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WELL, GOOD EVENING

[Call to Order]

AND WELCOME TO THE APRIL 19TH, 2022 REGULAR MEETING OF THE GARLAND CITY COUNCIL.

IT IS A CONDUCT.

IT IS THE CUSTOM AND TRADITION OF THIS COUNCIL TO HAVE PRAYER IN PLEDGE BEFORE MEETING LED BY ONE OF OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I, IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE WITH US, YOUR DECISION WILL NOT HAVE ANY IMPACT ON THE DECISIONS WE MAKE HERE TONIGHT.

AND TONIGHT WE WILL BE LED BY COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH FROM DISTRICT EIGHT, SIR.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

UH, A QUICK PREAMBLE, 27 YEARS AGO, AS A TEENAGER, I SAT AT HOME ON MY AMATEUR RADIO SET AND I LISTENED TO AS VOLUNTEERS AND RESPONDERS STOPPED THEIR LIVES TO RESPOND TO A TERRORIST ATTACK IN OKLAHOMA CITY OR PRAIRIE I'M PLEDGED TONIGHT ARE IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO DIED AND THANKFULNESS FOR THOSE WHO RESPOND TO THAT DAY.

PLEASE PRAY WITH ME VERY HEAVENLY FATHER.

WE COME TO YOU ON THIS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE WITH FAITH IN YOUR CREATION AND WITH GRATITUDE FOR THE PROTECTORS YOU SEND AMONG US, WE ASK THAT YOU HELP US TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO SEEK TO HARM US TO GUIDE THOSE WHO WISH TO DESTROY ONTO A BETTER PATH AND TO SHIELD THOSE WHO SEE THE DANGER AND PUT THEMSELVES BETWEEN IT AND US AND HEAVENLY FATHER, PLEASE HELP MAKE US INTO PEOPLE WHO ARE WORTHY OF THAT PROTECTION.

WE ASK THAT YOU GOT OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS AND THE SPIRIT OF FAIRNESS, RIGHT THOUGHT AND RIGHT SPEECH AS WE DELIBERATE HERE TONIGHT.

AND WE ASK THAT YOU CONTINUE TO WATCH OVER THE PROTECTORS, THE INNOCENCE, THIS CITY, AND THIS COUNCIL AND YOUR NAME.

WE PRAY.

AMEN.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE NO PROCLAMATIONS, NO RECOGNITIONS TONIGHT.

UH, BUT WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE A FULL ROOM.

SO THAT MEANS WE HAVE A FULL AGENDA.

UH, BUT I BELIEVE FIRST, UH, COUNCILMAN VEER, I BELIEVE YOU HAD AN ANNOUNCEMENT JOINED TO MAKE SIR, GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT, UH, DISTRICT SIX, UM, THURSDAY, THE 21ST, WE HAVE AN, A COUNTS, UM, COUNT HALL MEETING AT SIX O'CLOCK, UH, ABOVE CENTER.

THANK YOU.

MA'AM THANK YOU, SIR.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, WE WILL GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED HERE.

THE

[CONSENT AGENDA]

FIRST ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS OUR CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, COUNSEL, JUST, UH, WE ARE, AT THIS POINT, WE ARE GOING TO PULL ITEM TO A, UH, TO BE CONSIDERED AT A LATER DATE.

UH, AND WE WERE ALL AND, UH, COUNSELOR BASS HAS ASKED THAT ITEM TO BE, BE PULLED AND CONSIDERED SEPARATELY.

SO WE WILL NOT BE, WE WILL NOT BE VOTING ON TWO A TONIGHT.

ALL RIGHT, CONSENT AGENDA.

ALL ITEMS UNDER THIS SECTION ARE RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL BY A SINGLE MOTION OF COUNCIL.

WITHOUT DISCUSSION COUNCILS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW EACH OF THESE ITEMS AT A PREVIOUS WORK SESSION AND APPROVAL OF THE CONSENT AGENDA, AUTHORIZES THE CITY MANAGER TO IMPLEMENT EACH ITEM.

I WILL ANNOUNCE THE AGENDA AND PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE OR THE CITY COUNCIL TO REQUEST THAT AN ITEM BE REMOVED AND CONSIDERED SEPARATELY.

EXCUSE ME, UH, FIRST ITEM ITEM ONE, CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 5TH, 2022, REGULAR MEETING ITEM TWO C RELIC CREEK WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PRIMARY EFFLUENT PUMP REPLACEMENT ITEM TWO D MICROSOFT ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT ITEM TWO E G P AND L MILLWOOD SWITCH STATION STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS ITEM TWO F AMBULANCE COTS LOADERS AND STAIR CHAIRS.

ITEM TWO G URBAN DESIGN PLAN LORIS HEALTH PARK, GARLAND MEDICAL DISTRICT, TIFF NUMBER THREE, ITEM TWO H TMPA KEITH SWITCHED TO STEEP HOLLOW TRANSMISSION LINE, OVERHEAD HARDWARE ITEM TWO.

I BOTTLENECK IMPROVEMENTS PACKAGE ONE ITEM TWO J RICK ODIN PARK PHASE TWO CONSTRUCTION SERVICES AND ITEM TWO K 2022 GARLAND NEW SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS.

ITEM THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS WERE PREVIOUSLY CONDUCTED FOR THE FOLLOWING ZONING CASES.

COUNCIL APPROVED THE REQUEST AND INSTRUCTED STAFF TO BRING FORTH THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCES FOR CONSIDERATION ITEM THREE, A ZONING FILE Z 21 DASH 24.

HANIF LINDSEY IN DISTRICT FOUR.

ITEM

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THREE B ZONING FILE NUMBER Z 21 DASH 39.

ALLEN HAMID IN DISTRICT SIX, ITEM THREE C'S ZONING FILED NUMBER Z 21 DASH 52 OH M ESTATES DEVELOPMENT IN DISTRICT THREE AND ITEM THREE D ZONING FILE NUMBER 21 DASH 55.

SEAN KIM AND DISTRICT FIVE, ITEM THREE E'S ZONING FILES Z 22 DASH OH TWO, DON GORDON IN DISTRICT EIGHT, ITEM FOUR, CONSIDER RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GARLAND, TEXAS AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AN ADVANCED FUNDING AGREEMENT WITH THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR PROJECT C S J 0 1 8 DASH FOUR SEVEN DASH THREE EIGHT, A CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AND SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM PROJECT OFF TO WIDEN SOUTH SHILOH ROAD FROM WEST KINGSLEY ROAD TO WEST MIDDLE ROAD AND APPROVING AN EFFECTIVE DATE ITEM FIVE, CONSIDER A RESOLUTION ACKNOWLEDGING THE DALLAS GARLAND AND NORTHEASTERN RAILROAD INCORPORATED ITS CONTINUED RIGHTS TITLE AND INTEREST TO AND UPON THE RAILROAD CROSSING ALONG THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY ON FOREST LANE BETWEEN SOUTH KIRBY STREET AND SOUTH INTERNATIONAL ROAD AND GRANTING PERMISSION TO RE-INSTALL CROSSING FACILITIES IN THE FUTURE AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

AND THE LAST ITEM ITEM SIX, CONSIDER A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GARLAND, TEXAS AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AN ADVANCED FUNDING AGREEMENT WITH THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR PROJECT C S J 0 9 1 8 DASH FOUR SEVEN DASH 2 7 1 A SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BLOCK GRANT PRO PROGRAM PROJECT UTILIZING TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT CREDITS OFF SYSTEM TO WIDEN SHILOH ROAD FROM KINGSLEY ROAD TO MILLER ROAD AND APPROVING AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

AND THAT IS THE CONSENT AGENDA.

COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH.

THANK YOU, MARY.

AND LET ME GET CLARIFICATION.

WHAT DOES, WAS THAT ITEM TWO, A OR TWO B THAT WAS BEING REMOVED.

ITEM TWO A IS BEING REMOVED.

ITEM TWO B IS BEING PULLED SEPARATELY.

OKAY.

SO TWO H IS IS OFF.

GOT IT.

THEN THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH ITEM TWO, A AND TO BE REMOVED FROM THIS MOTION.

I HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH AND A SECOND BY MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK, UH, TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AT THIS POINT MINUS ITEMS TWO A AND TWO B MADAM SECRETARY, IF YOU COULD PRAY THE VOTE FOR US, PLEASE.

THANK YOU AND COUNCIL AND DISPLAY THE VOTE AND THAT, EXCUSE ME, UH, THAT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.

[2.b. Embree Park Splash Pad Equipment Bid No. 0573-22 Kraftsman $415,407.98]

NOW WE WILL GO BACK TO ITEM TWO, B ITEM TWO B IS EMBRY PARK, SPLASH PAD EQUIPMENT, AND I BELIEVE, UH, COUNCILMAN BASS, YOU HAD THIS POOLED.

GO AHEAD, SIR.

YES.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

YEAH, JUST THE REASON I WANTED TO HAVE THIS PULL THIS SO THAT THE, UM, JUST SO WE CAN INFORM THE PUBLIC AGAIN ABOUT SOME OF THE SAFETY MEASURES THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE, UM, PUTTING IN PLACE TO SH TO ASSURE OUR PA OUR SPECIAL BLASH PADS ARE, ARE SAFE AND HAVE ASKED ANDY TO GO INTO THAT IN A LITTLE MORE DETAIL.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, SIR.

UM, HE, YES, TO REITERATE, UM, THE PLAN THAT WE'VE DISCUSSED BEFORE, UH, THE PROJECT HAS JUST GONE OUT TO BID AND THE TEAM IS REVIEWING THOSE AS WE SPEAK.

