The Gerry Kulick Community Center is the City of Ferndale’s indoor/year-round public recreation facility and home to the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The Kulick Center serves a variety of purposes and audiences, including:
The building is 90 years old and hasn’t undergone a serious renovation or upgrade since 2001, when it was converted from an elementary school to the current recreation center. With the Kulick Center in need of large-scale renovations and upgrades to meet building standards and programming needs, the City seeks a recommendation about the future home for Ferndale’s recreation programming, the "envelope" that will support the programming that our community wants and needs.
In fall of 2018, Mayor Dave Coulter and Ferndale's City Council established a Kulick Center Task Force to assess the community’s recreation needs and recommend a plan for moving forward. They selected 10 residents to sit on this committee, representing diverse recreation users throughout the Ferndale community.
The main task force objectives include:
As part of the process the City will distribute a community-wide digital survey, which will be promoted through the City's website, social media accounts, and via mail to a random selection of 1,000 residences. Everyone is encouraged to take and share the survey: your feedback will help the Kulick Community Center Task Force to make informed recommendations, and will assist City Council in its assessment and path forward.
The task force is scheduled to meet 4-6 times over the course of 4-5 months--roughly November 2018 through March 2019. At the committee's conclusion, they will be asked to make a recommendation or set of recommendations (which may or may not be unanimous) to Ferndale City Council. Council will then encourage community engagement as they consider recommendations and options.
Kulick Community Center Task Force staff liaisons:
If you have questions or concerns regarding the Kulick Center facility or task force process, please reach out to one of the staff liaisons listed above. We will arrange a meeting for you with the appropriate person(s).
The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.
Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.
Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.
February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.
For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
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