Nov. 1, 2020
This Week's News
Election Day Is Tuesday, Nov. 3
This Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will go to the polls for City elections, as well as federal, state, county and school district elections.

Also on the ballot is a proposal to utilize park land adjacent to Hollabaugh Recreation Center, 3925 W. Walnut St., as the site for relocation of the Walnut Creek Branch Library.

Garland residents can vote at any Dallas County Vote Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The North and South Garland Branch Libraries and the Bradfield and Granger Recreation Centers will be closed Nov. 3 to serve as Election Day polling places. All other Garland libraries and recreation centers will remain open for normal business hours.
Visit to learn more about what's on the ballot. If you have election issues, contact the City Secretary at 972-205-2404 or Dallas County at 214-819-6300 or
Emergency Alert Update
The City of Garland is changing its emergency notification system from CodeRED to the Garland Alert System. Update or set up your phone, email and text options today!

With the new system, you can request alerts and notify responders of unique circumstances, all with one registration!

Learn more and register online at or call 972-781-7272 for assistance.
2020 Neighborhood Summit: Neighborhood Values, Home Values
You are invited to attend the 2020 Neighborhood Summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. At this free virtual conference, you'll learn how you can invest in your home and neighborhood both socially and aesthetically.

Topics will include establishing your neighborhood values, building a neighborhood network, how to preserve or increase your home value, and do-it-yourself home improvement tips from experts.

As a bonus, you'll hear how neighborhood leaders have navigated these crazy times. Residents from Garland, Plano, Rowlett and surrounding communities are welcome to attend. Register now!
Applications for District 1 City Council Member Temporary Replacement Due Friday, Nov. 20
Due to a recent resignation of the council member for District 1, the City Council may appoint a resident of District 1 to serve in an interim capacity pending an election in May 2021.

While the City awaits word from Gov. Abbott as to whether he will order an special emergency election, the City Council is requesting applications from qualified residents of District 1 who are interested in serving in that interim capacity.

To apply, submit the application form or pick up an application in the City Secretary’s Office, 200 N. Fifth St. For more information, call 972-205-2404 or visit All applications must be received by Friday, Nov. 20.
Dia De Los Muertos - A Garland Story

While we cannot host our traditional Dia De Los Muertos celebration, the City of Garland, Garland Association for Hispanic Affairs, Garland Independent School District, and International Leadership of Texas - Garland have teamed up to bring you "Dia De Los Muertos - A Garland Story."

During this program, we will celebrate the history and purpose of the event here in Garland. Streaming will start at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, on Facebook and on YouTube @PlayGarland.

Email for more information.
Made Fresh & Local: A Garland Christmas

While we cannot gather together to celebrate this year, the City of Garland is pleased to bring you a special treat for the holiday season, “Made Fresh & Local: A Garland Christmas.” This holiday season we will feature virtual programs streaming on three different evenings for the whole family to enjoy.

The 2020 Christmas on the Square Tree Lighting Ceremony will not take place. You can view the streaming programs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, and on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, along with an encore presentation on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Learn more.
Garland Emergency Residential Assistance Program
The City of Garland has partnered with Catholic Charities of Dallas Inc. to provide emergency mortgage and rental assistance to City of Garland residents impacted by COVID-19. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 13.

Catholic Charities Inc. is processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis. While we are committed to processing as many applications as we have funding for, we do anticipate a high demand. Learn more.

Applications for the most recent round of Business Assistance Program funding are due Friday, Nov. 13. Apply online or call 214-997-3676

COVID-19 Updates
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 1,407 active cases out of 8,894 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 76 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon.

Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
Nov. 9 and 10
Due to Election Day, the Garland City Council has postponed its regularly scheduled meetings.
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

District 3 Town Hall
Nov. 19
Join District 3 Council Member Jerry Nickerson for a Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. Topics will include a community update from the Garland Police Department, the My Possibilities development, an update on local street projects plus the work on Interstates 30 and 635, and an update on the May 2019 bond program, including parks.

Boards & Commissions Meetings
All upcoming Boards & Commissions meetings can be found on the Public Meetings calendar at

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 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
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