City of Garland
Work Session Room, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas 
Monday, March 18, 2019
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.

Regular Item: These items generally require discussion between the Council and staff, boards, commissions, or consultants. These items are often accompanied by a formal presentation followed by discussion.


[Public comment will not be accepted during Work Session
unless Council determines otherwise.]




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. 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.   
2. Written Briefing(s):  
a.   Abandonment of a Utility Easement containing City of Garland wastewater main in Sunnyvale and the acceptance of new Utility Easements.

Consider the abandonment of a Utility Easement containing City of Garland wastewater main in Sunnyvale and the acceptance of new Utility Easements.
b.   Authorize the City Mananger to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the North Texas Toll Authority

Consider whether to enter into an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) allowing the City to construct, own and maintain hike and bike trails crossing the NTTA right-of-way in three (3) separate locations and dedicate four (4) parcels of extraneous right-of-way to the City of Garland.  Unless otherwise directed by Council a Resoution will be presented for adoption at the April 2, 2019 Regular Session.
c.   Juvenile Curfew Ordinance.

Section 370.002 of the Texas Local Government Code requires that after a city adopts a juvenile curfew ordinance, the city must review and re-adopt the ordinance every three years.  Unless otherwise directed by Council this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the April 2, 2019 Regular Meeting.
3. Verbal Briefing(s):  
a.   Staff will provide an update to Council on the Western Union Speedway payment site.

At the request of Mayor Dodson and City Council member Robert Smith, Kevin Slay and Corey Worsham will provide an update concerning recent changes to the Western Union Speedway credit card utility payment site.      
b.   Public Report concerning the Wynn Joyce Power Outage of October, 2018                       

At the request of Council Member Nickerson and Mayor Dodson, staff will provide a discussion of the incidents surrounding the Wynn Joyce Power Outage which occurred as the result of severe weather during a storm in October of 2018.
c.   Staff will provide a briefing to Council on the development of a July 4 event

At the October 1, 2018 City Council Work Session, Council provided staff direction to develop a July 4 special event. Staff will brief Council on proposed July 4 event in Audubon Park.
d.   Review of Proposal Schedule and process for development of 2019-2020 CDBG, HOME and ESG Budgets

Information regarding applications, funding history, and available funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Infill Partnership Grant (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) budgets are provided for Council’s information and review.
e.   Update on negotiations with D.R. Horton regarding Cypress Cove tract
4. 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.
5. Adjourn