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GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 WORK SESSION FOR THE GARLAND CITY

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COUNCIL.

THE FIRST ITEM ON OUR AGENDA TONIGHT IS ITEM ONE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON WORK SESSION

[1. Public Comments on Work Session Items]

ITEMS. MADAM SECRETARY, DO WE HAVE ANYONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK? WE DO NOT HAVE ANY SPEAKERS FOR THIS ITEM.

OK, WE WILL MOVE FORWARD TO ITEM TWO, CONSIDER THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR TOMORROW

[2. Consider the Consent Agenda]

NIGHT.

I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY REQUEST TO HAVE ANY ITEMS PULLED AND CONSIDERED SEPARATELY.

BUT IF YOU HAVE ONE? LET US KNOW SO WE CAN MAKE SURE WE HAVE STAFF HERE.

AND I WILL MOVE THIS TO ITEM THREE WRITTEN BRIEFINGS.

[3. Written Briefings:]

ITEM 3A, DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH DRAPER GARLAND LLC FOR DRAPER GARLAND SUBDIVISION.

ITEM 3B RICK ODEN PARK SIGNAGE.

OK, COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

JUST A QUICK QUESTION ABOUT THAT, WHICH IS WHAT'S OUR? DO WE HAVE ANY DEADLINE ON THIS BY WHICH WE HAVE TO HAVE AN ANSWER? AND THE REASON I ASKED THAT IS THAT THE MOST THE NAMING IS FINE, BUT I DID SOME TIME AGO HAVE SOMEONE REACH OUT ABOUT NAMING THE GARLAND SKATE PARK AFTER A PARTICULAR PERSON, PARTICULAR SKATER.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF WE WANTED TO AS A COUNCIL, HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT AT SOME POINT OR ABOUT SOME OTHER NAME OR SOMETHING, A LITTLE MORE PERHAPS FUN OR ENGAGING THE GARLAND SKATE PARK.

BUT I JUST, I DON'T WANT TO HOLD UP ANY PROCESS THAT YOU GOT GOING.

YES, SIR.

WE'D BE HAPPY TO HAVE THAT ADDITIONAL CONVERSATION.

I KNOW THAT THE THE LEAD TIMES ON SOME OF THOSE FABRICATED STEEL STRUCTURES, WHICH THE NAMES WILL BE ON IS PRETTY LENGTHY.

AND SO WE WERE TRYING TO CATCH THAT AT THE CORRECT ORDERING TIME SO AS NOT TO DELAY THAT PASSED AT NORMAL CRITICAL PATH, BUT WE COULD CERTAINLY ENTERTAIN IT.

THE RATIONALE THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT RELATED TO THE SKATE PARK AS BEING THAT IT'S THE SECOND LARGEST IN THE STATE FELT LIKE HAVING GARLAND IN ITS NAME WAS KIND OF SELF MARKETING AND REALLY PUT IT OUT THERE THAT THE GARLAND SKATE PARK IS THE PLACE TO BE.

OK.

OK, TAKE ME.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, SIR.

NEXT IS ITEM 3C, USE OF NARCOTICS SEIZURE FUNDING FOR POLICE RIFLE PLATES.

ITEM 3D, ANNUAL REVIEW AN AFFIRMATION OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY AND POLICY.

AND ITEM 3E, VISION ENERGY CONSULTANTS INC.

AGREEMENT.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM FOUR, VERBAL BRIEFINGS, EXCUSE ME, ITEM 4A

[4A. DART Update]

DART UPDATE.

GOOD EVENING, COUNCIL MEMBERS, MAYOR, THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING ME PRESENT THIS EVENING.

I'LL GO AND INTRODUCE MS. LEE.

THIS IS NADINE LEE, OUR NEW CEO OF DART.

AND SO I WANT TO WELCOME HER AND INTRODUCE HER TO ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE NOT MET HER YET.

SO, ALL RIGHT, LET'S SEE IF I COULD FIND THE PRESENTATION HERE.

GOT IT.

ALL RIGHT, HELP ME OUT, WHERE'S THE BUTTON THAT MAKES IT GO TO A FULL SCREEN? OH, SO THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A FULL SCREEN WAY TO PROJECT IT.

OK, WE'LL GO WITH THIS.

ALL RIGHT.

SO I'LL JUST START OUT A HIGH LEVEL.

THE ITEMS WILL GO THROUGH INTRODUCTION OF MS. LEE.

WE'LL ALSO GO THROUGH A RIDERSHIP UPDATE, SO I'VE GOT SOME NUMBERS AROUND THE RIDERSHIP.

WE'LL ALSO LOOK AT SOME OF THE CURRENT SERVICES THAT WE'RE GETTING IN GARLAND RIGHT NOW.

I KNOW THERE MAY BE SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT ARE NEW TO THESE PRESENTATIONS.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I COVER ALL THE DETAILS OF WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW.

AND THEN WE'LL ALSO LOOK AT THE DART ZOOM.

THIS IS THE RIDERSHIP VERSUS COVERAGE PIECE THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT AT SEVERAL MEETINGS GOING BACK A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW AS WE MOVE TO MAKE THE BUS ROUTING SYSTEM MORE EFFICIENT.

SO WE'LL WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE ON DART, ZOOM AND THEN THE LAST UPDATE.

EVERYBODY LIKES TO HEAR ABOUT THE SILVER LINE.

WE'LL WE'LL SHOW WHERE WE ARE ON THAT.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MS.

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LEE.

SO SHE JOINS US.

SHE JOINED THE TEAM IN JULY OF THIS YEAR, AND SHE COMES FROM LA METRO GOT SEVERAL OF HER BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

HERE I CAN TELL YOU, WE HAD A SEARCH COMMITTEE.

WE WENT OUT.

WE SAW A LOT OF TALENT.

NOTHING AS SOLID AS MS. LEE IS A GREAT TALENT TO BRING ON BOARD.

WE'RE HAPPY TO HAVE HER.

SHE IS ORIGINALLY FROM MISSOURI.

I SPENT SOME TIME WITH RTC IN DENVER, WHERE SHE DEVELOPED THE BRT SYSTEM THERE, WHICH I THINK IS A GREAT IDEA THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO ADD TO OUR AGENCY AND JUST HAPPY TO HAVE HER SO WELCOME MS. LEE.

SO RIDERSHIP UPDATE.

I WAS ALWAYS THROW THESE STATS UP HERE AND I HOPE YOU GUYS ARE INTERESTED IN IT.

I LIKE TO LOOK AT THE TREND LINES.

THE DATA ANALYTICS ARE FUN FOR ME, BUT YOU COULD SEE THE TRENDS THERE FROM LAST OCTOBER.

AS WE WERE REALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF COVID.

WE STARTED TO SEE SOME WINTERTIME DECLINES AND YOU SEE THAT ONE HICCUP THAT OCCURRED IN FEBRUARY 21ST, THAT WAS REALLY THE TIME WHEN WE HAD THE FREEZE.

IT SEEMS LIKE WAS A LOT LONGER AGO THAN JUST LAST FEBRUARY, BUT HOPEFULLY WE DON'T SEE THAT AGAIN.

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART TO LOOK AT HERE, I THINK, IS REALLY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS THAT ARE NOTED, YOU CAN SEE A GRADUAL TREND LINE UP.

WE'RE SHOWING INCREASED RIDERSHIP, AND THAT'S ULTIMATELY WHAT WE'D LIKE TO SEE.

SO.

SO TAKING A PEEK AT THE CURRENT SERVICES, I SHOW THIS MAP REALLY TO REFLECT ON WHAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY AS WE GET TO THE DART ZOOM, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ANOTHER MAP HERE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES THAT'LL SHOW YOU WHAT THE REVISED BUS NETWORK IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

AND AGAIN, THE IDEA IS REALLY TO INCREASE FREQUENCIES WHICH HELP INCREASE RIDERSHIP AND MAKE THE SYSTEM ALL MORE EFFICIENT.

YOU COULD SEE A LOT OF TIGHT GRID LINES ON THIS MAP.

YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE MEANDERING ROUTES THAT ARE THERE AND SOME SOME GAPS IN COVERAGE AS WELL.

SO AT A HIGH LEVEL, WE HAVE ONE RAIL LINE, THE BLUE LINE.

IT'S GOT TWO STATIONS.

YOU'RE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH ALL THAT.

WE ALSO HAD TWO TRANSIT CENTERS.

GARLAND IS A VERY HEAVY BUS RIDERSHIP.

AND AND SO WE HAVE THESE TWO TRANSIT CENTERS AT SOUTH GARLAND AND LAKE RAY HUBBARD.

THERE'S 19 DIFFERENT BUS ROUTES.

YOU'VE GOT ALL DIFFERENT FREQUENCIES AND RIDERSHIP LOOKS TO THAT.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE GO LINK ONE GO LEAGUE ZONE.

AND WE ALSO PARATRANSIT AND VAN POOLS.

SO THE DART ZOOM NETWORK, IF YOU RECALL, WE STARTED THIS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND YOU GOT YOU GUYS SAW LOTS OF PRESENTATIONS THAT SHOWED COVERAGE AS ONE FAR SIDE OF THE EQUATION WHERE WE CAN GET LOTS OF COVERAGE.

SO YOU HAVE A SET AMOUNT OF CAPITAL THAT BE IN THE BUSSES AND DRIVERS LABOR FORCE.

THAT'S WHAT DART HAS.

YOU HAVE THE COVERAGE THAT'S OUT THERE, BUT YOU SEE VERY INFREQUENT COVERAGE OR ROUTE ROUTES OR FREQUENCIES, SO YOU MIGHT SEE A BUS RUNNING ONCE AN HOUR.

THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER SIDE THAT IS FREQUENCY.

AND IF YOU WANT TO INCREASE RIDERSHIP, YOU INCREASE THE FREQUENCY.

SO YOU HAVE HIGH DENSITY TYPES OF ROUTES THAT COME EVERY FIVE, 10 MINUTES, 15 MINUTES, HOWEVER YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE AS MUCH COVERAGE.

SO THERE WAS A BALANCE THAT THE BOARD WENT THROUGH AND TRY TO DEVELOP.

WHERE IS THE RIGHT DIAL FOR THIS TO FIT? IS IT TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, MOSTLY COVERAGE OR IS TO HAVE MOSTLY RIDERSHIP AND YOU GET A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHAT THEY MIGHT THINK IS MORE IMPORTANT? THE BOARD ULTIMATELY SETTLED AT ABOUT 70 TO 75 PERCENT FOCUS ON RIDERSHIP AND TWENTY FIVE TO 30 PERCENT ON COVERAGE.

SO THAT'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE THAT WE REALLY WORKED WITH TO COME UP WITH THE BEST PLAN THAT FITS THOSE METRICS.

AND SO SOME OF THE KEY ISSUES THAT WE FOUND WERE THE GO LINK COVERAGE AREAS.

SO GO LINK BEING MORE OF AN ON CALL SERVICE.

SO IF WE RATHER THAN HAVING FULL COVERAGE OF THE MAPS ALL OVER WHERE THE ROUTES GO AND WE WOULD JUST REMOVE THOSE AND HAVE A GO LINK OR AN ON CALL TYPE SERVICE TO HAVE YOU PICKED UP AT A LOCATION AND TAKEN TO A TRAIN STATION OR OR TRANSIT CENTER OR WHEREVER THE BEST FIT WOULD BE.

FIXED ROUTES COVERAGE WERE SOME OF THE CONCERNS AND THEN EXPRESS BUS CONCERNS.

I THINK WE REALLY DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF HITTING THAT.

SO HERE IS THE NEW MAP OF WHAT'S GOING TO GO INTO EFFECT COME JANUARY.

AND WHAT I WOULD NOTE HERE IS YOU SEE MUCH MORE OF A GRID PATTERN NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST GARLAND DOES HAVE PRETTY GOOD STREETS LINED UP FOR NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST.

YOU WON'T SEE AS MANY MEANDERING ROUTES, AND IT'S HARD TO SEE ON THIS MAP.

BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE BASS PRO PENINSULA OUT THERE, YOU DON'T SEE ANY ROUTES, BUT YOU SEE A SHADING IN YELLOW AND ON THAT YELLOW AREA THAT IS THE GO LINK SERVICE.

SO IN THOSE AREAS, WE WOULD USE MORE OF THE ON CALL TYPE OF SERVICE.

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YOU'LL ALSO SEE I WON'T GO THROUGH ALL THE DETAILS HERE, BUT FREQUENCY WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE FREQUENCY ON THOSE ROUTES.

SO MUCH MORE COVERAGE ARE MUCH MORE FREQUENCY OF THE BUSSES THAT WILL COME THROUGH.

WE ALSO FOCUSED ON SEVEN DAY SERVICE.

THERE WAS A LOT OF FEEDBACK AROUND PEOPLE NEEDING TO GET TO WORK TO AND FROM WORK ON THE WEEKENDS OR IN THE EVENINGS.

SO SEVEN DAY SERVICE THERE YOU GOT IMPROVED ACCESS AND COVERAGE.

ANY THOUGHTS OR ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD ON THE THE ZOOM PIECE? JUST THAT WE DESIGNED THIS NEW NETWORK TO TRY TO PROVIDE BETTER ACCESS TO JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN A 60 MINUTE TRANSIT RIDE.

AND SO WHAT YOU'LL FIND IS THAT IN EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP, WE ACTUALLY INCREASED ACCESS FOR PEOPLE TO ACCESS JOBS.

SO IT'S A GREAT, GREAT STORY FOR US.

ALL RIGHT.

SO SOME OF THE UPCOMING ACTIVITIES, LOTS OF HIRING, TRAINING, GETTING RAMPED UP TO TAKE OVER THIS COVERAGE IN JANUARY.

COMMUNICATIONS, YOU'LL SEE SOME, SOME MARKETING CAMPAIGNS GEARED AROUND THIS.

SO THERE SHOULD BE A LOT OF FEEDBACK I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU AS OF AS YOU ALL HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS.

IF YOU NEED ANSWERS, FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME A CALL.

CHECK IN WITH ME.

I'M HAPPY TO HELP YOU.

AND THEN WE HAVE OUR NEXT UPDATE IS THE SILVER LINE.

SO SILVER LINE CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD.

WE ARE ON TRACK.

SO AGAIN, THIS IS THE THE LINE THAT WILL GO FROM UP IN THE EASTERN SIDE OF NORTH PLANO ALL THE WAY TO DFW AIRPORT MULTIPLE STOPS.

THERE'S BEEN, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WORKING ON GETTING EVERYTHING CLEARED AND THE CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT THERE, SO YOU'LL SEE A 26 MILE ALIGNMENT SERVING SEVEN CITIES.

I WOULD ARGUE THAT IT SERVES ALL CITIES BECAUSE IT CONNECTS US ALL TOGETHER.

THERE ARE 10 RAIL STATIONS ALONG THAT CORRIDOR AND FOUR RAIL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN GREEN, ORANGE, RED AND TEXAS RAIL.

AND THEN HERE ARE SOME OF THE THE STATIONS THAT YOU'LL SEE AND CONSTRUCTION PICTURES JUST TO SHOW SOME OF THE PROGRESS.

SO LET'S AT MIDWAY, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ARCH OVER THE BRIDGE THEY'RE GRADING FOR THE SHOO FLY RAIL AT JOSEY BRIDGE.

SO WE ARE MOVING DIRT.

THEY ARE WORKING ON STATIONS.

IT'S COMING ALONG.

SO WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO WRAP UP.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS YOU WANT TO ADD HERE OR? NO, JUST WE'RE THRILLED TO BE HERE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE.

AND IF YOU EVER WANT UPDATES IN THE FUTURE, JUST LET US KNOW.

WE'RE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE.

VERY GOOD.

WELL, OBVIOUSLY WELCOME.

OBVIOUSLY, WE'VE HAD A CHANCE TO MEET VIA ZOOM AND THEN WE HAD A MEET AND GREET FOR YOU, WHAT, THURSDAY FRIDAY NIGHT, WHICHEVER IT WAS.

SO IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE AND WE APPRECIATE THE UPDATES.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

GOOD EVENING, SIR.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE WE'VE SEEN YOU AND WELCOME TO TEXAS, MS. LEE, AND WANT YOU TO KNOW YOU'RE IN THE BEST MEMBER CITY IN YOUR NETWORK TONIGHT.

OK? I DON'T HAVE A QUESTION JUST TO, IF YOU CAN COMMENT ON IT, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES OUR INITIATIVE THAT WE'RE WORKING ON THROUGH COMMITTEE AND I DON'T CLAIM TO SPEAK FOR OUR COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE, OUR CHAIR LADY SITTING OVER THERE.

SHE SPEAKS FOR US, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS CONCERN HAS BEEN TRANSPORTATION ACCESS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS TO ACCESS RESOURCES AS WELL AS MEDICAL TREATMENT, BUT A WIDE RANGE.

AND THAT APPEARS TO BE A CHALLENGE.

AND WE'VE HAD DISCUSSIONS IN THAT AREA AND I KNOW SOME OF OUR STAFF ARE REACHING OUT TO YOUR STAFF.

BUT CAN YOU CAN YOU COMMENT ON ANY INITIATIVE FROM WHERE YOU SIT LOOKING AT THIS CHALLENGE? I KNOW WE HAVE IT HERE IN OUR CITY.

I MEAN, WE'RE VETERANS THERE.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SUPPORT SERVICES OUT THERE FOR THEM, BUT FEEDBACK THAT WE GET IS THAT THEY CAN'T GET THERE.

AND I UNDERSTAND THAT DART OFFERS SOME BUS PASSES, BUT THAT STILL PRESENTS SOME CHALLENGES BASED ON THE FEEDBACK WE'VE RECEIVED.

SO CAN EITHER OF YOU SORT OF COMMENT ON THAT FROM WHERE YOU SIT? THANK YOU.

I'LL TEE IT UP FIRST.

AND IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW IT.

I THINK THERE'S A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT ITEMS YOU'RE HITTING ON THERE.

AND I THINK ONE IS THE VETERANS.

AND I WILL TELL YOU, I'VE REACHED OUT TO CONGRESSMAN ALLRED AND WORKED WITH HIM AS FAR AS THE VA HOSPITAL, AND I WOULD LIKE TO REALLY GET PARTNERED UP TO HAVE SOME LINES THAT

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GO FROM THE FOREST JUPITER STATION TO THE VA HOSPITAL AND REALLY FOCUS ON THAT.

THAT'S AN EARLY PHASE STILL.

WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN TOGETHER.

I DON'T WANT TO REPRESENT THAT.

WE HAVE WE HAVE NOT, BUT I HAVE REACHED OUT TO HIM TO SEE IF THERE'S SOME SORT OF PARTNERSHIP OR ANYONE WITH GARLAND THAT MAYBE WE CAN TALK TO THAT .

THE HOMELESS SIDE OF IT IS A DIFFERENT STORY, AND I KNOW THAT'S A CHALLENGE EVERYWHERE.

AND COMING FROM L.A., I DON'T KNOW.

