Aug. 30, 2020
This Week's News
Labor Day City Holiday Hours and Services: Sept. 7
In observance of Labor Day, all City of Garland offices and the Utility Customer Service Drive-Thru will be closed Monday, Sept. 7. All libraries and recreation centers, as well as the Charles M. Hinton Landfill and City of Garland Transfer Station and Recycling Center also will be closed. City pools, Surf and Swim and senior centers remain closed due to COVID-19. 
Garbage, recycling, and brush and bulky pickup schedules will not be impacted.

You can find more information about the current availability of City resources and facilities at

DART will operate on an adjusted Labor Day weekend schedule. DART route and schedule information can be found at
In-Person School Begins Tuesday, Sept. 8: Remember to Observe School Zones
As Garland ISD students prepare to return to school Tuesday, Sept. 8, the City reminds all motorists to observe school zones and stay alert near schools, crosswalks and playgrounds.

Here are a few reminders to keep motorists and pedestrians safe this school year:
  • The school zone speed limit is 20 mph.
  • Use of cellphones in school zones is prohibited.
  • All vehicles must stop behind the painted white crosswalk line.
  • Vehicles and pedestrians must obey the direction of crossing guards.
Questions regarding school zone safety?
Call 972-205-2438.
Enjoy Fair Fare on the Square Sept. 1-30
September in North Texas normally means Big Tex, midway fun and fried food galore. This year, area residents can still get their fix of “fair fare” all in one convenient, walkable location – Downtown Garland’s historic Square!

Enjoy fare "fit to be fried" from 13 eateries situated near the Square. Make a progressive meal of it, order lots to share, or come back on multiple days to sample even more. There’s no admission fee, food items are reasonably priced, and everything can be enjoyed outdoors. When placing an order, simply request a free “Square Meal” kit that includes a red-checkered table cloth, plates, utensils and napkins, and then head to one of the Square’s socially distanced, umbrella-shaded café tables. Check out participating restaurants and get full details at
GP&L Adds Status Update Feature to Outage Texting
You may have already used GP&L’s outage text reporting system to report a power outage. Now you can also check the status of an outage you’ve reported!

The next time you experience a power outage at your home or business, report the outage to GP&L by texting OUT or your account number to 972-205-4000. After reporting, you will receive a confirmation text message from GP&L. You can reply STATUS to this message to receive an update on your outage, such as when the outage has been recorded in GP&L’s system or when a crew has been assigned.

Election Day Is Tuesday, Nov. 3
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City postponed its general election to Nov. 3 as allowed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. That's the same election in which federal, state, county and school district items will be considered.

Also on the ballot is a proposal to utilize park land adjacent to Hollabaugh Recreation Center, 3925 W. Walnut St., as the site for relocation of the Walnut Creek Branch Library.

Early voting will begin Tuesday, Oct. 13, and run through Friday, Oct. 30. Monday, Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote.

Visit to learn more. If you have questions regarding early voting, contact Dallas County Early Voting at 214-819-6359. If you have other election issues, contact the City Secretary at 972-205-2404 or Dallas County at 214-819-6300 or
Garland Emergency Residential Assistance Program
The City of Garland has partnered with Catholic Charities of Dallas Inc. to provide emergency mortgage and rental assistance to City of Garland residents impacted by COVID-19.

Catholic Charities Inc. is processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis. While we are committed to processing as many applications as we have funding for, we do anticipate a high demand. Learn more.

COVID-19 Updates
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 710 active cases out of 6,145 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 52 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon.

Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
Aug. 31 and Sept. 1
Work session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The Garland City Council will continue to discuss the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in its Aug. 31 and Sept. 14 Work Sessions. The Council will take public comments at its Regular Meetings 7 p.m. Sept. 1 and 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Council is scheduled to adopt the budget Sept. 15.

Boards & Commissions Meetings
All upcoming Boards & Commissions meetings can be found on the Public Meetings calendar at

Due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, the meetings will be virtual. You can watch the meetings online. The 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 and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.
Made Fresh & Local Virtual Concerts
We are not able to host our traditional outdoor Sounds of Summer Concert Series at the Square this year, so we are bringing a true Garland Fresh & Local concert experience straight into your living room! Get a front-row seat to our Made Fresh & Local virtual concert series every other Friday night featuring some of the area's best musicians and artists. Friday, Sept. 11, join jazz band La Pompe Dallas! Get more details about the lineup and schedules at
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
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