City of Garland


Monday, February 22, 2021
6:00 p.m.


Written Briefing: Items that generally do not require a presentation or discussion by the staff or Council. On these items the staff is seeking direction from the Council or providing information in a written format.

Verbal Briefing: These items do not require written background information or are an update on items previously discussed by the Council.

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, and pursuant to Section 551.125 of the Texas Government Code and the executive orders of Governor Greg Abbott suspending provisions of the Texas Government Code and other applicable laws of the State regarding normal open meetings, the City Council will hold this meeting by internet/telephonic remote means.

The meeting will be broadcast by webinar or telephone at the following URL:

Registration for the online meeting is required.  The meeting will be recorded and will be available for viewing the next day at


For those without internet access to the meeting, a dial-in option is available.  The numbers are:


The Meeting ID is: 978 4734 0499

For participants (online and by phone) who wish to speak, a public comments period is provided as the first item on the agenda.  If you desire to address the City Council on a matter that is posted on this agenda, please be prepared to do so at the beginning of the meeting.  After the City Council has begun its discussion of the agenda, you will not be recognized to speak.  The public comments portion of the meeting is provided for citizen comments.  You are invited to offer a comment or make a statement on any item on the agenda.  However, please bear in mind that offering comments should not be done in the form of posing questions.  Generally, due to legal restrictions, the City Council is not able to answer questions during the public comments portion of the agenda.  Your comments must relate to an item on this agenda - non-germane comments are not in order.  

If an Executive Session is included as part of the agenda for this meeting, the Executive Session will be conducted by teleconference between and among the members of the City Council and relevant City staff.  Public access to that call is prohibited by State law.  



1. Decisions based on issues, goals and vision. 9. Follow goals, principles and action agenda.
2. Do not take things personal. 10. Decide, vote and move on. 
3. Project a positive attitude.  11. Avoid ambushes - Council or staff. 
4. Focus on issues, not on the person. 12. Talk to staff before meetings.
5. Be prepared to discuss issues.  13. Vote our convictions, but be willing to compromise "What is best for Garland."
6. Maintain decorum. 14. Follow Roberts Rules of Order consistently. 
7. Keep your sense of humor. 15. Agree to disagree.
8. Honor and respect each other; accept each other as individuals.  16. Be open and honest. 
NOTICE: The City Council may recess from the open session and convene in a closed executive session if the discussion of any of the listed agenda items concerns one or more of the following matters:
(1) Pending/contemplated litigation, settlement offer(s), and matters concerning privileged and unprivileged client information deemed confidential by Rule 1.05 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.  Sec. 551.071, Tex. Gov't Code.

(2)  The purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property, if the deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City in negotiations with a third person.  Sec. 551.072, Tex. Gov't Code.

(3)  A contract for a prospective gift or donation to the City, if the deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City in negotiations with a third person. Sec. 551.073, Tex. Gov't Code.

(4)  Personnel matters involving the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee or to hear a complaint against an officer or employee.  Sec. 551.074, Tex. Gov't Code.

(5)  The deployment, or specific occasions for implementation of security personnel or devices. Sec.  551.076, Tex. Gov't Code.

(6) Discussions or deliberations regarding commercial or financial information that the City has received from a business prospect that the City seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the City and with which the City is conducting economic development negotiations; or to deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect of the sort described in this provision. Sec. 551.087, Tex. Gov't Code.
(7) Discussions, deliberations, votes, or other final action on matters related to the City’s competitive activity, including information that would, if disclosed, give advantage to competitors or prospective competitors and is reasonably related to one or more of the following categories of information:
  • generation unit specific and portfolio fixed and variable costs, including forecasts of those costs, capital improvement plans for generation units, and generation unit operating characteristics and outage scheduling;
  • bidding and pricing information for purchased power, generation and fuel, and Electric Reliability Council of Texas bids, prices, offers, and related services and strategies;
  • effective fuel and purchased power agreements and fuel transportation arrangements and contracts;
  • risk management information, contracts, and strategies, including fuel hedging and storage;
  • plans, studies, proposals, and analyses for system improvements, additions, or sales, other than transmission and distribution system improvements inside the service area for which the public power utility is the sole certificated retail provider; and
  • customer billing, contract, and usage information, electric power pricing information, system load characteristics, and electric power marketing analyses and strategies.  Sec. 551.086;  Tex. Gov't Code; Sec. 552.133, Tex. Gov’t Code]
1.   Public Comments on Work Session Items

Persons who desire to address the City Council on any item on the Work Session agenda are allowed three minutes to speak. Speakers are taken only at the beginning of the meeting, other than invited testimony.

