The Forney Fire Department (FFD) was recently notified that the department would be receiving a three-year grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would provide a substantial amount of funding that would allow the department to hire an additional six firefighters.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments to help them increase or maintain the number of trained firefighters.
County Judge Bruce Wood recently announced that he will not seek re-election as Kaufman County Judge during the 2018 election cycle. Wood has been elected for two terms, and will complete his second term on December 31, 2018.
On Thursday night a large crowd of Forney residents watched as their City Council simply imploded with the impact of Mayor Rick Wilson explaining that council members Mary Penn and Kevin Moon had initiated and conducted an illegal Executive Session in violation of the Open Meetings Act.
City Manager James Fisher recently elaborated on the water issues facing Forney while discussing the budgetary needs of the Water and Sewer Department.
While detailing the departments’ expenditure requests, Fisher said “There are sewer cameras at $130,000.00. Transportation and safety stuff for our guys for $9,500.00, a vacuum combination truck that cost about $260,000, those are those big trucks
After a month of meetings in which the citizens of Forney discovered that their city’s financial stability could be drastically affected by the loss of its wholesale water sales; hundreds of citizens are collectively preparing to recall from office, Place 5 Council Member Mary Penn and Place 2 Council Member Robbie Powers.
For years transparency in its truest form was not regularly practiced at Forney City Hall, however under the guidance of new City Manager James Fisher and attorney Jon Thatcher, the City of Forney is being brought into a new light of respectable operations.
Having conducted several budget workshops during the past month, City Manager James Fisher is now finalizing the 2018 Operating Budget in order to officially present the document to the City Council for approval.
A seasoned city manager with decades of municipal management experience, during the third budget workshop meeting on June 27, 2017 Fisher extensively reviewed the budget request made by each of the city departments.
Forney Mayor Rick Wilson recently addressed the community about the water district issues currently plaguing Forney taxpayers.
On Thursday night before a large group of citizens, Mayor Rick Wilson stated “These water districts have tried to divert some of their infrastructure costs through our TIRZ
Like the heat in Texas, residential development in and around Forney is definitely on the rise.
The Forney Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday evening and on their official agenda is approval consideration for one residential development within the city limits, and two residential developments located within Forney’s ETCJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction).
Last week, Congressman Jeb Hensarling met with North Forney High School AP Student and 2017 Congressional Art Competition winner for the 5th District of Texas, Amanda Villarreal.
Villarreal’s artwork is titled “Friday Night Lights” and will remain on display in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
For several weeks now the citizens of Forney have been escalating their collective voices regarding their displeasure with several city council members, and on Thursday night former Mayor Pro-tem Ray Stephens very openly and honestly spoke about the political motivation behind the actions of the “Grooms Quartet.”
Addressing the council before a room packed with concerned citizens, Ray Stephens said “We as a council gave our word to Markout that we’d do this. They planned on it and now we've backed out for no reason.
The Forney City Council will only convene once during the month of July; this coming Thursday night July 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Listed for consideration among several action items will be Action Item #3; discuss and consider a possible Motion to Reconsider and receive public comment on the Maintenance and Service Agreement between the City of Forney and Markout Water Supply Corporation.
It appears that the city council will hear from the residents of Forney in regard to the termination of the Markout Water Supply Maintenance Agreement, after all.