AND SO REALLY THE COMPLIANCE FOR THOSE STATE CODES REALLY HAVE ALREADY STARTED IN THE DESIGN PHASE.

AND THEN THEY CONTINUE ON IN THE SUBMITTAL PHASE BECAUSE ALL THE EQUIPMENT AND THE SYSTEMS THAT GO INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATE CODE MUST BE, UM, COMPLIANT WITH EACH COMPONENT, MUST HAVE A CERTAIN SEAL AND STAMP OF APPROVAL, SO TO SPEAK, DEMONSTRATING THAT IT MEETS THE STATE CODE COMPONENTS.

SO GOING FORWARD, UH, ONCE CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY, THIS SHOULD BE OPEN HOPEFULLY BEFORE NEXT SUMMER, THAT GIVES STAFF ADEQUATE TIME.

AND STAFF HAS ALREADY HAD DISCUSSIONS ON THE PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES THAT THEY WILL UNDERTAKE TO ENSURE THAT, UH, THE DAILY, WEEKLY AND MONTHLY RECORD KEEPING IS, IS, UH, UP TO THE REQUIREMENTS.

UM, SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT TAKE PLACE AS THE COMMISSIONING OF THE PROJECTS WHEN, BEFORE THEY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, UH, MUST BE, UM, PASS A COLIFORM AND A CRYPTOSPORIDIUM TESTS.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE, ARE BEING PLANNED FOR, UH, WHEN THAT OCCURS.

SO THAT ENTRY QUESTION.

AWESOME.

YES.

THANK YOU FOR THAT UPDATE, INDEED.

YES.

THANK YOU, MAYOR MORRIS.

SORRY.

UM, AND THIS IS, THIS IS A QUESTION I HAD ALREADY, UM, TALKED TO STAFF ABOUT BEFOREHAND, BUT JUST FOR THE PUBLIC WHERE THIS IS HOT, UM, I'M BACKING AWAY, UM, THE, THE OVERALL PLAN FOR THE EMBRY SPLASH PAD.

UM, WE BUDGET IT'S, I BELIEVE IT WAS 600,000

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TO $750,000 FOR IT.

AND SO I HAD SOME, UH, RESIDENTS WHO WERE SAYING, WHY IS IT NOW ONLY, ONLY, UM, $415,000? SO, UM, I'VE ALREADY GOTTEN THE ANSWER, BUT IF YOU WILL JUST SHARE THAT FOR THE PUBLIC, RIGHT.

IT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

SO THE DISTINCTION IS THERE IS THAT THAT PARTICULAR, UH, BID AWARD IS FOR A BUYBOARD, UM, UH, PURCHASING COOPERATIVE AWARD FOR THE EQUIPMENT.

ONLY THE REMAINDER OF THE PROJECT IS LUMPED IN WITH SOME OTHER PROJECTS.

THAT'S GOING TO HAVE SITE WORK, UTILITY WORK, DRAINAGE, WORK, CONCRETE WORK ASSOCIATED WITH THE PAD FOR THE SPLASH PAD, AS WELL AS THE RESTROOM, UM, ALL THE PAVING AND ADA REQUIREMENTS.

AND THEY'RE SO LUMPED IN TOGETHER, UM, WITH THE RESTROOM AND THE SPLASH PAD, IT'S APPROXIMATELY A MILLION ACTUALLY.

SO, SO, SO IN, IN NO WAY, IS THIS A REDUCTION IN SIZE OR SCOPE OF THIS AMENITY? ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, SIR.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

UH, ANYONE ELSE? ANY ADDITIONAL, ALRIGHT, COMES FROM THE BEST YOU LOOK, HANG ON.

THERE WE GO AGAINST HER BASKET THINKING THEY MAKE A MOTION THAT WE APPROVE, UM, ITEM TO BE EMBRY PARK, SPLASH PAD EQUIPMENT FOR CRAFTSMEN.

I HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER BASS AND S AND A LOT OF SECONDS OVER HERE.

UM, BUT, UH, I THINK COUNCIL EDDIE MORRIS WAS THE FIRST ONE IN THE CORNER OF MY EYES.

SO, ALL RIGHT.

UH, MADAM SECRETARY, IF YOU COULD BEAR THE VOTE FOR US, PLEASE, AND COUNCIL AND DISPLAY THE VOTE AND THAT ITEM IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.

OKAY.

WE'LL NOW MOVE ON TO OUR ITEMS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION.

UH, MADAM SECRETARY, IF YOU COULD REVIEW THE SPEAKER DRILLS FOR ME, PLEASE.

YES, SIR.

THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IS GIVEN TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY RATHER THAN TO QUESTION THE CITY COUNCIL OR STAFF.

THE CHAIR MAY CALL A SPEAKER OUT OF ORDER.

IF THE SPEAKER PRESENTS QUESTIONS OR REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION THAT WILL UNDULY DELAY THE TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS AT THIS MEETING, SPEAKERS SHALL BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK ON A FIRST COME FIRST TO SPEAK BASIS AS DETERMINED BY THE ORDER IN WHICH THE CITY SECRETARY RECEIVES THE SPEAKER'S INFORMATION.

APPLICANTS ARE ALLOWED 10 MINUTES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND ALL OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE ALLOWED THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

WHEN THE PODIUM BUZZER SOUNDS, THE SPEAKER MUST END THEIR COMMENTS.

VERY GOOD.

AND I'M GUESSING WE HAVE LOTS OF SPEAKERS LINED UP FOR THE EVENING, WHAT WE DO FOR CDBG.

ALL RIGHT.

VERY GOOD.

UH,

[7. Hold a Public Hearing on the Youth Programs Standards Care of Ordinance Council is requested to adopt an ordinance with public comments for Youth ProgramsStandards of Care to meet the requirements of Texas Human Resource Code, Section42.041(b)(14) to exempt recreational programs for children operated by municipalities fromstate child care licensing.]

FIRST ITEM UNDER THIS SECTION IS ITEM SEVEN, HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE YOUTH PROGRAMS, STANDARDS, CARE, UH, STANDARDS OF CARE ORDINANCE.

UH, IS THERE ANYONE, UH, WHO WOULD LIKE TO, UH, TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM? MADAM SECRETARY, DO WE HAVE ANY CARDS FOR THIS ITEM? I DO NOT HAVE ANY CARDS FOR THIS ITEM.

OKAY.

UH, AGAIN, IF THERE'S ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM, WE'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING, SEEING NONE.

UH, WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND, UH, THIS IS, UH, SCHEDULED FOR ADOPTION COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I MOVE APPROVAL OF THE YOUTH PROGRAMS, STANDARDS OF CARE AS PRESENTED.

I HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER SMITH, UH, TO APPROVE THE SIDE AND, UH, WITH A SECOND BY MAYOR PRO TEM HEDRICK, UH, WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION, MADAM SECRETARY, AS YOU COMPARE THE VOTE FOR US, PLEASE, AND COUNCIL AND DISPLAY THE VOTE, AND THAT ITEM IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.

[8. Consider a resolution of the City of Garland, Texas finding and determining that thepublic necessity and convenience require the acquisition of various property rightslocated along South Shiloh Road, North of West Kingsley Road and South of WestMiller Road, in the City of Garland, County of Dallas, Texas, said property interestsbeing more particularly described below; providing authorizations to acquire suchproperty rights by purchase or condemnation and making certain findingspertaining thereto; providing further authorizations as may be necessary to carryout the purposes of this resolution; and providing an effective date. Council is requested to approve an omnibus resolution authorizing the acquisition of theproperty rights described in Exhibit "A."]

NEXT ITEM, ITEM EIGHT, UH, CONSIDER A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GARLAND, TEXAS FINDING AND DETERMINING THAT THE PUBLIC NECESSITY AND CONVENIENCE REQUIRED THE ACQUISITION OF VARIOUS PROPERTY RIGHTS LOCATED ALONG SOUTH SHILOH ROAD, NORTH OF WEST KINGSLEY ROAD AND SOUTH OF WEST MILLER ROAD IN THE CITY OF GARLAND COUNTY OF DALLAS, TEXAS SAID PROPERTY INTERESTS BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED BELOW PROVIDING AUTHORIZATIONS TO ACQUIRE SUCH PROPERTY RIGHTS BY PURCHASE OR CONDEMNATION AND MAKING CERTAIN FINDINGS PERTAINING THERE TO PROVIDING FURTHER AUTHORIZATIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THIS RESOLUTION AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE COUNSEL AND ROBIN, I BELIEVE YOU'VE GOT THIS ONE.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

I MOVED THAT THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GARLAND, TEXAS AUTHORIZE THE USE OF THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY INTERESTS AROUND SHILOH ROAD, NORTH OF WEST KINGSLEY ROAD IN SOUTH OF WEST MILLER ROAD.

AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN EXHIBIT A TO THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY OF GARLAND DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS FOR THE WIDENING OF SHILOH ROAD, BETWEEN KINGSLEY ROAD AND MILLER ROAD.

MY MOTION INCLUDES

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APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED RESOLUTION AND INTENDS THAT THE RECORD VOTE ON THIS MATTER APPLIES TO ALL UNITS OF PROPERTY TO BE CONDEMNED.

AND THERE SOME VERY SPECIFIC LANGUAGE THAT HAS TO BE RED RED, AND THE CITY ATTORNEY SAYS GOOD.

AND THEY HAVE A SECOND, UH, BY COUNCIL MEMBER, VERA, UH, ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM, SEEING NONE MADAM SECRETARY, IF YOU COULD PAIR THE VOTE FOR US, PLEASE, AND COUNCIL AND DISPLAY THE VOTE.

