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Ferndale, Michigan – The City of Ferndale has declared that free parking will be available in all parking lots and on-street spaces through Monday, February 25th.  City Manager, April Lynch stated that, “the bottom line is that we need to provide the best product to our customers.  We have heard their concerns and we are committed to making sure these machines meets their needs.” 

City staff will use this weekend as an opportunity to review the data that has been generated by the new pay machines. Loyd Cureton, the Director of the Department of Public Works explained, “These machines are able to provide us with a lot of information that was not previously available from the old mechanical meters.  We can now have a better understanding of exactly when and where our peak hours begin, and where our highest traffic counts are”.  Staff will use this data to assess what precise systemic improvements need to be made to reduce these long lines in inclement weather like today, to address the need for more lighting at the pay stations, and most importantly, to meet the service expectations of our residents, businesses, and visitors. 

 

Ferndale City Council to set goals, objectives for 2013

Ferndale, Michigan – The Ferndale City Council will begin to outline its goals and objectives for the upcoming year during a public meeting scheduled for Monday, February 4th.  The meeting will be held at the Ferndale Public Library, between 5:30pm-9:00pm.

 “This is a great opportunity for staff and City Council to come together to discuss what our focus should be in 2013”, said City Manager April Lynch.  The City will move on to budget workshops in March with a final budget presentation in April. “This is a busy time of year for the City, both the goals and the budget are extremely important for setting the tone for 2013.”

 

Public Meeting Details:
Ferndale City Council Goal Setting Session
February 4 @ 5:30pm
Ferndale Public Library
222 E. Nine Mile Road

Rapid Transit Planning for Woodward!

 Join us, Dec. 3 - 15, to kick off rapid transit planning for Woodward!

You’ve heard all about the regional transit authority legislation moving through Lansing, but that isn’t the only news about transit in metro Detroit. Rapid transit on the Woodward corridor is getting a fresh look—we’ll be talking about the entire 27 miles from Jefferson Avenue in Detroit to downtown Pontiac. Starting December 3rd, you are invited to join the discussion and help shape the future of Woodward transit.

The cities along Woodward Avenue have joined with the Woodward Avenue Action Association, SEMCOG, and the Michigan Suburbs Alliance to launch an “alternatives analysis,” the first step in the formal process of developing a transit system. Over the next year, this process will combine your input with technical data, cost, and other considerations to pick the route, technology (rails? tires?), and general station locations. In addition, this effort will consider connections to the downtown M-1 Rail streetcar project, high-speed rail service, complete streets planning, and other projects currently under development.

Seven meetings are scheduled over the next two weeks for your input. We’ll be talking about the “purpose and need” for the project—what is it that we need transit to do on Woodward?—and laying out the roadmap for the rest of the work. Over the course of 2013, we’ll have additional meetings around major steps in the process.

  • Monday, December 3, 5-7 p.m., Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Avenue, Berkley, MI, 48072
  • Tuesday December 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., SEMCOG, 535 Griswold Street, Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Tuesday, December 4, 4-6 p.m., Detroit Police Department Central District, 7310 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Thursday, December 6, 5-7 p.m., Baldwin Public Library, 300 West Merrill Street, Birmingham, MI 48009
  • Tuesday, December 11, 4-6 p.m., Detroit Palmer Park Police Station, 12th Precinct, 1441 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit, MI, 48203
  • Wednesday, December 12, 6-8 p.m., Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI, 48220 
  • Saturday, December 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bowen Senior Center, 52 Bagley Street, Pontiac, MI, 48341


If you can’t make it to any of these meetings, you can provide also comments and sign up for e-mail updates on the project website, http://www.woodwardanalysis.com , as well as like Transform Woodward on Facebook. Questions?  Contact Project Manager Calvin Johnson at SEMCOG, cjohnson@semcog.org / 313-961-4266; Sharmila Mukherjee at Parsons-Brinkerhoff, mukherjees@pbworld.com / (313) 963-4653; or Richard Murphy at Michigan Suburbs Alliance, murph@suburbsalliance.org / 866-960-8803 x708.

End of Year Park Improvements

DPW and Recreation staffs are currently making inspections of the City’s parks. The  original reason for these inspections was to gather information for our pending Capital Improvement Plan.

However, during these visits staff noted a number of conditions that could pose a safety concern, as well as items needing repair or maintenance. Residents who observed city personnel making inspections also voiced their concerns about missing or broken park equipment.

Over the past week, DPW crew members have removed dangerous trees, replaced missing trash receptacles, and removed, repaired or replaced several pieces of play equipment.

As the DPW finishes leaf collection, additional man hours will be devoted to the City’s parks in order to correct as many of these conditions as possible prior to winter.

If you have a smart phone and frequent our parks, make sure to follow us on Foursquare for news updates: https://foursquare.com/ferndalemichiga.

We also encourage the public to leave us tips about park wish lists, maintenance concerns, or just generally how you are using the parks.

Thank you: A message from the City Clerk

 

 

 A message from Ferndale City Clerk Cherilynn Tallman:

 

“I want to thank the residents for their patience last Tuesday, and for their commitment to exercise their right to vote despite lines at some polls that at times exceeded a 2 hours wait.  We’re committed to providing residents with a better voting experience, and over the next several weeks we’ll be evaluating our election process for ways to improve service and reduce wait times in the future.  I’ll be reporting on these process improvements as they’re developed, and I also welcome the feedback and suggestions of our residents. 

