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City of Forney Monthly Report

June 2017

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. 


City Offices to Close for Independence Day

On Tuesday, July 4, all City offices, including City Hall, Layden Senior Center and Community Development will be closed in observance of Independence Day. The City will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. The Forney Fire and Police Departments will operate during all holidays under normal working hours. 

Bell Park

City Seeking Applications to Serve on Boards and Commissions

The City is looking for qualified, energetic applicants to serve on our boards and commissions.  Your interest in serving the community is greatly appreciated and all applications will be given consideration. Annual appointments to our boards and commissions will be on the June 20, 2017 agenda for consideration by the City Council.  Applicants must live in the city limits of the City of Forney.
The Application to Serve on City of Forney Boards and Commissions can be completed and submitted online.  It is located on our website at on the city secretary’s page.  You may also obtain an application by calling Dorothy Brooks at 972-564-7302 to request that an application be mailed or emailed to you.  Completed applications should be mailed to Dorothy Brooks, City Secretary, at P. O. Box 826, Forney, Texas 75126.  You can also drop off a copy at City Hall located at 101 E. Main Street.  

Gardening Promo

City to Host Popular Lawncare and Garden Classes for Area Residents

The City of Forney has once again decided to host a Texas A&M AgriLife Water University classes for residents. The FREE classe will be held on June 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. inside the Council Chambers, 101 E. Main St. The class will cover vegetable gardens! The class will teach the in’s and out’s to any aspiring gardener. You will learn proper soil preparation, garden design, disease and insect identification, and the time needed to germinate seeds. We look forward to having large classes again this year! For more information on each, please visit

Pre School Summer Story Time

Library Releases
Summer Story Time Dates

Come join the Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library, 1800 College Ave., as they host Preschool Summer Story Time for children ages 2 – 5. Dates for the 2017 Summer Story Time include June 14 – S is for Summer Stories, June 29 – Growing Green, July 12 – Construction Zone and July 26 – Home Sweet Home. Each story time will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and parents are asked to stay with their children during the event. For more information about the Preschool Summer Story Time and other events at the library, please visit

Summer Reading Library Information

Join the Summer Reading Club at Ellen Brooks Memorial West Library

Are you ready to explore this summer? The Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library Central Library, 1800 College Ave., invites all residents to take an adventure through a book and their imagination with the Summer Reading Club. Library cardholders ages 2 – 12, who are in good standing along with their guardian or parent, are eligible to participate. Don’t have a library card? Cards are FREE for Forney ISD Residents. Children may register online for the Summer Reading Club from May 30 until June 29. Children who participate in the club are eligible to earn a weekly prize by reading 3 hours each week, recording the hours on their time log and returning the completed log to the library with their library card. Children redeeming their time log each week will also be entered into a weekly prize drawing with their card. Time logs may only be redeemed for the current week, to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information about the summer reading program and to register your child, please visit

TxDOT Provides Project
Updates on State of All Kaufman County Projects

The City of Forney and Kaufman County are experiencing rapid growth. To better cope with this large amount of growth, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has begun planning a number of projects within Kaufman County. To help residents better understand what these projects are, what their timeline is, and where they will take place, TxDOT has provided the City with their most recent Transportation Planning Report. Residents are encouraged to read the report and educate themselves on all of the projects that are currently under construction in our area. To read the full report, please visit

Monthly Sales Tax Report

In comparison to May 2016, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 8.26%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, we have experienced an increase of 9.58% overall from the prior year.  

Utility Fund Expenses
Utility Funds Revenue
General Fund Expenses
General Fund Revenues
Community Development
Animal Shelter Construction

New Animal Shelter Inches Closer Towards Completion 

The City of Forney is currently in the process of constructing a new Animal Shelter Facility. As of June 6, the new animal shelter will be having the glass building front installed. This installation will signal the completion of the exterior work on the new shelter. While the majority of the interior work remains, we are still continuing towards our target completion date. The new animal shelter is to be completed in late July and we look forward to having a grand opening and open house in the near future. 

Monthly Permit Reports

The following numbers represent the home and commercial starts during the month of May. Also attached are the values of all permits throughout the month. 

