AGENDA
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
City of Garland

REMOTE MEETING 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
7:00 p.m.
 
 

The City Council extends to each visitor a sincere welcome. We value your interest in your community and your participation in the meetings of this governing body. Regular meetings of the City Council are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m.; the City Council meets regularly in work sessions at 6:00 p.m. the Monday preceding each regular meeting.

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:

https://garlandtx.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t6vcwXeKSkSC6pg0e48wQQ


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

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


Additionally, the meeting may be accessed by phone at the following number:

346-248-7799
470-250-9358
470-381-2552

The Meeting ID is: 959 1665 6197


For participants (online and by phone) who wish to speak on an item on the agenda, you must use the "raise hand" feature in order to be recognized.  Similarly, if you wish to provide a comment at the end of the agenda during the open public comments portion of the meeting, you must use the "raise hand" feature.

You are invited to offer a comment or make a statement on any item on the agenda as that item is called.  Your comments must relate to an item on this agenda - non-germane comments are not in order.  Time limits will be imposed by the Mayor as appropriate to the nature of the agenda item.  Generally, public speakers are given three minutes.  Due to legal restrictions, the City Council is not able to answer questions during the public comments portion of the agenda. 



If the City Council adjourns into Executive Session during 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.  



 

 


COUNCIL HOUSE RULES

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. 
 
             
LEGISLATIVE PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

It is the custom and tradition of the members of the City Council to have an invocation and recital of the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the beginning of the meeting.  Members of the audience are invited to participate.  However, members of the audience are not required to participate.  The decision to participate is strictly a matter of personal choice and has no bearing on matters to be considered by the City Council and will not affect the decisions to be made during the meeting. 
 
MAYORAL PROCLAMATIONS,
RECOGNITIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Mayor may present proclamations and recognize attendees or award winners, and may make announcements regarding upcoming City events and matters of interest to citizens. There will be no Council deliberations or votes on these matters.
 
 
CONSENT AGENDA

All items under this section are recommended for approval by a single motion of Council, without discussion. Council has had the opportunity to review each of these items at a previous work session and approval of the consent agenda authorizes the City Manager to implement each item. The Mayor will announce the agenda and provide an opportunity for members of the audience and the City Council to request that an item be removed and considered separately.
 
 
1.   Consider approval of the minutes of the February 2, 2021 Regular Meeting.
 
2. Consider approval of the following bids:
 
a.  
Duck Creek Pedestrian and Bike Bridges   Bid No. 0236-21
     
Home Run Construction, LLC $443,648.31  

This request is to reconstruct two low-water crossings and the associated trail segments in the Duck Creek Greenbelt.
 
             
b.  
Skatepark Construction in Rick Oden Park   Bid No. 1113-17
     
SPA Skateparks $1,830,000.00  

This request is to construct a 40,000-square-foot skatepark in Rick Oden Park in accordance with the concept plan previously approved by Council at the November 19, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting. 
 
c.  
GP&L Overhead Distribution Line Construction Services for Apollo Road   Bid No. 0067-21
     
The L.E. Myers Co. $196,576.85  
Optional Contingency 10,900.00  
TOTAL: $207,476.85  

This request is to provide labor and equipment needed to replace six wood poles with self-supporting steel poles, conductor and neutral along Apollo Road.  An Optional Contingency is included for any additional work that may be required.
 
d.  
GP&L Overhead Distribution Line Construction Services for Belt Line Road   Bid No. 0173-21
     
The L.E. Myers Co. $316,610.62  
Optional Contingency 32,245.00  
TOTAL: $348,855.62  

This request is to provide labor and equipment needed to install or replace self-supporting overhead facilities located at Belt Line Road and Glenbrook.  An Optional Contingency is included for any additional work that may be required.
 
e.  
GP&L Overhead Distribution Relocations for Naaman School Road Surveying and Engineering Services   Bid No. 0450-21
     
R-Delta $169,900.00  

This request is to obtain surveying, electrical, civil and structural engineering services for the relocation of approximately 3,810 LF of overhead electrical distribution line and the installation of approximately fifteen tubular steel distribution structures in conjunction with the reconstruction of Naaman School Road.
 
f.  
GP&L Newman Substation Modification Construction Services   Bid No. 1362-20
     
Primoris T&D Services, LLC $484,974.83  
Optional Contingency 96,994.97  
TOTAL: $581,969.80  

This request is to provide construction services for the upgrade of the GP&L Newman 69kV Substation.  An Optional Contingency is included for any additional work that may be required.
 
g.  
2018 Paving, Water and Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project - Phase Two   Bid No. 0947-20
     
XIT Paving and Construction, Inc. $253,049.99  

This request is to approve a Change Order for the 2018 Paving, Water and Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project - Phase Two. 
 
h.  
Duck Creek Wastewater Standby Generators Project   Bid No. 0140-21
     
Gracon Construction, Inc. $7,548,300.00  

This request is to provide services for construction and installation of new centralized standby generators at the Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. 
 
i.  
Meadowcreek Park Paving and Drainage Improvements Construction   Bid No. 0240-21
     
New World Contracting, LLC $1,539,740.00  

This request is to provide pavement and drainage improvements to the Meadowcreek Park Subdivision.  
 
             
j.  
Police Ammunition Purchase 2020-2021   Bid No. 0502-21
     
GT Distributers $80,801.88  
Precision Delta Corp. 60,900.00  
TOTAL: $141,701.88  

This request is to purchase ammunition for the training of Garland Police Officers in the use of firearms to perform their duties. 
 
k.  
Spencer Cooling Tower 5 Rebuild   Bid No. 0518-21
     
MasterTech Services, Inc. $3,836,369.00  
Optional Contingency 383,636.90  
TOTAL: $4,220,005.90  

This request is for the removal and replacement of Cooling Tower # 5 at the Spencer Plant.  An optional contingency is included for any additional work that may be required.
 
