Friday, July 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, and pursuant to Section 551.125 of the Texas Government Code and the executive orders of Governor Greg Abbott suspending provisions of the Texas Government Code and other applicable laws of the State regarding normal open meetings, the City Council will hold this meeting by
internet/telephonic remote means.

The meeting will be broadcast by webinar or telephone at the following URL:

Registration for the online meeting is required.  The meeting will be recorded and will be available for viewing the next day at

For those without internet access to the meeting, a dial-in option is available.  The toll-free numbers are:


Additionally, the meeting may be accessed by phone at the following number:


The Meeting ID is: 920 9121 8916

For participants (online and by phone) who wish to speak, a public comments period is provided as the first item on the agenda. If you desire to address the City Council on a matter that is posted on this agenda, please be prepared to do so at the beginning of the meeting. After the City Council has begun its discussion of the agenda, you will not be recognized to speak. The public comments portion of the meeting is provided for citizen comments. You are invited to offer a comment or make a statement on any item on the agenda. However, please bear in mind that offering comments should not be done in the form of posing questions. Generally, due to legal restrictions, the City Council is not able to answer questions during the public comments portion of the agenda. Your comments must relate to an item on this agenda - non-germane comments are not in order.

If an Executive Session is included as part of the agenda for this meeting, the Executive Session will be conducted by teleconference between and among the members of the City Council and relevant City staff. Public access to that call is prohibited by State law.

1. Decisions based on issues, goals and vision. 9. Follow goals, principles and action agenda.
2. Do not take things personal. 10. Decide, vote and move on.
3. Project a positive attitude. 11. Avoid ambushes - Council or staff.
4. Focus on issues, not on the person. 12. Talk to staff before meetings.
5. Be prepared to discuss issues. 13. Vote our convictions, but be willing to compromise "What is best for Garland."
6. Maintain decorum. 14. Follow Roberts Rules of Order consistently.
7. Keep your sense of humor. 15. Agree to disagree.
8. Honor and respect each other; accept each other as individuals. 16. Be open and honest. 

Times - Estimates Only
9:00 a.m. Overview of Retreat Agenda Bradford
9:15 a.m. State of Policing Chief Jeff Bryan
10:00 a.m. 2020-2021 Operating Budget Preliminary Budget Young/Watson
10:45 a.m. Executive Session Gwin

The City Council will adjourn into executive session pursuant to Sections 551.087 and 551.072 of the Texas Government Code to discuss 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 or with which the City is conducting economic development negotiations or to deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect and to discuss the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property pertaining to certain commercial and industrial properties generally located in west Garland.
12:00 p.m. Adjourn