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.
First elected in 2006 Incumbent Place 3 City Council Candidate Robbie Powers recently addressed a small group of interested voters at the Chamber of Commerce Candidate Meet and Greet and curiously enough the tenured politician took no credit for any project that has come to fruition during her time on the Forney city council.
On Tuesday night Incumbent City Council Candidate Cory McGee challenged the status quo by standing up and speaking several obvious truths at the Forney Chamber of Commerce Candidate Meet and Greet.
In an effort to prevent the voters from questioning the incumbent candidate’s seeking election in the quickly approaching May General Election, Forney Chamber Chairman of the Board for 2016 Billie Kasper has concocted a “Meet the Candidate’s Night” in which the voters will not actually be allowed to speak, meet or question the candidate’s running for election to the Forney City Council or the Forney School Board.
At last weeks’ City Council meeting, Interim City Manager Charles Daniels confirmed to the community that he officially notified NextEra Resource, LLC that city attorney’s Bell-Nunnally had discovered sufficient reasons to request nullification of the contract negotiated by former City Manager Brian Brooks.
Listed on the Councils’ official agenda as “discuss and consider possible annexation of NextEra Corportaton”, Interim City Manager Daniels briefly described the letter he wrote in early March 2016 to officials at the conglomerate electric facility.
Last week well over a hundred Forney residents packed City Hall for at least the third time in three months to express their opinions on the future of Forney. With a critical council election on the horizon, a proposed beer store in downtown was not a popular idea and many residents had no problem expressing themselves to the Forney City Council.
Facing a standing room only crowd, Mayor Rick Wilson opened the meeting to a required Public Hearing needed to discuss and consider a variance requested by local business owner, Rita Dispain.
Facing a packed house of supporters, Forney Council Member’s Scott Regan and Ray Stephens spearheaded a motion to decal all City of Forney vehicles with the United States motto, “In God We Trust”.