THAT ITEM IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.

MOVING ON.

THANK YOU, SIR.

[9. Consider a resolution of the City of Garland, Texas finding and determining that thepublic necessity and convenience require the acquisition of various property rightslocated along Lyons Road, North of Guthrie Road and South of Interstate Highway30, in the City of Garland, County of Dallas, Texas, said property interests beingmore particularly described below; providing authorizations to acquire suchproperty rights by purchase or condemnation and making certain findings pertaining thereto; providing further authorizations as may be necessary to carryout the purposes of this resolution; and providing an effective date. Council is requested to approve an omnibus resolution authorizing the acquisition of theproperty rights described in Exhibit "A."]

MOVING ON TO ITEM NINE, CONSIDER RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GARLAND, TEXAS, FINDING IN DETERMINING THAT THE PUBLIC NECESSITY AND CONVENIENCE REQUIRED THE ACQUISITION OF VARIOUS PROPERTY RIGHTS LOCATED ALONG LYONS ROAD, NORTH OF GUTHRIE ROAD AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 30 IN THE CITY OF GARLAND COUNTY OF DALLAS, TEXAS SAID PROPERTY INTERESTS BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED BELOW PROVIDING AUTHORIZATIONS TO ACQUIRE SUCH PROPERTY RIGHTS BY PURCHASE OR CONDEMNATION AND MAKING CERTAIN FINDINGS PERTAINING THERE TO PROVIDING FURTHER AUTHORIZATIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROCESS OF THIS RESOLUTION AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

COUNSELOR MOORE.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR, I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO THE POST POEM AT THE BED AS WELL AS THE DESIGNED FOR A FUTURE DATE.

UH, EXCUSE ME, I HAVE A MOTION TO POSTPONE, UH, BY COUNCIL MEMBER MOORE AND A SECOND BY DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TIM WILLIAMS. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION MADAM SECRETARY, IF YOU COULD PAIR THE BOAT FOR US, PLEASE, AND COUNCIL AND DISPLAY THE VOTE, THE MOTION TO POSTPONE IS APPROVED, AND THAT MOVES US ON

[10. 2022-2023 CDBG, HOME and ESG Federal Grant Allocation Public Hearing At the April 18, 2022, Work Session, Council was provided background informationregarding the anticipated 2022-2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),HOME Infill Partnership Grant (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) entitlementfunding, along with summaries of submitted applications. As part of the allocation process,a public hearing is required to solicit comments from any interested parties relating to the2022-2023 CDBG, HOME, and ESG grants.]

TO ITEM 10, 2020 2, 23, CDBG HOME AND ESG FEDERAL GRANT ALLOCATION, PUBLIC HEARING AND IS THERE, IS THERE, UH, A LEAD UP TO THIS OR DO WE JUST HAVE THE SPEAKERS? GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

UM, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT.

THIS IS WE'RE BEGINNING OUR NEW APPLICATION PROCESS AGAIN FOR THE UPCOMING FEDERAL GRANT PROCESS.

IT STARTS THIS GRANT WE'RE RUNNING FROM OCTOBER 1ST, 2022 TIL SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2023.

UM, WE HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE HERE THAT ARE, THAT HAVE COME AND WANTING TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR APPLICATIONS THEY'VE SUBMITTED TO YOU.

AND I BELIEVE ALL OF YOU GOT THE WORKBOOKS, IT'S YOUR IN YOUR PACKET.

SO JUST PLEASE WELCOME THEM ALL HERE.

AND THEY'RE READY TO GO.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

VERY GOOD.

UH, JUST TO REMINDER, UH, THE CITY SECRETARY WILL, UH, WE'LL CALL YOU UP.

UH, IF WHEN YOU COME UP, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO MAKE YOUR PRESENTATION.

IF YOU CAN GIVE US YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD.

MADAM SECRETARY, OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS CHERYL JONES.

JOE, WHO GETS TO BE FIRST BECAUSE SHE WAS THE FIRST ONE HERE TONIGHT.

GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

I AM CHERYL JONES JOB.

I WORK WITH THE VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS.

WE PROVIDE VNA MEALS ON WHEELS THROUGHOUT ALL OF DALLAS COUNTY.

AS MANY OF YOU ARE LIKELY AWARE.

THERE ARE NEARLY 30,000 SENIORS IN GARLAND CURRENTLY, AND OF THIS POPULATION MORE THAN 10% LIVE IN POVERTY, MANY LIVE ALONE WITH NO FAMILY OR ANY SUPPORT.

THEY SUFFER FROM MULTIPLE CHRONIC CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS LIKE DIABETES, C O P D AND CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE.

I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU FOR A MOMENT TO IMAGINE YOU'RE ONE OF THESE VULNERABLE SENIORS, YOUR PARTNER SPOUSE HAS PASSED AWAY AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANY FAMILY NEARBY.

YOU DON'T HAVE A CAR AND GETTING TO THE DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS AND THE GROCERY STORE AND PHARMACY IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT.

YOU THOUGHT YOU PLANNED WELL AND HAD PLENTY SAVED FOR RETIREMENT WHEN YOU STOPPED WORKING ALL THOSE YEARS AGO, BUT THINGS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE NOW THAN THEY USED TO BE.

YOU'RE ON A FIXED INCOME.

AND WHILE YOU OWN YOUR HOME, THE COST OF UTILITIES KEEP RISING.

PROPERTY TAXES ARE INCREASING AFTER PAYING YOUR BILLS.

EACH MONTH, YOU HAVE LITTLE LEFTOVER FOR FOOD AND COOKING HAS BECOME SO MUCH HARDER DUE TO YOUR HEALTH.

THE NEIGHBOR WHO USED TO GIVE YOU A RIDE TO GET GROCERIES MOVED AWAY AND THERE ISN'T A STORE CLOSE ENOUGH FOR YOU TO WALK.

HOW WILL YOU MAKE ENDS MEET? HOW WILL YOU GET TO THE GROCERY STORE TO BUY WHAT LITTLE FOOD YOU CAN AFFORD? THIS EXERCISE MAY BE FRIGHTENING, BUT IT IS THE REALITY FOR SO MANY OF THE SENIORS VNA MEALS ON WHEELS SERVES EVERY WEEKDAY,

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DELIVERING HOT, NUTRITIOUS FRESHLY PREPARED MEALS TO NEARLY 260 SENIORS IN GARLAND ALONE.

VNA PROVIDES THE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL NOURISHMENT.

THESE SENIORS RELY ON TO REMAIN SAFELY IN THEIR HOMES.

A WEALTH OF RESEARCH SHOWS FOOD INSECURE.

SENIORS ARE MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM VARIOUS PHYSICAL HEALTH CONDITIONS AS WELL AS DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.

AND WE KNOW THAT SOCIAL ISOLATION IS A HIGH RISK FACTOR FOR PERF POOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, AS WELL AS MORTALITY RISK BNA MEALS ON WHEELS, HELP SENIORS AGE WITH DIGNITY AND INDEPENDENCE AT HOME.

THE FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP WE DELIVER HELPS CLIENTS STAY IN THEIR HOMES WHERE THEY WANT TO BE NOT IN NURSING HOMES OR COSTLY LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES.

IN ADDITION TO THE NUTRITION AND FRIENDSHIP VNA PROVIDES REFERRALS FOR OTHER SERVICES, SUCH AS TRANSPORTATION AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE, COVID VACCINES AND FLU SHOTS AND ACCESS TO AN RN NURSE NAVIGATOR WHO CAN GO TO CLIENT'S HOME AND ASSESS WHETHER THEY MAY BENEFIT FROM ADDITIONAL SUPPORT VNA, RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS, $15,600 FROM THE CITY OF GARLAND AND CDBG FUNDING TO PROVIDE FOOD, FRIENDSHIP AND VITAL SUPPORT TO EIGHT HUNGRY HOMEBOUND GARLAND SENIORS FOR ONE YEAR.

IMAGINE YOU WERE THAT SAME SENIOR AGAIN, WHO WAS ALONE, STRUGGLING AND AFRAID.

NOW IMAGINE YOUR DAILY VNA MEALS ON WHEELS.

VOLUNTEER, PULL INTO YOUR DRIVEWAY, BRINGING YOUR HOT MEAL.

YOU AREN'T SO AFRAID NOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE FOOD TO EAT AND SOMEONE TO TALK TO SOMEONE WHO ASKS HOW YOU ARE, AND IF YOU NEED ANYTHING BECAUSE OF VNA, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN AND HUNGRY, BUT NOURISHED AND CARED FOR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

JUST BEFORE THE BUZZER.

YOU, YOU TIMED THAT PERFECTLY.

THANK YOU.

UH, ANY QUESTIONS I HAVE DONE? THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MADAM SECTOR.

NEXT WEEK, SPEAKER IS BURNA JONES.

HELLO.

MY NAME IS VERNA JONES.

I AM THE FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNDER ONE ROOF.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND BEFORE YOU ON THIS EVENING.

THE MISSION OF UNDER ONE ROOF IS TO PROVIDE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND OTHER SERVICES TO LOW-INCOME HOMELESS FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS IN DALLAS AND COLLIN COUNTIES.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACIOUS AWARD DURING THE 2021 FUNDING CYCLE WITH YOUR CARES FUNDING.

UNDER ONE ROOF SERVED 30 HOUSEHOLDS, WHICH INCLUDED 22 INDIVIDUALS AND EIGHT FAMILIES WITH 11 CHILDREN.

