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GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY, AND WELCOME TO THE TUESDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2022 WORK SESSION FOR

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THE GARLAND CITY COUNCIL.

JUST SOME QUICK NOTES, COUNCIL MEMBER BASS WILL BE MEETING WITH US VIA ZOOM.

AND SO STAFF FROM OUR CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE WILL BE MAINTAIN-- OR NOT SURE THE WORD THAT I'M LOOKING FOR, BUT THEY WILL BE MONITORING WHEN HE HAS COMMENTS TO MAKE BECAUSE HE WON'T COME UP IN MY QUEUING SYSTEM, SO WE WILL BE WORKING THROUGH THAT.

AND THEN ALSO OUR ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, JUDSON REX, WILL BE SITTING IN FOR MR. BRADFORD THIS EVENING.

ALL RIGHT, ENOUGH HOUSEKEEPING.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED. ITEM ONE, PUBLIC COMMENTS ON WORK SESSION ITEMS.

[1. Public Comments on Work Session Items]

MADAM SECRETARY, DO WE HAVE ANYONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK THIS EVENING? WE HAVE NO SPEAKER SIGNED UP THIS EVENING.

WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM TWO, CONSIDER THE CONSENT AGENDA.

[2. Consider the Consent Agenda]

I GUESS ANOTHER PROGRAMING NOTE IS WE WILL BE HAVING OUR REGULAR SESSION AFTER THIS WORK SESSION THIS EVENING.

SO, I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY REQUEST TO HAVE ANY ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA TO BE CONSIDERED SEPARATELY.

ANYONE HAVE ANY? I SEE NOTHING IN THE QUEUE.

VERY GOOD. ALL RIGHT.

[COUGH] EXCUSE ME, WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM THREE, WRITTEN BRIEFINGS.

[3. Written Briefings:]

ITEM THREE A, HOME INFILL PARTNERSHIP FUNDING THROUGH THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021. ITEM THREE B, 2022 TO 23 FEDERAL GRANTS CALENDAR.

OK. ITEM THREE C, 2021 TO 22 BUDGET AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE.

OK. AND THEN THE LAST ITEM UNDER THIS SECTION, ITEM 3D, NAAMAN SCHOOL ROAD CONDEMNATION.

ALL RIGHT. WE WILL MOVE ON NOW TO OUR [COUGH] EXCUSE ME, TO OUR VERBAL BRIEFINGS UNDER

[4A. COVID-19 Briefing ]

ITEM FOUR. ITEM 4A IS OUR COVID 19 BRIEFING.

JASON? AND I BELIEVE MISTIE IS EN ROUTE FROM OUR TESTING SITE, PROBABLY AS WE SPEAK. I'LL TRY AND TALK SLOW.

[LAUGHTER] THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

GOOD EVENING. THE CUT, THE TYPICAL BRIEF THAT WE PROVIDE EACH MEETING THE LAST WEEK, THE LAST TWO WEEKS, WE'VE SEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY NUMBER OF NEW CASES REPORTED TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. OF COURSE, I THINK EVERYBODY ANTICIPATED THAT WITH THE HIGH LEVEL OF TRANSMISSIBILITY WITH THE OMICRON VARIANTS.

SO, AS YOU SEE ON THE GRAPH, WE'VE SURPASSED EVEN THE HIGHEST DAILY NUMBER OF CASE REPORTS THAT OCCURRED BACK IN THE SUMMER.

SO, WE'RE CERTAINLY IN NEW TERRITORY IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF CASES.

FOR THE LAST WEEK, WE ADDED FOUR THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE CASES.

SO, THAT'S THE WEEK PRIOR, AND THAT IS AN INCREASE OF ALMOST TWO THOUSAND OVER THE FIRST WEEK IN JANUARY, ABOUT 2800 CASES, THE FIRST WEEK IN JANUARY.

SO SIGNIFICANT INCREASE.

OF COURSE, THERE'S A LOT OF SPECULATION AS TO WHEN OMICRON WILL PEAK.

MOST OF THE CHATTER THAT WE SEE FROM CDC AND STATE ANTICIPATE STILL, PERHAPS ANOTHER WEEK OR TWO OF INCREASE. OF COURSE, ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

WE WON'T KNOW UNTIL THAT WAVE CRESTS, BUT CERTAINLY A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. SO THAT GIVES US A TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES OVER THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC, WHICH I DON'T NEED TO REMIND ANYBODY THAT THAT'S BEEN ALMOST TWO YEARS, BUT WE'RE APPROACHING 50000 CONFIRMED CASES IN THE CITY OF GARLAND.

WE DID ADD 25 DEATHS SINCE THE LAST MEETING, SO WE'VE HAD A FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT SPIKE IN THE NUMBER OF DEATHS. NOW, I WILL SAY THAT THOSE COVID 19 RELATED FATALITIES ARE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY IN UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS WITH SIGNIFICANT UNDERLYING CONDITIONS.

WE HAVE SEEN A FEW FULLY VACCINATED FATALITIES OR REPORTS OF FATALITIES, BUT UNIVERSALLY THEY INVOLVE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE FRAIL FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM.

BUT CERTAINLY WE HOPE THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS CONTINUES OR FALLS TO LEVELS PRIOR TO OMICRON. THE AGAIN, WITH THE INCREASE IN CASES, WE'VE GOT OVER 7000 ACTIVE CASES, WHICH

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IS PROBABLY ABOUT AS HIGH AS WE'VE SEEN IT OVER THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

THE STAFFING IMPACTS ARE VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN THE COMMUNITY.

AS OF LAST FRIDAY, WE HAD 150 STAFF MEMBERS TOTAL EXCLUDED, 101 FOR POSITIVE TESTS AND THEN FORTY NINE FOR WHAT'S CONSIDERED HIGH RISK EXPOSURES.

YOU CAN SEE THE GRAPH DEPICTING STAFF IMPACTS VERY MUCH MIRRORS THE GRAPH DEPICTING COMMUNITY CASE REPORTS.

WE'RE IN EXCLUSION NUMBERS THAT WE'VE NOT SEEN THUS FAR IN THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

THE-- PERHAPS THE GOOD NEWS IN TERMS OF THE PRESENTATION IS WE'RE STILL SEEING FAIRLY ROBUST UPTAKE OF VACCINES.

NOW, IT HAS DROPPED OFF OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, BUT WE HAD FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE VACCINES PROVIDED THIS WEEK.

THAT'S DOWN FROM ABOUT SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THE WEEK PRIOR, SO A SLIGHT DROP IN THE NUMBER OF VACCINES. BUT WE'RE STILL SEEING-- IF YOU COMPARE IT TO THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC, WE'RE STILL SEEING ROBUST DEMAND STILL PRIMARILY WITH THAT BOOSTER SHOT.

INDIVIDUALS SEEKING TO GET THAT BOOSTER SHOT.

MAYOR, THAT CONCLUDES MY PART.

OK. ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL STALL FOR JUST A SECOND.

ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS SO FAR ON THIS PART OF THE PRESENTATION? LET'S SEE IF SHE'S GOT A QUESTION [INAUDIBLE].

OK. ALL RIGHT, WE'LL GO WITH-- LET'S SEE HERE.

WE'LL GO WITH COUNCIL LADY MORRIS.

I BELIEVE YOU HAD A QUESTION.

YES, SIR. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

AND JASON, THANK YOU FOR THE, AS ALWAYS, HELPFUL, FACTUAL PRESENTATION.

