Council considers pet memorial, FISD area parking restrictions

During its regular Aug. 01, 2023 meeting, the Forney City Council met to consider pet memorial, civil service jobs, parking restrictions.
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  • Public Comment
    • None.

  • Approved Plan A of the Pet Memorial Project, located at 201 Holly Leaf Trail, the current site of the Forney Animal Shelter. (Staff recommends approval of the item.)
        Chief White said as discussed at June 6 meeting, will be located at entry of shelter.  Fundraiser is centered on pavers. She introduced Tomeaka, who presented a slide show about the pavers, which will be on sand in a cemented area, and a bench.  Mayor Roberson asked how much staff time would be required - Tomeaka said they have discussed it w/ maintenance.  Chief White said plan A was good for ease of brick placement and removal.  Ms. Salgado asked what the minimum number is - 5, and the more you order, the lower the price, prefer 100.  Ms. Salgado asked about mortar - Chief White said it is sand, but very stable.  Ms. Primous asked how many - Chief White said should leave room for expansion.  Mr. Chambers asked if just people inside city - yes.  Mr. Chambers asked about people outside the limits - Chief White said that wasn't discussed.  Ms. Schlensker suggested anyone who uses the shelter could do it.  Chief White is not opposed to that. Ms. Salgado asked if the bricks were breaking even on cost - yes.
  • Approved an Ordinance for Fire Department Civil Service Job Classifications and Positions. (Staff recommends approval of the item.)
        Ms. Holbert said this is to update ordinance for Fire Dept., to undo an increase that was recently done.
  • Approved an Ordinance amending Article 12.04 of the City of Forney Code of Ordinances by adding Section 12.04.008 "Parking Prohibited on One Side of Specified Streets," to provide for continued two-way traffic during drop-off and pickup times at Johnson Elementary School and at Willett Elementary School during peak school times in the City of Forney. (Staff recommends approval of the item.)
        City Engineer Mr. Casey said last year, FISD opened two new schools in city limits, infrastructure around schools is not complete.  Overland Grove added a sidewalk, but it didn't help.  This would restrict parking on Lemmon lane, also on streets around Willet.
        Mr. Chambers asked if would have signs posted - yes, and stripe the streets.  Mr. Chambers asked which PD would respond - Chief White said they are public streets, so city.  FISD had no objections.  Ms. Salgado said one-way traffic would be good.  She asked if schools would email parents so they would know.  Mr. Casey said had a joint meeting, but wanted to wait until it was approved to discuss.
        Mr. Jordan Bennet said he was someone who brought this to light, he thanked Mr. Casey for the help.  It's a safety issue for the children.  He lives there, has had people move his trash cans to park.
  • City Manager's report - last week opened new dispatch center, thanks to the good job done by employees.  Tomorrow at 9 coffee w/ cops for residents to interact.  Starting immediately, city will use Everbridge to notify when train crossings are blocked.  During work hours, staff will contact dispatch.  After hours, citizens calling in to dispatch will cause the alert.
  • Upcoming Events - Mayor Roberson is speaking to seniors tomorrow.  Please check on neighbors and pets.  Ms. Schlensker thanked CD for...
  • Held a 63-minute executive session re:
    • Provide elected officials with state-mandated cybersecurity training in accordance with Texas Government Code 2054.5191.
    • Deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property. (Texas Government Code Section 551.072): Construction of City Offices at Eric Davis Building
    • Deliberation regarding commercial or financial information that the governmental body has received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the governmental body and with which the governmental body is conducting economic development negotiations; or deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect (Texas Government Code Section 551.087) - Helms Trail

  • Took no action.
  • Adjourned at 2002.
Tuesday, 2023, August 1