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ALL RIGHT. HERE WE GO.

THE GARLAND CITY COUNCIL.

[1. Public Comments on Work Session Items]

THE FIRST ITEM ON OUR AGENDA THIS EVENING IS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON WORK SESSION ITEMS. WE DO HAVE SEVERAL SPEAKERS SIGNED UP.

PERSONS WHO DESIRE TO ADDRESS THE CITY COUNCIL ON ANY ITEM ON THE WORK SESSION AGENDA ARE ALLOWED 3 MINUTES TO SPEAK.

SPEAKERS ARE TAKEN ONLY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING OTHER THAN INVITED TESTIMONY.

SPEAKERS ARE GROUPED BY WORK SESSION ITEM AND WILL BE TAKEN IN THE ORDER OF THE WORK SESSION AGENDA.

SPEAKERS MUST SUBMIT A SPEAKER CARD TO THE CITY SECRETARY PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING AND SPEAKERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER.

AND SPEAKERS ARE LIMITED TO ADDRESSING ITEMS ON THE WORK SESSION AGENDA.

ANY ITEM RELATING TO REGULAR SESSION AGENDA ITEM SHOULD BE ADDRESSED AT THE REGULAR SESSION AND ANY ITEM ON THE AGENDA MAY BE ADDRESSED DURING THE OPEN MICROPHONE END OF THAT SESSION THERE.

ALL THAT BEING SAID AND SPEAKERS, IF YOU CAN COME FORWARD AS WE CALL YOU AND JUST YOU CAN I GUESS YOU CAN PICK WHICH CHAIR YOU WANT TO SIT IN.

I THINK ALL THE MICS ARE HOT AND THE CITY SECRETARY WILL BE OPERATING THE TIMER CLOCK.

THE FIRST SPEAKER IS JANE ANN BEAUREGARD.

AND WHEN YOU COME FORWARD, IF YOU CAN GIVE US YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD, PLEASE. JANIE BEAUREGARD I LIVE AT 618 RIDGEDALE DRIVE HERE IN GARLAND, AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU GUYS.

AND I DON'T SEE ANY SHELTER PEOPLE THAT I RECOGNIZE DOESN'T MEAN THERE'S NOT ANYBODY BACK THERE AND THANK YOU TO THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING WITH US AND WE'RE MAKING SOME PROGRESS, THOUGH WE DO HAVE A WAYS TO GO.

BUT THANK YOU.

THAT'S IT. EASY THIS TIME.

THANK YOU. [LAUGHTER] NEXT SPEAKER IS MARILYN BOWLING.

I WAS NUMBER TWO LAST TIME TOO.

AND I PLANNED THAT.

YOU'RE WELCOME. GREAT.

I LIKE CONSISTENCY.

GOOD. MY NAME IS MARILYN BOWLING.

I LIVE AT 2018 FRANCIS DRIVE IN GARLAND, 75042.

WHEN I CAME LAST MONTH, MY EXPECTATIONS PROBABLY WEREN'T TERRIBLY HIGH.

OUR GOVERNMENT ON ALL LEVELS IS RATHER DYSFUNCTIONAL, AND THAT WAS PROVED OUT PRETTY QUICKLY IN THAT MY REPRESENTATIVE WAS ALL NIGHT THERE ON THE KEYBOARD, HEAD DOWN, NEVER ONCE MADE EYE CONTACT.

OK. I WOULD LOOK AROUND AND SEE.

BUT THEN AT THE END OF THE MEETING WHEN WE QUIT, I WAS BLOWN AWAY BECAUSE ALL THAT KEYBOARD ACTIVITY WAS HIM TAKING NOTES AND ASKING VERY GOOD QUESTIONS.

[LAUGHTER] I WENT HOME AND TOLD MY HUSBAND.

I SAID, WOW, THAT WAS SO COOL.

THEY ACTUALLY LISTENED.

THEY ACTUALLY WERE PAYING ATTENTION AND ADDRESSING THE ISSUES.

NOW FOR YOU GUYS TO ENJOY.

INVITE A BUNCH OF CRAZY CAT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ALTHOUGH WE DON'T HAVE ANY GENTLEMAN TONIGHT IN TO SPEAK AND SAY OUR PIECE AND TO ACTUALLY LISTEN REALLY RESTORES OUR HOPE IN GOVERNMENT.

AND TO MR. BASS, WHO DID ASK A DIRECT QUESTION THAT I DON'T THINK PARTICULARLY GOT ANSWERED.

LAST TIME HE ASKED, IS THIS PROGRAM WORKING? YOU KNOW, ALL THIS TRAPPING AND NEUTERING THAT WE'RE DOING, ARE WE SEEING POSITIVE RESULTS? AND THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY TO THAT IS THAT FOR EVERY CAT PAIR, HUSBAND, WIFE, PAIR THEM AND ALL THEIR OFFSPRING EQUAL 420,000 CATS.

OKAY. SO IF WE CAN KEEP EVEN ONE PAIR DOWN, WE HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MA'AM. NEXT SPEAKER IS SHERRY LOCK.

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HI. MY NAME IS SHERRY LOCK.

I'M AT 1520 ELIZABETH DRIVE GARLAND 75042.

I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL TOO.

WE HAD BEEN TRYING BY SENDING EMAILS, LETTERS TO HAVE A VOICE OR TO HAVE OUR VOICE HEARD, AND WE WERE KIND OF GETTING TO A POINT WHERE WE WERE ALL SUPER STRESSED OUT ABOUT IT BECAUSE WE WERE LIKE, OH MY GOSH, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? SO WE ALL RALLIED TOGETHER AND WE CAME HERE AND YOU HEARD US AND IT WAS WONDERFUL.

AND WE THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH.

SO I DON'T, I ALSO DON'T SEE ANYBODY FROM THE GARLAND ANIMAL SHELTER HERE TONIGHT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM, TOO.

THEY'RE PROBABLY OTHER ISSUES THAT THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS, BUT NOTHING AS PRESSING AS THE POTENTIAL OF US LOSING THE CENTER AND THE ABILITY TO TAKE THE CATS IN THE NIGHT BEFORE. SO THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH.

AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU.

AND YOU HAVE RESTORED OUR FAITH TO A LARGE DEGREE.

THANK YOU. VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU. AND LET'S SEE HERE.

SORRY. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS CHARLOTTE WEISS.

HI, GUYS. MY NAME IS CHARLOTTE WEISS AND I LIVE AT 1713 LOMBARDI.

AND I CHOOSE WRONG EVERY TIME.

DO YOU? SOMETIMES MY BRAIN SAYS WEISS.

SOMETIMES IT SAYS WEISS.

I JUST KNOW YOU AS CHARLOTTE, SO I DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT IT.

YOU KNOW WHAT? AND I APPRECIATE THAT EVEN MORE THAN YOU PRONOUNCING MY NAME RIGHT.

[LAUGHTER] THANK YOU, GUYS.

YOU KNOW, AS PRESIDENT OF GARLAND PAWSIBILITIES, OVER THE YEARS, WE'VE REALLY APPRECIATED AND EXPERIENCED THE SUPPORT OF THE COUNCIL.

AND WE'VE HAD A LOT OF FIGHTS THAT NEVER MADE IT TO THIS FORUM.

WE WERE ABLE TO POUND IT OUT.

BUT AGAIN, YOU GUYS LISTENING AND MR. MOORE, I'VE NOT HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING YOU.

YOU'RE MY COUNCILMAN, AND YOU'RE EVEN MORE MY COUNCILMAN NOW.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR INSIGHT INTO WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM WAS AND THE VERY BASIS.

SO I'VE SEEN A BIG CHANGE ALREADY.

AND OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE A SPACE.

WE HAD A LOVELY MEETING WITH JASON AND ART, DIFFERENT TONE AND COMMUNICATING AND WORKING THINGS OUT, AND I SO APPRECIATE THAT.

I KNOW WE CAN BE A PAIN TO THE SHELTER AND PROBABLY TO THE COUNCIL, BUT WHATEVER, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER'S WORTH DOING CAN BE, YOU KNOW, CAN BE DIFFICULT.

BUT I WANTED TO SAY TO YOU GUYS, I REALLY APPRECIATED THE COMMENTS AT THE END THAT YOU HEARD US AND THAT IT WASN'T JUST WASTED EFFORT.

IT WASN'T A FIST IN THE AIR.

OH, YOU MUST DO WHAT WE WANT DONE.

YOU HEARD US. AND IS IT PERFECT? IT'S NOT. WOULD IT HAVE BEEN PERFECT IF THIS HAD HAPPENED NINE MONTHS AGO? PROBABLY, I WOULD PROBABLY HAVE A FEW LESS GRAY HAIRS, BUT MAYBE NOT.

ANYWAY, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

TNR IS A WONDERFUL PROGRAM THAT WAS FUNDED.

WE'VE HAD SUPPORT FROM YOU GUYS ALL ALONG, SOME MORE THAN OTHERS, AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

SO WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO OPERATE A QUALITY PROGRAM WITH THE SUPPORT, WORKING OUT THE DETAILS WITH THE SHELTER AND BEING SOMETHING THAT THEY WELCOME AND THAT WE ADD TO THE OVERALL COMMUNITY.

SO THANK YOU, GUYS.

THANK YOU. AND THE LAST SPEAKER, BRENDA JACKSON.

BRENDA JACKSON AND I LIVE AT 5509 SADDLEBACK ROAD GARLAND 75043.

THREE WEEKS AGO I STOOD UP HERE AS A VERY DISGRUNTLED CITIZEN.

I'VE LED THE GARLAND TRAP NEUTER AND RETURN OR TNR PROGRAM FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS, AND I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT DECISIONS WERE BEING MADE ABOUT TNR WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM ME OR ANY OF THE PROGRAM COLONY MANAGERS.

YOU LEARNED ABOUT MANY OF THE DECISIONS FROM THE COLONY MANAGERS WHO SPOKE AT THE LAST SESSION. YOU LISTENED AND YOU HEARD THEM, AS DID JASON CHESSHER AND ART MUNOZ.

OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, THE FOLLOWING PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE.

FIRST, THE DESIGNATED EAR TIP FOR TNR CATS HAS BEEN MOVED FROM THE RIGHT EAR TO THE LEFT EAR THAT'S NOW CONFORMING WITH NATIONAL NORMS AND MATCHING THE 4000 PLUS TNR CATS THAT

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HAVE ALREADY COME THROUGH THE PROGRAM.

TWO, IT IS A REALITY THAT FEMALE TNR CATS ARE SPAYED WHEN IN HEAT, PREGNANT AND OR NURSING BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW.

THOSE CATS NEED TO BE MONITORED FOR LATER AND OR EARLY RELEASE.

GARLAND ANIMAL SERVICES HAS BEGUN, NOTATING THAT THESE CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT ON THE PAPERWORK SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY PROVIDE BETTER CARE.

SPACE TO OPERATE TNR, I BATTLED THIS ALONE THROUGH GARLAND PAWSIBILITIES FOR ALMOST A YEAR, HOPING FOR A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD NOT INVOLVE ME HAVING TO BRING THE COLONY MANAGERS IN. ONLY AFTER NINE MONTHS OF APPARENT INACTION THAT I CALL IN THE COLONY MANAGERS AND I'M HAPPY THEY JUMPED IN.

IF IT WERE NOT FOR THEM AND THOSE OF YOU ON THE COUNCIL,.

I BELIEVE THAT THE POTENTIALLY ROBUST TNR PROGRAM WOULD HAVE DWINDLED AWAY AND IN THE PROCESS LOST ME.

I AM EXCITED A TEMPORARY SOLUTION WAS REACHED, BUT THERE ARE STILL LONGER TERM SPACE SOLUTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.

BACK IN MAY OF 2021, I MADE THE SUGGESTION TO JASON CHESSHER AND ART MUNOZ THAT A METAL BARN SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE SHELTER PROPERTY.

I FEEL THAT WOULD ADDRESS LONG TERM THE NEEDS OF TNR AND ALLOW ROOM FOR THE SHELTER TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE THEIR SNR PROGRAM, AS WELL AS INCORPORATE IN A BARN CAT AND WORKING CAT PROGRAM.

THE DECISION TO HIRE A PART TIME VET AND HAVE ONLY SELECT MONDAYS FOR SURGERIES IS STILL CREATING PROBLEMS. IT IS QUITE A COORDINATION EFFORT TO GATHER 20 CATS ON A SUNDAY FOR MONDAY'S SURGERY.

PREVIOUSLY, SURGERY SLOTS WERE SPREAD OUT OVER THE WEEK, WHICH ALSO ALLOWED FOR LARGER COLONIES TO BE CONTINUOUSLY TRAPPED OVER A PERIOD OF DAYS.

HOWEVER, I'M AWARE THAT THE TNR SURGERY FUNDS WERE DIVERTED TOWARD THIS CONTRACT AND THERE IS CURRENTLY NO GOING BACK.

FOR NOW, I WILL FINISH WITH MY THANKS TO THE GARLAND COLONY MANAGERS AND TO EACH OF YOU FOR ACTUALLY HEARING AND RESPONDING TO OUR PLEAS.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MA'AM.

AND I HAVE ONE CARD THAT WAS SUBMITTED WHO I BELIEVE I'VE HEARD THAT HAS IS NOT WANTING TO TESTIFY FOR AN AMY VOLK, BUT SHE HAD CHECKED FOR.

SO I ASSUME THAT IS FOR THE THE PROPOSAL THAT IS BEFORE US TONIGHT.

ALL RIGHT. AND THAT WAS ALL THE SPEAKER CARDS WE HAVE.

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

[2. Consider the Consent Agenda]

I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY REQUESTS FOR ANY ITEMS TO BE PULLED, BUT OBVIOUSLY, IF YOU HAVE ONE, LET US KNOW SO WE CAN MAKE SURE WE HAVE STAFF AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS IT FOR TOMORROW NIGHT.

NEXT, WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM THREE WRITTEN BRIEFINGS.

[3. Written Briefings]

ITEM 3 A COVID 19 BRIEFING.

HANG ON .

ALL RIGHT. TRY AGAIN AND SEE IF WE GET.

THERE WE GO. COUNCILMEMBER SMITH.

I HAD TWO VERY QUICK QUESTIONS FOR JASON.

I HOPE THEY'RE VERY QUICK QUESTIONS.

OKAY. SORRY.

YES, SIR. TWO QUESTIONS WERE, WHAT IS THE CURRENT GUIDANCE ON THE NEXT ROUND OF BOOSTERS? AND IS THERE ANYTHING ACTIONABLE THAT WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF ON THIS NEW VARIANT OF CONCERN? SO FOR THE BOOSTERS, THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE CDC ENDORSED, I BELIEVE IT WAS LAST THURSDAY, WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY.

WE STARTED GIVING THE SHOTS THE SAME DAY WE WERE ANTICIPATING THAT.

SO LET ME SEE IF I CAN WORD THIS IN A MANNER THAT'S EASY TO UNDERSTAND.

SO THERE'S TWO BOOSTER SHOTS YOU'VE GOT FOR MODERNA AND PFIZER, THE MRNA VACCINES.

THE INITIAL SERIES IS TWO SHOTS.

THE FIRST BOOSTER WAS FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE SECOND SHOT.

THE SECOND BOOSTER, THE GUIDELINES IS 50 AND OLDER FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE SECOND BOOSTER.

GOT IT.

SO FIVE MONTHS FIRST BOOSTER 50 AND OLDER.

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CURRENTLY 50 AND OLDER, FOUR MONTHS SECOND BOOSTER.

AND THE BOOSTER SHOULD BE AN MRNA VACCINE, SO IT SHOULD BE PFIZER OR MODERNA.

FOR JOHNSON AND JOHNSON, THE TIME FRAMES ARE AT LEAST FOR THE SECOND BOOSTER THE TIME FRAME IS THE SAME FOUR MONTHS.

SO FOUR MONTHS AFTER YOUR FIRST BOOSTER OF JOHNSON AND JOHNSON, SO YOU HAVE YOUR INITIAL DOSE, TWO MONTHS LATER, A BOOSTER, FOUR MONTHS LATER A BOOSTER, A SECOND BOOSTER.

THE SECOND BOOSTER SHOULD ALSO BE AN MRNA VACCINE.

SO ALL SECOND BOOSTERS SHOULD BE MODERNA OR PFIZER.

AND THIS IS THE SAME FORMULATION AS THE ORIGINAL? IT'S THE SAME FORMULATION, YES.

IN TERMS OF THE STRAINS OF VIRUS THAT IT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM, SAME FORMULATION, SAME DOSE AS THE FIRST BOOSTER.

OKAY. AND THEN THE EMERGING VARIANT? THE BA.2 VARIANT, THE LAST WEEK, THE STATISTICS WERE 50% NATIONWIDE OF THE CASES THAT WE'RE SEEING WERE THE BA.2 VARIANT.

I THINK THE JURY WELL, I DON'T THINK, I KNOW THE JURY IS STILL OUT IN TERMS OF WHAT KIND OF EFFECT WE'RE GOING TO SEE FROM A SOCIETY STANDPOINT.

AT THE MOMENT, WE DON'T SEEM TO SEE A SPIKE IN CASES, AT LEAST REGIONALLY.

WE HAVEN'T SEEN A SPIKE IN CASES.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE A VERY LOW CASE COUNT, NOR A SPIKE IN HOSPITALIZATIONS.

SO WE KNOW THE VARIANTS OUT THERE, BUT SO FAR WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY ADVERSE EFFECTS.

OK. THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN MOORE.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. SO, JASON, ARE YOU SAYING THAT THERE IS EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST AT THIS POINT THAT, FOR EXAMPLE, A PERSON WHO HAS HAD THE FIRST TWO SHOTS, WHO'VE HAD THE BOOSTER. IS THERE EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT PRESENTLY THAT FOURTH SHOT IS NECESSARY OR [INAUDIBLE] BECAUSE OF A SPIKE OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE? WELL, THE FOURTH SHOT IS JUST A CDC RECOMMENDATION FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE 50 AND OLDER.

SO IN TERMS OF, I THINK THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE BOOSTER MAY BE MORE ABOUT POTENTIAL WANING IMMUNITY FROM THE VACCINES RATHER THAN ORIENTED TOWARDS ANY SPECIFIC VARIANT.

IF THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION? ARE WE GETTING A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING IN FOR THAT WE HAD LET'S SEE THIS LAST WEEK, WE HAD A MILD SPIKE IN THE NUMBER OF BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED. WE GAVE 42 DOSES THIS LAST WEEK, WHICH WAS ACTUALLY A DROP COMPARED TO I'M SORRY, I WAS LOOKING AT THE WRONG WEEK.

WE GAVE 73 DOSES THIS LAST WEEK AS OPPOSED TO 42 THE WEEK PRIOR.

SO MILD INCREASE IN BOOSTER DOSES.

OKAY. THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. THANK YOU, SIR.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS. THANK YOU, MAYOR. JASON, ONE QUESTION AND I'LL JUST CHOP IT UP IN FOUR POINTS RIGHT QUICK. IS THE BOOSTER NOW ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE HEALTH CLINIC OR ARE THERE ANY OTHER GARLAND LOCATIONS WHERE THE BOOSTER WILL BE AVAILABLE? IS THERE A COST? HOW SOON AFTER HAVING RECEIVED BOOSTER ONE SHOULD SOMEONE COME AND GET BOOSTER TWO? WHAT'S THE WAITING PERIOD? THOSE ARE QUESTIONS THAT I'VE RECEIVED.

THANK YOU. LET ME MAKE A NOTE HERE SO I CAN REMEMBER ALL THOSE.

SO THE LOCATION, AT LEAST FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WE'RE OFFERING THAT AT THE CARVER CENTER, OF COURSE, AT THE CORNER OF CARVER AND HOPKINS.

NOW, I KNOW THAT THE MOST OF THE BUSINESSES THAT WERE PROVIDING BOOSTERS AND DOSES IN THE PAST CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE SECOND BOOSTER.

SO WE'RE NOT THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN, BUT WE ARE PROVIDING THAT AT OUR CLINIC.

THE COST IS FREE. WE DON'T CHARGE ANYBODY.

AND IN TERMS OF TIMING FOR THE BOOSTERS, THERE'S A BIT OF VARIATION.

BUT FOR PFIZER OR MODERNA, THE FIRST BOOSTER IS RECOMMENDED FIVE MONTHS AFTER YOUR SECOND DOSE. RIGHT.

AND THEN THERE'S THE SECOND BOOSTER, WHICH, IF WE'RE COUNTING, WOULD BE THE FOURTH SHOT WOULD BE FOUR MONTHS AFTER YOUR FIRST BOOSTER DOSE.

AND AGAIN, THE RECOMMENDATION CURRENTLY IS FOR INDIVIDUALS 50 AND OLDER.

AND JUST STRICTLY FOR 50 AND OVER, RIGHT, WITH UNDERLYING MEANING, ALL THAT CRITERIA THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN THERE? IS THAT RIGHT, JASON? MY UNDERSTANDING IS 50 AND OLDER AND I LEFT MY NOTES IN THE BREAK ROOM, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS 50 AND OLDER.

OKAY. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. ALL RIGHT.

VERY GOOD. ANY MORE QUESTIONS FOR JASON? GOOD. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT.

WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM 3 B YOUTH PROGRAMS, STANDARDS OF CARE ORDINANCE.

ITEM 3 C SHILOH ROAD, KINGSLEY TO MILLER OMNIBUS RESOLUTION.

ITEM 3 D LYONS ROAD, INTERSTATE 30 TO GUTHRIE OMNIBUS RESOLUTION

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. ITEM 3 E SHILOH ROAD ADVANCED FUNDING AGREEMENTS.

AND ITEM 3 F FOREST LANE RAILROAD CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS FROM SOUTH KIRBY STREET TO SOUTH INTERNATIONAL ROAD.

ALL RIGHT. THAT WILL MOVE US ON TO OUR VERBAL BRIEFINGS UNDER ITEM 4.

FIRST ONE IS ITEM 4 A GARLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UPDATE.

[4a. Garland Chamber of Commerce Update]

AND YOU ALL CAN. [LAUGHTER] ALL THREE OF THE MICS ARE HOT, SO HOWEVER YOU WANT TO.

AND IF ONE OF YOU IS OPERATING THE PRESENTATION, WHICH HOPEFULLY IS NOT PAUL.

[LAUGHTER] I ALWAYS FEEL SO WARM AND LOVED WHEN I COME HERE.

WHILE I'M STANDING, I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS THE FOLKS OVER HERE.

MY STEP MOM DOES WHAT YOU DO IN SAN ANTONIO, SO GOD BLESS YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT TASK. SO THAT'S SUCKING UP TO THE AUDIENCE.

BUT IT WAS SINCERE AND IT'S THE TRUTH.

SO THANK YOU.

[LAUGHTER] THE TITLE OF OUR PRESENTATION WAS UPDATED ON THE CHAMBER, AND I'D LIKE TO CORRECT THAT JUST A SECOND AND JUST REALLY TALK ABOUT NOT ON THE WHOLE CHAMBER BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE THAT MUCH WELL, YOU DO, BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE THAT MUCH TIME IS REALLY ON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS THAT WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR.

SO. I AM NOT SURE WHAT TO DO SORRY.

WELL, IF SHE'S NOT SURE, I FOR SURE AM NOT SURE.

[LAUGHTER] GOT A COUPLE OF ASSISTANT CITY MANAGERS WHO I BET CAN FIGURE OUT.

NO IDEA. YEAH. THEY MAY SHUT THE ENTIRE BROADCAST DOWN BEFORE THEY'RE DONE.

WE'RE UNDER DISCUSSIONS.

I'M SURE DAN HAS HEARD OUR CRY FOR HELP AT THIS POINT.

[LAUGHTER] KEEP TALKING.

WE'LL FIND YA.

YOU DON'T SAY THAT TO A CHAMBER GUIDE.

I MEAN, IT'S AN OPEN INVITATION.

WELL. WHY I'M LOOKING.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR. IT'LL BE HERE SHORTLY PAUL.

OK. WHEN THE GRAPHICS SHOW UP. WHAT YOU'LL SEE IS AN AGREEMENT THAT THE INITIAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. KARINA.

YOU DON'T WANT TO COME HERE.

WELL, THEN LET ME POINT OUT, KARINA, THE REASON WE'RE ALL SITTING HERE AND STANDING HERE AND LISTENING TO THIS IS BECAUSE 27 YEARS AGO, WHICH IS A YEAR AFTER THE CHAMBER ENTERED INTO THIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, KARINA CAME TO WORK AT THE CHAMBER FROM SOUTH GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL.

AND IT'S THE REASON WHY WE'RE SITTING HERE TONIGHT.

AND THOSE OF YOU THAT KNOW ME AND KNOW US KNOW THAT IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE BALANCE, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE. SO I GIVE ALL A LOT OF CREDIT SINCE SHE'S GOING, PAUL, SHUT UP AND KEEP TALKING UNTIL THE PRESENTATION COMES UP.

BUT SMALL SILENT GOLF CLAP FOR KARINA.

THANK YOU. SO 27 YEARS AGO, THE CITY, THE CHAMBER, AND ABOUT SIX MONTHS AFTER THAT, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ENTERED INTO WHAT REALLY IS A UNIQUE ARRANGEMENT TO FORM THE GARLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP.

AND SO TONIGHT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE CHAMBER'S ROLE IN THAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP. IF YOU WERE LOOKING AT THE SCREEN, IF IT WAS UP, WHAT YOU WOULD SEE IS AN ORGANIZATIONAL CHART WHICH DEFINES WHAT THE CHAMBER'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE CITY'S RESPONSIBILITIES.

AND A LITTLE BIT LATER ON THIS EVENING, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOME OF THE GREAT WORK THAT THE CHAMBER, THE CITY SIDE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BUT FOCUSING ON WHAT WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR IN SHORT TERMS, EVERYTHING THAT'S ON THE GROUND TODAY, BUSINESS WISE.

THERE HE IS. A LOUD ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR.

[APPLAUSE] HOLD THAT THOUGHT.

HERE WE GO. OH, YOU DO THERE WE GO. NO.

CAN ANY OF Y'ALL SEE IT ON YOUR SCREENS? YEAH, WELL NO.

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OK YOU GOT IT.

THERE WE GO. THERE WE GO.

THERE WE GO. OKAY.

NOW WE'RE ALL SEEING THE SAME THING.

SO THIS IS THE SCOPE OF HOW WE AS GARLAND AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP DEFINES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

AND SO WHAT WE'RE HERE TONIGHT TO DO IS DISCUSS WHAT IS UNDER THE CHAMBER'S ROLE OF RESPONSIBILITY, WHICH, AS WE'LL GET INTO IN A LITTLE BIT DEPTH, IS REALLY BASICALLY EVERYTHING THAT'S ON THE GROUND TODAY.

IN SHORT TERMS, THE CITY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING IN WHAT'S NEW, FOR REDEVELOPING ALL THE CDB AND THE EXTERNAL MARKETING, THE BIG JOB OF BRINGING THINGS IN, AND EXPANDING THINGS THAT ARE ON THE GROUND. THE CHAMBER'S RESPONSIBILITY, AS WE SEE IN THE GRAPH, IS SMALL BUSINESS, WORKFORCE, RETENTION, EXPANSION THAT'S HOLDING ON TO WHAT WE HAVE AND THE AWARENESS MARKETING BASICALLY THAT'S THE MARKETING WE DO TO THE PEOPLE HERE ON THE GROUND IN GARLAND THAT ALLOWS THEM TO KNOW WHAT SERVICES AND RESOURCES THEY HAVE AVAILABLE.

SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, IT'S I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THE ECONOMY OF GARLAND.

AND THIS HAS BEEN NUMBERS THAT WE'VE LOOKED AT FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

BASICALLY, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE OVER 7000 SMALL BUSINESSES, 350 OF THOSE ARE 350 MANUFACTURERS. NOT SO MUCH LATELY, BUT EARLY ON, THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THE AMOUNT OF TAX BASE FROM THE COMMERCIAL AND THE TAX BASE OF RESIDENTIAL. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT 42% OF THE TAX BASE IS COMMERCIAL AND ABOUT 58%, WHICH ON THE SURFACE SAYS THAT BUSINESS IS NOT KEEPING UP WITH ITS ROLE IN THE ECONOMY.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COST, HOWEVER, IT'S 20% OF THE COST OF PROVIDING ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND ALL THE SERVICES IS REALLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMMERCIAL SIDE AND ABOUT 80% OF THE COST.

WHY DON'T YOU FLIP TO THE MAP.

YEAH. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MAP, THIS IS HOW WE COME TO IT.

SO YOU SEE THE TWO CIRCLES WHICH ARE BASICALLY THE LARGE AND THE SMALLER MANUFACTURING COMMERCIAL AREA OF GARLAND, WHICH WHEN YOU PUT THAT TOGETHER IS ABOUT 20% OF THE LAND, WHICH WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COST, THAT'S ROADS, THAT'S SEWER, THAT'S WATER, THAT'S INFRASTRUCTURE, THAT'S PUBLIC SAFETY, THAT'S ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE THE COST OF THE CITY, WHEREAS THE RESIDENTIAL PIECE OF IT IS ABOUT 80% OF THAT.

SO IF YOU'RE A BUSINESS AND YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE PROFIT SIDE OF IT, THE COMMERCIAL SIDE IS WHAT GENERATES THE PROFIT.

AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT GO BACK ONE.