I DID WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOMETHING THAT I HAVE BEEN HEARING.

I'VE BEEN HEARING FROM A LOT [INAUDIBLE] IN THIS LAST WEEK.

I'VE LOST TRACK.

SEVEN TO 10 CITIZENS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE CONTACTED ME PRETTY ALARMED BECAUSE THEY STARTED FEELING ILL.

THEY WERE AFRAID THAT IT WAS COVID AND THEY-- HERE COMES MISTIE.

YAY. I WAS ALSO TRYING TO STALL.

AND THEY TOOK A RAPID TEST, 15 MINUTE TEST, TRYING TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND THEY ALSO GOT A PCR TEST. BUT IT WAS GOING TO BE A FEW DAYS.

SO THEY DID RAPID TESTS TO JUST BE RESPONSIBLE.

AND I'M HEARING THE SAME STORY FROM SEVEN TO 10 OF THEM NOW THAT THEY GOT A NEGATIVE ON THE RAPID TEST. AND SO THEY DECIDED, WELL, OK.

SO, THEY WENT TO WORK.

THEY WERE MISERABLE.

THEY LOADED THEMSELVES DOWN WITH FLU MEDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT THEY CONTINUED TO WORK.

THEY FELT HORRIBLE.

BUT THEY ALSO WERE LESS CONCERNED BECAUSE-- SOME OF THEM DID THREE RAPID TESTS.

AND, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO REALLY, REALLY, REALLY MAKE SURE AND THEN THEY GOT THEIR PCR RESULTS AND THEY WERE POSITIVE.

AND IN TWO OF THE CASES, THEIR WHOLE FAMILIES WENT DOWN WITH COVID AND IT HAS NOT BEEN-- THERE HAVEN'T BEEN DEATHS, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERE-- SOME OF THEM HAD TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. IT'S BEEN SEVERE.

SO, MY QUESTION TO YOU IS HOW MUCH SHOULD WE RELY ON THE RAPID HOME TESTS THAT A LOT OF US HAVE BOUGHT AND USED IF IT SAYS NEGATIVE, BUT WE FEEL ILL? HOW MUCH SHOULD WE RELY ON THAT NEGATIVE AS FAR AS GOING OUT AND BEING AROUND PEOPLE? WELL, THAT'S ACTUALLY A VERY GOOD QUESTION, CERTAINLY GERMANE TO THE TIME.

LET ME TALK JUST BRIEFLY ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO TESTS.

OF COURSE, THE HOME TESTS ARE MUCH MORE CONVENIENT, AND AS YOU SAID, THEY'RE RAPID.

YOU GET THE RESULTS IN A MATTER OF MINUTES 15, 20, 30 MINUTES, DEPENDING ON THE TEST.

THE-- WHAT YOU GIVE UP FOR THAT CONVENIENCE OF BEING ABLE TO DO IT AT HOME AND HAVE A RAPID INDICATION FROM THE TEST IS ACCURACY.

THE-- FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, MOST OF THE RAPID TESTS HAVE A VERY LOW FALSE POSITIVE RATE.

SO, WHICH MEANS ABOUT TWO OUT OF 100 TESTS, OR ABOUT TWO PERCENT OF THE TIME, YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE A POSITIVE RESULT WHEN YOU DON'T IN FACT HAVE COVID.

NOW THAT'S A VERY LOW RATE.

THAT'S GOOD FOR THOSE TYPE OF TESTS.

THEY'RE CALLED IMMUNOASSAYS AND THEY'RE FAIRLY OLD TECHNOLOGY.

THE DOWNSIDE-- THE BIGGEST DOWNSIDE TO THE HOME TEST IS THEY DO HAVE A BIT HIGHER OF WHAT

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WE WOULD CALL FALSE NEGATIVE, WHICH IS THE SCENARIO THAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING.

THAT CAN BE AS HIGH AS 15 PERCENT, PROBABLY CLOSER TO 10 WHAT I'M SEEING, BUT SIGNIFICANTLY MORE.

NOW, I DON'T MEAN TO-- THE TESTS ARE STILL VERY USEFUL, PARTICULARLY IN SOME CASES WHEN WE HAVE DELAYS ON PCR RESULTS.

BUT I GUESS I'M TRYING TO EXPLAIN THAT SO FOLKS CAN UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A LIMITATION. MY ADVICE IF INDIVIDUALS ARE SYMPTOMATIC, REGARDLESS OF THE RESULT OF A RAPID TEST, REALLY REGARDLESS OF A PCR TEST, IF YOU'RE SYMPTOMATIC, IF YOU HAVE COLD LIKE SYMPTOMS, FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, WHETHER IT'S COVID OR NOT.

MY ADVICE WOULD TO BE STAY HOME AND TO ISOLATE, BECAUSE EVEN IF IT'S NOT COVID, YOU MAY BE SPREADING FLU OR COLD OR OTHER DISEASES THAT PERHAPS ARE LESS CONSEQUENTIAL BUT STILL UNWELCOME. SO, I THINK FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THAT WOULD BE OUR ADVICE. IF YOU'RE SYMPTOMATIC, REGARDLESS OF TEST RESULTS, THE BEST ADVICE IS TO STAY HOME UNTIL THOSE SYMPTOMS ARE RESOLVED.

THE PCR TESTS, OF COURSE, THE DOWNSIDE IS THEY'RE NOT RAPID, BUT THEY ARE HIGHLY ACCURATE. THOSE ARE CONSIDERED THE GOLD STANDARD.

SO, THEIR RESULTS ARE BASICALLY UNQUESTIONED, PROVIDED THAT THEY WAS PROPER SAMPLE COLLECTION AND, YOU KNOW, NO LAB CONTAMINATION.

PCR TESTING IS THE GOLD STANDARD IN OUR INDUSTRY, THE RAPID TESTS, AGAIN, YOU SACRIFICE A LITTLE BIT OF ACCURACY FOR THE CONVENIENCE.

OK, THANK YOU. AND JUST TO CLARIFY OUR TESTING FACILITY THAT SHORTLY TO OPEN THAT WILL BE PCR TESTING, CORRECT? OK. AND I'LL LET THAT SIT THERE UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO STAND UP.

SO, JUST TO SUMMARIZE, FALSE POSITIVES ARE A VERY LOW PERCENTAGE WITH THE RAPID HOME TEST, BUT FALSE NEGATIVES ARE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE BY MANY TIMES OVER? A BIT HIGHER. I STILL DON'T WANT TO DISSUADE PEOPLE FROM UTILIZING THOSE RAPID TESTS BECAUSE IN MANY CASES, THAT'S ALL THAT'S AVAILABLE OR CERTAINLY ALL THAT'S AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. BUT THERE ARE DOWNSIDES, AND THOSE DOWNSIDES ARE PRIMARILY FALSE POSITIVES, WHICH FOR THESE ASSAYS ARE FAIRLY LOW.

BUT THE FALSE NEGATIVES ARE A BIT HIGHER.

OK, AND SHOULD GARLAND RESIDENTS WHO TAKE A HOME TEST AND GET A POSITIVE RESULT, ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO REPORT THAT TO SOMEBODY? THE TESTS TYPICALLY HAVE INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT TO YOUR LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITY.

I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT OFFLINE, BUT YOU KNOW, THE CASE REPORTS THAT I JUST WENT OVER.

THOSE ARE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY PCR TESTS DONE BY LABS.

THERE IS A VERY REGIMENTED REPORTING PROCESS NOT JUST FOR COVID 19, BUT FOR LITERALLY DOZENS OF REPORTABLE DISEASES.

