On Tuesday evening after a long Executive Session the Forney City Council made several Board and Commission appointments. Clearly jockeying for political leverage, the council debated appointments for pivotal seats on the EDC Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission and within minutes of beginning the discussion it was apparent that the council was split in their opinions of several applicants.
Kicking off the nominations, Council Member David Johnson attempted to make one motion to appoint four different individuals to the Forney Planning and Zoning Commission.
At their last meeting, the Forney Council approved the Forney’s EDC’s request to amend their 2016 Fiscal Year Operating Budget by $51,685.00 which is to be spent on a new roof and building renovations at 106 East Main Street, an EDC owned property.
One of several downtown properties owned by the Forney EDC,
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After a distinguished career with the Forney Police Department, Chief Rick Barnes has announced his plans to retire after more than 37 years of exceptional service to the City of Forney. Chief Barnes began his career with the Forney Police Department in 1979 and became Chief in January 1987, where he has continued to serve in that capacity.
On June 30, 2016 twenty-five positions will become open to appointment on the various boards and commissions serving the Forney City Council. Over the past few election cycles, voters have seen fit to elect a new mayor and several new council members who will at their next meeting make several important advisory appointments.
Boards and Commissions such as the Forney Economic Development Board, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Board provide service to the council by making important, financially directive decisions that must be subsequently approved by the members of the city council.
In 2013, Kaufman County voters overwhelmingly voted to approve the passage of the $57 Million Road Bond Program. Kaufman County got off to a quick start by entering into agreements with the cities of Kaufman and Terrell on several projects.
Those projects included the SH 34 Bypass and CR 151 in Kaufman and Spur 557 Frontage Road and FM 148 North projects in Terrell.
To date, SH 34 Bypass is 95% constructed and is expected to be complete in July, 2016. CR 151 designs are complete and the city of Kaufman is planning to let the project for construction sometime this fall.
While in Terrell, Spur 557 is substantially complete with some pedestrian facilities and vegetation remaining to be installed. FM 148 North is scheduled to be let for construction by September 2017.
With the recent installation of a Quiet Zone through the downtown area of Forney, as of August 8, 2016 the Union Pacific Railroad will no longer be able to sound their horns through the designated zone, which includes the Bois d’ Arc, Elm, Center and Chestnut Street crossings and the FM 548 crossing.
Last week the Forney City Council saw little recourse as they again discussed the one million dollar over estimate engineering cost associated with Redbud Street repairs.
Redbud is one of three streets that is proposed to be part of a $2.5 million dollar municipal bond package. The estimated cost for the repairs for each of the three streets and particularly Redbud, have now increased considerably.
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City residents will be able to sleep more soundly, as the City of Forney submitted a notice of establishment of a Quiet Zone to the Federal Railroad Administration, the final step of the Quiet Zone process. As of August 8, the Union Pacific Railroad will no longer be able to sound their horns through the designated Quiet Zone, which includes the Bois d’ Arc, Elm, Center and Chestnut Street crossings, along with the FM 548 crossing.
The Forney City Council formerly approved a Conditional Use Permit for the Forney Arts Council to add a Farmers Market to their 2nd Saturday Artisan market. The Second Saturday Market is a small shopping event that highlights local and other artisans than create handmade gift and home items.
On Tuesday night the Forney City Council extensively reviewed each of the Consent Items listed on their official agenda and after little discussion denied Consent Item #3, a one year extension for approval on the preliminary plat for the Lakewood Trails development.
This housing development is proposed to be located south of F.M. 741 and west of High Country Lane and is one of many developments.
At their Tuesday evening meeting, several Forney Council Member’s stood up for the dozens of area residents who are adamantly against the development of another strip shopping center to be located very near the rail road tracks at FM 548 and FM 1641.
Highly disputed by the citizens disgusted with the high amount of traffic within this area of Forney, the City Council finally took a stand and voted to deny approval of the final plat for the Lucky Three Forney Crossing shopping center in spite of legal threats made by property owner and local developer, Tim Ollivette.
Holding a three hour meeting on Tuesday night, the Forney City Council exploded with authority as they openly projected a change in attitude as it pertains to granting their final consent to projects for which they still have concerns.
The days of backroom, hushed up development deals are finally over and last night several members of the council openly expressed their right and desire to comprehensively understand any and all business before them, prior to voting their consent.