Speakers are grouped by Work Session item and will be taken in the order of the Work Session agenda. Speakers must submit to the City Secretary a completed speaker’s card before the beginning of the meeting. Speaker cards will not be accepted after the Mayor calls the meeting to order. Speaker cards are available in the lobby, at the visitor’s side of the Work Session Room, and from members of staff.

Speakers are limited to addressing items on the Work Session agenda – any item relating to a Regular Session agenda item should be addressed at the Regular Session and any item not on an agenda may be addressed during the open microphone at the end of the Regular Session. 
2.   Consider the Consent Agenda

A member of the City Council may ask for discussion or further information on an item posted as a consent agenda item on the next Regular Meeting of the City Council. The Council Member may also ask that an item on the posted consent agenda be pulled from the consent agenda and considered for a vote separate from consent agenda items on the regular agenda.  All discussions or deliberations on this portion of the work session agenda are limited to posted agenda items and may not include a new or unposted subject matter.   
3.   Written Briefings:
a.   Amendment to Chapter 22, Article VIII “Industrial Wastes” to incorporate the Streamlining Rule and to adopt redeveloped Technically Based Local Limits (TBLLs) as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

In order to ensure the City of Garland's pretreatment program is in full compliance with pretreatment standards and requirements, the City is required to submit a modification to their pretreatment program to address the Streamlining rule and remaining program components for their customer cities.
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b.   Proposed Budget Amendment 2 for the 2020-21 Operating Budget

Budget Amendment No. 2 for the 2020-21 Operating Budget includes the annual rollover of open purchase orders that were approved and funded but not completed at the fiscal year-end.  There is no financial impact to the approval of these items.  Additional expenditures in the General Fund and IT Project Fund are also included and funded from excess fund balances.  Unless otherwise directed by the Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the March 2, 2021 Regular Meeting.
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4.   Verbal Briefings:
a.   COVID-19 Response Update and Further Actions 

Staff will provide an update to Council and ask for Council direction, if needed, on various matters related to COVID-19 and actions being taken by the City. 
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b.   City Council will deliberate on the City Manager's Proposed Capital Improvement Program for 2021

Council is requested to provide direction to staff regarding changes to the 2021 Proposed CIP.  The CIP Budget is due for adoption at the Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Regular Meeting.
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c.   Discussion of proposed Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) developments and requests for Resolutions of Support

Council is requested to consider resolutions of support, no-opposition, or denial for developers applying for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs 2021 Competitive 9% Low-Income Housing Competitive Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC).  This item is scheduled for formal consideration at the February 23, 2021 Regular Meeting.
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d.   Discuss Weather-Related ERCOT Mandatory Curtailment of Electricity to Garland

Last week, Texas experienced an unprecedented winter storm.  Record low temperatures and snowfall across vast areas of the State created an overwhelming demand on power sources.  In response, ERCOT - the State entity that controls the distribution of power across the ERCOT power grid (that being most of the State) - implemented curtailments of power in the form of "rolling blackouts" due to there not being enough power in the ERCOT grid to serve all of the customers within the ERCOT portion of Texas at once.  Garland Power and Light was affected by those curtailment orders just like all other electric utilities in the State.  Staff will present information as to why the curtailment happened, why Garland was included, and how GP&L responded.
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5.   Discuss Appointments to Boards and Commissions
  Council Member B.J. Williams
  • Christine Lumpkin-Bell - Property Standards Board
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6.   Announce Future Agenda Items

A member of the City Council, with a second by another member, or the Mayor alone, may ask that an item be placed on a future agenda of the City Council or a committee of the City Council. No substantive discussion of that item will take place at this time.
7.   Council will move into Executive Session

NOTICE: The City Council may recess from the open session and convene in a closed executive session if the discussion of any of the listed agenda items concerns one or more of the following matters:
  Council will adjourn into executive session pursuant to Sections 551.071 and 551.086 of the Texas Government Code regarding attorney-client communications and competitive matters relating to GP&L operations in the recent weather-related electric curtailment event. 
8.   Adjourn


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