Ferndale offering relief for furloughed employees

While the costs of a government shutdown continue to pile up, federal workers are starting to see some luck turn their way.

Ferndale mayor David Coulter said the city is establishing a program that would provide a buffer period for furloughed workers unable to pay bills to the city.

"We created a program where if they own any bill to the city of Ferndale, be it taxes, water, permits, anything else, we will suspend those and they don't have to pay those and they don't have any to pay any late fees or interest on those," said Coulter.

Elligble residents looking for relief will need to verify they are government employees when they go to city hall. 

On the business side, just down the road from Ferndale is Berkley's Vinsetta Garage, which is offering one of its menu items for free.