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City Council hears from citizens & tweaks sewer rates/fees decision

Ferndale City Council meeting (June 5, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

The Ferndale City Council heard from a handful of people at tonight’s City Council meeting regarding their earlier decision to increase sewer rates 3% annually and connection fees 25% annually over the next 3 years.

A couple citizens, some developers and a real estate broker spoke to the councilmembers during tonight’s meeting. Their messages were relatively aligned – spread the costs of the new sewage treatment facility fairly across current residents and new residents. Some were most concerned about making it too expensive to stay in Ferndale and others were worried about it becoming too expensive to build in Ferndale.

Councilmembers then debated their options as well. Unfortunately, some microphones provided to councilmembers and city staff were either not on or were not being used as most of the discussion was inaudible. Members of the public attending the meeting made repeated yet belated requests to “speak up.” As a result, it cannot be accurately reported as to what points were made nor by who.

Ultimately, the councilmembers voted to amend the ordinance approved at the last council meeting to only increase the connection fees by 25% and usage rates by 3% once and to require a review at the end of June 2018 to determine whether to increase the fees as originally intended or to pursue other options.

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Other items discussed at tonight’s City Council meeting,

* Councilmembers voted unanimously to suspend their rules of procedure allowing for the appointment of Fred Kennedy to be made for the council seat vacated during the last meeting by Brent Goodrich. Kennedy was sworn in and participated in the proceedings.
* Councilmembers voted unanimously to approve the Malloy Heights preliminary plat.
* Students from Windward High School presented their findings after nearly a year of monitoring Schell Creek water quality.

The meeting was adjourned just after 8pm.

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Howard Cummings June 20, 2017

    Ferndale is already taxed higher than everywhere else, our water bills are insane compared to 10 years ago. Just another example of a city pushing out the middle class, and forcing the wealthy to cover the costs of a safety net for the poor. Everyone loses, except the pockets of the government officials.

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