Monthly Report

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. 

2019 Administration
GovQA

GovQA Aims to Improve Efficiency of City’s Public Records Process

Technology improves communication and enhances transparency between local governments and its citizens. Today, the City of Forney took a step to provide the community with easier access to public information by launching an online portal for public records requests.
 
The GovQA software tracks public records requests across multiple departments, standardizes records processing, and fulfills requests in accordance with Texas state law. With this user-friendly portal, the public will be sure it is receiving complete and accurate records in a reasonable time frame. This software is the most recent example of the City investing in technology that will have a direct impact on the engagement with residents.
 
How does GovQA work? Once a request has been received, the City will respond through the online system and provide the requestor with documents related to the topic. While the request is being filled by the corresponding department, the requestor will be updated with communication notes from the City.
 
“We are excited to have this innovative software available for residents,” said City Secretary Dorothy Brooks. “Public records should be readily available to the public and this program will help streamline the process in which people receive the information they request.”
 
For more information about the GovQA portal or how to request information from the City, please visit www.cityofforney.org/publicinformation.

Vote

City Council
Announces May 2019 Election

During the January 8 City Council meeting, Councilmembers approved a resolution that ordered the General Election for May 4, 2019. The City Charter provides that the City shall hold an election annually in May and that the election should be conducted in accordance with the Texas Election Code. The Election Code states that the general election in May will be held on the first Saturday in May. The positions up for election this year are the Mayor and Places 2, 4 and 6. The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot is January 16. Residents can find more information about the election, at www.cityofforney.org/electioninformation.

NCTCG

North Central Texas Council of Governments Needs Your Input

The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is asking for input from residents to help set future transportation priorities in the region. Input from residents impacts decisions about transportation and air quality policies, programs and plans for North Texas. These decisions determine how North Texas live and travel in the 12-county NCTCOG region. Information will be posted online for public review and comment through February 12. To submit your comment or search for additional information including input archives, maps, videos, proposed modifications and much more, please visit www.nctcog.org/input. You may also submit comments and questions by phone at 817.695.9240 and email at transinfo@nctcog.org.

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Solicitors Must Have Permits

As we move closer to spring, residents may experience an increase in door-to-door sales associates. If you do encounter a solicitor at your door, they are REQUIRED to have a permit from the City of Forney. These permits are required because they allow the City to perform background checks on applicants, which then allows the City to approve or deny the permit request. Not only are solicitors required to carry the permit on them at all times, they are also restricted to go door-to-door from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Residents who wish to have no interaction with solicitors are asked to display “No Solicitation Allowed” or “No Peddlers Allowed” sign that can be easily visible. If you suspect that a person in your neighborhood is soliciting without a permit, please call the Forney Police Department at 972.564.7600.

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Second Downtown
Mural Nearing Completion 

The first mural was such a hit, the Forney Arts Council wanted to do a second and it’s almost done! Thanks in large part to good weather over the last two weeks, artists have been able to get quite a bit of the mural complete! The backdrop is excellent for pictures and can be found at the intersection of Main St. and Elm St. For more information or how to get involved with the Forney Arts Council, please visit www.forneyarts.org

Special Olympics

Forney ISD Searching for Sponsors to help with 2019 Special Olympics

On April 18, 2019, the Forney ISD will host more than 150 students as they compete in track and field events with area teams during the 2019 Special Olympics at City Bank Stadium, 800 FM 741 S, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To help provide these Forney athletes with uiforms, medals, lunch and event needs, FISD is asking anyone interested to help support this wonderful event. There are several different opportunities to volunteer and donate. For more information or to donate to the event, please visit http://bit.ly/ForneyOlympics19or call 972-564-4055.

Monthly Finance Update - Through January 2019

In comparison to January 2018, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 9.06%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, we have experienced an increase of 18% overall from the prior year.

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Recycling Calendar

City Releases
2019 Recycling Calendar

Find a space on your fridge! The City has released the 2019 recycling calendar for residents, which will again be picked up every other Wednesday. The City will alternate pick-up dates between Zone A (Homes north of Highway 80) and Zone B (Homes south of Highway 80). We’d also like to remind residents that CWD has a website page dedicated to the City of Forney that includes information about trash collection, service schedules, household hazardous waste, used electronics, bulk and brush and much more. For more information, please visit https://www.communitywastedisposal.com/find-my-city/forney/.

Water Test

Be Aware: 'Water Tests' are Solicitors

Have you been asked by someone to test your water? As the weather warms up, so will the increase of solicitors. One such solicitor, especially for new homeowners or those that have recently moved to Forney, is that of the “water analysis” variety. These companies are offering to perform “samples” for residents, in hopes of selling a water filter are not associated with the City. Please remember that ANY time you come in contact with a solicitor to PLEASE call the Community Development office at 972.564.7384 or contact the Police Department after-hours at 972.564.7600.

