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City of Forney Monthly Report

April 2017

The monthly department-by-department is an electronic newsletter produced by the City of Forney to provide residents, business owners, and other stakeholders with convenient access to information about our City. Delivered straight to email inboxes on a monthly basis, the department-specific reports cover a variety of issues including news items, project updates, event information, employee celebrations and much more. 

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Gardening Promo

City to Host Popular Lawncare and Garden Classes for Area Residents


The City of Forney has once again decided to host two more Texas A&M AgriLife Water University classes for residents. The FREE classes will be held on May 30 and June 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. inside the Council Chambers, 101 E. Main St. The May 30 class will focus on a number of aspects surrounding lawncare. It will teach proper lawn maintenance and basic lawn practices, including selecting the right turf grass to improve your landscape, and how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizer and pesticides. The June 22 class will cover vegetable gardens! The class will teach the in’s and out’s to any aspiring gardener. You will learn proper soil preparation, garden design, disease and insect identification, and the time needed to germinate seeds. We look forward to having large classes again this year! For more information on each, please visit http://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/courses

City Offices to Close for Good Friday

On Friday April 14, all City offices, including City Hall, Layden Senior Center and Community Development will be closed in observance of Good Friday. The City will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 17. The Forney Fire and Police Departments will operate during all holidays under normal working hours. 

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City to Offer
Paperless Billing to Residents


The City of Forney will now offer eBilling/paperless billing to utility customers. The online portal will allow residents to sign up and receive their bill via email, while reducing the impact to the environment by going paperless. Along with the online payments through the City of Forney website, residents can now view and pay their utility bill while at work, home or in the carpool line. All you need to get started is your account number! For more information about eBilling, please visit https://www.onlinebiller.com/forney/index.html

Monthly Sales Tax Report

In comparison to March 2016, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 13.7%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, when have experienced an increase of 9.98% overall from the prior year.  

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Monthly Permit Reports

The following numbers represent the home and commercial starts during the month of March. Also attached are the values of all permits throughout the month. 

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City Council Votes to Adopt New Building Codes

During the Forney City Council Meeting on March 21, the City Council unanimously approved several ordinances responsible for updating the City’s Code of Ordinances. The approval encompassed the adoption of the 2014 National Electrical Code and the 2015 International Code Series, including the Building, Energy Conservation, Existing Building, Fire, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing, Property Maintenance, and Residential Codes. The City previously operated under the 2011 International Electrical Code and the 2009 International Code Series. 
 
“Routine code updates are necessary to ensure that Forney’s built environment reflects the latest in design, technologies, and safety standards” said Community Development Director Peter Morgan. 
 
The new codes will go into effect on May 22, 2017, and will not impact projects that are currently under construction.   

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Eno's

Eno's Pizza to Open
Second Location in Forney


In early February, the City of Forney announced that the popular Oak Cliff eatery Eno’s Pizza Tavern will be opening its second location in Downtown Forney in July! The Oak Cliff establishment has received a loyal following since it first opened in its doors in 2008, in the now highly-regarded Bishop Arts District. The old fire station located at 215 Bois D’ Arc St. will now home to the new Forney location.
 
“The opportunity to become part of the close-knit Forney community is a great fit for Eno’s,” said co-owner Shane Spillers. “Forney is the right next step in Eno’s mission to grow with our local partners and become more connected to our customers and community members.”
 
Eno’s menu features a number of thin crust pizzas that feature unique ingredient combinations such as the Pig Smiley (Benton’s Ham, Eno’s sausage, local honey and pepperoni) and Pineapple Fresca (Arugula salad, Benton’s Ham, fresh jalapeno and pineapple), as well as house-made pastas, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts.
 
It’s estimated that forty-five jobs will be created with the restaurant’s opening in Forney and hiring will begin in late spring or early summer. For more information about Eno’s or to apply, please visit Enospizza.com. 

EDC Meets with Downtown Businesses to Discuss Project


On Friday morning, City of Forney staff met with local businesses to go over the upcoming Downtown Enhancement Project. This project will not only enhance Downtown Forney, but also make it more pedestrian friendly as more businesses and events become attracted to the appeal that the area brings. Preliminary work on the project will begin on April 3, with contractors placing signage, removing trees, performing erosion control measures and other items. We will provide continual updates on the project and can’t wait until the project is complete! 

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Forney Fire Department

Forney FD Moves into New Station, Hosts Ribbon-Cutting


After what seemed like the longest winter on record, the Forney Fire Department finally was able to begin the long but much-anticipated process of moving equipment and firefighters to the recently complete Fire Station No. 2.  On April 1, the Fire Department held a ribbon-cutting for the station and welcomed a number of elected officials, staff and residents to the event. We couldn’t be more excited about the station and welcome any visitors!

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Weather Categories

Forney FD Asks Residents
to be Weather Aware this Spring


In North Texas, severe weather can pose a threat almost year round, but this danger is elevated in the spring because cold air from the north and warm air form the Gulf of Mexico collides in our atmosphere. We would like to ask all resident to understand the severe weather risks in our area and how each can be categorically described. However you decide to get your news information, these categories are used by all television stations in the state. Not only is extremely important to understand these levels of risk, but also have your family prepared for a situation when a severe weather event does occur!

Combat Challenge Team

Forney Fire Begins
Combat Challenge Season


Did you know that the Forney Fire Department has one top Combat Challenge Teams in the nation and have even qualified for the World Finals the last two years? Well, the training for 2017 has begun! The Challenge season kicked-off a few weeks ago as the Combat Challenge Team participated in the first challenge of the year in Round Rock!

