City of Garland
Work Session Room, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas 
April 30, 2018
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 Briefings:  
a.   Texas Department of Transportation's S.T.E.P. - "Click It or Ticket" - Grant 

Council is requested to consider accepting a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) - Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) - CIOT (Click It or Ticket) Grant.  Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the May 1, 2018 Regular Meeting. 
b.   Youth Programs Standards of Care Ordinance

Council is requested to consider adopting an ordinance with public comments for Youth Programs Standards of Care to meet requirements of Texas Human Resources Code 42.041.  Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the May 15, 2018 Regular Meeting. 
c.   Portfolio Summary

Staff presents the Portfolio Summary report to Council each quarter.  The report is in compliance with the requirements of the Public Funds Investment Act.  Management of the City's portfolios is conducted in accordance with the City Council Financial Policy, Statement of Investment Strategy, and Investment Policy. 
d.   Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant

Council is requested to consider the Community Services Committee recommendation of approval for the applications as submitted by the following 5 neighborhood associations: Creekside Village Garland HOA, Heron’s Bay Estates HOA, Hidden Forest Estates HOA, Las Mariposas HOA, and Shores of Wellington HOA. Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the May 1, 2018 Regular Meeting.
e.   Sale of Property - 1929 Delmar

Council is requested to accept the offer and sell the property to the Garland Housing Finance Corporation.  GHFC and the Housing and Community Services department may use the property to expand the supply of affordable housing within the City of Garland.  This property has been held by the City of Garland since 2015.  Pursuant to Section 34.05 of the Texas Property Tax Code the property may be resold to a private entity with the approval of the governing body.
3. Verbal Briefings:  
a.   Atmos Energy

A representative from Atmos Energy will address the City Council concerning recent events in the City of Dallas related to gas leaks and plans to address aging infrastructure going forward. 
b.   Street Department Construction Program Update

The Director of the Street Department will provide an update to the City Council on the status of the Street Department infrastructure construction program.
c.   Consideration and Discussion regarding the Downtown/Forest Jupiter Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone (TIF#1)

The Downtown/Forest-Jupiter TIF Board is seeking approval or direction from the City Council related to the Downtown/Forest-Jupiter TIF Zone amended Project Plan and Financing Plan.  A Public Hearing will be held at the May 1, 2018 Regular Meeting.  At Council's discretion, Council may adopt the ordinance to amend the Project Plan and Financing Plan or delay adoption pending further discussion and a subsequent public hearing.
d.   Update on Rosehill Plan Implementation 

Staff will provide an update on Rosehill Plan Implementation. 
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