EACH HOUSEHOLD RECEIVED HOUSING AND EXTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, AND MUCH MORE WITH THIS NEW OPPORTUNITY UNDER ONE ROOF, WE'LL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE RAPID REHOUSING SERVICES FOR 10 ADDITIONAL HOUSEHOLDS THROUGH OUR ONGOING WORK WITH THE HOMELESS AND GARLING AND SURROUNDING CITIES.

WE HAVE FOUND THAT HOUSING IS A KEY TO BRING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES BACK TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

UNDER ONE ROOF BRINGS TOGETHER BASIC NEEDS, UTILITIES, RENT, AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE, CASE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT, AND A NETWORK OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO CREATE A STABILITY AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR THOSE IN NEED.

EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYEE IN JOB TRAINING CONTINUES TO BE A CRITICAL FOCUS.

AS INCOME IS THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR STABILITY, WE PROVIDE BASIC NEED AND SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TO REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE AND NEGLECT.

WE WORK WITH OUR ESTABLISHED PARTNERS TO OFFER FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CLASSES, EDUCATION CLASSES, AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT TO PERSONS IN NEED.

UM, VIRTUALLY ARE IN-PERSON.

WE ALSO PROVIDE REFERRALS TO OUR PARTNER AGENCIES BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, WE CANNOT DO THIS BY OURSELVES UNDER ONE ROOF, UH, TO END WITH ONE OF OUR SUCCESSES FROM THE GARLAND PROGRAM MAMA, TO SLEEPING IN HER CAR, FLED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATION, HOMELESS AND GARLAND NEEDING HOUSING REFERRED TO OUR AGENCY BY METRO RELIEF UNDER ONE ROOF QUICKLY PROVIDED THE MUCH NEEDED SERVICES FOR THIS MOM AND HER TWO CHILDREN TO GET HER OFF THE STREETS OF GARLIN.

SHE HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

WE PROVIDED HER WITH FURNITURE AND THE BASIC NEEDS THAT SHE NEEDS RIGHT NOW, THIS MOM AND TWO CHILDREN, THEY'RE DOING REALLY GREAT BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROGRAM.

WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH GORLIN AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE OUR RELATIONSHIP AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE HOMELESS POPULATION OF GHRELIN.

AND AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

VERY GOOD.

NEXT SPEAKER, PLEASE.

NEXT SPEAKER IS RHONDA MCTIER.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS RHONDA .

I AM THE RECREATION SERVICES SUPERVISOR HARRIS

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HALL OF OUR RECREATION CENTER AND REPRESENTED.

SO FOUR-STAR SUMMER CAMP WITH THE HELP OF THE CDBG GRANT, GARLAND PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURAL ARTS DEPARTMENT, AND CREATED STARS, STANDING TALL AND REACHING FOR A SUCCESS SUMMER DAY CAMP IN 2003, THE GOAL OF THE CAMP IS TO, IS TO HELP BUILD SELF-ESTEEM DEVELOP SOCIAL SKILLS, IMPROVE HEALTH AND FITNESS CONNECT FAMILIES, AND MAKE MEMORIES FOR THE CAMPERS THAT WILL MAKE THAT WE'LL HAVE FOR A VERY LONG LAST, A LONG TIME.

SINCE IT, SINCE ITS INCEPTION, WE HAVE SERVED OVER 4,000, MAYBE EVEN MORE KIDS IN GARLAND WITH AN ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WE ARE REQUESTING.

WE COULD HELP MORE KIDS IN GARLAND 2020, AND APPARENTLY 2021 WAS A DIFFICULT YEAR FOR EVERYONE.

STARTS.

CAMP WAS OFFERED AT BOTH RAY BRADFIELD RECREATION CENTER AND HALL OF OUR RECREATION CENTER.

WE HAVE LIMITED TURNOUT IN 2020 DUE TO THE UNEXPECTANCY OF THE COVID 19 AND 2021.

OUR NUMBERS INCREASE PERIODICALLY THROUGHOUT THE, THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.

THE CAMPERS WE SERVE HAD AN AMAZING TIME PLAYING SMALL GROUP GAMES, SMALL GROUP ARTS AND CRAFTS, AND SEVERAL SPECIAL ACTIVITIES ADDED FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF THE CAMPERS, GARLAND PARKS AND RECREATION PARTNERED WITH THE CITY OF CITY SQUARE FOR THE STARMAN NUTRITION PROGRAM TO PROVIDE FREE MEALS FOR THE CAMPERS AS WELL.

STARS CAMP RUNS LIKE SUMMER CAMPS, SUMMER DAY CAMPS, BUT EACH FAMILY HAS TO QUALIFY AS LOW INCOME TO PARTICIPATE FOR 2022 STARS CAMP WILL OFFER TWO LOCATIONS, BRADFIELD AND HOLLER BY REC CENTER.

WE WITH EIGHT WEEKLY SESSIONS AND EACH AT EACH CAMP CAMP RUNS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM.

CAMP WE'RE RUN JUNE 13TH TO AUGUST 5TH.

THIS YEAR CAMPERS SPEND THEIR DAYS ENJOYING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS GAMES, SPORTS, ARTS, CRAFTS, AND CHARACTER BUILDING ACTIVITIES THROUGH THE COMMITMENT OF GARLAND PARKS, RECREATION, AND CULTURAL ARTS DEPARTMENT TO SERVE AT RISK YOUTH CAMPERS RECEIVED A OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE THROUGH OTHER RESOURCES.

THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

NO WORRIES.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS, UH, GINA YOUNG AND GINA YOUNG.

I'M SORRY.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS ANDRE YOUNG.

I'M HERE REPRESENTING HELLOS PROJECT.

WE'RE A NONPROFIT THAT FOCUSES ON HOMELESS SOLUTIONS.

UM, THIS YEAR WE APPLY FOR ESG FUNDING.

SO PROVIDE OUTREACH SERVICES PAIRED WITH CASE MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS CONTINUED CASE MANAGEMENT.

AS MOST INDIVIDUALS HAVE FREE STAIRS STABILITY AND HOUSING GOALS.

UM, WE PLAN TO USE THE FUNDS TO GO OUT TO DO OUTREACH, WHICH CONSISTS OF BRINGING OUT RESOURCES TO THE INDIVIDUALS WHILE THEY ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS UNSHELTERED.

UM, AS WELL AS BEING ABLE TO PAIR THAT WITH THE CASE MANAGEMENT TO GET THEM HALLS AS QUICKLY, OR AT LEAST SHELTERED, UM, AND DAN WORKING WITH THEM TO BECOME BACK SELF-SUFFICIENT.

AND THEN AS I MENTIONED, WITH THE CONTINUE CASE MANAGEMENT, SO AFTER THEY HAVE GAINED THEIR STABILITY IN OUR HOUSING, WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM TO ENSURE THAT THAT STABILITY IS MAINTAINED.

VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS SUSANNA SELF STEAD.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M SUSANNA SELF STAT.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF THE LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM AT THE SENIOR SOURCE.

OUR PROGRAM WORKS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, WELFARE, AND RIGHTS OF THE FRAIL ELDERLY INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE IN DALLAS COUNTY, NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES THERE.

OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF GARLAND, WE USE CDBG FUNDING TO PROVIDE A GARLAND OMBUDSMAN WHO EACH YEAR SERVES MORE THAN 750 RESIDENTS IN THE SEVEN GARLAND NURSING HOMES AND HER ROLE.

THE GARLAND OMBUDSMAN MAKES REGULAR AND ANNOUNCED VISITS TO THE FACILITIES WHERE SHE GOES ROOM TO ROOM, TALKING WITH THE RESIDENTS ABOUT THEIR CARE AND WORKING TO RESOLVE COMPLAINTS ON THEIR BEHALF.

SOME OF THE COMPLAINTS THAT SHE'S ADDRESSED THIS YEAR HAVE INCLUDED RESIDENTS BEING IN PAIN FOR HOURS BECAUSE THEIR MEDICATION WAS LATE FOOD CAKED ON RESIDENTS, TEETH DUE TO THEIR TEETH, NOT BEING BRUSHED REGULARLY AND FAMILY MEMBERS NOT BEING ALLOWED IN TO SEE THEIR LOVED ONE WHO WAS NEAR DEATH DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS.

SHE'S ALSO ADDRESSED COMPLAINTS RELATED TO THE SHORTAGE OF STAFFING.

THAT'S BEEN MADE WORSE SINCE COVID AND HAS LED TO A DECLINE IN THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF RESIDENTS.

IN ONE SITUATION, A RESIDENT WHO HAS LEUKEMIA WAS ACCIDENTALLY GIVEN A DOUBLE DOSE OF MEDICATION DUE TO OVERWORKED AND RUSHED EMPLOYEES.

THE RESIDENT REPORTED SHE WAS STRESSED BECAUSE SHE FELT LIKE THE STAFF DIDN'T BELIEVE HER.

WHEN SHE TOLD HIM THE MEDICATIONS WERE WRONG, SHE WAS SO UPSET AND DEPRESSED AND AFRAID IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN, THAT SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GET OUT OF THAT UNTIL THE OMBUDSMAN GOT INVOLVED AND GOT THE COMPLAINT RESOLVED.

WE'RE REQUESTING $18,000 IN CDBG FUNDING, WHICH WILL ALLOW THE GARLAND OMBUDSMAN TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A MORE FREQUENT PRESENCE IN EACH

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OF THE SEVEN NURSING HOMES WITH EACH ONE BEING VISITED AT LEAST TWICE PER MONTH, INSTEAD OF THE MINIMUM NINE VISITS PER YEAR, THAT ARE REQUIRED BY THE STATE.

