVAL OF AGENDA Councilmember Taylor moved, and Councilmember Jensen seconded, to approve the agenda as presented. MOTION CARRIED 7-0. APPROVED
CONSENT AGENDA Councilmember Hansen moved, and Councilmember Taylor seconded, to approve the consent agenda. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.    APPROVED
FCS GROUP PRESENTATION: Cost of Service   Martin Chaw of FCS Group presented the results of the water/wastewater rate study regarding the cost of service, and answered Councilmembers’ and audience members’ questions. INFO ONLY  
COUNCIL SELECTION OF THREE CATALYST REVIEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS In March of 2019, the City Council approved the adoption of the Downtown Catalyst Incentive program. The program was initiated in order to allow a waiver of City fees for up to three developments that meet the size, use, and catalyst scoring criteria. The goal of the program is to create conditions that foster the mixed-use redevelopment of the Downtown core as envisioned by the City’s Comprehensive Plan.   The City has received four Catalyst Project development applications, and staff is currently conducting a technical review of the applications in order to verify the proposals meet development regulations and comply with catalyst incentive criteria listed in FMC 18.48.020. Following the technical review, staff will forward the application materials accompanied by a staff report and recommendation to the Catalyst Committee for review.   The three projects with the highest scores above 190 combined points shall be forwarded to the  City Council for final consideration. The Council shall review the scores of the Review Committee and shall be authorized to allow members of the public, staff, and the applicant to speak on the subject. Th City Council shall then be authorized to approve or deny the recommendations of the Committee. Those applications that are approved will be invited to enter into a catalyst development agreement as described in FMC 18.48.080(A).   The Catalyst Review Committee is required to consist of five members, including one Planning Commission member, one EAGLE Board member, and three Councilmembers. Mayor Mutchler appointed Greg Crim from the Planning Commission and Sean Hegstad from the EAGLE Board. Planning & Land Use Committee members recommended a full-Council discussion for the selection and appointment of three Councilmembers to serve on the Catalyst Review Committee. Councilmember Jensen moved, and Councilmember Bersch seconded, to approve the appointments of Councilmembers Xczar, Hansen, and Taylor to the Catalyst Review Committee. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.                           APPROVED
DISCUSSION: Ethics Complaint/Council Recommendation In August of 2019, two ethics complaints were filed against Mayor Mutchler by Councilmember Olson.   Attorney Scott Snyder of Ogden, Murphy & Wallace conducted the investigation of the two complaints filed against Mayor Mutchler. He concluded that the complaint regarding an attempt to interfere in a police investigation was unfounded; however, there was a technical violation regarding the political signs complaint. Per the Council Rules of Procedure/Ethics Handbook, if review of a complaint shows that there is a violation of the Ethics Handbook, the matter must be referred to a three-person Council Ad-Hoc Committee. The Ad-Hoc Committee’s task is to review the attorney’s report and forward a recommendation to the full Council.   A special meeting was held on Wednesday, October 2, in order to form the ad-hoc committee. At that meeting, it was determined that, due to several conflicts of interest, it was not possible to select a three-person committee. Therefore, according to the Council Rules of Procedure/Ethics Handbook, the review of the attorney’s findings and any recommended action is to be conducted by the full Council.   In accordance with State law, the review and discussion of such complaint may, at the request of the accused, be held in Executive Session. Any final action must take place in open session. Mayor Mutchler did not request an Executive Session; therefore the review, discussion, and recommendation by Council will be held in open session. Councilmember Olson moved to create an admonishment and clarify that no political signs are allowed in any City parking lot. Motion died for lack of a second. Councilmember Bishop moved, and Councilmember Jensen seconded, to discuss the City’s sign code at the next Planning & Land Use Committee meeting. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.                         COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION TO REVIEW SIGN CODE APPROVED
EXECUTIVE SESSION: RCW 42.30.110 (f), (i) No action was taken following the executive session.  
ADJOURNMENT The meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.  

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:

Cherry Blossom Festival Requests Quilters

Greetings All Quilters!

You are invited to submit one or more quilts for display during the Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 on Saturday, March 28th. The quilts will be displayed in Pioneer Pavilion Community Center for a stunning visual of your unique art works.

Choose to participate in this community event that provides experiential opportunities to collectively learn about, honor and celebrate Japanese culture. For a Submission Form call 360 384-0050.

  • It is preferred that quilts be made of Japanese fabrics. Traditional and Contemporary styles are welcome.
  • Quilts should be sized Double Bed and smaller.
  • Sleeves are preferred.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Quilts will be judged by festival attendees.
  • First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Prizes will be awarded.
  • Submission Forms and quilts must be dropped off at the Ferndale Public Library on THURSDAY, MARCH 5th, 6-7:30 p.m. or SATURDAY, MARCH 7th, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Prioritization will be given to sequenced submissions due to a large but finite space for display purposes.

Questions? Concerns? Call 360 384-0050.

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