June 14, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 1,159 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents, as well as 21 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon after 2 p.m.

Reopening of City Services and Facilities
The City of Garland is reopening City offices and facilities in a phased approach. The status of various City functions and a timeline of anticipated reopenings is updated on the City Service Updates page.

Garland Resident COVID-19 Testing Program

The City of Garland has partnered with a lab to provide up to 100 COVID-19 tests per day for Garland residents during June and July. To be eligible for the test, you must be a Garland resident and provide documentation of residency. Persons being tested must also be age 2 or older. For full details, visit GarlandTX.gov.

Rental Assistance and Other Resources
Several rent and mortgage assistance programs related to COVID-19 are being prepared in conjunction with federal guidelines, as well as medical, counseling and other forms of assistance. The first programs became available June 1, and additional programs will come online in the coming weeks.  Learn more.

Update Regarding Utility Bills
The City of Garland Utility Customer Service Department continues to work with customers who have fallen behind on their Garland utility bills. Please be aware that termination notices have resumed and disconnects will begin the week of June 15. To avoid disruption of service, please contact Customer Service at 972-205-2671 or CustServ@GarlandTX.gov. Representatives are standing by ready to help customers by providing extensions, payment plans or information about utility bill payment assistance programs.
Summer Fun for Everyone Through July 31!
Whether you are a kid, teen or adult, you can participate in this year's virtual summer reading program for your age group.  In addition to the pleasure you receive from reading a good book, you may also earn prizes! 

Several craft programs will include packets you can choose to pick up curbside if you don't already have the supplies at home.

Learn more at Library.GarlandTX.govFor more information about the children's and teen reading programs, call 972-205-2516. For information about the adult reading program, call 972-205-2502.
Neighborhood Leader Meet & Greet (Virtual) Tuesday, June 23
Join us for our first virtual Neighborhood Leader Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23! 

You'll hear City updates and learn how other Garland neighborhood leaders are investing in their community.
Register now!
Home Improvement Incentive Rebate
Great homes make great neighborhoods! Take advantage of this new resource for residents making improvements to their homes in Garland. 

Eligible applicants can receive a 50% cash rebate on pre-approved exterior work up to $10,000. Download the program policy and application packet at GarlandNeighborhoods.org .
Temporary Parklets Program
The City of Garland is allowing business owners to develop temporary "parklets" on privately owned property. 

Temporary parklets are a great way to provide public seating platforms by transforming urban streetscapes into vibrant gathering spaces to promote local businesses and attract customers. Eye-catching parklets increase foot traffic, encourage pedestrian safety and activity, and provide potential overflow space for businesses.

To learn more, review our  Private Property Parklet Tips (pdf) or call 972-205-2445.
Events & Announcements
City Council Meetings
June 15 and 16
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, June 15; Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. 

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.
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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