The Forney City Council has packed the November 6, 2018 council agenda with three public hearings, thirteen action items and an Executive Session that is also packed with important decisions that affect the city’s future.
The taxpayers of Forney need know that the City Council intends on considering and then approving the “Highway 80 Bridge Project Closeout” within a Closed Executive Session.
After a very long meeting that will be followed by an Executive Session, it is expected that the City Council will vote to approve a $1,386,838.57 payment to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) that is the result of yet another “Brooks error”.
This $1,386,838.57 million dollar payment to TxDOT is a direct result of a large group of design and construction change orders that have been deemed by TxDOT to be “unqualified expenditures” for the Gateway Bridge Project.
The Demand for Payment Invoice from TxDOT has been in the possession of the City Manager’s office since May 29, 2018. The City Council has never publicly discussed this invoice or the many errors made by their former city manager in connection to the Gateway Bridge TIF/TRIZ Agreement. And it appears that they don’t intend to publicly deliberate on the situation now.
However, because TxDOT is now mere days from submitting this unpaid invoice to the Texas Attorney General’s Office for forced collection, the Forney City Council and more specifically Council Member Shaun Myers intend to put forth to the community that the Council must "act immediately" to resolve this latest financial situation.
It has been confirmed that the council meeting will be led by Council Member Mary Penn due to the inability of Mayor Rick Wilson to attend this meeting due to a family medical situation.
Written by: Denise Bell