Parks and Rec

City Releases Movies and
Acts for 2017 Movies & Music in the Park


The City of Forney Special Events Department is excited to release the movie and music lineups for the popular Movies & Music in the Park events this summer, all of which are held at the Spellman Amphitheater, 241 S. FM 548.  These FREE events are open to all and have become some of the more popular annual events the City hosts.
 
All Movies in the Park this year will have a family theme! As in years past, all movies are on Friday nights and will begin at sunset. Gates to the amphitheater will open one hour before the movie is set to begin, with prize drawings held 15 minutes prior to showtime. The lineup is as follows:

 
May 5th - The Secret Life of Pets (sponsored by Forney Soccer Association)
May 19th - Finding Dory (sponsored by Bo Bailey - State Farm Insurance Agent)
June 2nd - Moana (Part of the Forney BBQ Cook-Off & Festival, "Friday Family Fun Night")
June 16th - Sing
July 14th - Little Mermaid
July 28th - Lego Batman


We hope you are ready to rock this summer because the Concerts in the Park lineup will blow you away! On Thursday nights at 8 p.m., the Spellman Amphitheater is the place to be! Gates to the amphitheater will open 1 hour prior to showtime and each concert this year will feature a different local food truck! The concert lineup is as follows:

May 11th - Party Machine (http://www.partymachineband.com)
May 25th - Def Leggend (http://defleggend.com/index.html)
June 8th - Tuxedo Cats (https://www.facebook.com/The-Tuxedo-Cats-105272016220270/)
June 22nd – Kraig Parker (Elvis Impersonator) (http://www.thekinglives.com/)
July 6th - Counterfeit Radio (http://www.counterfeitradio.com)
July 20th - The Powell Brothers (http://www.powellbrothersmusic.com)

 
 
For more information about the events, please visit www.cityofforney.org

BBQ Event

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available for BBQ Event in June


Would you like your business to be a part of the 2nd Annual Forney BBQ Cook-off? We are currently in search of sponsors for this year’s event! No matter the size of your business, large or small, all are welcome to participate! This state sanctioned competition had more than 60 cooking teams compete last year and an estimated attendance of more than 12,000 throughout the weekend! This year we expect more! For more information on how your business or group can get involved in this year’s event, please call 972.564.7329.

Bell Park Receives a Little Bit of Color


Bell Park will look a little brighter this spring when students from North Forney High School and Forney High School will descend upon the park for the traditional prom photos! We look forward to seeing everyone in a matter of weeks!

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City Hosts Tabletop
Exercise for Active Shooter Situation


In late March, the Kaufman County Office of Emergency Management held a tabletop exercise inside the Forney Municipal Courts Building that covered an active shooter situation. What exactly is a tabletop exercise? A tabletop exercise involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting. These exercises are used to assess plans, policies and procedures from a number of different organizations and figure out how exactly each would react in the provided scenario. We would like to thank the Forney Police Department, City Manager’s Office, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office and Careflite for attending the event. We hope to hold more tabletops in the future to prepare us for a number of different scenarios.


3-on-3 Basketball Team

Forney Police Participate
in Charity Basketball Tournament


On March 25 the Forney Police Department was making it rain three’s at the Kaufman County 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament at North Forney High School. “Code Three” as they were known, represented the City and Department well! The basketball tournament raised funds to benefit graduating high school seniors! Great job guys!

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Forney Police
Swear in Newest Officer


On April 5, the City of Forney made its newest addition to the Forney Police Department. With Chief of Police Sherwin on hand, Judge Margaret Spain sworn in our newest officer, Officer J. Bain. We would like to welcome Officer Bain to the Forney Police Department and look forward to spending a number of years with him!

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Environmental Co-Op

Environmental Co-Op to Offer
Free Paper Shredding to Residents


The Kaufman County Environmental Co-Op will offer two paper-shredding events to both City and County residents this spring. The first event will be held on April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Barbara Walker Elementary, 4060 Abbey Road, Heartland, TX and the second will be held on May 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at 3003 S. Washington St. in Kaufman. These free shredding events are open to residents only and not local businesses. Those who attend the shredding event will be asked to show proof of residency before being allowed to shred. For more information about the Environmental Co-Op, please visit www.trashbusters.com.

Forney Water Tower

City to Provide Maintenance Services to Markout WSC


The City of Forney recently reached an agreement with Markout Water Supply Corporation (WSC) to provide maintenance services for the Markout WSC system. Markout WSC will be compensating the City for these services which include, repairing small water leaks, performing pump station repairs and maintenance, reading water meters, responding to work orders, routine system flushings, providing the necessary reports to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and other associated daily activities.
 
This agreement with the Markout WSC, came as a result from their an unsuccessful merger with the Talty Special Utility District, which failed to receive a two-thirds majority of votes from current Markout WSC customers in an April 2016 vote.
 
Since September of 2016, the City has been thoroughly reviewing the Markout WSC system and records, after Markout had approached the City to take over their entire system. As of today, the City is still conducting its study for a possible system merger. Any decision of a merger will have to be approved by the City Council at a meeting in the future. For a complete copy of the agreement, please visit http://www.cityofforney.org/DocumentCenter/View/1998.

Public Works Provides Plastic
"Snakes" for Residents with Drainage Issues


Is your shower drain clogged and not draining properly? Well, our Public Works staff is here to help you out! Before you go to any supply store, stop by our Public Works office, 402 N. Bois d’ Arc, and grab a few FREE plastic drainage ‘snakes’. These ‘snakes’ will help you unclog a sink, tub or shower in a quicker manner than say a coat hanger would. We are here to help you! For questions, call 972.564.7340.

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