SO, THERE'S A VERY EFFICIENT PROCESS FOR THOSE RESULTS FROM LABS TO GET TO US.

THAT'S NOT THE CASE WITH THE HOME TEST.

INDIVIDUALS, YOU KNOW, THE HOME TESTS THAT I'VE SEEN INDICATE THAT INDIVIDUALS SHOULD SORT OF DO THEIR OWN CONTACT TRACING OR AT LEAST NOTIFY THOSE THAT THEY'VE BEEN AROUND, WHICH IS WISE ADVICE.

BUT THEY CAN ALSO REPORT THEM TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT THROUGH OUR EMAIL, OUR COVID 19 EMAIL THAT WOULD BE A WAY TO GET THEM TO US.

WHICH IS? GARLAND-- GOSH.

DIANA? YEAH, GARLANDPUBLICHEALTH.COM? GPH@GARLANDTX.GOV.

SO, THAT'S WHERE--. OF ALL THE QUESTIONS TO STUMP ME ON, IT'S THE EMAIL ADDRESS.

[LAUGHTER] SO, IF SOMEONE AT HOME GETS A POSITIVE RESULT, IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO THE COMMUNITY IF THEY WOULD REPORT IT, THAT WOULD AT LEAST ALLOW US TO CAPTURE THAT NUMBER.

NOW, OF COURSE, THE ADVICE ON THE TEST, WHICH IS VERY GOOD ADVICE, INDIVIDUALS KNOW BETTER THAN ANYONE WHO THEY'VE BEEN AROUND, WHO THEIR CLOSE CONTACTS ARE, AND WE'D CERTAINLY RECOMMEND THEY FOLLOW THAT ADVICE AND ALERT THOSE CLOSE CONTACTS OF THEIR POSITIVE TEST RESULT. OK, AND ONE LAST QUESTION BEFORE WE LET-- CUT MISTIE LOOSE WITH ALL THE UPCOMING NEWS.

SO, ONE OF THE GARLAND RESIDENTS WHO GOT THE NEGATIVE RAPID TEST AND THEN POSITIVE PCR AND HIS WHOLE FAMILY WENT DOWN AND SOME OF THEM BECAME EXTREMELY ILL.

SO, HE'S PRETTY, DESPERATELY SAD WITH HIMSELF.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE'S PARTICULARLY FRUSTRATED ABOUT WAS THAT THE PCR RESULTS TOOK 12 DAYS TO REACH HIM.

12 DAYS. AND HE SAID THAT THEY EXPLAINED TO HIM THAT IT WAS THE LABS WERE BACKED UP.

AND I REMEMBER WE RAN INTO THIS A YEAR AGO, TWO YEARS AGO, AND IT'S ALL RUNNING TOGETHER

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IN MY MIND, WHERE THE LABS WERE SO BACKED OUT UP WE WERE NOT GETTING TIMELY TEST RESULTS.

SO, DO YOU HAVE A FEEL FOR WHERE WE ARE WITH THAT NOW ARE LABS, LIKE CONSISTENTLY BACKED UP TO THAT POINT? OR IS THIS MOSTLY THROUGH THE HEALTH-- WHAT ARE YOU HEARING? ARE WE THAT BACKED UP NOW OR WAS THAT A ONE OFF? WELL, GENERALLY SPEAKING, ON THE LABS AND OF COURSE, THE, I GUESS CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM THAT I LIVE IN IS PRETTY SMALL.

BUT I DID TALK TO OUR OWN CITY CARE CLINIC TODAY.

THEY'RE GETTING RAPID RESPONSE FROM THEIR PCR TESTS.

NOW, OF COURSE, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THERE ARE LITERALLY HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS, OF LABS OUT THERE THAT HAVE SPRUNG UP TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES, THESE PCR TESTING SERVICES.

SO, AT THIS POINT, IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE IT'S AN INDUSTRY WIDE BACKLOG, BUT THAT COULD VARY DRAMATICALLY FROM LAB TO LAB, AND IT COULD CHANGE QUICKLY OVER TIME.

I KNOW TESTING DEMAND IS AS HIGH OR HIGHER THAN IT'S BEEN THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC.

OK, BUT YOU'RE NOT HEARING THAT THIS IS A BIG, LARGE, WIDESPREAD PROBLEM RIGHT NOW WITH LABS EVERYWHERE? SO, THIS COULD HAVE BEEN JUST A PARTICULARLY BAD SITUATION WITH A SINGLE LAB? WELL, AGAIN, IN THE SMALL WORLD THAT I SORT OF LIVE IN, I DON'T GET THE FEEL THAT THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT BACKLOG FOR THOSE PCR TESTS.

THERE STILL SEEMS TO BE CAPACITY TO DELIVER RESULTS RAPIDLY, BUT AGAIN, THAT COULD VARY FROM LAB TO LAB.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. THANK YOU. SOMEBODY DOWN HERE, OK? DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS. THE LIGHTS [INAUDIBLE]. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

JASON, GO BACK TO YOUR SLIDE ON THE VACCINATIONS FOR JUST A SECOND.

I GOT ONE QUESTION FOR YOU.

[INAUDIBLE] GO.

WE'LL BE, A THURSDAY OR FRIDAY OF THIS WEEK, WE'RE OPENING UP THE TESTING SITE OUT AT HBJ . AS A PART OF THAT, LOOKING AT THIS SCREEN, HOW DO YOU THINK-- HOW CAN WE INTEGRATE, IN ADDITION TO THE TESTING, HOW CAN WE INTEGRATE INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS, CITIZENS AND OUR TRAVELERS, WHOMEVER COMES TO THESE SITES ABOUT THE VACCINATION ASPECT AND AVAILABLE-- THAT'S AVAILABLE NOW? BECAUSE THE CONVERSATION IS KIND OF SHIFTED TO HERE AND FOLKS ARE GOING TO SHOW UP FOR TESTS. IS THERE A WAY TO INTEGRATE INFORMATION REGARDING AVAILABILITY OF VACCINATIONS ACCESSIBLE TO OUR RESIDENTS? CAN YOU GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW WE MIGHT DO THAT AND SORT OF INTEGRATE THAT CONVERSATION IN WITH OUR INITIATIVES ON TESTING? AND THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION, SIR.

YOU MAKE A VERY GOOD POINT THAT, YOU KNOW, TESTING IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS. BUT YOU KNOW, THE VACCINES STILL PROVIDE THE BEST DEGREE OF IMMUNITY ABSENT NATURAL IMMUNITY FROM GETTING SICK.

SO, FROM THE STANDPOINT OF SORT OF PROMOTING OUR CLINIC AT THE FEDERALLY FUNDED TESTING SITE, WE CAN PROVIDE THAT SERVICE IF NOTHING ELSE IN THE FORM OF FLIERS BECAUSE WE DO HAVE THE CAPACITY AT PUBLIC HEALTH TO PROVIDE VACCINES.

WE STILL, AS I SAID, SEE A STRONG UPTAKE, BUT WE'RE BY NO MEANS OVERWHELMED AND THAT'S-- YOU BRING UP A GREAT POINT, AND I'M FRANKLY ASHAMED IT'S NOT [INAUDIBLE]-- WE HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF, BUT WE CAN CERTAINLY, IF NOTHING ELSE, PROVIDE FLIERS TO THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LOCAL FEDERAL TESTING SITE TO NOTIFY THEM OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE GARLAND PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN PARTICULAR, AND THE VACCINE SERVICES PROVIDED. OK.

