AGENDA

CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION
City of Garland
Work Session Room, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas 
Monday, October 18, 2021
6:00 p.m.
 
 

DEFINITIONS:

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 by webinar or telephone at the following URL:

https://garlandtx.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0H3SQeXRTKyomnUS4AV-7A

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:
 


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

 


The Meeting ID is: 825 9031 3848

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.   Development Agreement with Draper Garland, LLC for Draper Garland Subdivision

Council is requested to consider authorizing the City Manager to execute a development agreement between the City of Garland and The Draper Garland, LLC for the development of a certain 4.646 acre tract of land located on South Garland Avenue and Rodando Drive, between Wilson Street and Avenue B, pursuant to Planned Development Ordinance No. 7209.  Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the November 9, 2021 Regular Meeting. 
 
b.   Rick Oden Park Signage 

Council is requested to confirm staff direction on the naming of the new facilities in Rick Oden Park, which include the baseball field, the entry plaza for the baseball field and the skatepark.  Unless otherwise directed by Council to do otherwise the baseball field will be named Marion D. Williams, IV, the entry plaza will be named Rick Oden Park and the skate park will be named Garland Skate Park. 
 
c.   Use of Narcotic Seizure Funding for Police Rifle Plates

Council is requested to approve the use of narcotic seizure funds for the purchase of 270 lightweight hard armor rifle plates in the amount of $71,280.  Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the November 9, 2021 Regular Meeting. 
 
d.   Annual Review and Affirmation of Investment Strategy and Policy

To meet the requirements of the Public Funds Investment Act, Council is requested to approve the City Council Investment Strategy and Policy with no changes.  This item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the October 19, 2021 Regular Meeting. 
 
e.   Vision Energy Consultants, Inc. Agreement

Council is requested to consider a revised agreement with Vision Energy Consultants, Inc. whose president is Ray Schwertner.  This is a one-year agreement for governmental affairs consulting services.  This item will be scheduled for formal approval at the October 19, 2021 Regular Meeting. 
 
4. Verbal Briefings:  
 
a.   DART Update

Council will be updated on DART's services, activities, programs and projects within Garland by DART Board Representative Jonathan Kelly.  
 
b.   COVID-19 Briefing

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. 
 
c.   Redistricting 

Council is requested to review the draft options of the City Council redistricting boundaries.  Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the November 9, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting. 
 
d.   Consider Garland Cultural Arts Commission Inc. Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue Budget, Sub-grant Recipients and Hotel Occupancy Tax Program Management Agreement

Council is requested to approve the 2021-2022 budget of the Garland Cultural Arts Commission, Inc. (GCACI), sub-grant recipients and authorize the City Manager's execution of the "Hotel Occupancy Tax Program Management Agreement" between the City of Garland and the GCACI that would include $155,230 in revenues, which support cultural arts in Garland.  This item is scheduled for formal consideration at the October 19, 2021 Regular Meeting. 
 
e.   Water Meter Key Distribution Program

Staff will provide an update to Council regarding the Water Meter Key Distribution Program as discussed by Council after the February winter storm. 
 
f.   2022 Scheduling of Council Meetings 

Council is requested to review and discuss, if needed, changes to the City Council meeting dates for 2022 as presented in the attached schedule.  The final calendar will be brought back for formal adoption at the November 9, 2021 Regular Meeting. 
 
g.   American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Project List and Funding Discussion - Final Direction from Council

Council will give final direction on the proposed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) project list.  This item is scheduled for formal consideration at the October 19, 2021 Regular Meeting. 
 
h.   Use of Video Technology for Remote Attendance by Council Members

At the request of Council Member Rich Aubin and Mayor Scott LeMay, staff has been asked to brief Council on the requirements and the feasibility of Council Members participating by video technology in Work Session and Regular Meetings held in person. 
 
5. 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.
 
 
6. Adjourn