Monthly Permit Recap - January 2019

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ED 2019
Texas ICSC

Forney EDC 'Sells' the City at
Red River Conference in Dallas

In mid-January, representatives from the Forney Economic Development Corporation attended the inaugural Red River States Conference & Deal Making, held in Sundance Square in Ft. Worth. Formerly known as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Texas Conference, the conference unites key commercial and industrial professionals with groups much like our EDC. The regional “deal making” conference is basically a one-stop for education, networking and deal making. As always, the FEDC did a wonderful job representing our community and had several productive meetings.

Forney EDC featured in
"Forney 4 You" YouTube Series

Why hasn’t Target come Forney? I have a small business how can you help? What is being built behind Kroger? Well, the Forney Economic Development Corporation has answered some of those questions in the most recent videos in the City’s “Forney 4 You” YouTube series. Each video focuses on a different aspect of the EDC from retail site selection to entrepreneurship. The videos provide a unique look at what goes on behind-the-scenes at the EDC and may answer some questions that you may have. To check out the new videos along with the entire “Forney 4 You” series, please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_MLIwekEHKhJpI3D6Ee36w?view_as=subscriber

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Forney EDC Speaks to Kaufman County Leadership Group on Retail

On January 17, the Forney Economic Development Corporation spoke to the Leadership Kaufman County Class about “retail in detail”. What is Leadership Kaufman County? It is a nine-month program designed to train and encourage Kaufman County business people and residents to take an active role in determining the future of Kaufman County. The objective of the program is to develop a heightened sense of community awareness, involvement and leadership. Led by community professionals and civic leaders the sessions combine classroom instruction, panel discussions, on site visits and classroom interaction with session leaders. Last week, the class learned more about the various factors commercial realtors and retailers look for when evaluating potential sites.

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National Weather Service to Host Free Storm Spotter Training Progra

Do you have an interest in meteorology or storm-spotting? The National Weather Service (NWS) will be hosting a free Storm Spotter Training Program class from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 13 at the Kaufman Fire Station, 301 S. Madison St. This class is for organized storm-spotters, anyone with an interest in severe weather, or anyone who would like to learn more about the severe weather threats in North and Central Texas and how to be prepared. This year’s program, which is just one of 46 held in counties across north and central Texas, will feature an in-depth review and study of various threats posed by severe thunderstorms. The program will also review thunderstorm characteristics and features associated with severe and non-severe storms. For more information about the NWS, please visit www.weather.gov/fortworth

Station No. 2 Receives Special Visitors 

In January, firefighters from C-Shift at Station No. 2 had quite a busy morning. On January 15, the firefighters hosted the Forney MOPS or "Mothers of Preschoolers" group at the station. The children and their mothers were treated to a tour of the facility by Firefighters Hughey, Morris, Payne and Jacobs. We hope everyone enjoyed their time and we look forward to welcoming you back. 

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Forney Fire Department adds Apparatus to Fleet

We are getting a new tanker! In addition to a new engine and platform truck, later this year we will also be receiving a new tanker. Purchased by the Emergency Services District for the Forney Fire Department, the tanker truck will have a 3,000-gallon tank and a 1000 gpm (gallons per minute) pump. It will have the capabilities to operate as a traditional pumper but will primarily used as a water tender. We should receive the tanker sometime later this spring.

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A Big Thank You

The Forney Police Department is so fortunate to have so many thoughtful citizens. A big thank you to Charlie and Shelby Huffman, as well as Adam Frazier, owner's of Jersey Mike's in Forney, who dropped off food earlier this month. Thank you and we appreciate your support. 

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Softball

Sign-Up for Youth Sports Leagues

While it is hard to imagine playing soccer, softball or baseball while the thermometers are below freezing in January, a number of local sports organizations have begun or are about to begin registration for their spring seasons. The Forney Soccer Association and Forney Youth Baseball Association have both already begun their spring 2019 registration and Mesa Softball will begin their registration on January 19. The fun isn’t just for the kids! The Forney Adult Softball Organization is also gearing up for its spring season, with registration to begin soon. For more information about each spring league, please visit their corresponding websites at www.forneysoccer.orgwww.mesasoftball.orgwww.forneybaseball.org and www.forneysoftball.org.

Movies in the Park

"Movies at the Park" is back for 2019!

Grab a blanket and popcorn, because “Movies at the Park” are back and better than ever in 2019! What better way to kickoff a weekend than a family-friendly movie every Friday night at the beginning of Summer! The Spellman Amphitheater, 241 S. FM 548, will host the movies, which begin at sunset. This year’s list includes classics, new releases and of course a Disney movie or two! Gates will open an hour before sunset! Can’t wait to see you!