 

Despite the long wait times, Election Day also offered several highlights:

  • More than half the population of Ferndale participated in the election; 10,399 voters – nearly 64% of those registered – cast ballots.
  • A dedicated team of more than 70 election workers helped conduct an election that I’m confident was both transparent and accurate.
  • Increased absentee voting can help reduce wait times, and 2,056 voters chose that option this year.
  • The community again supported our efforts, including our friends at Buffalo Wild Wings, who once again donated dinner for precinct inspectors, AV counting board members, and city hall staff.”

 

 

 

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City Demos Blighted Property on Harris Street

To the excitement and relief of neighbors, 3331 Harris was successfully demolished on Wednesday, October 24. The property was a tax foreclosed property that had been deeded to the city following the County’s foreclosure process.  

Community & Economic Development Director, Derek Delacourt stated that “we  hope the demolition of this property and removal of the debris will improve the quality of life for residents impacted by this formerly blighted property”.  

Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership to Hold Public Open House in Pleasant Ridge October 11

FERNDALE, Mich. – October 1, 2012 – Your hometowns want to hear from you! The Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership is hosting a public open house for residents and businesses on Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road in Pleasant Ridge.

Sustainability refers to the ability of communities to thrive while preparing for the prosperity of future generations by balancing environmental, economic, and community concerns. The communities are seeking citizen feedback on existing and potential future actions the community can take independent of local government to address the economy, community, and environment. Information on existing or needed community groups, programs and resources is sought.

Five Woodward Avenue communities, in conjunction with Oakland County, have launched a partnership to examine sustainability issues. Berkley, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Huntington Woods were selected to participate in the project based on their history of collaboration. The partnership seeks to engage a diverse cross-section of the community, including environmental, business, social services, health, and educational institutions. The goal of the group is to develop a plan which will help the communities work together and leverage shared resources for a sustainable future.

Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services will provide $25,000 of in-kind services to match a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate a South Oakland Multi-Community Sustainability Partnership. Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. and WARM Training Center are consultants on the project. Oakland County has also been working with the cities of Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills and Rochester to develop a Tri-City Sustainability Partnership since 2011.

This is the second of several public forums for the project. The project is scheduled to be completed by March, 2013.

For more information on Oakland County Collaborative Local Government Sustainability Planning Projects, see the Facebook page “Oakland County Sustainability” http://www.facebook.com/sustainplan or http://www.advantageoakland.com/CPHA/Pages/default.aspx.

Public Comment Period and Public Hearing Scheduled for Polar Environmental Service Corporation’s Permit Application for a Disposal Facility

Ferndale, Michigan –The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is holding a public comment period from August 24, 2012, until September 27, 2012, and a public hearing on September 27, 2012, on Polar Environmental Service Corporation’s (PESC) proposed operation of a treatment, storage, and disposal facility for waste oils, water, and coolants that are not hazardous waste. The facility is located at 707 East Lewiston, Ferndale, Michigan. 

 The City of Ferndale and the MDEQ both believe that public input is necessary before moving forward with permit approval.  City Manager, April Lynch said

 “The City is excited that the public has a voice in this process.  The public comment period and hearing offers and opportunity for interested parties to share their concerns and questions before the MDEQ moves forward with the proposed conditional approval of PESC’s Permit to Install”. 

The public hearing will be held on September 27, 2012, in the Ferndale High School Auditorium. MDEQ’s staff will provide a brief introduction regarding the proposed project, respond to comments received during the public comment period, and answer questions directed from the audience.

During the public comment period, (August 24-September 27), the public is encouraged to submit their written views to the MDEQ by letter or by web response.  All statements received prior to the public hearing will be considered by the decision-maker prior to the final permit action. Written comments may be sent to:

Ms. Mary Ann Dolehanty
Permit Section Supervisor, MDEQ, AQD
P.O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan, 48909-7760.

All web-based responses should be directed to the following webpage: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps/cwerp.shtml. (Click on “submit comment” under the Polar Environmental Service Corporation; Permit to Install No. 5-12 listing). 

 

                            

What are Your Thoughts on Supporting Local Sustainability?

Over the past 6 months, the Woodward 5 Sustainability partnership has worked to craft a vision and  set of goals, objectives, and indicators that will be used to direct and measure progress towards sustainability for the Woodward 5 communities of Ferndale, Berkley, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, and Royal Oak.

You can review the result of these efforts here.

The next step is to identify actions to support the vision, goals and objectives. We need your help to let us know about non-governmental, community based actions which are happening, or should happen, in support of local sustainability.

We invite you to share your knowledge and thoughts with us via this survey:

 Woodward 5 Community Action Survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W5CommunityActions

We plan to hold a public forum on Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 6-8 pm at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center to provide additional opportunities for community input.

 Thank you for your time and assistance.

Notice of Mailing to Ferndale Homeowners

Ferndale, Michigan – The City Manager’s Office has recently been contacted by American Water Resources, a private company that offers an optional water line protection program to homeowners. The company has informed our office that it will send mailings to residents that advertises and promotes their water line protection services.

This City of Ferndale does not endorse this organization or the program. The City Manager’s Office encourages residents who are curious about their responsibilities as a homeowner to contact their homeowners’ insurance provider for more information.

Information about American Water Resources (AWR) can be found at http://www.awrusa.com/american-water-resources/