ANOTHER BIG FACTOR IN GARLAND'S PROFITABILITY IS THE PROFITABILITY OR THE REVENUE IS TO GARLAND POWER AND LIGHT AND THESE NUMBERS ARE A FEW YEARS OLD, BUT THEY'RE PROBABLY A WHOLE LOT BETTER NOW. BUT 9% OF THE CUSTOMERS THAT GO ON POWER AND LIGHT PROVIDE 45% OF ALL REVENUES. SO THE REASON WE FOCUS ON WHAT WE CAN NOW, IN A MINUTE, WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE GARLAND 50, THE TOP 50 IS THAT KEEPING THOSE FOLKS NOT ONLY HAPPY AND HERE, BUT EXPANDING? WE'LL TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE EXPANDING.

FROM AN EMPLOYMENT SIDE THESE FOUR CATEGORIES MANUFACTURING, TRANSPORTATION, CONSTRUCTION, WHOLESALE TRADE IS ABOUT 30% OF ALL OF OUR JOBS.

AND THIS $2 BILLION DOLLAR IN PAYROLL IS A COUPLE OF YEARS OLD.

SO IN TERMS OF WHAT IS THE ECONOMY THAT WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR, THAT'S IT IN A NUTSHELL.

LOOK AT THE MAP. LET'S GO TO THE NEXT ONE.

SO IF YOU AND ANYBODY THAT'S BEEN IN ANY KIND OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OR LOOKED AT NATIONAL STATISTICS, WILL KNOW THAT THIS STATEMENT AT THE TOP 80% OF GROWTH COMES FROM EXISTING BUSINESSES. AND WE CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT LIVE IN GARLAND RIGHT NOW.

BUT THAT'S A WORLDWIDE OR A NATIONWIDE STATISTIC.

IT'S BEEN AROUND FOREVER. AND YOU CAN THINK ABOUT WHERE THE GROWTH COMES FROM.

WHERE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE THAT ARE HAPPY, THAT BRING IN EXPANDED THEIR OWN BUSINESS OR BRING IN SUPPLIERS OR CUSTOMERS.

THAT'S HOW WE'VE GROWN.

THE WAY WE ADDRESS BUSINESS RETENTION EXPANSION IS THROUGH ABOUT TWO PRINCIPAL OF MEANS.

IN 2006, WE RECOGNIZED THAT GARLAND OBVIOUSLY HAS A LARGE MANUFACTURING POPULATION AND AS A CHAMBER WE WEREN'T STRUCTURED REALLY TO FOCUS ON THAT.

SO WE, WITH THE COOPERATION AND THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COLLEGE DISTRICT, FORMED THE

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DALLAS COUNTY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION.

AND THE REASON WE BRANDED IT DALLAS COUNTY, BECAUSE AT THE TIME AND STILL TODAY, THE RESOURCES THAT SUPPORTED THESE MANUFACTURERS WERE COUNTY WIDE, THE COLLEGE WAS COUNTY WIDE. AND THE WORKFORCE BOARD THAT PROVIDED A LOT OF THE GRANT MONEY WAS COUNTY WIDE.

SO WE FORMED THE DCMA, THE DALLAS COUNTY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, WITH ABOUT FIVE OR SIX MEMBERS BECAUSE AT THE TIME, MANUFACTURERS WEREN'T A BIG PART OF THE CHAMBER.

YOU TALKED TO A MANUFACTURER AND YOU LOOK AT CHAMBER PROGRAMS. YOU KNOW, MANUFACTURERS ARE INDEPENDENT.

THEY DIDN'T NEED A LOT OF THE NETWORKING SERVICES, A LOT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES.

NOW THAT THEY HAVE A HOME, WE'VE GROWN THAT FROM 5 OR 6 TO 75 AND THAT'S GROWING ALL THE TIME. AND IT'S STRUCTURED WITH ITS OWN LEADERSHIP GROUP, FOCUS GROUPS AROUND HR, WORKFORCE LEADERSHIP DIRECTION AND OTHER PROGRAMS. AND THEN THE GARLAND 50 IS THE TOP 50 TAX PAYERS AND UTILITY USERS IN GARLAND.

AND WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH THOSE FOLKS MAKING SURE THAT WHAT THEY NEED IS WHAT WE'RE PROVIDING. A LOT OF OVERLAP BETWEEN THE 75 COMPANIES AND DCMA AND THE GARLAND 50.

THE OTHER BIG ISSUE AND WE'LL GET INTO WORKFORCE IS SUPPLY CHAIN.

AND SO WE'RE ADDRESSING THAT ON AN ONGOING BASIS WITH DIRECT CONNECTIONS, FINDING WAYS AROUND GETTING THE THINGS THAT THEY NEED TO BUILD THEIR BUSINESS OR BUILD THEIR PRODUCT AND OTHER RESOURCES.

THANKFULLY, WE'VE GOT PEOPLE LIKE ANDREA THAT DOES COOL GRAPHS AND PICTURES.

THIS IS WHERE OUR MEMBERS ARE AND THE GARLAND 50 ARE.

THAT'S JUST FOR YOUR EDIFICATION.

SUCCESS STORIES, BACK TO 80% OF THE GROWTH COMES FROM FOLKS THAT ARE ALREADY HERE.

WELL, HERE'S JUST A HANDFUL OF SUCCESS STORIES.

KRAFT HEINZ HAS BEEN HERE SINCE 1949, PROBABLY SIX, SEVEN YEARS AGO, THEY WERE DOWN TO 200 FOLKS AND MOSTLY A WAREHOUSE.

TODAY, THEY'RE 1400 EMPLOYEES AND BRINGING ON MORE LINES ALL THE TIME.

THAT WAS THE GROWTH FROM A COMPANY THAT WAS HERE, THAT'S EXPANDING, THAT REALLY SPAWNED TWO COMPANIES DOWN PLASTIPAK THAT CAME HERE TO SUPPORT KRAFT.

AND TODAY, AS OF LAST WEEK, WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THEM, THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND MORE ROOM WITHIN THEIR CURRENT LOCATION TO BRING IN MORE LINES, MORE TAXABLE EQUIPMENT, MORE EMPLOYEES. TRUE VELOCITY IS A HOMEGROWN STORY THIRD GENERATION MANUFACTURER THAT FELL UPON OR CAME TO POSSESS THE PATENTS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMMUNITION.

IT WAS THOUGHT TO GET A HOLD OF THE PATENTS AND SELL THAT OFF.

AND CHRIS TEDFORD SAID, NO, WE'RE A MANUFACTURER, LET'S KEEP THAT IN GARLAND.

SO THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMMUNITION, IT WAS BUILT, DESIGNED, PERFECTED AND MANUFACTURED HERE IN GARLAND. THE REST OF THESE ARE ALL EXAMPLES OF COMPANIES THAT ARE GOING THROUGH EXPANSION, THAT ARE HERE, THAT ARE BRINGING IN MORE LINES.

ECOLAB RESTRUCTURED, ADDED A BIG WAREHOUSE COMPONENT AND ADDED MORE LINES.

PCA, AS OF LAST WEEK IS BRINGING MORE LINES.

ANDERSEN WINDOWS.

GREAT STORY ABOUT TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF WINDOWS.

THEY ANDERSEN IS A WOOD WINDOW MANUFACTURER.

THEY FIGURED OUT HOW TO USE ALL THAT SAWDUST FROM WOOD TO MAKE AN EPOXY EXTRUDED PRODUCT THAT BUILDS NEW FRAMES THEY BROUGHT THE EXTRUSION [INAUDIBLE] DOWN HERE.

SO NOT ONLY ARE THEY PRODUCING THE FINAL WINDOWS, BUT THEY'RE PRODUCING THE RAW MATERIALS TO MAKE THE WINDOWS. GENERAL DYNAMICS, THOSE OF YOU THAT WERE BEEN AROUND REMEMBER THAT FROM INTERCONTINENTAL MANUFACTURING.

AND NOW THEY'RE BRINGING ON MORE PRODUCTS.

EPIROC THE FORMER ATLAS COPCO, THE FORMER INGERSOLL-RAND SINCE ATLAS COPCO AND EPIROC TOOK IT OVER IT'S THREE TIMES AS LARGE AS THEY WERE.

AND IT GOES ON AND ON.

THEY'RE NOT ALL BIG.

LABEL SOLUTIONS PROBABLY FOUR YEARS AGO WERE TWO OR THREE PEOPLE, NOW THEY'RE 15.

AND WHEN YOU EXTRAPOLATE THAT TO THE 350 MANUFACTURERS, IF ALL OF THEM JUST GREW BY FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE, YOU WOULD HAVE A HUGE NEW COMPANY.

SO THAT ALL SPEAKS TO WHAT I'M SAYING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF THE FOLKS THAT ARE ON THE GROUND RIGHT NOW.

THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE AND IT'S A HARD DECISION BETWEEN THIS AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN.

BUT WORKFORCE, IT'S ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT.

NOW IT'S A FULL BLOWN CRISIS.

WE SPEND AT 90% OF OUR EFFORT AROUND GETTING PEOPLE READY TO GO TO WORK, WHICH IS A BIGGER ISSUE THAN IT'S EVER BEEN IN TERMS OF FINDING THE FOLKS, GETTING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WANT TO GO TO WORK, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO SHOW UP EVERY DAY, THAT

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THEY'RE GOING TO LEARN. SO THESE ARE JUST A HANDFUL OF THE PROGRAMS THAT DOESN'T BEGIN TO REFLECT ALL THE THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING TO GET PEOPLE IDENTIFIED, TRAINED AND ELEVATED IN THE WORKFORCE. GISD IS A BIG PARTNER.

THE COLLEGE IS A HUGE PARTNER, PTECH, FAME, THOSE ARE PROGRAMS THAT START IN THE HIGH SCHOOL AND CARRIED ON.

PTECH PARTNERS IN EDUCATION, EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOLS.

YOU GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH AN ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE FAME, TWO YEAR PROGRAM.

BUILDING THE PEOPLE THAT WILL KEEP THE MACHINES RUNNING.

IF YOU'RE IN MANUFACTURING, AUTOMATION IS GROWING AT A PHENOMENAL RATE.

WELL, YOU DON'T HAVE MACHINES IF YOU.

YOU DON'T HAVE A PRODUCTION, IF YOU DON'T KEEP THE MACHINES RUNNING, THAT'S WHAT FAME DOES. LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOLKS WITH MY COLOR HAIR ARE RETIRING.

THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS ARE COMING IN.

WE TRAIN THOSE FOLKS.

GRANTS, WE TALKED ABOUT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS EARLIER AND TRAINING GRANTS.

THAT'S STILL A BIG PORTION OF IT.

THE COLLEGE IS BRINGING IN MORE OF THIS MONEY ALL THE TIME.

JOB FAIRS, REFERRALS AND PROGRAMS ON BEST PRACTICES.

SO THAT'S APOLOGIES TO ANDREA, THAT'S AS BRIEFLY AS I CAN DO THE PART OF MY PRESENTATION OR THE PRESENTATION ABOUT THE MANUFACTURING PIECE.

MY PARTNER HERE ON SMALL BUSINESS.

SO WE'RE GOING TO COVER THE AWARENESS AND MARKETING PIECE AND ALSO THE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT THAT THE CHAMBER ALSO TAKES OVER AND HAS INITIATIVES ON.

SO WITH THE CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP, THESE ARE A FEW OF THE PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES PROJECTS THAT WE HAVE RUNNING RIGHT NOW WHERE WE PARTNER WITH THE CITY, THE GARLAND GUIDE, BIG, BIG PUBLICATION THAT WE HAVE.

WE HAVE CONTENT FROM PARKS AND REC, FROM HOTSPOTS IN THE CITY, DIFFERENT ARTICLES LIKE PROMOTING THE CITY AS WELL.

BUT WE ALSO HAVE A MAIN FEATURE AND THIS YEAR IT'S THE MEDICAL DISTRICT.

SO WE DID INTERVIEW OUR ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, JUD REX AND ALSO ED DIRECTOR AYAKO FOR THE FEATURED PIECE HERE ON WHAT THAT AREA WILL LOOK LIKE.

THIS PUBLICATION IS DISTRIBUTED TO 7000 HOUSEHOLDS IN 2000 BUSINESSES.

IN THOSE 7000 HOUSEHOLDS WE DID INCLUDE THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE MEDICAL DISTRICT SO THAT THEY ALSO ARE AWARE OF THAT AREA GROWING.

THE GROWING GARLAND QUARTERLY INFORMATION THAT WE GET WE WANT TO DISTRIBUTE THAT INFORMATION TO OUR MEMBERS, OUR PROSPECTS.

ANYBODY THAT WE HAVE ON OUR LIST.

SO THAT INFORMATION ON A QUARTERLY BASIS GETS DISTRIBUTED THROUGH OUR EMAIL MARKETING CHANNELS AND ARE DISTRIBUTED TO ABOUT 3300 EMAILS.

THE LOCAL ELECTION, AS WE KNOW, THAT'S COMING UP ON MAY 7TH.

SO WE DO HAVE A CANDIDATES FORUM AND WE ALSO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE LOCAL CANDIDATES.

SO THAT INCLUDES CITY COUNCIL, GISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

SO WE DO THAT IN A BLOG FORMAT, INCLUDING WEBSITES, FACEBOOK PAGES FOR EACH OF THE CANDIDATES. AND WE INCLUDE THAT IN THE CANDIDATES FORUM EVENT, AS WELL AS DISTRIBUTED THROUGH OUR EMAIL CHANNELS AND SOCIAL MEDIA.

AND STARTING THIS WEEK, WE WILL ACTUALLY BE DOING SPOTLIGHTS ON EACH OF THE LOCAL CANDIDATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIFICALLY.

SO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THAT.

THAT'S COMING.

THE LIBRARY, SO WE'VE GROWN INTO HAVING A PARTNERSHIP WITH THEM AND REALLY PROMOTING THE RESOURCES THAT THEY HAVE AVAILABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH OUR PLATFORMS. AND THERE'S SOMETHING REALLY BIG THAT I WILL DISCUSS IN THE NEXT SLIDE THAT WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT, THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE PARTNERING WITH THE LIBRARIES.

BUILD GARLAND, THAT BOND PROGRAM INITIATIVES.

WE LIKE TO PROMOTE THE FINISH, THE NEW AND THE CURRENT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT ARE GOING ON. OUR MEMBERS ARE REALLY EXCITED TO LEARN ABOUT THAT OUR PROSPECTS ARE EXCITED TO LEARN ABOUT THAT. SO WE WANT TO PUBLISH THAT ON OUR CHANNELS, JUST LIKE WE PROMOTE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY IN THE GARLAND GUIDE.

THE CITY ALSO PROMOTES INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE IN THE CITY PRESS THAT INCLUDES ANY COMMUNITY EVENTS LIKE THE BUSINESS EXPO, THE COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST AND MANY OTHER INITIATIVES.

AND FINALLY, ON THE AWARENESS AND MARKETING, THE CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY.

SO WE DO HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BUILDING INSPECTION DEPARTMENT WHERE WE PICK THOSE UP ON A WEEKLY BASIS, ON A MONTHLY BASIS, EXCUSE ME, AND WE DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION TO THEM ON THE RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THEM, TO THEM, THROUGH US.

AND AS YOU GUYS HAVE THIS LITTLE FANCY LITTLE BOOKLET, THIS IS VERY NEW.

WE JUST PRINTED THESE.

SO WE WILL BE USING THIS TO DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES, INCLUDING NATIONAL EVENTS, WHAT WE HAVE ON THE GROUND HERE AND WE HAVE ALL THE DATES IN THERE. SO NOW MOVING INTO THE ACTUAL SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE.

SO THE WHOLE GOAL OF THIS IS TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE SMALL BUSINESSES IN GARLAND, NOT JUST ONE AREA, THE WHOLE CITY ON WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO THEM THAT IS FREE, THAT EVERYTHING WE OFFER IS FREE TO THEM.

THERE IS NO COST.

INITIATIVES INCLUDE GUIDANCE.

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SO WE DO HAVE AN SBDC PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NORTH TEXAS SBDC.

WE HAVE ACCESS TO EIGHT COUNSELORS AND ALSO SCORE.

WE HAVE ACCESS TO MANY MENTORS THAT ARE ABLE TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES START THEIR BUSINESS BUT ALSO GROW THEIR BUSINESS.

AND IF THEY WERE EVENTUALLY WANTING TO EXIT AND SELL, WE ALSO HAVE RESOURCES FOR THAT AS WELL. SO THESE COUNSELORS CAN HELP IN ALL LANGUAGES VIETNAMESE, SPANISH, AND MANY OTHER.

SO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED THAT WE WERE ABLE TO EXPAND THAT AND ACTUALLY HAVE ACCESS TO EIGHT COUNSELORS, NOT JUST ONE THAT WE HAD IN THE PAST.

AND THIS IS WHAT'S REALLY EXCITING.

WE'RE GOING TO BE HOSTING INFORMATION SESSIONS AT THE LIBRARIES ABOUT SBDC TO REALLY EXPAND OUR OUTREACH AND REACH MORE SMALL BUSINESSES IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF GARLAND.

SO WE'LL BE UTILIZING THE LIBRARIES FOR THAT.

I HAVE SOME DATES IN THE NEXT SLIDE THAT I CAN SHOW YOU GUYS ON WHERE WE'LL BE MOVING SO THAT WE CAN ALSO GET YOUR HELP ON THAT IN PROMOTING THOSE INFORMATION SESSIONS TO YOUR DISTRICT BUSINESSES.

CONTINUING EDUCATION. SO WE DO HAVE THE BOLD PROGRAMING.

WITH THE SPEAKER SERIES WE BRING IN A SPEAKER THAT IS ABLE TO COVER ALL ASPECTS OF BUSINESSES. WE RECORD THESE, SO WE DO HAVE THEM AVAILABLE ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

SO WE HAVE EVERYTHING FROM 2020 THROUGH NOW ON THERE.

SO IT'S AVAILABLE FOR EVERYBODY.

AND THEN FROM THAT, WE HAVE THE NEW PROGRAM, WHICH IS THE BOLD WORKSHOP.

SO ONCE YOU HEAR A SPEAKER GIVE YOU INFORMATION, YOU ARE ACTUALLY ABLE TO APPLY THAT TO YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE SAME SPEAKER OF THE SPEAKER SERIES, THEY WILL COME IN AND ACTUALLY SHOW YOU HOW TO APPLY THAT.

SO WE WANT TO BE MORE HANDS ON AND REALLY SEE THE GROWTH OF THE BUSINESSES ON HOW THEY'RE ABLE TO APPLY THIS.

NOW MOVING TO NATIONAL MARKETING EVENTS.

SO THIS INCLUDES SMALL BUSINESS WEEK AND SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.

SO WE PROMOTE ALL OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, ANYBODY WHO IS WANTING US TO PROMOTE THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WE WILL DO THAT DURING SMALL BUSINESS WEEK.

LAST YEAR, I DID RECEIVE AN EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF VIDEOS, [LAUGHTER] SO WE'RE EXTENDING IT TO THE WHOLE MONTH. SO THE WHOLE MONTH OF MAY WILL BE SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, AND WE'LL BE PROMOTING ALL BUSINESSES WHO SUBMIT A 30 SECOND TO ONE MINUTE VIDEO AND WE WILL TAG YOU.

WE WILL DO EVERYTHING TO HELP PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS DURING THAT MONTH.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. SO WE WORK CLOSELY WITH VISIT GARLAND ON THIS EVENT IN BRINGING HOLIDAY SHOPPERS TO DOWNTOWN GARLAND.

IT'S SO FAR STAYED IN DOWNTOWN GARLAND, BUT WE'RE PLANNING TO EXPAND THAT.

WE KNOW PLAZA GARLAND HAS SEVERAL BUSINESSES THERE THAT WE CAN EXPAND TO DIFFERENT AREAS IN GARLAND, THAT WE CAN BRING THIS NATIONAL EVENT.

AND WE ALSO HAVE OTHER CHAMBER EVENTS THAT ARE VERY BENEFICIAL TO SMALL BUSINESSES.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE BUSINESS EXPO, WE HAVE VENDORS THERE.

THEY'RE WELCOME TO ATTEND FOR FREE AND ACTUALLY NETWORK WITH THESE OTHER BUSINESSES TO SEE HOW THEY CAN PARTNER WITH THEM AND GROW THEIR BUSINESS.

AND LASTLY, ON SMALL BUSINESS, BRAND NEW RESOURCE, OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

SO IT'S CALLED GARLAND TX SMALL BUSINESSES.

I JUST STARTED THIS IN MARCH, SO IT'S VERY NEW.

WE ONLY HAVE 50 FOLLOWERS RIGHT NOW, BUT I WANT TO CREATE A ONE STOP SHOP FOR RESOURCES AND FOR DISCUSSIONS.

SO THAT'S WHY WE THOUGHT FACEBOOK WOULD BE A REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY.

WE'VE SEEN THROUGH OUR ANALYTICS THAT SMALL BUSINESSES LIVE ON FACEBOOK, SO WE REALLY WANTED TO BE IN THEIR HUB AND WE JUST CREATED THIS WHERE WE'RE JUST POSTING RESOURCES, ANY GRANT OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE COMING UP SINCE IT'S BEEN GOING ON AND OFF.

BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC ANY OF THE COUNSELING SERVICES, SCORE, ANY OF THE EVENTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM, ALL THE RECORDINGS WILL BE POSTED ON THERE.

WE JUST WANT TO CREATE A HUB WHERE THEY CAN FIND ALL THE INFORMATION.

AND WITH THAT, I HAVE SOME CALL TO ACTIONS FOR THE COUNCIL.

SO THE INFORMATION SESSIONS, AS I SPOKE ABOUT OUR FIRST DATE IS ON APRIL 19TH.

THAT'S COMING UP IN A FEW WEEKS.

IT WILL BE AT THE NORTH GARLAND LOCATION.

WE WILL BE ROTATING THROUGH NORTH, SOUTH AND CENTRAL SINCE WALNUT WILL BE IN REMODELING MODE CONSTRUCTION. SO WE WILL BE MOVING THROUGH THE OTHER BRANCHES.

BUT WE REALLY WOULD LIKE FOR YOU THAT ARE CLOSE TO THESE LIBRARIES TO HELP PROMOTE THIS INFORMATION OUT TO YOUR BUSINESSES IN YOUR DISTRICT.

WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO TELL THEM THAT THERE'S THIS AVAILABLE RESOURCE FOR FREE FOR THEM.

AND IT'S NOT JUST A ONE TIME DEAL WITH SBDC.

THEY CAN CONTINUOUSLY HAVE THIS COUNSELOR GUIDE THEM AS THEY GROW THEIR BUSINESS.

SO WE THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND WE WANT THE COUNCIL TO BE PART OF OUR OUTREACH AND ALSO FOLLOW OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF CONTENT ON THERE THAT WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO SHARE TO YOUR DISTRICTS, AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE REALLY, REALLY BENEFICIAL AS IT IS THAT ONE STOP SHOP AND DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO KNOW THE ANSWERS.

I AM HERE TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS.

I'VE BEEN IN THIS ROLE FOR ALMOST FIVE YEARS, SO I THINK I GOT A GOOD HANDLE RIGHT NOW ON THE PROGRAM. SO IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, JUST PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL.

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HERE IS MY CONTACT INFORMATION.

WE ARE LOCATED AT THE CHAMBER ON 520 NORTH GLENBROOK.

SO IF ANYBODY WANTS TO STOP BY, ALSO SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE LISTENING, IF THEY WANTED TO STOP BY, THEY'RE WELCOME TO DO THAT AND TALK TO ME ABOUT ANY RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE. SO THAT CONCLUDES OUR CHAMBER UPDATE.

VERY GOOD. SEE IF WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS. THANK YOU, MAYOR. THANK YOU, ANDREA.

THANK YOU, PAUL.

A MAN OF FEW WORDS.

[LAUGHTER] FRIENDS. AND JUST A COUPLE OF FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS FOR YOU.

I'M EXCITED AND PAUL KNOWS SOME THINGS ARE VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART.

AND YOUR TOPIC IS ONE OF THOSE.

SO YOU MENTIONED THE SMALL BUSINESS MONTH IN MAY, AND YOU ALSO MENTIONED THE AVAILABILITY OF FREE ADVERTISING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES ON SOCIAL MEDIA THROUGH THE CHAMBER.

MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS, HOW ARE WE ALERTING SMALL BUSINESSES OF THOSE TWO OPPORTUNITIES? AND BECAUSE I CONTINUE TO SAY THAT THESE ARE SMALL STAFFS, THEY CAN'T WHEN YOU SAY, COME GET THIS, THEY CAN'T [INAUDIBLE] AND PAUL AND I HAVE HAD THIS CONVERSATION A NUMBER OF TIMES. SO HOW ARE WE GOING ON THOSE TWO THINGS HOW ARE WE GOING TO LET THEM KNOW OF THOSE TWO OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY PARTICULARLY FREE ADVERTISEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA? HOW ARE WE GOING TO WHAT TELL ME SHARE YOUR STRATEGY FOR GETTING THAT WORD OUT? IT'S WHAT I'M ASKING YOU.

SO THIS IS, LIKE I SAID, IT'S AVAILABLE TO ALL SMALL BUSINESSES THAT INCLUDES MEMBER BUSINESSES AND ALSO PROSPECTS.

ALL BUSINESSES IN GARLAND ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM.

SO THE WAY WE'RE PROMOTING IT IS THROUGH OUR EMAILS, THROUGH THE COS.

WE DO RECEIVE A FEW EMAILS THERE.

SO WE ADD THEM TO OUR SMALL BUSINESS LIST, WHICH RIGHT NOW HAS ABOUT 300 EMAILS THAT WERE JUST BASED OFF OF THE COS LIST THAT WE PICK UP FROM BUILDING INSPECTION.

WE HAVE THAT LIST, SO WE PROMOTING IT EMAIL WISE.

WE, I DO ALSO PERSONAL OUTREACH THROUGH EMAIL.

SO THEY WILL SEE MY PERSONAL OUTLOOK EMAIL COMING THROUGH, NOT JUST THE CONSTANT CONTACT EMAIL. WE ALSO DO THE MAIL OUTS SO THAT INFORMATION ON THE PROMOTION IS IN THE FLIER IN THE BOOKLET. SO WE ARE SENDING THAT OUT TO ALL THE CO'S THAT WE HAVE IN OUR SYSTEM THAT OR I'M INCLUDING ALL CO'S AND I'VE WORKED WITH THAT LIST NOW FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

SO I'VE REMOVED THOSE THAT ARE NOT IN BUSINESS ANYMORE WHEN SOMETHING COMES BACK.

SO I DON'T HAVE AN EXACT NUMBER OF THE BUSINESSES THAT I HAVE ON THAT LIST, BUT IT'S OVER 400 FOR SURE.

SO THEY'LL BE RECEIVING LIKE THE FLIER THAT HAS THAT INFORMATION ON THERE AS WELL.

AND I HIGHLIGHT THAT I ALWAYS WRITE PERSONAL NOTES WHEN I SEND INFORMATION TO SMALL BUSINESSES TO KIND OF HIGHLIGHT WHAT'S COMING.

SO I INCLUDE THAT IN THERE AS WELL.

AND I DO SOME PERSONAL OUTREACH, SOME VISITS.

I GO TO DIFFERENT AREAS, DIFFERENT DISTRICTS, AND ALSO WORK, FOR EXAMPLE, PLAZA GARLAND.

I KNOW DELAH THERE AND I ALWAYS SEND HER INFORMATION AND SHE LIKES TO DISTRIBUTE WITHIN HER AREA AS WELL AS THE SURROUNDING BUSINESSES AROUND PLAZA GARLAND.

SO I HAVE SOME CONNECTIONS OF CERTAIN AREAS THAT ARE LIKE THAT WHERE I CAN DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION. SAME THING WITH LIKE CALI SAIGON MALL.

LIKE I CAN TALK WITH JENNIFER AND SEND HER INFORMATION AND SHE CAN KIND OF DISTRIBUTE IN THAT AREA AS WELL. SO THERE'S JUST A LITTLE BIT OF OF ALL MY OUTREACH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

VERY GOOD. ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS WHILE WE GOT THEM? I SEE NONE. VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU. DO I EXIT THIS? SURE. MAYBE.

YEAH. THERE WE GO.

ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU. AND THAT WILL MOVE US TO ITEM 4 B 2019 BOND PROGRAM STATUS UPDATE.

[4b. 2019 Bond Program - Status Update]

BIG DECISION WHICH CHAIR TO SIT IN.

THE QUESTION IS, DO I HAVE A MIC NOW? THERE WE GO. [LAUGHTER] GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

AS I WAS PREPARING FOR OUR UPDATE ON THE BOND PROGRAM TONIGHT, I REALIZE THAT WHILE CALLIE HAS BEEN IN THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE FOR TWO YEARS NOW, THIS IS HER FIRST OPPORTUNITY.

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OFFICE FOR TWO YEARS.

THIS IS HER FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY SIT IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS WORK SESSION ROOM.

SO WE SHOULD HAVE FIREWORKS OR SOMETHING.

[LAUGHTER] SO THE PMO WAS EXCITED TO KICK OFF THE YEAR WITH OUR SECOND ANNUAL BUILD GARLAND DAY, WHERE WE CELEBRATED FIVE OF OUR MOST RECENT PROJECTS THAT CROSS THE FINISH LINE OR ARE GETTING REALLY CLOSE TO CROSSING THE FINISH LINE.

