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City of Forney Monthly Report

May 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. 

Admin

Election Day is May 6


This Saturday is Election Day. This year, the Mayor and Places 2, 4 and 6 are up for election; however Mayor Rick Wilson and Councilmemeber David Johnson are running unopposed. All residents will be able to vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Forney, 1003 FM 741.

What Do You Do if You Lose Power?


High winds, severe weather, construction projects and vehicle accidents are just a few actions that can lead to local and widespread power outages in the City. If your electricity does go out, do you know how to report it? Do you know if your electricity provider is Oncor or Trinity Valley Electric? We can help you! If you are an Oncor customer there are a number of ways to report outages which include calling 1.888.313.6862, online at stormcenter.oncor.com or by texting “OUT” to 66267. Trinity Valley Electric customers may use the 24-hour outage reporting number 1.800.967.9324. For more information about both service providers, please visit www.oncor.com and www.tvec.net

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TxDOT to Hold Public Meeting
for Proposed FM 548 Expansion


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be conducting a public meeting to solicit public comments on the proposed reconstruction and widening of FM 548 from U.S. Highway (US) 80 to State Highway (SH) 205 in Kaufman and Rockwall Counties.
                                                                                        
The public meeting will be held at North Forney High School, 6170 Falcon Way, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9. The public meeting will be in an open house format with no formal presentation. The proposed project would reconstruct and widen the existing two-lane rural highway to a six-lane urban divided roadway from US 80 to SH 205.
 
There will be maps available that show the proposed project’s location and geometric design at the public meeting. All are welcome to attend the public meeting and express their views on the proposed project. Those attending and unable to attend will be able to write comments regarding this project, for a period of 15 calendar days following the meeting. Written comments may be submitted either in person, or by mail to: Travis Owens, P.E., Project Manager, TxDOT Dallas District Office, 4777 East US Highway 80, Mesquite TX 75150. 

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 Memorial Day


On Monday May 29, all City offices, including City Hall, Layden Senior Center and Community Development will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. The City will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. The Forney Fire and Police Departments will operate during all holidays under normal working hours. 

Monthly Sales Tax Report


In comparison to April 2016, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 8.77%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, when have experienced an increase of 9.83% overall from the prior year.  

Utility Fund Expenses
Utility Fund Revenues
General Fund Expenses
General Fund Revenues
Community Development

Monthly Permit Reports


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

April 2017 Home Starts
Commercial Starts - April 2017
Monthly Permits

Animal Shelter in Search
of Forever Homes for Several Pups


Are you looking to add that special someone to your family? Currently, the Animal Shelter in Forney has a number of adorable and adoptable pups that are patiently waiting for a new family! If you would like more information on the pups we have at the shelter, please visit www.cityofforney.org/animaladoptions

Flower
Daisy
Murphy
Forney EDC
HPM

Forney EDC Travels to North Carolina for World's Largest Furniture Show


In late April, Forney Economic Development Director Warren Ketteman attended the High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina as a guest of the Steve Silver Company. The High Point market is a bi-annual trade show held every April and October that happens to be the largest furnishing industry trade show in the world. The trade show hosts more than 75,000 attendees each market and boasts more than 11.5 million square feet of showspace! 

Downtown Enhancement Project

Downtown Enhancement
Project Continues on Schedule


The City of Forney is currently on schedule with the Downtown Enhancement Project. Construction crews are currently working on the southern side of Main St. and we are extremely happy with the progress that is being made. We believe that the after the completion of this project, Downtown Forney will become even more of a destination than it already is! While the project is great for the future, it can have an effect on businesses that currently occupy space in downtown. While Eno's Pizza Tavern isn't scheduled to open for several more months, Latham Bakery has opened it's doors and we couldn't be happier with their success so far. These businesses both took a chance to open in Downtown Forney, and construction or not, we feel that residents will reward them for their faith!

Forney Fire Department
Crandall Mutual Aid

Forney Fire Department Provides
Mutual Aid in Crandall-area Fire


On April 27, the Forney Fire Department responded to a mutual-aid call in the Crandall area, in the 8500 block of Griffin Lane. Upon arrival, firefighters began an offensive interior attack to try and extinguish the fire before it spread, but were eventually called back before the partial collapse of the house. Flames were extinguished through defensive attack measures. All three residents that were in the home were safely able to evacuate the structure before the fire spread. Great work guys!

