July 20, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
Garland's Animal Services and Police Departments Team Up to Save Abused Animals
Since January, Garland Animal Services and Garland Police Department have collaborated to ensure individuals are held accountable for cruel treatment of animals.

Garland Animal Services has removed approximately 13 animals from cruelty cases, which have led to three arrests and two pending arrest warrants. One specific case that touched all our hearts involves a 4-month-old mixed breed dog named Captain. Watch how Garland Animal Services rescued Captain and gave him the opportunity for a loving, forever home.

Garland Animal Services is committed to stopping this cycle through the development of an Animal Cruelty Division within Garland Animal Services that will respond to abuse and cruelty cases. This new division will work in partnership with the Garland Police Department to use training and innovation to help bring perpetrators of animal cruelty to justice.   Learn more .
Garland Independent School District Announces Reopening Updates
For many of us, Garland ISD is a key part of the great Garland experience. The district recently released school reopening updates, informing families of a three-week restarting school transition period, two learning models, health and safety protocols, FAQs and more. 

Due to a Dallas County order issued July 16, all Garland ISD students will attend school remotely Monday, Aug. 10, through Monday, Sept. 7, with no option for Face-to-Face Learning. Families will still choose either Remote Learning or Face-to-Face Learning for their students via a Commitment Form due Thursday, July 23. Those who select the Face-to-Face option will begin attending classes on campus Tuesday, Sept. 8. The district will also debut  new school hours  on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 10. All back-to-school forms are now available and must be completed online via Skyward Family Access. For further details, visit  GarlandISD.net/GISDreopens .
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, July 24, join L a Pompe Dallas,   a jazz band that is a little bit of gypsy, a little bit of French and a whole lotta swing!  Get more details about the lineup and schedules at GarlandParks.com .
Temporary Closure of Shiloh and Garland Roads Intersection
The intersection of Shiloh and Garland roads will be closed for construction from 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, through 7 a.m. Sunday, July 26. 

Shiloh Road will be inaccessible from
I-635 to Kingsley Road except for local traffic. Local access to RaceTrac and McDonald's will be maintained.

For a list of current and ongoing projects, visit the Street Department webpage  at GarlandTX.gov and subscribe to Street Talk.
Full Shutdowns of I-30 Planned Near
I-635 Interchange
The rebuild of the I-30 interchange is a major component of the LBJ East project.

Near that interchange, westbound lanes at Galloway Avenue will be closed for a portion of Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26.  Connector ramps from westbound I-30 to I-635 will close from 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 26. 

More information about the project can be found at  635east.com .
Sidewalk Repair Incentive Program
The City of Garland has upped the incentive for homeowners to fix deteriorating sidewalks.

Garland offers three new reductions to supplement its established 50-50 share of sidewalk reconstruction costs. A property owner who qualifies in all three categories may now bear as little as 10 percent of the cost of fixing their sidewalk.

Learn more about qualifications at GarlandTX.gov

If you have questions about the matching grant program, call 972-205-2930. City staff will then determine what work is eligible and the estimated cost.
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 1,889 active cases out of 3,550 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 34 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon after 2 p.m.
Events & Announcements
City Council Meetings
July 20 and 21
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, July 20. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21. 

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

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

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