SO OUR FIRST STOP WAS AT GALE FIELDS REC CENTER AND THE RIBBON CUTTING THERE CELEBRATED MANY UPGRADES TO THE FACILITY, WHICH THE SENIORS ARE NOW ENJOYING WHILE WE ARE RENOVATING THE SENIOR CENTER.

AND DORFMAN PLAYGROUND WAS OUR SECOND STOP.

IT IS ONE OF 11 THAT IS AMONG THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN RECENTLY REPLACED AND UPDATED.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PICTURE THERE, PLAYGROUNDS TEND TO BRING OUT THE CHILDREN, IN ALL OF US. AND ONE OF THE ICONIC, WELL, THE ICONIC FEATURE AT THE PLAYGROUND IS THE LION, WHICH IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE US SO FAR.

WE THEN STOPPED AT THE TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FACILITY AND WHAT WAS IN THE 1950S HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP TO MODERN DAY STANDARDS, AND WE WERE ABLE TO SEE KIND OF BEHIND THE SCENES WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN THE SIGNAL OPERATIONS AND THE SIGN MAKING TO KEEP TRAFFIC LITERALLY MOVING THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

OOPS. WE THEN STOPPED AT A POLICE PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE BUILDING WHICH WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR A HARDHAT TOUR.

THERE THE COUNCIL COULD SEE THAT WE ARE DOUBLING OUR CAPACITY FOR STORAGE, AS WELL AS STREAMLINING THE PROCESS FOR HANDLING THAT EVIDENCE.

THIS PROJECT IS NOW IN THE HOME STRETCH AND WE'LL TOUCH ON THAT IN A BIT.

THE LAST PLACE WE STOPPED.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WAS THE ANIMAL SHELTER WHERE WE HAD THE RIBBON CUTTING.

THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED PROJECTS OF THE 2019 BOND PROGRAM, AND WE ALSO DOUBLED THE CITY'S CAPACITY FOR ANIMALS AND ADVANCED THE CARE BY DECADES, BECOMING A PREMIER CARE CENTER IN THE REGION.

AND ANIMAL SERVICES ALSO HELD THEIR OPEN HOUSE IN MARCH.

SO SINCE COUNCIL SAW THE POLICE PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE BUILDING IN FEBRUARY, EACH DAY IT LOOKS MORE AND MORE LIKE THE CONCEPTUAL RENDERING THAT YOU SEE THERE.

WE HAVE HAD SOME SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES WITH GETTING THE EXTERIOR FAçADE MATERIAL AND WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE ACHIEVING SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION BY MARCH AND IT'S LOOKING LIKE IT'LL BE A LITTLE BIT LATER THIS SUMMER.

SO STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS THERE IN TERMS OF WHEN WE'LL BE OPENING FOR USE.

NEXT WE HAVE THE STREET DEPARTMENT FACILITY.

AS PART OF THE 2022 CIP PROCESS WE BRIEFED THE COUNCIL ON SOME OF THE GEOTECHNICAL CHALLENGES THAT WE'RE HAVING AT THE EXISTING SITE OF THE STREET DEPARTMENT FACILITY.

SINCE THEN, WE HAVE SWITCHED GEARS AND WE ARE RE-INITIATING DESIGN ACROSS THE STREET WHERE THE ANIMAL SHELTER USED TO BE LOCATED AND WE ARE EXPECTING THE 30% DESIGN SUBMITTAL THIS SUMMER. SEVERAL OF OUR ROADWAY PROJECTS ARE PROGRESSING IN SIMILAR STAGES, SO I'M GOING TO TOUCH ON TWO OF THEM HERE.

BOTH NAAMAN SCHOOL ROAD AND HOLFORD ROAD.

SO ON THE LEFT THERE YOU CAN SEE NAAMAN SCHOOL ROAD.

IT'S BEING RECONSTRUCTED AND EXPANDING FROM A TWO LANE ASPHALT ROAD TO A FOUR LANE DIVIDED CONCRETE STREET WITH SIDE PATHS.

ON THE RIGHT, HOLFORD SEGMENT A IS ALSO EXPANDING FROM A TWO LANE ASPHALT STREET TO A FOUR LANE DIVIDED CONCRETE STREET WITH DEDICATED BIKE LANES AND SIDE PATHS.

BOTH PROJECTS HAVE WRAPPED UP THE 90% DESIGN SUBMITTAL AND WE ARE IN THE FINAL PHASES OF DESIGN. IF YOU'VE BEEN DRIVING ALONG EITHER ONE OF THESE ROADWAYS, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED SOME OF THE FRANCHISE UTILITY WORK IS UNDERWAY.

FOR BOTH OF THESE PROJECTS WE ANTICIPATE THAT THEY WILL BE WRAPPING UP DESIGN IN APRIL AND STARTING THE BID PROCESS IN JUNE.

NEXT WE HAVE SHILOH ROAD AND LYONS ROAD.

SO ON THE LEFT IS SHILOH ROAD BETWEEN KINGSLEY AND MILLER.

IT'S EXPANDING FROM A FOUR LANE DIVIDED CONCRETE STREET TO A SIX LANE DIVIDED CONCRETE

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STREET WITH SIDEWALKS.

LYONS, WHICH IS ON THE RIGHT BETWEEN I-30 AND GUTHRIE.

IT'S EXPANDING FROM A TWO LANE ASPHALT STREET TO A FOUR LANE DIVIDED CONCRETE STREET WITH DEDICATED BIKE LANES AND SIDE PATHS.

THE ALIGNMENTS FOR BOTH OF THESE ROADS WERE RECENTLY APPROVED AND WE ARE NOW ADVANCING INTO THE DETAILED DESIGN PHASE DESIGN CONTRACT AWARDS FOR BOTH OF THESE ARE ANTICIPATED ON THE NEXT COUNCIL AGENDA AS WELL AS THE ADVANCED FUNDING AGREEMENTS FOR SHILOH ROAD.

AND WE ANTICIPATE THE 30% DESIGN SUBMITTAL THIS FALL.

NEXT WE HAVE OUR BOTTLENECK IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM, WHICH IS REALLY JUST ONE PIECE OF IMPROVING BOTTLENECKS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS A COUPLE OF TIMES, SO I WILL SPARE YOU LISTING OFF ALL THE INTERSECTIONS. PACKAGE ONE, YOU CAN SEE ALL THE INTERSECTIONS HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN THERE . DESIGN IS COMPLETE.

WE ARE CURRENTLY OUTBIDDING FOR CONSTRUCTION, SO ANTICIPATE AN AWARD ON THAT PRETTY SOON.

PACKAGE TWO, WHICH IS IN PURPLE, DESIGN IS UNDERWAY AND WE ANTICIPATE THAT TO BE WRAPPING UP IN APRIL. SO WE WILL BE STARTING THE BIDDING PROCESS IN JUNE.

PACKAGE THREE, WHICH YOU SEE IN YELLOW, WE ARE THROUGH THE 90% DESIGN SUBMITTAL.

WE ARE WRAPPING UP FINAL PHASE OF DESIGN BY JUNE AND WE ANTICIPATE STARTING THE BIDDING PROCESS BY THE THIRD QUARTER.

PACKAGE FOUR, WE ARE IN THE 60% DESIGN MILESTONE.

THIS PROJECT OR THIS PARTICULAR PACKAGE IS MOVING A LITTLE BIT SLOWER THAN THE OTHERS, JUST BECAUSE OF THE COORDINATION WITH THE COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR REVITALIZATION EFFORT.

SO ANOTHER KEY PROJECT IN OUR BOND PROGRAM IS THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE AND THE SURROUNDING INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS PROJECT IS AIMING TO ACTIVATE THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE, REALLY PROMOTE PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT IN DOWNTOWN, AS WELL AS SPUR ECONOMIC INVESTMENT.

SO SINCE WE BROKE GROUND IN LATE 21, WE ARE MAKING SOME GREAT PROGRESS ON CONSTRUCTION.

WE'VE BEEN REALLY FOCUSING OUR EFFORTS IN MAIN AND FIFTH STREET.

ALL OF THE UNDERGROUND UTILITY WORK IS NOW COMPLETE, SO THAT INCLUDES ALL THE STORM DRAINAGE, WATER, SEWER, ELECTRICAL DUCT BANK.

AND NOW WE HAVE SOME, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THESE PICTURES, WE HAVE SOME CONCRETE IN PLACE, WHICH IS THE MORE EXCITING PART.

YES. [LAUGHTER] SO NEAR ROACH, WE HAD THAT CONCRETE POUR WHICH IS FEATURED ON THE LEFT THERE. THAT PARKING IS NOW REOPENED.

ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT, YOU CAN SEE FIFTH STREET.

AND SINCE THAT PICTURE WAS SNAGGED, WE'VE ACTUALLY PAVED THE OTHER HALF OF THE STREET.

SO AND ALONG MAIN STREET, THEY ARE STARTING TO FORM OUT WHERE THE PARKING IS GOING TO BE.

SO YOU CAN SEE THAT MORE CONCRETE IS ON THE WAY.

WE ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING ABOUT A MONTH BEHIND ON THOSE TWO STREETS.

THE MAIN REASON FOR THAT IS WE HAVE A COUPLE OF CRITICAL MATERIALS THAT WE'RE JUST HAVING TROUBLE GETTING HERE.

SO BOTH THE REMOVABLE BOLLARDS THAT WILL GO IN THE ROADWAY AS WELL AS OUR PAVERS, WE NOW HAVE A DELIVERY DATE OF LATE MAY FOR THAT.

SO WE'RE WE'RE HOPING THAT BY JUNE WE'LL BE OPEN.

WE ALSO HAVE THE BROADER AREA STREETSCAPES IN DOWNTOWN.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING IN TWO DIFFERENT AREAS.

THE FIRST WAS ALONG AVENUE A, WHICH IS KIND OF FEATURED ON THE BOTTOM THERE.

WE HAVE WRAPPED UP THAT WORK.

THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF MINOR WORK FOR SETTING THE PEDESTRIAN LIGHT POLES, BUT GOOD NEWS THERE IS THAT PARKING IS REOPENED NOW AND AVAILABLE FOR USE.

THE OTHER PLACE THAT WE'RE WORKING IS ALONG STATE STREET, THE NORTH SIDE BETWEEN GLENBROOK AND SIXTH, AS WELL AS ALONG SEVENTH STREET BETWEEN STATE AND AUSTIN.

THAT WRAPS UP DOWNTOWN.

NOW I WILL TURN IT OVER TO CALLIE.

THANK YOU. I DON'T KNOW WHICH MIC TO USE.

OKAY. THERE YOU GO. [LAUGHTER] MOVING ON TO PROPOSITION B.

STARTING WITH FIRE STATION NUMBER 6HERE YOU MAY REMEMBER WE ARE RELOCATING AND REBUILDING FIRE STATION NUMBER 6.

IT'S GOING TO MOVE FROM HOLFORD ROAD OVER TO THE GEORGE BUSH TURNPIKE AND CAMPBELL ROAD AREA. SOME FEATURES OF THIS 12,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY INCLUDE THREE APPARATUS BAYS AND

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SUPPORT AREAS, LIVING QUARTERS, A KITCHEN AND DAYROOM, WHICH YOU CAN SEE PICTURED HERE ON THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM LEFT IMAGES.

IT WILL ALSO HAVE A FITNESS ROOM AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SLEEPING QUARTERS THAT WILL ACCOMMODATE NINE PEOPLE.

SO THAT'S ONE CAPTAIN AND EIGHT FIREFIGHTERS.

IT IS CURRENTLY IN THE 90% CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS PHASE AND DESIGN IS WRAPPING UP.

ANTICIPATED TO COMPLETE THIS MONTH ACTUALLY, WHICH MEANS WE WILL BE MOVING INTO BIDDING FOR CONSTRUCTION NEXT MONTH IN MAY.

SO THAT'S ALL WE HAVE ON B TONIGHT.

MOVING INTO C, THAT'S THE DRAINAGE AND FLOODING PROJECTS.

WE'RE JUST GOING TO COVER SOME OF THEM TONIGHT.

SO STARTING WITH COUNTRY CLUB PARK ESTATES, THAT ONE FINISHED UP THE 60% DESIGN IN MARCH AND THAT MEANS 90% DESIGN SUBMITTAL IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AND WE ARE EXPECTING THAT TO FINISH LATER THIS YEAR IN THE FALL.

FOR THE NEXT TWO PROJECTS, MONTCLAIR'S NUMBER TWO AND THREE AS WELL AS SATURN SPRINGS ESTATES. THEY ARE BOTH IN THE 30% DESIGN SUBMITTAL PHASE AND MONTCLAIR IS EXPECTED TO FINISH EARLIER IN APRIL WITH SATURN SPRINGS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

AND THEN LAKEWOOD ADDITION CURRENTLY HAS A DESIGN CONTRACT THAT'S UNDERWAY, AND YOU WILL ACTUALLY BE SEEING THAT AT TOMORROW NIGHT'S REGULAR SESSION.

AND THEN FINALLY, WESTERN HEIGHTS NUMBER FOUR.

WE HAVE COMPLETED THAT INITIAL DRAINAGE STUDY AND WE DO HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE THINK MAY BE POTENTIALLY A BETTER SOLUTION.

AND SO WE ARE RECOMMENDING FURTHER STUDY DOWNSTREAM.

AND NOW FOR PROPOSITION D, PARKS AND RECREATION, SOME OF THE MOST FUN PROJECTS.

STARTING WITH RICK ODEN PARK.

SOME OF THE KEY FEATURES HERE INCLUDE A BASEBALL FIELD, WHICH YOU CAN SEE IN THIS IMAGE HERE ON THE BOTTOM LEFT.

ALSO, A NEW PLAYGROUND, TRAILS AND A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE.

AND THERE WILL BE RESTROOMS AND SHADE STRUCTURES AND ALSO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS.

AS YOU KNOW, PHASE ONE IS UNDERWAY.

SINCE WE BROKE GROUND ON IT IN BUILD GARLAND DAY OVER ONE YEAR AGO AND THE SKATEPARK WE ARE EXCITED IS EXPECTED TO OPEN THIS SUMMER WITH PHASE ONE COMPLETING OVERALL IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

AND THEN PHASE TWO BIDDING FOR CONSTRUCTION IS CURRENTLY ONGOING AND WE ANTICIPATE A CONSTRUCTION BID AWARD FOR THAT SOON.

AND WE DO HAVE A VIDEO CLIP HERE QUICKLY TO SHOW YOU THE PROGRESS OF THE SKATEPARK CONSTRUCTION. AND THIS VIDEO IS FROM EARLY MARCH, SO ABOUT ONE MONTH AGO.

YOU CAN REALLY SEE IT STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE.

OKAY. MOVING ALONG TO THE GARLAND SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER HERE, WE ARE LOOKING TO ADD 900 SQUARE FEET TO INCLUDE A NEW FITNESS AREA, KITCHEN UPGRADES, NEW WINDOWS, AND A ROOF, RECONFIGURING THE FRONT RECEPTION DESK AND THEN ALSO INSTALLING NEW CABINETS, FLOORING AND LIGHTING THROUGHOUT THE FACILITY.

CONSTRUCTION IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY HERE, BUT WE HAVE RECENTLY RUN INTO SOME UNFORESEEN CONDITIONS AND SO WE WILL BE BRINGING THIS PROJECT BACK TO COUNCIL IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AT THE NEXT WORK SESSION TO FURTHER DISCUSS THOSE DETAILS.

THE PLAYGROUND REPLACEMENT PROGRAM, WHICH COUNCIL IS FAMILIAR WITH AND HAS RECENTLY ENJOYED, AS LAURA POINTED OUT EARLIER.

HERE WE HAVE 25 PARK SITES THROUGHOUT THE CITY WHERE WE ARE UPGRADING THE PLAYGROUND STRUCTURES, MANY OF WHICH ARE MORE THAN 20 YEARS OLD.

THOSE 25 PARKS ARE DIVIDED OUT INTO THREE PACKAGES, WHICH YOU SEE NUMBERED HERE.

WE'RE EXCITED TO HAVE RECENTLY FINISHED PACKAGE ONE.

SO ALL NINE OF THOSE ARE COMPLETE.

AND FOR PACKAGE TWO, WE HAVE TWO THAT OPENED IN MARCH.

WE HAVE THREE WHERE CONSTRUCTION IS WRAPPING UP AND THOSE ARE COMING SOON.

THIS IS ON PACKAGE TWO.

SORRY. AND THEN WE HAVE TWO MORE IN PACKAGE TWO THAT WILL BE OPENING LATER THIS SUMMER.

AND ALL IN ALL, PACKAGE THREE HAS NINE.

AND SO ONCE WE GET THOSE LAST NINE WRAPPED UP, THAT WILL BE SUMMER OF NEXT YEAR IS WHEN WE CAN EXPECT TO FINISH OUT THIS PROGRAM.

SO KEEPING WITH THE SAME THEME, WE HAVE SPLASH PADS AND PARK REDEVELOPMENT TO INCLUDE EMBREE PARK, MONTGOMERY PARK, WATSON PARK AND WYNNE PARK.

AND HERE YOU CAN SEE THAT THEY ARE A COMBINATION OR THEY INCLUDE A COMBINATION OF FEATURES SUCH AS PLAYGROUNDS, SPLASH PADS, AND RESTROOMS. ALL FOUR OF THESE ARE CURRENTLY BIDDING FOR CONSTRUCTION AND WE ARE ANTICIPATING A CONSTRUCTION AWARD THIS SUMMER IN JUNE.

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AND WE DO HAVE THIS VIDEO THAT JUST CAME IN TODAY THAT WE ADDED IN THE PRESENTATION LAST MINUTE THAT WE ARE EXCITED TO SHOW YOU.

WE THINK THAT YOU WILL ENJOY IT TO.

HOLFORD RECREATION CENTER AND AQUATIC FACILITY.

HERE THE RECREATION CENTER IS TO INCLUDE A GYMNASIUM, FITNESS ROOM, MULTIPURPOSE ROOMS AND KITCHEN. AND THEN POTENTIAL AQUATIC FACILITY FEATURES WOULD INCLUDE A LAZY RIVER, LEISURE POOL, AQUATIC PLAY STRUCTURE, CHILDREN'S POOL, RESTROOM, SHADE STRUCTURES AND MORE.

AND YOU CAN SEE THOSE IN THE RENDERINGS HERE.

WE RECENTLY COMPLETED THE 60% DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PHASE, AND THIS IS ANOTHER PROJECT WHERE WE HAVE RECENTLY RUN INTO SOME UNFORESEEN CONDITIONS.

AND SO WE WILL BE BRINGING THIS BACK TO COUNCIL WITHIN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AT THE NEXT WORK SESSION. WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP THIS ON SCHEDULE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO MINIMIZE THE POOL DOWNTIME. AND SO WE ARE HOPING TO MINIMIZE THOSE SCHEDULE IMPACTS AND HOPEFULLY STICK TO THAT DEPENDING ON HOW THE UPDATE GOES.

AND NEXT STEP THEN IS THE HOLLABAUGH RECREATION CENTER.

HERE WE ARE GOING TO RENOVATE THE EXISTING FACILITY WHICH WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE EXCUSE ME, THE NEW LOCATION OF THE WALNUT CREEK BRANCH LIBRARY.

AND SO SOME OF THE KEY IMPROVEMENTS WE'RE LOOKING AT HERE INCLUDE A GYMNASIUM WHICH YOU CAN SEE ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT.

ALSO A RELOCATED MAIN ENTRANCE, A RENOVATED FITNESS ROOM, ADDITIONAL MULTIPURPOSE ROOMS AND KITCHEN RENOVATIONS.

THE PROJECT IS CURRENTLY IN THE 90% PHASE.

WE RECENTLY RECEIVED THE 60% BACK IN JANUARY AND WE ARE ANTICIPATING TO WRAP UP DESIGN BY JUNE WITH BIDDING FOR CONSTRUCTION STARTING IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

SO SPEAKING OF LIBRARIES, WE'LL TALK ABOUT CENTRAL LIBRARY FIRST.

THIS PROJECT HAS SLOWED DOWN RECENTLY AS WE WORKED THROUGH SOME SCOPE AND BUDGET ISSUES LAST YEAR. BUT AS YOU KNOW, AS PART OF THE 2022 CIP, WE'VE ADJUSTED THE BUDGET AND SCOPE AND SO WE'RE NOW RE-INITIATING THE PROJECT AND THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING WILL ALLOW FOR ENHANCED AND IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY A RELOCATED AND UPGRADED COMMUNITY ROOM AND ALSO A SAFER CHILDREN'S AREA THAT WILL BE GEARED TOWARDS HANDS ON LEARNING.

IT IS CURRENTLY IN THE 60%, DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE AND THAT IS ANTICIPATED TO WRAP UP THIS SUMMER IN JUNE.

AND WE PERHAPS SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST WALNUT CREEK BRANCH LIBRARY.

AND THE DESIGN OF THE WALNUT CREEK BRANCH LIBRARY IS PROGRESSING AND WE WANT TO SHARE SOME OF THE CONCEPTUAL RENDERINGS WITH YOU.

NOW THAT WE'RE ALMOST 30% THROUGH DESIGN, THE NEW LIBRARY WILL MORE THAN DOUBLE THE SPACE OF THE CURRENT LOCATION, AND IT FEATURES A GRAND ENTRANCE THAT WILL WELCOME THE COMMUNITY INTO THE NEW FACILITY.

THE MAIN CORRIDOR OPENS TO THE PORCH AND ADJACENT PLAZA CONNECTING THE LIBRARY AND REC CENTER. THE LIBRARY WILL BE 18,000 SQUARE FEET AND IT WILL OFFER NEW TECHNOLOGIES, MAKERSPACE, STUDY ROOMS, CHILDREN'S HANDS ON LEARNING AREA PROGRAMING SPACE, A TEEN AREA

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AND ADULT READING AREA.

IT WILL ALSO HAVE SPACES IN THE MAIN CORRIDOR FOR COMMUNITY EXHIBITIONS AND ART DISPLAYS, AND THE NEW COMMUNITY ROOM WILL PROVIDE SEATING FOR UP TO 100 GUESTS.

AND THAT ROOM WILL ALSO BE ONE THAT YOU CAN SUBDIVIDE INTO SMALLER AREAS FOR SMALLER PROGRAMS AND EVENTS AND THE COMMUNITY ROOM.

IN ADDITION TO HOUSING, UP TO 100 HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SPILL OUT ONTO THE PORCH FOR LARGER EVENTS SO YOU CAN HAVE INDOOR OUTDOOR EVENTS.

AND THEN THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING WAS DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT THE NEIGHBORING HOLLABAUGH REC CENTER AND NEW GYM.

THERE ARE LOTS OF WINDOWS ON THE TOP.

YOU CAN SEE THAT WILL PROVIDE PLENTY OF EXTERIOR LIGHT INTO THE BUILDING.

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN AND THE LARGE PORCHES AND OVERHANGS THAT YOU SEE WILL HELP PROVIDE SHADING FOR THE LIBRARY'S INTERIOR, I THINK.

IS THIS OKAY? THIS IS SHOWN MAYBE ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT IMAGE.

THE EXTERIOR PROVIDES A SMALL AMPHITHEATER BETWEEN THE LIBRARY AND THE GYM THAT BOTH DEPARTMENTS WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE FOR PROGRAMS FOR THE PUBLIC.

AND CURRENTLY, THE DESIGN TEAM IS WORKING TO ADDRESS SOME SECURITY CONCERNS BY COMPLETING A CRIME PREVENTION THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN CPTED REVIEW.

AND WE ARE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH THE ARCHITECT TO INCORPORATE SAFETY MEASURES INTO THE DESIGN. THE CONNECTIVE PLAZA DESIGN IS UNDERWAY AND WILL ALSO ADDRESS SLOPE ACCESSIBILITY AND FIRE LINE ISSUES.

AND OVERALL, WE ANTICIPATE REACHING THE 60% DESIGN MILESTONE ON THIS PROJECT BY THIS FALL. SO HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL RENDERINGS THAT YOU CAN SEE ON THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING. YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE WINDOWS THAT HAVE COLORED FILMS WHICH PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL COLOR EXCITEMENT, BUT THEY ALSO ARE FUNCTIONAL IN THAT THEY PROVIDE SHADE AND FILTER THE SUN.

THE ARCHITECT IS CONDUCTING A SUNLIGHT STUDY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DO ADDRESS HEAT AND GLARE FROM THE WINDOWS.

AND SO THE LAST THING WE HAVE TO SHOW YOU IS A VIDEO THAT'S KIND OF A 3D RENDERING OF THE PROJECT, AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY BACKGROUND MUSIC TO THIS ONE.

SO I THOUGHT I COULD EITHER SING OR WE COULD OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

[LAUGHTER] SO LET'S GO WITH THE SINGING PART.

YEAH.

SO THIS AREA HERE IS KIND OF HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THAT SHARED OUTDOOR PROGRAMING AREA THAT CALLIE WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT'LL BE SHARED BETWEEN THE LIBRARY AND THE REC FACILITY.

OKAY. SO WE'VE COVERED JUST A FEW OF THE BOND PROJECTS TONIGHT.

WE HAVE INCLUDED A HANDOUT IN THE AGENDA TO GIVE YOU A STATUS UPDATE ON THE REST OF THEM.

JUST AS A REMINDER, YOU CAN ALSO GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

AND WITH THAT, WE WILL OPEN IT UP FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.

WELL, IT'S GOING TO BE KIND OF HARD TO FOLLOW THAT WALNUT CREEK BRANCH LIBRARY.

THAT IS SPECTACULAR LOOKING.

IT REALLY IS. IT'S REALLY COMING TOGETHER.

SO LET'S SEE HERE.

COUNCILMEMBER SMITH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, I AM THINKING BACK TO ALL THE LECTURES I GOT FROM LIBRARIAN FRIENDS ABOUT HOW UV LIGHT DESTROYS COLLECTION MATERIAL.

SO AS PART OF THAT SUNLIGHT STUDY, CAN THEY ENSURE THAT THEY INCLUDE UV FILTERING ON THAT GLASS? THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. VERY GOOD.

COUNCILMEMBER VERA.

I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOU DONE AND I'M REALLY PROUD OF WHAT YOU'RE ALL DOING.

THANK YOU. VERY GOOD.

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ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? I THINK I ONLY HAVE ONE.

AND MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK AND I DISCUSSED THIS A FEW WEEKS BACK, I THINK AT A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETING.

I'M NOT EVEN SURE WHERE, BUT WE WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO THROW SOME ADDITIONAL ATTENTION AT SOME OF THOSE PROP C PROJECTS THAT DON'T ALWAYS GET YOU KNOW, THESE ARE STREET DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE THINGS THAT DON'T ALWAYS GET A LOT OF ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE BEAUTIFUL RENDERINGS LIKE THIS LIBRARY OR WHATEVER.

SO WHEN WE GET INTO, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THOSE GROUNDBREAKINGS FOR THOSE OR SOME THAT WE REALLY SHOULD THROW SOME ATTENTION TO SOME OF THOSE PROJECTS.

SO I'LL LET IT GO WITH THAT.

WE WILL MAKE SURE WE CELEBRATE THEM.

THANK YOU.

IT MAY JUST BE THE TWO OF US THERE WITH, YOU KNOW.

BUT ANYWAY, LET'S SEE, COUNCILMEMBER AUBIN.

I'LL BE VERY SAD TO MISS THOSE ROAD GROUNDBREAKINGS.

[LAUGHTER] BUT THE VERY NICE DRAWINGS OF NAAMAN SCHOOL ROAD.

VERY, YOU KNOW, YOU GET SOME NICE RENDERINGS THERE.

BUT SERIOUSLY, THOUGH, GREAT UPDATE AND REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE PMO AND STAFF AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT'S INVOLVED IN CONTINUING TO PULL THESE PROJECTS OUT OF THE GROUND AT JUST A IT'S NOT I DON'T KNOW THAT I'D CALL IT A BREAKNECK PACE, BUT IT'S.

FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND IT'S A BREAKNECK PACE.

YEAH. FOR GOVERNMENT THIS REALLY IS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THIS LIST AND I THINK THE THING THAT WE DIDN'T SEE THERE, THAT CHART THAT YOU GIVE US IT SHOWS HERE ARE ALL THESE PROJECTS AND HERE ARE ALL THE ONES THAT ARE IN PROGRESS AND HERE ARE ALL THE ONES THAT ARE COMPLETED. AND I'M JUST SO PROUD OF STAFF FOR THE WORK THEY'VE DONE TO REALLY MAKE ALL OF THIS HAPPEN.

AND ALL OF THESE PROJECTS, ALL THE ONES THAT WE SAW ON BUILD GARLAND DAY OR THAT WE'VE SEEN ON OTHER DAYS HAVE BEEN TOP NOTCH PROJECTS.

YOU KNOW, THIS IS JUST THIS HIGH QUALITY DESIGN, HIGH QUALITY BUILDS.

THE YOU KNOW, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WATCHING AT HOME, IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER, GO FOR A VISIT.

AND LIKE ME, YOU'LL PROBABLY END UP TAKING HOME A DOG, IN MY CASE, A 140 POUND DOG.

BUT IT'S ALL GOOD OR YOU KNOW, THE POLICE PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE ROOM IS ANOTHER SPECTACULAR BUILD.

ALL OF THESE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN GREAT.

