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
Vote

Election Day is May 4

Election Day is this Saturday! 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. Those who have not voted, can do so at First Baptist Church in Forney from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Residents can find more information about the election, at www.cityofforney.org/electioninformation.

Kaufman County Cleanup

Kaufman County Clean-up
Days Scheduled for May 3 and 4

The annual Kaufman County Clean-Up day, sponsored by Kaufman County, which is free to all county residents, will take place on May 3 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Proof of residence will be required, however the county will not be taking tv’s, computers, microwaves, barbed wire, bricks, concrete, construction materials, rock roofing, shingles, brush, latex paint, pesticides, hazardous household waste and tires. The closest location for Forney area residents will be Precinct 2 maintenance barn located at the intersection of FM 2932 and FM 741. In addition, the Environmental Co-Op will be host as electronic recycling location at 1100 Airport Rd., on May 3 and 4 in Terrell. The Co-Op will be collecting electronic waste of any kind from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

Mudbug

NTMWD Announces 2019 Mudbug Festival on May 11

What better way to celebrate all things “mudbugs”! On Saturday May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, 655 Martin Ln. in Seagoville, will host the FREE Mudbug Festival and Fun Run. The FREE family-friendly event will have kids’ activities, face painting, LIVE animal presentations by the Dallas Zoo, education and conservation booths, food trucks, crawfish plates and so much more. In addition to all the activities, there will also be a 1K Kid’s Run, 5K and 10K, all of which will be along the levees throughout the Wetland Center. For more information about the event, please visit www.wetlandcenter.com.

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.

Monthly Finance Update - Through April 2019

In comparison to April 2018, the sales tax payment for the last month decreased by 6%. While the City did budget a conservative 5% increase, we have experienced an increase of 12% overall from the prior year.

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2019 CD
Developm,ent

How does a property get developed? 

Did you know that there’s a thorough process property owners must go through before being able to begin a project on their property in the City? That process doesn’t just involve one group or person either, it involves countless City staff, board appointees, City Council and many more. Those interested in developing a piece of property, constructing a building, or even remodeling a piece of property must first contact the Community Development (CD) Office. It is there, where they initiate their project with staff.
 
Once the requestor has completed all the information asked of them by the CD staff, a kick-off meeting will be held. It is during this meeting that the requestor will provide all information about the project including plans, plats, conceptual details and fee payments. CD staff will review the entire project and then begin the process to get the project on the agenda for a Planning & Zoning Meeting.
 
However, before the project can go before the Planning & Zoning Commission, it must meet with the Development Review Committee (DRC). The DRC is comprised or representatives from Community Development, Engineering, Public Works and Fire Department. Prior to the DRC meeting, all staff members from each department would have received the plans from the kick-off meeting. Any questions that these staff members have for the requestor, can be addressed during the DRC meeting.
 
Upon a successful DRC review process, all site plans, zoning and platting items are reviewed at the next Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting, which are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at City Hall. At this time, the plans may be approved, tabled or denied.  If approved or if denied and appealed, the site plan, zoning, or platting item under consideration will be reviewed at a City Council meeting. If approved by the City Council, you will move into the construction phase of the project. 

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 - April 2019

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Home Starts
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ED 2019
TDA

Forney EDC Attends TDA Luncheon

Last week, representatives from the Forney Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) attended the Texas Downtown Association North Central Texas Regional Roundtable in Downtown Garland. FEDC Director Warren Ketteman and Specialist Stewart McGregor served as guest speakers during the event and spoke about several things the FEDC has done to spark redevelopment in Downtown Forney. The pair discussed the façade and redevelopment grants that the FEDC offers and how grant has helped downtown businesses. Exhalt Realty, Riter Group and Eno’s Forney are all businesses that have applied and received grants through the Forney EDC. For more information, please visit www.forneytexasedc.org

