Courtesy and Respect ……

Local blogger Denise Bell of the Forney Post recently released a story titled, “Excited Couple Working to Restore Historic McKellar Home in Forney”. In this story Bell describes what the owners, Danny and Shelly Sellers, intend to do to restore their home at 306 Center Street. She attaches videos showing the inside and outside of the home, and goes into detail about how the Sellers intend on restoring this home.

As is her usual style designed to incite her readers, Bell goes on a rant about how the Sellers are getting mistreated by the City of Forney staff and boards. In the article Bell writes,

Local business owners and individuals alike will not be surprised to hear that this couple is currently experiencing a wide variety of issues with Forney’s city administration.

Forney City Manager Tony Carson, city attorney Jon Thatcher, the Forney Architectural Review Board and the P&Z Commission are collectively, intentionally and with malice giving the Sellers the run-around to appease the former property owner, Darrell Grooms.

Three meetings of the Architectural Review Board and P&Z Commission, and one with City Manager Tony Carson and city attorney Jon Thatcher have already transpired, and sadly it appears that the deck is politically stacked against this very nice couple who simply sought out to invest in a piece of Forney’s history.”

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The City staff, the Architectural Review Board, and the Planning & Zoning Commission have all heard the Sellers requests and to date, continue to work with them. Each step of the way, the Sellers have been treated with courtesy and respect by all City of Forney personnel.

On the other hand, Mr. Sellers has demonstrated that he has no patience for the City of Forney’s processes. The same process that any individual or business must go through in Forney or any other city. I also own a home in Forney’s Historical District and went through some of the same processes that the Sellers are facing.

Fortunately, there is another individual in town that records meetings and provides an overview of the meetings. Lenny McKinney has a website where he posts this information. He recently posted a video and details of the meeting Bell describes in her article.

This video shows Sellers being treated with courtesy and respect by members of Forney’s Architectural Review Board. It also shows Sellers becoming agitated and defensive towards the board when he “feels” things are not going his way. So much so that Sellers leaves the meeting before the board votes on his matter.

No malice. No intentional run around.  No political motivation. Just courtesy and respect.

The video of the meeting can be found here.



“Stand Up For Forney”

A couple of years ago I started this blog to provide the citizens with fact-based information. I did this because there was, and still is, an element in Forney that thrives on being deceitful to the citizens by reporting half-truths and fuzzy facts in order to promote an agenda. I have been personally attacked by this element, and to this day I continue to be in their cross hairs.

A counter to their argument was needed and what better way to provide that counter than to fact-check the erroneous information that was being spread.

Almost two years ago now when the attacks escalated, I approached another civic leader and asked this person to stand with me. It was my thought that we could work together to spread the facts and hopefully put an end to this continuous assault on Forney. This person declined my request, even though this individual agreed with what I was trying to do. So I decided to go it alone.

On January 22nd of this year, 4 members of the Forney city council made the decision to appoint me to the place one seat. This seat was held by Cory McGee who had to resign because he moved outside of Forney. I view this as an honor and a great opportunity to serve the citizens of Forney.

However, just because I now sit on the city council, I WILL NOT stop checking facts and standing against anyone or any group that is a detriment to the overall good of our community. I will continue pointing out erroneous information and calling out anyone who makes bogus statements of fact only to “rile up the citizenry”.

Many of you have reached out to me in support of this cause and I truly appreciate that. And many of you have started “Standing up for Forney” by refuting these erroneous stories on social media and other places and I applaud you for that!! Keep it up. Working together we will spread the “good news” in Forney and make our community one we can all be proud to call home.

Is there corruption at Forney City Hall?

According to Forney resident Bruce Bynum there is.

Mr. Bynum recently took to the Facebook page of The Forney Post and made the following posts,

“True enough Michael, But corruption abounds. Follow the money. And we know the city council will not be forthright and honest about reason and justification for their decisions. I wonder if the 130MM bond is to hide the 45MM the city owes Petro Hunt”.

“Forney city council is not to be trusted concerning any issue. They can’t properly manage a $54MM TIRZ agreement that was incompetently done by previous TIF board and city council. What a joke that they would think the tax payers would trust them with $130MM. Not one city council member has the competence, knowledge or experience to manage that kind of money, much less the ability to make a decision on $130MM”.

Continue reading “Is there corruption at Forney City Hall?”

City of Forney closes out Gateway Bridge Project

At Tuesday evenings meeting of the Forney City council, a vote was taken to close out the construction of the Gateway Bridge project. TxDOT sent a final invoice to the City of Forney for $1,386,838.57. This amount was Forney’s remaining balance on the project.

I sent a request for information regarding this action to the city secretary via the city’s website. I received the following information from city attorney Jon Thatcher late this afternoon. Continue reading “City of Forney closes out Gateway Bridge Project”