I'VE BEEN DOWN TO RICK ODEN PARK, I'VE SEEN THE SKATEPARK IN ITS CONSTRUCTION AND I ENCOURAGE ALL COUNCIL TO GO DOWN THERE.

I LOOK I'M SORRY IT WON'T BE OPENING DURING MY TERM BUT IT'S JUST A SPECTACULAR FACILITY AND I'M SO EXCITED FOR EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE AND JUST REALLY GRATEFUL AND GRATEFUL FOR THE CITIZENS TOO, THE CITIZENS WHO SUPPORTED ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS, OUR CITIZENS WHO VOTED FOR THIS AND WHO SUPPORTED US IN DOING THE TAX INCREASE THAT WAS ASSOCIATED WITH REALLY MAKING THIS PROGRAM SUPERCHARGED.

IT'S A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE.

I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK.

THANK YOU, [INAUDIBLE] I HAVE TO SAY, WE ARE DEFINITELY DELIVERING WHAT WE PROMISED.

YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PICTURE THE POLICE EVIDENCE BUILDING RENDERING LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE WHAT'S BEING BUILT THERE.

AND IF THIS WALNUT CREEK BRANCH LIBRARY IS ANYTHING LIKE THESE PICTURES, IT'S GOING TO BE WONDERFUL AS WELL. AND ONLY PART OF YOUR PRESENTATION I TAKE EXCEPTION TO IS THAT WHEN YOU MOVE PAST THE DRAINAGE FLOODING PART ONTO RICK ODEN, YOU SAID NOW ONTO MORE EXCITING THINGS. YEAH, THE MAYOR AND I WILL BE HAPPY TO POUR THE FIRST BUCKET OF WATER, INITIAL BUCKET OF WATER DOWN THE DRAINAGE PROJECTS THAN WHEN WE CUT THE RIBBON ON THAT.

SO YEAH. [LAUGHTER] JUST TELL US.

JUST GIVE US A DATE. YEAH.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU MR. MAYOR. DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS. THAT'S HARD TO FOLLOW.

KUDOS. ONE THING I WANT TO MENTION AS WE MOVE FORWARD, CONGRATULATIONS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK, PARTICULARLY LAURA WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP GOING.

I'VE HAD CONVERSATION WITH OTHER COUNCILMAN FROM OTHER CITIES WHO INVOLVED IN AND CAPITAL PROJECTS AND INFRUSTRUCTURE.

IT'S NOT NEARLY AS ORGANIZED AS GARLAND IS.

BUT ONE OF THE THINGS, AND I'M NOT SURE HOW YOU ALL DO IT, ONE OF THE NIGHTMARES THAT THEY'RE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT ARE THE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES.

AND OUR STAFF, YOU KNOW, WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF THESE BRIEFINGS NOW.

HOW YOU ALL WORK THROUGH THAT AND WELL, YOU KNOW, WE MISSED THIS MONTH, BUT THEY'RE GOING TO DELIVER NEXT MONTH.

YOU KNOW, KUDOS FOR THAT.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT, BUT I WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE ENTIRE STAFF, THE ENTIRE TEAM FOR BEING ABLE TO NAVIGATE SOMETHING THAT IS YOU KNOW, IT'S

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FRUSTRATING EVERYBODY.

AND MANY OF THE STORIES THAT I'VE HEARD FROM OTHER CITIES WE'VE NOT EXPERIENCED HERE IN GARLAND. SO I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT YOU ALL FOR WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING, HOWEVER YOU'RE DOING. YOU KNOW, AND I HEAR, YOU KNOW, LAURA CAN TWISTS SOME ARMS. SO SHE MUST BE TWISTING, GOING TO THE PORTS AND TWISTING SOME FOLKS AND WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING I JUST WANT TO SAY KUDOS FOR DOING THAT.

THAT'S A PART OF THIS WORK THAT'S BEHIND THE SCENES.

AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING TONIGHT, THESE PROJECTS JUST DON'T JUST HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.

THEY JUST DON'T HAPPEN.

SO I JUST WANT TO BRING THAT POINT UP AND SAY, AS COUNCIL, WE RECOGNIZE THE BARRIERS AND THE OBSTACLES, BUT COMMEND YOU ALL FOR WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING TO WORK THROUGH THOSE.

WE COMMEND YOU. AND AT RICK ODEN'S OPENING, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE DUO, THE SINGING DUO.

RIGHT. WE WILL START PRACTICING NOW.

OKAY. [LAUGHTER] THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT.

I THINK WE'VE CLEARED THE QUEUE. YOU BETTER GO BEFORE WE START MAKING REQUESTS OF SONGS.

BUT THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH.

GREAT UPDATE. ALL RIGHT.

WE WILL MOVE ON. COUNCIL I WANT TO GO AHEAD AND TRY TO GET THROUGH ONE MORE ITEM BEFORE WE TAKE A QUICK BREAK.

THAT WOULD BE ITEM 4 C MEDICAL DISTRICT PROJECT UPDATES AND REQUESTS TO PURCHASE

[4c. Medical District Project Updates and Request to Purchase Professional Services to Develop Urban Design]

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO DEVELOP URBAN DESIGN.

THAT'S A LOT OF WORDS.

GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

TONIGHT WE ARE HERE TO GIVE YOU VERY EXCITING PROJECT UPDATES ON THE MEDICAL DISTRICT.

AND ALSO WE LIKE TO ASK YOUR CONSIDERATION OF DEVELOPMENT OF COHESIVE, COMPREHENSIVE URBAN DESIGN.

IT'S VERY HARD TO SAY, BUT PLAN INCLUDING THE WELLNESS PARK IN THE MEDICAL DISTRICT.

AND TONIGHT WE HAVE THE DODD CRUTCHER AND ALLAN BROWN FROM MEDICAL DISTRICT, THE PREVARIAN COMPANY, AND THEY WILL KIND OF GIVE US HIS PRESENTATION LATER ON.

BUT ANYWAYS, MY JOB TONIGHT IS JUST INTRODUCING CLARA COBB.

I GOT THE EASY PART.

I THINK MANY OF YOU MET CLARA ALREADY, BUT, YOU KNOW, HER STRONG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BACKGROUND AND MARKETING ART EXPERIENCE AND SHE ALREADY BROUGHT A LOT OF DIFFERENT GREAT IDEA TO GARLAND AND YOU WILL SEE THAT IN HER PRESENTATION.

SO WITH THAT, CLARA.

SO OF COURSE, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TIF 3, THE GARLAND MEDICAL DISTRICT.

AND I DON'T THINK, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PRESENTING TONIGHT, BUT I DON'T THINK ANY CITY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SAFE FROM COLLABORATION WITH US.

AND I THINK WE'RE JUST VERY GRATEFUL AND HUMBLED TO HAVE THAT TYPE OF SUPPORT HERE MOVING THIS FORWARD. THE LAST TIME I THINK ANYONE TALKED ABOUT THE MEDICAL DISTRICT, IT WAS PLANNING ACTUALLY WHO PRESENTED THE LAND USE PLAN.

AND TODAY WE'RE JUST GOING TO MOVE THAT INTO THE DESIGN AND REDEVELOPMENT.

AND HOPEFULLY, LIKE OUR GOAL HERE WOULD BE TO CREATE A REPLICABLE FRAMEWORK FOR TARGETED URBAN REDEVELOPMENT THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO MODEL AS WE MOVE THROUGH SOME OF THESE URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

SO REDEVELOPMENT, OF COURSE, IS A PROCESS, AND SO WE HAVE SOME SHORT TERM PRIORITIES, KIND OF A PAINT AND PAVEMENT DRIVE PLAN.

SO LIKE AS WELL AS THIS KIND OF REDEVELOPMENT FOCUS AREAS AND THAT'S KIND OF THE FRAMEWORK FOR OUR REDEVELOPMENT IN OUR URBAN DESIGN PROCESS.

SO HERE'S ALL OF OUR REDEVELOPMENT FOCUS AREAS.

SO UNDER THE WELLNESS, WE DO HAVE OUR PARTNERS WITH THE GARLAND VA, THE VALORIS HEALTHPARK ON ALL OF OUR ADJACENT DISTRICT MEDICAL OFFICES.

AND REALLY OUR GOAL HERE WOULD BE TO PREPARE GARLAND TO MOVE INTO A HOSPITAL RECRUITMENT PROCESS BY DOING MEDICAL OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS AND WELLNESS PROGRAMING IN THAT AREA.

UNDER UPSKILLING AND THIS IS ONE THAT WE'RE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT.

OUR PARTNERS INCLUDE THE GARLAND VA, DALLAS COLLEGE, DALLAS COUNTY MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION AND TMAC.

AND OF COURSE, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE GARLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AS WELL AS THE PARKS AND LIBRARY DEPARTMENTS, WE'RE KIND OF LOOKING AT FOCUSING ON TEXAS INDUSTRY CLUSTERS AS IDENTIFIED BY THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SCIENCES.

AND WHAT WE'LL BE DOING REALLY LIKE IN THE MEDICAL DISTRICT IS FOCUSING ON THE ONE FOURTH OF ALL VETERANS HERE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS THAT LIVE IN THE DALLAS MSA AND CREATING PROGRAMING TO HELP OUR VETERANS TRANSITION FROM THEIR MILITARY RETIREMENT BACK INTO THE CIVILIAN WORKFORCE.

UNDER LIFESTYLE ONE THING THAT MAKES THIS AREA KIND OF REALLY UNIQUE AND SPECIAL IS THE

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WAY IT'S BISECTED.

SO IT'S BISECTED GEOGRAPHICALLY BY DUCK CREEK AND IT'S ALSO BISECTED BY INFRASTRUCTURE WITH SHILOH AND WALNUT.

IN FACT, IT'S ALSO BISECTED BY POLITICAL BOUNDARIES ALL THE WAY FROM THIS COUNCIL UP TO THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

AND OUR LIFESTYLE PARTNER BETTER BLOCK IS REALLY GOING TO HELP US BRING THAT TOGETHER.

AND OF COURSE, WE'RE DOING ALL OF OUR LIFESTYLE CHANGES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEIGHBORHOOD VITALITY AND OUR PARKS DEPARTMENTS.

THIS WOULD ALSO INCLUDE OUR WELLNESS PARK, AND I'M THINKING ABOUT OUR AREA BUSINESSES AND AGAIN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHAMBER THERE.

WHEN IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH WE ARE, WE LOVE INFRASTRUCTURE, WE'RE VERY EXCITED. JUST WAIT TILL I SHOW YOU HOW EXCITING STREETS ARE.

[LAUGHTER] WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING SOME STORMWATER DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT AND THINKING ABOUT IMPROVED WALKABILITY, CONNECTIVITY, AND OF COURSE REALLY HIGHLIGHTING THOSE AESTHETIC UPDATES BECAUSE LIKE THIS REALLY CAN BE WAY MORE EXCITING THAN I THINK ANYONE REALIZE. SO JUST TO RECAP FOR WELLNESS, WE'RE LOOKING AT OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS, HOSPITAL RECRUITMENT, WELLNESS PROGRAMING AND RETAIL RECRUITMENT.

I'VE GONE AHEAD ON THIS RECAP AND ADDED THE YELLOW DOTS FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAS POTENTIAL FUTURE GRANT FUNDING, WHICH IS AGAIN A PARTNERED PROJECT.

BUT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY ON THE TABLE AND WE'D LOVE TO SEE IT UTILIZED HERE.

AND UPSKILLING WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT VETERAN WORKFORCE SUPPORT, TRAINING, SPACE LEARNING SUPPORT, RESOURCES AND UNIVERSITY RECRUITMENT.

UNDER LIFESTYLE WILL BE PARTNERING AGAIN WITH BETTER BLOCK AND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD VITALITY DEPARTMENT, PARKS DEPARTMENT TO WORK ON THE WELLNESS PARK.

WE'LL BE FOCUSED ON TRAILS AND WALKABILITY AND GENERAL AESTHETIC IMPROVEMENTS TO CREATE LIKE A TRUE LIVE, WORK, PLAY DEVELOPMENT.

UNDER INFRASTRUCTURE WE'RE LOOKING AT STREET IMPROVEMENTS, SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS AND LIKE REIMAGINING OUR ENTRANCE EXPERIENCES, REALLY DESIGNATING PLACE AND FOCUSING ON WAYFINDING AS THIS IS A PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED REDEVELOPMENT AND OF COURSE THAT'S IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STREETS AND ENGINEERING.

SO HERE WE GO. OUR INITIAL PRIORITIES, WE REALLY ARE FOCUSED HERE ON THAT COHESIVENESS OF DESIGN. AND AS WE MOVE INTO A REDEVELOPMENT, ONE THING THAT WE'RE VERY MINDFUL OF IS ACKNOWLEDGING LIKE WHO WE ARE AND AND WHO WE WANT TO BE.

AND WE KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING REALLY GENUINE ABOUT GARLAND.

YOU KNOW, TEXAS IS MADE HERE.

THIS IS A CITY THAT BUILDS DREAMS. AND AS WE'RE MOVING INTO THESE REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS, NOT JUST IN THE MEDICAL DISTRICT, BUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE'RE THINKING AGAIN WHAT OUR CITY LOOKS LIKE, WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE WANT TO BE, AND WE'RE MINDFUL TO PAY HOMAGE TO OUR RESILIENT PATHS WHILE HONORING THE CREATIVITY, POWERING OUR GROWTH FOCUS FUTURE.

ARE YOU GUYS READY FOR THESE STREETS? I'M SO PUMPED. SO FIRST WE'LL BE LOOKING AT A FINISHING TECHNIQUE.

IT'S RECYCLED GLASS, CONCRETE FINISHING.

WE BELIEVE THE VENDOR WILL LIKELY ACTUALLY BE LOCATED HERE IN GARLAND BECAUSE THEY'RE THE LARGEST RECYCLED GLASS CONCRETE VENDOR IN TEXAS.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT DOING THAT ON CLARA BARTON, MARIE CURIE AND WALTER REED.

AND YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THAT BLUE OFFSET.

ON THE EXTERIOR PATHWAYS WE'RE LOOKING AT A STAINED CONCRETE FINISHING AND THAT WILL BE ON WALNUT AND SHILOH AND THAT WILL BE KIND OF HIGHLIGHTING THAT TRAIL CONNECTIVITY INTO THOSE URBAN LANDSCAPE.

WE'LL BE EXTENDING THE KIND OF THE WAYFINDING FROM DOWNTOWN AND THINKING ABOUT THAT MUNICIPAL BRAND STRATEGY BY RE ENGAGING MERGE, WHICH IS THE SAME DESIGNER WHO DID ALL THE SIGNAGE FOR DOWNTOWN GARLAND.

HOWEVER, WE ALSO HAVE A SHORT TERM TEMPORARY MEDIAN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT THAT WE'RE DOING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FORCE COMMUNICATIONS, WHICH ALLOWS US TO UTILIZE THE BRANDING EXTENSION FROM THE VALORIS HEALTHPARK GARLAND INTO THAT EXISTING DISTRICT MONUMENTATION.

AND YOU CAN ALSO SEE THAT THANKS TO OUR PARKS DEPARTMENT WE'LL BE INSTALLING ACTUALLY THEY INSTALLED TODAY OUR DROUGHT AND FROST RESISTANT PLANTING.

IN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THIS IS A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE RENOVATIONS YET AT THE VALORIS HEALTH PARK GARLAND AT 530 AND 601 CLARA BARTON, THIS IS JUST A QUICK PEEK INTO THE REMODEL IN PROGRESS.

SO YOU'RE LOOKING AT NEW LED LIGHTING, NEW FLOORING, NEW WALL COVERINGS, ELEVATOR UPGRADES, RESTROOM FINISHES, NEW FURNITURE, NEW ARTWORK, NEW SIGNAGE, A BUNCH OF LANDSCAPING IMPROVEMENTS, AND NEW COVERED PEDESTRIAN AND VEHICULAR ENTRANCES AT 601 CLARA BARTON AND SO YOU CAN SEE WHERE LIKE THIS URBAN DESIGN IS NOT JUST ON THE CITY SIDE, BUT IT'S ALSO PART OF OUR PRIVATE PARTNERS.

EFFORT HERE. THEN TO REALLY CREATE A SENSE OF SPACE AND OWNERSHIP WE'RE LOOKING AT CREATIVE PLACEMAKING.

THIS IS, OF COURSE, IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE CULTURAL ARTS PLAN.

ONE OF OUR PROPOSED SITES IS A LARGE SCALE ART PROJECT AT 601 CLARA BARTON BOULEVARD.

THIS WOULD WRAP THE BUILDING FORMERLY KNOWN AS PLAZA THREE, BOTH ON THE WALNUT FRONTAGE

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SIDE AND ON FACING THE WALNUT VILLAGE, KIND OF TOWARD SHILOH.

AND IT WOULD BE ALONG THE FUTURE PATHWAY.

WE'RE LOOKING AT A DESIGN THAT WOULD HIGHLIGHT THE BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS NATIVE LANDSCAPES, LIKE REALLY THROUGH THE FLORAL MOTIF, I GUESS.

AND THAT WOULD BE KIND OF REFLECTIVE OF THE STRENGTH AND DIVERSITY OF THE NORTH TEXAS VETERAN COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS OUR COMMUNITY HERE IN GARLAND.

SO WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT CONCEPTS LIKE WITH HEALING, RESILIENCE, NURSING AND VALOR.

AND HERE I'M JUST GOING TO SHOW THESE ARE CONCEPT MOOD BOARDS.

THESE ARE REALLY JUST INSPIRATIONAL.

THIS IS JUST SOME CONVERSATIONS WE'RE HAVING WITH OUR PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNER ON LIKE THINGS THAT THEY LIKE AND KIND OF WHERE WE WOULD GO AND FOR EXAMPLE, IN A CREATIVE BRIEFING PROCESS.

SO THIS FIRST CONCEPT DESIGN JUST KIND OF SHOWS SOME ART BY HAYLEE RYAN, WHO'S A DALLAS BASED ARTIST AND FORMER ART EDUCATOR.

THE SECOND CONCEPT DESIGNS BY LAURA LEE, WHO'S BOTTOM CENTER PICTURE WITH THE SUN AND THE CACTUS, IS THE MOST INSTAGRAMMED MURAL, PERIOD.

THE SECOND PROPOSED MURAL SITE WOULD BE AT 530 CLARA BARTON BOULEVARD.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT THE TWO LARGE STUCCO PANELS.

HERE AGAIN AND THIS IS GOING TO SOUND SIMILAR, BUT OF COURSE, BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING FOR THAT COHESIVENESS OF DESIGN.

AND I JUST WANT TO BE MINDFUL, OF COURSE, OF ALL OF THE ACADEMIC RESEARCH THAT SHOWS US THAT THIS FLORAL MOTIFS REALLY SUPPORT HEALING AND GROWTH.

BUT WE WOULD AGAIN BE LOOKING AT THAT BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AS A REFLECTION KIND OF, AGAIN, THAT DIVERSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THE NORTH TEXAS VETERAN COMMUNITY.

SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN LOOKING AT HEALING, RESILIENCE, FLORALS AND GROWTH.

THIS IS LOUISE JONES.

SHE HAS A LOT OF DIFFERENT EXHIBITIONS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES BUT IS YET TO HAVE A MURAL ARTWORK IN TEXAS.

AND THIS IS DANA TANAMACHI AND YOU MAY RECOGNIZE HER WORK FROM EMPORIUM PIES IN DEEP ELLUM. AND AGAIN, JUST CONCEPTUAL IDEAS, MOOD BOARDS OF WHERE THIS COULD POTENTIALLY GO.

THE OTHER LARGE SCALE ARTWORK THAT WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT IS AT 24, 25 WEST WALNUT.

THIS IS THE WALNUT RETAIL FRONTAGE.

IT'S FAMILY DOLLAR.

AND WE'D ALSO BE LOOKING AT MAYBE CONTINUING THAT AESTHETIC TO 2441 WEST WALNUT STREET.

AND WE'RE SUPER GRATEFUL TO QUINE AND ASSOCIATES FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING WITH US TO HELP US LIAISE WITH THAT PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNER AND MOVE THIS PROJECT FORWARD.

FOR HERE WE ARE LOOKING AT ALLI KOCH DESIGNS.

YOU GUYS MIGHT RECOGNIZE HER MURALS IN ADDISON OR IN DEEP ELLUM, BUT SHE HAS QUITE A BIT OF WORK HERE IN NORTH TEXAS.

AND HERE YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE BLACK AND WHITE MOTIF WITH THE POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITY TO READAPT THE GARLAND FIREWHEEL LOGO INTO THAT DESIGN.

FOR US ONE THING THAT'S SUPER IMPORTANT IS THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND THIS IS A REALLY UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR CITIZENS TO BE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN THE URBAN DESIGN PROCESS AS WE'RE MOVING IT FORWARD.

THIS AGAIN, WE'LL BE UTILIZING OUR OAK CLIFF BASED NONPROFIT BETTER BLOCK AND WE'LL BE DOING THAT IN COLLABORATION WITH NEIGHBORHOOD VITALITY AND OUR PARKS DEPARTMENT.

SO WHAT BETTER BLOCK WILL DO IS THEY'LL COME IN AND THEY'LL DO A 90 TO 100 DAY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT, BOOTS ON THE GROUND.

AND THAT WILL END WITH THE TRANSFORMATION OF A SPACE THAT KIND OF IS DESIGNED FOR AND BY THE COMMUNITY. SO WE'LL BE LOOKING AT AN URBAN PARKLET WHICH WOULD COMPLEMENT THE FUTURE URBAN WELLNESS PARK.

OF COURSE, WE'LL BE USING THAT IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN FIRST PERSON RESEARCH TO POWER OUR GRANT FUNDING.

SO HERE'S ALL OF THE POTENTIAL GRANT KIND OF PILLARS.

AGAIN, THINKING ABOUT THOSE REDEVELOPMENT FOCUS AREAS AND WHY THAT'S SO IMPORTANT TO UTILIZE YOU KNOW THAT THIRD PARTY HERE IN A PLACE THAT, AGAIN, HAS A LOT OF BISECTION.

AND WE REALLY WANT TO BRING AGAIN THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND JUST BE MINDFUL OF THE OWNERSHIP OF PLACE AND SPACE.

THE OTHER THING THAT WE'LL BE LOOKING AT AS PART OF THIS URBAN REDESIGN IS SOME FAçADE IMPROVEMENT, SCHEMATIC DESIGN AND THE FOCUS AREA HERE WILL BE WALNUT AND CLARA BARTON.

AND AGAIN, ONE OF, THESE ARE MOOD BOARDS THEY ARE JUST KIND OF CONCEPT DESIGNS THAT SHOW YOU LIKE THE DIRECTION THESE REALLY GREAT RETAIL PROPERTIES COULD GO.

SO YOU'RE LOOKING AT 2301 WEST WALNUT STREET.

THIS IS A REALLY CUTE BUILDING AND HAS A REALLY GREAT LIKE MEXICAN FOOD AND FRUTERIA INSIDE. AND HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF LIKE CONCEPTUALLY WHAT WE COULD REIMAGINE IT LOOKING LIKE . JUST AGAIN AS PART OF THAT LARGER FAçADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

THE SECOND ONE IS 2319.

AGAIN, A GREAT RETAIL SPACE.

THIS IS A LIKE WOOD FIRED BARBECUE CHICKEN.

THEY'VE BEEN WRITTEN UP IN TEXAS MONTHLY, AS SOME OF THE BEST BARBECUE CHICKEN TO GET.

THIS IS THEIR FLAGSHIP LOCATION.

AND AGAIN, A CONCEPTION OF WHAT THAT FACADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM COULD DO TO HELP IMPROVE JUST SO PEOPLE KNOW HOW GREAT THEY ARE, INCLUDING A PICTURE OF THEIR OWN RETAIL SPACE IN

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THEIR IRVING MEDICAL DISTRICT LOCATION.

AND THE NUTS AND BOLTS HERE, THE PROJECT TIMELINE AND PHASING.

SO WE STARTED WORKING ON THIS BACK IN MARCH, BOTH JUST SCOPING AND WORKING WITH THE APPROVAL. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE A LOT OF PARTNERS IN THIS, BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY AND VALORIS BEGAN LIKE THE RENOVATIONS BEGAN THERE IN THE VALORI HEALTHPARK THROUGHOUT MARCH AND APRIL.

AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK THERE WERE A LOT OF STAFF IDENTIFIED QUICK WINS.

AND SO WE'VE STARTED OUR OWN QUICK WIN ACTION PLAN THAT INCLUDES TREE TRIMMING AND UPGRADED LIGHTING.

THAT WAS DONE IN PARTNERSHIP, OF COURSE, WITH PARKS, BUT ALSO WITH OUR PD HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING WAS DONE FOR SAFETY REASONS AND GP&L OF COURSE, HELPED US WITH THE LIGHTING UPGRADE.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE DOING A RE-IMAGINING OF THE MEDIAN, WHICH INCLUDES SOME SIGNAGE WHERE WE'VE MOVED PAST THE APPROVAL STAGE AND WE'RE NOW INTO LIKE THE FABRICATION PART.

FOCUSING WITH THE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES WE DO IMAGINE WE WILL HAVE THAT COMPLETED BY END OF APRIL BOTH THE MEDIAN AND THE SIGN MONUMENTATION.

PENDING THE APPROVAL OF THE URBAN DESIGN PLAN, WE'LL BEGIN GOING INTO BOTH THE COMPREHENSIVE URBAN DESIGN MASTER PLAN, BUT WE'LL ALSO BE UTILIZING PROFESSIONAL HELP TO GET MORE QUICK WINS THAN MAYBE OR LIKE THIS LOW HANGING FRUIT THAT WE'VE ALREADY KIND OF ACCOMPLISHED AND MOVE FORWARD AND MOVE THAT IN AS WE AND THEN WE'LL TAKE THOSE QUICK WINS AND MOVE STRAIGHT INTO THE FAçADE CONCEPT PLAN.

WE'RE LOOKING AT LIKE THROUGH AUGUST WOULD GET US THROUGH THAT DESIGN PHASE.

ONCE WE HAVE THE URBAN DESIGN PHASE, IT'S A PHASED APPROACH.

SO ONCE WE'RE THROUGH PHASE ONE AND WE HAVE THE SURVEY, WE'LL GO STRAIGHT INTO THE RFP FOR CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING.

SO WE WILL NOT HAVE A BREAK BETWEEN.

SO THE QUICK WINS ACTION PLAN IS WHERE WE ALREADY ARE OR WE'VE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED MOST OF THIS. IT'S THE TREE TRIMMING AND LIGHTING, LANDSCAPING, UPGRADE THE TEMPORARY MONUMENTATION AND CURB APPEAL THE IMPROVED LIGHTING, WHICH WAS A SAFETY ELEMENT.

WE, OF COURSE, WE HAVE OUR BETTER BLOCK PARTNERSHIP AND THE PARKLET AND POTENTIALLY THE MURAL RIGHT THERE ON THE 2425 WEST GARLAND, THE FAMILY DOLLAR FRONTAGE.

AND NOW WHERE WE'VE UTILIZED STUDIOOUTSIDE TO PROPOSE OUR URBAN DESIGN PLAN.

THIS WILL BE AN EXTENSION AGAIN OF WHAT WE'VE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED DOWNTOWN AND NOW WE'RE HERE. IT IS A TWO PHASE APPROACH THAT INCLUDES THE STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT CONCEPT DESIGNS ALONG SHILOH, WALNUT, PEGGY, WESTWOOD, CLARA BARTON, MARIE CURIE, A PROPOSED ROUNDABOUT EXTENSION TO THE WEST.

AND AGAIN, THAT'S IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STREETS AND ENGINEERING.

WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT DISTRICT SIGN MONUMENTATION AND THE CONCEPT DESIGNS.

THAT'S THE PERMANENT ENTRANCE ELEMENTS THAT ALL THREE VEHICULAR ENTRANCE LOCATIONS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PMR FOR THE BRANDING EXTENSION, STREETS ENGINEERING DART, AS WELL AS THE VA AND PREVARIAN.

WE'RE LOOKING AT THE COMPLETE TREE AND PLANTING SCHEMA FOR THE PUBLIC SPACE AS WELL AS LIKE GUIDELINES THROUGH THAT FORWARD.

AND THAT SHOULD JUST TRANSFORM THE SPACE INTO A MORE COMFORTABLE AND CONGRUENT.

AND THAT WILL BE, OF COURSE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARKS, BUT ALSO THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE WALKABILITY AND HOW WE CAN CREATE THAT URBAN TRAIL AND KIND OF LIKE THE URBAN TRAIL AND HANG SPACE FOR LIKE WE HAVE THE COMPREHENSIVE LIGHTING CONCEPT DESIGNS FOR THE AESTHETICS AND SAFETY, THE NECESSARY SURVEY WORK TO MOVE INTO CONSTRUCTION, THE ADDITIONAL QUICK WINS TO ENHANCE OUR ACTION PLAN AND AGAIN, PROVIDE SOME COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP OVER PLACE IN SPACE. AND THEN PHASE TWO IS THE WELLNESS PARK, THE CONCEPT, DESIGN AND SURVEY WORK, AND THAT IT DOES INCLUDE ALL OF THE STREET DRAINAGE THAT WE NEED TO MOVE TO DUCK CREEK.

MAYBE. AND THEN WE'LL MOVE, LIKE ONCE WE'RE THROUGH PHASE ONE, WE WILL GO OUT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING RFP AND PARTNERSHIP WITH ENGINEERING AND STREETS.