FIRM

FEDC Hosts FIRM
Meeting for Local Business Leaders 

In late April, City staff along with the Economic Development Corporation hosted the Forney Industry Retention Meeting (FIRM) at the Spellman Museum of Forney History. The City regularly invites some of its largest employers to these meetings, in order to allow them to share what is going on or to announce any recent news about their business. The EDC also invited some of its economic development partners including Workforce Solutions, Trinity Valley Community College and the Small Business Development Center. This month, John Polster from Innovative Transportation Solutions, the Transportation Consultant for Kaufman County spoke about state project throughout the Kaufman County, including FM 1641, FM 548 and Highway 80. Current activity and more information about each project can be found on the Kaufman County website under the March Transportation Report. https://www.kaufmancounty.net/blog/category/news/

ACU

EDC is back on Campus

On Tuesday, April 16, Forney Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) Specialist Stewart McGregor spoke to a group of senior political science majors at his alma mater, Abilene Christian University. He spoke to the students about economic development and how the FEDC works to bring commercial development to the community. What does the FEDC use in attracting commercial development? For starters, man commercial businesses are interested in our area’s demographics, including population, median household income, median home price and so much more. All of which you can find on the FEDC website. For more information, please visit www.forneytexasedc.org.


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Ducks

Forney Fire Dept. Saves the Day

We’ve all heard the stories of firefighters rescuing cats out of trees, but this is a story that will ‘quack’ you up! A little after 7 p.m. on April 30, A Shift at the Central Fire Station, received a call that a mother duck and her ducklings had fallen into a drain hole near 404 College St. When the firefighters arrived on scene, the found the mother duck and all 12 ducklings trapped. After a quick rescue operation, the ducks were released in a safe area! Great job guys!

SMF Donation

Smurfit Kappa Makes Another Donation to Forney Fire Department

On April 26, Smurfit Kappa’s Health and Safety Manager Steven Bong, once again made a generous donation to the Forney Fire Department. Mr. Bong and Smurfit Kappa donated a number of power tools including a drill, cordless Sawzall, angle grinder and two lights. These tools would will help all shifts at the station and out on service calls. In addition to thanking Mr. Bong, we would also like to thank volunteer firefighter Tommy Chapman, whom is also employed at Smurfit Kappa. This is just one of several donations that Smurfit Kappa has made to the fire department within the last year, including the automated external defibrillators in February.

New Tanker to Arrive in May

Our new tanker is coming in hot! (No pun intended). Here are the most recent progress photos of our new Pierce Tanker that was recently purchased by the Emergency Services District #6. The Fire Department will be doing their final inspection on May 8th, and look forward to adding her to the family!

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Tanker 23
Tanker 3
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Easter PD

Thank you!

We have such wonderful residents! On Easter Sunday, we had special visitors from the Gospel Light Baptist Church. We'd like to thank the Anderson family for stopping by the station on this day and giving us a basket full of goodies! Thank you!

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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 set to open on May 24

Summer isn’t official until the Splash Pad at the Community Park, 541 S. FM 548, is open and that is happening soon! At 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, the Splash Pad will open for the 2017 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. 

BBQ Ribs

Sign-Ups Now Available
for 4th Annual BBQ Cook-Off

Everything is in place for the 4th annual BBQ Cook-Off on May 31 and June 1 later this year. However, we are missing one thing…..BBQ teams! All teams interested in competing in the BBQ Cook-Off can now sign up! For more information or to register your team, please visit https://secure.rec1.com/TX/forney-tx/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTc4NDM5OA==.

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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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., May 13, 2019 North of Hwy 80
Tues., May 14, 2019 South of Hwy 80
Wed., May 15, 2019 Parks, Off Road & Creeks
 
Mon., May 28, 2019 North of Hwy 80
Tues., May 29, 2019 South of Hwy 80
Wed., May 30, 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/.

Fire Hydrant Maintenance

Water Crews Perform
Hydrant Maintenance Across City

Did you know that fire hydrants must be maintained? In late April, the Public Works Department water crew performed required maintenance on the hydrants by oiling the operating nut and greasing the fire hydrant caps. The crew also flushed the hydrant to clear the main and track measurements from the water pressure and how many gallons-per-minute (GPM). Why is the gallons-per-minute important? The GPM reading is vital, because there has to be enough pressure in the hydrant to help suppress fires if the need ever arises near your home! 

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