June 27, 2021
This Week's News
City Holiday Hours and Services: Friday, July 2, and the Holiday Weekend
In observance of Independence Day, all City of Garland offices, utility customer service and tax offices, libraries, recreation centers and senior centers will be closed Friday, July 2. City pools and Surf and Swim will be open during normal business hours. Firewheel Golf Park will remain open and operate its usual hours all weekend.

There will be no disruption to trash or recycling collection Friday, July 2. The Charles M. Hinton Jr. Regional Landfill will remain open normal hours Friday and Saturday.

City pools and Surf and Swim will operate during normal business hours Saturday, July 3. They will close at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4.

Libraries and recreation centers will also operate during normal business hours on Saturday, July 3, but will be closed Sunday, July 4.

As a response to safety concerns related to the inability of Fire and Police vehicles and personnel to access the park when large crowds are present, the City of Garland will close Windsurf Bay Park, located on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, 5556 Locust Grove Road, from Friday, July 2, through Monday, July 5.

All City facilities will be open Monday, July 5.
Live Meetings Return to City Hall Monday, July 5
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.

City Secretary René Dowl and Council Assistant Carma Potter will be available before and during the meetings to help residents get accustomed to the kiosks. The machines replace a system of handwritten comments on speaker cards.

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.
Boards and Commissions Applications Due Thursday, July 1
Do you want to make a difference in your City? Would you like to be directly involved in your local government?

Residents who serve on Garland’s 11 boards and commissions have that impact. They serve in an advisory or quasi-judicial capacity, providing information directly to the Garland City Council. From planning and development to multicultural events, boards and commission members advise on a range of City services. The City will accept applications for its boards and commissions through Thursday, July 1.

Application forms can be found on the City Secretary’s page at GarlandTX.gov. Submit applications to René Dowl, City Secretary, by email to RDowl@GarlandTX.gov or by U.S. Postal Service to City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St., Garland 75040.
Tyler Shin Makes His Mark

Authentic Hawaiian cuisine, Asian street food, vegan dishes, wings, tacos, pizza, burgers — you name it, you'll find it at restaurants within virtual food hall Revolving Kitchen.

If you've never heard of Revolving Kitchen, check out this month's Make Your Mark profile. The founder of the "ghost kitchen" concept, Tyler Shin, is firing up the DFW food and beverage industry with his innovative approach and drive to succeed.
Garland Summer Musicals Continues Friday, July 16
Garland Summer Musicals continues its 2021 season with "9 to 5: The Musical."

With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, "9 to 5: The Musical" is based on the sensational 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Three unlikely friends learn there's nothing they can't do, even in a man's world.

Performances will take place Fridays through Sundays, July 16-18 and 23-25, at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. Get full details at GarlandArts.com.
Tickets available at GarlandArtsBoxOffice.com, by calling 972-205-2790 or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office.
Garland City Press Now Available Online
The July/August issue of Garland City Press is on its way to mailboxes and available online.

This issue includes updates on bond program projects, City Council news, neighborhood events and more.
Events and Announcements
Plan Commission
June 28
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 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.

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.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Monday, June 21, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 155 active cases out of 28,499 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 445 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each Monday.

The City of Garland and its community partners are facilitating access to recovery programs for Garland residents who have been impacted by COVID-19. Assistance is available for a variety of services, including financial assistance for housing, utilities, food and medical expenses, as well as workforce training and job placement services, and counseling and emergency shelter assistance.
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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