I TOLD JUD I'D KEEP THIS TO 10 MINUTES, BUT I'M SURE I EXCEEDED HIS EXPECTATIONS HERE.

BUT WITH THAT, DO YOU ALL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? VERY GOOD, YES.

AND WE WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS AND JUST KNOW THAT THIS WILL BE COMING BACK TO US FOR FORMAL CONSIDERATION APRIL 19TH.

SO. COUNCILMEMBER SMITH.

THANK YOU. MAYOR. AND I JUST WANT TO ADD A FEW THINGS ON.

WE TALKED WORKFORCE REDEVELOPMENT, URBAN REDEVELOPMENT, HEALTH CARE, ECONOMY AND GREEN SPACE AND, THIS IS SUCH A COOL PLACE TO BRING ALL OF THOSE CONCEPTS TOGETHER AND SEE IF WE CAN DO REDEVELOPMENT RIGHT.

AND I'M SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE BROUGHT TO US BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST HITTING THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. A FEW THINGS THAT, YOU KNOW, I WANT TO GIVE COUNCIL A HEADS UP ON.

WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME NONTRADITIONAL SIGNAGE.

WE'RE LOOKING AT SIGNS THAT MAY COVER UP THE OLD SHADOW LEFT ON THE BUILDINGS FROM THE PRIOR TENANTS.

AND SO I'M GOING TO ASK FOR A LITTLE BIT OF FLEXIBILITY AS WE GO FORWARD.

NOW, I NEED TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO ARTISTIC ABILITY WHATSOEVER.

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I MEAN, NONE. IT'S HORRIFIC.

[LAUGHTER] AND SO I'M GOING TO LEAN VERY HEAVILY ON THESE FINE FOLKS TO TELL US WHAT LOOKS GOOD. AND I'LL LOOK FOR YOUR OPINIONS AS WELL.

BUT NONE OF THIS WILL COME FROM ME BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT THAT.

I'M VERY, VERY HAPPY WITH THE THEMES OF GROWTH AND HEALING AND THE SPRING THEMES.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE GOTTEN IN THE PAST, WHEN WE WERE LOOKING AT THE MAKE YOUR MARK CAMPAIGN WAS PEOPLE SAID WE WERE A CONCRETE JUNGLE AND WE KNOW THAT TO GET OUT OF THAT MINDSET, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT.

AND SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THE THEMING THAT YOU GUYS HAVE BROUGHT.

BEYOND THAT, I JUST CAN'T SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH.

THIS IS BEYOND WHAT I HAD IMAGINED.

AND I THINK EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING HERE IS GOING TO GIVE US A BETTER SHOT AT A VERY ROBUST, FULL SERVICE MEDICAL CENTER FOR THE CITY AND WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY LEAD US TO GETTING A HOSPITAL BACK IN OUR BORDERS.

SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, SIR. COUNCILMEMBER AUBIN.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. GREAT PRESENTATION.

JUST REALLY GOOD, COMPREHENSIVE HITS, EVERYTHING.

AND, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A PART OF THE CITY THAT THAT WE REALLY DO NEED TO REVITALIZE.

SO I APPRECIATE THE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT ALL ASPECTS OF IT.

I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT PLACE OF HEALING.

THERE'S A LOT OF WORK HAS GONE IN AND JUST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, PARTICULARLY BY COUNCILMEMBER SMITH, WHO I KNOW WILL TAKE NO CREDIT FOR IT.

BUT WORKED VERY HARD TO BRING THE VA HOSPITAL HERE.

THAT'S BEEN THE SEED OF THIS AND THEN THE SUBSEQUENT WORK BY STAFF TO BRING VALORIS AND TO START TO REALLY BUILD THIS OUT.

I AGREE WITH WITH COUNCILMEMBER SMITH, THIS WHAT Y'ALL HAVE BROUGHT TONIGHT, I THINK EXCEEDS OR SURPASSES THE VISION THAT ANY OF US INDIVIDUALLY COULD HAVE HAD FOR THE POTENTIAL HERE.

AND I THINK IT REPRESENTS AND WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN HAVE LONG DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHETHER WE TECHNICALLY NEED A FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL WITHIN OUR BORDERS OR WHATEVER, WHETHER WE GET ONE OR NOT THIS IS I THINK THIS IS A MAJOR INFLECTION POINT FOR THE CITY.

AND THIS IS THAT CHANCE TO THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PIVOTAL MOMENTS.

AND SO I APPRECIATE YOU ALL BRINGING THIS FORWARD.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO FULLY SUPPORTING THIS IN ALL RESPECTS AT OUR NEXT MEETING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

VERY GOOD. ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? I SEE NONE. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THIS AGAIN ON THE 19TH AND SUPPORTING IT.

THANK YOU. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU.

AND NEXT, COME TO DISTRICT FIVE.

AND WITH THAT COUNCIL, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE RECESS.

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

YES. ALL RIGHT.

GOOD EVENING. AND WE ARE COMING BACK FROM RECESS.

WE ARE AT THE APRIL 4TH, 2022 WORK SESSION.

WE ARE COMING BACK TO ITEM 4 D COUNCIL UPDATE ON GARLAND ANIMAL SERVICES TRAP, NEUTER AND

[4d. Council Update on Garland Animal Services Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) Program]

RETURN PROGRAM.

JASON. OKAY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE THE SHORTEST PRESENTATION I'VE GIVEN TO THE COUNCIL. I'VE GOT FOR TALKING POINTS.

I THINK ALL OF THEM WERE COVERED BY SOME OF THE CITIZEN COMMENTS EARLIER.

OF COURSE, AFTER THE THE LAST TIME THAT WE ADDRESSED COUNCIL THREE WEEKS AGO, WE REEVALUATED POSSIBILITIES FOR THE TNR, THE TRAP NEUTER RETURN PROGRAM, AND EXPLORED THE FEASIBILITY OF A CONSTRUCTION TRAILER.

WE TALKED WITH OUR FACILITIES DEPARTMENT.

WE HAVE A LOCATION AT THE NEW SHELTER, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE HAVE A LOCATION WHERE UTILITIES ARE AVAILABLE WATER, ELECTRICITY AND SEWER.

SO WITH THE DETERMINATION THAT A CONSTRUCTION TRAILER WAS FEASIBLE, ART AND I MET WITH GARLAND PAWSIBILITIES LEADERSHIP LAST WEEK TO DISCUSS THE FEASIBILITY OF A CONSTRUCTION TRAILER ROUGHLY 12 BY 44 FEET, SO ABOUT 500 SQUARE FEET OF INTERIOR SPACE TO DETERMINE IF THAT WAS SUITABLE FOR THEIR USE AS A TNR HOME BASE, I GUESS FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM.

THE PAWSIBILITIES LEADERSHIP, THEY ENDORSED THAT IDEA.

THEY TOLD US THAT, YES, THAT WAS A FEASIBLE SOLUTION.

THAT WAS ENOUGH SPACE FOR THE PROGRAM.

THEY DID ASK THAT WE INCLUDE OR AT LEAST TRY TO INCLUDE A UTILITY SINK THAT WOULD ALLOW

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THEM TO WASH SMALL UTENSILS, MORE FOOD BOWLS AND, IF POSSIBLE, A WASHER AND DRYER.

SO WE DON'T HAVE A DEFINITIVE ANSWER ON THOSE.

WE THINK THE UTILITY SINK IS A PRETTY EASY ONE.

THE WASHER AND DRYER MAY BE A BIT HARDER, BUT EVEN IF WE'RE NOT ABLE TO INCLUDE THOSE IN THE CONSTRUCTION TRAILER, WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THEM AT THE SHELTER WITH THE SHELTER FACILITY. SO ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WE CAN TAKE CARE OF THOSE ISSUES.

THE FACILITY WILL BE LOCATED IN THE SECURED EMPLOYEE PARKING AREA AT THE NEW ANIMAL SHELTER. SO FOR THOSE OF YOU, I THINK ALL OF YOU HAVE VISITED THE NEW SHELTER.

IT'S ON THE COMMERCE STREET SIDE OF THE CAMPUS BEHIND THE FENCING WITH THE SHADING.

SO ON THE COMMERCE STREET SIDE, IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE CAMPUS.

AND AT THIS POINT, WE MET THIS MORNING WITH OUR FACILITIES DEPARTMENT, AND WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO GO ABOUT RENTING ONE OF THESE CONSTRUCTION TRAILERS.

AND IT'S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT WE CAN HAVE ONE ON SITE AND FUNCTIONAL BY THE END OF THE MONTH, HOPEFULLY, IF NOT THE END OF THE MONTH, PERHAPS EARLY MAY.

BUT OUR GOAL IS TO GET IT THERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

MAYOR THAT'S THE EXTENT OF THE UPDATE.

[LAUGHTER] ANY QUESTIONS? YOU WEREN'T KIDDING. I THOUGHT YOU WERE JUST SETTING US UP FOR SOMETHING THERE.

ALL RIGHT. COUNCILMEMBER SMITH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. SORRY I'M PUNCHING IN A LOT TONIGHT.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT. YOU MENTIONED IT'S A SECURED PARKING LOT.

AND ONE OF THE ISSUES THEY BROUGHT TO US AT THE PRIOR MEETING WAS THAT AFTER HOURS DROP OFF ABILITY.

WILL PEOPLE HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET IN AND OUT OF THERE? WILL THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO LET FOLKS INTO THAT PARKING AREA AFTER HOURS? OUR INITIAL SOLUTION TO THAT IS TO PROVIDE A COUPLE OF THE KEY PAWSIBILITIES MEMBERS, THE FOLKS THAT WORK ON THAT CHECK IN PROCESS FROM THE PAWSIBILITIES SIDE, PROVIDE THEM WITH ACCESS CARDS.

THEY WOULD BE INSIDE THE FACILITY AND THEREFORE THEY COULD LET OTHER VOLUNTEERS OR COLONY MANAGERS IN.

WE'RE ALSO EXPLORING MAYBE SOME EVEN BETTER OPTIONS, LIKE A CLICKER, THAT SORT OF THING.

BUT AT THE VERY MINIMUM, WE CAN GIVE A FEW KEY PAWSIBILITIES MEMBERS THOSE ACCESS BADGES.

GREAT. THANK YOU, SIR.

ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD.

ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? COMMENT? I SEE NONE.

THANK YOU, JASON AND ART, FOR PULLING THESE THINGS TOGETHER.

AND I WANT TO THANK THE VOLUNTEERS FROM GARLAND PAWSIBILITIES WHO HAVE COME OUT AND SPOKE TO US. YOU KNOW, AND AS ONE LADY SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, IF WE DO TRY, WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER ON STUFF.

IT DOESN'T MATTER. SO I THINK WE'VE DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THAT HERE.

SO I APPRECIATE EVERYBODY'S ATTENTION TO THIS.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. THAT MOVES US ON TO ITEM 4 E CITY SPECIAL EVENTS UPDATE.

[4e. City Special Events Updates]

MR. HESSER, YOU'RE FLYING SOLO THIS EVENING.

WELL, THAT MAKES ME A LITTLE BIT CONCERNED, BUT THEY'RE OVER THERE.

OKAY. THAT'S THE WHOLE BACK ROW.

CONCERNS ME ALSO. SO THEY'RE HERE FOR CORRECTIONS AS THEY OCCUR.

SO WE WANTED TO GIVE COUNCIL AN UPDATE ON THE 2022 SPECIAL EVENTS.

A LOT OF THINGS HAVE CHANGED, OBVIOUSLY, DUE TO THE CONSTRUCTION ON THE SQUARE THAT HAS FORCED US TO KIND OF RETHINK AND REALLOCATE THE RESOURCES.

AND THEN IN THE MEANTIME, WE'VE ENTERTAINED OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER IDEAS.

AND SO I'D LIKE TO KIND OF RATCHET THROUGH.

SO KEEP IN MIND, THESE ARE KIND OF THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR.

THERE WILL BE A COUPLE OF AREAS OF EMPHASIS THAT I'D LIKE TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO.

MAKE SURE THAT'S WORKING RIGHT. SO BEGINNING AT THE GRANVILLE ARTS CENTER, YOU'LL HAVE A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING THERE THAT WE'RE USED TO SEEING THERE.

SO WE'VE GOT A VERY BUSY SCHEDULE WITH THE SYMPHONY AND THE GARLAND CIVIC THEATER, A COUPLE OF BIG MUSICALS, 42ND STREET AND LEGALLY BLOND THIS SUMMER, SO THOSE DRAW LARGE CROWDS. AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL ALSO MOSEY OVER TO SOME OF THE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS AND SO FORTH ON THE SQUARE.

SO THIS ONE TAKES A LITTLE EXPLANATION.

THERE'S YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN SEVERAL MOVIE NIGHTS IN THE PLAZA THEATER ON THE SQUARE.

THOSE THAT ARE HIGHLIGHTED AND HAVE AN ASTERISK AND KIND OF THAT ARE BOLDED.

RIGHT NOW ARE SPONSORED BY GDBA.

SO THEY ARE PUTTING FORTH THE EFFORT.

I'VE GOT SPONSORS FOR FUNDING THOSE, MOVIE RENTALS WHICH ARE ODDLY NOT NOT CHEAP.

WE'VE ALSO HAD SOME TRADITIONALLY IN THE PAST WE'VE HAD SOME CLASSIC MOVIE THEATER SERIES

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DONE BY LANDMARK MUSEUM OR HERITAGE CROSSING, RATHER.

AND THEN WE'VE ALSO HAD SOME OF OUR OWN.

WE'RE GOING TO INTRODUCE SOME CULT CLASSICS, WHICH ARE KIND OF THE OLD MOVIES THAT WE ALL KIND OF REMEMBER WERE HIP AND COOL IN THE OLD DAYS, AND THEN THEY WEREN'T, AND NOW THEY ARE AGAIN. SO SOME OF THOSE ARE GOING TO BE THINGS LIKE BLADE RUNNER OR LABYRINTH OR REPO MAN, THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO THESE ARE THESE ARE 24 OPPORTUNITIES ON THESE EVENINGS, APRIL THROUGH DECEMBER FOR SOME ACTIVITY DOWNTOWN.

OTHER THINGS THAT THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE IS DOING IS THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE THE THIRSTY THIRD THURSDAYS WHICH WERE SUCCESSFUL, THE FAIR FARE IN SEPTEMBER AND THEN SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAYS IN NOVEMBER, SATURDAY, EXCUSE ME, IN NOVEMBER.

THIS IS I'M KIND OF EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE.

THIS TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF WORK TO GET LOGISTICALLY FIGURED OUT.

BUT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE AN EXHIBIT THAT FEATURES WORLD WAR TWO MANUFACTURING.

AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS WE'VE GOT QUITE THE HISTORY THAT TIES IN TO THAT.

SO KIM, WITH HERITAGE CROSSING AND LANDMARK HAVE BEEN WORKING TO PUT TOGETHER AN EXHIBIT IN THEIR SHOP, BUT ALSO THIS WILL BE AN EXHIBIT IN CITY HALL IN THE MAIN LOBBY JUNE 6TH THROUGH AUGUST 15TH.

AND SO YOU SEE THERE THE HOURS THAT PEOPLE CAN COME AND SEE THAT.

ADDITIONAL HERITAGE CROSSING PROGRAMS, SOME NEW ONES AND SOME TRIED AND TRUE ONES FROM THE PAST.

CITY-WIDE GEOCACHING TOUR.

SO WE'VE ACTUALLY THAT'S BEEN KIND OF A BIG INVESTMENT IN OUR TIME AND RESOURCES TOO.

IF YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH GEO CACHING, IT'S A VERY FANCY SCAVENGER HUNT WITH GPS DEVICES AND SO FORTH. AND SO WE'VE TAILORED IT TO SEND FOLKS AROUND THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

ADDITIONAL EXHIBITS THROUGH THE MUSEUM YOU SEE HERE AS WELL.

GARLAND'S FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS.

SO THIS IS ANOTHER ONE THAT IS NEW AND EXPANDED, AND THIS ONE I'M PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT.

THIS IS THE CONCERT SERIES THAT WE NEEDED TO RETHINK BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE CAN'T HAVE THEM ON THE SQUARE. SO THOSE WERE FOUR, I BELIEVE, IN THE PAST WE'VE EXPANDED THESE TO SIX.

THREE WILL BE AT AUDUBON PARK AND THREE WILL BE AT WINTERS PARK BECAUSE THEY ARE LARGE ENOUGH FOR HANDLING THE CROWDS, THE PARKING AND THE LOGISTICS.

THIS WOULDN'T HAVE PROBABLY BEEN MADE POSSIBLE.

I THINK WE'VE GOT A COUPLE OF SPONSORS THAT HAVE REALLY STEPPED UP TO HELP US OUT.

ONE IS THE VERITEX BANK AND ONE IS JIMMY WALLACE GUITARS.

HE'S ACTUALLY JIMMY HERE SOMEWHERE.

WHERE IS HE? RAISE YOUR HAND.

SO JIMMY WALLACE IS ACTUALLY HERE.

AND WHAT'S EXCITING ABOUT THIS IS, IS THAT GARLAND HAS A REALLY COOL HISTORY MUSICALLY.

I THINK IF YOU'VE BEEN HERE A WHILE, YOU CAN PROBABLY REMEMBER THEM FIRSTHAND OR BY STORY.

BUT THERE'S BEEN SOME PRETTY COOL FESTIVALS AND CONCERTS THAT HAVE COME THROUGH HERE.

AND SO WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WOULD DO IS TRY SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT NEW RATHER THAN ALL TRIBUTE AND COVER BANDS.

LET'S TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT HISTORY AND THAT TRACK RECORD AND THE RESOURCES THAT JIMMY HAS IN BRINGING ALL ORIGINAL MUSIC.

AND SO ALL OF THIS ORIGINAL MUSIC IS HOPEFULLY GOING TO TAKE US IN A DIRECTION IN THE FUTURE TO WHERE WE REALLY ARE GROWING THIS GRASSROOTS, GARLAND SOUND AND MUSIC SCENE.

AND I'M PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT THESE.

THE ONLY TRIBUTE BAND YOU'LL SEE ON HERE IS EMERALD CITY, BUT THAT ONE IS A REALLY BIG PARTY BAND THAT I THINK EVERYBODY'S GOING TO ENJOY.

FIRST ONE IS MAY 12TH, GRADY SPENCER IN THE WORK.

THAT IS A FANTASTIC BAND.

I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THEM.

ALLY VENABLE THAT IS THE YOUNG LADY HERE IN THE MIDDLE.

AND SO SHE IS A REAL UP AND COMING BLUES AND ROCK FEMALE GUITAR PLAYER THAT'S JUST BLOWING FOLKS AWAY.

SO I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THESE.

THIS IS A DRAFT OF OUR CONCERT POSTER OVER HERE ON THE RIGHT.

THEN AT WINTERS PARK STARTING JUNE 23RD, THIS IS THE BAND YOU'LL SEE.

THE BANDS YOU'LL SEE HERE.

NOW YOU'LL NOTICE THE FIRST ONE IS SURPRISE ARTIST.

WE ACTUALLY DO KNOW WHO IT'S GOING TO BE, BUT WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO ANNOUNCE IT YET BECAUSE THEY HAVE BLACKOUT DATES.

THEY HAVE A BIG CONCERT IN, I BELIEVE IT'S GRAND PRAIRIE OR SOMEWHERE NEARBY.

AND SO WE'RE UNABLE TO MARKET THAT UNTIL SHORTLY BEFORE.

BUT I'M REALLY, REALLY EXCITED FOR THIS.

IT'S AT THE MAJESTIC.

AT THE MAJESTIC. SO IF YOU'D LIKE TO GO CHECK IT OUT AHEAD OF TIME.

[LAUGHTER] A TRUE TEXAS BLUESMAN, BLUES GUITAR PLAYER.

THIS GUY IS UNBELIEVABLE.

I ACTUALLY SAW HIM ON TV.

I HAD HEARD ABOUT HIM WATCHING A TV SHOW WHERE HE CAMEOED AND YOU'LL SEE THE REST OF THE BANDS THERE. SO THIS ONE'S YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE US HIS ZIP CODE WHILE YOU'RE AT

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IT. [LAUGHTER] SO BY PROCESS OF ELIMINATION, I'M SURE YOU'LL AGREE THAT HE'S GOING TO BE AWESOME. ALL RIGHT. LET'S MOVE ON TO.

YEAH WENT TO FAR. HANG ON. WHERE AM I AT? YEAH, YOU JUMPED SEVERAL SEASONS AHEAD THERE.

WHAT HAPPENED THERE? ALL RIGHT.

THERE WE GO. BACK ON TRACK.

SO THIS IS ANOTHER ONE THAT'S BEEN RECENTLY BROUGHT TO US AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING THROUGH THIS. SO THE JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION WILL BE ON JUNE 19TH AT AUDUBON PARK.

AND SO WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THE LOGISTICS ON THAT AS WE SPEAK.

WE MEET REGULARLY WITH A COMMUNITY GROUP THAT IS HELPING PUT THIS TOGETHER SO THAT IT'S DONE CORRECTLY AND APPROPRIATELY.

SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THIS EVENT AS WE HAVE MORE DETAILS WE'LL ROLL THEM OUT.

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN EVENTS THAT WERE FAMILIAR WITH THE GUZZLER IN SEPTEMBER, BIG ART DAY IN OCTOBER. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS NOVEMBER 1ST.

CHRISTMAS AT FIREWHEEL TOWN CENTER FOR ONE MORE SEASON, AND THEN WE'LL EVALUATE AFTER THAT. THEN YOU'VE GOT A VARIETY OF OTHER CITY CO-SPONSORED NON-PROFIT EVENTS THAT WE'RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH. I WON'T GO THROUGH THOSE.

AGAIN OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC DOWNTOWN.

THEN WE'VE GOT KIND OF SOME OVERALL DOWNTOWN CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT STRATEGIES THAT THE TEAM IS WORKING ON.

A LOT OF REALLY GREAT ARTICLES THAT WILL BE IN D MAGAZINE, 506 ART ACTIVATIONS, AND THEN SOME VARIOUS BRANDING BANNERS, MURALS, THAT KIND OF THING.

THEN THE LAST ONE IS ANOTHER ONE THAT WE'RE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT IS BAND TOGETHER CONCERT SERIES, AND THAT'S THE NAME OF THE CONCERT SERIES WHERE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 20 LIVE MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES STARTING MAY THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 PM.

SO WE'RE EVALUATING RIGHT NOW, BUT WE'RE FAIRLY CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL BE A COMBINATION OF SEVERAL AT 506 ART POSSIBLY WORKING WITH THE OWNER OF THE OLD MILLHOUSE LOCATION, THE PLAZA THEATER TO WRAP THINGS UP.

IT'S A LITTLE BIT BIGGER OPPORTUNITY.

MOST OF THESE WILL BE SINGER SONGWRITERS, SINGLES, DUOS, TRIOS, THAT KIND OF THING.

NOT FULL BLOWN BANDS BECAUSE THEY'RE MEANT TO BRING MODEST GROUPS DOWNTOWN FOR COME IN, LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC FOR AN HOUR.

GO GET SOMETHING TO EAT, DRINK, DO SOME SHOPPING, WHATEVER.

AND SO THAT'S KIND OF AND HOPEFULLY IF IT'S RECEIVED WELL, WE'LL CONTINUE THAT ONCE THE SQUARE IS COMPLETE AND MOVING FORWARD.

I WENT THROUGH THAT KIND OF QUICK, BUT ANY QUESTIONS? YOU KNOW, I WAS JUST NOTICING, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT THE GUZZLER COMING UP.

I'M GUESSING THE TIMES WILL IMPROVE WITH THE NEW STREETS DOWNTOWN.

YOU KNOW, IT'S A CLEANER RUNNING SURFACE.

NO. NO, PROBABLY NOT.

ALL RIGHT. WELL, WE CAN HOPE.

COUNCILMEMBER AUBIN.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

ANOTHER GREAT PRESENTATION TONIGHT.

A LOT OF GOOD THINGS IN THERE, ALTHOUGH I HAVE TO SAY THAT IT STARTED OFF WHEN YOU STARTED SHOWING THE MOVIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE THERE.

I'M LIKE, OH, I KNOW THAT MOVIE AND OH YEAH, OH, YEAH, THESE ARE ALL GREAT MOVIES.

AND THEN YOU, YOU KIND OF HIT ME WITH THE THESE ARE THE OLD CLASSICS.

[LAUGHTER] AND SO, OH, MAN, I KNOW ALL THOSE.

STINGS. IT DOES STING A LITTLE BIT, BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING MY GIRLS DOWN THERE AND INTRODUCING THEM TO SOME OF THE OLD CLASSICS.

NOW. I AM ALSO IN THAT GROUP, BY THE WAY.

SUCH AS THEY ARE. I MEAN, WHEN YOU WERE LIKE WHEN YOU SAY OLD CLASSICS, I STARTED LOOKING THROUGH THE LIST. I'M LIKE, I DON'T KNOW IS CITIZEN KANE IN THERE SOMEWHERE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A DIFFERENT SERIES. THERE'S CULT CLASSICS AND THEN THE OLDER CLASSICS THAT ARE THE SUPER ANCIENT CLASSICS NOW.

I'M JUST KIND OF ANCIENT.

THANKS. QUIT WHILE YOU ARE BEHIND YEAH. I WAS ONE OF MY TEACHERS WHO ONCE SAID, WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A HOLE, STOP DIGGING, SHOVEL DOWN. YEAH, BUT I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU AND STAFF AND KIM IN PARTICULAR FOR BRINGING THE WHEN LAST WE TALKED ABOUT THE ARSENAL, THE MANUFACTURING VICTORY.

THERE WAS SOME QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER WE'D BE ABLE TO BRING THAT IN.

SO I'M SUPER PLEASED.

I'VE BEEN BANGING THAT DRUM FOR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS NOW.

SO I'M SUPER, SUPER PLEASED TO SEE THAT COME IN.

I THINK IT'S SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF GARLAND'S HISTORY.

YOU KNOW, OUR GROWTH WAS SO GREATLY ASSOCIATED WITH OUR WORK AS PART OF THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY DURING WORLD WAR TWO.

A LOT OF THOSE BUILDINGS STILL STAND.

WE STILL HAVE STRONG, AS WE WERE TALKING EARLIER TONIGHT, WE STILL HAVE A STRONG DEFENSE SECTOR HERE.

AND SO I'M REALLY EXCITED.

AND I KNOW WE HAVE SUCH A BANG UP STAFF AND SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE CITY COMMITTED TO THE HISTORY OF THE CITY THAT I'M SURE WE'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE THIS VERY PARTICULARLY OURS.

AND I ALSO WANT TO APPRECIATE THE OUTREACH TO WORKING WITH WITH

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JIMMY ON THIS STUFF TO BRING THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST LINEUP OF CONCERTS AND EVENTS AND EVERYTHING ELSE, THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE ONE THAT WE'VE HAD SINCE I'VE BEEN ON COUNCIL.

SO IT'S VERY, VERY EXCITING TO SEE.

IT'S VERY EXCITING TO SEE US GET BACK TO USING WINTERS PARK, WHICH HASN'T BEEN USED IN A LONG TIME. I THINK IT'S A GREAT VENUE FOR THIS.

SO I THINK IT'S GREAT TO SEE US DIVERSIFYING THE THE PERFORMANCE ARTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND I KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT OF WORK BENEATH YOU ON THIS ACROSS ALL OF YOUR STAFF AND REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE THAT AND APPRECIATE THEIR WORK VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

YEAH, I WOULD ECHO KUDOS ON ALL THIS WORK THAT YOU'VE PUT IN HERE.

AND THE JUNETEENTH I KNOW IS JUST A BLIP ON THIS SINCE YOU'RE MOSTLY FOCUSING ON CONCERTS. BUT I'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF REALLY GOOD REPORTS BACK ON YOUR INTERACTION WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE INVESTMENT THAT YOU'RE PUTTING IN TO GET IT RIGHT AND WELL DONE ON THAT. APPRECIATE IT.

AND I THINK THAT GARLAND RESIDENTS APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THAT.

YEAH. AND ALSO HAVING JIMMY WALLACE COME IN ON THIS AND VERITEX, I WAS TELLING HIM WHEN WE WERE IN THE BREAK ROOM.

MY HUSBAND IS WAY TOO FOND OF HIS STORE.

AND WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HE NEEDS ME WITH HIM WHEN HE GOES TO THAT STORE.

[LAUGHTER] HE PLAYS GUITAR AND BUYS GUITARS.

BUT A COMPLETELY ASIDE FROM THAT, JIMMY WALLACE IS A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO OUR DOWNTOWN, TO OUR CITY AND AND CERTAINLY TO THE CONCERT SERIES THAT WE'VE GOT COMING UP.

I AM ESPECIALLY IMPRESSED, ANDY, WITH YOUR BAND TOGETHER SERIES, AND I DON'T KNOW WHEN EXACTLY YOU PUT THAT TOGETHER, HOW QUICKLY YOU PUT THAT TOGETHER, BUT IT'S BRILLIANT HAVING IT EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AROUND THE DOWNTOWN, A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN RACKING OUR BRAINS TO FIGURE OUT WAYS TO GET FEET ON THE STREET ADJACENT TO OUR SHOPS AND OUR RESTAURANTS WITH THE SPACE THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE DURING CONSTRUCTION.