I'LL LET YOU SPEAK TO THE HOMELESS SIDE AND WHAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO OR HOW YOU CAN SYNC THOSE WITH THE HOMELESS AND VETERAN.

OK.

YEAH.

AND JUST SPEAKING ABOUT THE THE VETERANS SERVICES, I THINK WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE LOCATION FOR WHERE THE VETERANS CAN ACTUALLY GO FOR THE SERVICES.

IF IT'S MULTIPLE LOCATIONS WITHIN THE AREA AND THEN FIND OUT WHAT THE LINES OR ROUTES ARE THAT ACTUALLY SERVE THOSE PARTICULAR LOCATIONS SO WE CAN GET THAT INFORMATION OVER TO YOU AND THEN FIGURE OUT WHICH ONES ARE CONNECTING IN WITH THE VARIOUS AREAS IN GARLAND WHERE PEOPLE ARE COMING FROM.

SO I THINK THAT'S REALLY WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS MAKE SURE I GO BACK AND GET THAT INFORMATION FOR YOU AND SEND IT BACK, EITHER THROUGH DIRECTOR KELLY OR DIRECTLY TO YOU THROUGH THROUGH MR. BRADFORD.

SO WE CAN GET THAT INFORMATION FOR YOU.

IN TERMS OF THE HOMELESS VETERAN POPULATION, I THINK HOMELESSNESS IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT'S A BIG ISSUE ON EVERYONE'S MINDS RIGHT NOW.

I THINK IT'S TRYING TO IDENTIFY WHERE THEY'RE AT AND WE ACTUALLY ARE WORKING, I THINK MAYBE GARLAND MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN SUMMIT THAT WE'RE HAVING.

I THINK MAYBE THIS FRIDAY TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE MIGHT PARTNER WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT SERVICE AREA CITIES TO DO SOME SURVEY WORK THROUGH THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION TO FIND OUT WHAT THE EXTENT OF OUR HOMELESS POPULATION IS, WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW WE CAN BEST SERVE THEM.

AND SO THAT WOULD INCLUDE HOMELESS VETERANS IN THAT POPULATION THAT WE WOULD BE STUDYING.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO DO SOME OUTREACH.

BUT WE ORIGINALLY STARTED DOING IT JUST FOR DART, FOR OUR SYSTEM.

BUT WHAT WE WERE FINDING AS WE WENT OUT AND TALKED TO ALL THE DIFFERENT SERVICE AREA CITIES WAS THAT SEVERAL OTHER CITIES WERE TRYING TO DO THEIR OWN WORK WITH MEADOWS FOUNDATION.

AND SO WE THOUGHT, WELL, LET'S JUST POOL RESOURCES AND TRY TO DO IT ALL TOGETHER BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF WE HAVE A HOMELESS POPULATION THAT'S MOVING FROM CITY TO CITY AND POSSIBLY DOING IT ON DART, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO CAPTURE IT ALL WITHIN THE SAME STUDY, IF WE CAN.

OK.

AND ONE LITTLE QUESTION.

CURRENTLY, HOW CAN VETERANS ACCESS BUS PASSES? AND I'VE HEARD TWO VERSIONS.

I'VE HEARD THAT THEY WERE FREE THEN I'VE HEARD THAT THERE WAS A CHARGE.

WHAT'S THE SYSTEM NOW FOR? LET'S SAY IF YOU'VE GOT A VETERAN WHO SOME VETERANS ARE FOR WHATEVER REASON, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO COME IN AN OFFICE BUILDING, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO COME.

SO WHAT IS THE SYSTEM? [INAUDIBLE].

IS THERE A COST FOR THE BUS PASSES? AND WHAT'S THE DISTRIBUTION? DO YOU HAVE A NETWORK WHERE VETERANS CAN ACCESS THOSE BUS PASSES IN ORDER TO SEEK TRANSPORTATION? SO, IF IT'S OK WITH YOU, I WILL GO BACK AND GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE ACTUAL BUS PASSES BECAUSE MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THEY ARE FREE, BUT I COULD BE WRONG.

I'M FAIRLY NEW, SO I WILL FIND OUT IF NUMBER ONE, IF THEY'RE FREE, IF NOT WHAT THEY COST, AND THEN ALSO WHERE THEY'RE ACTUALLY BEING DISTRIBUTED, BECAUSE I THINK THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT OUTLETS WHERE PEOPLE CAN ACCESS THOSE PASSES AND CERTAINLY DEPENDING ON WHERE THEY GO.

WE HAVE A DISCOUNT PASS PROGRAM, BUT WE ALSO HAVE FREE PASS PROGRAMS. SO I'LL GET MORE INFORMATION FOR YOU, FOR SURE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

VERY GOOD.

ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? I DO HAVE ONE.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A QUESTION OR OBSERVATION.

YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT YOUR MARKETING OF THE CHANGES COMING UP.

AND I NOTICED JUST TODAY COMING DOWN GARLAND ROAD, THE 566 ROUTE, THERE ARE SIGN COVERS GOING OVER ANNOUNCING THE CHANGE, THE DATES AND THE ONLY REASON I KNOW IT'S 566, IT'S BECAUSE I READ IT ABOUT 40 TIMES.

I MEAN, THERE WAS, I PROBABLY HAD NEVER NOTICED HOW MANY BUS STOPS THERE ARE DOWN GARLAND ROAD.

UNTIL NOW THEY HAVE RED, WHITE AND BLUE SORT OF COVERS OVER THEM.

SO IS THAT GOING TO? SO I'M TAKING IT.

THAT'S HOW YOU'RE MARKING ALL OF THE STOPS CHANGES.

I MEAN, ARE WE GOING? I'M GUESSING WE'RE GOING TO SEE LOTS MORE OF THOSE SIGNS.

THERE WAS A PRESENTATION AND BRIEFING IN ONE OF THE RECENT MEETINGS THAT, YES, THERE'S SOME COVERS THAT ARE GOING TO GO OVER THE SIGNS THAT WILL SHOW THE NEW LOOK, THE NEW ROUTES THAT ARE COMING WELL AHEAD OF TIME, RIGHT? THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE.

WHAT WERE THE OTHER ONES, DO YOU REMEMBER? YEAH.

SO WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW IS WE'RE COVERING THE OLD SIGNS WITH BOTH THE NEW INFORMATION AS WELL AS THE OLD INFORMATION TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S A CHANGE COMING.

AND THOSE COVERS ARE GOING TO STAY ON UNTIL JANUARY 24TH, WHEN WE'LL START TO UNCOVER ALL THE COVERS WITH THE NEW SIGNAGE THAT WILL SHOW THE NEW ROUTES.

BUT WE NEED TO, WE'RE GOING TO UNVEIL SOME OF THOSE SIGNS WITH THE NEW SIGNAGE

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PROBABLY LIKE THE NIGHT BEFORE OR THE DAY BEFORE OR LIKE THE WEEK BEFORE.

BUT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT BOTH SETS OF INFORMATION WERE ON ALL THE SIGNS BECAUSE YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU HAVE 7000 BUS STOPS, IT'S HARD TO UNVEIL ALL OF THEM IN ONE NIGHT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO HIT ALL THE MAJOR ROUTES THE NIGHT BEFORE OR THE WEEKEND BEFORE THE ACTUAL CHANGE ON THE 24TH OF JANUARY, SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE THE NEW SIGNAGE UP AND THEN WE'LL TRY TO UNCOVER SOME OF THE LESS FREQUENTED ROUTES.

BUT ALL OF THE INFORMATION FOR BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW IS GOING TO BE ON THE COVERS SO THAT THERE'S HOPEFULLY NO CONFUSION WHEN JANUARY 24TH COMES AROUND AND AND HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WON'T.

I MEAN, I KNOW PEOPLE MAY SHOW UP IN THE BUS STOP MAY NOT BE THERE ANYMORE, BUT WE'RE TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

I KNOW THAT WE ARE ALSO GOING TO BE REACHING OUT TO MAYOR LEMAY TO DO AN UNVEILING EVENT THAT'S MORE LIKE A, YOU KNOW, AN OPTION FOR US TO REALLY ADVERTISE WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH OUR ZOOM.

WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO DO THAT IN ALL THE SERVICE AREA CITIES.

VERY GOOD.

VERY GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

I DON'T HAVE ANYBODY ELSE IN THE QUEUE, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THAT WILL MOVE US TO ITEM FOUR B COVID 19 BRIEFING.

[4B. COVID-19 Briefing]

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL, I'M GOING TO TRY TO BE BRIEF, OF COURSE.

IT'S BEEN JUST A WEEK SINCE WE TALK TO YOU ALL LAST ABOUT COVID 19 AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST WEEK IN COMPARISON TO THE WEEK PRIOR, VERY SIMILAR TRENDS, THE THE COVID WAVE CONTINUES TO SUBSIDE.

LAST WEEK, WE ADDED TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY SEVEN NEW CASES.

WHEN YOU COMPARE THAT TO THE WEEK PRIOR, WHICH I BELIEVE STARTED OCTOBER 3RD, THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 3RD, WE HAD 441.

SO A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DECLINE WEEK TO WEEK.

NOT TO SUGGEST THAT WE DON'T STILL HAVE COVID 19 ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY.

700 YOU CAN SEE HERE 738 CASES ACTIVE.

UNFORTUNATELY, DEATHS CONTINUE TO TRICKLE IN.

WE HAD FOUR REPORTED TODAY, BRINGING THE CURRENT TOTAL TO 570.

SIMILAR TRENDS WITH CITY EMPLOYEES, WE ONLY HAVE IT AS OF AS OF TODAY.

WE ONLY HAVE 10 EMPLOYEES THAT ARE EXCLUDED, WHICH IS, AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE GRAPH IN THE NEXT PAGE, WHICH IS DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST REALLY MONTH.

SIX WEEKS IN TERMS OF VACCINES ADMINISTERED, VACCINE UPTAKE IS HAS NOT BEEN AFFECTED LIKE WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE WITH THE EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR BOOSTER SHOTS.

WE'RE JUST OVER FORTY ONE THOUSAND VACCINES ADMINISTERED TOTAL FOR THE LAST WEEK WE ADMINISTERED TWO HUNDRED TWENTY ONE VACCINES.

NOW THAT'S THAT'S A TOTAL NUMBER.

SO THAT'S FIRST DOSE, SINGLE DOSE WITH JANSSEN AND JANSSEN, FIRST DOSE WITH MODERNA, PFIZER SECOND DOSE AND THIRD DOSE.

SO IN TOTAL, 221 DOSES AGAIN, COMPARE THAT TO THE WEEK PRIOR WE HAD 233 ADMINISTERED, SO A FAIRLY VACCINE UPTAKE REMAINED FAIRLY CONSISTENT.

I WANT TO SPEND A LITTLE BIT OF TIME ON EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY, BUT I WANT TO START OFF WITH WITH WHO IS CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR THE INITIAL DOSES.

SO YOU CAN SEE HERE I PULLED THIS PICTURE OR THIS TABLE AND OFF OF THE CDC WEB PAGE, BUT THERE'S NOTHING THAT'S CHANGED RECENTLY HERE.

THE PFIZER DOSES CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE FOR INITIAL DOSE AND SECOND DOSE.

THE SERIES CONTINUED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE 12 YEARS AND OLDER.

AND OF COURSE, MODERNA AND JOHNSON AND JOHNSON CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE 18 YEARS AND OLDER.

NOW, CONTRAST THAT WITH THE EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR BOOSTER DOSES AND ADDITIONAL DOSES AND LET ME, THERE'S A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ADDITIONAL DOSES AND BOOSTER DOSES THAT I WANT TO EXPLAIN.

SO ADDITIONAL DOSES FOR PFIZER AND MODERNA.

THOSE ARE THIRD DOSES THAT ARE GIVEN 28 DAYS AFTER THE SECOND DOSE.

AND THE PURPOSE OF THOSE ADDITIONAL DOSES IS TO CATCH PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT HAVE HAD A ROBUST IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THE VACCINE.

SO THOSE ARE ADDITIONAL DOSES AGAIN, ONE MONTH, TWENTY EIGHT DAYS AFTER THE SECOND DOSE AND THE IDEA THEY'RE TARGETED TOWARDS FOLKS THAT ARE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED WHO MAY NOT HAVE A SUFFICIENT IMMUNE RESPONSE TO REALLY GAIN IMMUNITY FROM THE FIRST TWO DOSES.

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CONTRAST THAT WITH A BOOSTER DOSE.

THE BOOSTER DOSE IS GIVEN SIX MONTHS LATER, AT LEAST IN THE CASE OF PFIZER OR SIX MONTHS LATER, AND THAT'S TO ADDRESS POTENTIAL WANING IMMUNITY FROM THE VACCINE.

SO YOU GET YOUR FIRST TWO DOSES SIX MONTHS LATER.

THE FDA AND CDC SAYS THAT THERE'S SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE THAT YOU NEED A THIRD DOSE, OR AT LEAST CERTAIN PEOPLE NEED A THIRD DOSE TO ADDRESS POTENTIAL WANING IMMUNITY.

SO FOR PFIZER, THIS IS, I GUESS, I LOSE TRACK OF TIME, BUT TWO OR THREE WEEKS AGO, PFIZER EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR, OR THEY ADDED ELIGIBILITY FOR A BOOSTER DOSE.

SO AT THE MOMENT, IT'S FOLKS.

SIXTY FIVE YEARS AND OLDER OR FOLKS 18 AND OLDER WITH WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS, THOSE WHO WORK IN HIGH RISK SETTINGS OR THOSE WHO LIVE IN HIGH RISK SETTINGS.

AND THERE'S A REALLY GOOD LIST OF WHAT CDC CONSIDERS HIGH RISK SETTINGS ON THEIR WEB PAGE.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO GO LOOK TO SEE IF THEY FALL INTO EITHER ONE OF THOSE CATEGORIES.

AS I SAID, THE BOOSTER DOSE FOR PFIZER IS SIX MONTHS AFTER THE SECOND DOSE.

AND ALSO PFIZER DOES HAVE THAT ADDITIONAL DOSE, WHICH AGAIN IS DIFFERENT FROM THE BOOSTER DOSE.

SO FOR MODERNA, THERE IS NO BOOSTER DOSE ELIGIBILITY AT THE MOMENT.

AT THE MOMENT, THE ONLY ADDITIONAL THE ONLY CHANGE IN REGIMEN IS AN ADDITIONAL DOSE, A THIRD DOSE TWENTY EIGHT DAYS AFTER THE SECOND DOSE.

AND AGAIN, THAT'S FOR FOLKS THAT ARE SEVERELY IMMUNOCOMPROMISED.

NOW WHAT'S ON THE.

HORIZON, OF COURSE, THERE'S THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF INTEREST IN EVEN EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY, BOTH FOR, WELL, REALLY FOR ALL THREE VACCINES.

YOU ALL PROBABLY HEARD THAT PFIZER HAS SUBMITTED RESEARCH REGARDING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR VACCINES FOR KIDDOS FIVE TO 11, SO TO DROP THE AGE DOWN TO TO GET A BIG CHUNK OF THE POPULATION.

WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM BOTH THE FEDERAL AND THE STATE LEVEL IS THAT THAT MAY COME AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER.

WE'RE ACTUALLY GETTING INVITES TO WEBINARS AT THE STATE LEVEL TO PROMPT US TO PREPARE FOR THE EVENTUALITY THAT PFIZER WILL BE APPROVED FOR KIDDOS FIVE TO 11, FIVE AND UP.

AND DIANA HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH GISD TO SEND EMPLOYEES TO, I BELIEVE, ABOUT 20 PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR DISTRIBUTING THOSE THOSE THOSE DOSES IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME ELIGIBLE.

IF AND WHEN THOSE KIDDOS BECOME ELIGIBLE, SO KIDDOS WOULD BRING A CONSENT FORM SIGNED BY THEIR PARENT TO SCHOOL, THE SCHOOL NURSES WOULD ASSIST OUR STAFF IN ADMINISTERING THOSE DOSES.

SO WE'RE PLANNING FOR THAT.

WE EXPECT IT TO HAPPEN, HOPEFULLY AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER.

JOHNSON AND JOHNSON A SIMILAR STORY THE FDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED A BOOSTER DOSE FOR THOSE 18 AND OLDER TWO MONTHS AFTER THE INITIAL DOSE.

REMEMBER, THE JOHNSON AND JOHNSON IS CURRENTLY A SINGLE DOSE.

THE RECOMMENDATION IS THAT IT BE EXPANDED TO A TWO DOSE SERIES.

THERE'S STILL A FEW STEPS THAT THAT HAS TO GO THROUGH TO ACTUALLY BECOME REALITY, BUT IT CERTAINLY SEEMS THAT WE'RE HEADED IN THAT DIRECTION.

AND A SIMILAR SIMILAR SCENARIO WITH MODERNA, WE EXPECT MODERNA TO WELL, I SHOULDN'T SAY WE EXPECT THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED A BOOSTER DOSE FOR MODERNA.

VERY SIMILAR GUIDELINES ARE BASICALLY THE SAME GUIDELINES IS THE BOOSTER DOSE FOR PFIZER THAT'LL BE A HALF DOSE.

AND OF COURSE, IT'S SIX MONTHS OUT.

SO JUST WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT THIS ELIGIBILITY IS EXPANDING, WHICH IS A GOOD THING, BUT IT CAN BE VERY CONFUSING.

AND WE'RE TRYING TO STAY ON TOP OF THAT AND CERTAINLY WANT TO BE WANT TO START PROVIDING THESE DOSES IMMEDIATELY ONCE ELIGIBILITY IS EXPANDED.

VACCINE EVENTS WE TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THESE LAST WEEK.

WE'VE HAD SEVERAL RECENTLY.

OF COURSE, DEMAND IS DOWN SLIGHTLY, SO WE DON'T HAVE AS MANY ON THE SCHEDULE AS WE HAD HOPED.

I APPRECIATE COUNCILMAN WILLIAMS SENT US A CONTACT TO GET A POP UP CLINIC ON THE SCHEDULE AND WE'D CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC.

ANYBODY WATCHING ANY OF YOU THAT KNOW OF GROUPS THAT MIGHT BE WILLING TO PROVIDE A VENUE FOR THE POP UP CLINIC.

WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO PUT MORE ON THE SCHEDULE AND WE'D LOVE TO DO THAT.

SO PLEASE GET GET IN CONTACT WITH US THROUGH THE INFORMATION ON THE VACCINE WEB PAGE.

YOU CAN GO TO THE CITY WEB PAGE AND FIND OUT THE CONTACT, AND I BELIEVE THIS IS MY LAST SIDE.

THE DRIVE THRU SITE, THE DRIVE THRU SIDE IS SET UP.

WE ACTUALLY DID A FLU CLINIC FOR FIREFIGHTERS THREE DAYS LAST WEEK.

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IT WORKED WELL.

