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On Tuesday’s Ferndale City Council meeting agenda

Ferndale City Council meeting (February 6, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Planning to attend the upcoming Ferndale City Council meeting (rescheduled to Tuesday due to the holiday on Monday)? Here are some items from the agenda.

City of Ferndale (COF) Public Works department will present a capital projects update along with information about snow events.

A representative from the Ferndale Heritage Society will provide their annual report for 2016.

A public hearing will be provided regarding a proposed 10-year franchise agreement between COF and Kirkland-based Astound Broadband, LLC, to build and maintain a fiber-optic network using COF public right-of-way. Astound Broadband is a brand of WaveDivision Holdings, according to their website, which also operates under the brands Wave Broadband and Wave Business Solutions in the greater Seattle, Portland, and Sacramento markets.

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According to Washington State law, if the Astound Broadband network is used to provide telephone service, COF may impose a tax up to 6% of those revenues. There is no mention in the draft franchise agreement which specific telecommunications service(s) the network will be used to provide or if such a tax will be imposed by COF. COF Public Works Director Kevin Renz said during a council committee meeting the fiber network would be for commercial customers, not residential.

Astound Broadband (aka WaveDivision Holdings) employee working on their fiber network on LaBounty Drive 2017-02-16
Astound Broadband (aka WaveDivision Holdings) employee working on their fiber network on LaBounty Drive (February 16, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Also on the agenda are some amendments to the COF Animal Control Ordinance. Notable are new regulations regarding animal enclosures in the front yard of a residence. In addition, regulations currently applied to chickens would also be applied to ducks and rabbits if the changes are adopted by the Council. An existing prohibition on the slaughtering of chickens would be removed as part of the changes being recommended to the Council. According to COF staff, “Current regulations are unclear as to how many animals may be kept and where their enclosures are located.”

The Ferndale City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 6pm Tuesday in the City Council Chambers. Community members are encouraged to attend.

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