AND I THINK YOU HIT A HOME RUN WITH THIS.

THIS IS BRILLIANT. SO THANK YOU.

I DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, BUT VERY WELL DONE.

THANK YOU MAYOR. I APPRECIATE IT. I'LL PASS THE CREDIT ON TO THE STAFF WE'VE GOT IN A ROOM TOGETHER AND WORE OUT OF DRY ERASE BOARD AND EVERYBODY CONTRIBUTED TO A LOT OF GREAT IDEAS. AND SO THAT'S OUR TRADE SECRET TEAMWORK.

VERY GOOD. DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANKS, ANDY. EXCELLENT PRESENTATION AND THANK YOU AGAIN.

I THINK ONE OF OUR BEST KEPT SECRETS IN THIS WHOLE SCENARIO IS OUR HERITAGE CROSSING MUSEUM AND APPRECIATE WHAT'S BEEN DONE.

WE'VE GOT A VERY DIVERSE COMMUNITY AND YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAS BEEN VERY, VERY OUT FRONT AND VERY AGGRESSIVE TO MAKING SURE THAT OUR MUSEUM REFLECTS THE DIVERSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY. AND I JUST WANTED TO APPLAUD YOU FOR THAT.

I HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH A GISD TEACHER THE OTHER DAY AND AND THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT BRINGING KIDS TO SEE THE MUSEUM, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK IT'S HELPFUL FOR KIDS TO SEE OUR COMMUNITY AS IT REALLY IS.

SO THE YOU KNOW, IT'S I THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE MUSEUM WAS AND WHERE IT IS NOW.

AND YOU AND YOUR TEAM VISION FOR MAKING IT A DESTINATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN EXCELLENT. SO I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT AND IT'S A BENEFIT.

AND IT'S ALSO AN ECONOMIC BENEFIT FOR OUR CITY BECAUSE IT'S PEOPLE WANTING TO SEE IT.

SOME OF THEM SAID, WELL, I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WE HAD A MUSEUM, YOU KNOW, AND I HAD SOME FOLKS IN A FEW MONTHS AGO, AND THEY CAME DOWN TO THE MUSEUM AND TO THE HOUSE AND THEY WERE EXCITED. THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT.

SO I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO HIGHLIGHT AND SPOTLIGHT THE MUSEUM.

SO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

THANK YOU, ANDY. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, SIR. ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? I WILL JUST SAY, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY THE CONCERTS ARE THE BIG YOU KNOW, THE BIG DRAW. AND HAVING EXPERIENCED THOSE CONCERTS PRE-PANDEMIC AND THEN POST PANDEMIC, SO OBVIOUSLY VERY DIFFERENT SCALE, CROWDS, ARTISTS, WHATEVER,

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REGARDLESS, PEOPLE LOVE THOSE.

IT IS AMAZING.

I MEAN, I'VE SEEN LIKE I SAY, I'VE SEEN THE BIG END OF THE SCALE AND THE SMALL END OF THE SCALE THAT WE'VE DONE AND EVEN THE JAZZ GROUPS THAT WE'VE BROUGHT DOWN AS WELL.

AND THOSE KIND OF EVENTS HAVE A HUGE IMPACT.

HUGE IMPACT.

I MEAN, FRANKLY, IN THE POST PANDEMIC WORLD, IT WAS PURELY JUST GIVING PEOPLE SOMETHING TO DO. THEY WERE SO APPRECIATIVE OF JUST HAVING SOMETHING TO GO SEE.

BUT WITH ALL OF THESE WITH EVERYTHING YOU'VE LAID OUT HERE TONIGHT, THESE ARE ALL FANTASTIC. AND I THINK THEY.

YES, YOU KNOW, THE IDEA IS TO A LOT OF IS DRIVING BUSINESS DOWNTOWN AND GETTING PEOPLE DOWNTOWN. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK IT'S BROAD ENOUGH TO WHERE AGAIN, IT IS JUST IT IS GIVING, IT IS ENTERTAINING PEOPLE.

IT IS GIVING THEM SOMETHING TO DO.

AND THAT'S AND THE COST OF THE EVENT FOR THE ATTENDEES MEETS EVERYBODY'S BUDGET BECAUSE IT'S FREE. AND THAT IS HUGE.

THAT IS A HUGE, HUGE WIN.

SO THANK YOU ALL LOOKING.

AND CARMA, RENE, GO AHEAD AND FILL MY CALENDAR UP WITH ALL OF THESE.

[LAUGHTER] ALL RIGHT.

WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM 4 F, WHICH IS UPDATE ON WINDSURF BAY PARK.

[4f. Update on Windsurf Bay Park]

OH, SURE. NOW EVERYBODY COMES UP.

RENE, DO WE HAVE.

I'LL JUST.

GOOD EVENING MAYOR. AND HANG ON A SECOND.

YOU NEED TO.

GO TO PARKS. LET ME LET THEM GET SETTLED HERE AND WE'LL.

GO TO PARKS.

ALL RIGHT. COUNCILMAN MOORE, YOU WANT TO BRING US UP TO SPEED WHERE WE'RE GOING HERE.

OKAY. GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL.

AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US THIS OPPORTUNITY THIS EVENING TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE WINDSURF BAY PARK, WHICH IS, I'M SURE, ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DISCUSSION ITEMS. SO WE'RE HERE TONIGHT TO JUST KIND OF FILL YOU IN ON WHERE WE ARE PRESENTLY AND WHERE WE ARE HOPING TO GO.

WINDSURF BAY PARK HAS A LONG HISTORY OF BEING A DESTINATION LOCATION FOR HOLIDAY GATHERINGS, PICNICKING, BARBECUING, FISH FRYING, SWIMMING, JET SKIING, BOATING ACTIVITIES AND A VARIETY OF OTHER THINGS.

IT'S BEAUTIFULLY LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE LAKE RAY HUBBARD, WITH PARKING NICE GREEN GRASS, LEAFY TREES, SPACIOUS, DESCENDING LANDSCAPE DROPPING DOWN TO THE WATER'S EDGE.

AND IT'S AN IDEAL PLACE FOR HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S ALSO HAD A REPUTATION FOR ATTRACTING UNCONTROLLABLE LARGE CROWDS, HAVING ONE ACCESS IN AND OUT, INABILITY FOR POLICE AND EMERGENCY EGRESS WHEN THE ROADWAY IS CROWDED WITH EXCESSIVE TRAFFIC, NUISANCE TO SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS, DRUNKENNESS, DRUGS, FIGHTS AND OF COURSE, FINDING NEW CREATIVE WAYS TO ENTER THE PARK WHEN IT'S FILLED TO CAPACITY.

WE'VE HAD TO CLOSE THIS PARK THIS LAST SUMMER FOR THESE KINDS OF ISSUES.

IT'S INDEED A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE.

AFTER CLOSING THE PARK DOWN LAST YEAR ON FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAY, AND THE HOLIDAYS, WE'VE HOSTED SEVERAL COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS.

THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTOOD THE SERIOUSNESS OF CONCERNS REGARDING PUBLIC SAFETY AND RELUCTANTLY SUPPORTED THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE PARK EXCEPT FOR WEEKDAYS.

THEY ALSO EXPRESSED HOPE AND OPTIMISM THAT WE WOULD FIND WAYS TO RETURN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD PARK TO THEM WHILE MAINTAINING PUBLIC SAFETY.

THIS LAKEFRONT AMENITY, THE WATER IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT REASONS MANY OF THEM MOVED TO THE AREA. AND SO WE'RE HERE TONIGHT TO REQUEST YOUR CONSIDERATION FOR A PLAN THAT WE THINK HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR REQUEST.

AFTER SEVERAL MEETINGS WITH THE CITY MANAGER, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, LEGAL, PLANNING, PARKS AND RECREATION, GARLAND POLICE, ETC., WE'VE CONCLUDED THAT THERE IS ONE THING THAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS AND THAT IS WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE DRAW TO THE PARK IS WATER, THE WATER IS THE DRAW.

WINDSURF BAY PARK IS ONE OF, IF NOT THE LAST BEACHFRONT TYPE ENTRANCE TO LAKE RAY HUBBARD, WHERE CITIZENS CAN HAVE WATERFRONT FAMILY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AT NO COST.

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IT'S AN APPEAL THAT DRAWS PARTICIPATION FROM AROUND AND BEYOND THE STATE OF TEXAS.

THE WATER IS INDEED THE DRAW.

SO HOW DO WE RETURN THE PARK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHILE MAINTAINING PUBLIC SAFETY? I'M GLAD YOU ASKED.

SEPARATE THE WATER FROM THE LAND.

I KNOW YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD THIS BEFORE, BUT HOPEFULLY TONIGHT YOU'LL HEAR IT IN A DIFFERENT MANNER IN THAT A LONG TERM PLAN IS BEING DEVISED TO SEPARATE THE WATER FROM THE PARK WHILE MAINTAINING THE BEAUTY AND THE APPEAL OF THE LAKE AND THE FUNCTIONAL ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE PARK.

WE PROPOSE A DURABLE AND ATTRACTIVE WROUGHT IRON FENCE, AESTHETICALLY PLEASING TO THE EYE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE TO BE PLACED ALONG THE WATER [INAUDIBLE] LINE.

ALIGN IT WITH THE ALREADY PLANNED TRAIL SYSTEM BEING BUILT AROUND THE CITY OF GARLAND, CONNECTING TO OTHER SISTER CITIES.

PLACE GATES AT STRATEGIC INTERSECTIONS WHICH WILL ALLOW ACCESS TO EMERGENCY RESPONDERS.

THE WROUGHT IRON FENCE LINE IS PART OF A LONG TERM PLANNING STRATEGY GOAL THAT WILL REQUIRE COUNCIL APPROVAL OF APPROXIMATELY $100,000 IN AN UPCOMING BUDGET CYCLE FOR A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN AND COMMUNITY INPUT.

A DETAILED DESIGN WHICH WOULD OCCUR IF AND WHEN A FUTURE BOND PROJECT IS APPROVED WOULD BE PROPOSED LATER.

THE OVERALL DESIGN PLAN WOULD INCLUDE, BUT WOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO INCREASED PARKING AND PAVED CONCRETE SPACE, NOT GRAVEL, RESTROOMS, LIGHTINGS, ETC.

AND REPLACE AN UPGRADE PICNIC TABLES AND GRILLS.

UPGRADE REPLACE THE PAVILION AND ADD SOME SOUND AND CONCERT STAGE.

WE THINK THIS STRATEGY WILL ELIMINATE MUCH OF THE EXTREMELY LARGE TRAFFIC COUNT BECAUSE THE WATER IS NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE.

WE WOULD CONDUCT AN ALL OUT SOCIAL, REGIONAL, STATE AND INTERSTATE MEDIA CAMPAIGN ALERTING POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS TO THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT.

WE WOULD USE ELECTRONIC BILLBOARDS AS STRATEGIC ENTRY POINTS, ALERTING POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS THAT THERE IS NO ACCESS TO THE WATER AND A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS ALLOWED. THIS SHOULD ELIMINATE CONGESTION ALONG THE LOCUST GROVE ROAD THOROUGHFARE.

THESE ARE OUR LONG TERM PLANNING GOALS.

NOW, LET ME DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO OUR INTERMEDIATE TERM PLANNING GOALS.

IF OUR ASSUMPTIONS ARE CORRECT, WE NEED TO CONSTRUCT A FENCE, A SEAWALL SEPARATING THE WATER FROM THE LAND. THE FENCE WILL BE A HIGH QUALITY IRON, STEEL AND AESTHETICALLY PLEASING. WE ESTIMATE WE CAN PROCURE THIS FENCE FOR APPROXIMATELY 350 TO $400,000 AND POSSIBLY LESS AFTER THE BIDDING PROCESS TO INCLUDE FENCING AND INSTALLATION.

THIS WILL ALLOW THE HOMEOWNERS TO CONTINUE HAVING ACCESS TO A QUALITY VIEW OF THE LAKE EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK VERSUS WHAT THEY HAVE PRESENTLY.

FINALLY, IF A LONG TERM AND INTERMEDIATE PLAN ASSUMPTION ARE CORRECT, WE WOULD LIKE TO TEST THESE ON A SHORT TERM GOAL BEGINNING THIS SUMMER BY INSTALLING A TEMPORARY, VISUALLY APPEALING SUPERIOR STRUCTURE SIX FEET GREEN POWER COATED FENCING MUCH NICER THAN FENCING PREVIOUSLY USED.

WE ESTIMATE A RENTAL LEASE COST OF APPROXIMATELY 12 TO $13,000 TOTAL FOR SIX MONTHS.

IF TEMPORARY FENCING IS SUCCESSFUL, THE LONG TERM FENCE COULD BE ORDERED IN MID LATE SUMMER 2022, WITH INSTALLATION DURING FALL OF 2022 WINTER 2023 TO BE PLACED FOR SPRING SUMMER OF 2023.

AND SO WE COME THIS EVENING AND I'M INVITING YOUR QUESTIONS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, SOLICIT YOUR SUPPORT AS WE ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE STRUCTURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO A LONG STANDING AND COMPLEX ISSUE FACING THE AMENITY IN OUR SOUTH LAKESHORE.

WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER BANDAGE REMEDY THAT HAS TO BE DISCONTINUED BEFORE IT STARTED.

WE NEED SOME LONG TERM SOLUTIONS THAT WILL RETURN WIND SURF BAY PARK TO THE COMMUNITY WHILE PROTECTING PUBLIC SAFETY.

AND LET ME SAY TO YOU THAT I DO RECOGNIZE THE FENCE LINE PROPOSAL HAS COME FORWARD BEFORE AND EVEN THEN I VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED IT INITIALLY FOR FEAR THAT A FENCE WOULD DESTROY THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND NEIGHBORHOOD APPEAL THAT WE ARE SO PASSIONATELY DRAWN TOWARD.

BUT AFTER REVIEWING ALL THE FACTS, OBSERVING BOTH THE GOOD AND BAD THAT OCCUR IN THE PARK, LISTENING TO THE CITIZENRY AND RECOGNIZING THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE IN THIS DISCUSSION IS PUBLIC SAFETY.

I'M PETITIONING YOU, THE COUNCIL, TO WORK WITH ME IN ADOPTING THIS PROPOSAL PLAN.

SO AT THIS POINT, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO OUR STAFF WHO HAVE REALLY WORKED WITH THIS AND GIVEN US LOTS OF INFORMATION, LOTS OF ADVICE TO GIVE US FURTHER DETAILS.

YOU BET. THANK YOU.

COUNCILMEMBER MOORE, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

I KNOW WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS ON THIS TOPIC OVER THE YEARS.

AS COUNCILMEMBER MOORE WAS ASSISTED BY STAFF AT A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS LAST FALL,

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AND SINCE THEN, GETTING A LOT OF COMMUNITY INPUT ON SHORT TERM, LONG TERM TYPE SOLUTIONS.

YOU KNOW, THE ONE THING THAT CAME UP AND PROBABLY FROM THE RESIDENTS AROUND THAT AREA, THE ONE THING THAT WE OVERWHELMINGLY HEARD OVER AND OVER WAS THE THEY WANT THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD PARK BACK.

SO THEN THE DISCUSSIONS BECAME, HOW DO WE DO THAT? HOW DO WE PROVIDE THAT UNDER THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES, WHAT OUR PLAN HAS BEEN, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE DID LAST SUMMER WAS FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, THE PARK WAS CLOSED, BUT IT WAS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

SO THE PROCESS WE WENT THROUGH WAS TRYING TO LOOK AT HOW DO WE GET THAT PARK BACK TO THOSE RESIDENTS SO THEY CAN ENJOY THE PARK ON THE WEEKENDS WITHOUT THE LARGE CROWDS, WHICH THAT'S WHAT LED TO THE DISCUSSION OF THE FENCE.

SO MATT AND ANDY HAVE PUT TOGETHER AND COUNCILMEMBER MOORE WE'VE ACTUALLY HAD A LITTLE BIT UPDATED NUMBERS SINCE YOU AND I TALKED RECENTLY.

SO ANDY.

AND THEN WE'LL GO THROUGH AND SHOW THE BASIC ALIGNMENT AND THEN GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE TYPE OF FENCE, WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE ON A IF WE DID A LONG TERM PERMANENT TYPE FENCE, WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE, AND THEN WHAT A TEMPORARY FENCING WOULD LOOK LIKE.

SO, ANDY.

THANK YOU, SIR. SO A COUPLE OF JUST GRAPHICS TO SHOW WHAT COUNCILMEMBER MOORE WAS TALKING ABOUT. HERE'S AN OVERALL MAP OF THE AREA.

WHAT'S IN THAT GREEN HATCHED AREA IS THE DALLAS TAKE AREA.

THAT'S THE AREA THAT IS UNDER THEIR CONTROL UNDER THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT GOES UP TO A CERTAIN ELEVATION IS WHAT DEFINES THAT.

SO WE WOULD LIKE FOR THE MAJORITY OF THAT FENCE TO BE ADJACENT TO OR JUST OUTSIDE OF THAT, THERE'S ALSO A COUPLE OF ELEVATION CHANGES SHOULD THE TYPICAL AREA THAT YOU SEE FOLKS WALKING AND WALKING THEIR DOGS SITS UP A LITTLE HIGHER.

THERE'S A LITTLE PLATEAU DOWN BELOW WHERE THIS FENCE LOCATION MIGHT BE PROPOSED.

SO WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE IN TERMS OF THE PERMANENT FENCE IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING SIMILAR.

WE WOULD LOOK AT AN EIGHT FOOT TALL WITHOUT THE POKY PART AT THE TOP, BUT IT DOES HAVE SOME BENEFIT TO HAVE THE CURVATURE AT THE TOP TO KIND OF PROHIBIT ANY CLIMBING ATTEMPTS OVER IT. AND THEN YOU'LL SEE THERE KIND OF THE ROUNDABOUT BUDGET ESTIMATE.

WE'D ALSO LIKE TO HAVE WHAT WE CALL A CONCRETE MOW STRIP AT THE BOTTOM THAT'S BASICALLY A BAND OF CONCRETE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FENCE THAT KEEPS MOWERS AWAY FROM IT.

SO YOU'RE NOT DAMAGING IT WITH MOWERS OR WEED EATERS OR THAT KIND OF THING.

THEN WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE IN IN THE TEMPORARY SITUATION IS BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT IS THE SAME CONSTRUCTION FENCE THAT'S ACROSS THE STREET AROUND THE SQUARE.

VENDORS SUCH AS MOD-LOC SPECIALIZE IN A HEAVIER GAUGE, A LITTLE MORE DECORATIVE.

THIS IS A KIND OF A DARK GREEN FOREST GREEN COATING THAT'S ON IT.

THEY HAVE A SYSTEM IN PLACE THAT WOULD THE POST WOULD BE POUNDED INTO THE GROUND, SECURED A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU WOULD IN A CONSTRUCTION SITUATION.

BUT THAT'S THE TYPE OF OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE IN THE SHORT TERM, AS COUNCILMAN MOORE SAID, TO GIVE IT A TEST DRIVE AND SEE HOW THE TOWN'S RESPONDED.

AND IN ADDITION, I BELIEVE COUNCILMEMBER MOORE MENTIONED THIS, BUT WE WOULD IF WE DO THE FENCE, BOTH FOR THE TEMPORARY AND THE MORE LONG TERM FENCE, WE WOULD INSTALL GATES AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS ALONG THERE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, ACCESS FOR POLICE AND FIRE.

THAT PUBLIC SAFETY WOULD HAVE SOME WHATEVER THE CODE WOULD BE TO GET THROUGH THE GATE IF THEY NEEDED TO GET IN AND OUT AND THROUGH THERE.

OKAY. COUNCIL LADY MORRIS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. IF I'M RECALLING CORRECTLY.

WE DID PUT UP TEMPORARY FENCING FOR SOME PERIOD OF TIME SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

YES, MA'AM. OKAY, GOOD.

SO WHAT? REFRESH MY MIND ABOUT WAS IT ON THE SAME AREA? YES, MA'AM. THE SAME GENERAL AREA.

RIGHT ACROSS THERE.

RIGHT. AND HOW LONG DID WE LEAVE THAT UP? I THINK IT'S BEFORE YOUR TIME.

BEFORE OUR TIME.

JULY 4TH HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

I THINK THERE WAS ANOTHER TIME THAT WE HAD IT UP.

FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, IT WAS UP MOST OF THAT SUMMER.

A LOT OF IT, I DON'T THINK IT WAS THE WHOLE SUMMER, BUT I THINK FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS.

SO. OKAY.

AND CHIEF BRYAN IS NOT HERE, CORRECT? NOT HERE TONIGHT? NO, MA'AM.

SO THE IMPACT OF THE TEMPORARY FENCE WHEN WE HAD IT UP BEFORE DID THAT SOLVE LARGELY SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH THE PARK BEING OVERCROWDED WITH CRIMINAL ELEMENTS WITH, DID THAT LARGELY DO WHAT WE WANTED IT TO DO? YES, MA'AM. OKAY.

WELL, I THINK THAT RIGHT THERE LEADS ME TO BE MORE INCLINED TO GO ALONG WITH THIS IDEA, AND ESPECIALLY IF WE'RE GOING TO TEST IT AGAIN IN A MORE ROBUST WAY FOR SOME PERIOD OF TIME AND JUST SEE IF IT WORKS.

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PEOPLE, AS WE FOUND LAST TIME, PEOPLE WERE AND ARE VERY DETERMINED.

AND WHEN THEY WERE TOLD THE PARK WAS CLOSED, I BELIEVE WE HAD SOME PEOPLE WITH MACHETES THAT WERE GOING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD, FINDING THEIR WAY IN THERE.

SO I'M NOT QUICK TO SAY, OH, THIS WILL SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS. BUT IF WE CAN FIND A HAPPY MEDIUM AND RETRAIN PEOPLE TO THINK OF THIS NOT AS A PARK WITH ACCESS TO WATER, THEN THAT WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD A LONG TERM SOLUTION.

SO. ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS. THANK YOU, MAYOR. AND THANKS TO COUNCILMAN MOORE ON THIS.

MY ONE QUESTION. HE MENTIONED, COUNCILMAN MOORE MENTIONED NOTIFICATION WHETHER IT'S SIGNALS OR SIGNAGE BEFORE ENTERING LOCUST GROVE ROAD.

CAN ONE OF YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE? AND AM I CORRECT, MITCH? THE SERVICE ROAD IS ACTUALLY WITHIN TXDOT'S JURISDICTION [INAUDIBLE].

ARE WE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING NOTIFICATIONS ALONG THE SERVICE ROAD BEFORE YOU ENTER? CAN YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE WHAT IS THAT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND WHERE IS IT GOING TO BE? CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT PLEASE? SURE. SO WHAT WE WOULD DO IN THE WHOLE PACKAGE IS OUR TEAM OVER THE YEARS AND WHAT WE DID LAST TIME AND IT WORKED PRETTY WELL.

WE WE HAVE CONNECTIONS TO GET THE WORD OUT.

THERE'S DIFFERENT WEBSITES OUT THEY'RE NOT JUST OUR WEBSITE.

WE WOULD USE ALL OF OUR NORMAL CHANNELS TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO PUT IT OUT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, IF WE DO THIS, THE RESTRICTIONS OF FENCING, THAT KIND OF THING, BUT WE HAVE CONNECTIONS WITH THOSE OUT THERE. THERE HAS BEEN AND I DON'T WANT TO CALL IT I GUESS IT'S A MESSAGE BOARD KIND OF THING WHERE THEY'LL POST AND IT'S FOLKS FROM OUTSIDE OF GARLAND, FROM ALL ACROSS TEXAS AND ELSEWHERE THAT WOULD TALK ABOUT THIS LOCATION.

SO WE HAVE A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS THAT WE CAN PUT OUT THAT INFORMATION INTERNET, COMPUTERS, MESSAGE BOARDS, THAT KIND OF THING.

THE OTHER THING WE CAN DO IS HAVE A MESSAGE BOARD THERE AT OR NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF IT, NOT ALL THE WAY WHEN THEY GET INTO THE PARK.

BECAUSE WHAT WE DID SEE THE LAST TIME, WHEN IT WAS CLOSED FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, WE GOT THE WORD OUT.

THERE WOULD STILL BE SOME PEOPLE SHOWING UP ON THAT.

BUT IT WAS A SMALL VOLUME.

IT WASN'T THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, THE FEW WHO DID SHOW UP THAT DIDN'T GET THE WORD THEY WERE COMING IN.

AND MOST OF THEM AND WE EVEN HAD BETWEEN OFFICERS AND PARKS EMPLOYEES THAT WERE PERIODICALLY CHECKING ON IT, THEY WOULD JUST KIND OF COME IN, TURN AROUND AND GO BACK.

WE DID HAVE A FEW THAT CAME IN AND STOPPED AND WENT TO THE PAVILION OR ONE OF THE PICNIC TABLES, THAT KIND OF THING.

SO IT'S A COMBINATION OF ALL OF THOSE THINGS TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE WORD OUT IN ADVANCE IF WE DO THIS, TO PUBLISH IT AS BEST WE CAN, AND THEN TO HAVE SOME MESSAGING AT THE ENTRANCE LEADING INTO THAT.

AND MAYBE WE'VE EVEN TALKED ABOUT A SECOND MESSAGING BOARD, YOU KNOW, MAYBE EARLY ON WITH THIS, EVEN BEFORE THEY GET TO THE PARK ABOUT THAT, ABOUT THE SIGNAGE, ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON THERE. SO WE HAD FAIRLY GOOD SUCCESS LAST TIME GETTING THAT WORD OUT ONCE THE FENCING WENT UP, WAS THERE FOR A WHILE.

WE DIDN'T HAVE THE LARGE CROWDS COMING ON THE WEEKEND ANYMORE.

WE WOULD HAVE SOME PEOPLE SHOW UP, THE ONES THAT JUST WANTED TO ENJOY THE PARK, THEY STAYED AND THEY ENJOYED THE PARK.

THE ONES THAT WANTED TO GET IN THE WATER TURNED AROUND AND LEFT.

AND I THINK I ALSO REMEMBER WHEN WE DID THAT, WE STILL HAD SOME FOLKS WHO CAME DOWN LOCUST GROVE AND THEY WERE TOLD, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE HAD THE TEMPORARY FENCING BEFORE AND THEY STARTED CIRCLING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND I REMEMBER HEARING THAT.

AND THEY WERE DRIVING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO PART B TO MY QUESTION IS WITH THAT, ARE WE GOING TO NEED AN ENFORCEMENT GPD ENFORCEMENT ELEMENT IN ADDITION TO THE SIGNAGE NOTIFICATIONS TO AVOID THAT? BECAUSE I REMEMBER THAT FROM THE LAST, AT SO PEOPLE UNTIL THE WORD GETS OUT, UNTIL THE NOTIFICATION GOES OUT.

BECAUSE I REMEMBER BEFORE WE DID THE FENCING, FOLKS WERE STILL COMING IN.

AND THEN WHEN THEY FIGURED OUT THEY COULDN'T GET TO IT, THEY WERE GOING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOODS. AND I REMEMBER SOME FEEDBACK, SOME OF THE NEIGHBORS ON THAT.

SO ARE WE GOING TO NEED AN ENFORCEMENT ELEMENT IN ADDITION TO THE SIGNAGE MITCH? SO I THINK PERIODICALLY HAVING THE OFFICERS COME THROUGH THERE WILL HELP.

I THINK MOST OF IT.

MOST OF WHAT I RECALL WHERE WE ENDED UP WITH PEOPLE ENDING UP IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND THEN TRYING TO CUT THROUGH IS WHEN THE PARK WAS ACTUALLY CLOSED, WHEN WE EITHER GOT TO A MAXIMUM NUMBER OR WHEN THE WHOLE PARK WAS SHUT DOWN, THAT'S WHEN THEY ENDED UP IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND STARTED CUTTING THROUGH THE HOUSES AND OVER FENCES AND ALL THE REST OF THAT TO GET IN THERE.

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BUT WHEN IT WAS, THE PARK WAS OPEN, BUT WE HAD THE FENCING UP THERE.

WE WEREN'T HAVING A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE DRIVING INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND STAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ITSELF.

BUT HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT, WHAT WE WOULD DO IS PERIODICALLY HAVE THE OFFICERS CHECK ON THAT, AND MAYBE OCCASIONALLY PARKS EMPLOYEES GOING THROUGH THERE AND CHECKING ON IT.

AND IN EARLY ON THE FIRST THE FIRST FEW DAYS, THE FIRST WEEKEND, THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKENDS, THAT KIND OF THING WOULD BE MORE PREVALENT ON THAT, A LITTLE BIT HIGHER VISIBILITY TO MAKE SURE WE GOT THE WORD OUT.

AND THEN WHAT WE SAW IN THE PAST IS OVER TIME, IT GOT LESS AND LESS.

OKAY. OKAY. AND MY LAST QUESTION, I'M GOING TO ASK THIS ONE ANYWAY.

THE TAKE LINE OR ANY COMMUNICATION WITH THE DALLAS ON THIS PROPOSAL? I'M NOT SAYING THAT. WELL, I'LL JUST LEAVE THE QUESTION LIKE I ASK IT, I WON'T I'M NOT.

I'M GOING TO ASK IT. BUT JUST IT'S A YES OR NO.

WE'VE HAD COMMUNICATION WITH DALLAS.

YES. OKAY.