OF COURSE, WE'VE GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WITH DRIVE THROUGHS BY NOW, BUT THE SMALL SIDE AT THE FIRE ADMINISTRATION FACILITY WORKED VERY WELL AND WE ANTICIPATE ACTUALLY PROVIDING DRIVE THRU VACCINES WHEN DEMAND OUTSTRIPS OR COMES CLOSE TO OUTSTRIPPING OUR ABILITY TO SERVE THE PUBLIC AT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC OR WHEN WE IF AND WHEN WE BEGIN TO PROVIDE PUBLIC TESTING.

AND THAT IS WHERE MISTIE COMES IN.

THANK YOU.

SO JUST A QUICK UPDATE HERE.

THE PRIVATE CONTRACTOR DID COME OUT AND VIEW THE SITE.

THEY APPROVED THE SITE.

WE ARE STILL WAITING ON THE STATEMENT TO WORK, BUT AS SOON AS WE GET THAT, WE'LL WORK THROUGH THAT QUICKLY AND HOPEFULLY GET THE TESTING STARTED.

SO AGAIN, THAT'LL BE IN COORDINATION WITH THE VACCINATIONS THAT ARE GOING TO BE AT THE FIRE TRAINING CENTER HOSPITALIZATION.

SO FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS, FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT DECREASE FROM LAST WEEK AT 12.46 FOR TRAUMA SERVICE AREA E AND THIS WEEK WAS 9.38 TOTAL PATIENTS 1382, FOR TRAUMA SERVICE AREA AS COMPARED TO DALLAS COUNTY AT THREE SIXTY SEVEN.

SO WITH THREE SIXTY SEVEN, THAT BRINGS THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE FOR DALLAS COUNTY TO 8.44 COMPARED TO LAST REPORT LAST WEEK AT 10.31.

THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE, BUT SO THAT YOU CAN COMPARE IT TO THE OTHER COUNTIES WITHIN THE TRAUMA SERVICE AREA.

SO THAT IS A TRAUMA SERVICE AREA E AND YOU CAN SEE THERE DALLAS AT 8.44 AND THEN THIS IS THE SAME GRAPH THAT WE'VE SHOWN, BUT WE CONTINUE TO SHOW SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE PEAKS AGAIN BACK JULY OF 2020 AGAIN, JANUARY OF THIS YEAR AND THEN SEPTEMBER WITH THE DELTA VARIANT THIS YEAR.

AND THEN YOU CAN SEE WHERE WE ARE ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT.

SO THAT SHOWS THE SAME REPORTED NUMBER AT THREE SIXTY SEVEN FOR DALLAS COUNTY AND THEN 8.44 FOR TOTAL HOSPITALIZATION RATE FOR COVID 19 PATIENTS.

AND WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU FOR QUESTIONS, MAYOR.

VERY GOOD.

EXCUSE ME, COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

VERY GOOD TO SEE YOU.

OF COURSE, THE DECLINE IN NUMBERS.

BUT LOOKING AT THE NATIONAL MAP, IT LOOKS LIKE TRENDS IN THE NORTHERN STATES TEND TO BE NOT AS GOOD.

IS THERE IS ANY CORRELATION? DO WE HAVE ANY EXPECTATION OR PREDICTION FROM CDC OR ANYONE ELSE THAT WITH THE ONSET OF COLD WEATHER THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE ANOTHER SPIKE OR WHAT ARE WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT IN THAT REGARD? I DON'T WANT IT TO LET US TO LET OUR GUARD DOWN ON THIS.

SURE.

AND IT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

THE THERE IS, QUITE FRANKLY, I'VE HEARD SPECULATION FROM THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL BOTH WAYS.

THERE IS A CONCERN.

I THINK YOU PROBABLY ALL HEARD THE TERM TWINDEMIC RECENTLY.

THERE'S A CONCERN ABOUT A POTENTIAL TWINDEMIC WITH BOTH SEASONAL FLU AND COVID 19.

WE HAD THAT SAME CONCERN LAST YEAR, BUT OF COURSE, FLU WAS VERY SUBDUED.

BUT TO GET BACK TO THE POINT OF YOUR QUESTION, SIR, AGAIN, I'VE HEARD SPECULATION THAT PERHAPS IS COLDER WEATHER SETS IN.

YOU KNOW, THERE IS THE THEORY THAT WE ARE, AS A SPECIES, MORE CROWDED TOGETHER WHEN IT'S COLD BECAUSE IT'S NOT AS NICE TO BE OUTSIDE.

AND SO THAT PRESENTS A A POTENTIAL INCREASE FOR SPREAD.

BUT ONLY TIME WILL TELL, I SUPPOSE.

OK, SO THERE'S NO CLEAR GUIDANCE OR NOTHING OTHER THAN SPECULATION THAT WE'VE SEEN.

SO.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? THANK YOU, JASON.

ONE QUICK QUESTION.

ANY PROJECTIONS ON WHEN THE BOOSTERS MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HEALTH CLINIC? SO THE BOOSTERS WE MAKE AS SOON AS CDC APPROVES ELIGIBILITY, WE MAKE THEM AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, IMMEDIATELY AT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC.

SO NOW IN TERMS OF THE I WON'T PULL IT BACK UP, BUT IN TERMS OF THE ELIGIBILITY EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY WE WOULD WE ANTICIPATE PFIZER BEING MADE ELIGIBLE FOR KIDDOS FIVE AND UP, LIKELY IN NOVEMBER.

WE THINK WE'RE ON THE CUSP ALSO OF BOOSTER DOSES FOR MODERNA AND JOHNSON AND JANSSEN.

SO, YOU KNOW, AS SOON AS AS SOON AS THE WORD COMES DOWN FROM CDC THAT THOSE BOOSTER DOSES ARE APPROVED, THEY'LL BE AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC THE SAME DAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

CUSTOMER BASE.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I JUST WANTED TO COMMEND TO JASON AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT WHAT A GREAT JOB THEY'RE DOING.

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I'M ACTUALLY ELIGIBLE FOR MY BOOSTER, FOR ANYBODY LISTENING DOESN'T KNOW I WORK IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY I WORK IN.

I HAVE A RESTAURANT AND I WORK WITH THE PUBLIC EVERY DAY.

SO I WENT IN AND GOT MY BOOSTER TODAY.

AND, YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T WAIT SEVEN MINUTES FROM THE MOMENT I WALKED IN THE DOOR UNTIL I GOT MY SHOT.

THEY WERE VERY FRIENDLY, VERY EFFICIENT AND VERY, VERY ACCOMMODATING.

SO I WANTED TO THANK YOU.

AND FOR ANYBODY WHO'S, YOU KNOW, LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO GO, GET THEIR VACCINE OR THEIR BOOSTER, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE GARLAND PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

VERY GOOD.

ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? COMPLIMENTS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH.

AND THAT WILL MOVE US ON TO ITEM FOUR, SEE REDISTRICTING IN COUNCIL JUST REAL

[4C. Redistricting ]

QUICKLY.

YOU READ THIS JUST TO KIND OF LET THE VIEWING PUBLIC KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING.

ARTICLE THREE OF THE CITY CHARTER STIPULATES THAT COMMENCING IN THE YEAR 1991, PRIOR TO THE CALLING OF THE REGULAR CITY ELECTION IN EVERY FIFTH YEAR THEREAFTER, IT SAID TIMES THE CITY COUNCIL SHALL RE DIVIDE AND READJUST BY ORDINANCE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE EIGHT COUNCIL DISTRICTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF KEEPING SUCH DISTRICTS AS NEARLY EQUAL IN POPULATION.

AS IS PRACTICAL.

THE CITY OF TURNS OUT, CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE RECOMMENDS THAT THE COMBINED DEVIATION BETWEEN THE LEAST AND THE MOST POPULOUS DISTRICTS FROM THE IDEAL DISTRICT POPULATION NOT EXCEED 10 PERCENT.

STAFF HAS PREPARED TWO OPTIONS.

AS YOU'VE ALL SEEN IN YOUR PACKET AND WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO HERE THIS EVENING COUNCIL IS TO IS TO HAVE STAFF PRESENT THE OPTIONS AND THE HOW WE GOT THERE AND WHAT WHAT THE BREAKDOWNS OF THEM ARE.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE AN A AND B OPTION.

I DO UNDERSTAND THERE MAY BE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT SOME OF THOSE LINES AND SOME POSSIBLE ADJUSTMENTS.

WHAT I'D LIKE FOR US TO DO TONIGHT IS IF YOU HAVE IF THERE IS A CHANGE TO YOUR DISTRICT OR DISTRICTS THAT WE MAKE A SUGGESTION TO STAFF TO LOOK AT A CERTAIN BOUNDARY REALIGNMENT RATHER THAN SIT HERE TONIGHT AND HAMMER THROUGH WHAT STREET IT SHOULD START AND STOP ON.

SO SO ONCE WE GET THROUGH THE PRESENTATION, YOU CAN.

WE CAN CERTAINLY ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OPTIONS A AND B AND HOW WE GOT THERE.

AND THEN IF YOU HAVE IF YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION OR QUESTION ABOUT SOME OF THE DISTRICT LINES, WE CAN PROPOSE THOSE OR POSE THOSE TO STAFF.

THEY CAN TAKE THEM BACK AND READJUST THE MAPS AND SEE WHAT WHAT COMES OUT OF THAT.

THIS, YOU KNOW, IS LISTED ON OUR THING FOR ON OUR AGENDA FOR FORMAL CONSIDERATION ON NOVEMBER 9TH.

OBVIOUSLY, THAT IS A FAIRLY SOFT DATE CONSIDERING WHEN WE WILL CALL THE NEXT ELECTION.

SO WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME, NOT A LOT OF TIME, BUT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME.

SO WITH THAT, MR. GUERIN.

SIR, THANK YOU, MAYOR.

SO HERE TO TALK ABOUT REDISTRICTING, AND I'VE GOT ANGELA SELF HERE AS WELL FROM THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

WE HAD A COMMITTEE THAT LOOKED AT THIS OF CONSISTING OF PLANNING STAFF, GIVES THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE AND THE CITY ATTORNEY RAN A NUMBER OF SCENARIOS.

OF COURSE, THERE'S A CHALLENGE OF KEEPING DISTRICT WITHIN THE RECOMMENDED POPULATION RANGE, AS WELL AS OTHER LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AND OF COURSE, KEEPING THE BOUNDARIES SENSIBLE, SUCH AS ROADWAYS, CREEKS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

BUT WE DO HAVE TWO OPTIONS TO PRESENT, AS YOU SAID, MAYOR, HIGH LEVEL STANDPOINT, REALLY.

WITH THE NEW CENSUS POPULATION DISTRICTS ONE IN SEVEN GREW A BIT TOO LARGE, SO THEY NEEDED TO REALLOCATE SOME POPULATION DO OTHER DISTRICTS.

ALL DISTRICTS, WITH THE EXCEPTIONS OF DISTRICTS THREE AND FOUR, HAVE SOME CHANGES.

SO DISTRICTS THREE AND FOUR ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT DO NOT HAVE CHANGES PRESENTED UNDER THESE SCENARIOS.

BUT I'LL JUST GO AHEAD AND JUMP INTO IT HERE.

THIS IS, OF COURSE, THE CURRENT COUNCIL DISTRICT MAPS.

SO IF I NEED TO JUMP BACK TO IT, WE CAN.

OPTION A IS PRESENTED HERE AND I WILL ATTEMPT TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE CHANGES FOR YOU ALL IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

SO JUST KIND OF STARTING, I GUESS, COUNTERCLOCKWISE HERE.

THIS AREA HERE SOUTH OF CASTLE DRIVE, NORTH OF SIXTY SIX, WOULD BE GOING FROM DISTRICT ONE TO TWO, GOING OVER HERE TO AREAS THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN DISTRICT SEVEN SHOWN HERE AND HERE.

I BELIEVE THIS IS SAM HOUSTON AND THIS EAST WEST STREET IS RICH.

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OAK DRIVE.

THOSE WOULD BE GOING FROM DISTRICT SEVEN TO EIGHT.

JUMPING DOWN DISTRICT SIX NEEDED TO GROW WITH THE NEW POPULATION NUMBERS THE WAY THEY ARE.

SO THIS AREA SOUTH OF FOREST LANE, DOWN TO MILLER, EAST OF SHILOH, WOULD BE GOING FROM DISTRICT EIGHT TO SIX.

AND THAT GOES OVER TO THIS DUCK CREEK AREA TO THE EAST AS WELL.

AND THEN THIS AREA HERE, WHICH I BELIEVE IS RIDGEWOOD, AND THEN CELESTE WOULD BE GOING FROM DISTRICT TWO TO DISTRICT FIVE.

AND JUMPING TO OPTION B, SOME OF THE SAME CHANGES HERE, JUST WITH A FEW FEW DIFFERENCES, AGAIN, THIS AREA WOULD BE GOING FROM DISTRICT ONE TO DISTRICT TWO, SEVEN TO EIGHT.

THESE TWO AREAS OVER HERE, THIS AREA HERE EAST OF DUCK CREEK, WEST OF GARLAND AVENUE, WOULD BE GOING FROM TWO TO EIGHT.

THIS AREA, WELL, THIS WOULD STILL BE GOING FROM EIGHT TO SIX WEST OF GARLAND AVENUE.

HOWEVER, THIS AREA HERE BETWEEN GARLAND AVENUE AND THE CREEK NORTH OF MILL ROAD WOULD BE GOING FROM EIGHT TO TWO.

AND IN THIS LITTLE TRIANGULAR SHAPED AREA HERE NORTH OF MILL ROAD WOULD BE GOING FROM FIVE TO DISTRICT TWO.

AND THEN THIS AREA HERE, I BELIEVE THAT'S DAIRY ROAD WEST OF DAIRY ROAD WOULD BE GOING FROM DISTRICT TWO TO FIVE.

AND THEN THIS TRIANGULAR SHAPED AREA DOWN HERE WOULD BE GOING FROM DISTRICT FIVE TO DISTRICT TWO.

SO WITH THAT MAYOR, I WANTED TO MENTION ONE OTHER THING.

WE WILL NEED TO SOME DIRECTION FROM THE COUNCIL ON AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THE NEW COUNCIL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES JUST NEEDS TO BE WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE RELEASE OF THE CENSUS DATA, WHICH IS MY UNDERSTANDING.

SO THAT GIVES THE COUNCIL QUITE SOME TIME, THE DISTRICT OR EXCUSE ME, THE DATA WAS JUST RELEASED THIS PAST AUGUST, SO WE'LL JUST NEED SOME DIRECTION ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, MAYOR, I'LL OPEN IT UP.

VERY GOOD.

YOU MADE IT SOUND SO SIMPLE.

ALL RIGHT, COUNCIL, YOU'VE SEEN THE PRESENTATION AND ACTUALLY IN OUR PACKETS, THERE ARE THE POPULATION BREAKDOWNS THAT WE'VE ALL HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT.

SO AT THIS POINT, I'LL OPEN IT UP TO QUESTIONS AND PROPOSED CHANGES, COULDN'T THINK OF THE RIGHT WORD.

COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

DISTRICT EIGHT.

WE'RE FINE WITH IT WITH EITHER PROPOSAL, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER HAPPENS WITH THE REDISTRICTING.

IT'S GOING TO BE A CHANGE AND AND OUR JOB IS TO FACILITATE AND EMBRACE THAT CHANGE.

AND, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER YOUR HAND IS, WE'LL JUST GET IT DONE AND GET TO WORK.

AS FAR AS AN EFFECTIVE DATE GOES, I THINK IT WOULD MAKE SENSE TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE DATE PRIOR TO WHEN PEOPLE START FILING FOR OFFICE.

SO I WOULD TARGET JANUARY ONE AS A POSSIBILITY SO THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT DISTRICTS THEY LIVE IN.

AND THAT WAY THEY CAN DECIDE WHO'S RUNNING FOR WHAT AND JUST MAKE IT A NICE, HARD CUT RIGHT THERE ON THE END OF THE YEAR.

AND THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT FOR STAFF.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND WHAT A JOB I WOULD NOT WANT TO DO THAT JOB.

I APPRECIATE THE THE THOUGHT THAT WENT INTO THIS THERE.

THERE ARE MINIMAL CHANGES THERE.

THEY'RE ABOVE BOARD.

YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE TO ASSURE THAT WE'RE NOT REALLY IN THE BUSINESS OF GERRYMANDERING.

WE'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF JUST TRYING TO TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT AND AND THE DISTRICT LINES MAKE SENSE ON.

I CAN SEE THE RATIONALE AND THE THOUGHT, THE THINKING BEHIND BOTH OPTIONS A AND B AND VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE WORK THAT YOU GUYS DID.

AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

MAYOR, THANK YOU.

VERY GOOD.

AND I IN THE COUNCIL APPRECIATE YOU AND ALL THE EASYGOING FOLKS IN DISTRICT EIGHT FOR BEING AGREEABLE.

AND I DO AGREE WITH THE JANUARY ONE EFFECTIVE DATE.

YES, COUNCIL MEMBER VERA? THE BOTTOM RIGHT ON DISTRICT SIX THAT FROM FOREST LANE TO GARLAND ROAD AND MILLER ROAD.

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YES.

AND WHAT DOES THAT DO TO GLENN BROOKS? THAT'S IT.

YOU KNOW, THAT LITTLE.

IT'S THE ROAD THAT BUILT FOR THE CEMETERY IS? IT'S THE IT'S THE DUCK CREEK BOUNDARY LINE.

IT WOULD REPRESENT A LOT OF DEAD PEOPLE.

OK.

I KNOW THEY VOTE, TOO, YOU KNOW, IN MY DISTRICT.

OK, MOVING ALONG, ARE YOU? YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I APPRECIATE THE STAFF'S WORK ON THIS.

AND LIKE COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH, I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE NEED TO DO A LOT OF DEVIATION FROM THIS.

I'D BE HAPPY WITH EITHER.

I PROBABLY HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR A JUST IN THE SENSE THAT I'D LIKE TO DO AS LITTLE AS FEW PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.

HAVE IT CHANGE THAT.

AND AS I LOOK AT THAT, IT LOOKS LIKE ALTHOUGH I UNDERSTAND THAT OPTION B DRAWS A FEW CLEANER LINES, BUT IT CERTAINLY CAUSES A LOT MORE CHANGE ACROSS THE CITY IN TERMS OF WHO'S REPRESENTED BY WHOM.

TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN KEEP THAT RELATIVELY STABLE, I THINK THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

YOU KNOW, ON SOME OF THIS, IT'S ONLY WHEN YOU REALLY ZOOM IN CLOSE TO YOU, SEE, IT'S YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE CHANGES LIKE AN OPTION A, YOU KNOW, WE COULD KIND OF NITPICK AND I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS AN EASY THING FOR STAFF TO WORK THROUGH OTHER OPTIONS TO SIT DOWN WITH COUNCIL OR IF WE COULD SIT DOWN WITH GIS AND SAY, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE, FOR EXAMPLE, AN OPTION A AS I LOOK AT IT, THERE'S JUST A THERE'S BEEN MAYBE 20 OR 30 HOUSES ADDED ALONG THE EDGEFIELD AREA, AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S NECESSARY OR NOT NECESSARY OR WHATEVER.

