Aug. 9, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
Shiloh Road Project Update
A year and a half ago, a major overhaul started at one of the busiest intersections in Garland.  

Most work has been happening underground, but there have been major milestones on the surface too. 

What's the status of the Shiloh Road Project? Watch this video to find out!

Subscribe to Street Talk to keep up to date on this and other Street Department projects.
Census Workers Conduct In-Person Visits
Census takers are currently visiting homes that haven't yet responded to the 2020 Census. 

This is the next phase of the effort to satisfy the full count of people living in the United States as required every 10 years by the Constitution. There have been efforts through local government, social media and the mail since early spring. The in-person delivery is a follow-up, typically in areas where most people do not get their mail at their physical address. Find out more.
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.
This Friday, Aug. 14, join local blues, folk and rock band Desabelle! Get more details about the lineup and schedules at
Beat the Heat with Summer Tips from Garland Power & Light
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Each degree cooler can increase your energy use by 6% to 8%.
  • Clean or replace filters every month. Dirty filters will make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
  • Fans are an energy-efficient way to stay cool. Fans blowing directly on you can make temperatures around you feel up to 4 degrees cooler.
  • Leaks around windows and doors let cool air escape. Check for cracked caulking or damaged weather stripping and replace when necessary.
Find more energy-saving tips on GP&L's website.
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 1,434 active cases out of 4,916 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 42 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon after 2 p.m.
Events & Announcements
Plan Commission
Aug. 10
The Garland Plan Commission meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

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.

DART Collects Comments on Planned Service Changes
Aug. 11
Dallas Area Rapid Transit is planning to implement service changes on Monday, Oct. 19. DART will host a virtual event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, to collect public comments regarding the plan. Comments may also be submitted via emailLearn more.
Beware of COVID-19 Scams
Scams and rumors are common during emergency and crisis situations. Most recently, Garland police say a scammer convinced a resident their water may be contaminated with COVID-19 in order to gain access to their home. Visit for more information on how to spot scams and protect yourself.
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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