I'LL LEAVE THAT ONE ALONE.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. TWO WAY COMMUNICATION OR JUST ONE WAY? [LAUGHTER] I SEE.

NEVER MIND. NEVER MIND.

NEVER MIND. THAT'S WHY I LEFT IT ALONE.

ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT.

COUNCIL MEMBER AUBIN.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. CAN WE BACK UP A LITTLE BIT AND GET IN THE TIMELINE OF KIND OF WHERE WE'VE GONE HERE? BECAUSE WE'VE GONE OVER THIS? I MEAN, WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING THIS NOW FOR, I THINK, FOUR YEARS ON COUNCIL.

I MEAN, I KNOW A LOT LONGER IN SOME RESPECTS, BUT THREE OR FOUR YEARS ON COUNCIL AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW AT SOME POINT WE APPROVED ACQUIRING A TICKET BOOTH AND THE FUNDING ASSOCIATED WITH THAT AND ALL THAT OTHER STUFF.

AND THEN I KNOW AT SOME POINT WE HAD PROBLEMS LAST WAS IT LAST SUMMER, I GUESS? I'M SORRY. IT'S ALL WITH COVID IT'S ALL KIND OF A BLUR.

BECAUSE WE WERE CLOSED, WE CLOSED THE PARK ALL TOGETHER DURING COVID AND ALL THAT OTHER JAZZ. BUT THEN WE HAD OTHER ISSUES THERE LAST SUMMER, IS THAT? YES, SIR. CAN YOU KIND OF WALK THROUGH THE TIMELINE A LITTLE BIT WITH WHERE WE'VE GONE ON THIS? COUNCIL. IT'S PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, LOTS OF DISCUSSION, COUNCIL APPROVED MOVING FORWARD WITH A TICKET BOOTH AND SOME OTHER THINGS TO MAKE SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN THERE, HOPING TO CONTROL THE CAPACITY AT THAT TIME.

AND WE HAD STARTED FORWARD WITH THAT PRELIMINARY DESIGN AND PURCHASING AND BIDS AND ALL THE REST OF THAT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT, TO ORDER THAT EQUIPMENT.

WE WERE MONITORING THINGS AND STILL WORKING ON THINGS BEFORE OF COURSE, WE HAD INSTALLED ANY OF THAT.

THAT'S WHEN WE HAD SOME CRITICAL INCIDENTS HAPPEN OUT THERE.

AND PROBABLY THE ONE THAT REALLY GOT OUR ATTENTION THE MOST IS THE ONE WHERE THEY ENDED UP HAVING A FIGHT, IT ENDED UP BEING SOME GANG MEMBERS FROM DALLAS THAT JUST HAPPENED TO BE THERE AT THE SAME TIME, I DON'T THINK THEY PLANNED IT, BUT ONE HAD A MACHETE, ANOTHER ONE HAD A GUN. THEY BROUGHT OUT THE MACHETE.

ONE WITH A GUN, STARTED SHOOTING, FORTUNATELY DIDN'T HURT.

IT DIDN'T SHOOT ANYBODY MISSED.

AND THEN ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL HAD A HAMMER AND STARTED TAKING IT TO ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL.

THERE WERE SUCH A LARGE CROWD THERE THAT WHEN THE AMBULANCE AND THE POLICE CARS GOT THERE, THEY COULDN'T GET IN.

THEY ACTUALLY HAD TO ABANDON THE AMBULANCE AND THE POLICE CARS TO RUN DOWN IN THE SEA OF HUMANITY, THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE TO TRY TO FIND THE INJURED PERSONS.

WHEN WE WENT THROUGH THAT, WE CIRCLED BACK AROUND WITH POLICE AND FIRE AND STARTED TALKING THROUGH AGAIN.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHEN WE CAME BACK TO COUNCIL AGAIN AND ENDED UP CLOSING IT ON THE FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY AGAIN.

AND THAT THE ONE KEY THING TO THAT, AGAIN, IS THE ONE THING THAT KEEPS COMING UP IS THAT ACCESS LOCUST GROVE, A LITTLE BITTY TWO LANE ROAD, NOT BEING ABLE TO GET FIRE TRUCKS, AMBULANCES, POLICE CARS IN THERE WHEN WE HAVE THESE LARGE CROWDS, SO.

AND SO THEN WE HAD IT SHUT DOWN FOR THE REST OF THE WARM MONTHS INTO ALL THE WAY TO AT LEAST SEPTEMBER, EARLY OCTOBER.

AND THEN AFTER THAT IS WHEN COUNCILMEMBER MOORE I DON'T REMEMBER IT WAS LATER IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, SOMEWHERE IN THERE WE HAD A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS FOR THE NEIGHBORHOODS SURROUNDING THAT AND OTHERS THAT WANTED TO ATTEND.

I THINK THE FIRST MEETING HAD LIKE 100 PEOPLE AT IT AND THE NEXT ONE HAD 50 OR 60, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND I THINK WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF OTHER CONVERSATIONS SINCE THEN WHICH RESULTED IN MORE DISCUSSIONS THAT BROUGHT IT BACK TODAY.

OK, ARE WE GOING TO HAVE IS THE EXPECTATION THAT THE PARK WILL BE, ASSUME FOR A MINUTE THAT WE SAY YES AND WE PUT UP THIS FENCE AND WHATNOT.

IS THE EXPECTATION THAT GOING FORWARD THAT THE PARK WILL BE STAFFED ON THE WEEKENDS OR NOT STAFFED? IT WILL BE NOT NECESSARY TO STAFF IT ON THE WEEKENDS? THAT'S CORRECT. OKAY.

DO WE THINK THE FENCE IS THSI ACTUALLY GOING TO WORK? I MEAN, MY CONCERN IS I MEAN, YOU LOOK AT THE FENCE BUILT DOWN ON THE BORDER AND THAT'S

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BASICALLY A JOKE.

PEOPLE JUST CUT THROUGH THE FENCE.

ARE WE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT? I MEAN, PEOPLE, AS WE SAID BEFORE, WITH, YOU KNOW, IF PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO USE MACHETES TO CUT THROUGH THE FOREST AREAS TO GET THERE, I'M PRETTY SURE A LOT OF THEM PROBABLY OWN THINGS LIKE LADDERS AND WHATNOT AND OTHER THINGS THAT I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT THEY OUGHT TO, BUT PEOPLE CAN BE FAIRLY DETERMINED.

SURE. AND I, WERE THERE PROBABLY BE INDIVIDUALS THAT WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE AND FIND A WAY OVER THE FENCE? I THINK SO.

I THINK WE CAN WORK WITH THOSE.

WE DID FIND A FEW OF THOSE EVEN WHEN WE HAD THE FENCE UP.

I FORGET WHAT YEAR IT WAS, BUT FOR THOSE COUPLE OF MONTHS WE WOULD OCCASIONALLY FIND PEOPLE THAT GET OVER THE FENCE AND WE'RE JUST SWIMMING IN THE LAKE AND ALL THAT.

USUALLY A CONVERSATION HANDLED THAT.

BUT THAT'S A SMALL GROUP.

BUT THE LARGER VOLUME OF FOLKS, THE THOUSANDS, WHEN THEY SEE IT FENCED OFF, WE WEREN'T SEEING THAT.

AND BY THE SAME TOKEN, IT'S NOT PEOPLE COMING FROM THE LAKE.

I MEAN, YOU CAN COME FROM THE LAKE SIDE AND SAY, I WANT TO HANG OUT ON THE BEACH.

THAT COULD STILL HAPPEN. FROM A BOAT THEY COULD COME UP FROM A BOAT.

THAT WOULD NOT BE INAPPROPRIATE.

GET OUT AND HAVE A PICNIC AND KIND OF WAVE TO EVERYONE WHO'S ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE I GUESS. YES SIR. THEY COULD.

IF THE FENCE IS GOING TO BE EFFECTIVE AT KEEPING PEOPLE OUT HAVE WE CONSIDERED PUTTING THE FENCE INSTEAD OF SEPARATING THE PARK FROM THE WATER? HAVE WE CONSIDERED SEPARATING THE NEIGHBORHOOD FROM THE PARK? IF THE PROBLEM WAS THAT PEOPLE WERE INFILTRATING INTO THE PARK BECAUSE THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE EFFECTIVE POINT OF ENTRY, HAVE WE CONSIDERED IF WE'RE GOING TO SPEND THAT MONEY ON THE FENCE, JUST PUTTING THE FENCE UP AGAINST THE NEIGHBORHOOD SO THAT SOMEBODY WITH A MACHETE OR WHATEVER IS NOT GOING TO GET IN TO THE PARK.

SO I THINK WHEN WE LOOKED AT SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE TALKED ABOUT THAT WOULD HELP IN THE SITUATIONS WHERE IF WE WERE BACK TO A MODEL OF WE ALLOWED SEVERAL THOUSAND FOLKS IN THERE, WHATEVER THAT IS, AND THEN WE CLOSE IT DOWN.

THAT'S WHEN WE WERE RUNNING INTO THOSE CHALLENGES SO IT WOULD HELP WITH THAT? BUT WE WOULD STILL HAVE THE VOLUME OF FOLKS COMING IN.

RIGHT. AND I GUESS MY POINT IS THAT COUNCIL'S PREVIOUS DIRECTION A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THAT WE WERE OKAY WITH THE PARK HAVING WHETHER IT IS 1000 OR 2000 OR I CAN'T REMEMBER HONESTLY WHAT THE NUMBER WAS.

BUT THE PROBLEM THAT WE WERE PRESENTED WITH LAST SUMMER WAS THAT WE WERE UNABLE TO KEEP IT AT THAT NUMBER.

WE WERE UNABLE TO KEEP IT BECAUSE OF THE ACCESS THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND OTHER STUFF.

SO IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF THE COUNCIL DIRECTIVE WAS, LET'S GO FORWARD AT 2500 OR 2000 OR 1500 PEOPLE OR 500 PEOPLE, THAT WE COULD EFFECTUATE THAT BY JUST REMOVING YOU KNOW, ELIMINATING THESE OTHER ACCESS POINTS TO THE PARK.

IF THERE'S ONLY ONE ACCESS POINT INTO THE PARK, THEN IT SEEMS TO BE A LOT EASIER TO CONTROL THE OVERALL NUMBER.

AND I MEAN, I HAVEN'T MEASURED, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE LENGTH OF THE FENCE WOULD BE RELATIVELY THE SAME, LIKE 1800 YOU KNOW.

SO I DON'T KNOW.

I KIND OF FEEL LIKE THAT'S KIND OF CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE.

HAVE WE EVER HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE NTTA ABOUT ANY FUTURE ALIGNMENT OF 190? AND IN OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM, WE'RE STILL ON THE 7 TO 10 YEAR PLAN, AND THAT'S THE SAME WE GET PRETTY MUCH EVERY YEAR.

AND THEY STILL HAVE NO CONCEPT OF HOW THEY WANT TO ALIGN IT? THEY HAVE A GENERAL ALIGNMENT.

OKAY. AND BUT AS FAR AS WHEN ANYTHING MIGHT START, IT'S STILL THEY KEEP TELLING US IT'S IN THE 7 TO 10 YEAR RANGE.

SO THAT'S WHAT THEY TOLD US FIVE, SIX, SEVEN YEARS AGO.

SO. OKAY.

AND I APPRECIATE THE DIFFICULTIES THAT MANAGING A THAT IS THIS KIND OF DEMAND.

AND SO THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU MANAGE THE DEMAND OR DO YOU JUST ELIMINATE IT ALTOGETHER? AND THAT'S BEEN THE ISSUE THAT WE'VE STRUGGLED WITH FOR YEARS.

YOU KNOW, AND I KNOW I UNDERSTAND I RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PROBLEMS HERE.

THERE ARE ACCESS PROBLEMS. YOU KNOW, EVEN IF YOU WERE TO TRY AND PUNCH ANOTHER ACCESS ROAD THROUGH THERE, WHICH I THINK YOU COULD DO, THEN YOU START BRINGING MORE NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC THROUGH OTHER PARTS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD. SO THERE'S NOT, THERE'S NO EASY SOLUTION.

BY THE SAME TOKEN, I ALSO KNOW, YOU KNOW, FOR YEARS.

CAN WE HAVE AN ATTRACTION IN GARLAND, PLEASE? WHAT KIND OF ATTRACTIONS CAN WE HAVE? AND WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME TRYING TO MAKE PARTICULAR PARTS OF OUR CITY ATTRACTIVE AND

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GENERATE TRAFFIC. SO IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT TO SAY NO, PARTICULARLY TO SOMETHING THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DRIVE TRAFFIC OR SOMETHING THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A SIGNIFICANT AMENITY IF WE WERE ABLE TO LIMIT IT TO OUR RESIDENTS IN SOME WAY.

SO I'M VERY MUCH ON THE FENCE ABOUT HOW WE GO FORWARD.

YEAH, SORRY. YOU WON'T HAVE TO HEAR MANY OF THOSE TOO MUCH LONGER.

[LAUGHTER] THANK YOU, MAYOR.

COUNCILMEMBER SMITH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. AND PLEASE NO DAD JOKES, I THINK I ALREADY GOT BEAT TO IT OVER THERE.

JUST ROLL DOWN THE LIST OF QUESTIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN ASKED [INAUDIBLE].

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT A TEMPORARY FENCE.

WE'RE LOOKING AT COMING BACK IN WHAT, 6 TO 9 MONTHS AND MAKING A PERMANENT DECISION PROBABLY AFTER THE BUDGET YEAR.

I THINK AS FAR AS THE ORDERING, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE SOMETIME THIS SUMMER, MID TO LATE SUMMER. WE'D NEED TO MAKE A DECISION IF WE'RE GOING TO ORDER A PERMANENT FENCE AND GET IT IN AND GET IT INSTALLED OVER THE WINTER TO GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

SO SOMETIME IF WE INSTALLED A TEMPORARY FENCE, WHICH WE COULD DO RELATIVELY QUICKLY, BUT IT WOULD BE A DECISION MID TO LATE SUMMER AND WE COULD WORK ON A DATE AS WE GO THROUGH TO MAKE SURE WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WITH EVERYTHING THE LEAD TIMES AND THAT SOMETHING DOESN'T GO WRONG. THE GOAL WOULD BE TO HAVE IT INSTALLED OVER THE WINTER SO IT WOULD BE IN PLACE BEFORE NEXT SPRING.

OKAY. WITH THAT SAID, IT'S KIND OF A SHORT TIMELINE AND I THINK MY BIGGEST QUESTION IS GOING TO BE WHAT ARE THE MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES THAT WE CAN USE TO DETERMINE IF THIS THING IS A SUCCESS OR NOT? AND I KNOW SOME OF THIS IS GOING TO BE SUBJECTIVE BECAUSE SOME OF THAT WILL BE POLICE CALL OUTS, SOME OF IT WILL BE THE OVERALL BEHAVIOR OF THE CROWDS.

BUT I THINK BEFORE AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER THIS TONIGHT, BUT BEFORE WE MAKE ANY PERMANENT DECISIONS, LET'S HAVE SOME MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE TODAY.

AND WHILE THAT TEMPORARY FENCE IS IN PLACE, ANOTHER THING IS THAT I KNOW THAT A NUMBER OF COUNCILMEN MEMBERS HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN FOLKS.

AND A BIG TOPIC OF THAT CONVERSATION IS THE WATERLINE.

AND WHILE WE START TALKING ABOUT MANAGING DEMAND OR ELIMINATING DEMAND, I'D LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KIND OF ROLL THOSE CONSIDERATIONS INTO THIS AS WELL.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S GOING TO BE PART OF AN OVERALL BROADER STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE, BUT WE DIDN'T GET TOO DEEP INTO THE WATERLINE BECAUSE THAT'S KIND OF NOT MY DISTRICT AND I TRY AND KEEP MY NOSE OUT OF IT IF I CAN, BUT I DON'T WANT US TO LOSE SIGHT OF THAT AS WELL.

ANOTHER SUGGESTION I HAD SEEN, AND I'M SURE THIS HAS BEEN LOOKED AT BEFORE, BUT, YOU KNOW, SOME SORT OF BRIDGING TO BRING IN A SECOND PATH INTO THE PARK VIA THE TAKE IN THE MARINA. I'M SURE THAT IS JUST A NIGHTMARE LEGALLY AND FINANCIALLY AND FLOOD PLAIN-A-LY.

THAT'S AN ADVERB. I'M GOING TO USE THAT.

BUT, YOU KNOW, JUST LOOKING AT THESE THESE OTHER OPTIONS FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS INTO THE PARK, IF WE DO CONTINUE TO WANT TO HAVE THIS HIGH DEMAND.

SO I'D ALSO WONDERED ABOUT THE WHY DON'T WE PUT THE FENCE UP AGAINST THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND JUST MANAGE THE HIGHER DEMAND THAT WAY? I DON'T KNOW BASED ON WHO OWNS WHAT PIECE OF LAND, IF WE'RE ALLOWED TO DO THAT.

AND LISTENING TO COUNCILMEMBER MOORE'S OPENING COMMENTS, HE VERY CLEARLY ADDRESSED THAT HE WAS TRYING TO REDUCE DEMAND AS OPPOSED TO MANAGING THE HIGHER DEMAND.

AND SO I UNDERSTAND THE STRATEGY THAT'S BEING PROPOSED HERE.

JUST TO WRAP IT UP, LONG STORY SHORT, THIS IS A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY TO BRING IN A TEMPORARY FENCE TO TEST OUT THIS IDEA.

AND I HAVE NO PROBLEM GOING FORWARD WITH IT TODAY WITH WHAT'S BEING PROPOSED HERE.

BUT I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE SOME IDEA OF WHAT SUCCESS IS AND THAT WE'VE CHECKED OUT A FEW MORE THINGS BEFORE WE COMMIT TO THE LONG TERM.

SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, SIR. COUNCILMEMBER VERA.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. HAVE WE CHECKED TO SEE HOW MANY POLICEMEN WE NEED OVER THERE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY? I THOUGHT IT WAS LIKE 2,500.

IT WAS. IT WAS A LARGE NUMBER.

YEAH, FOR 2500.

AND I'M TRYING TO RECALL WHAT CHIEF BRYAN WAS SAYING WITH HIS STAFFING, BUT WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING, HE WAS LOOKING AT ASSIGNING A NUMBER OF OFFICERS THERE ON THE WEEKENDS, 10, 14, SOMETHING LIKE THAT FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND, IF WE HAVE THE LARGE CROWDS ON THE WEEKEND AGAIN SO.

DO WE KNOW HOW MUCH THAT'S GOING TO COST OVER TIME AND ALL THAT.

WE WOULD KNOW THAT. YES, SIR.

OKAY. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU. ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS? I WILL TELL YOU, I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THIS PROBLEM.

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I WAS HERE WHEN IT STARTED.

I WAS HERE AND I'M STILL SITTING HERE TODAY.

AND HERE'S YOU KNOW, AND SO I'VE OBVIOUSLY I'VE BEEN HERE FOR ALL THE VARIATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS AND EVERYTHING THAT'S COME WITH IT.

AND I WILL TELL YOU, AT THE THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED LAST SUMMER IS EXACTLY THE INCIDENT THAT RED FLAG DISPLAYS.

IT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN WARNED ABOUT.

IT IS WHAT STARTED THE WHOLE PROCESS AND HERE WE ARE TODAY.

AND I WILL TELL YOU, WE'VE GONE THROUGH THE VARIOUS COMBINATIONS OF FENCES AND PATROLS AND COUNTING AND ALL OF THAT STUFF, AND IT'S STILL HAPPENED.

AND WE GOT VERY, VERY LUCKY BECAUSE GENERALLY SPEAKING, WHAT HAPPENS, THE PUBLIC REACTION IN RESPONSE WHEN TROUBLEMAKERS GET IN TROUBLE IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT, THE RESPONSE IS GENERALLY PRETTY LOW KEY.

SOME GANG MEMBERS SHOW UP AND THEY START DOING WHATEVER IT IS GANG MEMBERS DO.

BUT THE SECOND THAT AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER GETS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, THE RESPONSE AND THE REACTION IS GOING TO BLOW THE ROOF OFF OF THIS BUILDING.

AND THERE'S A LOT OF BURDENS THAT GO WITH SITTING IN THESE CHAIRS.

SOME OF THEM ARE ASSUMED, SOME OF THEM JUST HAPPEN ALONG.

AND OPENING THIS PARK BACK UP TO THOSE POSSIBILITIES, I AM NOT WILLING TO CARRY THAT.

I AM NOT WILLING TO CARRY.

I AM NOT AT THIS POINT.

I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING NEW.

I HAVE NOT AND I'M NOT BLAMING ANYBODY FOR IT.

IT IS, THIS IS A PREDICAMENT THAT HAS COME ALONG.

NONE OF THE SOLUTIONS ARE HANDLING THE PROBLEM.

AND THE PROBLEM IS THE ACCESS AND THE PROBLEM IS THE CAPACITY.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO SHOWS UP, DOESN'T MATTER IF 2,500 EXCEPTIONALLY NICE PEOPLE SHOW UP, OR IF 2,500 REALLY BAD PEOPLE SHOW UP THE SAME SITUATION EXISTS.

AND AT THIS POINT, I'M NOT WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK ON AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER GETTING CAUGHT UP IN SOMETHING IN THIS PARK, LAKE OR NOT, LAKE ACCESS OR NOT, AND US NOT BEING ABLE TO GET TO THEM AND IN THE PROCESS OUR PEOPLE BEING AT RISK TRYING.

SO AT THIS POINT, I CAN TELL YOU WHOLEHEARTEDLY, I AM NOT IN FAVOR OF CHANGING ANY OF THE OPERATIONS WE'RE DOING ON THIS PARK NOW.

SO THERE YOU GO.

COUNCILMEMBER MOORE.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. AND AS I HAVE SAID AND LISTENED TO ALL OF THE COMMENTS, NOT JUST SAID HERE TONIGHT, I'VE BEEN PRETTY MUCH INVOLVED WITH THIS SITUATION FOR THE PAST, I KNOW SIX YEARS WHEN I RAN BACK IN 2016-17, THIS WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THAT WE HAD.

AND AS I STATED AT THIS POINT, I HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO OBSERVE IT.

I'VE SEEN THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH IT.

AND BASED ON WHAT I SEE, IT DOESN'T MATTER IF WE OPEN IT OR NOT IN THE WAY OF PROBLEMS IN THAT AREA. EVEN WHEN IT WAS CLOSED, IF I RECALL, SOMEONE HAD A BIG PARTY DOWN THERE, LOUD MUSIC, AND IT WAS LIKE A BAND OR SOMETHING AND THE PARK WAS CLOSED.

I MEAN, IT DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PARK AND THEY HAD A BIG FIGHT DOWN THERE AND IT WAS JUST ALL KIND OF CHAOS.

AND WE DID WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO, WHAT A CITY NORMALLY DOES.

WE SENT THE POLICE DOWN THERE AND WE TOOK CARE OF THE SITUATION.

WHAT I'M SAYING THERE IS I DON'T THINK THE PARK ONE WAY OR THE OTHER IS GOING TO ENHANCE OR DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE DOWN THERE IN THAT LAKE AND IN THAT AREA. IT'S JUST INHERENT.

THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.

BUT I AM CONCERNED WHEN WE SAY THAT WE HAVE AN AMENITY SUCH AS THIS PARK, THAT WE'RE JUST NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING.

I DON'T THINK DOING NOTHING IS THE SOLUTION.

I JUST DON'T SEE THAT.

I SEE THAT WE ARE A CITY, THAT WE HAVE PROBLEMS, THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THOSE PROBLEMS. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE ARE A COMMUNITY THAT HAS ALL OF THESE RESIDENTS.

AT ONE OF OUR MEETINGS, WE HAD OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE THERE.

AND OF THAT 100 PEOPLE I KNOW, AT LEAST 51, 52% OF THOSE PEOPLE WERE SAYING TO US,

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LISTEN, I KNOW THAT WE GOT PROBLEMS AND I KNOW THEY'RE DIFFICULT, BUT WE MOVED HERE FOR THE REASON OF BEING ABLE TO GO INTO OUR PARK, NOT ON FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, BUT WE MOVED HERE BECAUSE WE WANT TO HAVE OUR PARK OPEN DURING THE WEEKENDS WHERE WE CAN HAVE TIME WITH OUR FAMILIES AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

THOSE PEOPLE WANT THEIR PARK BACK, AND I THINK THAT IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US AS A INSTITUTION THAT WE WRESTLE WHAT I SEE TAKING PLACE HERE TONIGHT, AND I HAVE TO COMMEND YOU, I HAVE TO COMMEND ALL OF YOU BECAUSE I'VE SEEN YOU WRESTLE WITH THIS PROBLEM OVER THE YEARS. AND THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY MUCH STAKEHOLDERS IN IT POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT.

BUT I ALSO SAY THIS, OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS, WHEN WE BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE PROBLEMS ARE, THE WORST PROBLEM WE HAD WAS THE ONE WITH THE MACHETE AND WITH THE HAMMER AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

AND IT'S LIKE WE ARE IDENTIFYING THOSE SITUATIONS AS BEING SO CRITICAL AND SO CRUCIAL THAT OUR HANDS ARE TIED.

AND IF THAT BECOMES THE CASE, THEN I JUST DON'T THINK THAT THAT'S WHERE WE WANT TO GO.

AND SO I SAY TO YOU THAT JUST BASED ON WHAT I'VE HEARD HERE, I DO HEAR THAT WE PROBABLY HAVE A SPLIT COUNCIL, BUT I'M GOING TO GO BACK AGAIN TO WHAT I'VE HEARD WHEN WE HAD OUR MEETINGS. AND THAT WAS THIS.

THE WATER IS THE DRAW, THE WATER IS THE DRAW.

AND IF WE'RE ABLE TO SEPARATE THE LAND FROM THE WATER, I BELIEVE THAT THAT IS GOING TO BE THE KEY TO STOPPING MUCH OF THE TRAFFIC THAT'S TAKING PLACE DOWN THERE.

AND OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, IF WE GIVE IT, BECAUSE WE DIDN'T GIVE IT OPPORTUNITY, I DON'T BELIEVE THE LAST TIME.

AND OVER A PERIOD OF TIME WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IF IT WORKS, IF IT DOES NOT WORK. BUT WE HAVE TO GIVE IT AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT WE'RE NOT TALKING AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE INITIALLY, TOO.

THEY DIDN'T LIKE THAT FENCE.

THEY DIDN'T WANT A FENCE LINE THERE BECAUSE THEY FELT THAT IT WAS GOING TO DISTORT THEIR VIEW OF THE LAKE.

WELL, THIS PARTICULAR FENCE WILL NOT DO THAT.

I MET WITH SOME MEN RIGHT HERE IN THIS ROOM.

I MET WITH MEN IN THIS ROOM WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS SITUATION.

AND WE TALKED ABOUT THEIR SITUATION, I MEAN, IN DETAIL.

AND ALL OF US CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT WE FELT THAT WE NEED TO GIVE THIS A TRY.

AND SO WHAT I'M COMING TO COUNCIL WITH TONIGHT IS THIS ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO CONSIDER GIVING IT A TRY THIS TEMPORARY FENCE.

AND IF IT WORKS, THEN WE GO ON TO THE LARGER PLAN SO THAT YOU HAVE BEFORE YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. MAYOR. ALL RIGHT, COUNCILMEMBER AUBIN, YOU WERE IN.

YOU WERE OUT. YOU WERE IN.

WELL, I MEAN, I MIGHT AS WELL JUST.

YEAH. MY ONLY THING IS, IS THAT IF WE CLOSED EVERY PARK BECAUSE BAD THINGS HAPPENED IN IT, WE WOULD HAVE NO OPEN PARKS.

WE WOULD JUST NOT.

WE'VE HAD PEOPLE DUMP DEAD HORSES IN PARKS IN MY DISTRICT.

WE HAVE PROSTITUTION AT SOME OF OUR PARKS.

WE HAVE OTHERS THAT WE HAVE WE'VE HAD SHOOTINGS.

WE HAD A SHOOTOUT AT A PARK.

WE HAVEN'T GONE AND SAID, YOU KNOW, TIME TO CLOSE ARMSTRONG PARK.

YOU KNOW, LET'S JUST BUILD A BUNCH OF HOUSES.

SO, YOU KNOW, THINGS HAPPEN AND WE WORK TO MANAGE THOSE THINGS AS BEST WE CAN.

AND WE DON'T JUST SAY, WELL, NOW THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED, WE'VE GOT TO CHANGE THIS OR RESTRICT THE ACCESS.

AND WE DO HAVE PARKS.

AND SO, I MEAN, THIS REALLY COMES DOWN ALMOST TO A POLICY DECISION ABOUT IS WINDSURF BAY GOING TO BE A REGIONAL PARK.

I MEAN WE HAVE REGIONAL PARKS.

RICK ODEN IS A REGIONAL PARK.

THERE'S GOING TO BE TRAFFIC.

THERE ARE GOING TO BE PEOPLE THERE.

THERE ARE GOING TO BE CROWDS THERE THAT MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS AND MAY NOT.

BUT WE'VE ACCEPTED THAT AS A REGIONAL PARK.

YOU KNOW, AND I GUESS THE QUESTION THEN BECOMES, IS WINDSURF BAY A REGIONAL PARK OR IS IT A NEIGHBORHOOD PARK? AND, YOU KNOW, IN WHICHEVER WAY THE COUNCIL VOTES ON THAT, THEN SO BE IT.