BUT TO THE EXTENT THAT IT'S WE HAVE CHANGES THAT ULTIMATELY WE DON'T REALLY HAVE TO HAVE KIND OF LIKE TO AVOID THOSE NOTHING MAJOR.

BUT THOSE ARE JUST MY GENERAL THOUGHTS ON IT.

BUT I'M CERTAINLY OPEN TO HEARING WHATEVER COUNCIL HAS TO THINK, AND PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HAVING MORE SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO YOUR DISTRICTS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

COUNCIL LADY MORRIS? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I WOULD ALSO BE OK WITH EITHER ONE OF THESE AND I'VE SPOKEN TO STAFF AND ASKED THEM ABOUT TWEAKING THIS OR THAT BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS FRANKLY, THE IMPACT ON MY DISTRICT WITH THE OPTION B, WHICH I AM DRAWN TO AS BEING FROM AN ENGINEERING MIND, I LIKE THE CLEAN LINES.

SO BUT A LOT OF MY CONSTITUENTS SAID TO HECK WITH CLEAN LINES, DON'T MOVE US AROUND TO COUNCILMAN AUBIN POINT.

SO THE EFFECT ON MY DISTRICT FOR OPTION B WOULD BE I WOULD LOSE THE DRAPER PROJECT, WHICH IS FINE.

IT ISN'T GOING TO CRAWL AWAY.

I JUST WOULDN'T HAVE IT ON MY SIDE OF THE OF GARLAND AVENUE, AND I WOULD INHERIT NO LESS THAN FIVE EXTREMELY OLD APARTMENT COMPLEXES FROM DISTRICT FIVE, WHICH IS ALSO FINE.

I WONDERED IF THERE WAS A WAY TO TO TWEAK THE THE TIP DOWN AT BROADWAY AND CENTREVILLE, TO EVEN THAT OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE.

BUT AFTER TALKING TO STAFF, I UNDERSTAND THAT, JUST THE CENSUS TRACT LINES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE AND I AM REALLY OK EITHER WAY, SO WHATEVER THE CONSENSUS OF COUNCIL IS, I'M FINE WITH.

THOSE WERE JUST THE CONSIDERATIONS THAT I WENT THROUGH AND I DID ALREADY SPEAK TO STAFF ABOUT IT.

SO I'M GOOD.

I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT STAFF HAS DONE WITH US.

AND AFTER HAVING SEVERAL CONVERSATIONS AND HEARING WHAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO EVEN CONSIDER CHANGING ONE CENSUS TRACT, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU BECAUSE I THINK YOU GUYS DID A GREAT JOB.

I WOULD NOT WANT TO DO THAT JOB, SO APPRECIATE IT.

OK, THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK? THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

MY QUESTION JUST HAS TO DO WITH ANY CONSIDERATION GO INTO FUTURE PROOFING THIS TO AVOID FUTURE CHANGES.

I KNOW MY DISTRICT IT WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST OR WAS THE LARGEST, AND NOW IT'S ONE OF THE SMALLEST AS FAR AS POPULATION GOES.

AND IF MORE GROWTH IS MAYBE THOUGHT TO BE IN THE FUTURE IN MY DISTRICT OR DISTRICT ONE, I KNOW IT WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST.

NOW IT'S IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE LIST.

IF ANY THOUGHT WAS GIVEN TO THAT?

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WE DIDN'T REALLY LOOK AT THAT IN GREAT DETAIL.

IT'S A GREAT QUESTION BECAUSE WE DO STILL SEE A LOT OF GROWTH IN NORTH GARLAND COURSE.

WE'RE SEEING A LOT IN SOUTH GARLAND AS WELL, SO IT'S DISPERSED KIND OF ALL OVER.

BUT WE DO HAVE TO READDRESS THIS EVERY FIVE YEARS FOR THE CITY CHARTER, SO CERTAINLY WE WOULD COME BACK TO IT.

AND IF THERE'S ANY ISSUES, WE NEED TO OBVIOUSLY READDRESS IT AND DO MORE TO REDISTRICTING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

EXCUSE ME.

SORRY, FOLKS.

ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FOR STAFF? COUNCIL MEMBER VERA? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I'M ALWAYS COUNCILWOMAN MORRIS.

I LIKE STRAIGHT LINES TOO.

I DON'T LIKE THAT THAT OTHER DUCK CREEK, BUT I LIKE B..

THANK YOU.

OK.

AND DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

SINCE I'M ONE OF THE ONE OF THE TWO, I GUESS THAT'S A QUOTE.

NOT AFFECTED.

I'M GOOD WITH ANY EITHER OF THE TWO OPTIONS.

I'M GOOD WITH THE CENTREVILLE BROADWAY TIP.

I JUST WANT TO COMMAND STAFF WITH LIKE THE MAPS, BUT ALSO WITH THE WAY THAT YOU PRESENTED THE DEMOGRAPHIC DATA.

SO WHEN I LOOK AT THE MAP AND CONSTITUENTS ASK, NOT JUST HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT THIS? I THINK THE DEMOGRAPHIC IN THE WAY YOU LAID THAT OUT WAS VERY, VERY CLEAR.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT BACKGROUND AND THE WAY YOU ALL HAVE LAID THAT OUT AND PRESENTED IT.

AND I THINK IT'S IN A FORMAT WHERE IT COULD BE EASILY UNDERSTOOD BY CONSTITUENTS AND QUESTIONS.

SO I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT YOU ALL FOR THE WAY YOU ALL HAVE PRESENTED THIS LAYOUT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

VERY GOOD.

AND I AGREE.

COUNCIL MEMBER BASS? THANK YOU AND AGREE.

I ACTUALLY MET WITH STAFF WHEN THIS CAME OUT SO THAT BEFORE I SHARED IT WITH MY CONSTITUENTS, I WOULD BE PREPARED.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THE EFFORT THAT WAS PUT INTO IT.

IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THEY HAVE PRESENTED IT TO US SHOWS THE HARD WORK THEY REALLY DID BEHIND THE SCENES TO MAKE IT THIS SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND.

AND, YOU KNOW, EITHER WON A OR B, IT'S THE SAME TO DISTRICT ONE.

HOWEVER, IF I HAD MY PREFERENCE, I PREFER THE STRAIGHT LINES.

I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM LOOKING LIKE GERRYMANDERING AS POSSIBLE AND STRAIGHT LINES, REALLY, YOU KNOW, GO TO PRESENT THAT MESSAGE.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, SIR.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER MOORE? THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

AT A TIME WHEN REDISTRICTING IS REALLY ON THE MINDS OF MANY, I WANT TO ECHO WHAT I READ THIS PAST WEEK COMING FROM COUNCIL MEMBER ROBERT SMITH.

YOU GUYS HAVE LAID THIS OUT IN SUCH A MANNER THAT THE CITY CAN BE VERY PROUD OF WHAT IS BEFORE US, AND I'M ONE OF THOSE DISTRICTS THAT ARE NOT AFFECTED, OF COURSE.

AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, I'M AGREEABLE TO HOWEVER COUNCIL DECIDES TO GO WITH IT, BUT I DO WANT TO COMMEND YOU GUYS ON THE MANNER BY WHICH YOU PUT THIS TOGETHER.

THERE'S NOTHING HERE IN THE WAY OF FAVORITISM.

EVERYTHING HERE SEEMS TO BE REALLY LAID OUT IN SUCH A MANNER THAT WE CAN BE VERY PROUD OF IT.

SO THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

VERY GOOD.

AND I THINK WE'VE CLEARED THE QUEUE ON THIS, AND I WAS EXPECTING I WAS EXPECTING A DIFFERENT DISCUSSION.

SO I'LL TAKE BACK SOME OF THE WORDS I SAID EARLIER.

WE'LL JUST EDIT THAT OUT FOR CONTENT SAKE.

AND SO COUNCIL, IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE BACK TO OUR A AND B OPTIONS.

AS FAR AS, YOU KNOW, WE'VE THE DISCUSSIONS WE'VE HAD HERE THIS EVENING.

SO I THINK AT THIS POINT, I THINK WE'LL JUST PUT IT TO A CONSENSUS ON WHICH ONE WE WANT TO PURSUE OR PROCEED WITH, I SHOULD SAY NOT PURSUE.

SO I THINK I'VE HEARD THEM REFERRED TO BY SOME DIFFERENT NAMES AND STRAIGHT LINES, SO WE'LL JUST KEEP IT WITH OPTION A, IF YOU'RE IN FAVOR OF OPTION A , JUST BY A SHOW OF HANDS.

I THINK B IS STRAIGHT LINES.

I WAS TRYING TO AVOID GIVING THEM NICKNAMES, BUT ALSO OPTION A.

I SEE JUST ONE BEING COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN.

SO IT LOOKS LIKE OPTION B.

THE REMAINING AID WOULD GO TO OPTION B.

OK, WELL, SO LOOKS LIKE WE'RE BACK TO FORMAL CONSIDERATION OF THAT ON

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NOVEMBER 9TH, IF WE CAN GO AHEAD AND GET ALL OF THAT PREPARED AND WE WILL MAKE THE EFFECTIVE DATE JANUARY 1.

ALL RIGHT.

VERY GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

MOVING ON TO ITEM 4D, CONSIDER GARLAND CULTURAL ARTS COMMISSION INC.

[4D. Consider Garland Cultural Arts Commission Inc. Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue Budget, Sub-grant Recipients and Hotel Occupancy Tax Program Management Agreement]

HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX REVENUE BUDGET, SUB GRANT RECIPIENTS AND HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT.

IT'S A LOT OF WORDS.

IT IS.

GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS DAVID FISHER.

I'M THE NEW CULTURAL ARTS DIRECTOR FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND.

I'VE BEEN HERE JUST A FEW MONTHS AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL TO BE HERE.

SO THIS IS MY FIRST TIME HERE.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ARTS FOR THESE MANY YEARS AT THE ART CENTER AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE CULTURAL PLAN, THOSE OF YOU THAT PARTICIPATED IN IT.

THERE ARE FAR FEWER GIFTS THAT A NEW STAFF PERSON CAN RECEIVE COMING IN THAN A BLUEPRINT OF WHERE HE'S BEEN AND WHERE HE'S GOING.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

WHAT YOU HAVE ON THE AGENDA FOR TOMORROW IS A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE CITY OF GARLAND AND THE GARLAND CULTURAL ARTS COMMISSION INC, WHICH IS THE MIRROR ORGANIZATION TO THE GARLAND CULTURAL ARTS COMMISSION, WHICH YOU ALL APPOINT.

EACH YEAR, THE CITY CAN SPEND UP TO 15 PERCENT OF THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX TO SUPPORT ARTS AND TOURISM AND PROJECTS THAT SUPPORT THE ARTS IN THE CITY OF GARLAND.

THE CITY CONTRACTS WITH THE ECAC INC TO OVERSEE THAT GRANT PROGRAM AND TO DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDS.

SO IN YOUR LIST OF ATTACHMENTS, YOU HAVE A LIST OF THE GRANTS AS THEY HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION, AND I'M HERE TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

VERY GOOD.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR MR. FISHER ON THIS ITEM? IT WILL BE ON OUR AGENDA FOR FORMAL CONSIDERATION TOMORROW NIGHT.

MR. FISHER, FOR YOUR FIRST APPEARANCE, HOME RUN.

EASY, NO QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, SIR.

WELCOME.

THAT WILL MOVE US TO ITEM 4E, WATER METER KEY DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM.

[4E. Water Meter Key Distribution Program]

WES, I'M PRETTY SURE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET OFF THAT EASY.

WE'RE GOING TO COME UP WITH PLENTY OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

WELL, GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

THANKS FOR HAVING US THIS EVENING.

SO WE'RE GOING TO GIVE A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE METER KEY PROGRAM.

WE'VE GOT SOME HANDOUTS HERE THAT WILL GO WITH THE METER KEYS AND HAMMERS HANDING OUT.

AND THANK YOU.

SO WE'RE GOING TO DO.

WE'LL HAVE A SHORT PRESENTATION PLUS A VIDEO HOW TO VIDEO ACTUALLY OF, YOU KNOW, HOW TO ACTUALLY OPEN YOUR METER BOX AND OR CHECK IT AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING'S OK.

LET'S SEE HERE.

AND YOU HAVE YOUR EVERY PRESENTATION IN THERE TO.

SO YOU.

LET'S SEE.

THERE.

WELL, IT'S DOWN THERE.

OH, THERE IT IS.

GOT IT.

NO, THAT'S NOT IT.

THERE IT IS.

ALL RIGHT, THERE WE GO.

I THINK WE'RE GOOD.

JUST KEEP HITTING BUTTONS TILL IT COMES ON.

EXACTLY.

THERE YOU GO.

I THINK.

THERE YOU GO.

ALL RIGHT.

SO I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO AMBER KNOX.

SHE'S OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION SPECIALIST.

SHE'LL DO THE PRESENTATION.

OK.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

SO THE RESIDENTIAL MAJOR KEY DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM.

SO THE METER KEYS ARE HERE.

CAN I ASK YOU TO PULL THAT MICROPHONE JUST A LITTLE CLOSER TO YOU? THAT WAY, WE CAN GET THE METER KEYS.

ARE THIS FANCY TOOL RIGHT HERE? THERE'S A PHOTO OF IT IN ON THE PAMPHLET.

THEY ARE FOR OPENING THE METER BOX LID, REMOVING THE LID FROM THE METER BOX.

USING ONE OF THESE HELPS US NOT DAMAGE THE WIRE, SO IT HELPS THEM MORE EASILY OPEN

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THAT LID.

BUT THE CUSTOMERS ARE STILL GOING TO NEED TO PURCHASE THE ITEM THAT ACTUALLY TURNS THE METER OFF AND THAT'S AVAILABLE AT LOCAL HARDWARE STORES.

THERE'S LOTS OF DIFFERENT VERSIONS ON THE PAMPHLET.

AT THE VERY TOP, YOU CAN SEE A COUPLE OF PHOTOS OF THE AVAILABLE OPTIONS AT LOCAL HARDWARE STORES.

SO THIS IS JUST FOR THE LID, AND THEN THEY STILL NEED TO BUY THE TOOL THAT WILL TURN THE WATER OFF.

AND THEN EVERY SINGLE ONE IS GOING TO COME WITH THOSE INSTRUCTIONS RIGHT THERE, AND WE ARE ENCOURAGING THAT THEY ONLY USE THIS ONLY ACCESS THEIR METER IN EMERGENCIES.

WE'RE GOING TO BE DISTRIBUTING IT THROUGH CUSTOMER SERVICE, SO THEY ARE GOING TO BE GIVING ONE METER KEY AND AN INSTRUCTIONAL PAMPHLET AND THEN OTHER MATERIALS AS I HAVE THEM OTHER WATER INFORMATION PER CUSTOMER ACCOUNT.

SO THEY'RE GOING TO NOTATE IN EACH ACCOUNT WHEN SOMEONE COMES IN AND REQUESTS ONE.

SO WE MAKE SURE THAT MULTIPLE ONE HOUSEHOLD DOESN'T END UP WITH MULTIPLE KEYS AND THEN WE WILL HAVE THE VIDEO THAT I WILL BE PRESENTING TO YOU AVAILABLE ON THE WATER HOME PAGE THAT THE CITY WEBSITE.

UTILITY CUSTOMER SERVICE WILL ALSO LINK.

SO LIKE, CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO SEE A VIDEO ON HOW TO USE IT, IT'LL COME STRAIGHT TO OUR WEBSITE AS WELL, AND THEN IT'LL BE ON THE CGTV AND ALL OF OUR FUN SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS.

SO LET'S SHOW THE VIDEO.

HI, I'M ANTONIO.

I WORK FOR THE GARLAND WATER UTILITIES DEPARTMENT.

TODAY, I'D LIKE TO SHOW YOU HOW TO QUICKLY AND SAFELY TURN OFF YOUR WATER IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO TURN OFF THE WATER TO YOUR HOUSE, EITHER AT THE WATER METER OR THE HOUSE SHUTOFF VALVE.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD KNOWS HOW TO TURN OFF THE WATER USING BOTH METHODS.

THE CITY OF GARLAND HAS A WATER MAIN LINE THAT RUNS THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN EACH HOME AND BUSINESS IN GARLAND HAS A SERVICE LINE THAT BRINGS THEM WATER BETWEEN YOUR HOUSE IN THE WATER MAIN ALONG YOUR SERVICE LINE.

THERE IS A METER THAT MEASURES THE AMOUNT OF WATER BEING USED AT YOUR HOUSE.

THE PIPE BEFORE AND INCLUDING THE METER BELONGS TO THE CITY OF GARLAND AND THE PIPE AFTER THE METER BELONGS TO THE HOMEOWNER.

WATER METERS ARE FOUND INSIDE CONCRETE METER BOXES, WHICH ARE TYPICALLY LOCATED WITHIN YOUR PROPERTY LINES, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE ROAD AND YOUR SIDEWALK.

AT THIS HOME, YOU CAN SEE THE WATER METER BOX IS LOCATED ALONG THE VERY EDGE OF THE PROPERTY LINE.

THE NEIGHBOR'S WATER METER BOX IS ALSO LOCATED AROUND THE SAME LOCATION ON THEIR SIDE OF THE PROPERTY LINE.

IF YOUR WATER METER BOX IS NOT VISIBLE LIKE THIS, ONE IS PROBABLY COVERED BY VEGETATION, SOIL OR HIDDEN UNDER BRUSHES.

YOU MAY NEED TO WALK AROUND THE PROPERTY LINE AND POKE AROUND THE GROUND TO LOCATE IT.

OTHER TYPES OF METER BOXES MAY BE LOCATED IN THIS AREA AS WELL.

LIKE THOSE FOR UNDERGROUND CABLE, PHONE OR FIBER OPTIC LINES IN THE CITY OF GARLAND, THERE ARE SIX DIFFERENT TYPES OF WATER METER BOXES LOCATED OUTSIDE THE RESIDENTIAL HOMES.

WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING FOR YOUR WATER METER BOX, YOU WILL BE LOOKING FOR ONE OF THESE LIDS FROM THE METER.

THE WATER SERVICE TYPICALLY RUNS IN A STRAIGHT LINE TO THE NEAREST FAUCET IN YOUR HOME, WHICH SUPPLIES WATER TO YOUR HOUSE.

THE HOUSE SHUTOFF VALVE IS USUALLY LOCATED HERE.

IF YOU CANNOT LOCATE THE HOUSE SHUTOFF VALVE, HAVE A PLUMBER COME OUT AND FIND IT FOR YOU.

MARK IT SO EVERYONE IN THE HOME KNOWS WHERE IT IS IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.

NOW THAT YOU'VE SUCCESSFULLY LOCATED YOUR WATER METER BOX, LET'S OPEN IT UP TO TURN OFF THE WATER QUICKLY AND SAFELY.

