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City of Forney Monthly Report

August 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

City of Forney and FFD Awarded Class 1 ISO Rating

The City of Forney and Forney Fire Department are excited to announce that the department has been awarded a Class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), and organization that independently evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the United States.
 
ISO ratings are assigned to communities based on scoring criteria:  50% of the score is the total classification of the fire department itself, this includes personnel and equipment; another 40% of the score is the total classification of the City’s water supply system, this includes infrastructure, water supply, water flow and pressure; the final 10% of the score is the total classification of the City’s dispatch capabilities.  There are also supplemental points given to the City because of the building code and inspection departments.  A community has to contact ISO to initiate an audit.  The results are then tabulated after which ISO will change the classification.
 
“We are very pleased as departments that the ISO has enhanced our rating from a 2 to a 1, we have put many hours into this achieving this enhanced rating and are glad residents will see the benefit.” said Fire Marshal John Holcomb. Fire Marshal Holcomb continued, “The lowered ISO rating should reduce property insurance rates inside City limits, and ISO will be coordinating with the Texas Department of Insurance and the State Fire Marshal’s office to push out this information.”
 
The ISO estimates that nationwide, there are about 180 Class 1 departments and 52 in the state of Texas. 

Contractors Begin to Pave Bois D'Arc as Downtown Enhancement Project Continues Progress

We can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel…or in this case Bois D’ Arc Street. In late July and early August, contractors began pouring concrete on both sides of Bois D’Arc St, a signal that one of the most difficult phases of the project as residents are concerned is almost complete. Once contractors have finished pouring and the concrete has cured, they will reopen Bois D’Arc St. to residents and begin to construct new sidewalks along East and West sides of the street. The final phase of the project for contractors will be to go back and repave Main St., and then stripe all of the parking spaces and crosswalks. We couldn’t be more excited with the progress they are making and look to be opening up the road again very soon.

Downtown Enhancement Photo
GFOA Award 2017

Finance Department Acknowledged with Distinguished Budget Award

During the August 1 City Council Meeting, Mayor Wilson presented the Finance Department with the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The Finance Department received the award based on the FY2017 budget and marks the eighth time the City has received this award, including every year since 2008.
 
The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.
 
The GFOA was founded in 1906 and represents public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association is a non-profit organization boasting more than 17,500 members that represent federal, state and local finance officials. More information about GFOA can be found at www.gfoa.org.

Monthly Sales Tax Report

In comparison to July 2016, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 15.35%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, we have experienced an increase of 9.21% overall from the prior year.  
  
General Fund Exepenses
General Fund Revenues
Utility Fund Expenses
Utility Fund Revenues
Community Development

Community Development
Staff Provide Refreshments to CWD

In Texas, the summer can be excruciatingly hot, but can you imagine working countless hours in the heat every day? Crew leaders at Community Waste Disposal (CWD) have an extremely hard job, and we realize that. On July 26, the Community Development visited all the CWD drivers while they were making their runs through the City. They delivered snacks and drinks and thanked them for serving our City and providing excellent service to our residents. Great work!

Community Development and CWD

July 2017
Community Development Permit Report

July 2017 Permit Report
Community Development Home Starts
July 2017 - Commercial Starts
Forney EDC
Participating Merchant

Forney EDC Continues
Downtown Loyalty Program 

The Downtown Enhancement Project has been underway for several months and is beginning to take shape as residents can now see all of the improvements that will be made throughout the Downtown corridor. Unfortunately, this project at times can have a temporary adverse affect on businesses located within the Historic Downtown Forney District.
 
To help those businesses in Downtown, the Forney Economic Development Office (FEDC) has established the Downtown Forney Loyalty Card Program. This loyalty program will encourage customers to still visit businesses throughout downtown, rather than be discouraged by construction. The following are details on how to participate in the program:
  • Participating Downtown businesses will have “participating merchant” sticker in window
  • Customers can pick up a Loyalty Card at any participating business
  • Make purchase of any amount, at any store and receive a sticker for loyalty card
  • Collect 10 stickers to complete card
  • Drop off card at any participating business
  • FEDC will hold drawings and contact monthly winners
 
Once a month, all completed cards will be collected and two winners will be randomly selected, each of whom will receive a $50 gift certificate. There is no limit to the number of cards a single customer may enter and the gift certificates are redeemable at the participating merchant store of the winner’s choice. For more complete information about the program, please visit www.cityofforney.org/downtownloyalty
Forney Fire Department

Forney Fire Department
Attends Annual Municipal Fire School

The Forney Fire Department attended the annual Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Municipal Fire School July 23 – 28, 2017.  Held every year in College Station close to the Texas A&M University Campus, the fire school boasts an enrollment of almost 2,000 students and 500 guest instructors.  This year, Forney Fire Department representatives included firefighters Josh Hillis, Tommy Chapman and Matthew McDaniels, whom all took wildland firefighting classes. Fire Marshal John Holcomb, Assistant Chief Phillip Pyle and firefighter Jason Carter also attended the school but as instructors.

