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City of Forney Monthly Report

December 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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Downtown Parking

Day-Time Parking Ordinance in Effect for Downtown Forney

The City Council recently passed a day-time parking ordinance for Downtown Forney. The ordinance will only be in effect Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parking ordinance is to ensure that customers wanting to shop or dine in Downtown will always have the opportunity to park. The spaces affected by this ordinance are the parallel spaces along Bois D’ Arc and the spaces along Main St. to Elm St. While the time limit for most is 4 hours, there are two spaces that will be limited to 15 minutes. These spaces are geared to the customers who have “in-and-out” needs in Downtown, for example paying or dropping off a water bill, or picking up a to-go order at a restaurant.
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Another Mural in Downtown!

We are going to keep our fingers crossed for several weeks of good weather, not just because we are tired of rain, but we are excited about the second Downtown Forney mural. With all of the recent rain, it has been difficult for the artists to work on the mural, but it will get done and it will look awesome! 

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City Offices to Close for Holidays

All City Offices, including City Hall, Community Development, Animal Shelter and the Layden Senior Center will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas. All offices will reopen on December 26. All offices will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. All emergency services will operate under normal hours. 

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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

Winter Lawn

Prepare Your Lawn for the Winter

Have you prepared your yard or irrigation system for the winter? Without proper preparation, your sprinkler system can be damaged by freezing temperatures and by the time you find out in the spring if any damage has occurred its usually too late. Here are a few simple tips on how you can winterize your irrigation system for the cold months ahead.

  • Insulate your assets: Shut off the water supply to the irrigation system. The main shut off valve for your irrigation system needs to be protected against freezing. Make sure it is wrapped with insulation (foam insulation tape and a plastic bag) to protect it from harsh winter temperatures
  • Stay in control: If you have an automatic system then you will need to "shut down" the controller (timer). Most controllers have a "rain-mode" which simply shuts off the signals to the valves. 
  • Drain the pipes: Now you need to remove the water from the pipes and sprinklers so that it won't freeze/expand and break the pipe. There are several ways to drain your pipes: a manual drain valve, an automatic drain valve or the compressed air blow-out method.
  • Protect Valves: Insulate backflow preventers and valves if they are above ground. You can also use insulation tape for this. Be sure not to block the air vents and drain outlets on backflow preventers.

Monthly Sales Tax Report

In comparison to November 2017, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 26.31%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, we have experienced an increase of 24% overall from the prior year.
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Forney EDC

Eno's Featured as Thriving Small Business by SBA

In November, representatives from the City Council, EDC Board members, staff and Eno's Forney owners Shane and Donna Spillers, welcomed the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Herbert Austin and Ahmad Goree, Lead Economic Development Specialist for the SBA to Forney. The North Texas Chapter of the SBA covers 72 counties and Eno’s was the only one selected out of 68 small businesses to be featured by the SBA on Small Business Saturday for 2018. Small Business Saturday is an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong, and was held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which this year was November 24. This is such an honor for not only Eno’s, but the City of Forney, as well. The sustainability that Eno’s has shown in Downtown Forney will only enhance the quality and uniqueness of restaurants and businesses that are interested in coming to our City! Congratulations Eno’s!

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EDC Guide Book Award

FEDC Recognized by International Economic Development Council 

Congratulations to the Forney Economic Development Corporation, for recently being recognized by the International Economic Development Council by receiving a Bronze Award for their 2018-2019 Development Map and Guide. The map and development guide is used as a tool by staff members when meeting with potential developers to let them know as much as possible about the City of Forney. It can also be used to attract potential restaurants that may not have access to our most recent data. Interested in what our development map and guide actually looks like, please feel free to view the guide book at http://forneytexasedc.org/sites/default/files/files/Forney%20Development%20Map%202018-19.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1whvXn1cCH8-eYCYX1lnXa9p36OpaHJgQkgX-KY2tDlmKQYCyLzHcL7WE.   
Downtown Forney

Forney EDC Offers Demolition
Grant to Promote Infill Development

In an effort to revitalize and expand infill development within the City of Forney, the Forney Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) is offering property owners of vacant, underutilized and/or condemned residential properties the opportunity to demolish their property for intended commercial use. Areas applicable for this grant include thoroughfares where the use over time has changed from residential to commercial, Broad St. and Pinson are two examples. Applicants can receive up to 50% for the total cost of demolition, not to exceed $5,000. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
“Through the support of the Forney EDC Board and Forney City Council, this Demolition Grant Program will provide another tool for the continued commercial growth of our dynamic community”, said Forney EDC Executive Director, Warren Ketteman.
 
Interested parties are encouraged to contact the FEDC staff to obtain more information and receive an application.  The FEDC can be reached at (972) 564-5808, or info@forneytexasedc.org


Forney Fire Department
Toy Drive Pick Up

The "Toys for Forney Kids" Toy-Drive has Begun

The Forney Fire Department is excited to partner with the Forney Independent School District Air Force JROTC, Forney Lions Club, NFHS and FHS student councils, Dollar General and Kaufman County Constables Office are conducting their annual “Toys for Forney Kids” toy drive benefiting children in our community. What began as a small-scale toy collection process has evolved into a well-organized event that has provided hundreds of children in Forney with toys during the holiday season.

