AGENDA

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
City of Garland

REMOTE MEETING 

Tuesday, April 20, 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_cdbzE7z-Saa2PWxKF-1YSA

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: 
919 9854 4714

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 April 6, 2021 Regular Meeting.
 
2. Consider approval of the following bids:
 
a.  
Design Services for Watson Park Improvements   Bid No. 0632-21
     
MHS Planning & Design $193,800.00  

This request is to obtain professional services for the design and construction administration of improvements at Watson Park.
 
             
b.  
Professional Services for Tuckerville Park Development   Bid No. 0697-21
     
MHS Planning & Design  $641,250.00  

This request is to provide professional design services for the development of a new tennis complex at Tuckerville Park.
 
c.  
Common Area Paving at Skatepark   Bid No. 1113-17
     
SPA Skateparks $108,225.00  

This request is to approve a Change Order for SPA Skateparks to include 6,000 square feet of additional paving into the skatepark scope for common area paving through the skatepark and Rick Oden Park.
 
d.  
Construction Material Testing for Shiloh Road from IH 635 to Kingsley Road    Bid No. 0314-19
     
Alliance Geotechnical Group, Inc. $97,550.00  

This request is to approve a Change Order to provide additional Construction Material Testing (CMT) services for the Shiloh Road – I.H. 635 to Kingsley Paving, Drainage and Utilities Improvements project. 
 
e.  
GP&L Lookout Substation Capacitor Banks    Bid No. 0514-21
     
Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.  $233,950.00  
Optional Contingency 23,995.00  
TOTAL: $257,945.00  

This request is for the purchase of two (2) 138kV, 60 MVAR 3-phase capacitor banks for the GP&L Lookout Substation.  An Optional Contingency is included for any additional work that may be required.
 
f.  
Commercial Corridor Design Services   Bid No. 0705-21
     
Teague Nall and Perkins, Inc. $791,500.00  

This request is to obtain professional services for the design of the corridor revitalization elements for First Street from Miller Road to Main Street/Lavon Drive. 
 
g.  
Transportation Maintenance & Operations Facility Renovation Construction Services   Bid No. 0469-21
     
Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors - Base Bid $1,477,171.00  
Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors - Alternate 1 29,263.00  
TOTAL: $1,506,434.00  

This request is to procure general construction services for renovations to the Transportation Maintenance & Operations Facility located at 409 Forest Gate Drive.
 
h.  
Access Controls for Police Property and Evidence Building   Bid No. 0706-21
     
Entech Sales and Service $156,288.00  

This request is for the purchase and installation of access controls at the new Police Property and Evidence Building.
 
i.  
Landfill Bulldozer Rebuild   Bid No. 0716-21
     
Holt Cat $650,000.00  

This request is to provide emergency repair services to a D8T bulldozer used at the Landfill.
 
j.  
Replacement Vehicles for Parks and EWS Department    Bid No. 0728-21
     
Caldwell Country Ford $181,255.00  

This request is for the purchase of replacement vehicles to be utilized by Parks and Environmental Waste Services.
 
k.  
Replacement Vehicles for GP&L and Parks Department   Bid No. 0727-21
     
Silsbee Ford $130,713.75  

This request is for the purchase of three replacement vehicles and one new vehicle to be utilized by GP&L and Parks. 
 
l.  
Gale Fields Recreation Center Construction Services   Bid No. 1130-20
     
Core Construction $887,432.00  

This request is for the construction of the improvements at Gale Fields Recreation Center.
 
m.  
Downtown Garland Pedestrian Crossing Improvements   Bid No. 0734-21
     
Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) $508,338.00  
Maximum Contingency 76,251.00  
TOTAL: $584,589.00  

This request is to improve the Downtown Garland pedestrian crossings in an effort to further promote pedestrian connectivity.
 
n.  
Roof Replacements for Gale Fields Recreation Center and Head Start Child Care Center   Bid No. 0726-21
     
Supreme Roofing $547,562.00  

This request is for the replacement of roofs that have reached end of life at the Gale Fields Recreation Center and the Head Start Child Care Center.
 
o.  
TMPA Keith Switch to Steep Hollow Transmission Line Conductor   Bid No. 0531-21
     
KBS Electrical Distributors, Inc. $420,542.00  
Optional Contingency 42,054.20  
TOTAL: $462,596.20  

This request is to provide conductor and guy wire for the rebuild of the TMPA Keith Switch to Steep Hollow Transmission Line.  An Optional Contingency is included for any additional materials that may be required.
 
