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City of Ferndale Incorporated
2095 Main Street
Ferndale , Washington 98248
United States


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  • Ferndale
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Mayor - City of Ferndale, 1 Jan 2015 [cached]
Mayor Gary Jensen
Mayor Gary Jensen
Mayor Gary Jensen took office on January 1, 2008. He was re-elected in 2011 to a second four-year term.
BIAWC, 21 Oct 2008 [cached]
Gary Jensen, Sullivan Plumbing, Inc.
If mayor and owner of Sullivan ..., 1 Feb 2010 [cached]
If mayor and owner of Sullivan Plumbing, Gary Jensen, has his way, Ferndale will have a whole new story to tell.
Nearly 80 percent of retail sales tax dollars are lost to other towns, Jensen said. That's something he wants to change. "We're a commuter economy," Jensen said. "Our largest retail sales tax provider is Haggen Foods. I want to keep Ferndale dollars in Ferndale." A life-long resident of Ferndale, Jensen can remember when everything he needed, from a new pair of socks to milk, was purchased by his family in Ferndale. In recent years, however, with the development of Bellingham and the Bellis Fair mall, Ferndale's shoppers were looking elsewhere for cheaper merchandise.
Not everything fits in a box Ideally the residents of Ferndale could find everything they need within the city limits and wouldn't have to travel to get what they're looking for, he said. "The small independent shops are an economic blueprint that doesn't work anymore," he said. Much debate has sparked recently over this dilemma and whether or not a small town like Ferndale should bring in a "Big Box" retailer. With cheap, available land the lure of being the only "one-stop" shopping experience, retail executives and investors are chomping at the bit, Jensen said. Stores like Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer, among others, have been rumored to want to build but none have committed so far, and for nearly half the residents, "it's best to keep things the way they are." "I represent the people who voted for me as well as those who didn't," he said. "But I don't have the right to tell anyone where they should shop. If someone can buy a gallon of milk cheaper somewhere else, who am I to tell them they can't?" Some larger chain eateries have started to stake their claim in keeping residents in town. Fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Dairy Queen have been a quick dinner for families for decades but franchises like Sonic, Dominoes, Quiznos and Jack-In-The-Box have seen the limited choice of food options and are creating competition in business centers like Ferndale Station. "People won't go hungry in Ferndale," Jensen said. Smaller businesses like Woods Coffee and Grants Burgers, which previously occupied the space of Ferndale Station, are creating variety for the hungry citizens.
Real Estate value While campaigning for mayor, Jensen said he rang every doorbell in town and what he found shocked him a little. The majority of people he talked to said they had moved to Ferndale in the past decade.
The "EAGLE Building Standard," a set of rules and city ordinances that must be passed before new commercial construction begins has been both a blessing and sometimes a deal-breaker when trying to bring in new business, Jensen said. According to the EAGLE standards businesses have to have sidewalks, traffic lights and storm drains before opening. Typically businesses are given up to six years to comply, but not in Ferndale. "Growth should have to pay for growth," he said. These qualifications weed out potential businesses that might want to take advantage of the city, he said. It's also part of his plan to ensure the city rebounds quickly after the economic troubles plaguing the rest of the country. "The easy response to the economic turmoil would be to simply stay in bed and pull the covers over our heads and wait for someone else to solve the problem," Jensen said. "But that's just not how I was raised nor how I run my business or this city." Ferndale is still underdeveloped and raw, he said. The advantage is the ability to see other cities' prior success and failures and to make sure Ferndale doesn't fall into the same pitfalls, he said.
Mayor Gary Jensen, owner of Sullivan Plumbing, brings his business acumen to growing economic development in Ferndale. Young, involves a new thoroughfare, redirecting traffic from Main Street. The project ranked fourth on Whatcom County Council of Government's project in line for President Obama's stimulus package last summer. A gift of property from BNSF Railroad, running from the east side of the railroad from Washington Street to the north of the former Simplot tract, a $900,000 value, once developed, will give commuters another option when driving to and from the downtown area of Ferndale, Jensen said.
"We must continue to explore every available option to reduce traffic on Main Street," Jensen said. Boundary Bay Brewery and other business have expressed interest in either occupying one of the buildings along the new traffic route or starting new construction, he said. "Our EAGLE commercial building regulations are the talk of the state and beyond," he said.
Ferndale's mixture of rural, industrial, commercial and residential brings hope to its citizens, Jensen said. "When a project comes to Ferndale, large or small, we are equipped and ready to achieve that focus," he said. As spring nears, Jensen said the timing is perfect for Ferndale to see intelligent growth and economic expansion, as long as the focus stays on creating a better Ferndale.
Access Washington News Gov. Gary Locke announces appointments to boards and commissions, 13 Feb 2004 [cached]
Gary S. Jensen of Ferndale has been appointed to a term ending July 1, 2006.Jensen is president and owner of Sullivan Plumbing, Inc.
people | Bellingham / Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence, 23 Oct 2013 [cached]
Mayor Gary Jensen, City of Ferndale
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