AND COUNCILMEMBER MOORE I TOTALLY RESPECT WHERE YOU'RE WHERE YOU'RE COMING FROM ON THAT.

I DO UNDERSTAND IT.

AND I KNOW THAT THIS IS ONE OF THOSE KIND OF DIFFICULT DECISIONS ABOUT WHICH WAY YOU GO ON THIS. LIKE I SAID, I REMAIN A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW, AMBIVALENT.

AMBIVALENT IS NOT THE WORD.

BUT BUT I SEE BOTH SIDES OF IT.

AND IT FEELS TO ME THAT THAT IF WE COULD MANAGE THE NUMBER OF, IF WE COULD EFFECTIVELY MANAGE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE PARK AND EITHER LEAVE IT TO GARLAND RESIDENTS OR CHARGE A FEE. BECAUSE THAT'S THE OTHER THING.

I MEAN, WHEN IT'S FREE, YEAH PEOPLE AND THIS IS YOU LOOK AT THIS ACROSS THE BOARD WHEN SOMETHING IS FREE FOR PEOPLE, THE AMOUNT OF RESPECT THAT THEY GIVE IT AND THAT THEY TREAT SOMETHING WITH IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN IF THEY PAID A DOLLAR OR $2 OR $5 OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT THEY PAY TO GET ACCESS TO SOMETHING OR WHETHER IT'S SOME OTHER BENEFIT.

AND SO THERE'S PART OF ME THAT STILL THINKS THIS COUNCIL WAS HEADED IN THE RIGHT

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DIRECTION A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN IT SAID THAT THE UNDERLYING ISSUE WAS REALLY JUST MANAGING ACCESS.

AND I DO UNDERSTAND I DO RESPECT THE CONCERN REGARDING THE SINGLE ENTRANCE AND EXIT.

AND I THINK THAT THERE WOULD BE WAYS TO MANAGE THAT, TO CREATE SOME KIND OF EMERGENCY TYPE EXIT THAT GOES THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN PENINSULA WAY OVER THERE IF WE HAD TO.

SO PART OF ME FEELS LIKE, YOU KNOW, I KNOW WE'VE BEEN WRESTLING WITH THIS FOR A LONG TIME.

PART OF ME FEELS LIKE WE CAN STILL PUSH THROUGH AND GET TO A RESOLUTION THAT'S A LITTLE THAT IS ADMITTEDLY A LITTLE MORE INVOLVED.

BUT FROM A POLICY PERSPECTIVE, I GET IT.

IT'S A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

IT TAKES US IN THE DIRECTION OF A REGIONAL PARK AS OPPOSED TO A NEIGHBORHOOD PARK.

BUT IN ANY EVENT, I DON'T THINK THAT THE POTENTIAL FOR THOSE KINDS OF PROBLEMS IS A DETERMINING FACTOR, BECAUSE WE HAVE PROBLEMS AT ALL OF OUR PARKS.

I MEAN, WE'RE A BIG CITY. WE'RE A CITY OF 250,000.

WE DO HAVE ISSUES FROM TIME TO TIME, AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE SHY AWAY FROM.

SO, ANYWAY, THANK YOU, MAYOR.

ALL RIGHT, DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TEM WILLIAMS. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

AGAIN, I'M VERY, VERY SENSITIVE TO AND AWARE OF THE SWEAT EQUITY, IF I CAN USE THAT TERM.

COUNCILMAN MOORE AND STAFF HAS PUT IN THIS IS THERE ARE NO EASY FIXES TO THIS.

THERE ARE NO, THAT'S WHY WE'VE BEEN WRESTLING WITH THAT COUNCILMAN AUBIN TALKED ABOUT IT.

THAT'S WHY WE'VE BEEN WRESTLING WITH THIS.

IF THERE WERE EASY FIXES, WE WOULD HAVE IT ALREADY FIGURED OUT.

AND ON SOME OF THE FOLKS IN THE SEATS THAT WE'RE SITTING IN HAVE CHANGED.

THEY DIDN'T FIGURE OUT EITHER.

SO IT'S JUST KIND OF THE WAY I SEE IT SOMETIMES IF YOU LOOK AT THE STAIRCASE, YOU CLIMB A STAIRCASE BY LOOKING AT ONE STEP AT A TIME.

BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE WHOLE STAIRCASE, IT CAN BE DAUNTING.

AND I THINK WHAT COUNCILMAN MOORE HAS BROUGHT TO US TONIGHT IS LOOK AT THE FIRST STEP.

IF IT DOESN'T WORK TO GET TO THE TOP.

MY QUESTION AND CONCERN IT GOES BACK TO SOMETHING COUNCILMAN SMITH SAID EARLIER.

IF THIS COUNCIL MOVES.

I SEE TWO RECOMMENDATION ONE IS THE TEMPORARY FENCE.

RIGHT. AND THEN SECOND BASE IS THE PERMANENT FENCE.

AM I CORRECT? FENCE, WHAT MEASUREMENTS, HOW WILL WE ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TEMPORARY FENCE IN ORDER TO MOVE TOWARD PERMANENT FENCING? THAT'S THE THING THAT I'M STRUGGLING WITH WE GET TO FIRST BASE AND THEN WE MOVE.

SO HOW ARE WE GOING TO HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET TO THE SECOND STEP ON THE STAIRCASE? WHAT'S ARE THOSE MATRIX GOING TO LOOK LIKE? WE HAVE SOME MEASUREMENT. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO IN ORDER TO DRIVE THE DECISION TO GET FROM TEMPORARY TO PERMANENT? CAN YOU OR COUNCILMAN MOORE CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME? THAT'S WHAT I'M STRUGGLING WITH.

CAN YOU? SURE. AND IF I MAY, COUNCILMEMBER WILLIAMS, THANK YOU FOR THE BASEBALL ANALOGY.

I ALWAYS GOT TO GET MY BASEBALL IN THERE.

THAT HELPS ME AT THIS TIME AT NIGHT.

SO BUT IT WOULD BE WITHOUT SAYING EXACTLY.

AND I THINK IT'S SIMILAR TO THE QUESTION COUNCILMEMBER SMITH HAD, IT WOULD BE A COMBINATION OF POLICE, FIRE AND PARKS, YOU KNOW, THE THINGS THAT THEY TRACK, THE CALLS FOR SERVICE, YOU KNOW, THE PROBLEMS THAT WOULD BE GOING ON IN A NEIGHBORHOOD.

WE TRACK THOSE KIND OF THINGS ALREADY.

SO WE COULD LOOK AT THAT, YOU KNOW, COMPARE THAT TO WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE PAST WHEN WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY RESTRICTIONS AND COMPARE THAT TO WITH THE TEMPORARY FENCE IN POLICE CALLS, FIRE CALLS, PARKS, ISSUES THAT THEY'RE GETTING OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. WE COULD FIND A WAY TO MEASURE AND GIVE SOME INFORMATION BACK TO COUNCIL AT SOME POINT IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO A TEMPORARY FENCE.

OKAY. SO YOU WOULD COME UP WITH THOSE KIND OF THINGS? YEAH. YES, SIR. I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO HAVE SOME INFORMATION ON WHICH TO BASE MOVING TO A TO SECOND BASE, SO TO SPEAK, YOU KNOW, AT THIS.

AND BECAUSE WITHOUT THAT, YOU KNOW, IF WE JUST COME BACK, WE'RE GOING TO BE LIKE THE TIGER YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS A KID THERE'S A TIGER WENT AROUND IN CIRCLES UNTIL HE FINALLY TURNED INTO BUTTER. YOU REMEMBER THAT COUNCILMAN AUBIN IS PROBABLY REMEMBERS THAT.

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[LAUGHTER] YEAH, BUT.

CASABLANCA TOO.

YEAH, YEAH. BUT THAT'S THE THING MITCH THAT'S THE THING THAT I'D LIKE TO SEE AS WE MOVE FORWARD, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, WE COME BACK AND SAY, OKAY, WE'VE GOT A PERMANENT FENCE.

AND I DON'T WANT TO BE IN A POSITION OF SAYING, WELL, WE APPROVED THE WHOLE CONCEPT, SO WE GOT A TEMPORARY FENCE, SO WE'RE GOING TO AUTOMATICALLY MOVE TO A PERMANENT FENCE WITHOUT ANY HASN'T BEEN ANY CHANGE IN THE TRAFFIC HASN'T BEEN ANY CHANGE.

WHAT YOU KNOW, AND IT GOES BACK TO WHAT COUNCILMAN SMITH SAID, WHAT IS OUR OBJECTIVE [INAUDIBLE] OUT OF THE CHUTE, WHAT IS OUR OBJECTIVE? AND THEN DID THE TEMPORARY FENCE MEET ANY OF THE OBJECTIVES? THAT'S WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE.

YOU KNOW, I'M CERTAINLY FOR YOU KNOW, I'M CERTAINLY FOR TRYING SOMETHING.

I AGREE WITH COUNCILMAN MOORE DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN ANSWER.

BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME BASIS, SOME MEASURABLE BASIS FOR MOVING FORWARD TO SECOND BASE ON THIS.

SO I GUESS MY QUESTION IS TO COUNCILMAN MOORE, YOUR ASK, DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? WHAT I'M SAYING THAT THE TEMPORARY SO THEY ASK US TO IS NOT TONIGHT, BUT WHAT YOU'RE PROPOSING IS TWO STEPS.

AM I CORRECT? I DON'T WANT TO PUT WORDS AM I CORRECT COUNCILMAN? YES. OK WITH THAT, MITCH THAT'S WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE BETWEEN THE TWO STEPS THAT WE'RE PROPOSING HERE.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? YES, SIR. IF COUNCIL CHOOSES TO DO THE TEMPORARY FENCE, WE'LL GET SOME BENCHMARKING DATA.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS, WHAT WE'LL BE MEASURING AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

WE WON'T CREATE THAT ON THE BACK END.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW UP FRONT.

IT'S A COMBINATION OF POLICE DATA, FIRE DATA, PARKS DATA WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WE CAN GET TRANSPORTATION TO PUT A VEHICLE COUNTER, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF THINGS. WE WOULD MEASURE ALL THAT KIND OF DATA AND WE TRY TO GO BACK AND COMPARE IT TO I MEAN, NOT TO TIMES WHEN THE PARK'S BEEN CLOSED, BUT OTHER TIMES WHEN IT WASN'T CLOSED AND GET SOME SOME KIND OF BENCHMARKING TO GIVE COUNCIL SOME INFORMATION TO MAKE A DECISION LATER THIS SUMMER.

THANK YOU MAYOR. ALL RIGHT.

I'VE GOT COUNCILMEMBER BASS, MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK AND COUNCILMEMBER MOORE IN THE QUEUE.

AND LET'S WORK THROUGH THOSE AND THEN LET'S ROUND THIS UP.

COUNCILMEMBER BASS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR OK AS QUICKLY AS I CAN.

I KNOW THAT AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME THAT YOU GUYS AND COUNCILMEMBER MOORE HAVE HAVE DONE ON THIS. AND, THIS IS WHY I WANT TO POSE THIS QUESTION, JUST REALLY TO SATISFY MY CURIOSITY, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT THE ONLY SCENARIO THAT YOU'VE LOOKED AT, EITHER DOING THIS FENCE OR DOING NOTHING.

I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT JUST LOOKING AT IT ON THE SURFACE AND BASED UPON WHAT WE AS A COUNCIL DISCUSSED LAST TIME WE MET ABOUT THIS, I FEEL THAT THE WAY WE WERE GOING LAST TIME WE DISCUSSED THIS WAS A FENCE MORE RELATED TO A TICKET BOOTH TO CHARGE PEOPLE.

AND SO THAT WOULD BE A FENCE KEEPING PEOPLE FROM COMING THROUGH THE HOUSES AND A TICKET BOOTH. SO WHAT I'M CURIOUS, WHAT IS IT THAT MADE THIS A BETTER SOLUTION THAN THAT? AND I'LL TAKE AN ANSWER FROM ANYBODY JUST BRIEFLY.

THANK YOU. SO IF I MAY, I'LL BELIEVE, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE HAD THE CRITICAL INCIDENT LAST SUMMER, THERE HAD BEEN SOME OTHER INCIDENTS, BUT THAT WAS THE ONE WITH THE HAMMER AND THE MACHETE AND THE GUN AND ALL THAT.

I BELIEVE WHEN CHIEF BRYAN CAME BACK, YOU KNOW, TO BE AS SAFE AS HE COULD BE WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT ON THESE KIND OF THINGS, EVEN WITH THE RESTRICTIONS, IT WAS HIS RECOMMENDATION TO TREAT IT LIKE A SPECIAL EVENT EVERY WEEKEND, EVEN WITH THE GATE, THE FENCE UP FRONT, THOSE OTHER MEASURES TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM CUTTING THROUGH YARDS AND ALL THAT KIND OF THING.

FOR THE SAFETY REASONS HE WAS RECOMMENDING STAFFING IT AND I CAN'T REMEMBER THE NUMBERS OFF MY TOP OF MY HEAD, BUT IT'S LIKE 10 TO 14 OFFICERS.

AND HE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO CANNIBALIZE SOME OF THE BETWEEN MPOS AND SROS AND OTHER OFFICERS TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND STAFF THAT ON A REGULAR BASIS DURING THE WARMER MONTHS. THAT'S WHERE THAT CONVERSATION CAME INTO.

AND THEN I THINK ULTIMATELY FOR LAST SUMMER LED TO CLOSING IT FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY IN LIEU OF DOING THAT.

YEAH. OKAY.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU MAYOR.

MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK.

THANK YOU MR. MAYOR, CAN YOU REMIND ME OF THE CURRENT OPERATIONS RIGHT NOW?

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ARE WE CLOSING IT ON THE WEEKENDS CURRENTLY? YEAH, IT'LL START THIS MONTH.

WE KIND OF WATCH THE WEATHER.

IT'S STILL A LITTLE BIT CHILLY, BUT IT'S KIND OF A WEEK TO WEEK IN THE MONTH OF APRIL THROUGH KIND OF THE SAME THING ON THE OTHER END OF THE SHOULDER SEASON, SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER, JUST WATCHING THE HEAT THE WATER TEMPERATURE.

RIGHT. OKAY, COUNCIL MY OPINION ON THIS.

I LINE UP MORE WITH WHAT THE MAYOR SAYS.

WE'VE SEEN SHOOTINGS LIKE HAPPENED AT DALLAS' CONCERT THIS PAST WEEK WHERE THERE'S A LARGE SHOOTING EVENT.

AND ON THE PROJECTS I WORK ON, YOU HAVE TO HAVE MULTIPLE MEANS OF EGRESS ALWAYS OR ELSE THE FIRE MARSHAL WON'T LET YOU OPEN THE BUILDING, WON'T LET YOU HAVE THE SITE, HOW YOU WANT. AND HAVING ONLY ONE IN THIS UNTIL WE GET THAT SECOND MEANS OF EGRESS SOMEHOW, SOME WAY, I DON'T FEEL GOOD HAVING THIS OPEN AT ALL.

I WOULD HATE TO SEE AN INCIDENT HAPPEN HERE AND JUST OUR PEOPLE ARE IN DANGER AND OTHER PEOPLE ARE HARMED BY IT.

SO I CAN'T SUPPORT ANYTHING TILL WE SEE PUT THIS MONEY TOWARDS FINDING AN ACCESS WAY, PURCHASING A PROPERTY OR SOMETHING TO GET A SEPARATE ACCESS, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET ANOTHER MEANS OF ENTRANCE TO THIS PARK BEFORE WE GO FORWARD WITH ANYTHING. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, SIR. ALL RIGHT, COUNCILMEMBER MOORE, BRING US HOME.

OKAY. THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. I CAN APPRECIATE, FIRST OF ALL, THE DISCUSSION.

I THINK THAT THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE CAN DO AS LONG AS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUE, AS LONG AS IT'S OPEN TO US.

I THINK THAT WE CAN COME TO SOME TYPE OF RESOLUTION AND SOLUTION.

IN THE WAY OF THE ONE ENTRANCE AND EXIT IT'S NOT THERE.

AND BASED ON WHAT I HAVE SEEN TO EVEN ATTEMPT IT AT THIS POINT, THAT WOULD TAKE US YEARS.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EMINENT DOMAIN AND ALL THESE OTHER TYPES OF LAWS AND THE WAY OF THE WATER, HOWEVER.

NO, LET ME STAY WITH THAT.

BUT YOU STILL YOU HAVE THAT SAME PROBLEM REGARDLESS.

THERE IS ONE WAY IN THERE AND OUT.

EVEN FOR THOSE NEIGHBORS, IF YOU TAKE A LOOK THERE.

EVERYTHING COMES BACK INTO LOCUST GROVE.

SO YOU'VE GOT THE PROBLEM.

BUT FOR SOME REASON, FOR YEARS, IT WORKS.

IT HAS WORKED.

THE REASON THAT IT IS NOT WORKING PRESENTLY IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A CONGESTION ON THAT ROAD.

WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THOSE PEOPLE TRYING TO GET IN THERE.

THAT IS THE REASON THAT WE'RE SUGGESTING THAT WE'RE RECOMMENDING CUT OFF THE WATER, CUT OFF THE ATTRACTION.

IF YOU DO THAT, WE BELIEVE THAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE TYPE OF TRAFFIC.

NOW, HOW CAN WE SCORE THAT? HOW ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE IF WE'RE BEING EFFECTIVE OR NOT? I THINK THAT WE'LL SEE IT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

THE FIRST THING IS, ONCE WE DO THE PROMOTING ADVERTISING AND MARKETING, TO SAY TO THE COMMUNITY, YOU CANNOT GET TO THE WATER, YOU CAN ONLY PICNIC IN THIS AREA.

WE PUT THESE SIGNS OUT TELLING PEOPLE THEY CAN'T GET TO THE WATER IN THE WAY OF THE ELECTRONICS AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE VERY QUICKLY THE TYPE OF TRAFFIC THAT'S GOING DOWN INTO THAT AREA. SO I THINK THAT THAT'LL BE ONE WAY TO GAUGE AND TO SAY IF WE'RE BEING SUCCESSFUL OR NOT.

BUT THE OTHER THING IS THIS BY CUTTING OFF THE ACCESS TO THE WATER, CUTTING OFF THAT TRAFFIC, THEN YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE CONGESTION OF THOSE VEHICLES, THE EMERGENCY VEHICLES TRYING TO GET IN THERE OR AND OUT.

BUT LET ME SAY THIS TO YOU COUNCIL MEMBERS, IT'S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY WHAT CRITERIA ARE WE GOING TO USE TO JUDGE IF WE'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL OR NOT? JUST BASED ON WHAT COUNCILMAN AUBIN HAS ALREADY PUT BEFORE US.

SO EVERY TIME WE HAVE A PROBLEM OF A 14 YEAR OLD KILLING SOMEBODY AT A STORE, WE'RE GOING TO SHUT OFF THE STORES EVERY TIME WE HAVE A SITUATION IN ANY OF OUR PARKS THAT IT WAS A REAL BAD SITUATION.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? ARE WE GOING TO START TALKING ABOUT CLOSING DOWN THAT.

I DON'T THINK THAT THAT'S THE CASE.

I TRULY FEEL THAT WE ARE A CITY.

WE'RE A BIG CITY.

AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THOSE KINDS OF PROBLEMS. I DON'T CARE IF WE HAD ANOTHER.

IF YOU HAD FIVE EGRESSES IN THERE, THAT'S NOT GOING TO STOP SOMEBODY FROM GETTING INTO A FIGHT. GANG MEMBERS SHOWING AT THE SAME TIME GET INTO A FIGHT AND THAT TYPE OF ALTERCATION TAKING PLACE.

AND SO I JUST, AGAIN, CANNOT SEE BECAUSE OF A SITUATION SUCH AS THAT, SAYING THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING.

WE'RE CUTTING OFF THE EGRESS, THE WATER.

AND WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT ANYMORE.

IF SOMEBODY CLIMBS THE FENCE, IF THEY GET OUT THERE AND DROWN, WHATEVER IT IS DALLAS' WATER AND IT CAN HAPPEN.

NOW, DON'T GET ME WRONG, I'M A PASTOR, I'M A MINISTER AND I'M VERY MUCH CONCERNED ABOUT THE LIFE AND SAFETY OF LIFE.

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PUBLIC SAFETY, VERY MUCH SO.

BUT I ALSO I'M REALISTIC ABOUT THIS THING, AND THAT IS YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO STOP ANYBODY FROM GETTING TO THAT WATER.

BUT ON OUR SIDE OF THE PICTURE IS IF WE HAVE TO GO TO COURT, IF WE HAVE SHOWN THAT WE ARE TRYING TO DEMONSTRATE THAT WE ARE DOING THE VERY BEST THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN TO SECURE PEOPLE FROM GETTING INTO THAT WATER.

AND SO I DO BELIEVE THAT IF WE GO AHEAD AND PUT UP A TEMPORARY FENCE, GIVE OURSELVES SOME TIME, THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO SEE.

WE'LL SEE SOME PERIMETERS.

WE'LL BE ABLE TO SEE OVER A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IF, IN FACT, IT'S GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL OR NOT.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, SIR.

ALL RIGHT. I GUESS THE QUESTION COMES DOWN TO THE PLAN THAT'S BROUGHT BEFORE US IS, IT IS A TWO STEP. ONE WE START WITH A TEMPORARY FENCE AND THEN WE PROGRESS ON AND OBVIOUSLY VARIOUS COUNTING AND QUANTIFYING MEASURES.

SO AT THIS POINT, I WILL LOOK FOR WHO'S IN FAVOR OF MOVING FORWARD WITH THE TEMPORARY FENCE. WE'VE GOT.

ALL RIGHT. SO I SEE.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, SIX IN FAVOR.

THAT WAS SIX IN FAVOR WITH THE MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK AND COUNCILMAN VERA IN OPPOSITION.

GENTLEMEN, MOVE FORWARD.

GOT IT. THANK YOU, SIR.

ALL RIGHT, FOLKS, WE'RE GOING TO KEEP PLOWING ON.

WE HAVE A SORT OF A NATURAL BREAK COMING UP BEFORE OUR EXECUTIVE SESSION.

SO THAT WILL BRING US TO ITEM 4 G DEVELOPMENT SERVICES COMMITTEE REPORT.

[4g. Development Services Committee Report]

AND I SAW MR. GUERIN.

MAYOR PRO TEM, ARE YOU GOING TO START US OFF HERE? GO AHEAD. YES, SIR.

MR. MAYOR, HAPPY TO HAVE A LONG AGENDA ITEM HERE.

I HOPE YOU GUYS ARE BUCKLED IN READY FOR THIS ONE HERE.

IT'S TWO ITEMS TO REPORT FROM THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES COMMITTEE.

HOPEFULLY, THESE WILL BE BRIEF.

FIRST IS THE REGULATION OF CELL PHONE TOWERS.

WE HAD SEVERAL EXPERTS COME AND TALK TO US AT OUR COMMITTEE MEETING.

ONE EXPERT AND WE HAD VARIOUS INPUT FROM LOOKING AT THE OTHER CITIES.

AND WHAT THE COMMITTEE DECIDED IS THAT WITH THE NEW 5G TECHNOLOGY COMING THROUGH, OUR CITY IS A LITTLE BIT BEHIND SOME OF THE OTHER CITIES AS FAR AS REGULATING CELL PHONE TOWERS. AND WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO IS ALLOW CELL PHONES NOW, CELL PHONE TOWERS BY SUP IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS WHERE WE DIDN'T PREVIOUSLY.

RIGHT NOW, THERE'S IF YOU DRIVE THROUGH OTHER CITIES, THEY'RE THERE.

YOU JUST DON'T NOTICE THEM ALREADY.

WHAT WE WILL ALLOW BY SUP IS THAT WE'LL STILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW AT THE SITE PLAN BEFORE THEY ARE INSTALLED.

SO IT STILL GIVES THE CITY A LITTLE BIT CONTROL.

AND THE SECOND ITEM REGARDING THE CELL PHONE TOWERS IS THAT THE PREVIOUS REGULATION WAS THAT THEY COULD ONLY BE THE HEIGHT OF THE REGULATED ZONING CODE, THE BUILDINGS IN THAT ZONING DISTRICT FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDING, FOR INSTANCE, 45 FEET OR MULTI-FAMILY 45 FEET.

NOW, WE WILL ALLOW UP TO 85 FOOT HEIGHT FOR THESE CELL PHONE TOWERS.

SO TWO CHANGES, ONE SUP IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS AND TWO MAXIMUM HEIGHTS OF 85 FEET.

AND THOSE CHANGES, YOU SEE, THEY'VE BEEN REDLINED IN THE PACKET THERE.

OKAY. ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT? OBVIOUSLY, THIS WILL COME BACK THROUGH US, THROUGH THE PROCESS.

I MEAN, WE'RE NOT DECIDING ON THIS TONIGHT.

BUT ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS SO FAR? I SEE NONE, SIR. ALL RIGHT.

SECOND ITEM WAS LOOKING AT THE PARKING REGULATIONS FOR MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENTS.

WE HAD A SURVEY OF SEVERAL MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENTS AROUND THE AREA WHERE THERE HAD BEEN PARKING COMPLAINTS.

AND IT WAS DETERMINED THAT PARKING REGULATIONS THAT ARE CURRENTLY WRITTEN IS SUFFICIENT FOR THE PARKING THERE.

IT'S ENFORCED AND EVERYTHING IS AS GOOD AS FAR AS THAT CONCERN.

THE ONLY ITEM THAT IS CHANGING IS THAT THERE WAS A CONFUSING PORTION REGARDING CARPORT AND COVERED PARKING FOR MULTI-FAMILY THAT IS NOW BEING CLEANED UP IN THE GDC.

AND THAT'S THAT SMALL RED LINE YOU SEE IN THE PACKET TALKING ABOUT EACH UNIT MUST HAVE A COVERED SPACE VERSUS 50% BEING COVERED.

IT WAS CONFUSING. AND OUR DEVELOPMENT, OUR CITY ATTORNEYS REQUEST THAT WE REMOVE THAT PORTION OF THE GDC.

THAT'S IT. COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH.

QUICK QUESTION FOR THE MAYOR PRO TEM.

DID WE HAVE ANY DISCUSSION ROLLED INTO THIS ABOUT THE FREE VERSUS PAID ON THE COVERED PARKING? BECAUSE THAT HAD BEEN A SEPARATE ISSUE, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW IF Y'ALL WERE TACKLING

[03:10:03]

THAT AT THE SAME TIME. WE DID.

AND IT'S REALLY BY APARTMENT, BY APARTMENTS.

SOME WILL CHARGE FOR COVERED PARKING, SOME IT'S YOU HAVE TO BE A RESIDENT TO USE IT.

OTHERS IT'S A FREE FOR ALL.

ONE OF THE APARTMENTS WE LOOKED AT, IT HAS A PARKING STRUCTURE, A PARKING GARAGE.

SO IT'S FREE FOR THE RESIDENTS IN THERE.

SO IT'S ALL ACROSS THE BOARD AND IT'S UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL APARTMENT COMPLEX TO SET THEIR OWN PRICING.

THANK YOU. ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? THANK YOU, SIR. ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAS OUR LAST VERBAL BRIEFING THAT WILL MOVE US TO ITEM FIVE, DISCUSS APPOINTMENTS TO

[5. Discuss Appointments to Boards and Commissions]

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

TOMORROW NIGHT, COUNCILMEMBER AUBIN HAS MARGARET BICE FOR THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT.

AND IF YOU'RE CONFUSED, NONE OF US KNOW HER BY MARGARET, WE KNOW HER BY MARGI, SO THAT THOSE THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME.

SHE CAN'T TRICK US WITH THAT.

THAT'S RIGHT. AND THEN ITEM SIX, ANNOUNCE FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS.

[6. Announce Future Agenda Items]

NOW IT'S FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS. ANYBODY HAVE AGENDA ITEMS FOR TONIGHT? AND NO, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT.

[LAUGHTER] THE REST OF US CAN HEAR YOU, BY THE WAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT I SEE NONE.

OBVIOUSLY, THERE'S THE PROCESS OF IF OUTSIDE OF THIS MEETING THAT WILL MOVE US TO ITEM

[7. Council will move into Executive Session]

SEVEN COUNCIL WILL MOVE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION.

COUNCIL THE FIRST PORTION OF OUR EXECUTIVE SESSION HAS BEEN PULLED AND WE'LL BE PRESENTED AT A LATER DATE.

SO WE WILL BE HEARING THE CITY COUNCIL WILL ADJOURN INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION UNDER SECTION 551.087 OF THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE REGARDING COMMERCIAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION THAT THE CITY HAS RECEIVED FROM A BUSINESS PROSPECT THAT THE CITY SEEKS TO HAVE, LOCATE, STAY OR EXPAND IN OR NEAR THE TERRITORY OF THE CITY, AND WITH WHICH THE CITY IS CONDUCTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEGOTIATIONS, OR TO DELIBERATE THE OFFER OF FINANCIAL OR OTHER INCENTIVE TO A BUSINESS PROSPECT RELATING TO A COMMERCIAL PROJECT LOCATED GENERALLY NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH SHILOH ROAD AND WEST WALNUT STREET.

AND WE WILL ADJOURN OR WE WILL RECESS THIS WORK SESSION AND WE WILL RECONVENE IN OUR EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 9:35, PLEASE.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.