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City of Garland
Council Chambers, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas 
August 1, 2017
7:00 p.m.

The City Council extends to each visitor a sincere welcome. We value your interest in your community and your participation in the meetings of this governing body. Regular meetings of the City Council are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m.; the City Council meets regularly in work sessions at 6:00 p.m. the Monday preceding each regular meeting.

Garland City Hall and Council Chambers is wheelchair accessible.  Special parking is available on the east side of City Hall and on Austin & State Street west of City Hall.  Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services must contact the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 205-2404 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. BRAILLE IS NOT AVAILABLE.


(Adopted by Resolution No. 9402 on December 20, 2005)


  • Sustainable quality development and redevelopment
  • Financially stable government with tax base that supports community needs
  • Defends rightful powers of municipalities
  • Fully informed and engaged citizenry
  • Consistent delivery of reliable City services
  • Safe, family-friendly neighborhoods
  • Embrace diversity

It is the custom and tradition of the members of the City Council to have an invocation and recital of the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the beginning of the meeting.  Members of the audience are invited to participate.  However, members of the audience are not required to participate.  The decision to participate is strictly a matter of personal choice and has no bearing on matters to be considered by the City Council and will not affect the decisions to be made during the meeting. 

The Mayor may present proclamations and recognize attendees or award winners, and may make announcements regarding upcoming City events and matters of interest to citizens. There will be no Council deliberations or votes on these matters.

All items under this section are recommended for approval by a single motion of Council, without discussion. Council has had the opportunity to review each of these items at a previous work session and approval of the consent agenda authorizes the City Manager to implement each item. The Mayor will announce the agenda and provide an opportunity for members of the audience and the City Council to request that an item be removed and considered separately.
1.   Consider approval of the minutes of the July 18, 2017 Regular Meeting.
2.   Consider approval of the following bids:
GP&L Apollo Substation Reconstruction   Bid No. 0932-17
R-Delta Engineers $1,147,400.00  

This request is to obtain engineering services associated with the reconstruction of the GP&L Apollo Substation.  This project is part of the planned 69 kV conversion which is necessary to increase capacity in the North Garland load growth corridor. 
2017 Water Master Plan (WMP)    Bid No. 0943-17
Freese and Nichols, Inc. $531,460.00  

This request is to conduct a systematic study of the water distribution system, develop a water model of the system, determine projected water demands for build-out conditions, and perform a risk-based assessment (RBA) of pipelines using condition and criticality parameters.
3.   Consider a resolution of the City of Garland, Texas finding that Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC's ("Oncor" or "company") application to change rates within the City should be denied; finding that the City's reasonable rate case expenses shall be reimbursed by the company; declaring an effective date; and requiring notice of this resolution to the company and legal counsel.  

Council is requested to consider approving the resolution denying the rate application and consolidation proposed by Oncor. 
4.   Consider a resolution agreeing to the sale of certain property located within the City of Garland and owned by taxing authorities including the City of Garland as the result of a tax sale; authorizing the Mayor to execute a Deed Without Warranty; and providing an effective date. 

Council is requested to accept the offer with an executed deed without warranty.  
5.   Consider by minute action an Escrow Agreement with Pulte Homes of Texas, L.P.

At the July 17 Work Session, Council considered an Agreement with Pulte Homes of Texas, L.P. (Pulte) to place in escrow, Pulte’s proportional share for the future improvement of Holford Road.  The Garland Development Code (GDC), Section 3.47 (B) stipulates that the developer’s share of improvements to a perimeter road is at minimum the equivalent of one-half of any adjacent street, along the entire front footage of the subdivision, depending upon the type of the abutting street as shown on the City’s Major Thoroughfare Plan.  The Engineering Department has analyzed the developer’s proportional share attributed to the development and has determined the roadway improvements required by the City are justified.  Pulte and the City have agreed, Pulte’s proportional share for the Gramercy Park development is $511,686.78.

Speaker Regulations:

Anyone wishing to speak for, against, or on agenda items must fill out a speaker card and give it to the City Secretary before speaking (cards are located at the entrance to the Council Chambers). The Mayor will recognize speakers; he may impose a time limit and may provide for rebuttal. All comments and testimony are to be presented from the podium.
6.   Conduct a Public Hearing on the Proposed Review of the City Charter 

At the request of Mayor Douglas Athas, the City Council will receive public input on reviewing the City Charter for possible amendment.
7.   Consider Appointing Members to a Charter Review Committee

At the direction of the City Council, a solicitation of interest was distributed for applicants to be appointed to a Charter Review Committee.  Approximately 22 applications were received.  Before submitting a proposed amendment to the City Charter to the voters, the Council must first convene a Charter Review Committee, composed of not less than nine residents of the City, to make recommendations to the Council on any such amendment. A Charter Review Committee must be established no later than the second regular meeting of the Council in the October preceding an election in the following May.  
8.   Presentation of the 2017-18 Proposed Budget

