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I'D LIKE TO CALL

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THE

[Parks and Recreation Board Meeting on December 7, 2022]

DECEMBER 7TH, 2022 MEETING AND OF THE PARKS AND RECORD.

AND THAT'S DES SAYS DECEMBER 7TH.

AND, OH GOD, I'M LOOKING, WHAT AM I LOOKING AT HERE? IT IS DECEMBER 7TH.

IT IS DECEMBER 7TH.

OH MY GOSH.

MY WATCH HAS TO HARBOR DAY.

YEAH.

NO, I MEAN THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT GOT ME.

OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

LET WE START OVER AGAIN.

HELLO .

HELLO EVERYONE.

I'D LIKE TO CALL THE DECEMBER 7TH, 2022 MEETING OF THE GARLAND PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD TO MEETING.

I WANNA THANK EVERYONE FOR ATTENDANCE TODAY.

UH, NOTE THAT WE DO HAVE A QUORUM, UH, IN THIS MEETING.

SO LET'S GET STARTED.

AND THE FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF OUR NOVEMBER 2ND, UH, MEETING.

UH, EVERYBODY TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE, MAKE SURE THEY'RE CORRECT.

MAKE SURE YOUR NAME'S ON THERE IF YOU WERE HERE.

OKAY? THIS IS YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO DO THAT, MR. PARISH.

UH, I WAS JUST WONDERING YOU, SINCE WE'RE GETTING SEVERAL RECREATION SUPERVISOR REPORTS, IF WE OUGHT TO INDICATE WHICH, YOU KNOW, THAT IT WAS ERIC, WAS IT ERIC LAST MONTH? YES.

YEAH.

MM-HMM.

THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT BRADFIELD ON THE VERBAL BRIEFINGS.

UM, NO.

WELL, YES.

UNDER VERBAL BRIEFING.

MM-HMM.

.

OKAY.

YOU LIKE TO PUT THAT, THAT BE, UH, UNDER VERBAL BRIEFINGS.

RECREATION SUPERVISOR REPORT.

OKAY.

AND THAT WAS ERIC AND HE WAS WITH WHICH? BRAD BRADFIELD.

YES.

BRADFIELD.

YES.

THANK YOU MR. PARISH.

DULY NOTED AND DONE.

ANY OTHER, UH, CHANGES, ADDITION CONDITIONS, MODIFICATIONS, UH, TO THE MINUTES? HEARING NONE THE CHAIR WILL, UH, ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE.

MOTION TO APPROVE AS AMENDED.

OKAY, WELL SECOND.

I, OKAY, THERE YOU GO.

MOTION, UH, MADE BY, UH, MOLLY BISHOP AND SECONDED BY DAVID PERISH.

IS THERE ANY OTHER DISCUSSION ON THE MINUTES? C NONE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVORS SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL THOSE OPPOSED? LIKEWISE.

NOTE THAT THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY AND WE AN ITEM TWO, WE HAVE, UH, ITEMS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION.

UH, A IS CONSIDERED CANCELING OR RESCHEDULING THE JANUARY 4TH BOARD.

WE'RE GONNA GET THIS UP EARLY.

UH, JANUARY 4TH, 2023.

REGULAR PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MEETING.

UM, MR. HESSER, WOULD YOU WANNA FILL US IN ON WHAT I CAN HEAR? SURE.

UH, THE, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE TRADITIONALLY WILL PUT ON THE AGENDA THIS TIME OF YEAR.

UH, THE WAY THE, THE MEETING WOULD FALL.

UM, THE HOLIDAYS, UM, TYPICALLY ARE VERY STAFF LIGHT, SO WE MAY NOT HAVE STAFF TO PREPARE AN AGENDA THIS YEAR.

IT WOULD PUT US ON THE FOURTH.

STAFF IS OFF ON THAT MONDAY FOR, FOR NEW YEAR'S.

UM, AND THEN ALSO WE GET TWO DAYS OFF THE 26TH AND 27TH FOR CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT FALLS ON A SUNDAY.

SO PACKET PREP, UH, IS A CHALLENGE AND, AND THIS TIME OF YEAR THE AGENDAS TEND TO BE LIGHT ANYWAY, SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT, UH, THE BOARD WAS OKAY WITH.

OKAY.

AND WE ALSO HAVE THE, UH, OPTION OF, UH, MOVING THE DATE OF THE MEETING.

CORRECT.