HERE ARE THE TWO TOOLS YOU SHOULD USE TO TURN OFF YOUR WATER.

ONE, THE METER KEY TO ACCESS YOUR METER.

SECOND, THE CUT OFF WRENCH.

YOU CAN FIND IT AT YOUR LOCAL HARDWARE STORE.

THIS IS THE ONLY TOOL YOU SHOULD USE TO TURN OFF YOUR WATER.

INSERT THE METER KEY INTO THE CURVED SLOT ON THE LID AND TURN IT COUNTERCLOCKWISE UNTIL YOU FEEL IT UNLOCK, USING THE KEY AS A HOOK.

REMOVE THE LID SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY SET THE LID ASIDE.

TAKE CARE NOT TO DAMAGE THE WIRES ATTACHED TO THE LID.

THESE WIRES HELP THE CITY OF GARLAND.

READ YOUR WATER METER QUICKLY AND ACCURATELY.

CAREFULLY PLACED THE CUT OFF WRENCH OVER THE SHUTOFF VALVE KNOB AND SLOWLY TURNED THE WRENCH CLOCKWISE WITH A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF PRESSURE INTO IT WON'T TURN ANYMORE.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO FORCE THE SHUT OFF VALVE.

IF THE KNOB HAS NOT BEEN USED IN A WHILE, IT COULD BE LOCKED UP.

FORCING THIS VALVE CAN DAMAGE YOUR METER.

YOU CAN ALSO TURN OFF THE WATER AT THE HOUSE SHUT OFF VALVE.

AT THIS HOME, THE HOUSE SHUT OFF VALVE IS LOCATED NEXT TO AN OUTDOOR SPIGOT.

THIS ONE IS INSIDE A PROTECTED BOX, BUT YOURS MAY BE BURIED UP TO TWO FEET UNDERGROUND.

WHEN YOU'RE READY TO TURN THE WATER BACK ON, TURN THE METER SHUT OFF VALVE COUNTERCLOCKWISE BACK INTO ITS ORIGINAL POSITION.

BE SURE TO TURN THE WATER BACK ON SLOWLY TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO YOUR PIPES.

DO NOT LEAVE THE METER BOX OPEN.

REPLACE AND LOCK IN PLACE THE METER BOX LID.

WHEN YOU'RE DONE BEING CAREFUL NOT TO DAMAGE ANY OF THE WIRES OR THE METER READ

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DEVICE ATTACHED TO THE LID TO REQUEST WATER OR WASTEWATER MAINTENANCE EMERGENCY SERVICE OR REPORT AN ISSUE.

VISIT GARLAND EASSIST OR CALL(972) 205-3210.

VERY GOOD.

I BELIEVE WE MET ANTONIO WHEN WE WERE TOURING DEPARTMENTS SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, AND I'VE SEEN HIM AT A COUPLE OF CITY EVENTS OUT HERE OVER THE SUMMER.

SO I THINK HE'S GOT A FUTURE IN HOW TO VIDEOS.

HE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB.

EXCELLENT JOB.

ALL RIGHT.

I'VE GOT A FEW QUESTIONS.

COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

APPRECIATE THE WORK ON THIS VERY MUCH.

BUT WE HAVE WE HAVE A VERY LARGE DIVERSITY OF HOMES AND WHEN THEY WERE DEVELOPED AND WHATNOT.

AND I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT IT'S GOING TO RAISE A LOT OF QUESTIONS, MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS SPECIFICALLY.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF NEIGHBORHOODS IN MY DISTRICT THAT DON'T HAVE SIDEWALKS.

AND SO IF YOU TELL PEOPLE THAT IT'S BETWEEN THE ROAD AND THE SIDEWALK, I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE.

AND I ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH THIS WHEN WITH ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, WHEN THEY WERE LIKE, WELL, YOU PUT THE, YOU KNOW, YOU PUT THE CAN BETWEEN THE CURB AND THE SIDEWALK, AND IT'S LIKE, WELL, I HAVE SOME PLACES THAT HAVE CURBS AND NO SIDEWALKS, AND IN SOME PLACES THAT HAVE SIDEWALKS AND NO CURBS AND SOME PLACES THAT HAVE NEITHER.

AND SO WE HAVE ALL VARIATIONS.

AND SO I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED.

AND I THINK IT WAS MENTIONED IN THE VIDEO HERE, YOU KNOW, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING THAT JUST LETS PEOPLE KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, TYPICALLY IT'S HERE.

IT MIGHT NOT BE HERE.

IT MIGHT BE.

I MEAN, MINE IS IS HALFWAY UP INTO MY YARD, EVEN IF WE PUT A SIDEWALK IN BECAUSE I COULD JUST I SEE MYSELF NOW GETTING THESE CALLS BECAUSE I'LL GET THE CALLS, PROBABLY.

AND THEY'LL BE LIKE, YOU KNOW, YOU IDIOTS DIDN'T GIVE ME A BOX OR WHATEVER, AND WE CAN'T POSSIBLY FIND IT.

AND IT'S THAT SAME THING, FOR EXAMPLE, ON THE LIKE IN MINE, ONLY BECAUSE I'VE HAD TROUBLE TURNING MINE OFF AND HAD TO HAVE THE CITY COME OUT AND DO IT.

AND IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, MY SHUT OFF PART DOESN'T FACE UP.

IT FACES SIDEWAYS DOWN INTO THE DIRT AND.

AND SO FOR THESE HOUSES THAT WERE BUILT IN THE, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF MY DISTRICT THAT WERE BUILT IN THE LATE 40S OR IN THE 50S, IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, I WONDER IF SOME OF THEM HAVE EVER BEEN TURNED OFF IN, YOU KNOW, 70 YEARS AND AND GOD KNOWS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND ALL THAT OTHER STUFF.

SO ANYTHING THAT WOULD ASSURE PEOPLE THAT IF IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, THAT'S OK.

WE'RE HAPPY TO COME OUT.

ALL THAT STUFF WOULD BE WOULD BE AWESOME, BUT OTHERWISE IT LOOKS GREAT.

AND I APPRECIATE YOU ALL'S WORK ON IT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

COUNCILMAN JUST TELL THEM, CALL 3210 AND WE'LL COME OUT AND TAKE A LOOK AT IT.

YEAH, THAT'S FINE.

OK.

YEAH.

BUT IF WE COULD GET SOME CHANGES TO THE LANGUAGE, I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT ANYTHING THAT REDUCES THEIR ANGST OF LIKE, OH MY GOD, I CAN'T, YOU KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, I DON'T HAVE I DIDN'T UNTIL A YEAR AGO OR TWO YEARS AGO.

I DIDN'T HAVE A HOUSE SHUT OFF VALVE, YOU KNOW, SO A PLUMBER CAME OUT AND HE'S LIKE, YOU DON'T HAVE A HOUSE SHUT OFF VALVE.

SO IT'S LIKE, OK, SO THOSE KIND OF VARIATIONS.

I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT IT'S OK.

THEY DON'T NEED TO PANIC IF THEY DON'T HAVE IT KIND OF THING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

HMM.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? GOOD EVENING, BOTH OF YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU THAT IF THESE OTHER CRITTERS CAME WITH THE KEY ON THE FISH ? MY LITTLE CREATURES? YES, YOUR LITTLE CREATURES.

YEAH, I'LL TELL YOU THREE OF THEM WOULD MAKE ME RUN AWAY, RIGHT? YOU KNOW, GARDEN AROUND THE METER, YOU KNOW, MY PET GUARD.

MY QUESTION FOR YOU WAS, WHAT'S THE COST OF THE KEY? THOSE KEYS ARE AROUND TEN DOLLARS PER KEY.

PER KEY? OK.

JUST A THOUGHT, WES, GIVE ME YOUR FEEDBACK ON IT.

WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT THIS, A WHILE BACK IN HISTORY.

AND SO OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO GET THE KEY AND THEN THEY HAVE TO GET THE CUT OFF WRENCH FROM A HARDWARE STORE, RIGHT? CORRECT.

OK.

I THINK THERE IS, AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK.

FOR SENIORS, SENIOR CITIZENS AGED 65 AND UP, WHO ARE HOMEOWNERS , I'D LIKE TO SEE US EXPLORE GIVING THEM THE KEY, BUT NOT CHARGING THEM FOR THE KEY IF

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THEY ARE THE HOMEOWNER.

THE KEY, WE'RE HANDING THE KEYS OUT.

YEAH, WE'RE NOT CHARGING.

NO? OK, I LOOK TO JUST WHEN I WAS REVIEWING THIS, THAT'S A QUESTION THAT POPPED TO MY MIND AND I FELT BACK IN HISTORY, WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THIS, THAT YOU HAD MENTIONED THAT THERE'D BE NO CAUSE, RIGHT, BUT LIKE I SAID, WE'VE HAD SOME ICE STORMS SINCE THEN.

OH YEAH.

AND I'VE STILL GOT SOME ICE IN MY HEAD.

SO BUT I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE STILL SO THERE'S NO COST FOR THE OK.

ALL RIGHT.

OK, OK.

WITH THAT, MAYOR, I'M GOOD.

VERY GOOD, SIR.

COUNCIL LADY MORRIS? THANK YOU, MAYOR, AND THANK YOU ALL FOR THE PRESENTATION AND FOR THE VIDEO.

I HAD SOME OF THE EXACT SAME CONCERNS THAT COUNCILMAN AUBIN HAD BECAUSE MANY OF THE HOMES IN MY DISTRICT, YEAH, THERE'S THERE'S NO SIDEWALK AND THE METER COULD BE ANYWHERE, JUST ANYWHERE.

SO I THINK I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO EDIT THE VIDEO TO PUT THE PHONE NUMBER AND SAY IF IF YOU CAN'T FIND YOUR METER, IF YOU CAN'T TURN IT, IF YOU, YOU KNOW, CALL THIS NUMBER JUST AS PART OF THAT SO THAT THEY CAN KNOW THAT.

AND MAYBE I SEE THAT'S IN FINE PRINT HERE.

BUT AGAIN, THE SAME COMMUNITY THAT HAS THE REALLY OLD HOUSES ARE UNLIKELY TO BE ABLE TO READ THIS WHO WITHOUT ASSISTANCE.

SO IT WOULDN'T HURT TO HAVE THAT MAYBE BE THE END SCREEN IF YOU COULD DO THAT.

AND JUST FOR REALITY, I WAS EXPECTING WHEN HE OPENED THE METER FOR HIM TO JUMP BACK AND SCREAM BECAUSE IT'D BE FIRE ANTS WOULD BURST OUT BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY IT IS AT MY HOUSE.

SO, YOU KNOW, AND YOU CAN'T EVEN SEE IT, YOU HAVE TO DIG AWAY THROUGH FIRE ANTS TO EVEN GET TO IT.

SO ANYWAY, JUST SOME THOUGHTS ON THAT.

AND I ALSO I WANTED TO COMMEND MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK FOR THINKING OF THE IDEA OF GIVING THESE METER KEYS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

I THINK THAT WAS A WISE THOUGHT, AND I'M GLAD WE'RE DOING THAT.

SO I APPRECIATE HIM HAVING THOUGHT OF THAT.

SO THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER VERA? THANK YOU.

WELL, HANG ON.

YOU PUNCHED OUT.

GO AHEAD.

NO, I'LL PUSH THE BUTTONS.

HOW ABOUT THAT? ALL RIGHT.

GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU, WES, FOR DOING A GREAT JOB.

FOR THE PEOPLE LOOKING ON TV WHO OWNS THE STRIP BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND THE CURB FOR THOSE THAT HAVE SIDEWALKS? WELL, THAT'S PART OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY YOU KNOW, BETWEEN AS FAR AS WE CAN GO IN THERE, IT'S LIKE A UTILITY EASEMENT TYPE, RIGHT? BUT IT'S THE HOMEOWNERS THAT GOT TO MOW THE GRASS RIGHT THERE.

RIGHT, RIGHT.

OK, I JUST WANTED TO BRING THAT UP BECAUSE I KNOW SOME OF THEM DON'T DO IT.

OK.

COUNCIL MEMBER BASS? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

WES, IS THAT VIDEO YOU SHOWED US? IS THAT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON THE CITY WEBSITE? YES, IT IS.

IT'S GARLAND WATER.GOV.

GARLAND WATER.

OK.

I TRIED TO FIND IT BY SEARCHING FROM THE CITY WEBSITE AND I COULDN'T FIND IT.

YEAH, IF YOU GO INTO THE CITY WEBSITE, WHICH IS GOING TO GARLAND WATER, IT SHOULD BE.

IT'S RIGHT THERE AT THE FRONT.

OK.

WE MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT THAT BECAUSE I SEARCHED FROM GARLANDTX.GOV AND IT'S NOT COMING UP AT ALL.

OK.

YEAH.

YEAH, WE CAN TAG THAT.

OK, YEAH, BECAUSE I HATE SUGGESTING PEOPLE TO GO SEARCH AND THEN IT'S NOT AVAILABLE, SO I APPRECIATE YOU LOOKING AT THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK? THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

I DON'T WANT TO GET TOO PICKY, BUT ONE THING ON HERE IT WOULD COUNCILMAN VERA BROUGHT UP IS THAT STRIP IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND THE STREET ON THE HANDOUT YOU GAVE US.

IT SAYS WITHIN YOUR PROPERTY LINE, I KNOW MY METER IS OUTSIDE MY PROPERTY LINE BECAUSE IT IS IN THAT LITTLE PARKWAY AREA BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND THE ROAD.

SO I MEAN, IF WE'RE I DON'T KNOW IF WE NEED TO MODIFY IT OR NOT, BUT AGAIN, ONE OF THOSE THINGS, IT MAY BE JUST OUTSIDE YOUR PROPERTY LINE AND PEOPLE IN THE VIDEO AND SAID, WALK AROUND YOUR PROPERTY AND WELL, YOU MAY NEVER FIND IT, IF YOU'RE LOOKING ONLY INSIDE YOUR PROPERTY.

SO YEAH, IT COULD IT.

IT'S POSSIBLE THAT YOU COULD HAVE TROUBLE FINDING IT.

BUT YOU KNOW, AGAIN, IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE FINDING THEY CAN ALWAYS CALL US, YOU

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KNOW, CALL US AT 3210.

GREAT JOB.

OTHERWISE THANK YOU.

VERY GOOD.

ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH.

NOW WE'LL MOVE US TO ITEM 4F, 2022 SCHEDULING OF COUNCIL MEETINGS.

[4F. 2022 Scheduling of Council Meetings ]

I DON'T THINK IT'S ANY OF THOSE.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR.

WELL, MAYOR AND COUNCIL, I WILL MOVE FORWARD.

I THINK YOU HAVE ACTUALLY IT MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT AND LET ME LOOK AGAIN.

I DON'T THINK IT'S.

BUT MAYBE THEY ADDED IT ON TO THE SERVER WHEN THEY.

YEAH, I DON'T.

IT'S NOT IN THERE.

WE I MEAN, WE HAVE IT IN OUR PACKETS.

BUT YES, AND WE HAVE ACCESS TO THE AGENDA.

SO.

SO MAYOR AND COUNCIL IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THE COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR NEXT YEAR.

AS COUNCIL KNOWS, BUT FOR OUR CITIZENS, OF COURSE, THE STANDARD REGULAR SESSION COUNCIL MEETINGS OF THE FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS OF EACH MONTH WITH THE WORK SESSION ON THE DAY BEFORE ON THAT MONDAY.

OF COURSE, AS COUNCIL KNOWS, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TYPICAL CONFLICTS THAT COME UP DUE TO CITY HOLIDAYS, NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AND LIKE.

SO WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR YOU IS WE'VE COMPILED A LIST OF DATES VERY SIMILAR TO THE CALENDAR FOR THIS YEAR.

THERE'S TWO DIFFERENT DOCUMENTS.

ONE OF THOSE IS A LIST OF ALL THE POTENTIAL DATES, THE PROPOSED DATES FOR YOU, IT HAS THEM LISTED OUT THIS WAY.

AND THEN, OF COURSE, WE PREPARED IN THE CALENDAR FORMAT TO TRY TO MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT EASIER FOR YOU TO SEE AS WELL.

THERE ARE MOST OF THE MONTHS DON'T HAVE ANY CHALLENGES FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE, AUGUST, NOVEMBER DON'T HAVE ANY CHALLENGES.

SO THE FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS AND THE MONDAY BEFORE SEEMED TO WORK.

THOSE ARE THE AREAS ON YOUR CHART THAT YOU HAVE THAT ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW.

THERE ARE SOME MONTHS JANUARY IN PARTICULAR.

MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY THE CITY HOLIDAY IS ON THE 17TH.

NORMALLY, THE COUNCIL MEETINGS WOULD BE ON THE 17TH AND 18TH AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE THIS CURRENT YEAR, AND I THINK THE PAST FEW YEARS IS WE HAVE MOVED THE DATES FOR JANUARY, SO WE WOULD BE MARCH 3RD AND 4TH AND THEN MARCH 10TH AND 11TH.

IT WOULD BE BACK TO BACK COUNCIL MEETINGS, BUT IT'S SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'VE DONE THIS YEAR.

SAME THING WITH JULY, JULY 4TH.

NEXT YEAR IS ON A MONDAY, WHICH WOULD, OBVIOUSLY, POTENTIALLY, WOULD CONFLICT WITH A WORK SESSION ON THAT ON THAT MONDAY.

SO THE SUGGESTION OR PROPOSED DATES ON ON JULY WOULD BE JULY 11TH AND 12TH, FOLLOWED BY JULY 18TH AND 19TH.

AGAIN, THAT MONTH, IT WOULD BE BACK TO BACK COUNCIL MEETINGS, AT LEAST FROM WEEK TO WEEK SEPTEMBER.

WE HAVE LABOR DAY ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH.

SO THE PROPOSED DATES WOULD BE SEPTEMBER 12TH AND 13TH AND SEPTEMBER 19TH AND 20TH OCTOBER.

IT'S NOT A HOLIDAY, BUT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS ON THAT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH.

SO THE PROPOSED DATES WOULD BE OCTOBER 10TH AND 11TH IN OCTOBER 17TH AND 18TH.

NORMALLY, COUNCIL, WE HAVE THE CHALLENGE WITH ELECTION DAY IN NOVEMBER, BUT NEXT YEAR IT ACTUALLY FALLS ON NOVEMBER 8TH.

SO THAT WILL NOT BE A CHALLENGE FOR US FOR THE SCHEDULED, REGULARLY SCHEDULED COUNCIL MEETING DATES.

THE ONLY OTHER THING IS IN DECEMBER, AS YOU CAN SEE HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW, YOU SEE CURRENTLY IS DECEMBER 5TH, 6TH AND DECEMBER 19TH 20TH.

WHAT I HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE FOR YOU THERE WOULD BE SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'RE DOING THIS YEAR.

THE SCHEDULE THIS YEAR, THE 19TH AND 20TH WORKS.

