July 4, 2021
All City facilities will be open normal operating hours Monday, July 5.
This Week's News
In-Person Meetings Return to City Hall Tomorrow
Monday’s City Council Work Session and Tuesday’s City Council Regular Meeting will be the Council’s first meetings at City Hall since COVID-19 restrictions were enacted in spring 2020. 

Participating in your local government is easier than ever! Outside the Council Chamber at 200 N. Fifth St., two new kiosks allow residents to voice their opinions on agenda issues for City Council, Plan Commission and any City board or commission that posts its agenda electronically.

In addition to registering your position, you can also note whether you want to speak live to the Council, or the board or commission that is hosting the meeting.

Also, the ability to connect to meetings via Zoom isn’t going away. The virtual meeting link, its “raise hand” function and public comments will remain available to all who wish to participate from home — or other sites away from City Hall.

Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.
Utility Customer Service Resumes Non-Pay Disconnects
The Public Utility Commission recently ended the statewide moratorium on all utility non-pay disconnects that has been in effect since Feb. 21. The Customer Service Department will resume normal operations concerning utility disconnects for both electric and water Monday, July 5.

The City of Garland will continue to work with customers prior to a potential non-pay interruption in service(s) and strongly encourages those needing assistance to contact Utility Customer Service at 972-205-2671 or CustServ@GarlandTX.gov to discuss their situation. Include the service address and account number in any correspondence.
GHFC Applications Open Tomorrow
The City will accept applications from Monday, July 5, through Friday, Aug. 6, for a Garland Housing Finance Corp. (GHFC) board member
position. The current term 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 City Council at the 6 p.m. Aug. 16 Work Session.

Additional information about GHFC can be found at GarlandHFC.org.
Second Annual DFW Asian-American Soccer Tournament at Winters Park July 10-11
The second annual DFW Asian-American Soccer Tournament will take place Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11, at Winters Park, 1330 Spring Creek Drive.

Hosted by DFW Buddhist Temple, Vietnam United FC, Garland Parks & Recreation and Visit Garland, the tournament is the largest Asian-American soccer tournament in the U.S. and will include 32 teams from 15 states.

This free event is sure to be fun for the whole family. Learn more at VietnamUnitedFC.org.
Fire Department Blood Drive Monday, July 26
Register now to participate in the Garland Fire Department Blood Drive!

Several time slots are still available for appointments Monday, July 26, at the Garland Fire Department Administration parking lot, 1500 State Highway 66.

Reserve your spot today! Participants will receive a Texas Rangers buy one, get one free ticket voucher after a successful donation.
Garland Ranked Among Most Affordable for Homebuyers
Garland ranked No. 4 among Best Cities to Buy an Affordable Family Home in an annual study released in June by financial technology company SmartAsset.

Garland ranked exceptionally high in affordability metrics and for having owner-occupied homes with two or more bedrooms. Median housing costs made up only about 22% of the median household income in Garland, according to the study.

Among the nation’s 100 most populous cities, only Fort Wayne, Indiana, Corpus Christi and Gilbert, Arizona, ranked above Garland. The City passed Arlington, Plano and others to move up from the No. 12 position in the 2020 study. Learn more.
Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
July 5 and 6
The Garland City Council Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, July 5. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 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. 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.

District 2 Town Hall
July 13
Join District 2 Council Member Deborah Morris at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, for a one-hour State of the District review in the North Meeting Room in the Central Library, 625 Austin St. Topics will include the Downtown Square redesign plans, an update on Animal Shelter construction, streets and alleys, Central Library renovation, coming improvements to parks, the parking marshals program, crime reports, fireworks and celebratory gunfire, and neighborhood programs. Learn more.

DART Survey
Through July 12
Share your opinion about your experience while riding Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Take the survey today to be entered for a chance to win a $100 Amazon or Walmart gift card.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Monday, June 28, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 126 active cases out of 28,555 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 445 deaths. The City updates its posted case numbers each Monday.
Fight the Bite
The City of Garland reminds residents to protect themselves against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus by limiting outdoor activity during evening and early morning hours and wearing light-colored, long-sleeve clothing while outdoors. Remember also to eliminate any standing water on your property as this is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.
Make an Appointment to Adopt a Pet
Garland Animal Services is 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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