“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 February 5th 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”.

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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”

The changing of Forney’s “Media” Guard

Over the past few months Forney’s two media sources, The Forney Messenger and inForney.com have both undergone a change of ownership.

Longtime owners Cary & Judy Griffin decided to exit the media business and sell their interest in The Forney Messenger to a local consortium headed by Forney resident Darrell Grooms.  Mr. Grooms holds the majority stake in The Forney Messenger and assumed the role as Editor on February 1st of this year.

The founder and Editor of inForney.com Matthew Richards recently sold his interest to Bryant Martin. Martin, a Terrell native and resident of the Kaufman area, will assume the role as Editor of inForney.com. The sale of inForney.com was completed late last year.

I look forward to the new changes and features Mr Grooms and Mr. Martin will be bringing to The Forney Messenger and inForney.com respectively.