AND, UM, UM, WHAT WOULD BE THE, WE'D HAVE TO FIND SPACE, RIGHT? CORRECT.

WE WOULD HAVE TO FIND A WEDNESDAY OR A THURSDAY.

I THINK THOSE ARE THE OPTIONS SET WERE GIVEN TO ME PREVIOUSLY IN THIS, IN THIS ROOM? YES.

OKAY.

WOULD THE, I START OFF WITH WEDNESDAY THE 11TH, BE AVAILABLE? THAT'D BE THE NEXT WEDNESDAY.

I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THAT'LL BE AVAILABLE, BUT I MOST DEFINITELY WILL CHECK IF COURT IS AVAILABLE.

OKAY.

UM, SO WHAT DO WE HAVE COMING UP THAT YOU WOULD LIKELY BE DISCUSSED AND REQUIRE ACTION IN JANUARY? THAT'S A QUESTION FOR YOU, MR. HESSER.

UH, MATT, DO WE HAVE, AS A RESULT OF THE URBAN FORESTRY CONVERSATION, IS THAT PLANNED FOR JANUARY OR IS THAT TONIGHT ONLY, BUT THAT WOULD, THAT WAS PLANNED FOR TONIGHT.

OKAY.

UNLESS THERE WAS ADDITIONAL, UM, QUESTIONS WE COULD BRING BACK.

THE OTHER THING WOULD BE THE ORDINANCE, BUT TO BE HONEST, I DON'T KNOW IF, BE READY DEPEND ON HOW THE MEETING GOES NEXT MONDAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

MOLLY, YOU HAD A COMMENT? DID I HEAR YOU SAY SOMETHING? UM, I'LL CIRCLE BACK IN A SECOND.

TRAIN OF THOUGHT.

SORRY, .

IT ONLY GETS WORSE.

.

SO THE OTHER THING WE HAD IN OUR SUGGESTED AGENDA ITEMS HAD DECEMBER BY IT.

UM, IS DONATION POLICY, IS THAT SOMETHING WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IN JANUARY? I DON'T KNOW THAT WE WOULD BE READY BY THEN.

THAT WAS SOMETHING WE COULD PROBABLY NO POINT IN.

YES, SIR.

WISHING THAT IF IT'S NOT

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RIGHT, READY TO, SO WAS KEITH PART OF THIS? YOUR MIC ON? YEAH, IT SAYS MIKE IF MIKE IS ON.

OKAY.

HI MIKE.

UM, I HAD TO TURN MINE OFF AND TURN IT BACK ON TO ACTUALLY GET IT TO WORK.

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE UP, MOLLY.

NOW IS, YEAH.

SO IT WORKS.

OKAY.

SO IT SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE SOME SORT OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS THAT HAPPEN BEFORE WE HAVE THE PART BOARD MEETING.

IS THERE ANY SORT OF THINGS ON THE FUTURE AGENDA THAT WILL REQUIRE A COMMITTEE MEETING THAT WE COULD DO THAT IN JANUARY AND, AND HAVE THE MEETING, THE COMMITTEE MEETING, THE MEETING AND KIND OF GET IT ADVANCED TOWARD COUNCIL RATHER THAN SOME OF THE USUAL TIMING DELAYS THAT WE HAVE? YEAH, SO WE DID TALK ABOUT, UH, FOLLOWING THAT FORMAT TO WHERE WE COULD DO, UM, SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS, UH, IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH AND THEN GIVE TIME TO STUDY IT AND RESEARCH IT AND SO FORTH.

I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING PLANNED FOR JAN FOR JANUARY, UH, JUST YET.

BUT I DO THINK THAT'S A GOOD WAY GOING FORWARD TO HANDLE THE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS, GIVE IT A A MONTH IN BETWEEN THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE ACTUAL FULL, FULL BOARD IF THAT'S SUITABLE FOR CHAIRMAN.

WHEN, WHEN DID WE ANTICIPATE STARTING THE C I P DISCUSSIONS FOR NEXT YEAR? THAT WAS LAST MONTH.

WELL, WE DID .

I JUST DIDN'T KNOW IF THERE WAS ANYTHING NEEDED TO COME TO US.

WELL, SO WE WOULD ONCE COUNSEL, UH, APPROVES, UH, OR EVEN PRELIMINARILY APPROVES THAT WE WOULD PRESENT AT THAT TIME.

I JUST DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'LL BE JANUARY EITHER.

IT'S, IT'S USUALLY FEBRUARY OR MARCH.

