CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION
City of Garland
Work Session Room, City Hall
William E. Dollar Municipal Building
200 North Fifth Street
Monday, June 19, 2023
|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:
|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.
|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.
| 2023 Capital Improvement Program Budget Amendment No. 1
Written staff presentation and recommendation regarding an amendment to the 2023 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to appropriate $400,000 to construct a new downtown Visitor Center, as prepared by the Budget Department. Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the June 20, 2023, Regular Meeting.
| TxDOT Operation Slowdown Grant 2023
Written staff presentation and recommendation requesting Council to consider accepting a Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Operation Slowdown Grant for 2023, as prepared by the City of Garland Police Department. Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the June 20, 2023, Regular Meeting.
| 832 Woodland Drive - HOME Re-Capture
Written staff presentation and recommendation to consider executing the option through right of first refusal to re-purchase a home previously built with HOME funds in 2012 located at 832 Woodland Drive, to maintain its use as an affordable housing project for another buyer, as prepared the Community Development Department. Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the June 20, 2023, Regular Meeting.
| Amendment to Water And Wastewater System Commercial Paper Program
Consider and take appropriate action to extend the 2015 CP program beyond the current expiration date of September 30, 2023 to lock in favorable pricing. The Water and Sewer System Tax-Exempt Commercial Paper (CP) Program was approved in 2015, and the program has been a low cost financing tool for the Water and Wastewater Capital Improvement Program. Unless otherwise directed by Council, this item will be scheduled for formal consideration at the June 20, 2023, Regular Meeting.
| Garland Housing Finance Corporation 2022 Annual Report
David Gibbons, CEO of The Garland Housing Finance Corporation will present to City Council their 2022 Annual Report.
| 2023-2024 CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOME-ARP Federal Grant Allocations
Mona Woodard, Neighborhood Services Administrator will present information to City Council regarding the allocation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, HOME Infill Partnership Grant (HOME) funding, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding, and the one-time allocation of HOME American Rescue Plan Funding (HOME-ARP) for City Council's review and consideration.
| Police Update - Gunshot Detection Technology
Chief of Police, Jeff Bryan, will provide an update on gunshot detection technology.
| Closed Captioning on City Televisions
Mitch Bates, Deputy City Manager will make a presentation to consider adopting a resolution to require all public facing TV monitors in City facilities to keep "Closed Captioning" turned on and to encourage, but not require, local business owners to do the same. This item was requested by Mayor Pro Tem Morris and seconded by Council member Williams.
|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.