Oct. 3, 2021
This Week's News
Darrell Cline Named GP&L General Manager and CEO
The future of Garland Power & Light is in good hands as one utility veteran hands the reins over to another experienced professional.

Jeff Janke served as GP&L’s General Manager and CEO since 2012 and retired Sept. 30 after 18 years with the City. Under his leadership, the utility’s successful operating strategies maintained stable rates and reliable electric service.

Darrell Cline took over the role of General Manager and CEO for GP&L Oct. 1. In 2012, Darrell joined GP&L as its Director of Finance and Accounting and prior to his promotion served as Chief Financial Officer / Assistant General Manager for GP&L.

Garland Library Goes Fine Free
Garland library users have cause to celebrate this fall. The library is now fine free! This means effective Friday, Oct. 1, the library no longer charges late fees on materials returned after their due dates.

Library staff do ask that users be considerate of other patrons and return borrowed items at their earliest convenience. The library will still charge for lost or damaged items. The charge for a lost item is the replacement cost, plus a $5 processing fee.

Audubon Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 5
Celebrate the completion of renovations at the Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Road, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The Audubon Recreation Center was built in 1980 and last remodeled in 2003. In the 2004 and 2019 bond programs, voters approved $6.1 million to expand and renovate the facility to provide enhanced health and fitness options to Garland residents. The project added approximately 5,000 square feet to the existing facility, allowing for increased capacity, an improved interior layout and renovations throughout the existing space.

Refreshments and a building tour will be available.

Check out upcoming classes and activities at Audubon Recreation Center in the current PLAY Guide.
Garland's Gone Camping Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17
Grab your tent and sleeping bags for a night under the stars with family and friends. Although you're only minutes from home, you'll feel miles away.

Enjoy a night hike, games, s'mores, a campfire and a movie in the park. Dinner and breakfast are provided! 

Learn more and register at GarlandParks.com.
Campfire Tales on the Square Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 23
Enjoy a campfire on the Downtown Square while listening to true accounts, tall tales and criminal activities.

The spooky fun will take place Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 23. Settle in around the fire for campfire tales from 6 to 7 p.m., then stick around for free s'mores from 7 to 8 p.m.

Both events are free and no registration is required.
Neighborhood Awards Applications and Nominations Due Thursday, Oct. 28
Great neighborhoods take work! The City of Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality is looking to recognize those who make extraordinary efforts to enhance, revitalize or invest in their neighborhoods.

The awards include:
  • Garland Neighborhood of the Year
  • Neighborhood Publication of the Year

Garland Neighbors are also asked to nominate:
  • Who's Who in Garland Neighborhoods
  • Public Servant Award

Applications and nominations are due Thursday, Oct. 28. Winners will be announced at the Neighborhood Summit Pre-Conference Mixer Thursday, Nov. 4.

Visit GarlandNeighborhoods.org to learn more about the awards and to put your neighborhood in the running.
It's National Hispanic Heritage Month
Join us as we observe Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15!

A curated collection of downloadable books and audiobooks for all ages is available on OverDrive/Libby through the Nicholson Memorial Library System.

There are also multiple virtual bilingual and multicultural story time programs scheduled throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. These events can be found on the calendar at Library.GarlandTX.gov.

Each Garland library also has a Hispanic heritage display. Stop by every location to see them all!
COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment at our Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Garland Health Department is now providing boosters for the COVID-19 vaccine to those the declared eligible by the Centers for Disease Control. A third dose registration form and eligibility information are available at GarlandTX.gov.

For more vaccine information, visit GarlandTX.gov.
Flu Shots Now Available at Garland's Public Health Clinic

The Garland Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver Drive, has received its first shipment of vaccine for the 2021-22 flu season.

Flu shots are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays for adults, children and seniors who are insured. Low-cost flu vaccines for uninsured children and adults are also now available.
 
Call 972-205-3370 for pricing and to learn what insurance plans are accepted.

Events and Announcements
City Council Special Meeting
Oct. 9
The Garland City Council will meet in a special Work Session to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Dallas County Road and Bridge Office, 715 Rowlett Road.

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

In-person meetings have resumed, but you can continue to 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.
COVID-19 Updates
As of Thursday, Sept. 30, the Garland Health Department has received reports of 1,279 active cases out of 37,887 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 542 deaths. The City updates its posted case numbers each Monday and Thursday.
West Nile Virus
Get the latest West Nile Virus information at GarlandTX.gov.
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