THIS INCREASED PRESENCE IS ESPECIALLY CRITICAL RIGHT NOW, GIVEN THE EXTREME SOCIAL ISOLATION AND TRAUMA THAT RESIDENTS HAVE EXPERIENCED OVER THE PAST YEARS DUE TO COVID.

IT'S ALSO ESSENTIAL FOR BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS OF TRUST AND HELPING TO REDUCE THAT FEAR OF RETALIATION.

THAT SO MANY RESIDENTS EXPERIENCE THE INCREASED PRESENCE ALSO HELPS THE OMBUDSMAN TO IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS MORE COMPLAINTS, WHICH REDUCES THE RISK OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT.

THE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM IS THE ONLY PROGRAM OUT THERE WORKING TO PROTECT THESE VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS IN THIS WAY.

WITH 50% OF OUR RESIDENTS, NEVER HAVING VISITORS, BASICALLY BEING PLACED IN THESE FACILITIES AND THEN FORGOTTEN.

UM, THE GARLAND OMBUDSMAN REALLY SERVES AS THE EYES, THE EARS, AND OFTEN THE VOICE FOR RESIDENTS WHO AREN'T ABLE OR AFRAID TO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

THANKS TO CDBG FUNDING.

THE GARLAND OMBUDSMAN IS THERE TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE RESIDENTS VOICES ARE HEARD, THEIR NEEDS ARE BEING MET AND THAT THEY'RE SAFE.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME THIS EVENING AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION OF OUR PROPOSAL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS CHRISTINA COLDNESS.

GOOD EVENING.

I SHOULD HAVE SAT ON THE FRONT PEW, SORRY.

UH, I'M CHRISTINA COLDS IS, UM, AS A PREACHER'S KID, I SHOULD KNOW BETTER, BUT, UH, MY NAME IS CHRISTINA, THIS AND I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BEING THE CEO AND WORKING ALONGSIDE SOME AMAZING ADVOCATES RIGHT HERE IN THE CITY OF GARLAND, THAT HOPE STORE, NEW BEGINNING CENTER.

AND NOW MOST OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR THAT HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE GARLAND COMMUNITY FOR QUITE A WHILE.

AS A NEW BEGINNING CENTER STARTED ITS JOURNEY, SERVING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS RIGHT HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO, FIRST WITH THE HOTLINE AND THEN WITH THE CREATION OF THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER, UM, IN THE NINETIES, UM, WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY, WE ARE HOPE'S DOOR, NEW BEGINNING CENTER.

SO TWO ORGANIZATIONS THAT MERGED, I KNOW MANY OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH OUR HISTORY, SO I WON'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME THERE.

UM, BUT ESSENTIALLY WE ARE STILL HERE IN THE CITY OF GARLAND PROVIDING THE EXACT SAME SERVICES.

WE WERE 40 YEARS AGO.

UM, WE DO THIS AND WE HOPE THAT WE'RE PROVIDING AS MUCH HEALING AND SAFETY AS WE CAN, UM, THROUGH OUR PROGRAMMING THROUGH A 24 7 HOTLINE EMERGENCY SHELTER SERVICES, COUNSELING SUPPORT AT REACH, UM, LEGAL SERVICES.

WE HAVE THE DISTINCT PLEASURE OF HAVING TWO CIVIL LEGAL ATTORNEYS AND THE, AND THE GOAL ESSENTIALLY IS TO MAKE A VICTIM THAT WALKS IN OUR DOOR WITH ONE NEED, FIVE NEEDS, A WHOLE HOST OF BARRIERS AND OBSTACLES THAT THEY MAY BE FACING.

AND LET'S ELIMINATE AS MANY OF THEM AS POSSIBLE, WHETHER IT'S PROVIDING SERVICES RIGHT HERE OR WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS SURROUNDING US.

UM, SO ESSENTIALLY WE HAVE TWO PROPOSALS IN FRONT OF YOU.

UM, ONE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES, UM, AS A PUBLIC, UM, PUBLIC SERVICES REQUEST FOR 200 UNDUPLICATED, UM, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS FROM THE CITY OF GARLAND, BASICALLY THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE FTE COUNSELOR SALARY, AND ANOTHER REQUEST FOR ESG HOUSING AND SHELTER SERVICES TO SUPPORT OUR WORK AT THE EMERGENCY SHELTER AND FOR RAPID REHOUSING.

UM, WE THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS PARTNERING WITH US IN THE PAST.

WE CAN HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE THAT PARTNERSHIP AND APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS SALVATION ARMY.

PERFECT TIMING.

GOOD EVENING.

I APOLOGIZE FOR MY LATE ENTRY, BUT MY VERY, VERY TALL BOY BACK THERE IS MY SON WHO HAD A MARCHING BAND EVENT THAT I HAVE JUST COME FROM.

SO I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT THE CDBG GRANT THAT WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING FOR ALMOST THE LAST 20 YEARS.

AND WE HAVE DONE OUR BEST TO FAITHFULLY BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THOSE FUNDS.

LAST YEAR, WE WERE AWARDED $32,000.

AND WITH THOSE FUNDS, WE SERVED SEVEN HOUSEHOLDS, WHICH INCLUDED 25 PEOPLE, UM, OF THOSE 25 PEOPLE AND SEVEN HOUSEHOLDS.

WE ESTIMATED THAT WE HAD APPROXIMATELY 80% SUCCESS RATE WITH THOSE FAMILIES THAT WE ASSISTED THAT ASSISTANCE INCLUDED, UM, ALLOWING THOSE FAMILIES TO NOT LOSE THEIR HOMES, TO NOT BE EVICTED FROM THEIR HOMES TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, UH, WHERE IT WAS NEEDED.

UM, EACH OF THE HOMES WERE GIVEN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UP TO $3,000.

IN ADDITION TO CASE MANAGEMENT UP TO A SIX MONTH PERIOD, AND THEY ALSO RECEIVED

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EDUCATION CLASSES TO LEARN HOW TO BE MORE FINANCIALLY STABLE WITHIN THEIR FAMILY UNIT.

WE ARE REQUESTING THIS YEAR FOR CDBG FUNDS IN THE TOTAL OF $77,500.

WE WOULD LIKE TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS TO 25.

AND IN THOSE 25 HOUSEHOLDS THAT WILL ALLOW US TO, UM, ASSIST 79 INDIVIDUALS, UH, 11 HOUSEHOLDS WOULD RECEIVE RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

14 HOUSEHOLDS WOULD RECEIVE MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE BECAUSE CDBG HAS OPENED IT UP TO MORTGAGE ALSO.

AND THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO US AS THOSE SO THAT THEY DON'T LOSE THEIR HOMES THAT ARE INVESTING INTO THEIR FUTURE WITH THOSE HOMES.

UH, WHAT WE ARE LOOKING TO DO WITH ALL OF THESE IS TO EXPAND, UM, THE SERVICES TO THE FAMILY BECAUSE OUR GOAL EVENTUALLY IS TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS COMPLETELY.

AND THAT IS OUR GOAL.

AND TO BRING THESE PARTICULAR FAMILIES HAVE SOME HOUSING STABILITY AND SOME HOUSING SECURITY.

UM, IN ADDITION TO THAT, AS WE TRANSITION OUT OF THE PANDEMIC, UH, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE MANY FAMILIES WHO NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT, UH, TO JUST BECOME MORE STABLE IN THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION AS A WHOLE.

SO IN SERVING THESE 25 HOUSEHOLDS, WE ARE AIMING TO HAVE, UM, AT LEAST AN IN 85 TO 90% SUCCESS RATE IS WHAT OUR HOPE IS.

AND THROUGH CASE MANAGEMENT AND THROUGH OUR CASE ASSESSMENT, THAT WE CAN HELP EACH ONE OF THESE FAMILIES TO INCREASE THEIR SAVINGS BY 50% AND INCREASE THEIR TOTAL INCOME BY 65%, WHICH WOULD NOT JUST MAKE THEM MORE STABLE, BUT MAKE THEM SELF-SUFFICIENT.

UM, I DID WANT TO INTRODUCE TO YOU MY BRAND NEW, A CASE MANAGER SPECIALIST, JASMINE, THAT I JUST HIRED THREE WEEKS AGO.

SO SHE'S HERE IN JOINING OUR TEAM.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? UH, DEPUTY MAYOR PRO TIM WILLIAMS. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

GOOD EVENING.

HELLO.

ONE QUESTION.

JUST ONE QUICK QUESTION IS YOUR TARGETED SERVICE POPULATION THE SAME AS LAST YEAR? YOU MENTIONED 25.

IS THAT ALSO YOUR TARGET FOR THE COMING YEAR? WE, WE ACTUALLY ASSISTED SEVEN FAMILIES LAST YEAR BECAUSE WE ONLY RECEIVED 32,000, WHICH ALLOWS ABOUT THREE TO $4,000 PER FAMILY.

SO W WHAT'S YOUR TARGET? WE WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST 25 FAMILIES THIS YEAR WITH WHAT WE, UH, WITH THE SAME TYPE OF CASE MANAGEMENT AS WE DID LAST YEAR.

OKAY.

SO IN ALL DISEASES AND FAMILIES? YES, SIR.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

COME HERE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS CHARLIE LEVITT.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M WITH METRO RELIEF.

I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

UH, MY NAME'S CHARLIE LEVITT.

WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE TONIGHT.

AND MY LAPTOP HAS GIVEN ME FITS SO GOING OLD SCHOOL WHAT'S REALLY IS AN OLD SCHOOL.

UH, METRO LEAF.

