Sept. 13, 2020
This Week's News
Apply Now for Garland Health Facilities Development Corporation Grant Programs
It’s time to apply for the Garland Health Facilities Development Corporation (GHFDC) 2020-21 grant programs. GHFDC grant funds are available to support public or nonprofit health care service organizations with needs of medical supplies, medical equipment, and repair or construction of medical facilities.

Applications may be picked up at the Financial Services Department, located on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. Applications can also be emailed upon contacting Don Daugherty at 972-205-2334.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Services Department by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Applicants must also be available for a November interview with board members at City Hall.
Garland Achieves National Awards for Excellence
The City of Garland continues to earn national recognition for excellence in video production and programming.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors announced the winners of its 2020 programming awards on Sept. 3.

Garland’s Public & Media Relations team earned three first-place trophies as well as the Award of Honor for Overall Excellence.

Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn more, see the full list of awards and watch the award-winning videos.
Welcome to Garland Virtual Class Wednesday, Sept. 16
Whether you are new to Garland or were born and raised here, this is the class to get better acquainted with what makes Garland a great place to live!

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, learn about the different services of City departments, how your taxpayer dollars are being used and how you can get involved.

Neighborhood Leader Virtual Meet & Greet Tuesday, Sept. 22
Join us for our virtual Neighborhood Leader Meet & Greet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22!

Hear City updates and learn how other Garland neighborhood leaders are investing in their community.

Fall Home Maintenance Tips Virtual Class Thursday, Sept. 24
Join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, to learn home maintenance tips from Water Utilities that can help you be more water efficient.

Enjoy Fair Fare on the Square Through
Sept. 30
September in North Texas normally means Big Tex, midway fun and fried food galore. This year, area residents can still get their fix of “fair fare” all in one convenient, walkable location – Downtown Garland’s historic Square!

Enjoy fare "fit to be fried" from 13 eateries situated near the Square. Make a progressive meal of it, order lots to share, or come back on multiple days to sample even more. There’s no admission fee, food items are reasonably priced, and everything can be enjoyed outdoors. When placing an order, simply request a free “Square Meal” kit that includes a red-checkered table cloth, plates, utensils and napkins, and then head to one of the Square’s socially distanced, umbrella-shaded café tables. Check out participating restaurants and get full details at VisitGarlandTX.com.
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.

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.

COVID-19 Updates
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 568 active cases out of 6,554 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 57 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon.

Events and Announcements
City Council Meetings
Sept. 14 and 15
Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The Garland City Council will continue to discuss the Proposed Operating Budget for the coming fiscal year in its Sept. 14 Work Session. The Council will take public comments at its Regular Meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Residents may participate in the Regular Meeting in person or virtually. Council is scheduled to adopt the budget Sept. 15. Visit GarlandTX.gov for viewing and commenting instructions.

This budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $5,036,355, which is a 4.04% increase from last year’s budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $2,239,506.

A copy of the Proposed Budget is on file with the City Secretary for public review and inspection. The City Secretary’s Office is located at City Hall and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A copy of the Proposed Budget is also available at GarlandTX.gov.

A public hearing on the proposed tax rate will be held at the Sept. 15 Regular Meeting at City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. Residents may also participate virtually. Visit GarlandTX.gov for viewing and participant information.

Plan Commission
Sept. 14
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.
Election Day Is Tuesday, Nov. 3
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. Early voting will begin Tuesday, Oct. 13, and run through Friday, Oct. 30. Monday, Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote. Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn more.
Made Fresh & Local Virtual Concerts
We were not 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. Friday, Sept. 25, join local blues, folk and rock band Desabelle! Get more details about the lineup and schedules at GarlandParks.com.
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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