What you missed at last night’s City Council meeting

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City Council regular meeting (February 5, 2018). Photo: Discover Ferndale
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Items on the agenda included:

  • Ferndale Food Bank presentation did not happen.
  • A presentation of the Ferndale Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship was made honoring both Crissy Ford and Rachel Pringle for their years of service to the children and arts community of Ferndale.
  • Added to the agenda was Mayor Jon Mutchler’s declaration that today, February 6, 2018, would be declared “Doug Pederson Day” to recognize FHS graduate turned NFL professional football coach’s achievement of leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a win in this year’s Super Bowl.
  • The City’s traffic engineers, Transpo Group, made a presentation regarding downtown traffic lights. Transpo representatives assessed the difference between peak hour traffic flows in 2015 and 2018. They were also asked to assess the alternatives of reinstalling the traffic signals at 1st and Main or leaving it as is. They said the signal was unwarranted, a determination made before the change that led to removing the signals.
  • Councilmembers voted to adopt modifications to the Ferndale Municipal Code (FMC) and amendments to the Unified Fee Code (UFC) to include references to food trucks operating within the City limits.
  • Councilmembers discussed adopting modifications to Ferndale Municipal Code that would exempt vendors participating in multiple vendor events such as craft fairs from being required to obtain a business license from the City. But it was determined more discussion was needed and it was sent back to Council Committee.
  • City of Ferndale’s participation in a proposed 10-year interlocal agreement with the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County regarding maintenance of Slater Road and planning and enforcement issues regarding the road and adjacent properties east of I-5 was approved by a unanimous vote.
  • Councilmembers were asked to approve replacing the existing ground level reader board monument sign outside City Hall with a new one since half the cost would be covered by a Port of Bellingham grant for wayfinding signage. The contract cost for the sign was listed in agenda documents as $26,445.62. The grant money available could also be used for signage at the Police Station and Pioneer Park according to City Administrator Greg Young. The grant will continue to be available over the next few years but at smaller dollar amounts Young said at the meeting citing he had already applied for $10,000 in grant money for a $20,000 sign at Pioneer Park. Council voted 6-1 to approve the new sign, with Councilmember Cathy Watson voting against.
Crissy Ford and Rachel Pringle receive Ferndale Mayor’s Awards for Outstanding Citizenship during a City Council meeting 2018-02-05
Crissy Ford and Rachel Pringle receive their Ferndale Mayor’s Awards for Outstanding Citizenship during a City Council meeting (February 5, 2018). Photo: Discover Ferndale