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City of Forney Monthly Report

December 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
ISO Plaques

City Recognized by Insurance Services Office for Class 1 Rating

During the December 5 City Council Meeting, representatives from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Forney Fire Department and Insurance Services Office (ISO), were on hand to officially recognize the City of Forney for receiving their new ISO Rating 1. What is an ISO? 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. The scores range from 10 to 1, with one being the best a community can receive. The lowered ISO rating will also see a small deduction in property insurance rates for those who live in the City limits. The ISO estimates that nationwide, there are about 180 Class 1 departments and 52 in the State of Texas. This was a collaborative effort and we’d like to thank the Water Department, Community Development, Finance Department, Public Works, Fire Department, Police Department and any one else associated with the project!

Eno's Pizza

Eno's Pizza Tavern to Host Charity Event Before Grand Openings

Eno’s Pizza Tavern, the newest addition to Downtown Forney’s restaurant scene will be hosting a special dinner benefiting the Forney Food Pantry on December 30. Those wishing to get a sneak peak inside Eno’s and sample their menu will be able to with a $20 donation to the Food Pantry. The donation gains you and your guests early entry to Eno’s prior to the grand opening. Normal menu prices will apply. Specified seating times and party sizes through an online portal for $20 a seat. Seats are available, but filling up fast. To sign your party up, please visit https://prekindle.com/promo/id/24898849281356789.   

Sewer Replacement Map

Sewer Replacement
Project to Begin December 11

On Monday December 11, construction crews and Public Works will begin replacing more than 4,000 feet of sanitary sewer lines on/or near Broad St. and Bois D’ Arc. The project is tentatively scheduled to last 6 months, weather pending. At times, some side roads may experience some detours or lane closures. The City will work diligently to distribute any information about closings beforehand. For a more detailed map, please feel free to click on the image. If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to call 972.564.7351.

Kaufman Co. Leadership

City Hosts Kaufman Co. Leadership Group for City Government Day

On December 7, the City of Forney hosted the most recent Kaufman County Leadership group for their City Government Day. Leadership Kaufman County is a nine-month program designed to train and encourage Kaufman County business people and residents to take an active role in determining the future of Kaufman County. The objective of the program is to develop a heightened sense of community awareness, involvement and leadership. The group toured both the police and fire stations in the City, listened to both a Mayors and City Manager’s panel discussion and were also given a “crash course” on departmental responsibilities across the City. For more information about Kaufman County Leadership and how you can participate, please visit www.kaufmanchamber.com

Gardening

Free Gardening
Classes are Back for 2018

The City of Forney is excited to announce that it will again host at least two FREE gardening classes come 2018. The City will host “FoodScaping”, a class dedicated to help residents design their landscape to not only be practical but also edible. “FoodScaping” will be held on January 25 at 6 p.m. The City will also host the popular “Grow Your Own Vegetables” on February 22. This class is annually one of the most attended classes the City offers. “Grow Your Own Vegetables” will be a class dedicated to gardens and help either seasoned gardeners or those just starting out. The class will also provide in-depth information on all vegetables and how to get the most from your plants. Both classes will be taught by master gardeners and licensed horticulturist. The City is also experiencing a possibility of hosting build-your-own-rain barrel class in late spring 2018. To sign up, please visit http://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/courses/.

Paver Project

Texas-Shaped Pavers Available for Purchase in Front of City Hall

During the Downtown Enhancement Project, the entrance and sidewalks around City Hall were removed and reconfigured. In doing so, the Texas-shaped paver stones were removed then reinserted in the sidewalk in front of the new City Hall entrance. The entrance now contains all of the older Texas-shaped pavers, but now also include 194 blank pavers. 

The 194 blank pavers are now available to purchase for residents and business owners to engrave name(s) and/or a custom message. The pavers will cost $200, which covers the custom engraving. The funds generated from the project will be used towards the beautification of the City Hall entrance in constructing a monument sign and flag poles. For more information about the program and how you can purchase a Texas-shaped paver, please visit www.cityofforney.org/paverproject
Historic Tour

Forney Historic Preservation
League to Offer Candle Light Tours

What better way to spend a holiday evening that on a candlelight tour of the historic homes in Downtown Forney. The Forney Historic Preservation League will host the candlelight tour on December 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. The tour will consist of historic homes along Center St. and others close to the Downtown area. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information about the tour or how to purchase tickets, please visit www.spellmanmuseum.com or call 972.552.2400.

Monthly Sales Tax Report

In comparison to November 2016, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 1.34%. While the City did budget a conservative 7% increase, we have experienced an increase of only 3.13% overall from the prior year. (Click on each image for a more detailed report."

