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City of Forney Monthly Report

May 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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Victorian Village

City Expands Office and Retail Space with 'Victorian Village'

The Forney City Council took an extensive stride in attracting unique office and boutique-style retail tenants during the May 1 City Council meeting. Council members unanimously approved an agreement with the Garrett Moore Company to construct four 3-5,000 square foot buildings, modeled after the Victorian homes along Swiss Avenue in Dallas, on a 5-acre tract at the Chestnut and Main St. intersection near Downtown Forney.
“Forney has a need for Class A office space and this development really addresses that need.” said Forney EDC Director Warren Ketteman. Mr. Ketteman continued, “It also provides a “bookend” for our downtown and will serve as a catalyst for additional development in the immediate area.”
The mixed-use development will bring much needed retail and office space, in a one-of-a-kind setting. The “Victorian Village” will begin the first phase of construction with four buildings and with the belief that this type of real estate within the community will be in demand, looking to add more Victorian-style buildings as soon as possible.
“We are excited and honored to have the opportunity to work in and with the City of Forney.” said Terry Moore, of the Garrett Moore Company. He continued, “Although built new, the buildings we are constructing will resonate with the charm of the past and will blend well into the historic district.”
The Garrett Moore Company is a full-service development company headquartered in Dallas, that has more than 40 years of experience designing and developing properties. The Company has developed properties across the South, Midwest and DFW metroplex including Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth, along with Swiss Tower and City Place II, both in the pre-development phase and located in Downtown Dallas.
For more information about the project or for questions about leasing space within the development, please contact the Forney Economic Development Corporation at 972.564.7337.


Forney ISD Board of Trustees Approve Freeport-Exempt Status

During their last meeting, the Forney Independent School District Board of Trustees Board Meeting, the board unanimously approved Freeport-Exempt status, an economic development tool in the State of Texas which allows manufacturers and distributors located in a community to receive a property tax exemption on goods being shipped out of Texas within 175 days. Forney ISD joins the City of Forney and Kaufman County in approving the Freeport Exemption.
“I’m proud of the ways Forney ISD supports our local business community,” said Forney ISD Board of Trustee President, Keith Bell. “Enacting the Freeport Exemption is a large step forward in attracting new industry and enhancing our school district’s revenue potential.”
There are a number of elements that must be met for the Freeport Tax Exemption. The exemption applies to goods, wares, ores and merchandise other than oil, gas, and petroleum products and to aircraft or repair parts used by a certificated air carrier. In addition, the freeport goods qualify if they leave Texas within 175 days from the date they are brought into or acquired in the state and goods must be in Texas for assembling, storing, manufacturing, repair, maintenance, processing or fabricating purposes.
Warren Ketteman, Executive Director of the Forney Economic Development Corporation (EDC) said, “I want to thank the Forney ISD School Board for their leadership in supporting our community’s economic growth. I also want to thank Superintendent Suzanne McWilliams, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry and Finance Director John Chase for working with the EDC and City of Forney on this project.” 
With the school district passing Freeport-Exempt status, Forney can better compete for industrial development as a “Triple Freeport” community. 
For more information on Freeport and economic development in Forney, contact the Forney Economic Development Corporation at (972) 564-5808. 

Clean Up

Kaufman County
to Host Clean-up May 4 & 5

Kaufman County is sponsoring a county-wide clean-up that is FREE for all Kaufman County residents on May 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Forney residents and others in our area will find that the nearest county clean-up location will be the Precinct 2 Maintenance Barn, corner of FM 2932 and FM 741. County employees will be on hand to assist those who might need help. Proof of residence will be required in the form of a driver’s license or water bill. Some items that the county WILL NOT be able to take include television sets, computers, microwaves, latex paints, pesticide containers and household hazardous waste. 

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Forney Live Concert Series Hosts Darden Smith on May 11

On May 11, the Forney Arts Council continues their ForneyLive: House Concert series with Austin-based singer-songwriter Darden Smith. The acoustic concert will be at the Historic Spellman Home, 400 S. Center and begin at 7:30 p.m. With fourteen critically acclaimed albums in a career that has spanned almost three decades, Smith continues to write and tour across the US and Europe. When he isn’t touring, Smith also works on his ‘SongwritingWith’ collaborations that find him teaming up with, among others, U.S. soldiers transitioning to civilian life after combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tickets are $20 and the event is B.Y.O.B. For more information about the ForneyLive concert series or the Forney Arts Council, please visit

Monthly Sales Tax Report

In comparison to April 2017, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 15.20%. While the City did budget a conservative 7% increase, we have experienced an increase of 7.8% overall from the prior year. For a more detailed version, please feel free to click on any image. 


