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This Monday’s City Council meeting agenda has something for everyone

The following is a summary of the agenda for the upcoming Ferndale City Council meeting scheduled for Monday evening, September 17th at 6pm in the City Hall Annex at 5694 2nd Avenue. Click here for the full agenda and supporting documents.

  1.  Erika Nuerenberg, Whatcom County Health Department Assistant Director, will present key findings from the recently-published 2018 Whatcom County Community Health Assessment.
  2. The public will be invited to speak to the council and city staff for up to 3 minutes regarding topics NOT on the meeting agenda.
  3. City Communications Officer and Recreation Coordinator Riley Sweeney will provide a recap of the city’s 2018 recreation program.
  4. Council will vote to approve all the items on the meeting’s consent agenda. They include,
    • Approval of September 4, 2018 council meeting minutes
    • Authorization of September 5, 2018 payroll
    • Approval of August 2018 Claims
    • Approval of LTAC 2019 funding recommendations
      • The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is tasked with helping promote tourism in the City of Ferndale by making recommendations for grants from the revenues of locally-collected lodging tax. The expected amount to be disbursed during 2019 is $68,500.
    Organization Event Requested LTAC Recommends
    City of Ferndale Wayfinding system (signage) $15,000 $12,000
    ” “ Pioneer Park Tour Guides $8,000 $8,000
    Ferndale Arts Commission Downtown Mural Walking Tour $5,000 $0
    Farmers Market Board of Directors Ferndale Farmers Market $3,000 $2,000
    Heritage Society Olde Fashioned Christmas $2,000 $2,000
    Whatcom Old Settlers Association Old Settlers Picnic $3,500 $2,000
    Chamber of Commerce Ferndale Visitor Center $39,000 $39,000
    ” “ Downtown Trick or Treat/Haunt the Park $1,000 $0
    ” “ Ferndale Street Festival $3,000 $3,000
    ” “ Flicks in the Park $500 $500
    TOTAL $68,500


  5. New SCOPE officers will be introduced to the council and city staff.
    Senior Citizens on Patrol Enhancement (SCOPE) is a volunteer program with the Ferndale Police Department. Volunteers patrolling parking lots for disabled parking violators, performing security checks on vacant homes, operating the radar reader board, and assisting with traffic control and community outreach during special events.
  6. City Associate Planner Haylie Miller will provide a presentation highlighting three private developments currently in progress.
  7. There will be a public hearing regarding the City’s adoption of a “Complete Streets” ordinance. This item was discussed at the last council meeting. By adopting street designs that accommodate all means of transportation, not just motorized, city staff hope to open up some grant funding opportunities for projects that would not normally qualify for existing grant programs.
  8. There will be a public hearing regarding the City’s adoption of an ordinance granting temporary tax exempt status to qualified multifamily developments. This had been discussed. This has been discussed during Council Committee meetings but was removed from the Council’s agenda on August 15th and sent back to committee after concerns were raised by Whatcom County Fire District 7 officials. As a result of WCFD7’s concerns, city staff say some sort of formal agreement between the District and the City is expected to be needed.
  9. Council and city staff will discuss alternatives to the current water and sewer billing rates and plans.
  10. Council will be asked to approve a contract with Wilson Engineering for the amount of $296,000 for engineering services for the water treatment plant upgrade project.
  11. Council will be asked to approve a contract with Wilson Engineering for the amount of $120,412 for engineering services to build a well house on the new Shop Well #2 (the deep well).
  12. Council will be asked to approve an ordinance regarding temporary outdoor encampments. This would adopt modifications to various chapters of the Ferndale Municipal Code, making outdoor homeless encampments hosted by religious organizations a conditional use, and clarifying that churches and religious institutions are conditional uses in all zones.

The public is encouraged to attend City Council meetings. They are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6pm in Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex at 5694 2nd Avenue.


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