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State of the City going into 2015

ferndale mayor gary jensenFerndale Mayor Gary Jensen has provided a review of 2014 and insights for 2015 in an opinion piece in The Bellingham Herald.

In summary:

  • Church Road improvements are nearly completed. This follows and connects with the recently improved Main Street.
  • Barrett Road from Smith Road to the Axton Road/Interstate 5 interchange was also improved.
  • Truck traffic at Axton and I-5 remains in need of solutions.
  • Three low-cost and quickly-constructed “mini-roundabouts” at the I-5 and Slater Road interchange were installed as the result of joint efforts between Whatcom County, the City of Bellingham, the Lummi Nation, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the City of Ferndale.
  • The library building construction was completed and operations moved to this new Main Street location. Usage is up dramatically.
  • A nanofiltration system has been installed and is operational. The water hardness level in the water from the groundwater wells is now near the same levels as when water was taken from the Nooksack River.
  • Washington Street received grant funding for new sidewalks and road surface improvements from Vista Drive to Second Avenue. Additional enhancements to the intersection of Washington and Vista are being planned for as well.
  • The Thornton Street Railroad Overcrossing project continues to be a high priority project that continues in the design and financing phase.
  • In February 2015, voters in the city and the Ferndale area will be asked to join Fire District No. 7. In the summer, voters may get to choose new City Council members and possibly a new mayor. 


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