Print off Recycling Calendar Today!

Not sure which week to recycle? No worries, we have the 2018 recycling calendar for you! Earlier this month, Community Waste Disposal provided City staff with the recycling calendar for the City. The City of Forney is divided into two separate recycling zones that are each collected bi-weekly, with the zones divided by US Highway 80 and Zone A being located north of the highway and Zone B being located south of the highway. For more information and to print your schedule, please visit

May 2018
Community Development Permit Report

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Forney EDC
Entrepreneur Forum

FEDC Hosts Entrepreneur Forum

On April 26, the Forney EDC hosted their Entrepreneur Forum at the Spellman Museum, 200 S. Bois D’ Arc. Those attending received insight for several different perspectives including from our own EDC office, local entrepreneurs, as well as representatives from American National Bank and the Small Business Development Center in Athens. We hope that forums such as this one inspires a number of local entrepreneurs to make the leap and start their own business! Thanks to all that came and were involved in hosting this forum! 

SIOR Team Texas

Forney EDC Director
Joins Team Texas at SIOR in Austin

In mid April, Forney Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) Director Warren Ketteman attended the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Spring World Conference in Austin. As a member of Team Texas, Mr. Ketteman spoke with a number of retailers at the conference and had the opportunity to share a little bit about Forney. Mr. Ketteman has scheduled several follow-up meetings this week from contacts he met at the SIOR Conference. We hope the FEDC has connected with some great prospects at this event and look forward to possibly bringing several of them to Forney! 


Forney EDC Attends Economic Development Course at OU

On May 3, Stewart McGregor, with the Forney Economic Development Corporation graduated from the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute (OU EDI). The 117-hour training course provides professionals with up-to-date knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in today’s constantly-changing economic development marketplace. The course is the only professional-level program of its type in the country! 

Forney Fire Department
Outdoor Siren

This is only a test...

Did you know that every first Wednesday of the month we test our outdoor emergency sirens? These sirens are crucial in notifying residents that are outside, of approaching danger. Outdoor sirens are not only in operation when a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service, but when a tornado or funnel cloud is reported near the City, sustained winds are in excess of 70 miles per hour, verified reports of damaging hail and any other emergencies deemed appropriate. Most importantly, these outdoor sirens are designed to notify people that ARE OUTDOORS and not those inside their home!

Severe Weather Categories

Fire Department Shares Severe Weather Categories

Severe weather always poses a threat to North Texas because of our mild climate, but more so during the spring when cold air from the north and warm air from the Gulf of Mexico collides in our atmosphere. It’s vital to understand the severe weather risks in our area and that can mean the level of categorical risks. Whatever news station you watch, they will always use probability forecasts to give us the odds of severe weather and which area has the greatest odds compared to others. It’s extremely important to know these probability levels:

• 1-MRGL (dark green) - Marginal risk - An area of severe storms of either limited organization and longevity, or very low coverage and marginal intensity.
• 2-SLGT (yellow) - Slight risk - An area of organized severe storms, which is not widespread in coverage with varying levels of intensity.
• 3-ENH (orange) - Enhanced risk - An area of greater (relative to Slight risk) severe storm coverage with varying levels of intensity.
• 4-MDT (red) - Moderate risk - An area where widespread severe weather with several tornadoes and/or numerous severe thunderstorms is likely, some of which should be intense. This risk is usually reserved for days with several super cells producing intense tornadoes and/or very large hail, or an intense squall line with widespread damaging winds.
• 5-HIGH (magenta) - High risk - An area where a severe weather outbreak is expected from either numerous intense and long-tracked tornadoes or a long-lived derecho-producing thunderstorm complex that produces hurricane-force wind gusts and widespread damage.
Parks and Rec
Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram to Headline 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off at Community Park