3. A public hearing was previously conducted for the following zoning case. Council approved the request and instructed staff to bring forth the following ordinance for consideration.
 
a.   Zoning File No. Z 20-42, II Stephens Development, LLC (District 5)

Consider an ordinance amending the Garland Development Code of the City of Garland, Texas, by approving 1) a Change in Zoning from Single-Family-10 (SF-10) District to a Planned Development (PD) District for Single-Family-5 (SF-5) Uses, and 2) a Detail Plan for Single-Family Detached Homes on a 15.265-acre property located at 2040 West Miller Road; providing for conditions, restrictions, and regulations; providing a penalty under the provisions of Sec. 10.05 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Garland, Texas; providing a Notice of Conditions of Compliance Clause; a Savings Clause and a Severability Clause; and providing an effective date.
 
4.   Request for Development Assistance from Micropac Industries Inc. 

Council is requested to approve the staff recommendations for a partial rebate of the applicable RE tax and certain City development fees.
 
5.   Use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding for the Demolition of 1922 Castle Drive in Partnership with the Garland Housing Finance Corporation

At the April 19, 2021 Work Session, Council considered authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement to provide CDBG funding in the amount of $211,000 for the demolition of a blighted, abandoned structure located at 1922 Castle Drive. 
 
6.   Partnership Agreement between the Garland Housing Finance Corporation (GHFC) and the City of Garland to Administer Donated GHFC Funding

At the April 19, 2021 Work Session, Council considered authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Partnership Agreement to administer new GHFC grant programs. 
 
7.   Consider by minute action the approval of two purchase and relocation assistance agreements negotiated to date with the property owners and tenants in the aggregate amount of $208,000.

At the April 5, 2021 Executive Session, Council reviewed and discussed several purchase and relocation assistance agreements. 
 
8.   Council is requested to consider by minute action the approval of two purchase agreements negotiated to date with the property owners in the aggregate amount of $416,100.

At the April 5, 2021 Executive Session, Council reviewed and discussed several purchase and relocation assistance agreements regarding Fire Station 1 Land Acquisition. 
 
9.   Consider by minute action authorizing the Mayor to execute and convey the easement tract to Farmers Electric Cooperative in the amount of $32,090.

At the April 5, 2021 Work Session, Council considered approving the easement tract as requested by Farmers Electric Cooperative. 
 
10.   Consider by minute action approving the easements related to the Hinton Landfill Gas-To-Energy Project

At the April 19, 2021 Work Session, Council considered two easements related to the Hinton Landfill Gas-To-Energy Project. 
 
11.   Consider an ordinance of the City of Garland, Texas, approving and authorizing the issuance of General Obligation Commercial Paper Notes, Series 2021, in an aggregate principal amount at any one time outstanding not to exceed $50,000,000 to provide interim financing to pay project costs for eligible projects and to refund obligations issued in connection with an eligible project; authorizing such short term obligations to be issued, sold and delivered in various forms, including Commercial Paper Notes and a Bank Note, and prescribing the terms, features and characteristics of such instruments; approving and authorizing certain authorized officers and employees of the City to act on behalf of the City in the selling and delivery of such short term obligations, within the limitations and procedures specified herein; making certain covenants and agreements in connection therewith; providing for the levy, assessment and collection of a tax sufficient to pay the interest on Commercial Paper Notes and a Bank Note and to create a Sinking Fund for the redemption of a Bank Note; resolving other matters incident and related to the issuance, sale, security and delivery of Commercial Paper Notes, including the approval of an issuing and Paying Agent Agreement, a Reimbursement Agreement, a Fee Letter and a Dealer Agreement; approving the use of an Offering Memorandum in connection with the sale from time to time of such short term obligations; and providing an effective date. 

Council is requested to approve a termination of the General Obligation Commercial Paper Program, Series 2015 and establish the General Obligation Commercial Paper Program, Series 2021.
 
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.
 
 
12.   Consider a resolution of the City of Garland, Texas, authorizing the use of eminent domain for the acquisition of property rights for the construction and operation of a municipal fire complex in Garland, Dallas County, Texas; providing authorizations to acquire such property rights by condemnation and making certain findings pertaining thereto; providing further authorizations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the resolution; and providing an effective date.

