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
Public Meeting

TxDOT to Host Public
Meeting for FM 1641 Expansion

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public meeting on the proposed widening of FM 1641 from FM 548 to FM 148 and FM 548 from FM 1641 to US 80. The hearing will be held on July 11 at the Community Life Church, 204 FM 1641. 

The FM 1641 reconstruction project includes widening approximately 0.2 miles of FM 548 and approximately 5.4 miles of FM 1641. The existing FM 548 is a 4-lane urban roadway, and  the existing FM 1641 is a rural 2-lane roadway. Both roadways would be reconstructed to an urban 4-lane (ultimate 6-lane) section with turn lanes.
 
The maps showing the project design and location, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the project are available online at www.keepitmovingdallas.com under the ‘Upcoming Public Hearing/Meeting’ tab. 

CIP Map Page

City Unveils Capital
Improvement Program Project Map

Several weeks ago, the City revealed its new Community Development map. Today, we are happy to unveil our newest map, the Capital Improvements Program Project Map, or CIP Map, which will provide residents with an in-depth look at all the construction projects in the City.  The map will not only provide an image, information and location of the project, but also when necessary will include milestone dates, such as design completion, construction start and end and project cost. In some cases, projects areas will be marked with a “TBD”, this is because the City is either waiting for more information or construction has yet to start for example. Just like the previous Development Map, this map will be updated regularly with project information. To view the map, please visit http://forney.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e6b948a66c544ab498c2f7876e30b4e9

Board Applications

City Accepting Board Applications

Are you interested in getting more active within your community? In the coming weeks the City Council will begin to make board appointments for upcoming term. Experience isn’t necessary, however, to apply for any board or commission, you must live within the city limits. Board and commissions that will be filled include, Animal Adoption/Shelter Advisory Committee, Board of Adjustment, Building Standards Commission, Economic Development Corporation, Historic Overlay District/Architectural Review Board, Library Board, Parks & Recreation Board and the Planning & Zoning Board. For more information about each board or to fill out an application, please visit https://www.cityofforney.org/173/City-Secretary

Summer Art

Forney Arts
Council to host Summer Art Camp

The Forney Arts Council will host its annual Summer Art Camps this year, from June 17 – 21. The camps will be in two sessions, with an AM session that will accommodate children ages 6 – 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a PM session that will accommodate children ages 9 – 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $80 per camper, with a 10% discount for siblings. The classes will be held at Kindermusik with Christie, 112B West Broad St. For more information about the classes or to register, please visit www.forneyarts.org/summercamp

Wine Walk

Downtown Forney and Forney Arts Council to Host Wine Walk June 8

The Forney Arts Council will host their third Wine Walk in Downtown Forney from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 8! The wine walk will offer samples of wines from various Texas wineries, live music and some very talented local artists. It will be quite a street party in Downtown Forney. Ticket holders will receive a glass and 12 tasting tickets. Vineyards that will be attending include Red 55 Winery, Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard, Blue Duck Winery, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards and many more. Early bird tickets can be purchased for a discounted $20 online through May 18, while tickets purchased after May 18 will be $25. For more information about the event, please visit www.forneyarts.org. 

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.

Forney Gardening

Learn More about
Gardening on June 20 at City Hall

“Lettuce” talk about vegetables! Whether you’re trying to eat healthier, want to know where your food comes from, or just love the idea of growing delicious vine-ripened vegetables at home, this class in for you.  On June 20, the City of Forney in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension Office will offer a FREE gardening class taught by one of the most well-known horticulturists in our area. Topics include soil preparation, garden design and layouts, disease and insect identification, as well as the proper planting times for getting the most production out of your favorite vegetables in the challenging climate of North Texas. For more information or to sign up, please visit https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/events/2019/june-20-2019-grow-your-own-vegetables-forney/.

Monthly Finance Update - Through May 2019

 In comparison to May 2018, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 15%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, we have experienced an increase of 12.5% overall from the prior year.

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2019 CD
Map

What's going on in Forney?

What is the best way to know what is being built in the City? Using the new Development Map tool! We’ve updated the map will all of the projects that were approved by the City Council earlier this month Take a look and don’t forget to check out the Capital Improvements Map either. Both are located in the Engineering Department page on the City’s website. http://forney.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html…

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 - May 2019

Permits
Home Starts
Commercial Starts
ED 2019
Google My Business

"Google my Business"

On May 30, representatives of the Forney EDC partnered with the Small Business Development Center along with the Terrell and Kaufman Chambers to put on a “Google my Business” seminar. This event brought together 60 small businesses to learn from a Google representative how to make their business more visible in searches. If you’re a small business owner and are wanting to expand your business, contact the Forney EDC at 972-564-5808

ICSC

EDC Represents Forney at ICSC

Late last month, the Forney Economic Development Corporation attended the annual International Council of Shopping Centers retail trade show in Las Vegas. Approximately 30,000 people attend this show each year including national retail brands, developers, and commercial realtors. The FEDC held nearly 30 meetings with prospective retailers, restaurants and commercial developers promoting sites in Forney. 