The City of Forney is excited to announce that ‘Jack Ingram’ will be headlining the 2018 BBQ Cook-Off at Community Park, 241 S. FM 548 on June 1 and 2. Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Jack Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising, personally charged song craft and energetic, charismatic performances, earning him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters.
In the mid to late 2000’s, is when Ingram became a “name-to-know” among both Country and Texas-Country fans. From 2005 through 2010, Ingram produced 10 top-100 US Country singles and three top-15 singles, including his #1 hit “Wherever You Are” in 2005.
In 2016, Ingram independently released his most recent album, “Midnight Motel”. “It was really important to me at this point in my life to avoid thinking about any commercial decisions about the music,” Ingram explained. “Every night after my kids went to bed, I’d go into my music room and stay there until about three or four, just working out the songs like I did at the beginning of my career. I wanted to bring people into that space with me.”
In coming weeks, the City will also release several additional acts that will be opening for Ingram throughout the second day of the BBQ Cook-off.
There are also several sponsorship opportunities available, both monetary and in-kind. Those interested in sponsoring the event are asked to contact Special Events staff at or call 972.564.7329.


Celebrate Independence
Day on June 30 at Community Park

The City of Forney will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration at Community Park, 241 S. FM 548, on Saturday, June 30 beginning at 6 p.m. This FREE event will have activities for all ages including rides, food trucks, live entertainment and FIREWORKS! 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 ‘Inside out 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

Concert in Park

Summer Movie and Concert Dates and Acts Announced for 2018

The City is excited to announce the return of our most popular events throughout the summer of 2018. Beginning on May 10th and going through June 22nd, the City of Forney will once again host the ‘Movies in the Park’ and ‘Music in the Park’ series at the Spellman Amphitheater inside Community Park, 241 S. FM 548. The events will alternate weekly between Thursday night concerts and Friday night movies. Concerts will begin at 8 p.m. while movies are scheduled to begin at sunset. Gates to the event will open 1 hour prior to showtime. A new addition this year will include food trucks. Each concert will feature a different food truck, while concessions will be available for the movies. Residents may also bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers for each event. Dates and acts are as follows:

Music in the Park (starts at 8:00pm)

May 10 - Escape
May 17 - Live 80
May 24 - Guns 4 Hoses 
June 7 - All Funk Radio
June 14 - Desperado
June 21 - Big City Outlaws

Movie in the Park (starts at Sunset)

May 11 - Beauty and the Beast (2017)
May 18 - Despicable Me 3
May 25 - Meet the Robinsons
June 8 - Justice League
June 15 - Lion King
June 22 - Jumanji (2018)

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Coffee with Cops

Forney PD to Host
Coffee with Cops on May 25

On May 25, the Forney Police Department will host “Coffee with the Cops” at Mama’s Daughters’ Diner, 111 E. Main St., from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. We invite everyone to join the Forney Police Department and have a cup of coffee. This is a great opportunity to meet several of the officers or ask questions in a more comfortable environment. We look forward to seeing you and please don’t be shy!

The Forney Police Department would like to remind you....

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City Council Recognize Public Works Staff for National Public Works Week

During the May 1 City Council meeting, Mayor Rick Wilson and Council recognized all of the Public Works Department for the upcoming National Public Works Week which is May 20-26. The theme for 2018 is “The Power of Public Works”. From providing clean water to dispose of solid waste, to building and maintaining roads, to repairing emergency water leaks, or helping recover from natural disasters, public works services determine a society’s quality of life. Thanks to all of our Public Works employees for all they do and we look forward to celebrating each of you later this month!

Water Upon Water Upon Water.....

It’s never convenient or easy to fix a water leak, but heavy rain can make it extremely difficult. Earlier this month Public Works crews were in the process of fixing a leak near the intersection of Redbud and York, when a heavy downpour interrupted the repair efforts. It was going to take more than rain to stop the guys that day! Great work crew!

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City begins Proactively
Spraying Measures for Mosquitoes

The City of Forney has begun 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.
Upcoming spraying dates include:

Mon., May 7, 2018 North of Hwy 80
Tues., May 8, 2018 South of Hwy 80
Wed., May 9, 2018 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
Mon., May 21, 2018 North of Hwy 80
Tues., May 22, 2018 South of Hwy 80
Wed., May 23, 208 Parks, Off Road & Creeks 
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