Residents will be able to donate and drop-off toys for the campaign at a number of locations throughout the City including Forney High School, 1800 College Ave.; North Forney High School, 6170 Falcon Way; American National Bank, 401 Pinson Rd.; Central Fire Station, 104 E. Aimee St.; Station No. 2, 980 Reeder Ln.; Dollar General, 410 W. Broad St.; City Bank, 771 E. US Highway 80; Forney Sub Courthouse, 200 E. Main St.; City Hall, 101 E. Main St. Donations will be accepted during normal working hours at each location through December 21. All toys should be in their original packaging without gift wrapping.
Christmas Light Safety

Don't Make Decorating Dangerous this Holiday Season

For some, decorating their home with Christmas lights during the holiday season is a tradition. Unfortunately, every year there are both injuries and fires related to the hanging of Christmas lights. While most of these tips will concern the decorations themselves, we remind everyone to use extreme caution when installing lights and remember ladder safety.

• Always purchase electrical decorations and lights from reputable retailers.
• Use lights approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
• Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together.
• Consider purchasing LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.
• Follow the manufacturer’s use and care instructions that accompany electrical decorations.
• Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices. They can overheat and cause a fire. 
• Make sure that cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord’s insulation.
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Combat Challenge Team Recognized at Council Meeting in November

During the November 20 City Council meeting, Mayor Rick Wilson, along with the rest of the City Council, recognized the outstanding work the Forney Combat Challenge Team did this year during the World Finals in Sacramento. The team comprised of Lt. Russel Bannister, Lt. David Lawson, Lt. Brian Leathers and firefighters Thomas Boroughs, Damian Miller and Josh Mosely, finished the year as the 6th ranked team in THE WORLD! We are incredibly proud of the way the team has not only represented the Forney Fire Department but the City of Forney. Congratulations and we look forward to 2019 competition year!

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Forney on Ice

"Forney on Ice"
Open through January 6

The City of Forney is excited to bring back "Forney on Ice" to Community Park, as the outdoor skating rink will again be part of this year's holiday recreation. The rink will be open through January 6, with daily hours balancing public skating and private ice rentals or end of year parties. The weekday rate $10 a skater, while the weekend rate is $12 (Weekdays are Monday-Thursday, Weekends are Friday-Saturday). We encourage everyone to check the hours at https://www.cityofforney.org/759/Forney-on-Ice

Lowes Tree Decorating Contest

Decorate a Tree in Community Park this Holiday Season 

Do you think your family, business or organization has the most holiday spirit in the City? Well, prove it! Online registration is now open for all businesses, organizations and families to display their decorating skills and spread holiday cheer throughout Community Park for the Lowe’s Tree Decorating Contest. The decorated trees will be on display in the park through January 6. The cost to decorate the tree will be $30, trees and lights will be provided. All proceeds from the contest will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choosing. The winning team will have the opportunity to select one of four local charities. To register, please visit https://www.cityofforney.org/FormCenter/Special-Events-8/Lowes-Tree-Decorating-Contest-Online-Pay-120.

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CPA Class

Sign Up for the
2019 Citizens Police Academy 

The Forney Police Department is excited to announced that in 2019 they will again be hosting a Citizens Police Academy and are now taking applications! The class will give residents a unique, hands-on experience of law enforcement practices such as recruitment, training, narcotics, firearms and the School Resource Officer. 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. The 14-week course will be held every Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning on January 29. Those interested in signing up for the academy are asked to have all of their completed application turned in to the Police Department, 110 Justice Center Dr., as soon as possible. For more information about the class and the application, please visit https://tx-forney.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/1891/CPAapp?bidId=

Officers Receive Special Visits During the Holidays

It’s been a busy holiday season for the officers, but residents make it so much better. The Forney Police Department would like to thank all the residents who stopped by over the Thanksgiving break or shortly thereafter, to drop-off goodies. We love each one of you and it’s a privilege to serve you. 

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Officer Smith

Two New Officers at FPD

In November, Municipal Court Judge Margaret Spain swore in our two newest officers. We would like to welcome Officer Maxwell and Officer Smith to the Forney Police Department. 

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Downtown Crosswalks

New Crosswalks in Downtown

As you may remember, in late November we had to shut down a small portion of Bois d’ Arc during the night to perform work on the Downtown crosswalks. They are now complete, and you can see the finished project the next time you are in Downtown! We will also soon be adding flashing lights to crosswalks at Bois d’ Arc and Main St. and Bois d’ Arc and Front St. crossings.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

When they aren't too busy filling pot holes, performing TCEQ work, or repairing water lines, in December Public Works crews can be found all across the City preparing it for the holiday season! From Christmas in the Park to the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown, the guys from Public Works are always there to bring in the holiday spirit! 

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Cease the Grease

Cease the Grease this Holiday Season and Recycle

The holiday season, with its fried turkeys, hams, buttery foods, and gravy, can be hard on the diet—and on pipes and sewer systems. When fats, oils, and grease are washed down the drain, they stick to the inside of pipes, hardening and building up until they cause clogs and sewer backups. This can cause sewage to overflow into homes, streets, and local waterways. Whether the repairs are in your home or in the street, it can be costly and inconvenient. Don’t pour your holiday grease down the drain, recycle it for free! Residents can recycle used fats, oils and greases at the Public Works office, 402 N. Bois D' Arc, and can even stop by the office to pick up a free funnel to help with the grease collection! For more information, please call 972.564.7340.

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