TEEX Fire School 2017

Fire Department Captain Named Assistant Chief

During the August 1 City Council Meeting, the City Council, Mayor Rick Wilson and Fire Chief Rick Townsend all recognized the newly-promoted Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Pyle. Assistant Chief Pyle was promoted to his current position on June 1 and has been with the Forney Fire Department since October 2001, when he was hired as the first full-time paid firefighter in the department’s history. Assistant Chief Pyle was promoted to Lieutenant in 2005 and Captain in 2012.  Congratulations to Assistant Chief Pyle and his wife Emily on the promotion. 

Captain Pyle Named New Assistant Chief
Firefighter McCreary Accepting Award

Forney Firefighter Receives
Fire Service Recognition Award

Earlier this year in February, black mold was discovered on an office wall inside the Central fire station. This was quickly addressed and eliminated with the leadership from Forney Firefighter Josh McCreary. The underlying problem was found to be moisture that was seeping in from the outside, due to improper landscaping and soil build-up that had been in place for many years. Firefighter McCreary had previous experience in both landscaping and heavy machinery and volunteered to find a solution. With help from the Forney Public Works Department, he along with several other workers were able to remove the soil, timbers and shrubs, to allow proper drainage. By volunteering to lead this project, Firefighter McCreary saved the City several thousands of dollars. To recognize his actions, Firefighter McCreary was nominated and approved for this award by his peers for overseeing and completing the project. Congratulations Josh!

Parks and Rec
Stampede for Greater Good Logo

24th Annual Stampede for Greater Good to be Held September 9th

Have you signed up yet? The Lions Club of Forney is hosting the 24th annual Lions Stampede for the Greater Good 5K at 8 a.m. on September 9 at the Forney Community Park. Early registration for the event is $35, SO HURRY. Teams of four contestants can register early for $100. Registration after September 7 will be increased. There will be race divisions for both male and female, along with age groups for each. For more information, please visit http://www.lionsstampede.com/.

Trail of Treats

Candy Station Sign-Ups
for Trail of Treats Now Available

What makes Trail of Treats such a success each year? The Candy Stations! Sign-ups are now available for businesses, organizations and individuals, who would like to host candy stations during this year’s Trail of Treats on October 28 at Community Park. This event provides a unique opportunity that will allow organizations to both promote their business at a face-to-face level, while enjoying the spirit of Halloween with on average 8,000 attendees.  There are limited spots available for candy stations. To host a candy station at the 2017 Trail of Treats event, please visit ­­­­­­­www.cityofforney.org/trailoftreats. 

Movies in the Park

'Movies in the Park'
Make-up Date Announced

We have one more ‘Movies in the Park’! We are happy to announce that we will be showing Moana at sunset on August 18th inside the Spellman Amphitheater, 241 S. FM 548. This movie is a make-up date from earlier this summer. We are crossing our fingers for great weather and look forward to a large crowd! We will have door prizes before hand, so come early and enjoy the show!


Police Header Photo

Scout Pack 569 Visits Forney PD

Did you know that there are 137 Merit Badges available for Boy Scouts to achieve and of that 137 a scout must earn 21 specific Merit Badges in order to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Scouts from local Pack 569 visited and toured the Forney Police Department on July 26. They asked great questions and we were excited to help be a part of them receiving their Fingerprint Merit Badge. 

Boy Scouts Pack 569
Exchange Safe Zone

“Exchange Zone” Open at FPD

The Forney Police Department have announced a new “Exchange Zone” at the department for residents and other community members to conduct online exchanges safely. The “Exchange Zone” is a location in the Justice Center parking lot, consisting of three spaces to be used by community members to conduct transactions of goods from social media and internet trade sites such as Facebook and Cragislist.
 
The area is meant to provide a safe alternative to other meeting locations, such as private residences, shopping centers, or gas stations, and to deter potential criminal activity. The “Exchange Zone” is in a well-lit parking lot in front of the Forney Municipal Court, 331 S. FM 548 and is recorded 24 hours-a-day by video surveillance. 

PW Cover Photo
Downtown Water Main Break

Public Works Crews
Repair Water Main in Downtown 

Rain, snow, sleet or in the heat, our Public Works crews have got it covered. On July 21, contractors struck a water main in Downtown, not only cutting off service to residents in the area, but restaurants in Downtown as well. Luckily, Public Works was on scene in no time and only after a few hours were able to restore water to surrounding restaurants just in time for the Friday night rush!

Fire Hydrant 1

Fire Hydrants Get Makeovers

Over the last several weeks, Public Works crews have been working to provide a makeover to our fire hydrants across the City. While they are easy to miss when not “dressed up”, when they receive a nice paint job, they look gorgeous. Great job guys we can’t wait until they are all painted. 

Fire Hydrant 2
Cooking Oil Recycling

Forney Public Works to Collect Cooking Oil from Residents

Do you love frying cat fish, but aren’t sure what to do with the oil when you are finished? The Forney Public Works Department collects used cooking oil year-round for recycling purposes. To help encourage recycling, residents can receive a free cooking oil funnel at the Public Works Office, 402 N. Bois D’ Arc. This funnel will help transfer oil from pots and pans into disposable plastic containers, which can then be turned in for recycling purposes. For more information, please call 972.564.7339.

City Continues Mosquito Spraying through October

The City of Forney continues to proactively spray for mosquitoes, 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., 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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