City of Garland
Work Session Room, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas 
July 16, 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.   Wastewater New Wholesale Customer Contract

Council is requested to authorize a new contract with the Kaufman County Fresh Water Supply District #1A (FWSD).  
b.   Annual Performance Update on the City of Garland Housing Agency 2015-2019 Five-Year Plan and Administrative Plan Approval

Council is requested to consider approval of the Garland Housing Agency's Annual Performance Update and the Administrative Plan revisions in order for the City of Garland to continue to receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide rental assistance to low income families.  Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the July 17, 2018 Regular Meeting. 
3. Verbal Briefings:  
a.   Fire Department Presentation of Mechanical CPR Devices 

The Fire Department will provide a brief presentation and demonstration of the mechanical CPR devices that were authorized by City Council following the closing of Baylor Garland.  These devices are performing a high level of CPR and allowing the firefighters to be safer during the longer transports to hospitals outside of Garland.  The device provides compressions that are the right depth, the right rate, and without tiring .  These devices have not only helped our firefighters but have also increased the effectiveness and efficiencies on scenes where CPR is called for. 
b.   Consideration and discussion regarding a 2019 Bond Program

Staff will provide a presentation outlining the tax rate impacts of a bond program based on different funding levels and implementation schedules. In addition, a community engagement strategy, appointment of a citizen bond committee, and development of a schedule of events based on either a May 2019 or November 2019 election date will be discussed.
c.   Amendments to the Garland Development Code (GDC) Regarding Institutionalized Care of Alcoholic, Drug Dependent or Psychiatric Patients

The Garland Development Code (GDC) does not currently define or recognize the institutionalized care of psychiatric, alcoholic or drug dependent patients in the applicable list of land uses. The former development code [Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, No. 4647] defined these uses but it did not carry over into the adoption of the GDC in 2015. In order to address these types of uses consistently in the future, the proposed amendments formally define them, based on the previous code’s definition, and establish in which zoning districts to allow them--by Specific Use Provision (SUP). 
d.   Heritage Tourism Program

Staff will provide a briefing to the City Council on proposed projects for the Heritage Tourism Program.  In the FY18 Operating Budget, Council approved funding for the program with the goal of promoting Downtown as a tourist destination. 
4. Discuss Appointments to Boards and Commissions  
  Council Member Deborah Morris
  • Steven Hallman - Plan Commission
  • Michael Degen - Library Board 
  • Cynthia Carillo - Garland Youth Council
  • Sydney Colon - Garland Youth Council 
Council Member Jim Bookhout
  • Julian Humphrey - Garland Youth Council 
Council Member Rich Aubin 
  • Sara Cox - Garland Youth Council
  • Jade Martinez - Garland Youth Council 
Council Member Robert Vera
  • Ximena Coronado - Garland Youth Council 
Council Member Robert John Smith
  • Katherine Sinclair - Garland Youth Council
  • Patricio Gonzalez - Garland Youth Council 
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