WE'RE IN OUR 11TH YEAR OF OPERATION AND THE DFW METROPLEX WE'VE BEEN WORKING ALONGSIDE OF THE CITY OF GARLAND FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS.

NOW, THE PURPOSE OF METRO RELEASE A MOBILE STREET OUTREACH OUTREACH PROGRAM IS TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CITY OF GARLAND, THE GARLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND OTHER M D H A PARTICIPANTS TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF UNSHELTERED, HOMELESS AND CHRONICALLY HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN ENCAMPMENTS AND AN UNINHABITED AND HABITABLE PLACES.

THE GARLAND SOP IS INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED TO PROVIDE EXTREMELY LOW BARRIER PERSON-CENTERED NON FACILITY PLACES.

HENCE WE'RE A HUNDRED PERCENT MOBILE FOR THE 12 MONTH PERIOD OF THE GRANT CONTRACT MET, DROVE RELIEF.

WE'LL ENGAGE A MINIMUM OF 456 UNDUPLICATED HOMELESS ADULTS THROUGH THE GARLAND SOP.

AND WE WILL CASE MANAGE AT LEAST 330 OF THESE INDIVIDUALS.

METRO RELIEF, 100% MOBILE CASE MANAGEMENT IS PERSON CENTERED AND SOLUTION FOCUSED.

THIS IS WHAT CREATES THE SUCCESSES WE DO ENCOUNTER.

WE MEET THEM WHERE THEY LIVE.

WE TAKE THEM WHERE THEY NEED TO GO.

MOBILE CASE MANAGEMENT IS A GOAL ORIENTED PROCESS OF ASSESSING A PERSON'S NEEDS AND WORKING WITH THEM TO OBTAIN THE SERVICES REQUIRED TO OVERCOME BARRIERS, BARRIERS FOR HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT.

AS A PERSON CENTERED ORGANIZATION, METRO RELIEF IS DEDICATED TO HELPING PEOPLE GET PERMANENTLY OFF THE STREETS AND INTO HOMES.

OUR MOBILE CASE MANAGERS BUILD RELATIONSHIPS.

OUR EXPERIENCE SHOWS THESE RELATIONSHIPS MAKE A CRITICAL DIFFERENCE IN A CLIENT'S SUCCESS.

MOBILE CASE MANAGERS HELP CLIENTS NAVIGATE THE VARIOUS CRISIS AS THEY EXPERIENCE RELATED TO THEIR HOMELESSNESS AND ADDRESS THEIR IMMEDIATE

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BASIC NEEDS FOR SAFETY AND SURVIVAL.

SIMULTANEOUSLY, THEY PARTNER WITH CLIENTS IN A PROCESS TOWARDS PERMANENT HOUSING, METRO RELIEFS, SOP CASE MANAGERS, PROCESS CESS INCORPORATE SEVERAL LEVEL LEVELS OF SERVICE THROUGH WHICH MOBILE CASE MANAGERS PROVIDE CARE TO THE CLIENTS.

THE INITIAL ENGAGEMENT, WE USE OUR RELIEF BUS AND THEN WE'RE MOBILE AND WE'RE OUT HITTING THE STREETS AND WE JUST CREATE A RELATIONSHIP ASSESSING AND STRATEGY, STRATEGIZING PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING, TRANSITIONING, AND EVEN TERMINATING IF THEY DON'T WANT HELP.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CUT THEM OFF, BUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PERSON HAS CHRONIC AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME TO EVEN GET THEM OFF THE STREETS AND CLOSING METRO LEAF WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY ALONGSIDE OF YOU.

AND WITH THAT, MAY I ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS? VERY GOOD.

NO QUESTIONS.

GOOD QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, SIR.

OUR NEXT PIECE BAKER IS IN HIM.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS SUSAN HANAMAN WITH COUNSELING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS.

UM, COUNSELING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS HAS BEEN SERVING GARLAND FAMILY SINCE 1986.

UM, LAST YEAR WE SAW 997 GARLAND FAMILIES WITH ALL OF OUR FUNDING, NOT JUST THE CDBG AND THIS MONTH, UNFORTUNATELY WILL BE THE LAST OF OUR FUNDING.

UH, WE ONLY LASTED IS FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS.

THIS YEAR, THE NEED WAS SO INCREDIBLE, BUT DURING THAT TIME WE RECEIVED 16,000 A LITTLE BIT HECK OVER THAT.

AND WE SAW 83 CITIZENS WITH THAT MONEY AT, FOR A TOTAL OF 260 SESSIONS.

SO IT'S BROKEN DOWN INTO FAMILIES PER SESSION.

THAT WAS ABOUT 37 FAMILIES, EITHER INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILIES.

OUR MAIN OFFICE IS ON SOUTHERN DRIVE, AND WE ALSO HAVE AN OFFICE OF JISD SERVICES IN FEBRUARY OF 2019.

WE WENT INTO AN MOU WITH THESE, UM, SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE SERVICES.

AND SINCE THAT TIME WE'VE SEEN 3,500 JISD STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH OUR PROGRAM, AND THAT'S THROUGH OUR OWN FUNDING AND GRANTS AND RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE TEXAS RANKS 50TH OUT OF 51 AND OVERALL ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE.

ACCORDING TO THE 2021 STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN AMERICA REPORT.

AND CURRENTLY ONLY ONE IN SEVEN TEXAS CHILDREN WITH MAJOR DEPRESSION RECEIVED CONSISTENT TREATMENT, UH, NAMI JUST RELEASED THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL ILLNESS, RELEASED THEIR ANNUAL REPORT.

AND THEY SAID THAT 43.4% OF ADULTS IN TEXAS REPORTED SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION, BUT ONLY 26% WERE ABLE TO GET THE NEEDED COUNSELING OR THERAPY.

AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON THEY COULDN'T GET HELP WAS DUE TO COST.

THAT'S WHY THESE PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE CDBG ARE SO IMPORTANT TO OUR CITIZENS.

UM, OUR OFFICE STAFF WERE ALL GARLAND RESIDENTS.

UM, OUR KIDS GRADUATED FROM JISD.

MY DAUGHTER'S A NURSE AT COOPER, AND MY SON BOUGHT HIS FIRST NEW HOUSE LAST WEEK IN NORTH GARLAND.

SO WE'RE VERY PROUD PARENTS.

UM, WE BELIEVE IN OUR GIRL AND COMMUNITY, AND WE BELIEVE IN SERVING THE GIRL IN THE COMMUNITY.

OBVIOUSLY WE ALSO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR THE LOCAL UNIVERSITIES FOR MASTER'S AND DOCTORATE STUDENTS IN COUNSELING.

AND WE, UM, TRY TO CARE ANYWHERE FROM EIGHT TO 10 STUDENT INTERNS THAT HELPS WITH A LOT OF THE FEES BECAUSE WE CAN GO AS LOW AS $10 FOR SOME OF THOSE FAMILIES.

WE DO BELIEVE THAT A COPAY IS IMPORTANT TO SHOW THAT THE THOUSAND OF VALUE TO THAT FAMILY, WE'RE EXTREMELY APPRECIATIVE OF WHAT WE GOT, BUT WE NEED AS EVERYBODY ELSE HAVE.

WE'VE ASKED FOR MORE MONEY.

THIS YEAR OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IS OUT OF CONTROL.

IF YOU JUST TURN ON THE NEWS, YOU SEE THAT I WANT TO END THIS BY TELLING YOU I S I SAW A INTERVIEW THAT DAK PRESCOTT DID AFTER HIS BROTHER COMMITTED SUICIDE.

AND, UM, HE WENT THROUGH A TERRIBLE BOUT OF DEPRESSION, AND HE SAID THAT BEING OPEN AND TALKING ABOUT IT AND NOT HOLDING THE FEELINGS INSIDE WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS FOR ME.

I THINK IT'S HUGE TO TALK.

I THINK IT'S HUGE TO GET HELP.

IT SAVES LIVES.

COUNSELING INSTITUTE HAS BEEN TALKING TO GARLAND FAMILY SINCE 1986.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

DO I MAKE IT? WAS THAT THE FIRST PERFECT QUESTION.

NO QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS DAVID WAVY AND THERE ARE SIX MEMBERS OF THE GARLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT AND BOXING GYMS STAFF THAT ARE WITH HIM PRETTY BAD.

I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD BRING A BELL, BUT CINEMA AFRAID Y'ALL WILL COME OUT SWINGING SOME YEAH.

WINDOW.

WHEN THE THREE MINUTE TIMER GOES UP, EVERYBODY JUST STAY CALM THREE TIMES SIX.

RIGHT? UH, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH EVERYBODY.

THIS IS I THINK OUR 17TH YEAR OF BEING SO, UH, TO BE PART OF THE CITY OF GARLAND WITH THE CDBG, UM, MR. BRADFORD MAYOR

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COUNCIL, UM, ON OCCASIONS, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING SOME OF MY KIDS.

I CALL THEM CDS, CHILD DEVELOPMENT KIDS, AND I'VE GOT TWO OF THEM THAT ARE ACTUALLY HEADED TO CLEVELAND, OHIO THIS SATURDAY FOR WHAT IS CONSIDERED THE FIRST OLYMPIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE KIDS.

UM, SO WE'VE GOT SOME REAL UNIQUE THINGS WITH THE, UH, WITH THE BLESSING OF THE CITY, WITH THE POLICE CHIEF, MR. UH, UH, WE WERE ABLE TO, AFTER COVID, WE WERE ABLE TO ADD, UH, A MUCH NEEDED TUTOR BACK INTO THE PROGRAM, AS EVERYBODY KNOWS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, ENGLISH AND READING IS PROBABLY THE TWO THINGS THAT THE CHILDREN, UH, THROUGHOUT, UH, ARE EXPERIENCING A DEFICIT.

