Council holds annual Fox Hollow PID tax hearing

During its regular Oct. 01, 2019 meeting (held at the Municipal Court), the Forney City Council met to semi-annex land, approve Fox Hollow PID tax rate and Drought plans, along with sewer service to Windmill Farms.

  • Mayor Penn, joined by FHS Student Council Officers, proclaimed Oct. 2 as Energy Efficiency Day in Forney.
  • Mayor Penn proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Forney.
  • Public Comment - none
  • Approved as one consent item:
    • the project acceptance for the CR 212 Roadway Restoration Project.
    • a Resolution approving the 2019 Annual Update to the Service and Assessment Plan and Assessment Rolls for The Villages of Fox Hollow Public Improvement District No. 1 (Capital PID) including the collection of the 2019 annual installments.

  • Approved an Ordinance approving the limited purpose annexation of approximately 34.263 acres of land situated in the Martha Musick Survey, Abstract No. 312, Kaufman County, Texas, KCAD Property ID No. 9714 in accordance with a Strategic Partnership Agreement between the City of Forney and Kaufman County Fresh Water Supply District No. 6.
  • Held Public Hearings -
    • Approved an ordinance levying special assessments against the assessable property within the "Fox Hollow Public Improvement District No. 1" (Maintenance PID) and approving the final update to the Service and Assessment Plan, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 372 of the Texas Local Government Code. The PID contains approximately 813.605 acres of land generally located southeast of FM 548 between FM 1641 and FM 741 (Fox Hollow)
          Mr. Thatcher said this is an annual update, notices were mailed to members of the PID.   There is also a 5 year plan.   No changes are recommended to the 12 cent rate.   This funds a management company, and maintenance for common areas.   Next year could see a reduced rate.   Mr. Myers asked about the budget; Mr. Thatcher said he budget is set.
          There was no public input.
    • Approved an Ordinance approving the Drought Contingency Plan.
          Mr. Sailler said this new plan is based on water level in Lake Lavon.
          Mr. Thomas raised a point of order, about skipping an item; Mr. Thatcher replied this item was listed as action item 2, but requires a public hearing, and was listed that way in the notice published in the Forney Messenger.
          Mr. Sailler continued: notice requirements remain the same as 2014 rules.   Minor changes: 3 stages: mild is 2% reduction (was 5%) but at a higher lake level of 70% instead of 55%; moderate is 10% reduction at 55% lake level instead of 45%; stage 3 is unspecified reduction at 30% (was 35%) level.   Enforcement fine is $500 - $2,000, based on daily violations.   Mr. Thomas asked if usage restrictions changed - stayed the same.   Mr. Johnson asked what Lavon level was: Mr. Grooms said at 81%, and this will get all 13 cities on the same contingency plan.   Mr. Thomas asked which side of lake; Mr. Grooms said until 2005 it was Texas, then lines were redrawn, resulting in 20 yards on OK side, which cost NTMWD $400 million.
          There was no public input.

  • Approved a Resolution approving an Agreement Regarding Wastewater Treatment Service between the City of Forney and the Kaufman County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1-A
        Mr. Zook said this allows city to provide service to Windmill Farms, will increase capacity of lift station and establish a rate for service and infrastructure.   Mr. Thatcher said could consider questions in executive session.   Mr. Johnson asked if mostly gravity flow; Mr. Grooms said about 30% will be forced, under Hwy 80 is gravity.   Mr. Johnson said will be glad when they (Windmill Farms) take package plant offline.   Rep spoke about timeline.   Mr. Thatcher said NTMWD will be involved to be sure capacity is sufficient.   Mr. Zook said Mesquite is endpoint, is great they had sufficient capacity, and Mustang Creek Lift Station project was at a point where could be upgraded without impact.   Mr. Thomas asked about handling profit; Mr. Thatcher said it will be for enterprise fund, used for utilities.   Also a capacity reservation fund of $2 million which may go to general fund.
  • approval of an Ordinance approving the Drought Contingency Plan.
  • City Manager's report - none.   Mr. Johnson said likes the new sidewalks along b darc.
  • Council Comments - RP said ms. Hattie West passed today, mary mays lost her brother today; Mr. Cooper commented about the music downtown; Mr. Johnson said ,,, MP thanked firemen for unlocking her car, there are 23 natl night out, some communities have one event at park.
  • Did Not hold executive session re:
    • PUC Docket No. 46662; SOAH Docket No. 473-17-4964.WS - Petition of the Cities of Garland, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson Appealing the Decision by North Texas Municipal Water District Affecting Wholesale Water Rates.
    • PUC Docket No. 47814; SOAH Docket No. 476-18-1344.WS - Petition of High Point Water Supply Corporation, Talty Special Utility District, and Markout Water Supply Corporation Appealing the Decision by the City of Forney Affecting Wholesale Water Rates.
    • Victorian Village

  • Adjourned at 1812.
Tuesday, 2019, October 1