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City announces Clean Neighborhoods Initiative

Ferndale City Hall (2019). File photo - Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — In response to complaints while City of Ferndale code enforcement has been suspended, city officials today requested citizens and businesses work make an effort to clean up streets and yards.

Calling it the “Clean Neighborhoods Initiative,” citizens and businesses are encouraged to clean up area streets and yards.

The request is motivated by “festering complaints” accomulating since code enforcement was suspended back in March due to COVID-19 health safety impacts according to Ferndale Communication Officer Riley Sweeney.

According to Sweeney, the majority of complaints have been about abandoned vehicles and overgrown yards.

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According to today’s announcement, “Efforts will focus on abandoned and scrap vehicles in front yards that are visible to the public and overgrown underbrush that can be a hazard with the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.”

Sweeney emphasized education rather than penalties stemming from enforcement of these issues should be expected. Complaints can be submitted to the city via an online form.

According to the Ferndale Municipal Code:

The annual Citywide Clean-up Day, typically held in April, was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. At the time, organizers said they hoped to reschedule it for the fall.

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