SO ADDING, UH, WHICH IS VERY UNIQUE, OUR TUTOR, UM, IS ACTUALLY THE MOTHER OF A DISPATCHER AND THE GRANDMOTHER OF ONE OF OUR OFFICERS.

SO WE'RE KEEPING IT VERY FAMILY, BUT WHAT I WANTED TO SEE TODAY, OR SHOW YOU GUYS TODAY IS THE EVOLUTION OF GUNS AND HOSES HAS ALLOWED US TO EXPOSE MANY OF THESE OFFICERS TO OUR PROGRAM.

UH, BRINGING, YOU KNOW, THIS IS OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY FOR GUNS AND HOSES.

AND FOR YOU GUYS TO HAVE BLESSED US TO ALLOW US THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN, NOT ONLY OUR PEOPLE, BUT POLICE AND FIREMEN ACROSS THE METROPLEX, THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN, WHICH THAT'S MY DAUGHTER, UM, COME IN AND THEY NOT ONLY DO THEY EXPOSE THEMSELVES TO THE KIDS, BUT THE KIDS GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPOSE THEMSELVES.

SO, UH, I WANTED TO, UH, ALLOW YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH OUR MENTORS, UH, AND THEY CAN GIVE A BRIEF STORY ABOUT HOW AND WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR MIND.

OKAY, GO AHEAD.

I INVITED ALL OF THEM, UH, OFFICER WILLIAMS, UM, I JUST WANT TO SHARE HOW SPECIAL THIS GYM IS.

UM, I GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME IN THREE YEARS AGO.

UM, I HEARD ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT JIM WAS DOING FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AND I JUST COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

SO I'LL HAVE TO SEE IT FOR MYSELF.

UM, GOT IN AND I MET, UH, ACTUALLY ALEX, UM, WHEN OUR KID WHO'S ON HIS OLYMPIC RUN RIGHT NOW.

AND, UM, HE PRETTY MUCH EXPLAINED TO ME WHERE HE CAME FROM, HOW HE DIDN'T HAVE MUCH IN THIS GYM, CHANGED HIS LIFE.

AND, UM, THROUGH WATCHING HIS STORY, UM, I CONTINUED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE REST OF MY GYM, MY KIDS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL I WORK AT, UM, AND SEE HOW THIS GYM GIVES MOTIVATION, NOT ONLY FOR BOXING.

UM, WE GIVE THEM A PLACE OF COMFORT JUST TO BELIEVE IN THEIR SELVES.

UM, WE HELP THEM ACHIEVE GOALS THAT I THINK THAT THEY DON'T REALLY BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES IN, AND THAT'S JUST THE SAFE PLACE.

AND THROUGH MY TIME THERE THAT'S, WHAT ABOUT WHAT I'VE EXPERIENCED? UM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

I'M CHRISTIAN GIBSON, SOMEBODY YOU GUYS KNOW ME AS TANK OR THE GARLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UH, SO WHEN I TEACH THE, UH, RECRUIT OFFICERS SELF-DEFENSE AND WE GO INTO A BOXING PROGRAM, UH, FOR THEIR SAFETY AND, AND TO GET THEM INTO SOME KIND OF ATHLETIC PROGRAM AS WELL, UH, I, I DON'T DO THAT JUST MERELY BY ME, BUT ALSO THE PRESENCE OF ALL THE COACHES THAT WE HAVE THERE.

AND THESE COACHES SPEND A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME WITH THE OFFICERS TOO.

SO NOT ONLY JUST WITH THE KIDS, BUT WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THESE COACHES AND ALSO THEM BEING ON A PRO LEVEL, WHICH IS AMAZING IN ITSELF IS THAT THEY CONNECT THE OFFICERS WITH THE KIDS.

SO IN THEIR TRAINING WITH THE OFFICERS, THEY ACTUALLY INTRODUCE THEM TO THE KIDS THAT THEY'RE ALSO TRAINING IN THAT BECOMES A BOND BETWEEN THE KID AND THE OFFICER, UH, BECAUSE NOW THEY HAVE SOMETHING ABSOLUTELY IN COMMON, WHICH IS WINNING AND SURVIVING IN THE RING.

AND THEN ALSO THAT OFFICER GETS TO LOOK INTO THAT KID'S LIFE.

BUT THE KID ALSO GETS TO SEE THE OFFICER'S LIFE.

UM, THESE COACHES PUT IN TIME THAT WHEN THE SWABIAN I DO A COOKING, UH, FOR THE, FOR THE GYM OR WE GET TOGETHER AND DO A FUN, THEY COME IN AND, AND THEY'RE NOT ALWAYS JUST COMING IN BECAUSE MAYBE THE CBDG AND ALL THIS GOING ON, THEY COME IN BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT, BUT WE NEED TO KEEP THEM AND WE NEED, WE NEED TO KEEP THEM COMING AND DOING THE JOB THAT THEY'RE DOING, WHICH WE'RE DOING SO VERY WELL FOR THE KIDS AND FOR THE OFFICERS.

SO, WHILE YOU'RE LOOKING HERE IS SOME OF THE OFFICERS THAT HAVE NOW BECOME PART OF THAT GYM BECAUSE OF ME BEING ABLE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO NOT ONLY SWEEPING THE JUMP, BUT THOSE COACHES AND THOSE COACHES KEEPING THEM IN COUNSEL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

I'M OFF I'M QUINLAN, KELTON, PIANO.

I'VE BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS NOW.

AND I RECENTLY GOT INTO THE BOXING GYM APPROXIMATELY A YEAR AGO, A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO.

DO YOU READY FOR GUNS AND HOSES THING? THAT WAS REALLY WHAT I WAS DOING AT THE TIME.

I KNEW THAT THE BOXING GYM WAS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR US OFFICERS, AS WELL AS THE OTHER EMPLOYEES

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FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND.

UM, BUT WHAT I REALIZED ONCE JOINING IT IS THAT IT WAS A GREAT PROGRAM FOR NOT JUST US, BUT THE CHILDREN OF THE CITY.

UM, I SEE THE DIFFERENT KIDS THAT COME IN ALL THE TIME, UH, JUST TO LEARN A LITTLE BIT, UH, SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF SCHOOLWORK, BUT ALSO I THINK THAT THE GYM ALSO HELPS INCORPORATE SCHOOLWORK INTO IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GOOD REPORT CARD IN ORDER TO COME IN HERE AND, YOU KNOW, GET YOUR TRAINING.

THE COACHES, UM, GOING TO THE GYM IS GREAT MEETING THE COACHES IS GREAT.

UM, I STILL GET PHONE CALLS FROM THE COACH THAT TRAINED ME FOR GUNS AND HOSES JUST ABOUT WEEKLY TO CHECK UP ON ME.

AND I KNOW HE'S DOING ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF WITH THE KIDS AS WELL.

UM, THIS GYM IS VERY MUCH LIKE A FAMILY.

IT'S A COMMUNITY.

I THINK IT'S VASTLY IMPORTANT TO THE KIDS HERE IN THE CITY.

UM, HELPING KEEP THEM OUT OF TROUBLE AND GIVING THEM GOALS TO ATTAIN AND WORK TOWARDS AS WELL AS JUST CAUSE I KNOW IT'S NOT JUST THE POLICE AND FIRE GUYS AND GIRLS THAT ARE GOING THERE.

I SEE ALL THE OTHER CITY EMPLOYEES GO IN AND USE THE FACILITIES TO WEIGHT, TRAIN, DO WHATEVER IT IS TO GO AHEAD AND BLOW OFF THAT STEAM OR USE IT AS A PLACE OF RECREATION.

UM, SO IT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE IS IMPORTANT FOR, FOR ALL OF US.

UM, THAT'S ALL I REALLY HAVE TO SAY, BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

GOOD AFTERNOON, GENTLEMEN.

MA'AM UM, MY STORY'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT ON SAM'S WAVEYS DAUGHTER.

SO I'VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE DAY ONE WITH MY DAD.

THE BENEFIT OF THE PROGRAM THAT I'VE SEEN IS OUTSIDE OF POLICE WORK NOW INTO POLICE WORK AFTER 16 YEARS, AND THEN INTO THE LONG-TERM OF THIS PROGRAM, I'VE WATCHED COACHES NOW WHO WERE KIDS IN THIS GYM.

SO VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE IS NOW A COACH IN THIS GYM STARTED IN THIS GYM.

AS A KID, CAME FROM NOTHING, HAD NOTHING AND NOW HAS DEVELOPED INTO A COACH TEACHING OTHER KIDS, YOU KNOW, THE PROGRESSION FROM HERE ON, IN, IN LIFE.

UM, THIS STARTED OUT AS A GYM AND HE JUST CAME AND IT'S TURNED INTO A FAMILY.

I KNOW HIS WIFE AND HIS KIDS AND HIS DAD, AND WE ALL KIND OF HANG OUT TOGETHER AND IT'S JUST BECOME THIS MASSIVE FAMILY.

SO I'VE WATCHED THIS PROGRAM FROM THREE KIDS TO HUNDREDS OF KIDS.

I'VE WATCHED THIS PROGRAM FROM, THIS IS NOTHING TO THE MOST MAGNIFICENT PROGRAM.

THE CITY OF GARLAND PROBABLY HAS EVER DONE FOR ITS COMMUNITY.

I HEAR SO MANY GOOD THINGS.