May 10 – Incredibles 2
May 17 – Trolls (Sponsored by FSA)
May 24 – The Greatest Showman
June 7 – Christopher Robin
June 14 – Jurassic World (2015)
June 21 – Ralph Breaks the Internet

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Are you ready to Rock this summer?

The concerts are coming! We are excited to announce the acts for our 2019 ‘Concerts in the Park’ Series at the Spellman Amphitheater, 241 S. FM 548. This year, the series will offer music that everyone can appreciate. We have music from all genres, including Elvis, Hard Night’s Day (Beatles Tribute Band), King George (George Strait Tribute Band) and many more! All concerts will begin at 8 p.m., with gates opening an hour before showtime. Please see the acts below:

May 9 – Kraig Parker as Elvis
May 16 – M-80s - 80s Cover Band
May 23 – Hard Night's Day - Beatles Tribute Band
June 6 – Nick & the Groove - All Ages Cover Band
June 13 – King George - George Strait Tribute Band
June 20 – Party Machine - Top 40 Cover Band

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NTMWD

NTMWD Announces Annual System Maintenance, March 4 - April 1

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will temporarily change the disinfectant in its water treatment process from March 4 through April 1, 2019. The annual, routine change is necessary to maintain the regional system and year round water quality.
 
Disinfection is a critical part of the water treatment process that keeps drinking water free of harmful microorganisms, such as parasites and viruses. Disinfection involves a two-step process that first treats the water at the treatment plant and then chloramine disinfectant (chlorine + ammonia) is added to maintain water quality on its journey through the miles of pipes to homes and businesses. During the temporary change, NTMWD suspends adding ammonia and uses only free chlorine to keep water disinfected as it travels through pipes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this temporary conversion is a common practice for as many as 40 percent of water providers using chloramines for disinfection.
 
“NTMWD has conducted this routine, temporary change in water disinfectant annually for over 10 years, and we have always met safe drinking water standards,” said Zeke Campbell, NTMWD Water System Manager. “This common system maintenance practice does not increase the amount of chlorine, and the water remains safe to drink.”
 
Tests conducted by both NTMWD and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) confirm that NTMWD has maintained high water quality each year during its annual disinfectant change. Public concerns about water quality last year were thoroughly evaluated by TCEQ. Independent testing by TCEQ, compiled in a May 2018 report, confirmed water quality met regulatory standards and “would not be expected to cause short- or long-term adverse health effects.” NTMWD has earned recognition from TCEQ as a Superior Public Water System.
 
The absence of ammonia during these few weeks may make the chlorine disinfectant more noticeable. There are simple steps to minimize taste, odor or skin sensitivities, including placing a pitcher of water in the refrigerator overnight or adding a slice of citrus to the water. Adding a crushed 1000 mg Vitamin C tablet to bath water will remove the chlorine.
 
During the change, the cities and districts served by NTMWD may help move the chlorine-disinfected water through the system by flushing water from fire hydrants. The combination of converting to chlorine disinfectant and flushing the pipes helps maintain the system and safe water year round.


NTMWD conducts over 250,000 tests annually in a state-certified laboratory to ensure water safety. Monthly and annual water quality reports are posted online, including results of tests conducted during the annual system maintenance. The public can view this information at www.NTMWD.com/water-quality-reports. The TCEQ also conducts routine sampling and tests on the NTMWD and city distribution systems through an independent laboratory to confirm water quality compliance with state and federal standards.
 
NTMWD has posted new resources online, including fact sheets, frequently asked questions, infographics, videos, and guidelines for questions about water quality. NTMWD also recommends that customers review the water quality information posted on their city or utility websites. For more information, visit www.NTMWD.com/safewater and the TCEQ at www.tceq.texas.gov/drinkingwater/disinfection/temporary-free-chlorine-conversion.

Project Tracker

TxDOT Project
Tracker Helps Residents Projects

Did you know that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has a project tracker online that has information on more than 11,000 TxDOT projects. Several roads that go through the City are controlled by the state, including FM 548, 1641, 740, 741 and Highway 80. Residents can view projects by highway, project ID, TxDOT District and even by County. Each project is given a project summary that provides a description of the project, where the project is located, estimated construction cost, estimated completion date and the timely project update. This is a great resource to use when you have a question about a certain project, for instance the roadwork currently being performed on FM 1641. To check out the project tracker, please visit http://apps.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cq/project_tracker/.

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How You Can Stay Up-to-Date on Capital Improvement Projects

If you have been driving East on Broad St. in the last several months, you may have noticed quite a big dirt mound being constructed on the opposite side of the rail road tracks near Community Park. What is it you ask? First, we are in the middle of constructing a 5 million-gallon water tank in the area and last night we poured the floor. This project is the second phase of construction for Pump Station No. 2 and is necessary because of the additional water that is being needed to serve our area. For more information about this project and all of the other Capital Improvement Projects across the City, please visit https://www.cityofforney.org/729/Capital-Improvement-Program.

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