Thousands of Forney residents are outraged at the City Council for paying former City Manager Brian Brooks a huge severance payment after he voluntarily resigned from his lucrative position on January 19, 2016.
The citizens of Forney are now in a place where they must judge their municipal government more critically than ever before.
They have a changing city government, a council that is ultimately only concerned with covering their own political backsides and a city manager who doesn’t have a clue what has been transpiring within Forney City Hall for the past decade.
Last week approximately a dozen residents of the Grayhawk housing development located on south F.M. 548 attended the bi-monthly meeting of the Forney City Council to listen in on a brief workshop conducted between the Council and developers, WinJackson.
Proposing to build a large housing development directly opposite from Grayhawk on F M 548 south, Councilman Ray Stephens objected to the possible increase in traffic this development might create, almost before developer's could finish their slide presentation.
It has been confirmed that City of Forney City Manager, Charles Daniels, has officially notified NextEra Resource, LLC, the competitive energy subsidiary of NextEra Energy, that city attorney’s Bell-Nunnally have found sufficient reason to request nullification of the contract negotiated with the conglomerate energy company.
A lengthy, legally diverse contract in which former City Manager Brain Brooks provides NextEra Energy with an approximate $10 million dollar tax discount over a ten year period, it has finally been confirmed that this contract will be “re-negotiated so that it will be more financially advantageous” to all parties concerned.”
Always political, on January 5, 2016 Council Member’s Ray Stephens and Robbie Powers spearheaded their desire to hire San Antonio based attorney, Mick McKamie as the city’s Attorney of Record.
Politically flip-flopping, Councilman Stephens first recommended the hiring of attorney’s Bell-Nunnally on December 15, 2015 after the council agreed to discontinue the legal services of longtime city attorneys Brown & Hofmeister.
Sixty days after his voluntarily resignation, the members of the Forney City Council have paid former City Manager Brian Brooks a lump sum payment of $183,702.84 in severance pay.
Even after being supplied substantial proof of Brooks’ unprofessional, unethical and often criminally suspect behavior, Council Member’s Mary Penn, Robbie Powers, Scott Regan and Ray Stephens are once again supporting Brooks to the detriment of the community they swore to serve.
On Tuesday night the Forney City Council folded against the legal threat of local developer, Tim Ouellette, and voted 6-1 to approve the Shoppes at Forney Crossing, which is a small strip shopping center that will be built between the railroad crossing and the F.M. 548 traffic light.
Last week the Forney Planning and Zoning Commission again debated a finalized site plan for the Shoppes at Forney Crossing, which is a small strip shopping center that is proposed to be located south of F.M. 688 and the railroad and west of S. F.M. 548.
On March 3, 2016, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-2 to recommend denial of this development.
Last week the Forney Planning and Zoning Commission approved final site plans for a Waffle House to be built between Taco Bell and Chicken Express on Pinson Road. The platted property consists of 0.840 acres of land east of Pinson Road and north of U.S. Highway 80 and plans shows that there will be fire lane connections to all adjacent lots.
Last week several dozen residents from one of Forney’s oldest neighborhoods turned out to address the Planning and Zoning Commission about proposed changes to the City of Forney Code of Ordinances.
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On Tuesday night the Forney City Council made five appointments to the city created Tax Investment Reinvestment Zone Board. This board has seven members; five members are appointed by the Forney City Council and two members are appointed by the Kaufman County Commissioners Court.
On February 25, 2016 the residents of Forney received new 90 gallon blue recycling bins as part of the new solid waste disposal contract between the city and Community Waste Disposal (CWD). This contract became effective on March 1, 2016 at which time the citizens began paying an additional .55 cents monthly for the use of the over sized recycling bins.