ALL RIGHT. AND WE COULD MAKE THAT A PART OF OUR INITIATIVE STARTING THURSDAY [INAUDIBLE].

YES, I THINK IF NOT, TOMORROW, CERTAINLY THURSDAY.

OK. ALL RIGHT. YEAH.

AND I APPRECIATE THAT. I THINK THEY'LL BE VERY BENEFICIAL BECAUSE I'VE BEEN ASKED THAT BY A NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND LIKE I SAID, THAT INTEGRATES THAT ASPECT OF IT BACK INTO THE CONVERSATION. AND IT'S KIND OF A ONE STOP SHOP.

YOU GET INFORMATION ON THE TESTING, BUT YOU CAN ALSO GET INFORMATION ON THE VACCINATIONS.

SO, APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR TEAM DOING THAT AS A PART OF THIS INITIATIVE.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP.

SURE. ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS BEFORE WE MOVE TO MISTIE? I SEE NONE.

MISTIE, PERFECT TIMING.

RUNNING IN. [LAUGHTER]

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THAT IS A VERY COLORFUL MAP YOU'VE GOT.

I'M SORRY. [LAUGHTER] LOTS OF THINGS-- ON HERE. YES, GO AHEAD.

SO, I GUESS ACTUALLY, MAYBE I SHOULD START HERE.

SO, YES, PCR TESTS.

EVERYTHING SO FAR, AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IS PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

THERE ARE THREE WAYS THEY CAN REGISTER THE URL THAT'S ON THERE, THE 800 NUMBER THAT'S ON THERE, OR THEY CAN SIMPLY SCAN THE QR CODE AND REGISTER.

ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE HAD GOTTEN ABOUT, BECAUSE IT IS A FAIRLY LENGTHY QUESTIONNAIRE, [INAUDIBLE] DECLINED BASED OFF THE ANSWERS ON THAT QUESTIONNAIRE.

BUT UNLESS THEY'RE UNDER 18 AND THEY DO NOT HAVE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN THAT CAN ATTEST TO THE PROCESS, SO THAT'S THE ONLY REASON WHY SOMEBODY WOULD BE DECLINED.

THEY DO HAVE TO--.

WELL, I'LL SAY THEY HAVE TO.

IF PEOPLE WILL BRING THEIR PRINTED VALIDATION SHEET, IT WILL MAKE THINGS GO MUCH FASTER.

THEY DO HAVE THE CAPABILITY ON SITE TO PRINT THOSE VALIDATION PAGES.

SO, WHEN WE CHECK THEM IN FOR REGISTRATION, WE WILL LOOK FOR THE PRINTED ONE.

IF THEY DON'T HAVE IT, WE WILL ACCEPT AN ELECTRONIC AND THEN IN THE TENT THEY CAN PRINT THE VALIDATION PAGE IF WE NEED TO.

SO, WE'RE HOPING THAT MANY PEOPLE WILL BRING IT TO MAKE THIS PROCESS FASTER, BUT IF NOT, THEN WE HAVE A WAY TO DO IT THERE.

IF SOMEONE IS REGISTERING AND THEY NEED HELP REGISTERING, THEN THERE'S AN 800 NUMBER FOR THAT. IT IS ON ALL OF OUR FLIERS AND THERE'S ALSO AN EMAIL THAT'S LISTED THERE BELOW.

SO, ANY KIND OF SUPPORT QUESTIONS, SOMETHING SOMEONE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND, WHATEVER THEY CAN CALL [INAUDIBLE] TRUENORTH OR USE THE SUPPORT NUMBER AND HOPEFULLY GET THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED THAT WAY.

AND ALL OF THAT INFORMATION IS ON THE FLIERS THAT WE HAVE PRINTED UP NOW.

SO, THE FLIERS THAT WE HAVE PRINTED FOR PEOPLE THAT SHOW UP ON SITE THAT ARE NOT REGISTERED. ONE FLIER IS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

THE OTHER FLIERS IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE.

AND IT HAS ALL OF THIS INFORMATION ON THERE ABOUT HOW TO REGISTER AND THEN IF THEY NEED QUESTIONS ANSWERED WHERE TO GO.

SO, AS FAR AS SITE LAYOUT? YES, VERY COLORFUL. SORRY.

SO, IF YOU LOOK AT THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER, THAT'S THE CHECK-IN LOCATION, SO MUCH LIKE THE VACCINATION SITE, AND I'M HOPING I DON'T MESS THOSE WORDS UP HERE IN A MINUTE, [INAUDIBLE] CALL IT THE WRONG THING, BUT THEY'LL ENTER FROM COUNTRY CLUB AND OR FROM CENTERVILLE. THEY WILL MERGE INTO THE ONE LANE.

WE WILL CHECK THERE.

IF WE CANNOT MAINTAIN THE TRAFFIC FLOW FROM THERE, THEN WE WILL ACTUALLY MOVE THEM ON TO SITE AND CHECK THEM JUST ON THE WEST SIDE AT THAT SECOND EXIT LANE.

IF IT GOES AS PLANNED, WE WILL CHECK THEM AT THE FRONT GATE AND THEN IF THEY ARE NOT REGISTERED, WE WILL EXIT THEM OUT THAT FIRST EXIT ON THE FAR RIGHT OF YOUR SCREEN.

WE ARE WORKING AROUND, JUST TO AVOID THE QUESTIONS, A BUS DRIVER TRAINING AND DPS CONTROLLED TESTING SITE.

SO, THAT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT'S ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE STADIUM.

THEN ON THE NORTH SIDE, YOU'LL SEE TWO LANES.

SO AS PEOPLE ENTER, WE WILL SPLIT THEM INTO TWO LANES, THE TOP LANE, THE GREEN, WILL GO ALL THE WAY TO THE LANES FOUR OR FIVE AND SIX AND THEN THE YELLOW IN THE MIDDLE, THOSE ARE LANES ONE, TWO AND THREE.

SO, WE WILL HAVE LINE MARSHALS TO HELP THEM GET INTO THE CORRECT LANES.

AND REALLY, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHICH LANE.

THERE'S NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT ANY LANE.

IT JUST IS WHICH ONE IS GOING FASTER? AND HOW CAN WE KEEP THE TRAFFIC FLOW GOING? SO, IN THE MORNING, WE DO HAVE A SOFT LAUNCH, WHICH IS JUST REDUCED TESTS PER HOUR, AND THEN WE'RE OPENING AT 11 FOR TESTS.

SO, STAFF CHECK INS AT 10.

WE WILL DO A BRIEFING, GET THEM AT THEIR STATIONS ONCE THEY'RE IN PLACE AND EVERYONE IS GOOD TO GO AND POLICE SAYS GO.

WE WILL OPEN THE GATES TO START QUEUING THE LANES JUST LIKE WE DID WITH THE VACCINATION SITE. WE WANT TO KEEP THE TRAFFIC OFF OF THE STREETS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

SO-- AND THEN WE'LL WAIT FOR THE VENDOR TO TELL US THAT THEY'RE READY.

WHEN THE VENDOR SAYS THEY'RE READY AND OR ABOUT, HOPEFULLY RIGHT AT 11 O'CLOCK, WE WILL START DOING THE TEST THERE.

SO, ONCE THEY'VE FINISHED THEIR TEST, SO IF YOU'RE AT THE BOTTOM LEFT, THEY WILL EXIT, FOLLOW THE BLACK ARROWS AND GO ALL THE WAY AROUND.

