City of Garland


Monday, August 3, 2020
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.

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: 951 0525 1775

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. 


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. Public Comments on Work Session Items

Persons who desire to address the City Council on any item on the Work Session agenda are allowed three minutes to speak. Speakers are taken only at the beginning of the meeting, other than invited testimony.

Speakers are grouped by Work Session item and will be taken in the order of the Work Session agenda. Speakers must submit to the City Secretary a completed speaker’s card before the beginning of the meeting. Speaker cards will not be accepted after the Mayor calls the meeting to order. Speaker cards are available in the lobby, at the visitor’s side of the Work Session Room, and from members of staff.

Speakers are limited to addressing items on the Work Session agenda – any item relating to a Regular Session agenda item should be addressed at the Regular Session and any item not on an agenda may be addressed during the open microphone at the end of the Regular Session. 
2. 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.   
3. Written Briefings:  
a.   Consider and/or Act Upon Approving An Extension of the Line of Duty Illness/injury Leave at Full Pay for Firefighter/Paramedic Kasey King

Council is requested to approve an extension of injury leave for a period of up to 12 months (as may be medically necessary) in accordance with Texas Local Government Code Section 143.073 (b) for Firefighter/Paramedic Kasey King, and granting full pay during the extended leave.  This item is scheduled for formal consideration at the August 04, 2020 Regular Meeting.
b.   Adoption of the 2020-2024 Federal Grant Programs Consolidated Plan

Council is requested to consider approval of the Housing and Community Services Department Federal Grants 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the City to update the Consolidated Plan every 5 years in order for the City to continue to receive the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Infill Partnership Grant (HOME) and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) from HUD.  This item is scheduled for formal consideration at the August 4, 2020 Regular Meeting.
c.   Interlocal Agreement with GISD for the Use of the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technology Center

Council is requested to authorize the City Manager to sign an agreement with GISD for use of the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center during emergencies or disasters.  This item is scheduled for formal consideration at the August 4, 2020 Regular Meeting.
d.   Establishing Prevailing Wage Rates for Public Works Projects

Council is requested to approve an ordinance establishing prevailing wage rates for public works projects awarded by the City as required by the United States Department of Labor Davis and established in the Bacon Wage Determination for Dallas County.Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the August 18, 2020 Regular Meeting.
4. Verbal Briefings:  
a.   COVID-19 Response Update and Further Actions 

Staff will provide an update to Council and ask for Council direction, if needed, on various matters related to COVID-19 and actions being taken by the City. 
b.   Preview of 2020-21 Proposed Budget

Staff will provide an overview of the City Manager's Proposed Budget for FY 2020-21.  The FY 2020-21 Proposed Budget document will officially be presented to Council at the August 4, 2020, Regular Meeting.
c.   Overview of City's Activities Regarding Hypermart Site 

Based on changes in Council over time and questions being raised by the public, staff will provide a history of the City's acquisition, redevelopment activities and lease to PLC of the site formerly occupied by Hypermart.
d.   Overview of IH 635E Alternative Design at Garland Avenue Interchange and Regional Transportation Council Pledge of $15 million to Enhance Redevelopment of Area

Staff will review the IH 635E alternative design for the Garland Avenue interchange with City Council.  Staff will also discuss pledge from Regional Transportation Council to assist in redevelopment of the area. 
e.   Aquatics Master Plan Draft

As requested by Council, Staff will present additional information regarding the draft Aquatics Master Plan.
f.   Discuss Parking Enforcement Operations by City Marshals

At the request of Council Member Jim Bookhout and Mayor Scott LeMay, Council is requested to discuss parking enforcement operations by City Marshals. 
g.   Discussion on Possible Garland Development Code (GDC) Amendments

Staff will discuss with Council two possible Garland Development Code amendments. One, allow take-out/pick-up windows without menu boards as part of Restaurant uses, rather than considering them Drive-Through Restaurants, which typically require a Specific Use Provision and public hearing. Second, further review the current GDC storage requirements for Multi-Family and Senior Living developments.
h.   Discuss Resuming Meetings for Boards & Commissions 

At the request of Council Member Jim Bookhout and Mayor Scott LeMay, Council is requested to discuss the resuming of meetings for Boards & Commissions. 
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