City of Garland


Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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.

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:

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


The Meeting ID is: 
972 6194 7526

For participants (online and by phone) who wish to speak on an item on the agenda, you must use the "raise hand" feature in order to be recognized.  Similarly, if you wish to provide a comment at the end of the agenda during the open public comments portion of the meeting, you must use the "raise hand" feature.

You are invited to offer a comment or make a statement on any item on the agenda as that item is called.  Your comments must relate to an item on this agenda - non-germane comments are not in order.  Time limits will be imposed by the Mayor as appropriate to the nature of the agenda item.  Generally, public speakers are given three minutes.  Due to legal restrictions, the City Council is not able to answer questions during the public comments portion of the agenda. 

If the City Council adjourns into Executive Session during 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. 

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 21, 2020 Regular Meeting.
2. Consider approval of the following bids: 
GP&L Wynn Joyce to Miller Road 138kv Transmission Line Construction    Bid No. 0898-20
Maslonka Powerline Services $8,868,943.58  
Optional Contingency 554,748.94  
TOTAL: $9,423,692.52  

This request is to provide construction services for the Wynn Joyce to Miller Road and Wynn Joyce to Ben Davis 138kV Transmission Line rebuild.  An Optional Contingency is included for any additional work that may be required.
Council Chambers Dais Monitor Upgrades   Bid No. 0856-20
Intent Digital, LLC $60,054.31  

This request is to approve a Change Order to purchase City Council members their own interactive touch screen monitors that toggle between presentation, voting displays and agenda as well as additional panels for voting control. 
GP&L Fire Suppression System Engineering Services    Bid No. 1099-20
Sargent & Lundy, LLC $259,200.00  

This request is to obtain engineering design services for fire suppression system improvements at the GP&L Olinger and Spencer Power Plants.
Patricia Drive Water Main Replacement   Bid No. 0892-20
SYB Construction Company $548,447.03  
Optional Contingency 54,844.70  
TOTAL: $603,291.73  

This request is to provide water main replacement on Patricia Drive.  An Optional Contingency is included for any additional work that may be required.
GP&L Spencer 4 Cooling Water Pump Motor Rebuild   Bid No. 1124-20
Brandon & Clark, Inc. $179,310.09  

This request is to provide emergency repair services to rebuild the GP&L Spencer Unit 4 circulating water pump motor that has failed in service.
Substation Equipment Testing & Commissioning    Bid No. 0934-20
7W Consulting, LLC $300,000.00  

This request is to provide as-needed equipment testing, commissioning and consulting services for GP&L and TMPA substations.  This approval is for a Term Agreement with three optional renewals.
3.   Consider by minute action approving an extension of line of duty injury/illness leave for a period of up to one year at full pay and benefits as may be medically necessary for Firefighter/Paramedic Kasey King.

At the August 3, 2020 Work Session, Council considered approving an extension of line of duty injury/illness leave for a period of up to one year at full pay and benefits as may be medically necessary for Firefighter/Paramedic Kasey King. 
4.   Approve by minute action the Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant revised guidelines.

At the July 6, 2020 Work Session, Council considered revisions to the Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant guidelines. 
5.   Consider a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with the Garland Independent School District regarding the use of certain facilities during emergencies; and providing an effective date. 

At the August 3, 2020 Work Session, Council considered approving a resolution allowing the City Manager to execute an interlocal agreement with GISD allowing the City of Garland to utilize the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technology Center as a Point of Dispensing (POD) for medications or commodities in mass quantity to the public, which may be necessary in disaster response and recovery efforts. 
6.   Consider a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Project Specific Agreement with Dallas County relating to certain road improvements and repairs to Pleasant Valley Road, Merrit Road and Elm Grove Road; and providing an effective date. 

Staff recommends that the City Council approve the attached resolution, which authorizes the City Manager to execute the PSA with Dallas County to share the cost of milling the existing asphalt and placing new asphalt pavement on Pleasant Valley Road and Elm Grove Road in Sachse.  The PSA and the cost estimate for the project are attached for Council's review. 
7.   Approve by minute action authorizing the City Manager to sign the CARES Act Agreement.

At the July 20, 2020 Work Session, Council considered approving the Heliport CARES Grant application that will provide funds to the Heliport for operations.  
8.   Consider an ordinance amending Section 33.30 and 33.31 to Article III "Speed Regulations," of Chapter 33, "Transportation," of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Garland, Texas; and providing a Penalty Clause, a Savings Clause and a Severability Clause and providing an effective date. 

At the July 20, 2020 Work Session, Council considered increasing the speed limit from 40 mph to 45 mph between SH 66 and Castle Drive. 
9.   Consider by minute action the approval of the Housing and Community Services Department Federal Grants 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan.

At the August 3, 2020 Work Session, Council considered 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.

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.
10.   Presentation of the 2020-21 Proposed Budget

In accordance with the City Charter and state law, the City Manager shall submit to the City Council a Proposed Budget for the coming fiscal year.  The City Manager will formally present his Proposed Budget for FY 2020-21.  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. 
11.   Submission of appraisal roll and rates for FY 2020/2021

In accordance with S.B. 2, the City’s Tax Administrator will submit to Council the appraisal rolls and calculation of a “no-new-revenue tax rate” and “voter-approval tax rate”.  Based upon estimates of appraised value from the appraisal districts the “no-new-revenue tax rate” is .822388 and the “voter-approved tax rate” is .829826.  The proposed tax rate will be determined by Council once the final certified appraisal roll is made available on August 20th.  Afterward, a public notice of the proposed tax rate and scheduled public hearings will be posted. 
12. Hold public hearings on:
a.   Consider the application of Tilson Custom Homes, requesting approval of a Specific Use Provision for a Guest House on a property zoned Agriculture (AG) District.  This property is located at 1620 Pleasant Valley Road.  (File No. Z 20-15, District 1) 

The applicant proposes a 906 square-foot guest house, to be located behind the proposed primary house.
b.   Consider the application of the City of Garland, requesting approval to amend Planned Development (PD) District 17-35 for Mixed Use to 1) Amend Table 5-1 (Schedule of Uses) by removing Dwelling, Multi-Family Use and Elder Care - Independent Living Use from several Character Zones; and 2) Change the Character Zones of certain properties.  This area is generally located northeast of President George Bush Turnpike, west of Holford Road, and south of the city limits line.  (File No. Z 20-17, District 1) 

This proposal would remove the Multi-Family Dwelling Use and Independent Living Use designations from several Character Zones [Employment Mixed Use, Retail Mixed Use, and Transition] in the Planned Development (PD) District. In addition, the proposal would change the Character Zones of certain existing properties, and remove certain areas from the amendment in accordance with the Plan Commission’s recommendation on July 13, 2020.  The multi-family residential developments (developed or under construction) abutting West Campbell Road would remain Mixed-Use Mixed-Residential and continue to be allowed and conforming per their existing zoning.
13. 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.
14. Adjourn.

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