SO, IF WE HAVE TO MOVE IN REGISTRATION FROM THE FRONT GATE AND WE HAVE TO DO IT AT-- JUST ON THE WEST SIDE, IF THEY'RE ON THE INSIDE LANE, THEY'LL GO DOWN THAT FIRST EXIT LINE THAT GOES RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE PRESS BOX AND THE TICKET BOOTH.

IF THEY'RE IN THE OUTSIDE LANE, THEY'LL GO ALL THE WAY AROUND THE SITE.

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SO, I HOPE THAT ANSWERS THOSE QUESTIONS, BUT I'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY OTHER.

VERY GOOD. ANY QUESTIONS ON THIS PORTION? COUNCIL LADY MORRIS. THANK YOU, MAYOR, THANK YOU, MISTIE.

SO, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT TOMORROW BEING A SOFT LAUNCH, BUT THE FLIERS THAT HAVE GONE OUT SAY IT STARTS THURSDAY? CORRECT. THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH DAY IS THURSDAY.

OK, SO WHO'S GOING TO COME TO THE SOFT LAUNCH? THEY'RE ALREADY REGISTERED.

I MEAN, THEY'VE BEEN REGISTERING.

NOW, SOMEONE CAN GO ON TODAY AND REGISTER.

I BELIEVE--. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED EARLIER TODAY, THERE WERE STILL OPENINGS, BUT THEY ANTICIPATE AND HOPE FOR A SMALLER THROUGHPUT TOMORROW, SO THEY DON'T REALLY ADVERTISE THAT. BUT WE-- THAT'S WHY WE ADVERTISE THE FULL LAUNCH ON THE 20TH.

GOT IT. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YES, MA'AM. OK, VERY GOOD.

ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? EVERYBODY'S GOOD? MISTIE, THANK YOU. I KNOW THAT WE SHOULD-- OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS [INAUDIBLE] PROBABLY JUST FORWARDED YOUR MAIL TO HBJ STADIUM.

I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE SPENT A LOT OF HOURS OUT THERE GETTING THIS SITE UP AND RUNNING WITH OUR PARTNERS, AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THAT.

AND YOU KNOW, IF, I AM GOING ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT, YOU KNOW, OUR VACCINATION SITE RAN COMPLETELY SMOOTH EVERY DAY THAT WE OPERATE IT, I DON'T SEE THIS GOING ANY DIFFERENT.

I THINK WE'RE PUTTING IN THE TIME AND THE EFFORT TO ORGANIZE IT.

SO, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

SURE. THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT. WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM 4B, PREVIEW OF 2022

[4B. Preview of 2022 Proposed CIP]

PROPOSED CIP.

MR. WATSON, WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR US TONIGHT? GOOD EVENING. TONIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO GIVE AN OVERVIEW OR A PREVIEW OF THE 2022 CIP THAT WILL BE FORMALLY PRESENTED TO YOU TONIGHT BY MR. REX. BEFORE WE GET STARTED, I HAVE ALLISON BELL WITH ME, WHO'S THE BUDGET DIRECTOR.

AND AGAIN, I'M MATT WATSON, THE FINANCE DIRECTOR.

AND BEFORE I LET HER GIVE THE PREVIEW, I'M GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE CRITERIA WE USED IN THE CIP, THE ASSUMPTIONS AND SOME OF THE FACTORS THAT WE UTILIZE TO BUILD THE CIP THIS YEAR.

SO, TO GET STARTED, WHAT IS A CIP? WELL, IT'S A FIVE YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN FOR OUR CAPITAL ASSETS.

THEY'RE BASICALLY THREE CRITERIA THAT WE USE FOR SOMETHING TO BE INCLUDED INTO THE CIP.

FIRST, IT HAS TO BE A CAPITAL ASSET BY OUR FINANCIAL POLICIES.

IT HAS TO HAVE A USEFUL LIFE OF AT LEAST FIVE YEARS AND EXCEED TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND, BUT WE TYPICALLY ARE LOOKING FOR THINGS THAT ARE 50,000 OR MORE.

THE CIP INCLUDES A PLAN PROJECTS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THERE EXPECTED TO COST, THE METHOD OF FINANCING THAT WE'RE PLANNING TO USE AND THE ESTIMATED UTILITY AND TAX RATE IMPACTS OF THIS PLAN.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE FIRST YEAR OF THE PLAN IS WHAT COUNCILS ACTUALLY APPROPRIATING, AND WE CALL THAT THE CAPITAL BUDGET, WHICH IS THE FIRST YEAR.

SO, FOR ANY PROJECT COSTS THAT YOU SEE IN THE CIP FOR 2022, THAT IS THE APPROPRIATION FOR THIS CALENDAR YEAR.

THE CIP RUNS ON A CALENDAR YEAR, UNLIKE THE OPERATING BUDGET, WHICH STARTS OCTOBER 1ST.

BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE JUST APPROPRIATING THAT 2022 [INAUDIBLE] TO LOOK AT THE CIP AS A WHOLE BECAUSE YOU COULD BE APPROVING A PROJECT THAT IS IN DESIGN OR IS IN THE MIDDLE OF CONSTRUCTION THAT WILL HAVE ADDED COSTS INTO THE NEXT YEARS. SO, WE ALWAYS LIKE TO MAKE SURE COUNCIL IS AWARE TO LOOK AT THE FIVE YEAR PLAN AS A WHOLE. THE CIP'S BROKEN UP REALLY INTO THREE UNITS.

THE FIRST IS OUR TAX SUPPORTED UNIT, WHICH IS ALL OF OUR BOND PROGRAM PROJECTS AND LARGE CAPITAL ITEMS FOR OUR GENERAL FUND DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS PARKS, PUBLIC SAFETY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, STREETS AND TRANSPORTATION.

WE USE REALLY TWO MECHANISMS TO FINANCE ALL THE PROJECTS OUT OF THE TAX SUPPORTED SIDE.

AND THE FIRST IS GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, AND THE SECOND IS CERTIFICATE OF OBLIGATION BONDS.

GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS.

THE MAIN DIFFERENCE THAT YOU SEE THERE IS THAT THEY ARE VOTER APPROVED, SO THOSE ARE WHAT WE USE TO FUND OUR BOND PROGRAMS PROJECTS.

WE UTILIZE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION TO FUND EQUIPMENT OR SOME UPGRADES TO EXISTING FACILITY. THE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION ALSO CAN BE USED, BACKED NOT ONLY BY TAXES BUT BY PLEDGED REVENUES, AND WE UTILIZE THOSE FOR SUCH THINGS AS OUR SANITATION DEPARTMENT,

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND WHATNOT.

THE IMPORTANT THING TO REALIZE THERE IS OUR DEBT SERVICE TAX RATE IS WHAT IS USED TO FUND THAT. AND THEN WE MOVE ON TO OUR UTILITIES.

WE HAVE OUR ELECTRIC, WATER AND WASTEWATER ARE OUR LARGE UTILITIES.

WE UTILIZE REVENUE BONDS, WHICH ARE BACKED BY THOSE UTILITY RATES TO FUND ALL THE PROJECTS THERE. I MENTIONED THAT SANITATION AND STORMWATER IN OUR SMALLER UTILITIES, WE TYPICALLY UTILIZE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION TO FUND THOSE PROJECTS.

WE ALSO HAVE OUR INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS, WHICH ARE, FOR THE MOST PART, FLEET AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

THEY GET ALL THEIR REVENUE FROM CHARGES FROM OTHER SERVICES.