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CareFlite

Forney Fire Department Members Receive Award from CareFlite

On May 20, AT&T Stadium hosted the CareFlite Great First Responders award luncheon. During the luncheon, Forney Fire Marshal John Holcomb and Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Pyle, were recognized as a 2019 Great First Responder. The award is designated for those who go above and beyond the call of duty as a first responder and putting service to others above self and making our community a better place to live. Congratulations Fire Marshal Holcomb and Asst. Chief Pyle!

Fire Department trains with new Platform Truck

The Forney Fire Department is breaking in their new platform truck. In late May, A-Shift firefighters from both stations spent time with the truck receiving in-service training. All firefighters will be trained on the platform truck!

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Rescue

To the Rescue!

The old adage came true on the morning of May 23, as A-Shift from Central rescued a kitten from a tree! The story began on May 22 in Community Park, when a parks employee heard a kitten high atop a tree near the bend at Holly Leaf and Main St. The parks employee called Animal Control and the Fire Department, who at the time both agreed the kitten would come down when it was ready too. The next morning on the 23rd, our Fire Chief Townsend, Police Chief Sherwin, A-Shift from Central Station and Animal Control, were all on hand to help get the kitten down! We are excited to say that it is in good hands with our Animal Control Department and hope to find it a home shortly!

Police Cover 2019

Forney Citizens Police Academy Graduates 3rd Class

What a special night! On May 7, the Forney Police Department celebrated the 2019 Citizens Police Academy Graduating class. Chief Sherwin presented the graduates with their certificates as Detective Clay announced them. Newly appointed Municipal Court Judge, Jessica Spain swore them in. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication and hard work!

Police Academy
2019 Parks Cover

Independence Day
Celebration to be Held June 29 at Community Park

The City of Forney will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration at Community Park, 241 S. FM 548, on Saturday, June 29 beginning at 6 p.m. This FREE event will have activities for all ages including rides, food trucks, live entertainment and FIREWORKS! Inflatables will be available for children from 6 to 9 p.m. along with face painting at the Connect Church tent. Come hungry, because there will be more than a dozen vendors providing several types of cuisine, including BBQ, street tacos, pizza, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream and other carnival style food. 
 
We are also happy to announce that All Funk Radio Show will be playing live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Radio Show’s of more than 150 songs include Old School R&B, Motown, Pop & Hip-Hop that will certainly entertain people of all ages.
 
Once the concert has completed, the fireworks show will begin from the north side of the Community Park at approximately 9:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the Community Park, however if we reach capacity, parking will also be available at both the Forney Baptist Church and Forney High School. For more information about the event, please visit https://www.cityofforney.org/574/Independence-Day-Celebration.

Independence Day Celebration
Splash pad

Splash Pad Now Open

Summer is officially here! The Splash Pad at the Community Park, 541 S. FM 548, is  now open! The Splash Pad will open for the 2019 season. It will remain open daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the splash pad, which will remain open through Labor Day. 

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!


June 7 – Jurassic World (2015)
June 14 – Christopher Robin
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:


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

Concerts in the Park
Public Works Cover

TxDOT Hosts FM 548 Expansion Public Meeting

On May 28, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held a public hearing at North Forney High School to discuss the FM 548 expansion project and answer any questions from the public. Those who were unable to attend, may still submit comments about the project through June 12. A full schematic of the project is available to be viewed online. To view the schematic and submit any comments, please visit http://www.keepitmovingdallas.com/public-hearings/2019/fm-548-widening-and-reconstruction-from-north-of-us-80-to-sh-205-public-hearing?fbclid=IwAR1HNdjaARE9fYRxYE_WHR5DRZBy3EG4Gb4oj7saRbu8jsIo-xzPdMELe58.

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TXDOT Meeting 2
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Mosquito Spraying

City to Begin Proactively
Spraying Measures for Mosquitoes

The City of Forney began to proactively spray for mosquitoes on April 29. Spraying will continue on dates listed below, between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. The water soluble spray that is used to fog for the mosquitoes, will not harm animals. Residents will not want their pets and open windows in the path of the fog machine due to their residue and mild odor. Residents should take the following precautions during spraying:

  • Bring your pets inside for the night and bring in or cover any outdoor pet dishes
  • Cover ornamental ponds and birdbaths.
  • Do not go outside during spray time.  
  • Keep windows and doors closed during spraying.
  • If you have health problems, such as asthma, take special precautions as directed by your doctor, if necessary.

Mon., June 10, 2019 North of Hwy 80
Tues., June 11, 2019 South of Hwy 80
Wed., June 12, 2019 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., June 24, 2019 North of Hwy 80
Tues., June 25, 2019 South of Hwy 80
Wed., June 26, 2019 Parks, Off Road & Creeks 

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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