I GO TO CALLS EVEN AS AN OFFICER AND I INTRODUCED THIS PROGRAM AND TO KIDS THAT DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE AN OUTLET, TRY TO GET MORE PEOPLE INTO THIS PROGRAM, BUT IN 20 SOMETHING YEARS GROWING UP NOW, 40, NO LONGER THE LITTLEST WAVY, UM, HAVE SEEN THIS PROGRAM FLOURISH LIKE I'VE NEVER SEEN, THIS IS A HOME.

THIS IS A LIFESTYLE.

THIS IS A PLACE OF COMFORT.

THIS IS NOTHING.

I CAN'T DESCRIBE ANYTHING LIKE THIS PROGRAM.

AND NOT JUST BECAUSE HE'S MY DAD, BUT THAT MAN'S SHOES ARE THE HARDEST TO FILL.

AND I CAN PROMISE YOU THIS PROGRAM WILL BE THE MOST FLOURISHED PROGRAM EVER THAT THE CITY OF GARLAND HAS EVER PRODUCED.

THANK YOU.

HI, I'M JASON BETHEL HAD BEEN WITH GARLAND POLICE FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS NOW.

UH, I'VE BEEN WITH THE BOX WITH THE BOXING PROGRAM ABOUT A YEAR, JUST LIKE YOU GETTING READY FOR GUNS AND HOSES.

UH, ONE THING THAT I DID NOTICE, UM, THAT IS A BIG DEAL OF ME, WAS THAT GOING OUT AND ANSWERING CALLS, WE SEE A LOT OF THESE KIDS THAT JUST THEIR FAMILIES DON'T HAVE RESOURCES AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO PUT THEIR KIDS IN ANY PROGRAM TO GIVE THEM ANY STRUCTURE.

UM, BEING ABLE TO PUT THAT JIM OUT THERE AND LET THEM KNOW THAT THIS IS A RESOURCE IS HUGE TO JUST THE RELIEF THAT THE FAMILIES GET TO GET AND THE EXCITEMENT THAT THE KIDS SEE BECAUSE THEY GET TO GO OUT WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND HAVE SOMETHING THAT THEY ALL DO TOGETHER.

SO, UM, LIKE EVERYBODY'S BEEN SAYING IT AS A GREAT COMMUNITY, GREAT FAMILY.

UM, THAT'S ABOUT ALL I GOT TO SAY.

VERY GOOD.

AND HE'S AN OUT OF TOWN OFFICER THAT DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO FIND HIS WAY BACK.

YES.

MY NAME IS DRE QUIT IT.

I ACTUALLY WORKED FOR A HUTCHINS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UH, I STARTED GOING TO THE GYM ABOUT A YEAR AGO.

UM, FOUND OUT ABOUT IT FROM A GOOD FRIEND, ISAIAH.

I WOULD ALWAYS SEE HIM POST VIDEOS.

SO I WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT, LET ME TRY TO, YOU KNOW, DO THIS.

SO, UM, SINCE DAY ONE, YOU KNOW, THEY NEVER JUDGED ME.

THEY ALWAYS TRIED TO TEACH ME HOW TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

UM, DEFENDING MYSELF AND COMING TO THE GYM.

I STARTED TO BE AROUND A LOT OF KIDS AND I FEEL LIKE IT'S A, IT'S A SPECIAL PLACE TO BE BECAUSE THE KIDS GET THE, SEE, YOU KNOW, US AS OFFICERS DOING THE RIGHT THING.

AND THEY'RE COMING TO THE GYM.

THEY'RE NOT ON THE STREET, YOU KNOW, DOING DRUGS, SELLING DRUGS, OR

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GETTING INTO FIGHTS.

THEY'RE AT THE GYM, UH, WITH US AND LEARNING.

AND WE'RE LEARNING FROM THEM ALSO.

UM, THESE GUYS, YOU KNOW, TREAT ME AS A FAMILY.

UH, EVEN THOUGH I DON'T WORK FOR GARLAND, UH, I MAY KNOW I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT JUST FROM BEING AROUND THEM.

SO, UH, THAT'S A, IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO BE APPRECIATED.

THANK YOU.

AND WE ARE HIRING BY THE WAY, ONE QUICK CAVEAT AND I'M SORRY, BECAUSE WE TAKE SO MUCH TIME.

I DO APOLOGIZE FOR EVERYBODY.

ELSE'S STILL WAITING TO, UM, WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET EXPOSED TO A PROGRAM CALLED ICON AND ICON IS AN ATHLETIC MEAL PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY CAME ABOUT BY WAY OF US PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST RESPONDER BOWL GAME AT SMU STADIUM.

THAT NAME FIRST RESPONDABLE ACTUALLY KIND OF CAME WITH THE INVOLVEMENT OF GUNS AND HOSES IN, AND THE GUYS THAT WERE ACTUALLY, IT WAS CALLED THE HEART OF DALLAS BOWL.

BUT WHAT I CON WAS A COMPANY THAT A GENTLEMEN THAT USED TO PLAY WITH THE NHL SOLD HIS COMPANY AND BOUGHT INTO THIS.

HE FOUND OUT ABOUT OUR PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY WITH ALEX MENDOZA, WHO IS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE THE OLYMPIC RUN.

AND HE DEDICATED A THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH TO HIM FOR MEALS.

NOT ONLY DID HE DO THAT, HE IS HE LAST WEEK, HE PROVIDED ME WITH 600 PRE-PREPARED MEALS THAT ARE JUST TO BE THERE FOR THE KIDS.

AND SO NOT ONLY ARE WE PROVIDING THE MUCH NEEDED EDUCATION AND WE HAVE TO THINK OUR CHIEF FOR SO MUCH FOR PROVIDING THAT, BUT NOW I CAN, I CAN PROVIDE A MEAL TO THESE KIDS THAT I KNOW, AND I KNOW SOME OF THEIR BACKSTORIES DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE REAL NOURISHMENT.

AND SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING US TO GROW THIS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THAT WAS OUR LAST, UH, WE HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKERS FOR HOPE CLINIC, UH, MARK KING AND TANYA DOWNING.

NO PRESSURE MARK, BUT YOU GOT TO, YOU KNOW, YOU GOT TO FOLLOW THE, OH, I KNOW.

THANKS.

MY FRIEND, UH, HONORABLE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL, CITY STAFF.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF STANDING HERE AND THANKING YOU FOR THE GRANT THAT YOU'VE GIVEN US OVER THE MANY YEARS AND, UH, HOPEFULLY APPROVING THE GRANT THAT WE'VE APPLIED FOR.

UM, I JUST GOT TO SAY BEFORE I GET STARTED, HOW HONORED I AM TO STAND AMONGST ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SPOKE TONIGHT AND WHAT THIS GREAT COMMUNITY, HOW WE COME TOGETHER AND DO SO MANY GREAT THINGS.

SO TO ME THAT TOUCHES MY HEART MORE THAN ANYTHING, AND I HOPE IT DOES YOURS AS WELL.

UM, I'LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND INTRODUCTION, AND THEN I'M GOING TO INTRODUCE YOU TO, UM, UH, TANYA DARNING, WHO'S OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

AND SO SHE HAS A LOT MORE TO SAY THAN I HAVE, BUT AS AN INTRODUCTION, I'M MARK KING, THE CHAIRMAN OF HOPE CLINIC AND HOPE CLINIC IS A FREE CLINIC.

THE ONLY FREE CLINIC IN GARLAND SERVING, UM, PROVIDING MEDICAL CARE.

AND WHEN WE SAY MEDICAL CARE, IT IS A FULL HOLISTIC CARE FOR PATIENTS THAT COME IN THE DOOR.

WE GIVE THEM ALL THE CLINICAL CARE, BUT WE ALSO PROVIDE HEALTH.

I MEAN, A BEHAVIORAL HEALTH.

WE PROVIDE SPIRITUAL CARE.

WE PROVIDE A BREADTH OF UNDERSTANDING THE SITUATION SO THEY CAN NAVIGATE THEMSELVES TO HEALTH.

WE REALLY DO REACH OUT AND TOUCH THESE PEOPLE AND CHANGE THEIR LIVES.

WHAT HAPPENS IS IF WE ARE NOT THERE, THEY DON'T HAVE INSURANCE, THEY ARE LIVING IN POVERTY.

THEY DON'T HAVE A WAY TO GET ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE WITHOUT US.

IF THEY DON'T COME TO US, THEY END UP GOING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY PLACE THEY CAN GO.

AND IT'S TOO LATE BY THAT TIME.

SO OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE HELP TO THESE PEOPLE WHILE WE CAN.

AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOME THINGS ARE PRETTY SIMPLE, YOU KNOW, DEALING WITH DIABETES AND THINGS LIKE THAT CAN GET COMPLEX, BUT THE HOLISTIC CARE THAT WE PROVIDE IS SO IMPORTANT TO THIS COMMUNITY.

AND THE AMOUNT OF WE HAVE THREE DOCTORS WE'RE CERTIFIED TO ALL THE CERTIFICATIONS.

UH, IT'S AN INCREDIBLE CLINIC.

IF YOU COULD JUST TAKE TIME TO WALK THROUGH OUR CLINIC, YOU WOULD BE IMPRESSED OF THE OPERATIONS THAT WE PROVIDE.

SO WITH THAT, I'M NOT GONNA SPEAK.

AND I'M GOING TO LET TANYA TELL A STORY, MAYBE THANK YOU, MARK AND GOOD EVENING.

AND I JUST WANT TO SAY, UM, AS, UH, MARK MENTIONED, I AM THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR I'M HONORED AND BLESSED TO SERVE, UM, AT HOPE CLINIC.

AND