THERE'S NOT A HOLIDAY, BUT IT DOES FALL IN CHRISTMAS WEEK AND SOMETIMES IN THE PAST THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHALLENGES GETTING SOME FOLKS DURING THAT WEEK.

SO THE RECOMMENDATION FOR YOU BEFORE YOU IS DECEMBER 5TH, 6TH AND DECEMBER 12TH AND 13TH.

THAT'S ON THE AGAIN.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE OTHER PAGE THAT HAS EVERY DATE LISTED, THESE ARE THE PROPOSED DATES FOR YOU.

AND OF COURSE, COUNCIL, YOU'RE FREE TO MAKE ANY MODIFICATIONS YOU CHOOSE TO

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DO, BUT THIS IS BASED ON THIS YEAR'S CALENDAR, VERY SIMILAR TO IT AND GIVING YOU AN OPTION.

SO THAT'S WHAT'S BEFORE YOU TODAY.

AND OF COURSE, WE'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR MAKE ANY MODIFICATIONS.

IT'S TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO COME BACK TO YOU.

IF YOU APPROVE TONIGHT, COME BACK AT THE NEXT MEETING, WE WOULD BRING IT BACK WHATEVER THE FINAL VERSION WOULD BE ON THE 8TH NOVEMBER 8TH FOR YOUR APPROVAL, THEN ON THE TUESDAY THE 9TH.

OF COURSE, IF YOU NEED MORE TIME OR MORE DISCUSSION, WE CAN DO THAT AS WELL.

AND I'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

OK, HERE WE GO.

COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THIS ALL LOOKS GOOD AND I'LL BE GONE FOR MOST OF IT.

SO MAYBE I SHOULDN'T SAY ANYTHING WITH ANY LUCK.

I WON'T HAVE TO HOLD OVER.

BUT WITH RESPECT TO THE AUGUST SEPTEMBER GAP, THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE FIVE TUESDAYS IN AUGUST, THAT'S ACTUALLY A ONE MONTH GAP BETWEEN MEETINGS FOR WEEKS, WHICH IS PRETTY EXTENSIVE AND OFTEN RESULTS AND PRETTY PACKED AGENDAS, FOLLOWED BY PRETTY SPARSE AGENDAS.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF COUNCIL WANTS TO CONSIDER.

MAYBE, YOU KNOW, THE WAY WE USED TO HANDLE THESE WAS TO DO A COMBINED WORK SESSION IN COUNCIL MEETING, WHICH WASN'T ALWAYS EASY BUT COULD BE COULD BE MANAGEABLE.

AND SO I'D SUGGEST THAT MAYBE, YOU KNOW, KEEP THE REST OF THE SCHEDULE AS IT IS.

BUT FOR SEPTEMBER 6TH, DO A COMBINED WORK SESSION AND COUNCIL MEETING SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE A FOUR WEEK GAP.

WE HAVE A SOMEWHAT TYPICAL THREE WEEK GAP AS OPPOSED TO A FOUR WEEK.

A LOT OF STAFF HAS ANY OPINIONS ON THAT BASED ON WHAT WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST.

I KNOW IT.

IT'S PRETTY STRESSFUL ON STAFF AS WELL TO HAVE THE VERY LONG AGENDAS BECAUSE OR TO HAVE ISSUES PILE UP BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HAD WE'VE HAD GONE A MONTH WITHOUT MEETING.

YEAH, THANK YOU FOR POINTING, THAT ACTUALLY WAS ON MY LIST TO POINT OUT THAT IS THE ONE TIME THIS YEAR WE HAD SEVERAL, I THINK, THREE DIFFERENT TIMES THAT THERE WAS A THREE WEEK GAP.

BUT THIS NEXT YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE CALENDAR FALLS, THIS IS THE AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER IS THE BIG GAP.

I MEAN, WE CAN ABSOLUTELY DO IT.

WE'VE DONE IT.

IN YEARS PAST, MANY OF YOU HAVE EITHER EXPERIENCED IT OR SEEN IT IN THE PAST WHERE WE'VE DOUBLED UP ON A TUESDAY.

YOU START WITH THE WORK SESSION AND IT DOES MAKE FOR A LONG DAY.

IT WOULD BE A LONG DAY AFTER IT WOULD STILL BE A THREE WEEK GAP BETWEEN THOSE.

SO WE WOULD JUST HAVE TO MONITOR HOW MUCH WOULD GO ON THAT.

THERE IS ONE OTHER OPTION WHICH WE'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE, AND THAT IS WE COULD HAVE THE COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER THE 6TH WITH A WORK SESSION ON THE 7TH.

YEP.

BUT THAT SOUNDS, JUST SOUNDS TOO MUCH LIKE COMMON SENSE, JUST LIKE MAGIC.

BUT HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? THE THE ONLY I MEAN, IT'S RARE THAT COMES UP.

YOU ALL KNOW WE TRY TO COUNSEL KNOWS THAT WE TRY NOT TO DO AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE BACK TO BACK.

SO WE WOULD HAVE TO WATCH FOR IF THERE'S SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED IN A WORK SESSION.

OBVIOUSLY, WE WOULDN'T DO THAT ON THIS DATE.

WE COULD WATCH FOR THAT.

YEAH, BUT IT WOULD BE FORMAL ACTION ON TUESDAY, BUT STILL A DISCUSSION ON THE WEDNESDAY IN IT IS AN OPTION.

I WOULD PREFER THAT OVER THE DOUBLING UP, JUST IT WORKED A LONG TIME AGO WHEN AGENDAS WERE FAR SIMPLER.

BUT THE LAST YEAR THAT WE DID THAT, IT WAS ROUGH.

WE WERE HERE TILL VERY, VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO DO ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO AVOID DOUBLING UP.

SO JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION.

OK? IS THAT A YES ON THE? HANG ON, DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? OK, MAYOR, I'VE GOT A CRAZY SUGGESTION.

SO FOR AUGUST? WHAT ABOUT IF WE DID THREE COUNCIL MEETINGS IN AUGUST, THE THIRD ONE BEING ON THE 29TH AND 30TH? THEN THAT WOULD THAT WOULD GIVE US A NATURAL BREAK FOR THE LABOR DAY AND TAKE US BACK TO THE TO THE 12TH AND 13TH AND PRETTY MUCH PUT US BACK ON CYCLE THAT WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO DOUBLE UP.

WE'D HAVE MEETINGS ON 29TH AND 30TH AND THEN ON THE 12TH AND 13TH AND PERHAPS AND BUMP THAT LAST SEPTEMBER MEETING WOULD BE ON THE 26TH AND 27TH OF

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SEPTEMBER.

AND THEN OCTOBER WOULD BE AS AS IS PROPOSED BY MITCH AND PUT US BACK ON SCHEDULE.

THAT'S JUST AN IDEA.

ALL RIGHT.

ATTORNEY AND I'VE HAD A NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS ON THIS, SO I KNOW HE'S DOUBLE CHECKING AGAIN RIGHT NOW.

THE CHARTER IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT HAVING TWO COUNCIL MEETINGS A MONTH, AND NO, HE'S GOING TO DOUBLE CHECK ON THE ON THE THIRD ONE.

DOES THE CHARTER SAY WE CANNOT? GO AHEAD.

MR. ENGLAND, I THINK WE CAN.

SECTION EIGHT OF ARTICLE THREE SAYS THE COUNCIL SHALL PRESCRIBE BY ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION AT THE TIME FOR ITS REGULAR MEETINGS, AND THERE SHALL NOT BE LESS THAN TWO REGULAR MEETINGS IN EACH CALENDAR MONTH.

SO WE COULD LOOK SO WE COULD HAVE WE COULD HAVE THREE MEETINGS.

OK.

HANG ON.

OK.

OK, HOLD ON.

HOLD ON, HOLD ON.

THAT'S JUST MY SUGGESTION TO MAYOR.

OK.

AND THAT WOULD PUT IT WE'D BE BACK ON SCHEDULE IN OCTOBER WITH THAT CYCLE, AND WE WON'T HAVE WE'D AVOID THE ONE MONTH BREAK THAT EVERYBODY'S BEEN TALKING ABOUT.

THAT'S JUST THE CHARTER REQUIRES THAT WE HAVE TWO REGULAR MEETINGS IN EACH MONTH.

RIGHT.

SO YOU WOULD HAVE TO IN SEPTEMBER, WE'D HAD WE WE'D HAVE THREE IN AUGUST.

IT'S MIGHT IS THE THIRD ONE WOULD BE THE 29TH AND THE 30TH.

OK, THEN WE'D HAVE A SEPTEMBER WOULD BE THE 12TH AND 13TH AND THE 26TH AND 27TH, TWO MEETINGS IN SEPTEMBER.

SO YOU'RE ACTUALLY ADDING MEETINGS? OH, I GOT YOU.

I'M ADDING A THIRD MEETING FOR.

I DON'T.

YEAH, I DIDN'T CATCH THAT.

I DIDN'T.

I DIDN'T CATCH THAT.

SO.

SO THIS WOULD BE SO TO AVOID THE GAP, WE'RE ADDING A MEETING? YEAH, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT THEN.

OK.

ALL RIGHT, I'M DONE.

ALL RIGHT, COUNCIL MEMBER BASS? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

ACTUALLY WAS GOING TO MAKE THE SUGGESTION OF MOVING THAT SEPTEMBER MEETING UP TO AUGUST, BUT IT'S MOOT.

I DIDN'T KNOW WE HAD TO HAVE AT LEAST TWO MEETINGS, SO I DON'T WANT TO ADD AN EXTRA MEETING.

THE ONLY CONFLICTING DATA I NOTICED ON HERE FOR MY PERSONAL SCHEDULE IS HOW A MEETING ON HALLOWEEN.

IF ANYBODY HAS EVER LOOKED AT MY FACEBOOK, YOU CAN SEE THAT HALLOWEEN IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY AND IT'S A BIG NIGHT AT MY HOUSE.

AND SO THERE'S NOTHING THAT SAYS YOU CAN'T SHOW UP HERE IN COSTUME.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW, IF ANY, IF ANYBODY ELSE IS WILLING TO GO ALONG WITH ME, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THAT MOVE FROM OCTOBER 31ST, NOVEMBER 1ST TO NOVEMBER 1ST, NOVEMBER 2ND.

AND I'LL JUST LEAVE IT THERE.

WHAT IS ON NOVEMBER 8TH? THAT'S THE NOVEMBER 8TH, IS ELECTION DAY.

OK, YEAH, THAT WOULDN'T BE GOOD.

WELL, THAT'S THANKSGIVING WEEK.

I'M THE ONLY WAY THAT COULD WORK REALLY WOULD BE TO MOVE IT.

YEAH.

MOVE IT UP A DAY TO THE FIRST AND SECOND.

SO I'LL JUST LAY THAT OUT THERE.

AND IF ANYBODY ELSE WANTS TO AGREE WITH ME, THAT'S THAT'S FINE EITHER WAY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

ALL RIGHT.

HANG ON ONE SECOND.

ALL RIGHT, COUNCIL MEMBER VERA? HOW COME WE CAN'T HAVE A MEETING ON LIKE JANUARY THE 4TH AND 5TH IN JULY 5TH AND 6TH, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER SIX AND SEVEN AND FOUR AND FIVE.

IN THOSE DAYS.

SO YOU'RE SUGGESTING IS ON THE YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE CITY HOLIDAYS, THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE THERE.

EACH ONE OF THOSE, INSTEAD OF MOVING AT A WEEK, GO TO A TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY WHEN THERE'S A HOLIDAY MONDAY.

YEAH, OK.

IT'S THAT WOULD BE AS WE THE COUNCIL'S PLEASURE.

SO I TELL YOU WHAT, THAT'S A LOT EASIER THAN DOUBLING UP ON TWO WEEKS IN A ROW.

OK, RIGHT.

IS THAT IT? YES, SIR, THANK YOU.

SORRY, CATHERINE, MORE MOORE.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

I AGREE WITH COUNCIL MEMBER VERA.

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT JUST CHANGING IT JUST ABOUT TUESDAY, JUST GOING TO THE TUESDAY WHEN THESE SESSIONS ARE GOING TO BE THE EASIEST FOR ALL OF US WITHOUT HAVING TO DOUBLE UP OR WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE ANY MAJOR CHANGES.

SO I WOULD CERTAINLY BE AMENABLE TO GOING ALONG WITH THAT AT OUR SUGGESTION.

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THANK YOU.

OK.

COUNCIL LADY MORRIS? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

SO MAKING SURE I'M LOOKING AT THE CITY ATTORNEY, MAKING SURE I UNDERSTAND OUR CHARTER SAYS OUR WE HAVE TO HAVE OUR REGULAR SESSIONS ON TUESDAYS.

IS THAT CORRECT? IT DOES NOT.

NO.

WE HAVE A ACTUALLY AN ORDINANCE THAT SAYS THAT GENERALLY YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT ON THE FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH.

BUT IT ALSO HAS IN THEIR LANGUAGE THAT SAYS THAT SAYS THAT IF YOU'LL PASS AN ORDINANCE, IF YOU ALL ESTABLISH BY ORDINANCE, THEN YOU ALL CAN DO IT ON ANOTHER DAY BESIDES THE FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAY.

SO AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW AS YOU ALL ARE GOING TO PASS AN ORDINANCE JUST LIKE THE DAYS.

THERE'S NO PROBLEM WITH US MOVING THINGS FROM MONDAY, TUESDAY TO TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, JUST AT WILL? OTHER THAN SCRAMBLING DIFFERENT PEOPLE SCHEDULES.

SO GOOD.

OK, WELL, I JUST WANTED TO SAY I SYMPATHIZE WITH COUNCILMAN BASS AND WITH ANYBODY ELSE IN HERE, WITH KIDS, WITH HALLOWEEN, THAT IS A REALLY PRETTY TERRIBLE NIGHT FOR US TO COME UP HERE AND SPEND WHO KNOWS HOW LONG.

INSTEAD OF BEING WITH FAMILY.

SO I WOULD SUPPORT US DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MOVE THAT OFF OF HALLOWEEN.

AND IF THAT COMES TO MAKING IT NOVEMBER 1ST AND 2ND, SO BE IT.

I WOULD PERSONALLY SUPPORT THAT RATHER THAN KEEPING PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES.

SO THANKS.

COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

WELL, YOU CERTAINLY DON'T NEED TO GIVE FOLKS ANY ADDITIONAL INCENTIVE TO EGG YOUR HOUSE AND THE FACT THAT YOU WERE NOT HOME BECAUSE YOU'RE AT A COUNCIL MEETING.

MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE BECAUSE WE CAN ALTER THIS AS WE GO.

IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT I MEAN IS WE CAN SET A SCHEDULE TODAY.

AND AND MY THOUGHT HERE IS TO TAKE COUNCIL MEMBER VERA'S SUGGESTION AND GO AHEAD AND TRY THAT FOR THE JANUARY 18TH 19TH AND GO TO A TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY INSTEAD OF A MONDAY, TUESDAY.

AND THEN IF IT TURNS OUT THAT THAT IS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE AND FOLKS ARE MAD, YOU KNOW, MAYOR ATHIS IS PROBABLY SOMEWHERE CURSING US.

NOT THAT HE HASN'T BEEN ANYWAY, BUT HE WAS SOMEONE WHO WAS A VERY BIG PROPONENT OF MAKING SURE THAT WE MET ON THE DAYS THAT PEOPLE WERE USED TO US MEETING.

AND I TOTALLY RESPECT AND UNDERSTAND THAT IS THAT WE DO HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO EXPECT US TO BE HERE ON THIS PARTICULAR MONDAY AND THIS PARTICULAR TUESDAY.

BY THE SAME TOKEN, I'VE GOT NO COMPLAINTS THAT WE'VE SHIFTED WEEKS, YOU KNOW, SO WE'RE MEETING SECOND THIRD.

SO I DON'T KNOW THERE BE A BIG DEAL, BUT I THINK IF WE KIND OF WORK THAT PLAN TO GO TO TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, MEETINGS ON ON SOME OF THESE WEEKS AND THEN SEE, I'D BE A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT FIRMLY COMMITTING TO THAT BECAUSE WHAT IF FOR SOME REASON WE HAVEN'T FORESEEN IT IS A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE FOR STAFF, FOR US, FOR WHOEVER? I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, IF I WERE ON COUNCIL, IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR ME BECAUSE OF MY CHILD CARE SCHEDULE, WHICH I'VE ADAPTED OVER THE YEARS TO BE THAT I HAVE MONDAY AND TUESDAY WITHOUT MY KIDS.

BUT I WON'T BE HERE FOR MUCH LONGER.

SO MY THOUGHT IS GO AHEAD AND MAKE THAT MODIFICATION OF THE SCHEDULE.

AND IF AFTER WE TRY IT IN JANUARY, IT'S TERRIBLE.

THEN YOU CAN MODIFY THE REST OF THE SCHEDULE BACK OR IN SOME OTHER WAY.

THANKS, MAYOR.

VERY GOOD.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? MAYOR, I'M GOOD WITH COUNCILMAN VERA'S SUGGESTION AND COUNCILMAN AUBIN'S.

I THINK WE COULD DO IT AS A TRIAL RUN FOR JANUARY AND MAYBE FEBRUARY.

AND I'M GOOD WITH THAT.

BUT GOING BACK IN HISTORY, THERE WAS A REASON.

I THINK FIRST TIME I CAME TO CITY HALL, THERE'S A REASON THAT GARLAND CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS WERE NOT HELD ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AND I JUST A LITTLE CITY CHANGED.

THERE WAS A REASON.

SO, YOU KNOW, I'M GOOD WITH DOING THIS AS A TRIAL MAYOR.

BUT RECALLING THAT HISTORY AND SOME UP HERE RECALL THAT HISTORY.

WE WANT TO BE SENSITIVE, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, OF NOT MAKING IT APPEAR THAT WE'RE GOING TO PERMANENTLY GO TO WEDNESDAY'S JUST I DON'T MIND THE TRIAL, BUT LET'S AND AS COUNCILMAN, AUBIN SAID, YOU KNOW, DO IT FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, SEE HOW IT GOES AND THEN DIDN'T DO SOMETHING ELSE.

BUT I JUST WANT TO THROW IT.

I JUST WANT TO THROW OUT THAT HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE BECAUSE IT'S VERY SENSITIVE IN THIS CITY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANKS, SIR.

ALL RIGHT.

I THINK WE'VE CLEARED THE QUEUE ON THIS ITEM.

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SO I THINK WHAT I'M HEARING IS WE'LL GO WITH WHAT WE'LL CALL THE VERA OPTION.

AND THAT WAY WE CAN SEE IF IT WORKS.

AND THEN IF IT DOESN'T WORK, WE IMMEDIATELY KNOW WHO TO BLAME.

SO I THINK THAT THAT WORKS OUT WELL.

COUNCIL MEMBER BASS? I THINK I'D LIKE FOR US TO GO AHEAD AND SET A DATE TO REVIEW THAT AFTER JANUARY BEFORE JULY.