3.   Consider a resolution of the City Council of the City of Garland, Texas, adopting the 2021 Trails and Bikeways Master Plan; and providing an effective date. 

Council is requested to consider a resolution approving the Trails and Bikeways Master Plan.
 
4.   Consider a resolution of the City Council of the City of Garland, Texas, requesting an increase in the allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses for distribution by the Garland/Rowlett/Sachse Vaccination Hub; and providing an effective date. 

Council is requested to consider adopting a resolution to the appropriate State officials/agency requesting an increase in the COVID-19 vaccine doses of 1000, currently being allocated for the Garland/Rowlett/Sachse Vaccination Hub administered at Homer B. Jones Stadium, Garland, Texas. 
 
5.   Consider by minute action the approval of the Naaman School Road R.O.W. and Land Acquisitions

Naaman School Road (from Brand to S.H. 78 / Lavon Drive) is currently a two-lane asphalt street.  It is being reconstructed to a four-lane divided roadway with curbs, which requires additional land/right-of-way.  The Council reviewed and discussed several purchase agreements in Executive Session on February 1, 2021.  
 
6.   Council is requested to authorize the City Manager to execute a Wholesale Wastewater Contract with the City of Sachse

Since 1994, the City has partnered with the City of Sachse to provide wastewater treatment services. The City of Sachse has requested a renewal to continue these services. This new contract renewal supersedes the existing Wastewater Treatment Contract dated June 8, 1994 and will provide treatment services for twenty years from the effective date. 
 
ITEMS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION

Speaker Regulations:

Anyone wishing to speak for, against, or on agenda items must fill out a speaker card and give it to the City Secretary before speaking (cards are located at the entrance to the Council Chambers). The Mayor will recognize speakers; he may impose a time limit and may provide for rebuttal. All comments and testimony are to be presented from the podium.
 
 
7.   Hold a Public Hearing on the 2021 Proposed CIP

A public hearing will be held on the 2021 Proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  At the public hearing, all interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard for or against the Proposed CIP Program.  The 2021 Proposed CIP has been available for public inspection in the City's libraries and the City Secretary's Office and has been on the City's website since January 13, 2021.
 
8.   Consider an ordinance adopting the 2021 Capital Improvement Program 

An ordinance reflecting the 2021 CIP for the City of Garland, as proposed by the City Manager and as amended by the City Council, was prepared based on direction received at the Monday, February 22, 2021 City Council Work Session.
 
9.   Consider resolutions of Support for Low Income Housing 9% Tax Credit Projects

Council is requested to approve and authorize staff to prepare Resolutions of Support for multifamily developers seeking to apply for 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.  Discussions were held during the February 22, 2021 Work Session regarding this item.  
 
             
10. Hold public hearings on:
 
a.   Consider a Specific Use Provision request by Ephriem Mengstab to operate a truck storage establishment. The property is located at 2430 Lonnecker Drive in District 5.
 

Consideration of the application of Ephriem Mengstab, requesting approval of a Specific Use Provision for 20 years to allow a Truck/Bus Storage Use on a property zoned Industrial (IN) District. (File No. Z 20-28, District 5)
 
b.   Consider a Site Plan request by Ephriem Mengstab to operate a truck storage establishment. The property is located at 2430 Lonnecker Drive in District 5.
 
Consideration of the application of Ephriem Mengstab, requesting approval of a Site Plan to allow a Truck/Bus Storage Use on a property zoned Industrial (IN) District. (File No. Z 20-28, District 5)
 
c.   Consider a Zoning request by Jack Birdsong to allow a Reception Facility from an existing building. The property is located at 354 East Interstate Highway 30 in District 3.
 
Consideration of the application of Jack Birdsong, requesting of an amendment to Planned Development (PD) District 11-26 for Community Office and Watercraft Sales and Service Uses to add Reception Facility Use. (File No. Z 20-40, District 3)
 
d.   Consider a Specific Use Provision request by Jack Birdsong to allow a Reception Facility from an existing building. The property is located at 354 East Interstate Highway 30 in District 3.
 
Consideration of the application of Jack Birdsong, requesting approval of a Specific Use Provision to allow a Reception Facility Use for 20 years on a property zoned Planned Development (PD) District 11-26 for Community Office and Watercraft Sales and Service Uses. (File No. Z 20-40, District 3)
 
e.   Consider a Detail Plan request by Jack Birdsong to allow a Reception Facility from an existing building. The property is located at 354 East Interstate Highway 30 in District 3.
 
Consideration of the application of Jack Birdsong, requesting approval of a Detail Plan for Reception Facility Use on a property zoned Planned Development (PD) District 11-26 for Community Office and Watercraft Sales and Service Uses. (File No. Z 20-40, District 3)
 
11. Consider appointments to Boards and Commissions.

Board members are selected for two-year terms by the City Council in August. Terms are usually staggered whereby at least half of the membership has board experience. Board members are appointed based on qualifications.
 
  Council Member B.J. Williams
  • Christine Lumpkin-Bell - Property Standards Board
 
12. Citizen comments.

Persons wishing to address issues not on the agenda may have three minutes to address Council at this time. Council is prohibited from discussing any item not posted according to the Texas Open Meetings Act.
 
13. Adjourn.

All Regular Council meetings are broadcast live on CGTV, Time Warner Cable Channel 16, and Frontier FIOS TV 44. Meetings are rebroadcast at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday-Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Live streaming and on-demand videos of the meetings are also available online at www.garlandtx.gov. Copies of the meetings can be purchased through the City Secretary’s Office – audio CD’s are $1 each and DVD’s are $3 each.