City of Garland

Council Chambers, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas 
Monday, July 5, 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.

The meeting will be broadcast on City of Garland Government Access Television (CGTV).  CGTV is available via, channel 16 (Spectrum), Channel 44 (Frontier), and channel 99 (AT&T U-verse).  Meetings are broadcast online via live streaming and on-demand, and air on CGTV with several rebroadcasts during the week of the meeting. 

Alternatively, the meeting will be broadcast by webinar at the following URL:

The meeting ID is: 934 0081 0399

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


Whether you are attending the meeting in-person or via webinar, if you 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.  Once the City Council has begun its discussion of the agenda, you will not be recognized to speak.   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.  
REGISTRATION : If you are attending the meeting via webinar, Registration for the webinar will be required for any citizen wishing to speak.  If you choose to speak via the webinar, you must use the “raise hand” feature in order to be recognized. 
IN-PERSON COMMENTS: If you are attending the meeting in-person, Registration will be required for any citizen wishing to speak.  Speakers shall register using the electronic registration kiosks in the lobby of City Hall. 
Garland City Hall and Council Chambers is wheelchair accessible.  Special parking is available on the east side of City Hall and on Austin & State Street west of City Hall.  Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services must contact the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 205-2404 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. BRAILLE IS NOT AVAILABLE.


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 Briefing(s):  
a.   2021 CIP Budget Amendment No. 1

Amend the 2021 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to appropriate $585,000 for the Downtown Garland Pedestrian Crossing Improvements.
4. Verbal Briefing(s):  
a.   Windsurf Bay Park 

City staff will provide an update to City Council on Windsurf Bay Park. 
b.   Prioritization of Holford Road and Flood Safety Enhancements Through-out the City

Holford Road Segment C (Arapaho Road to Naaman Forest Boulevard) was approved in the 2019 Bond Program to expand from a two-lane asphalt street to a divided concrete street with curbs and dedicated bike lanes and trails.  Council will discuss options for the prioritization of this project within the overall implementation schedule for the bond program, in order to deal with flooding at the Holford Bridge.  Staff will also discuss changes to procedures and other possible safety enhancements.  
c.   Consider an amendment to GDC Section 2.05(K) regarding Reconsiderations of Previously Denied Zoning Cases

The City Attorney's Office has drafted language better clarifying Section 2.05(K) of the Garland Development Code (GDC) regarding Reconsiderations of Previously Denied Zoning Cases. The draft ordinance differentiates between 1) considerations of a substantially different land use and plan from a previously denied zoning case, and 2) reconsiderations of the same denied zoning case. Subsequent procedures are outlined in the ordinance for each type of request. 
5. Discuss Appointments to Boards and Commissions  
  Council Member B.J. Williams
  • Dr. Shibu Samuel - Environmental Community Advisory Board
  • Gwendolyn H. Daniels - Library Board
  • Heather Moody - Garland Youth Council
  • Jair Jafeth Delgado - Garland Youth Council
  • Phillip Johnson - Tax Increment Finance #3 Board

Council Member Rich Aubin
  • Jason Aguirre - Parks and Recreation Board
  • Margaret  A. Lucht - Plan Commission
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:
The City Council will adjourn into executive session under Sections 551.071 and 551.074, TEX. GOV'T CODE regarding attorney-client communications and personnel matters relating to:

(1) The impending retirement of the City Attorney and the winding down and transition of his duties consistent with his professional obligations to the City.

(2) Pending/contemplated workers compensation litigation.

8. Adjourn