In accordance with the City Charter, the City Manager shall submit to the City Council, prior to August 15, a Proposed Budget for the coming fiscal year.  The City Manager will formally present his Proposed Budget for 2017-18.  Following the presentation to Council, copies of the Proposed Budget will be placed in each City library, in the Office of the City Secretary, and on the City's website for public review and inspection.
9.   Consider proposing a tax rate to be considered during the budget approval and tax rate setting process for FY 2017/2018 and establishing a schedule for adopting a budget and setting a tax rate for FY 2017/2018

The City Council is requested to propose a tax rate of 70.46 cents per $100 of valuation to be considered during the tax rate setting process, and to establish a schedule for the public hearings that must be held as part of the tax rate and budget approval processes.  An outline of current state law and City Charter requirements is attached along with the proposed schedules for tax rate and budget hearings. Please note that some of the proposed dates are meetings at which the City Council may receive and debate information, not necessarily public hearings. More than the required minimums for public input is, however, provided. The City Council is requested to set public hearings on the budget and on the tax rate for August 15, 2017 and August 24, 2017.
10.   Consider the Appointment of a Mayor Pro Tem 

Council is requested to consider the appointment of a Mayor Pro Tem. 
11.   Hold public hearings on:
a.   Consider the application of Balcones Urban, LLC, requesting approval of a Change in Zoning from Agriculture (AG) District to Single Family-7 (SF-7) District for Single-Family Detached Dwelling Use. This property is located at 1855 Holford Road. (File No. Z 17-31, District 7) (The applicant requests postponement to the August 15, 2017 Regular City Council Meeting).

BEING an approximate 7.054-acre tract of land, situated in the THOMAS MONTGOMERY SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO, 962 City of Garland, Dallas County, Texas and being a portion of the same tract of land as described in deed to Horst Reetz (Tract I) as recorded in Volume 93088, Page 3660, Deed Records, Dallas County, Texas, and part of a tract of land described in deed to Horst Reetz as recorded in Volume 95067, Page 3504, Deed Records, Dallas County, Texas. This property is located on the west side of Holford Road, approximately 2,125 feet northeast of the northeast intersection of Holford Road and Arapaho Road. Approval of the request will allow for a single-family detached dwelling development. 
b.   Consider the application of Masterplan, requesting approval of 1) an amended Concept Plan and 2) a Detail Plan for a Charter School on a property zoned Planned Development (PD) District 13-28 with Specific Use Provisions for a Charter School and Dormitory. This property is located at 4413 North Shiloh Road. (File No. Z 17-32, District 7).

BEING two tracts of land with approximately 14.204 acres and 3.947 acres, respectively, and identified as Lot 1 and Lot 2 on Block 1 of the ILT HS Addition, an addition to the City of Garland, as recorded in Instrument No. 201300387716, M.R.D.C.T., City of Garland, Dallas County, Texas.  The site is located at 4413 North Shiloh Road. Approval of the request will allow the addition of a school building on an existing charter school campus.   
12.   Consider appointments to Boards and Commissions.

Board members are selected for two-year terms by the City Council in August. Terms are usually staggered whereby at least half of the membership has board experience. Board members are appointed based on qualifications.
  Mayor Douglas Athas
  • Justice Dickson - Garland Youth Council
  • Maxwell Lavinsky - Garland Youth Council
  Council Member David Gibbons
  • Ozair Ali - Garland Youth Council
  • Cameron Glick - Garland Youth Council 
  Council Member Anita Goebel
  • Sydney Colón - Garland Youth Council
  • Cynthia Carrillo - Garland Youth Council
  Council Member Jerry Nickerson
  • Max Luna - Garland Youth Council
  • Joshua Joda - Garland Youth Council
  Council Member B.J. Williams
  • Jazmin Sanchez - Garland Youth Council
  • Ester Akapo - Garland Youth Council 
  Council Member Rich Aubin 
  • Sarah Cox - Garland Youth Council
  • Jade Martinez - Garland Youth Council 
  Council Member Robert Vera 
  • Naomie Avila - Garland Youth Council
  • Ximena Coronado - Garland Youth Council
  • Lori Barnett Dodson - Plan Commission 
  • Bruce L. Astin - Board of Adjustment
  • Jack R. Wyatt, Jr. - Building and Fire Codes Board
  • Craig Wright - Garland Cultural Arts Commission
  • Doug A. Williams - Property Standards Board
  • Dorothy Mcallister - Library Board 
13.   Mayor Pro Tem Scott LeMay
  • Elizabeth Rushing - Garland Youth Council
  • Jose Rodrigez - Garland Youth Council 
  Council Member Robert J. Smith
  • Patricio Gonzalez - Garland Youth Council
  • Katherine Sinclair - Garland Youth Council
  • John McDonald - Board of Adjustment
  • Vonda Tyson - Community Multicultural Commission
  • Trellas Gotcher - Library Board 
14.   Citizen comments.

Persons wishing to address issues not on the agenda may have three minutes to address Council at this time. Council is prohibited from discussing any item not posted according to the Texas Open Meetings Act.
15.   Adjourn.

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