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City of Forney Monthly Report

March 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. 

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City Transitions to New Everbridge Notification System

In the last few months, staff has been working to improve our emergency and improve communication regarding City events. In doing so, the City is excited to announce they will be terminating their contract with the BlackBoard Connect Emergency Notification System and enter into an agreement with the more efficient and cost effective Everbridge notification system.
 
At the time of launch, residents and community members will be able to sign-up for three separate types of notifications within the Everbridge system: Emergency/Severe Weather Alerts, City Events and City News.

  • Emergency/Severe Weather Alerts – will cover all weather alerts and emergency notifications in the City and surrounding area
  • City Events – provide updates on City sponsored events both before, during and after events
  • City News – offer information on City press releases, website updates, news worthy items

 
How do you sign up? If you were previously signed up for Blackboard Connect, you will be receiving a notification through email or SMS text that your account information has been transitioned to the new notification system. It is at that time you may decide to add or subtract different types of emergency notifications. If you are unsure or haven’t signed up for the service, you may sign up through the main page on the City’s website. This service is not only offered to residents but anyone living within the Kaufman County Emergency Services District #6. For more information or to sign up, please visit www.cityofforney.org/alerts

City Begins Live Streaming City Council Meetings

The City of Forney is now expanding the level of transparency and accessibility to all of its residents, through a new streaming service for it’s City Council meetings. The City has contracted through Dallas-based Swagit Productions to provide hands-free video streaming of all City Council meetings through the City’s website. As of now, only City Council meetings will be available for streaming, but the City is already looking at the possibility of adding more boards and meetings in the future.
 
“I think this is a great opportunity that will allow all residents to see how local government operates,” said Interim-City Manager Wendle Medford. “Our meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, and for a number of residents it may be hard for them to routinely attend meetings. This service will provide the ability to watch past meetings and help those with busy lifestyles.”
 
Residents will be able to view indexed and archived meetings from the City's website under the “Watch Meetings” tab. 

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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

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Farmers Market Kicks-Off March 10

The 2018 Forney Artisan & Farmers Market season kicks off on March 10 at 9 a.m. The farmers market will be held at the Old Murray Cotton Gin, 210 E. Broad St. The event will be held on the second and fourth Saturday’s through November! There will be food, kid’s crafts, artisan made crafts and of course farmers market items! 

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 February 2017, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 9.73%. While the City did budget a conservative 7% increase, we have experienced an increase of only 6.18% overall from the prior year.

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Print off Recycling Calendar Today!

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

March 2018
Community Development Permit Report

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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. 

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EDC Hosts Sales Tax
Seminar with Comptrollers Office

In late February, the Forney Economic Development Corporation hosted a special Sales Tax Workshop for any and all business owners in the City. A representative from the State Comptrollers Office helped lead the workshop. The workshop served as a great primer on how sales tax works in the State of Texas and how some businesses can take advantage of underutilized procedures. The EDC has the entire meeting available online through their Facebook page, please visit www.facebook.com/forneytxedc

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Forney EDC
Hosts Roundtable with Local Banks

In early March representatives from the Forney Economic Development Department held a lunch meeting with several senior level employees from the areas banks. The group discussed upcoming projects that the City was working on and other relevant information that each local bank may find useful in attracting new business clients. Also attending the meeting was representatives from the Small Business Development Center to discuss projects they are involved with in our area. A big thanks to the Forney EDC staff for continually thinking ‘outside the box’ on how to attract unique and desired businesses to our area! 

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Thunder

Fire Department Warns of
Dangers Associated with Lightning

How crazy is lightning? Did you know that lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach temperatures around 50,000 degrees! Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year and kills an average of 47 people in the country too. There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries. For more information about lightning safety, please visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/outdoors.shtml

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Fire Department Tackles Natural Gas Safety amid Concerns in North Texas

If you have been keeping up-to-date with the news, you may have noticed the recent focus on Oncor and natural gas. We would like to offer some tips on how natural gas accidents may be avoided and what to do if you think there is a gas leak in your home. The first, and most important thing, if you smell gas evacuate the building immediately. Here are some other important tips from some of the guys at stations 1 and 2:

• Have at least one working carbon monoxide detector for each level of your home.
• Gas appliances should have a clear, steady blue flame. Small occasional amounts of yellow and orange are normal. The only exception is a natural gas fireplace designed to have yellow flames.
• Never use a gas oven or range top as a space heater.
• Never cover the temperature controls, air openings, or vents of an appliance.
• Keep range and oven burners clean. Never line the oven completely with foil.
• Never try to repair or install a gas appliance yourself. Never let a home handy-person try to do the job for you.
• Water can damage the internal safety mechanism in the gas controls of an appliance. If you suspect water damage, have a trained technician replace them immediately.
• Turn off gas fireplaces and space heaters before going to bed or leaving home. They're not intended as a main source of heat.

Parks and Rec
Concert in Park

Summer Movie and Concert Dates and Acts 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. Dates and acts are as follows:

Music in the Park (starts at 8:00pm)

May 10 - Escape
May 17 - Live 80
May 24 - Guns 4 Hoses 
June 7 - All Funk Radio
June 14 - Desperado
June 21 - Big City Outlaws

Movie in the Park (starts at Sunset)

May 11 - Beauty and the Beast (2017)
May 18 - Despicable Me 3
May 25 - Meet the Robinsons
June 8 - Justice League
June 15 - Lion King
June 22 - Jumanji (2018)

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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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Lock Take Hide

Forney PD Asks Residents to Remember to Lock, Take and Hide

A vehicle burglary only takes seconds to occur and the expenses involved are often more than just the value of the items stolen. It also takes time and money to replace broken windows or damaged lock mechanisms. Additionally, the nightmare that the bad guys create with stolen credit cards and checks can take months to straighten out. Always lock your car, take your keys, and hide your valuables from prying eyes. The Forney Police Department strongly suggests that the best way to hide your valuables is to take them with you, as thieves are very familiar with common hiding places.  

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Lieutenant Graduates from Institute of Law Enforcement Administration 

In February, Lieutenant Abernathy graduated from the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA), becoming a member of the 124th School of Police Supervision. ILEA sets out to improve the quality of justice by developing law enforcement leaders and practitioners through premier professional education and technical support. The organization is the premier provider of professional education and technical support for the law enforcement community. Congratulations to Lieutenant Abernathy and his family on this wonderful achievement. 

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No 'Messin' Around

After all of the rain our area has received in the last few weeks, ordinary tasks can become quite extraordinary. Earlier this month, the Public Works Department put in a brilliant team effort to perform a copper pull along Havenrock Dr. in the Diamond Creek subdivision. What is a copper pull? Basically, it’s the act of replacing a portion of the service line that goes directly into a residence. Great work guys! 

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Downtown Water
Tower to get Face Lift

If you look closely, you may see some construction workers high a-top the water tower in Downtown over the course of the next several weeks. Contractors are currently performing an overall rehab of the water tower, that includes cleaning the inside of the tank and making any necessary repairs. Once the repairs have been complete, contractors will also repaint the water tower! It’s a little to high for some of us. 

Appreciation Lunch

Lunch Time! 

The Public Works Department is home to some of the hardest working individuals we have in the City! They don’t always get recognized for what they do, but we were excited to take them to an appreciation lunch on March 9. Thanks guys for all of the time and effort that you put into your job every day! 

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