This matter was submitted to the Council by written briefing on the April 5, 2021 Work Session.  Garland Voters approved Proposition B, an authorization for the City to issue obligation bonds for, among other things, the acquisition of property for the location of, and the construction of, a new fire station #1 complex.  The new fire station will be located on an area of land east of First Street, north of Avenue D and south of Avenue B.  The City has been able to successfully negotiate with most property owners to acquire the necessary property interests.  However, the City has not been able to successfully negotiate a final purchase price with the final three remaining property owners named in the proposed resolution. For the remaining tracts, public convenience and necessity require the acquisition of property rights by condemnation.
 
13.   Consider a resolution of the City of Garland, Texas, authorizing the use of eminent domain for the acquisition of property rights for the construction and expansion of a public right-of-way, Naaman School Road, in Garland, Dallas County, Texas; providing authorizations to acquire such property rights by condemnation and making certain findings pertaining thereto; providing further authorizations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the resolution; and providing an effective date.

This matter was submitted to the Council by written briefing on the April 5, 2021 Work Session.  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.  Because the City does not already own all the property upon which the project will be constructed, the City has engaged in an effort to acquire  certain property interests. The City has been able to successfully negotiate with most property owners to acquire the necessary property interests.  However, the City has not been able to successfully negotiate a final purchase price with the property owner named in the proposed resolution. For the remaining tract, public convenience and necessity require the acquisition of property rights by condemnation.
 
14. Hold public hearings on:
 
a.   Consider a Zoning [Planned Development] request by Rodolfo V. Herrera Elizalde to allow an approximately 700 square-foot Guest House to be located behind the primary house. This site is located at 1544 Flores Drive in District 5.

Consideration of the application of Rodolfo V. Herrera Elizalde, requesting approval of a Change in Zoning from Single-Family-7 (SF-7) District to a Planned Development (PD) District for Single-Family-7 (SF-7) Uses. This property is located at 1544 Flores Drive. (File No. Z 21-02, District 5)
 
b.   Consider a Specific Use Provision request by Rodolfo V. Herrera Elizalde to allow an approximately 700 square-foot Guest House to be located behind the primary house. This site is located at 1544 Flores Drive in District 5.

Consideration of the application of Rodolfo V. Herrera Elizalde, requesting approval of a Specific Use Provision for a Guest House on a property zoned Single-Family-7
(SF-7) District. This property is located at 1544 Flores Drive. (File No. Z 21-02, District 5)
 
c.   Consider a Detail Plan request by Rodolfo V. Herrera Elizalde to allow an approximately 700 square-foot Guest House to be located behind the primary house. This site is located at 1544 Flores Drive in District 5.

Consideration of the application of Rodolfo V. Herrera Elizalde, requesting approval of a Detail Plan for a Guest House on a property zoned Single-Family-7 (SF-7) District This property is located at 1544 Flores Drive. (File No. Z 21-02, District 5)
 
d.   Consider a Specific Use Provision request by Alliance Architects, Inc. to receive, store, and distribute hand sanitizer in an existing 216,335 square-foot building. This property is located at 1600 South Jupiter Road in District 6.

Consideration of the application of Alliance Architects, Inc., requesting approval of a Specific Use Provision for a High Risk Use on a property zoned Industrial (IN) District. This property is located at 1600 South Jupiter Road. (File No. Z 21-03, District 6)
 
e.   Consider a Site Plan request by Alliance Architects, Inc. to receive, store, and distribute hand sanitizer in an existing 216,335 square-foot building. This property is located at 1600 South Jupiter Road in District 6.

Consideration of the application of Alliance Architects, Inc., requesting approval of a Site Plan for a High Risk Use on a property zoned Industrial (IN) District. This property is located at 1600 South Jupiter Road. (File No. Z 21-03, District 6)
 
f.   Consider a request by MVAH Partners to re-zone the property to allow an apartment complex. This property is located at 1102 North Shiloh Road in District 8. 

Consideration of the application of MVAH Partners, requesting approval of a Change in Zoning from Community Office (CO) District and Industrial (IN) District to Multi-Family (MF) District. This property is located at 1102 North Shiloh Road. (File No. Z 21-04, District 8) (The applicant requests postponement to the May 18, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting.)
 
15. 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.
 
16. Adjourn.

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