July 31, 2022
This Week's News
Water Conservation Is Important Amid Drought Conditions
While drought conditions persist and demand for water increases, it’s important for each of us to use water wisely. Check your plumbing for leaks and expedite repairs, turn off faucets while soaping your hands or brushing your teeth, and fill your dishwasher before running it. These are just a few simple things we can all do to save water. For outdoor conservation, water early in the morning to prevent excessive evaporation. Check your irrigation system for leaks and to make sure sprinkler heads are working properly.

For more indoor and outdoor water-saving tips, visit the City of Garland Water Department webpage. More general water-saving tips are available at ntmwd.com/SaveWater.
Summer Energy-Saving Tips from GP&L

Follow these tips to save money and energy during the hot summer months:

  • Keep tall grass and other obstacles away from your A/C condenser so airflow to the unit is not blocked. Blockage makes the unit work harder and run longer.
  • 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.
  • Gently vacuum the refrigerator’s condenser coils about every three months. Excess dust buildup makes the refrigerator work harder and run longer than necessary.
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Each degree cooler can increase your energy use by up to 8%.
  • Use a microwave to cook when possible. A microwave uses less energy and produces less heat than a stove or oven. 

Beat the Heat: North Texas Summer Lawn Care Class

Participate in this free, virtual class at noon Tuesday, Aug. 2, to learn how to properly care for your lawn from spring to fall.

Great lawn management means not only adopting the right practices but implementing them at the right time.

Texas A&M AgriLife and Extension Urban Water Specialist Becky Bowling will teach the basics on appropriate watering, fertilization, cultivation and pest management practices year-round.

Attendees will also be introduced to useful tools including the WaterMyYard program and more. 

Resources for Summer Heat-Related Needs

Resources are available for Garland residents who need financial or physical assistance to handle the summer heat.

  • Through the Dallas County Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program, qualified applicants can receive free air conditioning units. Call 214-819-1848.
  • Garland Customer Service and Garland Power & Light are donating box fans to Friendship House, 620 W. Avenue B, for distribution. Call 972-272-1010.
  • The Senior Source’s Beat the Heat campaign provides air conditioning units to elderly residents in need. Call 214-525-6191.
  • Salvation Army locations in Garland and throughout North Texas have partnered with Reliant to distribute fans. The Garland location is also available as a cooling station. Visit GarlandTX.gov for full details.

Utility Bill Assistance Available
 
If you are having difficulty paying your utility bill, the City has several resources to help you.
 
You may qualify for a payment arrangement that allows you to extend the due date of your current bill. Call 972-205-2671 or email customer service.
 
There is help available through the City of Garland Customer Assistance Program. This program is a partnership between the City and local service agencies. The funds are administered and distributed to qualified customers by these agencies to those experiencing financial hardships. Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.
 
There is additional utility assistance available through local agencies. Visit the Utility Customer Service webpage at GarlandTX.gov to learn more. 
Band Together on the Square Concert Series Continues Friday, Aug. 5
Downtown Garland has a diverse musical experience that will go great with your carefree summer vibe.

Join us every Friday evening through September for one of the best concert series of the summer!

Our series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at 506 Main St. featuring Chaz Marie and Quinten Hope. Be sure to explore Downtown Garland's fabulous array of eateries and shops before and after the show!

Go to VisitGarlandTX.com for more details and to check the latest updates on bands and locations.
Downtown Construction Update: Main Street Now Open, Parking Available
Construction on the Downtown Square is progressing in Phase 2 with Main Street open (except for south side sidewalks) and construction now on State Street. 

State Street between Sixth and Fifth streets, including the entire intersection at Fifth Street, is now closed for approximately five to six months.

Seventh Street will be one way for northbound traffic in segments until the work between Austin and Main streets is complete. The intersection of Seventh and State streets will close for utility work along with the crosswalk connections. After construction work at the Seventh and State intersection is complete, work will progress to the sidewalks on the east side between State and Main streets. During this time, businesses will remain open and so will the adjacent sidewalks. 

Plenty of free public parking is available throughout the Downtown area, so be sure to continue supporting our local businesses. We have space for ALL your parking needs: street, lot, garage and even that crazy Elon Musk electricity parking! Learn more.
There’s plenty of fun activities going on all summer, too. You can find all the details at VisitGarlandTX.com.
Garland Independent School District Begins 2022-23 School Year Monday, Aug. 8
Garland Public Health Clinic Offers Back-to-School Vaccinations

With the Garland Independent School District’s Monday, Aug. 8, start date around the corner, here’s a reminder that the Garland Public Health Clinic at 206 Carver St. provides low-cost immunizations for infants and children through age 18 and immunizations for adults of all ages.

The Garland Public Health Clinic accepts walk-ins for immunization from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents should bring a child’s immunization records with them. Call 972-205-3370 for more information.

Learn more about back-to-school vaccines at GarlandTX.gov.
Summer Nutrition Program Ends Friday, Aug. 5

The Summer Nutrition Program will finish its 2022 program Friday, Aug. 5.
 
Meals for children ages 1 to 18 will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays through Friday.
Visit GarlandTX.gov for more information and to find a site near you.
GHFC Applications Due Friday, Aug. 12
The City will accept applications through Friday, Aug. 12, for a successor to a current Garland Housing Finance Corporation (GHFC) Board of Directors term that ends Aug. 31.
 
GHFC is a public nonprofit corporation. The programs offered by GHFC are designed to increase affordable housing opportunities while strengthening Garland.
 
A resume and letter of interest may be submitted
to René Dowl, City Secretary, at RDowl@GarlandTX.gov or to City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St., Garland 75040. Applicants will be interviewed by the Garland City Council at its Aug. 15 Work Session.
 
Additional information for GHFC can be found at
Wynn Joyce Road Water Line Improvements Continue
All traffic along Wynn Joyce Road between South Country Club roads continues to be one way going east. 
 
Weather permitting, work is expected to continue until late September. Please expect traffic delays and seek alternate travel routes during this time.     
 
If you have questions, contact the Engineering Department at 972-205-2170.
Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
Aug. 1 and 2
The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.

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

In-person meetings have resumed, but you can continue to watch the meetings online.

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

District 7 Town Hall
Aug. 4
Join Council Member Dylan Hedrick for a District 7 Town Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the North Garland Branch Library, 3845 N. Garland Ave. Topics will include introduction of the new Neighborhood Police Officer, bond projects and the proposed Guardian Recovery Network zoning case. Learn more.

District 5 Town Hall
Aug. 11
Join Council Member Margaret Lucht for a District 5 Community Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Granger Recreation Center, 1310 W. Avenue F. Topics will include a project update on the Heritage Park development on Miller Road. Learn more.

Summer Activities and Events
Check out all the upcoming activities and events in Garland at VisitGarlandTX.com. There's something fun for everyone!
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