April 5, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
Monitoring Coronavirus
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 72 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents, as well as two deaths.  The City will update our posted case numbers each afternoon after 2 p.m. Check the  Dallas County website for county-wide updates.

You can subscribe to receive updates at GarlandTX.gov. If you have not yet set up an account, there is a "Create an Account" link at the very top of the page, above the navigation bar. Click that to create your account.  Click on the green "Notify Me" button to get the subscription page. You have several subscription options. The first section is Alerts. The second section is News Flash. COVID-19 Updates is the second option under News Flash.

Additional information is available on the Garland Health Department  COVID Update page . The status of various City functions is updated on the  City Service Updates page A list of useful resources is available on the  COVID Links page Frequently asked questions specific to Garland are available on the  COVID FAQs page .

During an April 2 Emergency Meeting of the Garland City Council, City Manager Bryan Bradford recommended additional changes to City operations and services through April 30 to further protect residents and employees from the spread of COVID-19. These changes were unanimously approved by the City Council and are summarized at GarlandTX.gov.

While most City facilities are now closed to the public, City departments can still be reached by phone or email. Visit the Staff Directory for contact information. Garland offers an information line, 972-205-3900, to help connect residents to health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call your primary care physician first for medical and testing advice.

Monitor  GarlandTX.gov  and the City's social media pages for updates.
Garland Goodness
Even with the concern about COVID-19, our community is full of warm, wonderful stories of caring and perseverance.  We're sharing some of those stories on our Garland Goodness page at GarlandTX.gov.

If you have one to share with us, you can share on social media and tag @garlandtxgov. Use the hashtags #GarlandGoodness, #MYMGarland, and #OnlyinGarland or email your stories to  Saul Garza .
Garland City Council Postpones May 2 Election
The Garland City Council postponed the City's general election six months to Nov. 3 to keep voters from gathering during a time of concern over the spread of COVID-19.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott authorized those holding May 2 elections to postpone their election to Nov. 3.

"I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these waivers and postpone their elections until November," Gov. Abbott said. "Right now, the state's focus is responding to COVID-19 - including social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. By delaying this election, our local election officials can assist in that effort."

Garland voters will decide representatives for Council Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. They'll also consider a proposal to repurpose park land at 3925 W. Walnut St. as the new site for the Walnut Creek Branch Library. Learn more.
Important COVID-19 Information Regarding Your Utility Bill
The City of Garland will work with customers during these difficult times, and will not disconnect electric or water service for late or lack of utility bill payment. 

Customers should contact Utility Customer Service at 972-205-2671 or  CustServ@GarlandTX.gov to discuss their situation. Please include your service address and account number in any correspondence.

Duckworth Utility Services Building (217 N. Fifth St.) is closed through Saturday, May 9.  Utility and Tax payments will be accepted via the Drive-Thru Payment Center at 717 W. State St. (at West State Street and North Glenbrook Drive) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Other utility payment options  are also available.
Transfer Station and Recycle Center Have Room for Your Excess
During this crisis, our Environmental Waste Services crews will continue to provide our residents the best service by maintaining regular residential, brush and bulky, and recyclable collection schedules. We realize as the shelter in place order continues, some of you may be collecting or producing more trash and recyclables than usual.
 
If your carts are overflowing, you can always drop off any excess trash and recyclables at our Recycling Center and Transfer Station at 1434 Commerce St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Residents are encouraged to avoid trips to the C.M. Hinton Jr. Regional Landfill at this time.
 
Just pull up, place the material in the respective bins and be on your way. It's that easy. If you have any questions, email EWS@GarlandTX.gov or call 972-205-3500.
April Is National Safe Digging Month
Atmos Energy urges homeowners to dig safely! 

Unless an outdoor project is essential, Atmos Energy is asking homeowners and contractors to postpone digging. If you have to dig, always call 811 first.

While many communities are sheltering in place, Atmos Energy is dedicated to providing you safe and reliable service.  Learn more .
Support Local Businesses and Restaurants
Let's Make Our Mark and help each other out! 

Head to  VisitGarlandTX.com for a list of local restaurants offering takeout , delivery or drive-thru service.

You can also see which local shops are offering virtual shopping and even gift card specials. 

2020 Census Is Here - We Need You!
The census is an official count of the U.S. population and households. Garland's allotment of money for federal programs and its government representation are dependent on the count of its residents.
 
There are several ways to complete the one-page form remotely: online, mail or by phone. It is provided in numerous languages, and your data is confidential. 
 
You should have received an invitation to respond online in mid-March, and a paper questionnaire will be mailed this month.

It only takes about 10 minutes to answer 10 questions.  Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn how the census impacts you and your community.
Events & Announcements
City Council Meetings
April 6 and 7
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, April 6; Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, the meeting will be virtual.  You can watch the meeting onlineThe virtual meeting link will be included in the individual meeting agenda. You may participate by telephone. Dial-in numbers will be posted with the virtual meeting information.

View agendas  at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted. 

McCree Road Closure
Ongoing
McCree Road west of the intersection of Shiloh Road is closed for construction and will reopen in approximately four to six weeks, weather permitting. View a map of the detour.
Social Distancing Keeps GP&L Customers and Employees Safe
Social distancing keeps you, your family and GP&L crews safe during COVID-19. If you call GP&L to fix a power outage at your home or business, or if you see crews working nearby, please stay inside. When necessary, GP&L dispatchers will give updates over the phone to the customer who reported the outage.  GP&L is committed to keeping employees safe and healthy, so we can continue providing you with reliable electric service.
Make an Appointment to Adopt a Pet
Garland Animal Services is still open to the public. Please call 972-205-3570 to make an appointment before entering the shelter. Due to high call volumes, we ask that you leave a voicemail with your name, phone number and the ID of the animal you are interested in. We will get back to you as soon as possible. For more information, contact AnimalServices@GarlandTX.gov.








Public & Media Relations
P.O. Box 469002 | Garland, Texas 75046
Garland@GarlandTX.gov | GarlandTX.gov