SO WHEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT WHETHER IT WORKED IN JANUARY OR NOT? WELL, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE NEED TO SET A DATE TO REVIEW IT.

I THINK WE'LL KNOW.

I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW THAT.

I'M NOT SURE WHAT WOULD WE BE REVIEWING? OK.

WELL, I MEAN, WE'LL WE'LL KIND OF KNOW HOW THINGS GO BY THE END.

SO, OK.

AND IF WE SEE, MY GUESS IS WE WON'T NOTICE ANYTHING, IT WILL JUST BE A DAY OF THE WEEK, YOU KNOW? SO THAT'S JUST MY GUESS.

BUT IF WE GET TO THAT POINT AND WE NEED TO BRING THINGS TO A SCREECHING HALT, THEN WE CAN STEP IN.

BUT I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO PRE-SET A REVIEW FOR IT.

OK, OK.

I MEAN, WE HAVE THE ABILITY AT ANY TIME, SO.

OK, THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER VERA? WELL, WE'RE NOT MAKING IT MANDATORY ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT BECAUSE LAST SEPTEMBER.

I MEAN, WHEN WE DID DOUBLE UP, IT WAS HARD, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE WORKING.

WE ONLY HAD THREE DAYS OFF AND THEN WE HAD TO BE BACK HERE.

SO IT WAS PRETTY TOUGH.

WHEN YOU'RE SELF-EMPLOYED, OK? YOU KNOW, THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

OK.

ALL RIGHT.

SO YES, SIR, IF I CAN SUMMARIZE TO MAKE SURE WE'RE ON THE SAME PAGE.

SO I THINK WHAT I'M HEARING IS FOR JANUARY NOW, IT WOULD BE THE THIRD FOURTH AS USUAL.

BUT INSTEAD OF THE 10TH ELEVENTH, WE WOULD MOVE TO TUESDAY, THE 18TH AND WEDNESDAY THE 19TH BECAUSE THAT MONDAY IS A HOLIDAY ON JULY INSTEAD OF THE 11TH 12TH AND WE GOT JULY 4TH AS THE CITY HOLIDAY.

SO THE MEETINGS WOULD MOVE TO THE FIFTH AND THE SIXTH TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER, LABOR DAY.

SAME THING.

THE MEETINGS WOULD GO TO TUESDAY WINS THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH INSTEAD OF THE 12TH AND 13TH I HEARD FOR NOVEMBER.

IT'S NOVEMBER 1ST, BUT TO AVOID HALLOWEEN THAT MOVE THAT WEEK, THE MEETINGS WOULD BE TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST AND 2ND.

SO TWO QUESTIONS I HAVE DECEMBER.

DO YOU WANT TO STILL, SINCE YOU STILL HAVE THE DECEMBER 5TH AND 6TH, I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY CONFLICTS.

THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU STAY 12TH, 13TH OR DO YOU DO 19TH, 20TH? THE WEEK OF IT'S A FEW DAYS FOR BUT THE WEEK OF CHRISTMAS, SO.

AND THEN ONE OTHER QUESTION I HAVE FOR YOU IS THE TUESDAY.

WEDNESDAY DOESN'T NECESSARILY WORK FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, WHICH IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH.

SO I GUESS AN OPTION WOULD BE MONDAY WEDNESDAY TO AVOID THAT.

OR YOU IN THEORY, YOU COULD GO WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY IF YOU DIDN'T WANT TO SPLIT THEM, BUT IT MAKES IT CHALLENGING WITH THE THE CONFLICT DATE.

IS THAT TUESDAY.

SO WE'LL NEED SOME CLARIFICATION ON NATIONAL NIGHT OF THE OCTOBER AND THEN DECEMBER WHAT WE COUNCIL'S PREFERENCE ON THOSE TWO MONTHS.

OK.

HANG ON A SECOND.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? YEAH, MAYOR, IT WAS NOT MY UNDERSTANDING, PER COUNCILMAN VERA SUGGESTION THAT WE WERE GOING TO DO THE TUESDAY WEDNESDAY FOR SHORT TERM AND THEN TAKE A LOOK AT IT AT SOME POINT.

AND NOT THAT EXTENDED THROUGH THE ENTIRE 12 MONTH CALENDAR MATCH THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO GO AND TO SHIFT INTO WEDNESDAYS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER AT THIS POINT.

THAT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING NOW THAT WE WOULD DO THAT EARLY ON IN THIS PROCESS AND THEN THEN COME BACK AND TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT IT.

WELL, I THINK WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS GOING AHEAD AND SETTING THE DATES.

AND THEN IF WE IF IT DOESN'T WORK WELL IN JANUARY OF THEN COMING BACK AND BUT GOING AHEAD AND.

SETTING EVERYTHING IN MOTION FOR THOSE DATES, BUT STILL DO THE ASSESSMENT OF THE JANUARY, IF THERE'S IF THERE'S ANY ASSESSMENT TO BE HAD, YES.

YEAH.

OK.

OK, SO IF COUNCIL PASSED THE ORDINANCE WITH WHATEVER THE DATES BE AT SOME POINT DURING THE YEAR, IF YOU DECIDE TO CHANGE THEM, YOU CAN AND YOU CAN CHANGE THE ORDINANCE TO REFLECT WHATEVER NEEDS TO OCCUR.

A MOTION, YOU HAVE.

OK.

OK.

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COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH, SORRY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I'D LIKE TO SEE US GO AHEAD AND KEEP THE WEEK OFFSET FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT ISSUE, AND IN DECEMBER, STEPH WOULD HAVE BEEN PUTTING UP WITH US FOR FORTY NINE WEEKS IN A ROW.

GIVE THEM THEIR WINTER VACATION.

SO LET'S DO COUNCIL MEETINGS TWO WEEKS IN A ROW AND GIVE EVERYBODY THAT BLOCK A TIME TO REST AND RECHARGE THE BATTERIES.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

YEAH, I SEE HEADS NODDING IN THAT DIRECTION.

SO.

SO BACK.

I DON'T HAVE A CALENDAR FOR IT.

SO WHAT ARE WE DOING? THE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT WEEK? SO WE'RE SKIPPING IT.

OK.

AND I THINK THE PROPOSAL WAS KEEP IT WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY DISCUSSED, THE MEETINGS THAT MONTH WOULD BE THE 10TH 11TH MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THEN THE 17TH 18TH MONTH.

OK.

YES.

AND THEN DECEMBER.

IT WOULD BE STILL DECEMBER 5TH, 6TH AND DECEMBER 12TH 13TH BACK TO BACK IN THOSE TWO MONTHS ONLY.

I SEE I SEE THUMBS UPS AND HEADS NODDING.

SO YES.

SO LET'S BRING THAT FORWARD.

WE'LL COME BACK TO THAT FOR FORMAL ADOPTION AT OUR NEXT MEETING AND WE'LL HAVE FOR THE MONDAY NIGHT.

WE'LL HAVE IT FOR YOU AS A WRITTEN BRIEFING JUST TO SHOW YOU JUST TO SUMMARIZE TO MAKE SURE WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE.

AND THEN TUESDAY WILL BE THE FORMAL APPROVAL.

VERY GOOD.

VERY GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S LET'S TAKE A QUICK RECESS.

WE'VE BEEN AT THIS FOR A LITTLE BIT.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A 10 MINUTE RECESS.

LET'S HAVE EVERYBODY BACK AT 7:55, PLEASE.

VERY GOOD.

WE ARE COMING BACK FROM RECESS AT THE OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 WORK SESSION FOR THE GARLAND CITY COUNCIL.

WE ARE AT ITEM 4G, AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT PROJECT LIST AND FUNDING DISCUSSION.

[4G. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Project List and Funding Discussion - Final Direction from Council]

FINAL DIRECTION FROM COUNCIL.

WE ARE WE HAVE DISCUSSED THIS OVER A SERIES OF MEETINGS AND THIS WILL BE UP FOR FORMAL CONSIDERATION AT OUR MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT.

MR. WATSON? YES, SIR, THANK YOU, MAYOR CITY COUNCIL.

AS THE MAYOR SAID, WE HAVE A RESOLUTION DRAFT RESOLUTION BASED ON THE DISCUSSIONS WE HAD AT THE LAST SPECIAL MEETING ON OCTOBER 9TH.

SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW.

AND WE'RE HERE JUST TO GET THE FINAL BLESSING ON THAT.

BEFORE I BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT, WE'VE STILL HAD SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY REGARDING ELIGIBLE USES AND ALSO OUR REVENUE LOSS CATEGORY AND THE OTHER CATEGORY.

SO I'M GOING TO BRIEFLY GO OVER THOSE ONE MORE TIME JUST FOR THE COMMUNITY TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE ARPA FUNDS WORK.

TO START AN ELIGIBLE USES, THESE ARE THESE AND ELIGIBLE USERS ARE INELIGIBLE NO MATTER WHAT CATEGORY YOU'RE TRYING TO PUT THE FUNDS INTO.

THE FIRST IS THE REDUCTION IN TAX REVENUE.

WHAT THEY'RE REALLY MEANING BY THAT IS LOWERING THE TAX RATE.

THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO DEPOSIT INTO THE PENSION ANY SORT OF PENSION FUND.

THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO USE IT AS THE NONFEDERAL MATCH TO A FEDERAL MATCH PROGRAM.

THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO FUND YOUR DEBT SERVICE, ANY LEGAL SETTLEMENTS, AND A BIG ONE IS TO PLACE IT IN A RAINY DAY FUND.

THEY WANT YOU TO UTILIZE THE FUNDS TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY.

AND THE FINAL ONE IS GENERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT USE UNDER LIMITING FACTORS.

THE FIRST ONE IS THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE THESE FUNDS OBLIGATED, MEANING CONTRACTS IN PLACE ON THE PROJECT BY 2024, BY THE END OF 2024 AND WE HAVE TO HAVE THE FUNDS ACTUALLY SPENT IT BY 2026.

AND ANOTHER BIG POINT IS ARPA FUNDS ARE ONE TIME MONIES.

THEREFORE, WE ARE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO GET AN ALLOCATION YEAR OVER YEAR OVER YEAR.

FOR THIS, WE HAVE TO 2026 TO SPEND OUR FIFTY THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.

BUT ONE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THIS IS A ONE TIME FUNDING SOURCE.

SO IT KIND OF LENDS ITSELF TOWARDS CAPITAL PROJECTS THAT ARE ONE TIME EXPENDITURES THAT DON'T HAVE REOCCURRING COSTS LIKE SALARIES OR BENEFITS TO DO LONG TERM PROJECTS SUCH AS FOR YOUR PARKS, DEPARTMENT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, FOR FACILITIES.

AND THE FINAL LIMITING FACTOR IS THERE ARE FIVE ELIGIBLE USE CATEGORIES.

THE FIVE ELIGIBLE USED CATEGORIES ARE LISTED BELOW.

WE'VE MOSTLY TALKED ABOUT THE LOSS OF PUBLIC SECTOR REVENUE, AND I'LL GO OVER WHY WE MOSTLY TALKING ABOUT THAT AS MOST OF OUR PROJECTS ARE FITTING WITHIN THAT CATEGORY.

THE CALCULATION IS BASED ON A TREASURY FORMULA THAT WAS PROVIDED TO US THAT BASICALLY LOOKS AT ALL YOUR GENERAL REVENUE AND THIS IS THE CENSUS BUREAU'S DEFINITION OF GENERAL REVENUE.

THIS IS THE GENERAL FUND.

THE EASIEST WAY TO THINK OF THIS IS IT'S ALL YOUR REVENUE UNLESS YOUR UTILITIES AND ANY PROCEEDS YOU RECEIVED FROM THE ISSUANCE OF DEBT.

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AND WHAT YOU DO IS YOU TAKE YOUR REVENUE FROM WHAT THEY CALL THE BASE YEAR, WHICH FOR US IS 2019.

THAT IS YOUR PRE COVID 19 FISCAL YEAR AND YOU DETERMINE YOUR REVENUE.

FOR US, IT WAS 283.6SIX MILLION.

THEN THEY WANT YOU TO APPLY A GROWTH FACTOR INTO THE FUTURE BASED ON EITHER YOUR PAST GROWTH, WHICH IS THE THREE YEAR HISTORY OF WHAT YOUR GROWTH HAS BEEN IN YOUR REVENUE OR A NATIONAL 4.1 AVERAGE.

FOR US, IT'S FIVE POINT FOUR PERCENT AND THEN YOU'RE ABLE TO ADJUST THAT UP OR PRORATED UP JUST A LITTLE BIT TO GET TO SIX POINT EIGHT IN THAT FIRST YEAR BECAUSE WE HAVE 15 MONTHS, BECAUSE OUR CALENDAR YEAR, THEY WANT THE CALCULATION TO BE BASED ON A CALENDAR YEAR IN OUR FISCAL YEAR ENDS IN OCTOBER, SO WE GET AN EXTRA THREE MONTHS OF CUSHION IN THAT FIRST YEAR.

THEN YOU DEDUCT YOUR ACTUAL REVENUE FROM THE YEAR THAT YOU'RE CALCULATING ON.

FOR THIS, THIS IS 2020.

IT WAS 294.4 MILLION AND THEN YOU GET YOUR REVENUE LOSS.

SO FOR THE YEAR 2020, WE HAD SEVEN AND A HALF MILLION.

BASED ON OUR CALCULATIONS, WE FEEL THAT WE ARE PRETTY COMFORTABLE WITH DETERMINING THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE REVENUE LOSS IN EACH YEAR.

OF COURSE, THESE ARE PROJECTIONS, AND I'LL WARN COUNCIL THAT THESE ARE PROJECTIONS.

BUT OF COURSE, IF WE DO MISS THESE, IT'S KIND OF GOOD TO MISS REVENUE LOSS CALCULATION.

THAT MEANS WE'VE WE'VE BROUGHT IN MORE REVENUE.

SO YOU CAN SEE OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS WE'RE ANTICIPATING TO BRING IN ALL FIFTY THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO BE APPLIED TOWARDS THE PROJECTS THAT COUNCIL HAS DELIBERATED OVER THE LAST TWO OR THREE SESSIONS.

SO TO END IT IN THE RESOLUTION THAT IS IN THE PACKET FOR TOMORROW.

THESE ARE THE PROJECTS THAT ARE LISTED AND WE'RE JUST HERE TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY ADJUSTMENTS OR CHANGES THAT WOULD LIKE TO BE MADE TO THAT RESOLUTION THAT IS GOING TO BE VOTED ON TOMORROW.

VERY GOOD.

ANY QUESTIONS OR AMENDMENTS FOR TOMORROW NIGHT'S ACTION? I'M SEEING NONE, SIR.

PERFECT.

OH, HANG ON.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? THANK YOU, MATT, AND YOUR TEAM FOR SIR FOR TONIGHT AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE.

AND IT'S JUST FOR CLARITY.

ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE USE OF THESE FUNDS AS RELATES TO SALARIES AND BENEFITS? CAN YOU GO WITH IT? WELL, IT'S NOT THAT THE ARPA IS STRICTLY LIMITING YOU TO NOT UTILIZING IT ON SALARIES.

THE LIMITATION THAT IS THERE IS MORE OF JUST A LIMITING FACTOR TO BASED ON THE FACT THAT THESE FUNDS ARE ONLY GOING TO BE ONE TIME RIGHT.

WE RECEIVE FIFTY THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.

WE HAVE TO SPEND ABOUT 2026.

BUT SALARIES ARE TYPICALLY REOCCURRING AND HOPEFULLY WOULD GO BEYOND, ESPECIALLY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE POSITION BEYOND THE 2026.

SO IT'S MORE OF A LIMITING FACTOR RATHER THAN A STRICT NO ON THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FROM ARPA.

OK, THANK YOU, MATT, FOR THAT CLARIFICATION.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, SIR.

I BELIEVE WE'VE CLEARED THE QUEUE.

THANK YOU, SIR.

AND THAT WILL MOVE US TO ITEM 4H, USE OF VIDEO TECHNOLOGY FOR

[4H. Use of Video Technology for Remote Attendance by Council Members]

REMOTE ATTENDANCE BY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MITCH, I'M GUESSING YOU HAVE THE LEAD ON THIS ONE? YES, SIR.

SO MAYOR AND COUNCIL HAS REQUESTED OUR PMR, PUBLIC AND MEDIA RELATIONS, TEAM HAS WORKED WITH CITY IT, THE VENDOR AND MANY OTHERS TO WORK ON THE CAPABILITIES OF HAVING CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS, THE WORK SESSIONS AND THE REGULAR SESSIONS, BOTH A COMBINED IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM.

WE HAVE TESTED THAT, IT IS WORKING.

SO WE WILL BE PREPARED IF COUNCIL WISHES TO DO SO TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT AT FUTURE COUNCIL MEETINGS AND AND IN JUST A MINUTE HERE, I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH AND DESCRIBE WHAT THAT WOULD BE AND SOME OF THE POLICY DECISIONS THAT WOULD BE BEFORE COUNCIL.

SO.

IF WE GO THROUGH WHEN YOU HAVE WELL, FIRST OF ALL, LET ME CLARIFY THAT FOR CITIZENS, THERE'LL BE NO CHANGE.

CITIZENS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO JOIN EITHER IN PERSON, OF COURSE, OR BY ZOOM, SO IT WON'T BE ANY CHANGE FOR THE CITIZENS.

BUT IF THERE IS A NEED FOR A COUNCIL MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE BY ZOOM, WE CAN DO THAT.

IF YOU'LL NOTICE THE MONITORS THAT ARE IN FRONT OF YOU HERE FOR THE COUNCIL THAT WOULD BE SITTING HERE IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON THE HORSESHOE, YOU WOULD SEE THE COUNCIL MEMBER SPEAKING ON ZOOM AT THESE MONITORS HERE, SO YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE WHOEVER WAS SPEAKING.

AND THAT'S PART OF THE REQUIREMENTS THAT YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE, OBVIOUSLY TO COMMUNICATE.

YOU WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE ABLE TO HEAR THEM AS WELL.

SO THE SPEAKER, IF YOU'RE DOING THIS FROM HOME AND FOR THIS UP HERE AND THEN OUR CREW IN THE BACK, EITHER DAN OR NICK OR SOMEONE ELSE FILLING IN FOR THEM WOULD BE ABLE TO SHUFFLE THESE AROUND ON THESE MONITORS.

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SO YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE AND HEAR THE COUNCIL MEMBER SPEAKING FROM HOME.

FOR THE CITIZENS OR ANY STAFF OR ANYONE ELSE THAT WOULD BE SITTING OUT HERE IF YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT TWO MONITORS BEHIND YOU.

THERE'S TWO ADDITIONAL MONITORS ON THESE POSTS BACK HERE.

SO WHAT WE HAVE SET UP ON, IN PARTICULAR, ON A TUESDAY NIGHT, TWO OF THE MONITORS WOULD HAVE THE COUNCIL AGENDA THAT EACH OF YOU THAT YOU WOULD BE VOTING ON AND THEN THE OTHER TWO MONITORS WOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE WHICHEVER COUNCIL MEMBER WAS SPEAKING REMOTELY.

