June 28, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
City Holiday Hours and Services: Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4
In observance of Independence Day, all City of Garland offices and the Utility Customer Service Drive-Thru will be closed Friday, July 3. City pools and Surf and Swim remain closed due to COVID-19. The Charles M. Hinton Landfill and the recycling center will be closed Saturday, July 4.
There will be no disruption to trash or recycling collection July 3, and the landfill will remain open.

As a response to health and safety concerns related to the continued spread of COVID-19 and due to the inability of Fire and Police vehicles and personnel to access the park when large crowds are present, the City of Garland has temporarily closed Windsurf Bay Park, located on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard at 5556 Locust Grove Road.

You can find more information about the current availability of City resources and facilities at GarlandTX.gov.
Apply Now for Boards and Commissions
Do you want to make a difference in your City? The Garland City Council is currently accepting applications for all boards and commissions through Friday, Aug. 7.

Council members will review applications submitted and select for nomination the persons determined to be most qualified for the position.

Appointments will be made at the Regular Meeting of the City Council, Tuesday, Aug. 18.
HOV Shutdowns Needed for 635 East Build
Work has commenced on the $1.7 billion LBJ East project, which will widen and improve Interstate 635 between Central Expressway and Interstate 30 - the Garland area's busiest traffic corridor.

As part of the rebuild of the Interstate 30 interchange, the I-30 HOV lane between Northwest Drive on the Garland side of I-635 and Jim Miller Road in Dallas will be closed Monday, June 29, and will remain shut down until the LBJ East project is completed in 2024. 

The exit from northbound I-635 to eastbound I-30 will be closed from midnight to 3 a.m. Friday, June 26, Monday, June 29, and Tuesday, June 30.

More information about the project can be found at  635east.com.
Health Protocols for Voting in July 14 Primary Election
The Secretary of State's Office has released guidance on recommended health protocols for Texas election officials and voters (pdf).

In preparation for the upcoming Democratic Primary Runoff Election on Tuesday, July 14, the Dallas County Elections Department will implement these procedures for all voters who wish to cast their ballot in person during Early Voting or on Election Day.

Visit the City Secretary's page at GarlandTX.gov to learn more.
Made Fresh & Local Virtual Concerts
We may not be 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.

The next concert is Friday, July 10. Get more details about the lineup and schedules at GarlandParks.com.
COVID-19 Updates
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 887 active cases out of 1,825 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 26 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon after 2 p.m.
Events & Announcements
City Council Meeting
June 29
City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 29.

Due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, the meeting 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.
Share Your Collections from the Field
Collections from the Field is a new community-based art project that shares the beauty and inspiration of Garland's Spring Creek Forest Preserve, 1770 Holford Road.
To participate, simply visit the Preserve, explore its trails and forest, find inspiration in nature and create art! The project welcomes a variety of art submissions from painting to poetry as long as they connect in some way to the Preserve.  Learn more.
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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