Monthly Permit Reports - May 2017
Month of May 2017 - Home Starts
May 2017 - Commercial Starts
Forney EDC

Downtown Construction Project Advancing Quickly

The downtown parking project continues and is currently on time in their process.  Starting on Wednesday, June 7, construction will transfer to the north side of Main, in front of the row containing City Hall and Mama's Daughters' Diner.  These businesses will still be open and accessible.  There are 130 off street parking spaces currently available behind City Hall, the back of the Subcourthouse and the rear portion of the FISD Academic Center.  Public parking directional signage has been added around downtown to help drivers know where to park off street.  Also, there is a Friday morning construction summit at the Forney Donut Shop at Main & Bois D'Arc.  These meetings are open to the public and start at 7:30 a.m.  The contractor, EDC Director and Public Works Director are all present at these meetings to review the plans and meet with the public/business owners.  If you would like more information on this project, please call our office: (972) 564-5808.
Downtown Enhancement Project
ISCS Las Vegas 2017

FEDC Attends
ICSC RECon in Las Vegas

In late May, the Forney Economic Development staff and several board members attended the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon. This convention brought 37,000 professionals in real estate, development, retail/restaurant operations and public sector employees to the show.  Over the course of three days, the EDC met with quite a few people regarding Forney's growth and need for retail.  Many of the retailers are already familiar with the Forney area and the rapid growth we are experiencing.  Due to several large communities near Forney, some of the stores said they are close to wanting to be in Forney, but aren't quite ready to build until our population grows a little more.  Retail and "rooftops" go hand-in-hand when it comes to attracting these services.  The housing development and high median income are a positive direction for Forney's development as we continue our relationship with retailers and developers.  Last year, EDC staff met with Christian Brothers Automotive.  They showed them the City's demographic profile and due to that meeting, Forney is getting a Christian Brothers Automotive store.  EDC Staff have been following up with contacts from this years show and look forward to working with those who are interested in our market and growth.

Photo of Summer Intern

Forney EDC
Welcomes Summer Intern

The Forney EDC would like to give a warm welcome to Ms. Elenor Griffith, our summer intern.  Elenor is a junior at Southern Methodist University, where she is double majoring in Economics and Markets & Culture.  Originally from Austin, Elenor brings a wealth of knowledge having held previous internships in property management and a congressional campaign.  Her main task this summer is to identify potential redevelopment projects within the downtown and US 80 corridor.  Within her first week, she has already gotten busy meeting Forney business owners and researching downtown property.

Forney Fire Department
FSCEO Program Group Photo

Forney Fire Captain Attends TEEX Training School at TAMU

Forney Fire Department Captain Phillip Pyle was recently selected to attend the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer training course, taught by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Admittance into the CEO course is extremely competitive with applicants going through a competitive process in order to be selected.  The program is delivered by professors from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and is designed to provide advanced level professional development to sharpen leadership skills of executives within the fire service. Great job Captain Pyle!

Fire Department Participates in Pump Operation Training

Did you know that every fire engine is equipped with monitors that are designed to not only be stationary, but allow water to flow without having to be held by firefighters? For instance, one common monitor is the deck gun. The deck gun is permanently mounted on top of the engine and is plumbed at the time the engine is being constructed. The deck gun can be rotated, raised, and lowered, while the nozzle can be adjusted to flow the water in a straight seam or fog pattern depending on the need. The deck gun may also flow to 1,500 gallons per minute, which is determined by the pump that supplies it. Another monitor that can be used is a fire line, which is set where needed and allows firefighters to stand by and make adjustments to direction and flow as needed. It is typically connected to a 3" fire line. A fire line that large is too heavy and cumbersome to be used as a hand line by firefighters. If firefighters must use a 3" line they usually get set where the fire line is needed and two firefighters man the hose to maintain control. The ground is sometimes used to counteract the back pressure created by the nozzle reaction, each of which flow large amounts of water. These devices are used for large fires that require large amounts of water or for protecting structures within close proximity to fire or high winds.

