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City of Forney Monthly Report

August 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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Finance

Finance Department Recognized by GFOA for 10th Consecutive Year

During the July 10 City Council Meeting, the Finance Department was presented with the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The Finance Department received the award based on the FY2018 budget and marks the 10th 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.

Welcome new residents! 

Summer not only brings us warm temperatures, but also new residents. As many of you know, summer is the most popular time of the year for families to move in and out of new cities and this is no different in Forney. Moving to a new area can be difficult, especially if you are from out-of-state. To help these new families relocating to Forney, we encourage them all to visit our “Residents Information” pages on the City’s website. This website will include some great information on the most important things in the City and will serve as a wonderful building block! If you are new, WELCOME come stop by and say “hi” at City Hall in Downtown! To visit the “Resident Information” page, please visit https://www.cityofforney.org/31/Resident-Information.

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JBS Wetland Center to host
FREE Texas A&M AgriLife Class

Water bills high? Save water, money and time by giving your sprinkler system a “Spruce Up”. On August 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center will host “Water U Doing: Water Efficient Sprinklers”. This Texas AgriLife Water University class will teach those in attendance how to make minor do-it-yourself repairs and simple irrigation tips, that can make a major impact on your water waste and water bill. The class is free and all you need to do is register. For more information about the class or the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, please visit http://www.wetlandcenter.com/events_list.html.

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FISD to Host Second Annual STEAMfest on August 13

What a better way to kick-off the 2018-19 school year than STEAMfest 2018, on August 13 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. North Forney High School, 6170 Falcon Way, will host the event that welcomes students, parents and community members of all ages to experience more than 50 hands-on exhibits such as “Slime time”, water balloon sling-shot, Paint with a Twist, Makerspace Workshop, Lego Creations, Giant Puzzle Cube and so much more. STEAMMfest will also feature food trucks, live performances, petting zoo, appearances by local police and fire departments and much more! For questions or more information, please contact the FISD Communications Department at 972.564.4055.

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Join a Board or Commission

We get calls from residents all the time asking about construction projects, economic development or what they would like to see in the City. We love answering as many of the calls as possible, but another way to stay “in-the-know” on what is going on throughout the City is by joining a board or commission. Most boards and commissions meet either monthly, bi-monthly or even when-needed. Whether you just moved to Forney or have lived here for 10+ years, we are always looking for residents with different backgrounds to apply to be on a board and its easy to apply! All you have to do is complete and application to serve on any City board or commission, which can be completed and submitted online. The form and descriptions of each board can be found online. To submit an application or find out more information about each board, please visit http://cityofforney.org/173/City-Secretary

Monthly Sales Tax Report

In comparison to July 2017, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 15.24%.  While the City did budget a conservative 7% increase, we have experienced an increase of 8.38% overall from the prior year.
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Calendar

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

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Get your Household Hazardous Waste Picked up this Month

Did you know that Community Waste Disposal (CWD), the City of Forney’s waste management provider, offers residents household hazardous and electronic waste door-to-door collection? Collection of household hazardous and electronic waste is the first Wednesday of each month. Items that are accepted include poison, all paints, aerosols, used motor oil, auto batteries, fluorescent tubes and televisions. A pick up must be scheduled no later than the 15th of the prior month, so there is still plenty of time for you this month. For more information about the program or to schedule a pick-up, please call 972.392.9300 or visit https://www.communitywastedisposal.com/find-my-city/forney/.

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TEDC

FEDC Recognized by the Texas Economic Development Council 

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) awarded the Forney Economic Development Corporation (EDC) a Certificate of Achievement for Economic Excellence, recognizing the EDC for their efforts throughout the last year.  The Economic Excellence Recognition Program aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills of economic development professionals and volunteers throughout the state.
 
“We are honored to be recognized once again by the TEDC,” said Forney Economic Development Director, Warren Ketteman.  I am proud of what our staff continues to accomplish attracting new retail, employment opportunities and infrastructure.”
 
Municipalities that were also recognized include The Colony Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Houston Partnership, the City of Southlake and others.  For more information about the TEDC, please visit www.texasedc.org.

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FEDC Participates in Peer Reviews

Several months ago, the Forney Economic Development Corporation was approached with an idea from another EDC office. The idea was to provide consulting services to each other for free, rather than spending money on firms that can tend to be somewhat expensive. Forney EDC was on board and it has been a wonderful experience for the group. In the last few months, the EDC has visited their counterparts in Denison, Jacksonville and Richmond. In return, each EDC from their corresponding City has visited Forney. Each visit tends to last 4 hours and includes lunch and a summary report following the visit. This report includes the good/bad/ugly and recommendation on how we might address these issues based upon years of economic experience. There’s nothing like a “peer review”! 

