Forney City Council Names James Fisher New City Manager

 

Kyle Rouvaldt
City of Forney
Public Information Officer

The Forney City Council voted to appoint James Fisher as the new City Manager of Forney at the July 27 special meeting. Fisher had previously served as the City Manager in Murphy, Texas since March 2016 and has more than 27 years experience in municipal government.


 

 AG Paxton Files Suit Against City of Austin to Defend Open Carry Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the City of Austin today to bring the city into compliance with the State’s Open Carry laws.

On July 5, 2016, the Attorney General gave Austin final notice to comply with the law, but Austin refused.

Today’s lawsuit requires Austin to allow citizens to lawfully carry firearms in Austin City Hall, as the law expressly forces it to do.

 
    Assistant City Manager Corson Refuses to Comply with Attorney General Ruling

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

After years of reporting on corruption within Forney City Hall, it disappoints me greatly to explain that Assistant City Manager Leigh Corson last week outright refused to comply with an Attorney Generals’ Open Records Division ruling which required the release of text messages retrieved from the cell phone of former city manager, Brian Brooks.

In May 2016, The Forney Post published “Discovery of Explicit Texting Actually Led to Brooks Resignation

 
 Forney Planning and Zoning Approves Raising Cains Site Plans

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

The Forney Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved site plans for a Raising Cain’s restaurant to be built on the last open corner of the FM 548 at US Highway 80 intersection.

Detailing the site plans for the new restaurant, Development Director Peter Morgan explained “The property is zoned within the General Retail District and consists of 0.968 acres located east of F.M. 548 and south of U.S. Highway.

EDC Director Changes HOT Funds Review Process without Council Approval

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

Without acknowledging that the application process has again been changed, the Forney EDC Board of Directors recently voted to distribute $157,800.00 from the city’s Hotel Motel Occupancy Tax Fund.

The annual distribution of HOT Funds has been controversial in years past and therefore heavily monitored by the City Council.

 
    FREE ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT ANNOUNCED BY ENVIRONMENTAL CO-OP 

Environmental Co-op hosts free public electronic recycling event coming up Saturday, August 6th at 1100 Airport Road in Terrell from 9:00am to Noon.

This event is made possible with support from City of Terrell; Kaufman County; Progressive Waste Solutions; and Nucor Building Systems.

 
Forney Moves Forward - Gone Are the Days

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

A Post Editorial

Just over a year ago, Forney voters elected a new Mayor and two new Council Members and for months now the council has been in the process of hiring a new city manager and a new staff attorney.

Critical Blood Shortage Red Cross Urges Blood Donors to Give Now

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains.

The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

At times, blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand.

 
  Kaufman County Awarded Contract for US 80 Ramp Project

In an ongoing effort to enhance state roadways and improve safety, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved a contract to relocate the entrance and exit ramps on US 80 between FM 460 and FM 740.

The $5.04 million contract was awarded to Ed Bell Construction Company.

 
 City of Kaufman SWAT Team Responds After Shot Fired

Kaufman Police Officers responded to an address in the 200 block of Cates Drive in the City of Kaufman in reference to a Welfare Concern. Officers attempted to make entry to check on the individual when someone in the residence fired a shot. 

Officers secured the area and requested a SWAT Team.

Officers attempted to make contact with the individual for more than 2 hours with no response.

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