City of Garland
Council Chambers, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas 
January 14, 2020
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.

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.



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. 

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.

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 January 7, 2020 Regular Meeting.
2. Consider approval of the following bids:
Caterpillar Loader    Bid No. 0660-19
Caterpillar, Inc.  $50,000.00  

This request is to approve Change Order #1 due to a change in the Caterpillar Loader trade-in allowance.
Landfill Gas to Energy Project    Bid No. 0913-19
Morrow Renewables, LLC $509,130.06  

This request is to approve the sale of landfill gas and to provide upgrades to a portion of the landfill gas collection and control system at the C.M. Hinton, Jr., Regional Landfill.
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 19-37, Bill Swisher (District 3)

Consider an ordinance amending the Garland Development Code of the City of Garland, Texas, by approving 1) a Change in Zoning from Community Retail (CR) District to a Planned Development (PD) District for Community Retail Uses; Indoor Automobile Sales, New or Used; Motorcycle/ATV Sales (New and Used – Indoors Only); and Pawn Shop Use; and 2) a Detail Plan for Community Retail Uses; Indoor Automobile Sales, New or Used; Motorcycle/ATV Sales (New and Used – Indoors Only); and Pawn Shop Use on a 2.8379-acre tract of land located at 484 West IH-30; 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.   Consider a resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the North Central Texas Council of Governments' Solid Waste Implementation Grant Program to conduct a technical study relating to the City of Garland's Recycling Program in order to increase efficiency and long-term viability of the program and other actions; and providing an effective date.

At the January 6, 2020 Work Session, Council considered applying for the North Central Texas Council of Governments Grant to provide supplemental funding in a planned study to assess and evaluate the City of Garland's recycling program.  
5.   Consider a resolution providing for the redemption of certain outstanding City of Garland, Texas, Tax Notes, Series 2019A and 2019B; and resolving other matters incident and related to the redemption of such obligations.  

When Council approved the issuance of $9,530,000 Tax Notes, Series 2019A on May 15, 2019 and the issuance of $12,750,000 Tax Notes Series 2019B on September 3, 2019, it was contemplated that the City would exercise the call provision to redeem the notes prior to the scheduled maturity dates of August 15, 2020 and November 15, 2020, respectively. Staff requests Council consider approving a resolution to redeem the Tax Notes, Series 2019A and 2019B as contemplated.

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.
6.   Consider a resolution of the City of Garland, Texas, finding and determining that the public necessity and convenience require the acquisition of property rights for the construction and operation of a high voltage transmission line in Garland, Dallas County, Texas for the upgrade and rerouting of the existing College Substation to Jupiter Substation transmission line; 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 December 16, 2019 Work Session agenda.  Garland Power and Light is upgrading the College Substation to Jupiter Substation transmission line from 69kV to 138kV in recognition of increased load across GP&L’s transmission system.  A portion of the existing 69kV transmission line is located in an alley, which does not provide for accommodation of the new 138kV transmission line.   This portion of the line will be rerouted along Walnut Street and Jupiter Road.  As part of this rerouting, right-of-way acquisition is needed to accommodate the transmission line. The City has been able to successfully negotiate with most property owners along Walnut Street and Jupiter Road 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.
7. 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.
  Mayor Pro Tem Smith
  • Forrest Oliver - Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
8. 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.
9. Adjourn.

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