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City of Forney Monthly Report

February 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
Under Construction

Public Works to Begin
Repair Water Line February 10

This Saturday, Public Works crews will be repairing a water main leak near 751 Bois D' Arc St. Construction on the main will begin around 10 a.m. and is expected to take approximately 3 to 5 hours. Water service will be out between the 600 and 800 blocks of S. Bois D' Arc., including Dalview Estates. Surrounding areas may experience low water pressure in the area as well.

Keep Texas Beautiful

Forney City Council Presented with ‘Keep Texas Beautiful’ Award

During the January 16 City Council meeting, Community Waste Disposal representatives presented their 2017 annual review to the Council. The review consisted of collection numbers throughout the City as well as a “Keep Texas Beautiful” award presented to Mayor Rick Wilson. The “Keep Texas Beautiful” award recognizes the efforts of those of those who continue to enhance their community. The City’s vision is to make our community the cleanest in the state and in 2017 our residents recycled more than 967 tons of material. That translates to saving roughly 16,439 trees, 367,460 gallons of oil and 3,191 yards of landfill space. Thanks to everyone for their continued recycling efforts and let’s top this number next year!

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 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 and it will also 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/.

FAC Music

Forney Live Concert Series back in 2018 at Spellman Home

The “Forney Live House Concert Series” is back in 2018! Hosted by the Forney Arts Council at the Historic Spellman Home, 400 S. Center St., the series will first host singer/songwriter and Austin native Bill Carter on February 9 at 7:30 p.m. Carter’s songs have been covered by a score of major artists, from John Mayall and Ruth Brown to Robert Palmer and Waylon Jennings. If you love an intimate music setting with an acoustic sound you won’t want to miss this show. Other future performers include Shawna Russell on April 7 and Darden Smith on May 11. For more information about the concerts, please visit www.forneyarts.org

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 January 2017, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 9.11%. While the City did budget a conservative 7% increase, we have experienced an increase of only 5.02% overall from the prior year.

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UFE
UFR
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

January 2018
Community Development Permit Report

Permit Report
Commercial Starts
Home Starts
Forney EDC
IEDC

Forney Economic Development
Office attends IEDC in Nevada

This year, Forney Economic Development Corporation Director Warren Ketteman attended the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, NV, on January 28 through 30. The IEDC is the world’s largest membership organization serving the economic development profession, given the breadth of economic development work, members of IEDC are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Mr. Ketteman was required to attend a number of classes, including a business retention class in order to extend his certification with the organization. 

Forney Fire Department

Forney Fire Department Competes in Donkey Basketball

On February 5th, the Forney Fire Department joined several other first responders, FISD students and faculty and members from City Council as the participated in a game of “Donkey Basketball” benefitting the Forney FFA Chapter. Not only did the fire department compete, but they also WON! Congratulations to everyone who participated in the event, it was for a great cause!

Winners
Group
Donkey
Parks and Rec
Concert in Park

Summer Movie and
Concert Dates Announced for 2018

The City is excited to announce the return of our most popular events throughout the summer of 2018. Beginning on May 10th and going through June 22nd, the City of Forney will once again host the ‘Movies in the Park’ and ‘Music in the Park’ series at the Spellman Amphitheater inside Community Park, 241 S. FM 548. The events will alternate weekly between Thursday night concerts and Friday night movies. Concerts will begin at 8 p.m. while movies are scheduled to begin at sunset. Gates to the event will open 1 hour prior to showtime. A new addition this year will include food trucks. Each concert will feature a different food truck, while concessions will be available for the movies. Residents may also bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers for each event. We will have a special release in the near future detailing the movies and acts associated with each date! Dates are as follows:

Music in the Park (starts at 8:00pm)

May 10
May 17
May 24
June 7
June 14
June 21

Movie in the Park (starts at Sunset)

May 11
May 18
May 25
June 8
June 15
June 22

BBQ Comp

Mark Your Calendars for 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off at Community Park

In January, City staff held meetings to begin final discussions for the third annual Forney BBQ Cook-off scheduled for June 1 – 2, 2018, at Community Park and Spellman Amphitheater. We are now looking for anyone who would like to be involved in this year’s event, either through volunteering, sponsorship or organizations wanting to join or participate. We will continue to release more information about the event in the coming weeks and months, especially who will be performing Saturday at the Spellman Amphitheater. To get involved, please call 972.564.7329. 

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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 February 27 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

Smith Elementary Provides Snacks and Drinks to FPD

What a surprise! In early February, Smith Elementary students and staff brought snacks and drinks to the police department! We know the officers and staff at the police department are extremely thankful for the abundance of snacks and drinks! 

Smith Elementary
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New Patch Truck

Public Works Department
tests new Asphalt Patch Truck 

Earlier this month, the Public Works Department street crew was out testing its new asphalt patch truck that arrived earlier this week. This truck will allow the street crews to fill and patch more holes in a quicker amount of time than before! Here the guys are filling in a few spots on Pacific St. If you know of a pot hole that can be filled, please report it through our ‘In the Loop’ app or online portal at www.cityofforney.org/intheloop.

Concrete Pour

Public Works Approves
Overnight Concrete Pour

The City has approved two overnight pours on February 7 and 12 at 1851 FM 741, or the future site of Lake Pointe Church. Construction crews will be pouring the fire lanes for the location, which must be broken up into two pours. Each pour will begin around 4 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NTMWD to Begin Chlorine Maintenance on February 26

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is preparing to conduct the annual 28-day water system maintenance of its Wylie, Tawakoni, and Bonham water delivery systems. Maintenance will begin February 26, 2018 and conclude March 26, 2018. During the water system maintenance, tap water remains safe for use and consumption. Residents who are sensitive to changes in the water may notice a stronger taste or smell of chlorine.
 
This annual system maintenance helps optimize the quality of our drinking water and reduce the amount of hydrant flushing necessary during the warm weather months. Less hydrant flushing
during the summer helps conserve water.
 
“It is critical to maintain the right conditions inside our pipelines,” said Denise Hickey, Water Resource Program and Public Education Manager. "Flushing the system with chlorine in late winter is an important part of maintaining water quality and preparing for the warmer, higher-use summer months ahead,” Hickey added.
 
NTMWD, and its Member City and Customer water providers, continuously test and monitor water quality within the regional and local systems to ensure the water is safe to drink. If water disinfection levels drop, hydrant flushing may be initiated to remove older water and refill with higher quality water.

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