WE USE CERTIFICATES OF ALL OBLIGATION TO FUND ALL THOSE PROJECTS AS WELL.

THIS SLIDE JUST OUTLINED SOME OF THE FACTORS THAT IMPACT OUR FUNDING CAPACITY.

THE FIRST IS OUR TAX BASE.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS EVERY YEAR, AS PROPERTY VALUES GROW, EACH CENT ON OUR DEBT SERVICE TAX RATE GENERATES MORE FUNDS.

IF VALUES DECLINE, LESS FUNDING IS AVAILABLE.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REALIZE WITH OUR TAX BASE IS EVERYONE IS AWARE OF SB TWO AND ITS LIMITATIONS OF THREE AND A HALF PERCENT THAT IT HAS ON OUR O&M.

THAT DOES NOT APPLY TO THE DEBT SERVICE SIDE.

SO LAST YEAR, OUR TAX BASE GREW SEVEN POINT SIX AND OUR REVENUES WENT UP BY THAT SAME AMOUNT. EXISTING DEBT SERVICE.

AS OUR EXISTING DEBT SERVICE FOR PAST PROJECTS FALL OFF, THAT ADDS ADDITIONAL CAPACITY FOR NEW PROJECTS.

AND IN FACT, WE ALWAYS TRY TO PUT OUR AMORTIZATION SCHEDULES UP TO THE USEFUL LIFE OF THE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT OR THE FACILITY.

SO, IF IT'S A TRASH TRUCK THAT WE EXPECT TO LAST FOR FIVE YEARS.

WE ONLY AMORTIZE THAT OVER FIVE YEARS.

INTEREST RATES. WE HAVE BEEN IN A HISTORIC LOW INTEREST RATE ENVIRONMENT FOR MULTIPLE YEARS, NOT [INAUDIBLE] FEEL LIKE I SAY SINCE-- SAY THAT EVERY YEAR THAT WE'RE AT THE LOWEST POINT. SO, AS OBVIOUSLY AS WE HAVE DECLINING INTEREST RATES, OUR DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS ARE LOWER.

AND THEN FINALLY, OUR TAX RATE.

OBVIOUSLY, INCREASES TO OUR TAX RATE WILL INCREASE THE REVENUE THAT WE HAVE FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS. COUNCIL DID INCREASE THE DEBT SERVICE TAX RATES, SIX AND A HALF CENTS TO FUND THE 2019 BOND PROGRAM, IT ALSO HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL AND UTILIZED TO FUND OUR STREETS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

HERE'S SOME OF THE KEY ASSUMPTIONS AND FACTORS THAT WE HAD BUILT INTO THE 2022 CIP.

THE FIRST IS OUR TAX BASE ASSUMPTION.

WE'RE ALWAYS VERY CONSERVATIVE IN WHAT WE PROJECT HERE.

OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, WE'RE USING A THREE POINT TWO FIVE PERCENT, OR THREE POINT TWO PERCENT.

INTEREST RATE ASSUMPTIONS.

AGAIN, INTEREST RATES ARE EXTREMELY LOW RIGHT NOW.

AT 20 YEAR, WE CAN GET ABOUT TWO POINT ONE TWO, BUT WE DO HAVE TWENTY FIVE BASIS POINTS ADDED ON TO THAT INTEREST RATE EACH YEAR TO BE CONSERVATIVE.

SO, BY 2027 THE TWENTY YEAR DEBT INSTRUMENT WOULD BE ABOUT A THREE POINT THEE SEVEN PERCENT. ALSO IN THIS CIP, YOU WILL SEE THAT OUR 2004 BOND PROGRAM AND OUR 2019 BOND PROGRAM ARE STILL ON THE AGGRESSIVE SCHEDULE TO BE ALMOST COMPLETE WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS FOR BOTH. YOU SEE, THE 2004 BOND PROGRAM WOULD BE ABOUT NINETY NINE POINT EIGHT PERCENT COMPLETE IN FIVE YEARS, WHILE OUR 2019 PROGRAMS AT NINETY TWO POINT FIVE PERCENT.

AND THE FINAL PIECE IS WE'VE HAD SOME COST IMPACT FACTORS.

WE'VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT SOME OF THIS DURING OUR ARPA DISCUSSIONS ABOUT SCOPE, CORRECTIONS, COST ESCALATIONS, THE CONSIDERATION OF MAYBE DOING SOME SCOPE ADDITIONS TO PROJECTS AS THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY.

WE'VE HAD SOME PROJECTS SAVINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO REALIZE OVER THE YEARS.

AND THEN THE BIG ONE IS WE'VE HAD THE FIFTY THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR FUNDING FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN.

WE'RE GOING TO SPEND SOME TIME SATURDAY MORNING TO GO OVER A LOT OF THESE.

BUT WHAT I MEAN BY SCOPE CORRECTION IS REALLY JUST TRYING TO DELIVER THE BOND PROGRAM PROJECT AS IT WAS INTENDED.

THE SCOPE ESCALATIONS PRETTY MUCH OUR INFLATIONARY DRIVEN FROM THE PANDEMIC.

WE ALSO HAVE SOME SCOPE ADDITIONS THAT WE'D LIKE COUNCIL TO CONSIDER, WHICH ARE BASICALLY JUST IMPROVEMENTS TO SOME OF THE 2019 BOND PROGRAMS THAT WE'VE GOT ON THE WAY AND SOME NEW PROJECTS THAT Y'ALL CAN CONSIDER.

WE'VE HAD SOME PROJECTS SAVINGS SPECIFICALLY IN OUR PUBLIC SAFETY PROPOSITION THAT COULD BE REAPPLIED TO OTHER PROJECTS.

THEN OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE THE FIFTY THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS. I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE-- BEFORE I TURN IT OVER TO ALICE.

I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDS BECAUSE WE HAVE PROPOSED SOME SHIFTS IN THE USE OF THE FUNDS.

THIS WAS THE LIST OF PROJECTS THAT WAS ORIGINALLY APPROVED IN OCTOBER.

ALL TWENTY FIVE OF THESE PROJECTS ARE STILL EITHER IN THE CIP, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TWO, WHICH WILL BE ON A BUDGET AMENDMENT BECAUSE THEY'RE OPERATING RELATED, WHICH IS THE BROADBAND PROJECT AS WELL AS THE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER.

BUT ALL OF THESE PROJECTS ARE FUNDED IN THIS CIP, BUT WE HAVE MADE A FEW SHIFTS, WHICH

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I'LL GO OVER NEXT.

WHY DID WE MAKE THESE SHIFTS? IT WAS REALLY FOR TWO REASONS.

ONE, TO TRY TO GET A NEW PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITY AND TWO, ENSURE THAT WE ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL GUIDELINES, SPECIFICALLY FROM THE PROCUREMENT STANDPOINT.

SO, WE ARE ASKING CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SEVERAL SHIFTS.

YOU WILL SEE TWO OF THE BIG ONES ARE FIRE STATION ONE AND FIRE STATION SIX, WHICH TOGETHER [INAUDIBLE] ROUGHLY $5.8 MILLION.

I MENTIONED THAT OUR PUBLIC SAFETY PROPOSITION HAS SOME SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS.

WE CAN UTILIZE THOSE AND SHIFT THESE ARPA FUNDS TO ANOTHER PROJECT IF COUNCIL SO DESIRES.

