The voters of Forney have voiced their opinions and without question they have chosen more of the same for the Forney City Council while endorsing change on the Forney ISD Board of Trustee’s.
The voters have re-elected both Place 3 Council Member Robbie Powers and Place 5 Council Member Mary Penn for another two-year term and elected two brand new FISD Board Trustee’s, Chad Johnson and Christopher Andrews.
The voters clearly see the issues plaguing Forney city hall therefore they need no further reason to hold their public officials accountable at the polls on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Facing a critical city council election, the voters of Forney are really voting for change; or for more of the same; it’s that simple.
Incumbent Candidate, Robbie Powers, has occupied the Place 3 council seat since 2006 and she is being challenged by candidate Amy Byers. And Incumbent Place 5 council member, Mary Penn, has been in the Place 5 position since 2010 and she is being challenged by candidate Mark Safford.
On Tuesday night the Forney City Council received an update from Interim City Manager Charles Daniels on progress made in renegotiating the contract signed between the City of Forney and Lumina Energy Center, formerly known as NextEra Energy.
Interim City Manager Daniels stated “I wanted to comment briefly on a meeting we had last week. Myself, the Mayor and the Mayor Pro-tem met with representatives from Lumina, who are the new owners of the NextEra power plant.”
Getting it absolutely right, on Tuesday morning the Forney City Council held a decal ceremony to officially observe the first few “In God We Trust” decals being affixed to several police and fire vehicles.
Last month Council Member Scott Regan spearheaded the initiative to have the “In God We Trust” decals put on all city vehicles and the outpouring of support by residents has been overwhelmingly in favor of the display of both the community’s Christian values and their support of the city’s police and fire personnel.
On Saturday, Forney City Council Candidate’s Amy Byers and Mark Safford held a Meet and Greet Reception at the Fox Hollow Amenity Center to speak about several issues currently facing the citizens of Forney.
Seeking election to the Place 3 council position, candidate Amy Byers is a resident of Fox Hollow and a member of the Fox Hollow Homeowner Association. Arranging the Saturday afternoon public meeting, Byers was joined by Place 5 council candidate Mark Safford and by Forney Mayor, Rick Wilson.
If you are one of the 612 voters who elected Forney Mayor Rick Wilson, just as I am, do not miss that he is speaking directly to the voters through the U.S. Mail in open endorsement of Incumbent, Place 1 Council Candidate Cory McGee, Place 3 Candidate Amy Byers and Place 5 Candidate Mark Safford.
Reaching the end of his first term in office, Wilson is finally reporting significant process made at City Hall through to issuance of “A personal message form Rick Wilson Mayor of Forney”.
Where do the voters rights begin and end when they have no other choice but to lay their trust in their elected officials, and the employees who these officials are responsible for supervising?
Trust is essential and the voters of Forney have the right to understand how their municipal government is managed by those they have placed their trust in. The citizens have the right to expect that their elected officials will not lie to them, manipulate them or use the power of their city hall against them.
The Forney City Council recently appointed Kaufman County Commissioner Skeet Phillips to represent Forney as the Chair of their Tax Incentive Finance Board.
Addressing the council on Tuesday night, Forney EDC Director Warren Ketteman stated “As your staff liaison for the TIF Board I was present at the meeting on March 31, 2016, with the new TIF Board that was established, and six out of the seven members was present at that meeting. One of the other members, Commissioner Phillips, had a previous commitment and he contacted me and let me know me know he would not be able to attend.”
Over the past several election cycles the citizens of Forney have justifiably held their City Council accountable on Election Day.
Starting with the ousting of former Mayor Pro-tem James Hatley, who lost the Place 4 council seat to Council Member Scott Regan by two votes in the May 2013 General Election, Forney voters have for some time now been on a quest to elect ethically responsible, fiscally transparent council members.
On Tuesday night after considerable discussion, the Forney City Council voted unanimously to approve amending the Forney Center Planned Development (PID) to allow the use of “auto leasing and rental” as an approved use.
On Tuesday night the City Council presented an official Certificate of Recognition to Forney resident, Kaden Kinnart, who was recently accepted into the United States Academy at West Point.
Incumbent Place 5 City Council Candidate Mary Penn recently addressed a small group of Forney voters where she thoroughly explained the hierarchy she uses when making important council decisions.
Attending the Candidate Meet and Greet hosted by the Forney Chamber of Commerce, Council Member Mary Penn is seeking her fourth term as the Place 5 Council Member and is being challenged for the seat by Forney businessman Mark Safford.