Click here to view the 2017 City Council Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan identifies and describes outcomes that construct budget priorities and guide our high expectations for quality service delivery. A description of strategic outcomes is provided below.
1. Economic Prosperity: Ferndale has an energetic downtown and an expanding, innovative industrial district. Entrepreneurs look to Ferndale to start and grow their businesses and contribute to a balanced and stable economy.
2. Supported Infrastructure: Ferndale cares for the infrastructure and assets that provide critical services to the community. Ongoing maintenance is funded and planned for in both the operating budget and capital improvement plans.
3. Safe, Protected, Engaged Community: Ferndale residents flourish in a safe and welcoming environment where public safety is foundational to community health. City government is accessible and responsive to all who choose to engage in routine civic life.
4. Accessible Transportation Options: Ferndale prioritizes safe and accessible transportation options within our community for all users, from walking and biking to driving and transit.
5. Organizational and Financial Excellence: City government recognizes that leading a modern community requires a commitment to internal quality and financial prudence. City employees are committed to innovation and continuous improvement in the pursuit of excellence.
6. Strong Regional Partnerships: Ferndale recognizes its role as convener and connector of local and regional partners that contribute to the City’s success. Local schools, DDA, Library and regional governmental and non-governmental organizations engage with the City for support and partnership.
7. Healthy, Connected, and Invested Neighborhoods: Ferndale has a variety of housing choices for every age and income level interwoven with an integrated park system that serve as focal points for engaged neighborhoods. Residents actively contribute to a thriving environment, enhancing their homes and supporting our community.
See the City's public performance dashboard to view strategic plan progress and updates.
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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