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City of Garland
Work Session Room, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas 
July 5, 2017
5:30 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:
a.   2017 Capital Improvement Program Budget Amendment No. 1 

Council is requested to amend the 2017 Capital Improvement Program to appropriate $958,614 for the construction of sixteen bridges included in the Bridge Remediation capital project.  Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the July 18, 2017 Regular Meeting.
3.   Verbal Briefings:
a.   Process of Selecting Tuckerville Park for Proposed Dog Park 

At the May 1, 2017 Work Session, Council requested a presentation be made by the consultant, RVi Inc., on the process for selecting sites for the dog park.  In addition, RVi was asked to provide visual examples of other dog parks in surrounding cities in order to provide context regarding the size of the proposed dog park in Garland. The consultant, RVi Inc., will make the presentation similar to that made in previous public meetings in October and November of 2016.
b.   Report of NLC Summer Board & Leadership Meeting

Per Council policy, Council Member B.J. Williams will provide a brief report of highlights from the NLC Summer Board and Leadership (Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee) meeting. 
c.   Garland Development Code (GDC) Amendments

Staff will provide a briefing to the City Council on proposed Garland Development Code (GDC) amendments.
4.   Regular Item:
a.   Garland Fire Department Civil Service Employee Retirement Stability Benefit

At the request of Mayor Pro Tem Scott LeMay and Council Member Robert Vera, Garland Fire Fighters Association President David Riggs will provide a presentation to Council.
b.   Update on Special Session of the Texas Legislature

At the request of Council Member B.J. Williams and Council Member David Gibbons, the Office of the City Attorney will provide a briefing on the upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature.
c.   Consider a resolution opposing unworkable revenue caps

At the request of Council Member B.J. Williams and Council Member David Gibbons, the City Council is asked to consider a resolution opposing changes in existing revenue cap laws that would adversely impact City operations and the people of Garland. 
d.   Consider a resolution opposing legislation preempting tree mitigation ordinances

At the request of Council Member B.J. Williams and Council Member David Gibbons, the City Council is asked to consider a resolution opposing legislation that would preempt local ordinances that require developers to submit and abide by tree mitigation plans before undertaking a development.
e.   Consider a resolution opposing legislation banning cities from enforcing building codes and charging permit fees

At the request of Council Member B.J. Williams and Council Member David Gibbons, the City Council is asked to consider a resolution opposing changes in Texas law that would ban the inspection of buildings during construction and the imposition of permit fees that cover the cost of providing such inspections.
5.   Discuss Appointments to Boards and Commissions
  Council Member Robert Vera
  • Lori Barnett Dodson - Plan Commission 
  Council Member David Gibbons
  • Frank Garcia - Community Multicultural 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.   Adjourn

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