Utility Fund Expenses
Utility Fund Revenues
General Fund Expense
General Fund Revenue
Community Development
Animal Shelter

City Reaches Agreement
for New Veterinary Services 

The Forney Animal Shelter is excited to announce that the City of Forney has reached an agreement with Stone Creek Veterinary Hospital to provide a number of veterinary services for current and future animals at the new Shelter. This agreement allows the City to provide spay and neuter services to all adopted animals.
 
In addition to the new veterinary services agreement, the City has also recently partnered with Adopt-A-Pet, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website. The partnership with Adopt-A-Pet allows all pets available for adoption to not only be posted on the City’s website, but also to be cross posted on the Adopt-A-Pet website, reaching thousands of people in search of a new loving pet.
 
“I am excited about both new partnerships and believe the residents will be too.” said Community Development Director Peter Morgan. “Our goal is to find all of our shelter pets a new loving home and it takes partnerships like these to make that a reality.”
 
All pets will now be required to be sterilized before adoption is final.  To cover the cost of the services, the adoption fee is $75 for an animal that requires sterilization and $35 for an animal that does not require sterilization.
 
To view all animals the City has available for adoption, please visit www.cityofforney.org/animaladoptions

November 2017
Community Development Permit Report

Permit Values
Home Starts - November 2017
Commercial Starts - November 2017
Forney EDC
Medical Promo

FEDC Aims to Expand Healthcare Services in City with Incentive

In an effort to attract and expand healthcare services within the City of Forney, the Forney Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) is offering an incentive program for new and expanding healthcare operations.  In order to qualify for the incentive, medical offices seeking to locate in Forney must contact the FEDC for an application and receive approval by the FEDC Board.  Applicants could receive up to $25,000 with the program being tied to the creation of at least five new jobs.  Qualifying services for this incentive include doctor’s offices, dental practices, urgent care, surgery centers, outpatient therapy and medical support services, such as labs and imaging centers.  Current practices seeking to expand operations in Forney are open to apply, as well.  Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
“Forney has strong assets to grow in healthcare amenities.”, said FEDC Executive Director Warren Ketteman. He added, “We have a skilled labor pool of medical professionals and are able to aggressively expand in diversified services that will contribute to our community’s growing population and quality of life.”
 
Interested parties are encouraged to contact Stewart McGregor at the Forney Economic Development Corporation to obtain more information and receive an application.  The FEDC can be reached at (972) 564-5808, or smcgregor@cityofforney.org

Loyalty Card

FEDC Ending Downtown
Loyalty Card Program December 31

The Downtown Enhancement Project is almost complete as crews work to finish the intersection near Elm St. and Bois D’ Arc. With the end of the project approaching, we are sad to announce the end of the Downtown Loyalty Program. After December 31, we will no longer be accepting loyalty cards, so if you have a card that isn’t full, get your 10 stickers before the end of the year! We will have one more drawing in early January for the two $50 gift cards to a Downtown Business of your choice. We’d like to thank all the residents and businesses who participated in the program and are excited about the future of Downtown.  

Forney Fire Department
Charity Flag Football Game

Fire Department Hosts Annual Toy Drive, Football Game December 9

The Forney Fire Department, in partnership with the Forney Independent School District Air Force JROTC, NFHS and FHS student councils, Kaufman County Constable’s Office, Sharing the Love Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul, Forney Lion’s Club and other local organizations, are conducting their annual “Toys for Forney Kids” toy drive benefitting children in our community. What began as a small scale toy collection process has evolved into well organized event that in 2015 provided more than 400 children in Forney with toys during the holiday season.

Those wishing to donate toys for the campaign will be able to at several locations throughout the City including the Forney High School Library and main office, 1800 College Ave.; City Hall, 101 E. Main St.; Central Fire Station, 104 E. Aimee St.; Forney Sub-Courthouse, 200 E. Main St. and the Forney Food Pantry, 222 Industrial Dr. Donations can be made during each locations normal business hours and will be accepted through December 23. There will also be donation boxes during the Christmas on Main event on December 5. All toys should be in their original packaging without gift wrapping.
Those interested in donating toys will also be able to do so during the annual flag football game between the Forney Fire Department and the City of Forney staff. The game will be held at 2 p.m. on December 9 at Jackrabbit Stadium, 811 S. Bois d’Arc St. Admission to the game is free with a toy donation.

For more information about the toy drive, please contact Forney Fire Chief Rick Townsend at rtownsend@cityofforney.org or call 972.552.2211.

Flu Prevention

Fire Department offer Flu Prevention Tips for Holiday Season

One gift you won’t want to give this holiday season, the flu! With the holiday season upon us and the increase of mass public gatherings through holiday parties and family events, the odds of catching some type of 


There are a number of ways you can prevent catching and spreading viruses, including getting a flu shot, covering up your coughs and sneezes and simply washing your hands. Let’s do our part in keeping everyone healthy this holiday season. 

