This fall CFF seeks to help Ferndale voters get acquainted with those running for public office. To this end, we invited all City Council and Mayor Candidates to complete a CFF Candidate Questionnaire.
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale, 263 Vester St., Ferndale, MI 48220 www.fairferndale.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/5/19; Contact (248) 439-0747 landline/v.m; (248)707-0097 mobile/text
Citizens For a Fair Ferndale to Host Candidate Meet-and-Greet
On Monday, September 16, 2019, the League of Women Voters Oakland Area will host a Candidate Forum for the Ferndale City Council and Mayoral races at the Ferndale City Hall, 300 E. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220, beginning at 6:30 PM. The public and media are invited. (Learn more about the LWV forum at http://www.lwvoa.org/forums.html.)
Immediately following this event, Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) will host an informal afterglow meet-and-greet. CFF has invited all declared candidates running for the Ferndale City Council and Mayor’s seat. The public and the media are encouraged to attend this free event.
Candidates have been invited to submit answers to a CFF Candidate Questionnaire. Candidate responses will be made available at the event and will be posted in coming weeks on CFF’s website.
CFF’s mission is to foster a community that is dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all residents and visitors regardless of sexual orientation, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression or identity, age, height, weight, familial status, national origin, physical or mental ability.
Learn more about CFF at www.fairferndale.org
Contact us for more information:
CFF48220@gmail.com or (248) 439-0747
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale is proud to announce the 2018 winners of its Good Neighbor = Strong Community awards. The annual awards celebrate the ongoing efforts of those who live, work and attend school in Ferndale, who value the fair and equal treatment of others and are engaged in making this happen on a daily basis. The Good Neighbors = Strong Community Awards program identifies and honors individuals, organizations and businesses in our community who are outstanding examples of “good neighbors.”
This year’s honorees include:
- Grace Bacon
- Doug Gillespie
- Lindsay Gonska
- Carol Jackson
- Stacey Bellott Jamison
- Beth O’Connor
- MaKisha Reed
- Laura Mikulski, Suzanne Janik & Eric Geiner of the Ferndale Rat Patrol
- Cheryl Salinas-Tucker & Jeny Bulatovic of Rouge Make Up and Nails
“As always, the selection committee had a diverse pool of nominations, proving once again that Ferndale if full of Good Neighbors,” said Bridget Deegan-Krause, an organizer of the event. “This year we are honoring everyone from a school teacher who helps get food on kids’ tables to a local business that helps clients feel good inside and out.”
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale will hold a special event on November 13 at 7 p.m. at Ferndale’s Go Comedy to present the 2018 awards. Contact us at CFF48220@gmail.com or 248-439-0747 if you are interested in attending.
On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) held a Candidate Forum at the Ferndale Area District Library (222 E. 9 Mile Rd.) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. CFF has invited all declared candidates for the Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education, the Ferndale Library Board, and Judge of the 43rd District Court. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.
Below are candidate questionnaires that were circulated and returned to CFF by 5 of the candidates on the upcoming November 6th ballot.
Click this link for a facebook live recording of the forum. It is only 35 minutes long!
Join Citizens for a Fair Ferndale at Luxury Lanes (600 E. 9 Mile) on Friday, August 26 at 6:30 pm for bowling, food, and FUN!
Register in advance for $25 or pay $30 at the door. Registration fee includes your lane reservation, shoe rental, and food (pizza, salad, snacks and soft drinks). Proceeds go toward CFF’s budget, which funds annual the Good Neighbors = Strong Community Awards, election forums, and other various projects.
On December 9, 2015, CFF’s Race in Community Committee invited renowned demographer and Pleasant Ridge Mayor, Kurt Metzger, to lead a presentation of Ferndale’s racial roots. The video is now available here:
FERNDALE PAST & PRESENT: How did we Become the Ferndale of Today?
Join us for a fascinating look at Ferndale’s racial roots. Renowned demographer and Mayor of Pleasant Ridge, Kurt Metzger, leads us through the years of demographic changes.
Wednesday, December 9 | 7pm-9pm, Doors open at 6:45pm
Ferndale City Hall – Council Chambers (downstairs)
Event is free and open to the public – RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. This event is produced by the Race in Community Project, a new initiative of Citizens for a Fair Ferndale and co-sponsored by the City of Ferndale.
Click the link below to open a pdf version of the questionnaire, or scroll down to read it here.
Dave Coulter, Ferndale Mayor since January, 2011.
What do you consider to be the accomplishments during your tenure as Mayor?
Ferndale is a special community, and it’s an honor to serve as Mayor. Working together with City Council, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, including:
- Lowering taxes more than 2 mils (about $166 for the average homeowner) this year, and lowering water rates 10% in 2014;
- Renovating our dilapidated courthouse and police station – without using tax dollars;
- Creating a new health clinic for city employees in collaboration with Royal Oak and Madison Heights, as we continue to look for ways to reduce costs while still offering outstanding city services;
- Upgrading Livernois and West Nine Mile to transform them into more vibrant, successful streets, and completeing upgrades to Hilton and East Nine Mile. We’re already seeing significant private investment following our work in these areas;
- My Mayor’s Business Council, which continues to help attract new investments, jobs and tax revenue to our formerly neglected industrial sector;
- The work of my Blue Ribbon Committee on Parks, resulting in improvements such as the new Wilson Park Dog Park, a new play scape at Garbutt Park and new walking trails, among others.
What challenges or disappointments did you face as Mayor?
With revenues flat, financial issues have been a challenge every year since I’ve been mayor. Just like our residents have to balance their household budgets, we’ve worked hard to offer great city services that get more expensive every year with the same amount of funds. Beyond financial issues, however, I’ve learned that being mayor means being prepared for the unexpected. From heat waves and power outages to flooding and lawsuits and more, you’re really tested most by the things that weren’t planned.
I’ve faced each of these challenges the same way; engage the other council members and the unique talents they bring to create a strong team, encourage city staff to think creatively about how to use their experience to tackle problems, and be honest and transparent with residents about the nature of the challenge and our options as a community.
I’ve never pretended to have all the answers, but I know that within this city are people – council, staff and residents – that possess the knowledge that will lead to the best possible solutions for Ferndale. As a result, I’m grateful for all the support and friendship I have received since becoming mayor. I know our best days are yet to come, and by working together we will keep moving Ferndale forward.
What do you see as the priorities for the Mayor in the next two years?
Ferndale is once again helping lead the region with rising home values, higher occupancy rates in our downtown and industrial sector, lower crime and an overall improved quality of life. But there’s more I’m eager to do, including continuing the transformation of our parks, expanding retail, foot traffic and parking in our downtown, and ensuring that this progress preserves affordable housing and independent retailers and entrepreneurs in our city.
Thanks to the voter-approved infrastructure bond passed in May, I’m excited to bring even more attention to our parks and develop amenities residents will use and enjoy. Together with the work of repairing our local streets, these bond projects will soon be a reality and will help transform our parks and our neighborhoods into even more vibrant places of recreation and community.
I’m also looking forward to partnering with the new leadership at the DDA to address issues like increased retail activity, housing and office development, transportation and parking (including planning already underway for a possible replacement of the 3-60 project) to ensure our downtown remains a popular regional destination in the face of increased regional competition.