ALL OF THESE OTHER PROJECTS BELOW IT ARE ITEMS THAT WE FEEL WOULD BE BETTER SUITED TO BE MOVED OFF OF ARPA.

SPECIFICALLY, FOR THE GUIDELINES TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN GET THESE DONE WITHIN THE GUIDELINES THAT HAVE BEEN PUT OUT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

SO, YOU CAN SEE THAT FOR THE MOST PART, ALL OF THESE FUNDS HAVE BEEN SHIFTED TO THE FIRE STATION SEVEN, WITH THE BIG BULK OF THEM GOING TOWARDS A NEW PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITY.

AND YOU ALL MAY RECALL THAT DURING OUR DISCUSSIONS OF ARPA DUE TO THE REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT OUT RELATED TO OUR CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION, IT WOULD BE VERY HARD TO FUND A PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITY RIGHT NOW WITHOUT DOING A BOND PROGRAM OR UTILIZING ARPA FUNDS TO GET THIS DONE.

AND WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO ALLISON TO GIVE A PREVIEW OF THE 2022 CIP.

VERY GOOD. THANK YOU, SIR. EVENING, MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL.

THE PRIMARY GOALS OF THE 22 PROPOSED CIP IS TO CONTINUE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2019 BOND PROGRAM AND ADDRESS COST ESCALATION, ENSURE THE COMPLETION OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE ACT PROJECTS WHILE COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL GUIDELINES.

CONSIDER OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND ON IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY IN THE 2019 BOND PROGRAM, AS WELL AS ADDRESS NEW FUNDING NEEDS.

THE 2022 PROPOSED CAPITAL PROGRAM IS FIVE HUNDRED AND TWENTY POINT SEVEN MILLION.

THIS IS AN INCREASE OF EIGHTY NINE MILLION FROM THE 2021 ADOPTED CIP.

YOU'LL SEE ON THIS SLIDE THAT OUR TAX SUPPORTED PROJECTS MAKE UP ALMOST FORTY FOUR PERCENT OF THE 2022 CIP, WITH ALMOST FIFTY SIX PERCENT COMING FROM OUR UTILITY SUPPORTED PROJECTS. THE COMPOSITION OF THE 2022 PROPOSED CIP IS PRIMARILY PROJECTS EITHER IN CONTINUATION OR CARRYING OVER FROM THE PRIOR YEAR.

WHY THIS AMOUNT IS SO LARGE IS BECAUSE OF OUR UNPRECEDENTED SCALE OF THE BOND PROGRAM WE HAVE UNDERWAY AND MAJORITY OF THOSE PROJECTS ARE EITHER IN CONSTRUCTION OR UNDER DESIGN.

AS YOU WILL SEE ON THIS SLIDE, WE HAVE NINETEEN POINT TWO MILLION OF NEW PROJECTS IN THE CIP. OUR TAX SUPPORTED PROGRAM AREAS MAKE UP TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY SEVEN POINT THREE MILLION, WITH OUR LARGEST PROGRAM AREA BEING OUR PARKS WITH ALMOST 68 MILLION IN PROJECTS OR 30 PERCENT.

FOLLOWING THAT WOULD BE OUR STREET AND TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AREAS. THE 2004 AND 2019 BOND PROGRAMS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE-- THE 2004 BOND PROGRAMS SCHEDULED TO BE 100 PERCENT COMPLETE BY 27 AND THE 2019 BOND PROGRAM, IT WILL BE NINETY NINE POINT SEVEN PERCENT BY 27.

I WILL NOTE THAT AFTER 2024, THE ONLY 2004 BOND FUNDS ARE RELATED TO SOME OF OUR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS, SOME OF THOSE JUST AS THE NEED ARISES, THEY WILL GET SPENT.

SO, THERE IS A CHANCE IT MAY MATERIALIZE BEFORE 27.

SAME GOES WITH SOME OF OUR 2019 BONDS THAT ARE OUT PAST 27.

IT'S JUST IN SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS THAT YOU KNOW, AS FUNDING NEEDS MATERIALIZE, THEY MAY EXPEDITE. SOME OF US ARE JUST HOPING WE LIVE THAT LONG TO GET THIS BOND-- THE 2004 BOND PACKAGE THAT YOU KNOW IT GETS COMPLETED AND WHEN IT GETS DOWN TO 99.6, 99.8, YOU KNOW IT'S-- WE'RE ALMOST THERE.

SO CLOSE. YES. [LAUGHTER] SORRY.

NO, PROBLEM. SOME OTHER KEY MILESTONES: THE ANIMAL SHELTER ADOPTION FACILITY, AS WELL AS OUR POLICE EVIDENCE PROPERTY ROOMS, THOSE ARE GOING TO BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 2022 AND OUR PARK PUBLIC SAFETY LIBRARY AND DRAINAGE PROGRAMS ARE ALL ANTICIPATED TO BE OVER 90 PERCENT COMPLETE BY THE END OF 2024.

AND JUST ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE, THE 2022 PROPOSED CIP INCLUDES FIFTY EIGHT OUT OF THE SIXTY THREE, 2019 BOND PROJECTS ARE EITHER IN DESIGN OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

SO, THERE'S A LOT MOVING.

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THIS SLIDE IS A PREVIEW OF OUR BOND PROJECTS THAT ARE EITHER IN DESIGN OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION. IT'S NOT EVERYTHING, IT'S JUST A PREVIEW.

AS WELL AS OUR ARPA PROJECTS AND NEW PROJECTS.

SO, THIS WOULD SUMMARIZE SOME OF THE KEY HIGHLIGHTS THAT ARE ACTIVE IN OUR PARKS 22 PROGRAM. I'LL TRY TO LINGER FOR A MINUTE.

THIS NEXT SLIDE IS A PREVIEW OF THE STREET AND TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS. SOME OF OUR LARGE BOND PROJECTS THAT ARE BEGINNING DESIGN OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AS WELL AS ANY AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDING AND NEW PROJECTS.

A PREVIEW OF OUR DRAINAGE PROGRAMS THAT IN DESIGN UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AS WELL AS SOME OF OUR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT STUDIES.

PREVIEW OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECTS, BOND PROJECTS UNDERWAY, AS WELL AS AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT AND SEVERAL NEW PROJECTS UNDER THE SECTION, WHICH YOU WILL HEAR MORE ABOUT ON SATURDAY WHEN THE DEPARTMENTS GIVE YOU THEIR PRESENTATIONS.

AND THEN JUST A SUMMARY OF ALL THE OTHER TAX SUPPORTED PROGRAM AREAS BOND PROJECTS.

SEVERAL AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT PROJECTS, AS WELL AS TWO NEW PROJECTS IN THESE OTHER AREAS. OUR TAX SUPPORTED DEBT ISSUANCE REQUIRED IS NINETY EIGHT POINT SEVEN MILLION, SEVENTY SEVEN POINT TWO MILLION OF THAT IS OUR GENERAL OBLIGATIONS COMMERCIAL PAPER.

THIS WOULD BE OUR 2004 AND 2019 BONDS PROGRAM PROJECTS, AND THEN WE ARE PROPOSING TWENTY ONE POINT FIVE MILLION IN CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION.

OUR TAX SUPPORTED DEBT IS PROJECTED TO BE TWO PERCENT OF OUR TOTAL 2021 TAX BASE OF EIGHTEEN POINT FOUR BILLION.

OUR CITY COUNCIL POLICY RESTRICTS DEBT TO BE NO MORE THAN FIVE PERCENT OF THE TAX BASE.