FFD Attends FDIC International Event in Indianapolis


In late April, representatives from the Forney Fire Department attended the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FIDC) at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This conference is arguably the most popular fire conference in the country with quality world-class instructors, classrooms, workshops and exhibits. FDIC offered a wide range of classes this year that included Tactical Strength, Advanced Vehicle Extraction, Working the Fire Flow Path, Heavy Vehicle Extraction, Fire Attack in Acquired Structures and many more. In 2016, more than 32,000 people attended the conference, of which almost 1,400 represented 59 countries.  

FDIC Fire Marshal Holcomb
FDIC
FDIC Captain Pyle
Blackburn Elementary Visits Fire Station

Blackburn Elementary
Visits Fire Station No. 2

In late April, six different classes of second grade students from the Forney ISD Blackburn Elementary campus visited the new fire station. Students, chaperones and teachers were all given a unique tour of the station and answered any questions the students had. They were also lucky enough to see the firefighters in action. While on the tour, students were able to see a fire engine return to the station from a call!

Old Fire Hydrant in Downtown

1901 Fire Hydrant Recovered During Construction of Downtown Projects


Downtown Forney has been an active place in our community for more than century, so anytime there is a project concerning the area, anything is bound to happen. In mid April, while construction crews were beginning work on the Downtown Forney Enhancements Project, they stumbled across a unique object that had been buried for quite awhile. They came across an early 1900’s Pratt & Cady fire hydrant. According to the patent information, the Pratt & Cady Company was located in Hartford, Connecticut, and built fire hydrants from the 1890’s through the 1920’s. We aren’t quite sure what will become of the hydrant but we will let everyone know!

Parks and Rec
Cory Morrow

2nd Annual BBQ
Cook-Off to be Held June 2 and 3


The City of Forney will be hosting the 2nd Annual Forney BBQ Cook-Off at the Spellman Amphitheater and Community Park, 241 S. FM 548, on June 2 and 3. This Lone Star Barbecue Society (LSBS) sanctioned event, will not only benefit the Forney Food Pantry, but also the Sharing the Love Foundation. In addition to benefitting these two charities, all leftover perishables from the judging portion of the event will be donated to the non-profit Genesis Center in Kaufman.
 
However, this event is more than just BBQ! The City is currently working towards an amazing music line-up that we believe all will enjoy, but we are still in need of local talent. There will be live music throughout Saturday at the Spellman Amphitheater which will culminate with a popular special headlining act, which we will release in the coming weeks. Other activities that will take place throughout the weekend include an all-ages steak cook-off, Texas Corn Hole League Tournament, field-day activities and a special “Movies in the Park” showing of the recently released Disney movie “Moana”.
 
After last year’s successful BBQ competition, the City reached out to both participants and residents to get feedback on how the City could improve the 2017 BBQ Cook-Off and we are excited to announce a few changes to this year’s event, with the new ‘People’s Choice Award’ and ‘Local’s Only’ BBQ categories. In addition to the same BBQ categories as last year, the ‘People’s Choice Award’ will allow those attending the event to sample and taste participating teams’ BBQ and decide a winner for that category. Event patrons will be able to purchase ‘People’s Choice’ tickets for $10 and will exchange the tickets with participating teams for a sample and then vote on their favorite. Those attending will also be able to purchase BBQ from vendors throughout the weekend. The ‘Local’s Only’ category will be for residents only. We hope this will encourage more novice pit masters to enter the competition. Other categories participants can enter include $20 for the all-ages steak cook-off, $150 for each pit team (one or all meats) and $10 for jackpot pinto beans and cobbler.
 
“Each year we look for new ways to improve our events without losing focus of the original vision.” said Forney Special Events Coordinator Alexa Beasley. She continued, “We hope these new additions will enhance this year’s event and we look forward to hearing how the improvements are received.”
 
Registration is currently open for the competition and has a limit for 75 teams this year. The LSBS rules and regulations can be found on the City’s website. It is not necessary to be a LSBS member to compete.
 
If you would like to participate in the event, but aren’t interested in cooking there are still a number of spots available for both volunteers and judges. A large scale event, such as the BBQ Cook-Off needs volunteers, so we encourage any and all groups to volunteer. In addition to volunteers, there are currently several sponsorship opportunities available, both monetary and in-kind. Those interested in sponsoring or volunteering during the event are asked to contact the Special Events staff at abeasley@cityofforney.org or call 972.564.7329. For more information about the event, please visit www.cityofforney.org/BBQFestival.  