Winter Car Seat Safety

Fire Department Offers Warning for Children Wearing Winter Coats

As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath a car seat harness. Why? Puffy winter coats can leave the harness too loose to be effective in the event of a crash and even make it easier for a child to slip out of their jacket. There are other methods to keep your children warm during the winter months. For smaller children we suggest using a blanket over them to keep them warm. For a bigger child, one idea would be to turn the coat around and put it on backwards, after securing your child in their car seat, with the coat resting on top of the harness. Please think before you buckle your children up this winter. 

Parks and Rec
Forney on Ice

Forney on Ice Open Through Jan. 2

‘Christmas in the Park’ may have been a one-day event, but ‘Forney on Ice’ will be at the Community Park, 241 S. FM 548, through January 2! If you have yet to visit the rink, we suggest that all residents visit it at least once in the coming weeks. Temperatures are dropping fast creating the perfect weather for this one-of-a-kind holiday treat. Admission is $10 a skater, however discounts will be given to residents and Forney ISD students. The rink hours are listed below: 

NOVEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 24

Monday - Thursday: 4 to 9 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: Noon to 10 p.m.
CLOSED - (December 16 and 25)

*SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS*

DECEMBER 26 - JANUARY 2

Monday - Thursday: Noon to 10 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: Noon to 10 p.m.

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Promotions

Forney Police Announce Promotions

In the last month, the Forney Police Department has been busy with promotion exams for officers and earlier this week they announced the departments newest Lieutenants and Sergeants. The FPD is excited to have Lieutenants John Abernathy and Todd Eudy and Sergeants Shane Ball and Curtis Billings continue their time with our department. We appreciate their leadership and dedication to the department and more importantly the residents of Forney. 

Coffee with a Cop

Mama's Daughters' Hosts Second Coffee with a Cop

In November, the Forney Police Department held their second “Coffee with a Cop” event a Mama’s Daughters’ Diner in Downtown Forney. Several of our officers, including Chief Sherwin had the opportunity to speak with residents and pose for several pictures with some of our youngest residents. Events such as this one, provide an opportunity for officers and residents to come together in an informal setting to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

Residents Make Holiday Season Special for FPD Officers

It’s a 24/7 job, but during the holiday season, it can get lonely for all first responders and emergency communication staff. Luckily, we are blessed with some of the best residents that anyone could ask for. Over the last several weeks and during Thanksgiving, residents have continuously stopped by the Police Station offering sweet treats and even Thanksgiving meals! We cannot thank everyone enough for all of this!

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FOG's

Recycle Used
Cooking Oil this Holiday Season

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are all byproducts that come from cooking meats, oil, shortening, lard, butter and margarine among many others. FOG poured down kitchen drains accumulates inside sewer pipes and as the FOG builds up and congeals, it restricts the flow in the pipe and can cause untreated wastewater back up into your home. This situation is never more prevalent than during the holiday season. Cold temperatures that cool pipes combined with excess cooking during this time of year lead to an increase in stoppages. The City collects recycled oil and offers residents FREE funnel to help with the collection of FOG. Stop by the Public Works office at 402 N. Bois D’ Arc. 

Public Works Helps Spread Holiday Cheer 

The Holiday season only comes once a year and Public Works are doing their part to spread the cheer. Over the last month, Public Works has helped the Parks and Recreation Department prepare for the major special events this holiday season including ‘Christmas in the Park’ and the Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony and both looked fabulous. This year, the City wanted to make an extra effort not only in Downtown but across the City. Thanks to all the guys at Public Works who help make the 2017 holiday season one of the best! 

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Sewer Clean Out

Public Works
Steps Up in Time of Need

They are the team behind it all! Last week, the Public Works crews spent countless hours preparing Community Park for ‘Christmas in the Park’ and spreading holiday cheer throughout the City by displaying our holiday décor. Today, the are back digging up and cleaning out sewer stoppages! Earlier this morning, a resident called about some stoppage issues she was having. Public Works determined that some roots had caused the damage! Great job guys!

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"In the Loop" Mobile
App Helps Residents Report Issues

Sometimes you might not know who to contact about a City issue you may have. That problem is now solved. The City of Forney encourages all residents to download “In the Loop”, the City’s free mobile app available for both Andriod and iPhone users. “In the Loop” not only provides new resident information, City news, City calendar, and links to our social media pages, but it also provides a service where residents can submit service “requests”. These service requests include types from public works, code enforcement, parks and recreation and more! Residents can download the app by searching “Forney App”, “In the Loop”, “Forney, Texas App” and even “Forney, Texas”. For more information about “In the Loop”, please visit www.cityofforney.org/intheloop. 

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