Forney Fire Department

Always Staying Prepared

Earlier in August, the Forney Fire Department took advantage of unoccupied apartments that are currently being constructed in the Gateway Development and were able to drill with the ladder truck. With the apartments being unoccupied, the firefighters are able to simulate high-rise recuses on the upper-level floors of the apartment! Great photos guys! 

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FFD attends Annual TEEX Municipal Fire School

Fire prevention, suppression, control and safety personnel from municipalities, industries, state and federal agencies as well as armed services are all attending the Texas A&M Engineering Municipal Fire School in College Station, Texas this week. A number of Forney Fire Fighters are training with the group, but several of our command staff are attending the training as instructors. For example, Fire Marshal John Holcomb is overseeing the Ladders A project this week. Firefighters during this class are getting a better understanding of what a ladder can/can’t do, and situational training.

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You are invited to Trail of Treats on October 27

We have set the date for Trail of Treats! On October 27, Community Park will host the annual event from 4 to 6 p.m. and are inviting all businesses and organizations to participate. This year, we will be limited to 75 Candy Stations along the trail, so those that are interested in participating as a Candy Station are encouraged to fill out an online application. For more information about the event or how you can participate, please visit https://www.cityofforney.org/575/Trail-of-Treats.

The Forney Event Calendar is Here!

Christmas in July? Ice in the summer? Well not exactly, but we have dates for our Fall and Winter events for you! Forney on Ice is back this year and we can’t wait to bring the ice rink excitement back to Community Park beginning on November 30. For all of the upcoming event dates for the Fall and Winter, check out our Event Calendar. Don’t forget to mark the dates down!

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Introducing.....the Forney Adult Kickball League

We have adult softball and now we are excited about adding kickball! All kickball games will be played at Mulberry Park and the league is currently preparing for its inaugural season. For more information about the league and/or to sign up, please visit www.forneykickball.com.

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National Night Out set for October 2

It may be too hot to think about a block party right now, but National Night Out is only a few months away! Held on the first Tuesday in October, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that both the Forney Fire and Police Departments participate in. This program enhances the relationship that first responders have with residents, while bringing back a true sense of community. If you would like either of the departments to visit your block party, we encourage you to contact them. Those interested may contact the FPD at 972.564.2106 or the FFD at 972.564.2211.

Forney PD to Partner with
Union Pacific on Safety Awareness

Due to the recent collisions that have occurred at railroad crossings across the City, the Forney Police Department and Union Pacific will be partnering up to conduct a safety awareness campaign for community members. As part of this campaign, staff and police officers will be reviewing all grade crossings looking for possible extra safety lighting and signage that could help in making the crossings as safe as possible. Remember to always expect a train. 

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Who doesn't like donuts?

Earlier this month, the Forney Police Department wasn't only lucky enough to have a special visitor, but a special visitor that brought donuts. Officer Lyles got to meet Damian and Fernando! These little guys wanted to thank the Police Department for everything they do! Thanks so much guys!

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Bring your Used
Cooking Oil to Public Works

With the summer months on the horizon, as you’re gearing up for fish fries and cookouts, the City of Forney Public Works Department wants to remind all residents that we offer used cooking oil recycling as a means to keep our sewer systems free from grease stoppages.

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) come from meats, butters and margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products, and cooking oil. When FOG goes down the drain, it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood, and streets. Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it also can run into a nearby stream or river, which affects our drinking water. If your pipes become clogged from putting FOG down the drain, it can be very expensive problem to fix. To avoid household and environmental damage as well as a costly bill, NEVER put FOG down the drain!

CIP

Information Available on CIP Projects

Do you have questions about the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) or are you even aware the City has a CIP plan? The CIP identifies needed capital improvement projects and established an implementation schedule and funding source for each project. On the City’s website, there are lists of current CIP projects such as the Broad Street Sewer Replacement, water meter upgrades, South Elevated Storage Tank and several others. Along with the current projects listed are corresponding project meter dashboards. These dashboards provide a deeper look at why this projected was needed, what it will accomplish, when it will be completed, how much it costs and much more. For more information about the CIP projects, please visit www.cityofforney.org/cip.


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