SO WE CAN ALTERNATE THAT AND SET UP ANY FASHION.

BUT WE'VE GOT SET UP RIGHT NOW IS THEY'D BE ABLE TO SEE IT ON THESE MONITORS HERE.

SOME CHALLENGES FOR YOU TO WORK THROUGH VOTING IF YOU HAVE COUNCIL MEMBERS HERE IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS AT HOME AFTER DISCUSSION WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

WE RECOMMEND DOING THE SAME TYPE OF VOTING.

OBVIOUSLY, WE WOULDN'T HAVE PUSH BUTTON VOTING AT YOUR HOUSES, SO IT WOULD BE A MANUAL SYSTEM.

WHETHER YOU USE THE RED GREEN CARDS, YES, NO OR THUMBS UP, SOME TYPE OF SYSTEM LIKE THAT TO BE CONSISTENT AMONG THE VOTING.

IT APPEARS, I THINK OUR VENDOR AND OUR TEAM HAS RESOLVED SOME OF THE REQUESTS TO SPEAK CHALLENGES THAT YOU'VE EXPERIENCED WITH THE NEW SYSTEM.

SO THAT WOULD STILL WORK.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL FOR THOSE IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, BUT FOR ANY COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT WERE ON ZOOM, YOU COULD STILL USE THE RAISE YOUR HAND FUNCTION ON ZOOM.

BUT REMEMBER THAT KARMA POTTER WOULD BE OUR ZOOM HOST.

IT WON'T BE THE MAYOR, SO THE MAYOR WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE THAT.

I MEAN, YOU WOULD IT WOULD BE UP ON THE MONITOR UP THERE, BUT I KNOW THE MAYOR WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE IT.

SO THERE'S ONE OF TWO THINGS YOU COULD DO THAT I CAN THINK OF.

KARMA WOULD BE ABLE TO VERBALLY AT SOME POINT INTERRUPT THE MAYOR OR LET THE MAYOR KNOW VERBALLY.

ONE, ONE OR TWO OR THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE REQUESTING TO GET INTO THE QUEUE.

THEY COULD ALSO RAISE THEIR HAND PHYSICALLY TO WAY FOR THE MAYOR TO SEE UP ON THE MONITOR.

SO SOME VERSION OF THAT, MR. MAYOR, AND THEN YOU WOULD JUST HAVE TO BE ABLE TO WORK IN HOW DO THEY GET INTO THE QUEUE? SO DEFINITELY WORKABLE.

BUT JUST KNOW THAT FOR THOSE THAT ARE ON ZOOM, IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A CHALLENGE, BUT ONE OF THOSE TWO PROCESSES.

MR. BRADFORD, YOU HAVE? MITCH, LAST TIME WE TALKED ON THIS, NOT ONLY THE COUNCIL MEMBER WHO IS PARTICIPATING BY ZOOM WOULD NEED TO USE THE PADDLES, SO TO SPEAK, BUT ALSO THE COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT.

IS THAT STILL CORRECT? YES, SIR.

AND THAT'S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO CLARIFY EARLIER.

BUT LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, SO JUST SO FAR THAT CONSISTENCY FOR THE VOTING, IT WOULD EITHER BE THE PADDLES THOSE IN PERSON HERE AND THOSE ON ZOOM, YOU KNOW, OR IF YOU CHOSE TO USE ANOTHER METHOD, MAYOR OR COUNCIL, WHATEVER THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN, WHATEVER YOU CHOSE TO YOU.

BUT THAT MANUAL SYSTEM WOULD BE BEST.

AFTER OUR DISCUSSIONS ON IT, SO YOU HAVE ONE CONSISTENT VOTING METHOD, NOT A RECORD THAT WOULD HAVE A FEW PUNCH IN HERE AND THEN OTHERS SEPARATELY THAT WERE ON ZOOM.

AT LEAST THAT'S OUR RECOMMENDATION.

SO THERE WOULD BE A NUMBER OF POLICY DECISIONS FOR COUNCIL TO RESOLVE.

I BELIEVE THE MAYOR HAS SET FORTH SOME INITIAL ONES IF COUNCIL IS WILLING TO MOVE FORWARD AND READY TO MOVE FORWARD AT THE AT THE NEXT MEETING.

IT WOULD BE INITIALLY A QUORUM PRESENT IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, AT LEAST A QUORUM PRESENT.

IF YOU REMEMBER ONE OF THE DISCUSSIONS CITY ATTORNEY HAD WITH COUNCIL PREVIOUSLY, SINCE WE'RE IN THREE SEPARATE COUNTIES, IT ONLY REQUIRES THE HEAD OF THE OF THE OF THE THE BOARD OR COMMISSION IN THIS CASE, COUNCIL, WHICH WOULD BE THE MAYOR.

BUT THAT'S SOMETHING FOR COUNCIL TO DECIDE FROM A POLICY STANDPOINT.

BUT INITIALLY, IT WOULD BE AT LEAST A QUORUM PRESENT IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND ONLY IF A COUNCIL MEMBER WAS EITHER SICK OR OUT OF TOWN OR OF CASE.

OF COURSE, IN THE CASE OF A DISASTER THAT HAD OCCURRED, HOPEFULLY NO MORE DISASTERS FOR OUR CITY.

BUT IF THAT OCCURRED AS WELL, AND THOSE WOULD BE TEMPORARY.

MAYOR, I'M ASSUMING THIS THOSE POLICY ISSUES WOULD POTENTIALLY GO TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION AND THEN COME BACK TO THE FULL COUNCIL FOR DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF WHAT THOSE PARAMETERS WOULD BE ABOUT.

YOU KNOW HOW OFTEN, WHEN, HOW MANY ALL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.

SO THERE'S THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON DOWN ON THAT END.

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I DON'T KNOW.

I'M NOT GETTING INVOLVED.

LET'S JUST FOCUS ON US AS THE FORMER STAFF MEMBER TO THE STAFF LIAISON TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE, I'M SORRY, SO I KNOW HOW BUSY IT IS, BUT THEY DO SUCH GOOD WORK.

YOU KNOW, MAYOR, OF COURSE, WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE POLICY ISSUES, THE CITY ATTORNEY AND HIS TEAM WILL BE THERE.

THERE ARE SOME ISSUES WITH THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT THAT WE COULD DISCUSS IN DETAIL AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL AND THEN BACK AT THE FULL COUNCIL WANTS TO GET THERE.

I MEAN, YOU CAN OBVIOUSLY DISCUSS THAT TONIGHT IF YOU WISH, BUT WE'LL BE HAPPY TO DO THAT, THE COMMITTEE AND THEN THE FULL COUNCIL LEVEL.

BUT BUT THE ESSENCE OF THOSE WE'VE ALREADY HIT NOW.

SO IN SHORT, WE HAVE WE DO BELIEVE WE HAVE IT READY TO WORK.

WE'VE GOT MULTIPLE THINGS GOING, CITIZENS ON ZOOM OR IN PERSON.

OF COURSE THEY CAN COME UP HERE.

AS ALWAYS, OUR STAFF MEMBERS WILL BE HERE IN PERSON.

OUR CURRENT PLAN IS TO HAVE THE PRESENTER STILL IN PERSON WITH SOME OF THE CHALLENGES PRESENTING THAT KIND OF THING, AND THEN COUNCIL WOULD HAVE THAT OPTION, BOTH IN-PERSON AND REMOTE OR ZOOM.

OK? AND I GUESS THAT MEANS THAT ALL YOUR PRESENTATION.

YES, SIR.

I WON'T INTERRUPT YOU.

I GUESS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I'VE HAD, I KNOW THAT THE CITY SECRETARY AND I HAD HAD THIS DISCUSSION AND MAYBE MR. BRADFORD.

I CAN'T REMEMBER NOW ON US CONTINUING TO OFFER ZOOM AS AN OPTION NOW.

SO DO WE HAVE TO? YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN OFFERING ZOOM AS AN OPTION SINCE WE STARTED MEETING BACK IN PERSON, I THINK WE'VE HAD TWO PEOPLE.

SO IF WE WERE IN A SITUATION WHERE I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, DO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO OFFER ZOOM AS AN OPTION? MY UNDERSTANDING IS IT'S NOT A REQUIREMENT.

NO, SIR.

OK.

OK.

BUT WHAT YOU'D SAID EARLIER IS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ZOOM IF A COUNCIL MEMBER FOR A COUNCIL MEMBER.

BUT IF WE DO, IF WE HAVE A MEETING WHERE A COUNCIL MEMBER IS ABLE TO COME IN BY ZOOM.

DOES THAT RESTRICT US FROM CITIZENS AND OR APPLICANTS AS WELL? THERE'S NO REQUIREMENT THAT WE OFFER PUBLIC COMMENT THROUGH ZOOM.

WE JUST HAVE TO HAVE THE AVAILABILITY OF PUBLIC COMMENT HERE AT WHEREVER THE PRESIDING OFFICER IS LOCATED.

OK, OK.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IF WE OFFER IT FOR A COUNCIL MEMBER, DOES THAT OPEN IT TO EVERYONE? AND SO ESSENTIALLY FOR EVERY MEETING FROM NOW ON, WHETHER WE'RE ALL IN PERSON OR NOT, WE STILL HAVE TO HAVE A ZOOM OPTION AVAILABLE BECAUSE I KNOW IT TAKES UP A STAFF MEMBER'S TIME.

AND, YOU KNOW, AND SO IF WE'RE NOT, YOU KNOW, IF WE'RE NOT GETTING ANYBODY CALLING IN ON ZOOM, I MEAN, AT THIS POINT, COUNCIL, I'M KIND OF INCLINED TO STOP THE ZOOM AVAILABILITY.

I DON'T KNOW, I'M NOT SURE HOW TO, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE IT'S JUST NOT BEING USED.

SO IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE CUTTING ANYBODY OFF.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY HAS ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT, BUT IT HASN'T BEEN USED A LOT.

SO AND THAT'S JUST MY THOUGHTS.

COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH? IF YOU'D LIKE, WE CAN TAKE THAT INTO THE AOC DISCUSSION AND BRING A COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION OUT FOR YOU.

I THINK THAT'S I THINK THAT'S GOOD.

MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK? THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

JUST ONE OTHER ITEM LIKE TO SEE IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DISCUSSION ALSO IS IF THE COUNCIL MEMBER WHO IS REMOTE HAS CONNECTIVITY PROBLEMS, HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THAT? NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING MORE FRUSTRATING THAN A BAD CONNECTION ON ZOOM.

OK.

OK.

YEP.

GO AHEAD.

STATE LAW DOES ADDRESS THAT, AND THERE'S ACTUALLY A VERY RECENT AMENDMENT TO STATE LAW, THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT THAT ALLOWS THE COUNCIL MEMBER, WHO IS REMOTE AND HAS CONNECTIVITY ISSUE, THEY WOULD JUST NOT BE COUNTED PRESENT FOR THAT PORTION OF THE MEETING THAT THEY WERE MISSING.

OK.

MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK? I APPRECIATE THAT FROM STATE LAW.

I JUST WOULD LIKE TO SEE, YOU KNOW, IT'S ONGOING CONNECTIVITY ISSUES AND WE'RE SPENDING TIME IN A MEETING WITH EVERYONE ELSE BEING HERE.

AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO CUT THEM.

EXACTLY.

IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO SAY? YES, THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

VERY GOOD, SIR.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? ALSO MAYOR TO ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE COMMITTEE [INAUDIBLE] ANOTHER THING THAT WE PROBABLY

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WON'T NEED THIS, BUT ABSENCE, SICKNESS, ILLNESS.

BUT IF YOU OPEN THEM OUT IN SOME PLACE, DO WE WANT TO CONSIDER A NOTIFICATION PERIOD WHEN IF I'M GOING TO BE UP IN THE MOUNTAINS OR SOMETHING? SO YOU'RE TELLING ME WHEN I NEED TO NOTIFY THE MAYOR OR CITY THAT THAT I AM GOING TO BE REMOTE FOR THAT MEETING? I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT ILLNESS BECAUSE YOU CAN'T PLAN, BUT ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN SCHEDULE.

I WOULD LIKE FOR THE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER, YOU KNOW, IF I SHOULD NOTIFY, YOU KNOW, THE MAYOR STAFF, YOU KNOW, WITHIN ANY TIME PERIOD SO THAT THEY COULD BE.

SO THE STAFF CAN DO THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS, LOGISTICS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO CONSIDER THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

MR. ENGLAND? ON THAT NOTE, STATE LAW ALSO ADDRESSES NOTIFICATIONS AND AND THE PUBLIC NOTICE.

AND IN THE PUBLIC NOTICE, WE HAVE TO GIVE THE LOCATION AND THE INTENT TO HAVE THE PRESIDING OFFICER, YOU BEING THE MAYOR PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT THE SCENE AT THIS LOCATION, IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A ZOOM OPTION FOR THAT.

SO WE WOULD NEED THAT THREE DAYS, 72 HOUR NOTICE, ADVANCE NOTICE ANYWAY TO POST IT.

SO, SO WELL, LET'S NOT USE THAT AS AN EXAMPLE FOR ME TO BE OUT WHAT WE CAN DO.

I GUESS WHAT WE COULD DO IS WE COULD POST SOME CONDITIONAL LANGUAGE IN THERE THAT BASICALLY SAYS, YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDING OFFICER IS GOING TO BE AT THIS LOCATION.

AND IN THE EVENT A MEMBER OF COUNCIL ELECTS TO DIAL IN OR ZOOM IN.

HOWEVER, WE WANT TO SAY IT THEN AND THAT COULD BE AN OPTION.

OK.

YEAH, I THINK WE COULD DO THAT.

OK, VERY GOOD.

WE GOOD? OK.

YES, MAYOR.

THE ONLY THING ELSE THAT'S I KNOW THAT'S GOING TO GO TO COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS MOST OF THOSE THINGS.

BUT IF COUNCIL IS READY TO PROCEED FOR THE NOVEMBER MEETINGS, IF WE HAVE ONE OR MORE MEMBERS OF COUNCIL THAT DOES WISH TO PARTICIPATE BY ZOOM, OF COURSE, IF YOU'LL LET US KNOW, THAT'LL HELP US PREPARE, ESPECIALLY FOR THESE FIRST COUPLE OF MEETINGS TO MAKE SURE WE'VE GOT EVERYTHING COVERED.

WE'RE GOING TO TEST THE SYSTEM AGAIN BEFORE JUST TO MAKE SURE WE'VE GOT ALL THE BUGS IRONED OUT ITS WORK BEFORE.

BUT AS MUCH ADVANCE NOTICE, OF COURSE, LESS ILLNESSES, YOU CAN'T PLAN THOSE SO.

BUT IF YOU KNOW, IF YOU CAN LET US KNOW THAT WAY WE CAN BE PREPARED FOR THAT.

SO, BASICALLY THE RULE IS STAY IN TOWN AND STAY HEALTHY.

THAT CAN BE PART OF THE POLICY.

ALL RIGHT.

VERY GOOD.

AND YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS THE VOTING, I MEAN, THAT'S A THAT'S A SMALL HURDLE.

I MEAN, A THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN.

THAT'S, YOU KNOW, IF WE THAT'S THE LEAST OF OUR PROBLEMS. I THINK IF WE FIND OURSELVES WITH FOLKS MEETING REMOTELY WITH US AS WELL.

SO.

AND YOU KNOW, QUEUING IN GETTING THE REMOTE FOLKS IN THE QUEUE, YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY CAN PASS ME A NOTE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THAT'S THAT'S NO BIG ISSUE AS WELL.

VERY GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL MOVE FORWARD TO THE WE'LL HAVE IT SET UP FOR THE NEXT WORK SESSION AND REGULAR SESSION, WHICH WOULD BE NOVEMBER 8TH AND 9TH, RIGHT? VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAS OUR LAST AGENDA ITEM FOR VERBAL BRIEFINGS.

WE'RE NOW TO ITEM FIVE ANNOUNCED FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS.

[5. Announce Future Agenda Items]

COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

FIRST, I'LL DO THE FORMALIZED THE DISCUSSION THAT WE JUST HAD AND REFER THAT INTO AFC.

YES.

SECOND THING IS I HAVE ANOTHER AFC REFERRAL.

I'D LIKE THE COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION ACCESS TO PURCHASING CITY EQUIPMENT, PRE AUCTION, PRE AUCTION.

THERE WE GO.

OK.

WE HAVE AND COUNCIL LADY MORRIS SECOND ON THAT, AND I BELIEVE COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN WAS THE SECOND ON THE FIRST ITEM.

AND I HAD REFERRED SOMETHING INTO, I THINK IT WAS DEV SERVICES OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

I DID IT BY EMAIL.

I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THE TOPIC WAS.

I WAS GOING TO BRING IT UP TONIGHT.

YOU KNOW, WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER? I JUST WANTED TO BRING IT UP DURING THE MEETING, AND I'VE SAT HERE AND FORGOTTEN IT.

SADLY, SADLY, I DON'T RECALL IT EITHER, BUT I REMEMBER AGREEING TO IT.

SO WE HAVE SOME ANTIQUATED REQUIREMENTS ON HOW WE HANDLE OUR POLICIES FOR COMMERCIAL ANTENNA AND TOWERS AND ELECTIVE SERVICES TO LOOK AT THAT LOOK AT CURRENT AND BEST PRACTICES AND INCORPORATE SOME OF THE NEW STATE LAW WITH THE 5G NODES.

AND I BELIEVE MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK WAS THE SECOND ON THAT.

YES, I RECALL NOW.

THANK YOU.

AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

THANK YOU, SIR.

ALL RIGHT.

VERY GOOD.

PARTIAL RECALL.

ANY ADDITIONAL? DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS? THANK YOU.

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AND I'M GOING TO TURN TO THE CITY MANAGER A WHILE BACK, POST SNOWMAGEDDON, ICE MAGEDDON.

AND I KNOW OUR COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WAS BEING LOOKED AT, WE HAD A CONSULTANT.

CITY MANAGER, DID WE GET AN UPDATE ON PROGRESS UPDATE ON THAT ONE OF OUR FEATURED NOVEMBER MEETINGS? ALL RIGHT.

YES.

AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE THE THE INFORMATION BACK FROM THE CONSULTANT.

[INAUDIBLE].

LET ME JUST SAY, WE'LL COME BACK AND BRIEF THE COUNCIL AS TO WHERE WE ARE.

OK, THAT'S IT, MR. MAYOR.

VERY GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

ANY ADDITIONAL ITEMS? OBVIOUSLY, IF SOMETHING COMES UP BETWEEN NOW AND OUR NEXT MEETING, YOU CAN SEND ME AN EMAIL THAT I'M SURE TO REMEMBER OR HAVE A FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBER READ THE EMAIL TO ME.

BUT WITH THAT, THAT IS OUR LAST ITEM AND IT IS 8:19 AND WE ARE ADJOURNED.

THANK YOU.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.