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The Forney Gateway Bridge project that began with a groundbreaking ceremony
on May 10, 2012, has made a lot of progress in the last six months. According to Assistant City Manager Gina Nash, “The next big milestone will be setting the bridge beams, which will be some time in mid January.” The project is still on pace to be completed by late Fall in 2013.
The Forney City Council met on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 and voted to approve a contract with H.W. Lochner, Inc. The contract calls for Lochner to provide “environmental clearance, schematic and engineering, and design services for the U.S. 80 south side ramp improvements between FM 460 and FM 740.” The contract fees were approved for an amount not to exceed $153,482.06.
A half dozen people braved the chilly Forney morning on Saturday, October 6, in order to participate in a Forney Cleanup event held by the Kaufman County Environmental Co-op. They picked up trash on Pinson Road from Ranch Road all the way down to the Highway 80 bridge, as well as along Ridge Crest from Pinson Road towards FM 548. Pinson Road was chosen for the cleanup effort because it will soon be the sight of many months of road construction.
On Thursday, August 16, 2012, Forney City Council members met to conduct a Budget Workshop at the Municipal Court inside the Justice Center, to go over the potential Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The council had good news overall, but a slight increase in property tax for Forney homeowners is being considered and water and sewer costs are likely to rise for city residents.
These are exciting times for the Forney community, business is booming, the real estate market is making a comeback, and people are taking notice of the little town that could. Members of Forney's EDC and City Council attended the ICSC RECon Convention
on May 22-25, 2012 in Las Vegas. They brought back exciting news for Forney's future.
The Forney City Council
meeting for June 5, 2012 was much shorter than usual with few items on the agenda. City Manager Brian Brooks was on a scheduled vacation, so Assistant City Manager Gina Nash took his place on the council. The following topics were discussed:
Nothing beautifies a community like trees. On Thursday, May 10, 2012, the Kaufman County Urban Forester teamed up with Texas Trees Foundation, TXU Energy, and UNFI, to plant a ceremonial tree at Crosby Elementary School in Forney. The Chinquapin oak tree was planted on campus, not far from a small tree that somehow survived the EF-3 tornado that destroyed homes in the Diamond Creek neighborhood. Many more trees are going to be planted in October.
Forney's Gateway Bridge groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, May 10, 2012, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 50 people. Dignitaries, community members, and media showed up near Highway 80 and Reeder Road to learn more about the new bridge and the effect it will have on our local growth and economy.