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City of Forney Monthly Report

January 2018

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
Offices Closed

City Offices to Close for MLK Day

All City Offices, including City Hall, Community Development, Animal Shelter and the Layden Senior Center will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The City will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16. All emergency services will operate under normal hours. 

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Questions about Water Bill?
Utility Billing Staff has Answers

Every day, our Utility Billing Department receives a number of telephone calls from residents asking why their water bills are so high. Water bills are based on how much water passes through your meter and since movement of water is the only source of energy the meter has, anytime you see a dial moving on the meter, it means there is water moving through it. To help anyone better understand the process, the Utility Billing Department has provided a PDF on water usage. In addition, the Utility Billing Department also allows all forms of changes available online. These forms include account changes, hydrant meter applications, service request forms and much more. All are available to fill out online and be submitted to UBQuestions@Cityofforney.org. For more information, please visit http://www.cityofforney.org/164/Utility-Billing-Forms-Resources

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

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."

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Community Development
Calendar

New Year, New Trash Recycling Calendar

Not sure which week to recycle? No worries, we have the 2018 recycling calendar for you! Earlier this month, Community Waste Disposal provided City staff with the recycling calendar for the City. The City of Forney is divided into two separate recycling zones that are each collected bi-weekly, with the zones divided by US Highway 80 and Zone A being located north of the highway and Zone B being located south of the highway. For more information and to print your schedule, please visit http://www.cityofforney.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=319

December 2017
Community Development Permit Report

Home Starts
Commercial Starts
Valuation
Forney EDC

Eno's Pizza Tavern Host's Grand Opening January 4

As the newest eatery located in Downtown Forney, Eno’s Pizza Tavern opened their doors to customers on January 4, in what was once Forney Fire Station No. 1. Located at 215 Bois D’ Arc, this will be Eno’s second location in the DFW area, with the original located in the popular Bishop Arts area of Dallas. The menu features a number of thin crust pizzas that feature unique ingredient combinations such as Pig Smiley (Benton’s Ham, Eno’s sausage, local honey and pepperoni) and Pineapple Fresca (arugula salad, Benton’s ham, fresh jalapenos and pineapple), as well as house-made pastas, soups, sandwiches and desserts. We couldn’t be more excited about Eno’s joining our expanding restaurant portfolio and look forward to adding more unique dining destinations for residents! For more information about Eno’s, please visit www.enospizza.com

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Forney Fire Department
Donations

'Toys for Forney Kids'
Posts Most Successful Year Yet

In early December, the Forney Fire Department, along with a number of local supporters began collecting toys for the 2017 ‘Toys for Forney Kids’ campaign. The donations were continuous throughout the month, with every drop-off location reporting toys in their box every day. In total, approximately 715 toys were collected this year and with those donations the Fire Department was able to assist almost 260 children. The Fire Department was also lucky to have several boxes of toys that could be forwarded to a shelter in need in Kaufman County, as well as keep some in case there is a need during the year. We would like to thank of all the volunteers and sponsors who made 2017 our most successful collection year yet and we can’t wait to begin planning for Christmas 2018, in the near future. 

Eno's Fundraiser

Eno's Hosts Sneak-Peek Opening Fundraiser for First Responders

On December 29, the newest eatery in Downtown Forney hosted a special preview fundraiser for Forney First Responders. The reservation-required preview dinner was the first of three that Eno’s hosted leading up to it’s grand opening on January 4th. Restaurant attendees paid anywhere from $10-20, per seat as a donation, all of which went to both the Forney Police and Fire Departments. We’d like to thank Eno’s and their staff for all of their hard work putting this fundraiser together! 

A New Ride...

To better serve the public and the department, our Assistant Fire Chief is getting his own vehicle! The vehicle is outfitted for any emergency that may arise and painted to match the rest of the fire department fleet. If you see him around town, please be sure to wave! 

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Parks and Rec
Lowes Tree Contest

Help Us Decide a Winner!

The holiday season has come to a close and along with it, all of the City’s holiday special events. We want to thank everyone who participated in our inaguaral Lowe’s Tree Decorating Contest at Community Park. Now we need your help deciding who had the best tree! We’d like to ask everyone that can to vote on which one you think was decorated the best. The winners will receive the opportunity to choose the local charity that all of the proceeds are donated too! To vote, please visit https://apps.facebook.com/my-surveys/lowe-s-tree-decorating-contest?from=admin_wall&v=701.

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CPA Academy

Applications Now Available
for 2018 Citizens Police Academy

The Forney Police Department (FPD) is again offering its Citizens Police Academy beginning in the Spring 2018 for Forney residents. The Academy begins January 16 and will offer residents a unique, hands-on experience of law enforcement practices such as recruitment, training, narcotics, firearms and much more. The academy will also provide the opportunity for residents to learn about crime scene analysis in addition to the Patrol, Crime Investigation and Traffic divisions. The academy will serve as an educational experience and give residents an opportunity to build relationships with those who protect and serve the community. Classes will be held Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Forney Municipal Court, 331 S. FM 548, and limited to residents only. For more information or questions, please contact Detective Michael Clay at 972.564.7606 or email him at mclay@forneypd.org

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January 9th marks National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

The Forney Police Department is lucky to have residents that support our police officers throughout the year, but did you know that January 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day? National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was founded in 2015 to thank officers across the country for all of the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Thanks to all of our residents who support the Forney Police Department not only on this day, but throughout the entire year!  

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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. 

Overflow

What to do in Case of an Overflow

Did you know that grease blockages are the single greatest cause of sewer overflows in Forney, which is not only a health hazard, but can also be an expensive mess to clean up? When a pipe is blocked, raw sewage comes up through cleanouts or City manholes, which can contaminate the soil and waterways. What do you do if you notice a stoppage outside your home? It’s imperative to call the Forney Police Department non-emergency line at 972.564.7600. The Police will then contact the 24-hour Public Works professional that is currently on duty. For more information about the Public Works Department, please visit www.cityofforney.org.

Never too Early....

It may not be spring yet, but some areas needed a little bit of cleaning. Yesterday, the Public Works crews began cleaning up around the overpass by Highway 80 and FM 460. Great job guys, stay warm!

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