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
Toastmaster

Toastmasters
International Club Coming to Forney

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has assisted people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, current membership exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,000 clubs, across 143 countries. Those interested in joining, are invited to attend our inaugural meeting at 6:30 p.m. on March 13 at Maya Sol Taco lounge, 524 Pinson. If you are looking to improve your public speaking, practice speech writing, build leadership skills, build confidence or network, please come. For questions or more information, please contact Warren Ketteman at wdketteman@gmail.comor call 512-571-7844.

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. Residents can find more information about the election, at www.cityofforney.org/electioninformation.

Yard Prep

Prep Your Yard for Spring

Are you landscaping your yard, but not exactly sure where to start? In partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, Water University has a wonderful tool that will allow residents to search a plant database to search for the specific type of plant, tree, or shrub. The tool will allow residents to search within a number of parameters including, if the plant is Texas native, light and water requirements, character, type of plant, wildlife value, color and much more.  Before you plan your garden, check out the plant database tool at https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/design/

Peddler

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.

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 February 2019

In comparison to February 2018, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 6%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, we have experienced an increase of 15% overall from the prior year.

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Recycling Calendar

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/.

Monthly Permit Recap - February 2019

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ED 2019
TEDC Austin

Forney EDC Receives Economic Excellence Recognition from TEDC 

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) announced the recipients of its annual Economic Excellence Recognition program for 2018. The awards were presented at a breakfast held Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the TEDC’s Legislative Conference in Austin, Texas. The two and one half-day conference was held February 20-22 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Austin.
 
The Economic Excellence Recognition program provides recognition to economic development organizations that meet a desired threshold of professionalism. Recipients qualify for recognition based on training taken by their governing board/council as well as the economic development director and professional staff. Certifications, professional memberships and activities, and organizational effectiveness of the economic development staff also contribute to the standards for qualification.  Forney EDC was grateful to be one of the recipients of the award.
 
“I am so proud of our efforts in Forney to enhance our business community and expand commercial infrastructure. Interest in businesses wanting to locate in Forney continues to rise due to our residential growth, proximity to Dallas and excellent school system.  Thanks go to the EDC Board and City Council for their leadership in promoting Forney’s business friendly environment,” said Warren Ketteman, Executive Director of the Forney EDC.
 
“The TEDC’s Economic Excellence Recognition program is one of the ways in which our organization honors the outstanding commitment to excellence of our communities and regions, their leaders, and their economic development professionals have toward the professionalization of their economic development efforts,” noted Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC.”
 
The Texas Economic Development Council, established in 1961, is an Austin-based, statewide, non-profit professional association, dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas.
 
The TEDC provides information, educational and legislative services to nearly 850 members. Our objective is to support the economic growth of Texas and develop strategies that promote a positive business climate in the state.

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Smurfit Kappa Donates
AED's to Forney Fire Department

On February 28, Smurfit Kappa Health and Safety Manager Steven Bong, once again made a generous donation to the Forney Fire Department. Mr. Bong and Smurfit Kappa donated two automated external defibrillators, also known as AED’s. These medical devices are used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. In addition to thanking Mr. Bong, we would also like to thank Michael Walker from Trainers over Texas and Forney Volunteer Firefighter Tommy Chapman. This is just one of several donations that Smurfit Kappa has made to the fire department within the last year and we are extremely thankful to have such a wonderful community member.

Devonshire HOA Hosts 'Thank You' Breakfast for FFD

On February 15, the Devonshire HOA hosted the Forney Fire Department for an appreciation breakfast at the Devonshire Amenity Center. We’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the planning! Thank you so much for the breakfast, it was delicious!

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Move Over

Always Remember to "Move Over"

Have you interacted with an emergency vehicle? The Texas state law requires drivers approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, including a town truck and TX DMV vehicles and workers, using approved visual signals, and traveling in the same direction to reduce speed (not to exceed 20 mph less than a posted speed limit of 25 mph or more) and vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle. It’s also simple to MOVE OVER when emergency vehicles approach and remember, these vehicles ALWAYS have the right-of-way.

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Muni Court

The Great Warrant
Round-Up has Kicked-Off

So you got a ticket and forgot to take care of it….we understand that life can get quite hectic, but now that ticket has become a warrant. The Forney Municipal Court of Record No. 1, 331 S. FM 548, will participate in the 2019 Great Warrant Round-Up when it begins on March 1. The court will join other courts and other law enforcement agencies across the state and seek to find anyone with an unpaid warrant. Now is your time to act, before your situation gets worse! For more information and questions, contact the municipal court at court@cityofforney.org or by phone at 972-564-7321.

Officer Pleasant

Forney PD Welcome New Officer

Congratulations to our newest hire! On February 13 in front of friends and family, Judge Margaret Spain swore in Officer Pleasant. We couldn’t be more excited to have such a great addition to the Forney Police Department. 

Back the Blue

Special Thank You

We’d like to send a special ‘thank you’ to Olivia. Olivia is a member of Girl Scout Troop 7150 and they participated in the “Care to Share Program” earlier this year delivering goods to first responders. Thank you to all the girls from Girl Scout Troop 7150. 

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BBQ

Preparations Begin
for 4th Annual BBQ Cook-of

In the coming weeks, City staff will begin final discussions for the fourth annual Forney BBQ Cook-off scheduled for May 31 and June 1, 2019, later this year. We are not ready to announce the concert acts just yet, but we can promise they will be big names just like in previous years! 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. Vendors interested in participating in the event can already find information on the event page. We’ll continue to release more information about the event in the coming weeks, especially who will be performing Saturday at the Spellman Amphitheater. For more information, please visit https://www.cityofforney.org/681/BBQ-Cook-Off-Festival

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

Elvis

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/.

Tank Pour

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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