At their last meeting, in response to Interim City Manager Charles Daniels bi-monthly report, Mayor Pro-tem Ray Stephens made a very specific request to add policy regarding electronic recording devices and cell phones, to the councils adopted rules and procedures.
Mayor Pro-tem Ray Stephens requested, “For future meetings, I don’t need to get a second from another council member just for you to hear what I have to say.
On Thursday the Forney Chamber of Commerce held their August membership luncheon at which Keynote Speaker, Texas Senator Bob Hall, enlightened the business organization on his economic plan to improve Texas roadway funding.
Representing District 2, Senator Hall stated “I have a plan I’ve put together for changing how we fund roads. Transportation funding has gone lacking in Texas. And I’ll point to what I call the Rick brother’s, Rick Williamson and Rick Perry. They came up with a plan to go with Private Equity Funding for our roads which has resulted in all the Toll Roads around in state instead of indexing the gas taxes and the road taxes and actually funding transportation. Which is a core government function that should be funded, they let that go lacking.”
On June 24, the City of Forney submitted a Notice of Establishment to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in regards to the Downtown Quiet Zone, which was to be in effect on August 8.
Last week the Forney City Council denied a staff request to enter into a ten year leasing agreement that would have allowed 3 Rooms Communications, a small independent Internet provider, to exclusively lease space on each of Forney’s water towers for a mere $150.00 per month.
Without hesitation or compromise, the Forney City Council tabled the Forney EDC Board of Director’s request for this year’s Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund awards after discovering that EDC Director Warren Ketteman did not follow the council’s adopted procedures for vetting HOT Funds applicants.
On Tuesday night the Forney City Council declined to give their approval on site plans submitted for a Raising Cane’s restaurant which is proposed to be built at FM 548 and US Highway 80, very near the railroad tracks.
Extremely concerned for the safety of the thousands of Forney residents who travel through this intersection each day, Mayor Rick Wilson and Council Member’s Ray Stephens, Cory McGee and Scott Regan thoroughly explained to Raising Cain's representatives their multiple objections to the restaurants site plans, as well as to the Traffic Impact Analysis provided the developer by the Texas Department of Public Transportation (TxDOT).
The City of Forney is proud to announce the selection of Jon Thatcher as the City’s new City Attorney. On August 2, City Council voted to appoint Thatcher to the position. Thatcher, who was interviewed on July 7 along with three other finalists, has nearly ten years of experience working with local governments.
Upon returning from an almost month long vacation, tomorrow night the City Council will debate the distribution of Hotel Occupancy Tax Funds and again the city manager’s office has found a way to be less than transparent about these tax dollars.
The annual distribution of HOT Funds has been highly controversial since October 2012 when former City Manager Brian Brooks promoted the hiring of a Special Events Coordinator to oversee the city’s participation in several community events including the Christmas festival formally known as Forney’s Hometown Christmas.
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The Forney City Council voted to appoint James Fisher as the new City Manager of Forney at the July 27 special meeting. Fisher had previously served as the City Manager in Murphy, Texas since March 2016 and has more than 27 years experience in municipal government.
Mayor Rick Wilson and the City Council were unified in conveying the qualities the new Forney City Manger must possess to Keller-based Strategic Government Relations (SGR), who performed the search.
Without acknowledging that the application process has again been changed, the Forney EDC Board of Directors recently voted to distribute $157,800.00 from the city’s Hotel Motel Occupancy Tax Fund.
The annual distribution of HOT Funds has been controversial in years past and therefore heavily monitored by the City Council.
Just over a year ago, Forney voters elected a new Mayor and two new Council Members and for months now the council has been in the process of hiring a new city manager and a new staff attorney.
Kaufman Police Officers responded to an address in the 200 block of Cates Drive in the City of Kaufman in reference to a Welfare Concern. Officers attempted to make entry to check on the individual when someone in the residence fired a shot.