OUR PROJECTED OUTSTANDING DEBT AT THE END OF FY 22 IS THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY SIX POINT EIGHT MILLION. OUR COMPOSITION OF OUR TAX SUPPORTED DEBT, AS YOU CAN SEE ON THIS SLIDE, IT KIND OF ECHOES THAT FACT.

MAJORITY OF OUR DEBT IN THE 22 CIP ARE FOR PROJECTS IN DESIGN OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THAT'S WHERE YOU SEE MAJORITY OF THE BOND PROJECTS, FORTY EIGHT POINT EIGHT MILLION.

THIRTY FIVE MILLION IS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR ONGOING PROGRAMS. THIS INCLUDES PROGRAMS THAT ARE FUNDED THROUGH THE BONDS FOR OUR TRANSPORTATION, SOME OF OUR PARKS PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS SOME OF OUR CO PROGRAMS. AND THEN WE ARE PROPOSING NINE POINT TWO MILLION FOR NEW PROJECTS AND FIVE POINT SEVEN MILLION FOR EQUIPMENT.

OUR UTILITY AND INTERNAL SERVICE PROGRAM AREAS MAKE UP TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY THREE POINT FOUR MILLION, WITH OVER 50 PERCENT OF THAT ASSOCIATED WITH OUR ELECTRIC UTILITY, FOLLOWED BY OUR WATER AND SEWER UTILITIES, OUR SANITATION DEPARTMENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND OUR STORMWATER MANAGEMENT GROUP.

UTILITIES SUPPORTED AN INTERNAL SERVICE DEBT ISSUANCE REQUIRED IS ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN POINT EIGHT MILLION.

ONE HUNDRED AND TEN POINT NINE MILLION OF THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH REVENUE BONDS FOR OUR WATER, WASTEWATER AND ELECTRIC UTILITY GROUPS.

AND THEN SIX POINT EIGHT-- ALMOST SIX POINT NINE MILLION OF THAT IS CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION FOR OUR OTHER UTILITIES AND INTERNAL SERVICE DEPARTMENTS.

THE UTILITY RATE PROJECTED IMPACTS.

WE ARE PROJECTING NO IMPACT FROM THE 22 CIP ON WATER RESIDENTIAL RATES.

WE ARE PROJECTING A TWO PERCENT INCREASE FOR WASTEWATER RESIDENTIAL RATES, PRIMARILY DUE TO THE 2022 CIP AND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS, AS WELL AS A FOUR POINT FIVE PERCENT OR ONE DOLLAR A MONTH-- PER MONTH TRASH COLLECTION RESIDENTIAL RATE INCREASE.

AS YOU CAN SEE ON THIS SLIDE, WE ARE NOT PROJECTING A RATE INCREASE ASSOCIATED WITH THE 22 CIP FOR OUR ELECTRIC UTILITY OR STORMWATER MANAGEMENT.

AND FINALLY, OUR 2022 CIP REVIEW CALENDAR.

TONIGHT, AT THE REGULAR SESSION, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER REX WILL BE PRESENTING THE CIP TO YOU ALL THIS SATURDAY, ON JANUARY 22ND.

WE'RE SCHEDULED TO HAVE A SPECIAL WORK SESSION WITH DEPARTMENT PRESENTATIONS AND THEN WE WILL BE COMING BACK AT THE SUBSEQUENT REGULAR MEETINGS FOR COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND PUBLIC HEARINGS. AND WITH THAT, I'LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS IF THERE ARE.

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ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD.

ANY QUESTIONS? OBVIOUSLY, WE'LL HAVE THE FORMAL [COUGH] EXCUSE ME, HAVE THE FORMAL PRESENTATIONS LATER.

EVERYBODY HAS RECEIVED THEIR VERY LARGE NOTEBOOKS THAT GO ALONG WITH THAT.

[LAUGHTER] THOSE WHO HAVE REQUESTED NOTEBOOKS, I'LL SAY THAT.

OK, I DON'T SEE ANY QUESTIONS IN THE QUEUE.

SO, JUST TO MAKE SURE WE ALL HAVE THE DATES.

THIS COMING SATURDAY, JANUARY 22ND, BEGINNING AT 8:30, WE HAVE OUR SPECIAL WORK SESSION AND THEN ON THE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, WE'LL HAVE OUR FIRST [INAUDIBLE] PUBLIC HEARING, THEN THE SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[INAUDIBLE] WANT TO KNOW THE LOCATION [INAUDIBLE] SATURDAY.

OH, AND YES, THE LOCATION OF THE SATURDAY WORK SESSION IS THAT THE DALLAS COUNTY ROAD AND BRIDGE BUILDING HERE IN GARLAND.

YES, NOT HERE IN THE CHAMBERS.

ALL RIGHT. THAT WAS OUR LAST VERBAL BRIEFING FOR THE WORK SESSION.

WE ARE AT ITEM FIVE, DISCUSS APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

[5. Discuss Appointments to Boards and Commissions]

COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN WILL HAVE AN APPOINTMENT THIS EVENING AND I THINK THAT'S THE ONLY ONE OF THOSE WE HAVE.

NEXT ITEM. ITEM SIX, ANNOUNCED FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS.

[6. Announce Future Agenda Items]

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS FOR THIS EVENING? COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. I DO HAVE ONE FUTURE AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS, I THINK, PROBABLY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, WHICH WOULD BE TO CONSIDER ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM.

NO, GO AHEAD. WE'RE JUST HAVING SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

[LAUGHTER] THAT WE CONSIDER ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM SIMILAR TO OUR-- SOME OF OUR OTHER COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROGRAMS OR LIKE SPEED HUMP PROGRAMS OR WHATEVER, ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM BY WHICH A NEIGHBORHOOD CAN APPLY FOR THE FLOCK LPR SYSTEMS. TO HAVE THEM INSTALLED ON A NEIGHBORHOOD BASIS.

AND--.

OK, SO WE HAVE THAT FROM COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN WITH A SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER VERA.

OK. WE WILL MOVE THAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. ANYTHING ELSE? OK. ANYONE-- I'M SORRY.

MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. [INAUDIBLE] BUTTONS NOT WORKING FOR SOMETHING.

YOU KNOW, I LIKE THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES COMMITTEE TO TAKE A LOOK AT PARKING FOR MULTIFAMILY DEVELOPMENTS AS IT RELATES TO COVERED PARKING AND PARKING UNDER GARAGES AND HOW THAT FACTORS INTO THEIR PARKING COUNT.

I'M GETTING COMPLAINTS THAT SOME RESIDENTS THERE ARE FEELING LIKE THERE'S A LACK OF PARKING BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR THE SURCHARGE THAT GOES ALONG WITH THE COVERED PARKING OR THE GARAGE PARKING, AND IT'S ALSO FORCING THEM TO PARK ON PUBLIC STREETS.

OK. AND COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH IS THE SECOND ON THAT ONE.

OK, THANK YOU, SIR. ANYONE ELSE? SORRY, YOU MAY HAVE TO RAISE YOUR HAND TO--.

OUR QUEUING SYSTEM IS KIND OF HIT OR MISS THIS EVENING.

AND THEN IT JUST WORKED.

SO WHEN YOU-- SO [LAUGHTER].

ALL RIGHT. I DON'T SEE ANYONE ELSE IN THE QUEUE AT THIS POINT.

WE HAVE NO ITEMS LEFT FOR THIS WORK SESSION.

SO AT 6:20, WE ARE ADJOURNED.

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