Pump Panel
Deck Gun
Fire Line Monitor
Parks and Rec
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Celebrate Independence
Day on July 1 at Community Park

The City of Forney will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration at Community Park, 241 S. FM 548, on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 6 p.m. This FREE event will have activities for all ages including rides, food trucks, live entertainment and FIREWORKS! Free carnival-like rides 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 the In10City Band will be playing live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Known for their high energy, engaging and interactive concerts, the In10City band has quickly set the bar for party bands in the southwest. We are excited to have them and their amazing ensemble and know they will rock!
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

2017 Movies & Concerts in the Park
Series Continues Throughout the Summer

The City of Forney Special Events Department is excited to release the movie and music lineups for the popular Movies & Music in the Park events this summer, all of which are held at the Spellman Amphitheater, 241 S. FM 548.  These FREE events are open to all and have become some of the more popular annual events the City hosts.
All Movies in the Park this year will have a family theme! As in years past, all movies are on Friday nights and will begin at sunset. Gates to the amphitheater will open one hour before the movie is set to begin, with prize drawings held 15 minutes prior to showtime. The lineup is as follows: 

June 16th - Sing
July 14th - Little Mermaid
July 28th - Lego Batman

We hope you are ready to rock this summer because the Concerts in the Park lineup will blow you away! On Thursday nights at 8 p.m., the Spellman Amphitheater is the place to be! Gates to the amphitheater will open 1 hour prior to showtime and each concert this year will feature a different local food truck! The concert lineup is as follows:

June 8th - Tuxedo Cats (
June 22nd – Kraig Parker (Elvis Impersonator) (
July 6th - Counterfeit Radio (
July 20th - The Powell Brothers (

For more information about the events, please visit

Forney Community Band

Forney Community
Band Announces Summer Concerts

The Forney Community Band has announced it summer concert dates! The Forney Community Band, comprised of residents, will hold two FREE concerts at the Spellman Amphitheater, 241 S. FM 548, on June 25 and July 30 at 8 p.m. If you love live music and an orchestra sound, this concert is for you! For more information or questions, please email

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CPA Graduating Class

Police Department Celebrates
first CPA Graduating Class

On May 23, the Forney Police Department recognized the graduates of their first Citizens Police Academy. The first CPA class had 27 graduates after the 12-week course, which offered residents a unique, hands-on experience of law enforcement practices such as recruitment, training, narcotics, firearms and the School Resource Officers. The CPA class also served as a wonderful opportunity for residents to get to better understand the Forney Police Department and establish a closer connection with the community. Plans are already underway for the second class in either late 2017 or early 2018. We will pass along all the information when it becomes available. 

Residents Thank FPD During Police Week

The Forney Police Department (FPD) is extremely lucky to have such caring and generous residents, and that was never more present than during 2017 National Police Week. Throughout the entire week of May 15, various local businesses and residents routinely dropped of perishable goods thanking FPD for all they do. The FPD would in turn like to thank all of the residents who made the week of May 15 special!

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PW Cover Photo

Public Works Crews Repave CR 212 with Asphalt

With the development of the Gateway area, including Gateway Parks, County Road (CR) 212 has been put under a large amount of stress recently with all of the construction trucks travelling down the road. This increased traffic of large vehicles has taken its toll not only on CR 212 but also residents who used the road daily. During the week of May 29, Public Works crews worked to repave CR 212 with new asphalt and provide some relief for drivers during their commute.

CR 212 Repave Project 1
CR 212 Repave Project 2
CR 212 Repave Project 3

City to Proactively Spray for Mosquitoes 

The City of Forney continues to proactively spray for mosquitoes, between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. The water soluble spray that will be 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.
 All spraying dates are listed below:
Mon., June 12, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., June 13, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., June 14, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
Mon., June 26, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., June 27, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., June 28, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
Mon., July 10, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., July 11, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., July 12, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
Mon., July 24, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., July 25, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., July 26, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks 
Mon., August 14, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., August 15, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., August 16, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
Mon., August 28, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., August 29, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., August 30 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
Mon., September 11, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., September 12, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., September 13, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
Mon., September 25, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., September 26, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., September 27, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
Mon., October 16, 2017 North of Hwy 80
Tues., October 17, 2017 South of Hwy 80
Wed., October 18, 2017 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
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