March 1, 2020
This Week's News                                                        
Big Art Day: Thursday, March 5
Big Art Day is an art education event featuring steamroller art, make and take art, and many other attractions hosted by the Garland Independent School District and the City of Garland.

Join the fun from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Audubon Park, 342 W. Oates Road. Attendees can enjoy activities such as:
  • T-shirt printing (Bring your own shirt. A limited number of shirts will be available for sale for $6.)
  • Live performances by GISD performing arts groups 
  • Bounce houses
  • Pendant making
  • Food trucks 
Get all the details at  GarlandParks.com.
Lights Go Live for Youth Soccer Season and 2019 Bond Celebration
The first project from Garland's $423.7 million bond program, approved by residents just nine months ago, is officially on the ground. New LED field lights went live for the first night games of the youth soccer season Feb. 24 at Winters Park.

The wooden poles were replaced with a $3.2 million field lighting system in less than 100 days between the fall and spring youth soccer seasons. While providing better lighting for the players and families within the park, the new lights are also better concentrated on the park and far less intrusive to neighboring residential and retail properties and Garland Independent School District campuses.

Learn more at GarlandTX.gov.
Temporary Change in Disinfection for Drinking Water
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will conduct its annual chlorine maintenance process on our water system from March 2 through March 30.
 
During this time, customers may notice a stronger taste or smell of chlorine. It is important to note that the quality of our drinking water remains safe for all uses, including drinking.
 
For more detailed information and water quality testing results, visit 
GarlandWater.com.
Thank You Volunteers and Visitors of The Wall That Heals
Thank you to all who volunteered to  set up and take down the replica wall, staff the exhibit and guide visitors 24 hours a day during its stay.

Thank you also to all who came to honor the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War and the 58,276 American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. 

Keep checking GarlandTX.gov for photos and videos of the events!
Lawn Care Assistance Available
The City of Garland Code Compliance Department is taking applications for the Lawn Care Assistance Program. This program will provide summer mowing for seniors (60 years of age and older) and disabled Garland homeowners who are physically and/or financially unable to maintain their yards to comply with City codes and have no other assistance available.
 
Applications may be picked up at the Code Compliance office, 210 Carver St., Suite 101. Residents who are unable to pick up an application may call 972-485-6400 and request that an application be mailed. Application packets must be filled out completely and returned to Code Compliance along with required documents. All applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled. For more information, visit GarlandTX.gov or call 972-485-6400. 
HOA Legal Clinic: Saturday, March 7
The City of Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality is proud to partner with the Cities of Plano and Rowlett to host the 2020 HOA Legal Clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main St.

Learn basic neighborhood leadership responsibilities, how to lead equitably, and how to build long-term trust with neighbors and professional property management. The cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. 

Garland Power & Light Named Tree Line USA Utility
Garland Power & Light has been named a Tree Line USA utility in honor of their commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care. 

Tree Line USA, a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes utilities for delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community forests.



2020 Census Is Right Around the Corner - We Need You!
The census is an official count of the U.S. population and households. Garland's allotment of money for federal programs and its government representation are dependent on the count of its residents.
 
There are several ways to complete the one-page form: online, mail or by phone. It is provided in numerous languages, and your data is confidential. 
 
In mid-March, you will receive an invitation to respond online. A paper questionnaire will be mailed in April, followed by an in-person follow-up.
 
Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn how the census impacts you and your community, as well as upcoming important dates.
Events & Announcements
City Council Meetings
March 2 and 3
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2; Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.  View agendas  at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted. 

District 5 Community Update
March 5
District 5 Council Member Rich Aubin will host a District 5 Community Update at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. Topics will include I-635 p roject planning, featuring temporary use of former Hypermart site for project headquarters.
 
Spring Forward!
March 8
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8. Set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed! 

District 3 Town Hall
March 12
Join District 3 Council Member Jerry Nickerson for a Town Hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Dallas County Road and Bridge Office, 715 Rowlett Road. Topics will include the new parking enforcement program, fireworks and gunfire regulations, and an update on the bond program. Email Council3@GarlandTX.gov or call 713-702-3545 for more information.

Public Utility Commission to Review Water Rates
The Cities of Garland, Mesquite, Richardson and Plano applaud the Public Utility Commission for its decision to conduct a review of water rates charged by the North Texas Municipal Water District. We are hopeful that this next step in the process will bring us closer to establishing a new rate methodology that is fair and equitable to all members, encourages conservation and better serves the Region's long-term interests.  See the official statement (PDF).
Stay Healthy This Spring
Flu is still active in North Texas. With the additional concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Garland Health Department offers the following precautionary tips. For more information, visit the Health Department website.








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