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.
FPD Criminal Investigations
On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, an arrest was made on an outstanding warrant issued for Burglary of a Vehicle. Arrested for the CLASS A MISDEMEANOR offense was 23 year old Lance Pernell Williams, B/M DOB 01/09/1993 out of Forney, Texas.
The warrant was obtained by the Criminal Investigation Department at the Forney Police Department after an investigation of reported thefts.
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,