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City of Forney Monthly Report

September 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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City Welcomes New City Manager and Family

Before the September 4 City Council meeting, staff, residents and Council Members all welcomed new City Manager Tony Carson and his wife Lori during a pre-meeting reception. Mr. and Mrs. Carson spent time introducing themselves to everyone and enjoyed some refreshments. We are excited to have both Mr. and Mrs. Carson in Forney!

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ForneyLive House Concert Series Hosts Chris Wallin September 22

The Forney Arts Council is excited to host singer/songwriter Chris Wallin for the September 22 ForneyLive concert at the Historic Spellman House, 400 S. Center St, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Throughout his career, Wallin has established himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters. Wallin has written songs for some of the biggest names in Country music including “Love Me if You Can” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, “People Loving People” by Garth Brooks, “Something to be Proud Of” and “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry and many more. Tickets to the acoustic show are $18 and the concert is BYOB. For more information about the concert, please visit

Blood Drive

City to Host
Memorial Blood Drive September 11

The Community Park, 241 S. FM 548, will host a memorial blood drive on September 11 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and what easier way to help than by donating. Donating is quick and typically only takes 20 minutes. We encourage anyone to sign up because every donation counts. One donation can potentially save up to three lives, so let’s get all these slots filled. For more information or to reserve your spot to donate, please visit


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Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library Announces Story Time Dates

While some children were ushered to school earlier today, many parents are still in search of activities for their younger children to participate in……problem solved! The Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library have released their Fall Preschool Story Time and Toddler Story Time dates.
Geared toward children aged three to 5, Preschool Story Time will feature songs, stories and activities that will help any child prepare for school. Preschool Story Time will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on every Wednesday in September (12, 19 and 26.)
The library will also be having Toddle Story Time in September. This will be for children ages 1-2 and will feature activities that help toddlers develop social, motor and literacy skills. Toddler Story Time will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on September 10, 17 and 24 (all Monday’s). For more information about the Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library, please visit

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Did you know that you can sign up to receive practically all of the information the City of Forney distributes, whether it be jobs, board agendas, news items, press releases or even project updates. You can get all! The best part of all, you don’t have to be a resident. We understand that many people call Forney home that may not live in the City limits and they are welcome to sign up too! For more information on what you information you can sign up to receive, please visit

City Hall

Join a Board or Commission

We get calls from residents all the time asking about construction projects, economic development or what they would like to see in the City. We love answering as many of the calls as possible, but another way to stay “in-the-know” on what is going on throughout the City is by joining a board or commission. Most boards and commissions meet either monthly, bi-monthly or even when-needed. Whether you just moved to Forney or have lived here for 10+ years, we are always looking for residents with different backgrounds to apply to be on a board and its easy to apply! All you have to do is complete and application to serve on any City board or commission, which can be completed and submitted online. The form and descriptions of each board can be found online. To submit an application or find out more information about each board, please visit

Monthly Sales Tax Report

In comparison to August 2017, the sales tax payment for the last month increased by 13.14%. While the City did budget a conservative 7% increase, we have experienced an increase of 8.96% overall from the prior year. 
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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

August 2018
Community Development Permit Report

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Forney EDC

FEDC Attends 2018 NTCAR Expo in Dallas

Yesterday, representatives from the Forney Economic Development Department attended the annual North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals (NTCAR) event in Dallas. The Forney EDC used the commercial real estate expo as an opportunity to showcase what our City has to offer to commercial real estate and development professionals. What does the Forney EDC gain out of attending events such as NTCAR? Well, it was during the NTCAR expo in 2017 that representatives from the Forney EDC met with the future developers of the “Victorian Village” business project that will soon be breaking ground. These events and expos are vital in showcasing everything the City of Forney has to offer! 

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Makes Donation to FFD

In late August, Smurfit Kappa Health and Safety Manager, Seven Bong, stopped by Central Fire Station to drop off some donations for the Forney Fire Department. Mr. Bong provided the firefighters with several Milwaukee power tools! Assistant Fire Chief Pyle, Fire Chief Townsend, Volunteer Firefighter Chapman, and firefighters McCreary, Keith and Jacobs all accepted the gift on behalf of the Fire Department. Thanks to Smurfit Kappa and Mr. Bong for their generous donation! 

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Fire Department Film Additional Cooking Videos, to be Released Soon

Guess what the Fire Department recently filmed? We had such a great response from everyone about our “Open Flame” cooking videos that we decided to do some more! We had three more firefighters along with our host, Firefighter Atkins, plate up some pretty amazing meals that we can’t wait to share. If you have missed any of the “Open Flame” videos so far, don’t worry you can view them all on YouTube at

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Fire Combat Challenge Team Qualifies for National, World Finals

Last week, the Forney Combat Challenge Team participated in the Grand Island, Nebraska, Challenge and they came home with some hardware! On the first day of competition, the Forney Combat Challenge Team finished in 4th place in the team competition and all firefighters participating finished in the top 23! The second day of competition included the team tandem events. Dangeruss Animal, a team comprised of Lt. Bannister and Firefighter Miller finished second overall, while Aggressively Average were anything but average. The team comprised of Lt. Lawson and Firefighter Boroughs finished in fifth. Congratulations to all the guys. We know how much work they put into the challenge and can’t wait until Nationals and Worlds to root them on! 

Parks and Rec

You are invited to Trail of Treats on October 27

We have set the date for Trail of Treats! On October 27, Community Park will host the annual event from 4 to 6 p.m. and are inviting all businesses and organizations to participate. This year, we will be limited to 75 Candy Stations along the trail, so those that are interested in participating as a Candy Station are encouraged to fill out an online application. For more information about the event or how you can participate, please visit

The Forney Event Calendar is Here!

Christmas in July? Ice in the summer? Well not exactly, but we have dates for our Fall and Winter events for you! Forney on Ice is back this year and we can’t wait to bring the ice rink excitement back to Community Park beginning on November 30. For all of the upcoming event dates for the Fall and Winter, check out our Event Calendar. Don’t forget to mark the dates down!


Splash Pad to Close September 7

It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of the Community Park Splash Pad on September 7, as Friday will be the last day that the Splash Pad is open. While it is always sad when we close the Splash Pad, it’s a sign than lower temperatures and other popular events like Trail of Treats and Christmas in the Park are quickly approaching!

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National Night Out set for October 2

It may be too hot to think about a block party right now, but National Night Out is only a few months away! Held on the first Tuesday in October, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that both the Forney Fire and Police Departments participate in. This program enhances the relationship that first responders have with residents, while bringing back a true sense of community. If you would like either of the departments to visit your block party, we encourage you to contact them. Those interested may contact the FPD at 972.564.2106 or the FFD at 972.564.2211.

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Cedar Street gets a Lift, with Help from Public Works

In late August, Public Works crews began a small project on Cedar street. To correct a “dip” that had appeared in the roadway, crews removed almost a foot and a half of the street to add more base to the street. With this added base and pavement, the street will no longer have any issues regarding the “dip”. Residents can report any street issues through the “In the Loop” mobile app. For more information about “In the Loop”, please visit

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CIP Project Pages Offer In Depth Look into Projects across City

We’ve got a lot going on right now across the City, construction-wise, and with all of the construction comes questions about what the projects are for? Luckily, there is one place where you can go to find project updates, timelines, activity, cost and so much more! The Capital Improvement Program has pages designed specifically for each current CIP project. To view each project, please visit

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