The Ferndale Library and a small portion of the public parking lot adjacent to City Hall have been closed this evening, Friday, July 29, as a precautionary measure. Last week, Materials Testing Consultants (MTC)—the company hired to perform soil boring as a part of the City of Ferndale’s parking deck site evaluation process—discovered an unexpected pocket of natural gas while drilling in the City Hall parking lot. After a thorough investigation by the Ferndale Fire Department and Consumer’s Energy, the hole was grouted/closed, test readings were clean, and the area was deemed safe. Adhering to strident safety precautions, the Fire Department monitored the area multiple times a day to ensure success of the hole grout-cap. Yesterday, during their monitoring, they noted a small amount of ethane gas below the soil’s surface. MTC is currently in the process of safely re-grouting/capping the hole. The Fire Department is on site and will be responsible for ensuring success of the new cap. Work on the area is expected to be completed tonight; however, as a precautionary measure, the City will keep the Library and the affected area of the parking lot closed until we are absolutely certain of its safety. An update about the Library’s Saturday hours will be posted in the morning.
July – August 2016