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Celebrate Independence
Day on July 1 at Community Park


The City of Forney will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration at Community Park, 241 S. FM 548, on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 6 p.m. This FREE event will have activities for all ages including rides, food trucks, live entertainment and FIREWORKS! Free carnival-like rides will be available for children from 6 to 9 p.m. along with face painting at the Connect Church tent. Come hungry, because there will be more than a dozen vendors providing several types of cuisine, including BBQ, street tacos, pizza, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream and other carnival style food.
 
We are also happy to announce that the In10City Band will be playing live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Known for their high energy, engaging and interactive concerts, the In10City band has quickly set the bar for party bands in the southwest. We are excited to have them and their amazing ensemble and know they will rock!
 
Once the concert has completed, the fireworks show will begin from the north side of the Community Park at approximately 9:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the Community Park, however if we reach capacity, parking will also be available at both the Forney Baptist Church and Forney High School. For more information about the event, please visit www.cityofforney.org.

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

Splash Pad at Community Park

Splash Pad to Open
Memorial Day Weekend


Summer isn’t official until the Splash Pad at the Community Park, 541 S. FM 548, is open and that is happening soon! At 10 a.m. on Friday, May 26, the Spalsh Pad will open for the 2017 season. It will remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the splash pad, which will remain open through Labor Day. 

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Forney Police Officers

Forney Police Department Accepting Applications for Police Officers


The Forney Police Department will be accepting applications to test for the position of Police Officer until 4:30 p.m. on May 12. Minimum qualifications include, High School Diploma/GED; Basic Peace Officer's License issued by TCOLE OR must meet all legal requirements necessary to become eligible for future licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), (Preference will be given to applicants that are currently certified through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)); and possess a valid Texas Driver’s license. Testing consists of written exam and physical agility test. Successful applicants must submit to an extensive background investigation, physical, psychological exam, and drug screen. For applications and more information, please visit www.cityofforney.org

CPA Continues to Get Rave Reviews from Students


The Forney Police Department continued their Citizens Police Academy in April and early May. Students have spent the last several weeks learning about active shooter incidents, DWI’s, DRE’s and SWAT. For instance, FPD Sgt. Abernathy explained the process of Field Sobriety Tests and how FPD Officers handle drunk drivers. During another meeting, Cpt. Wilson provided a unique look into the Forney SWAT. He explained how they typically would handle an active shooter situation and some of the equipment they use. Students were able to hold the rifles and try on body armor to experience the weight and flexibility. 

CPA Class 8
CPA Class 9
CPA Class 10
PW Cover Photo

Kaufman County to Hold Clean-Up on May 5 and 6


Kaufman County is sponsoring a county-wide clean-up that is FREE for all Kaufman County residents on May 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Forney residents and others in our area will find that the nearest county clean-up location will be the Precinct 2 Maintenance Barn, corner of FM 2932 and FM 741. County employees will be on hand to assist those who might need help. Proof of residence will be required in the form of a drivers license or water bill. Some items that the county WILL NOT be able to take include television sets, computers, microwaves, latex paints, pesticide containers and household hazardous waste. 

Top of Water Tower

Working from Up Top


Nice view from the office! Last week, Public Works staffers spent several hours performing routine maintenance checks and replacing lights on several of the water towers in our area. Doing unusual tasks like this, really puts it into perspective on all the different types of responsibilities the Public Works Department is in charge of! 

City to Proactively Spray for Mosquitoes 


The City of Forney will begin to proactively spray for mosquitoes on May 8, between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. The water soluble spray that will be used to fog for the mosquitoes, will not harm animals. Residents will not want their pets and open windows in the path of the fog machine due to their residue and mild odor. Residents should take the following precautions during spraying:

  • Bring your pets inside for the night and bring in or cover any outdoor pet dishes
  • Cover ornamental ponds and birdbaths.
  • Do not go outside during spray time.  
  • Keep windows and doors closed during spraying.
  • If you have health problems, such as asthma, take special precautions as directed by your doctor, if necessary.
 All spraying dates are listed below:
 
Mon., May 8, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., May 9, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., May 10, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., May 22, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., May 23, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., May 24, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., June 12, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., June 13, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., June 14, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., June 26, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., June 27, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., June 28, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., July 10, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., July 11, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., July 12, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., July 24, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., July 25, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., July 26, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks 
 
Mon., August 14, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., August 15, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., August 16, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
 
Mon., August 28, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., August 29, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., August 30 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., September 11, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., September 12, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., September 13, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., September 25, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., September 26, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., September 27, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., October 16, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., October 17, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., October 18, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
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