YEAH.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I MAKE A MOTION THAT WE, UNLESS WE HAVE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS, SO WE CANCEL THE, UH, JANUARY BOARD MEETING.

OKAY.

WE'LL SECOND THAT.

OKAY.

WE HAVE A MOTION.

SECOND, UH, I DO HAVE SOME DISCUSSION ON THAT AND BASICS BECAUSE, UH, I'VE FOLLOWED SUCH A WONDERFUL CHAIRMAN.

UH, I, I STILL FEEL LIKE I'M TRYING TO GET MY LEGS TOGETHER, UH, AND GET MY ARMS AROUND WHAT IT IS THAT WE, YOU AND I, WE CAN HAVE COFFEE AND YEAH, WE, WE CAN COME MEET FOR A FEW DAYS AND, AND I WAS, I WAS HOPING THAT, THAT WE COULD HAVE THE JANUARY MEETING SO THAT, AND NOT ON THE FOURTH, UH, HOPEFULLY MOVE IT TO THE 11TH SO THAT WE COULD, UM, UM, SO I COULD BEGIN TO WORK THROUGH WITH, UM, SOME MORE OF WHAT I'M GONNA TALK ABOUT LATER ON THIS EVENING ABOUT, UM, EXPECTATIONS TO THE BOARD.

UH, I'M FINE IF YOU, IF THE MAJORITY SAYS THEY WANT TO, UH, CANCEL THE JANUARY MEETING.

THAT WAS THE ONLY THING I HAD AND I WANTED TO SAY THAT YVONNE, MOST LIKELY, IF Y'ALL DO CHOOSE TO DO THAT, IT WON'T BE TILL THE THIRD WEEK OF JANUARY.

WHICH, SO THE 18TH, THE SECOND WEEK IS, UM, OTHER, OTHER PEOPLE HAVE MEETINGS HERE.

SO DO YOU SEE THEIR SPACE ON THE THIRD WEEK OF THE MONTH? OKAY.

SO WE'RE ALREADY, WE'RE ALREADY GETTING SO CLOSE TO THE NEXT MONTH AND RIGHT.

CAUSE THEN THAT'D BE THE 18TH.

FIRST WEDNESDAY IS, UM, FEBRUARY 1ST.

WEDNESDAY IS FEBRUARY 1ST, WHICH IS JUST TWO WEEKS AFTER THAT.

CORRECT.

OKAY.

WE HAVE A MOTION OF FLOOR ON THE SECOND.

DO WE HAVE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? ERIC? NONE.

AND CALL FOR THE VOTE.

ALL US IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

LIKEWISE.

MOTION, CARRIE UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, SECOND ITEM, ITEM B TWO B, CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE 2223 PROPOSED URBAN FORESTRY PLAN.

HAPPY.

THANK YOU.

UH, PARK BOARD MEMBERS, NOTHING TECHNOLOGY WISE IS WORKING TONIGHT.

SO, SO I'M JUST GONNA SPEAK UP SO, UM, YOU GUYS CAN ALL HEAR ME JUST FINE.

UM, AND I'M GLAD WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT.

CAUSE WE COULDN'T FIND THE REMOTE WAS IN THE OTHER ROOM.

SO, UM, WE HAD A CHANCE TO BRIEF THE URBAN FORESTRY, THE TREE BOARD, UH, BEFORE THIS.

UM, AND I'M GONNA KIND OF COMBINE, I'M GONNA DO THE LITTLE BIT OF THE VERBAL BRIEFING, WHICH IS THE URBAN FORESTRY PROGRAM REPORT AS PART OF THIS AND KIND OF KNOCK 'EM BOTH OUT, UM, SINCE THEY'RE TOGETHER SO THAT YOU GUYS CAN KIND OF SEE WHAT WE DID LAST YEAR IN TERMS OF URBAN FORESTRY, UH, IN TREE WORK WITHIN THE CITY OF GARLAND.

AND THEN, UM, KIND OF LAY OUT A PLAN.

UH, IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN YOU MAY BE USED TO, OF WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST IN TERMS OF, UH, THESE ARE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT WE'RE GONNA DO FOLLOWING THE NEXT INTO THE NEXT YEAR.

AND REALLY START TO LAY OUT A PROGRAM FOR WHAT URBAN FORESTRY COULD LOOK LIKE FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND MOVING FORWARD.

UM, AND THERE'S A BIG REASON WHY THAT I'LL GET TO AS WE

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START TO GO THROUGH THIS CUZ THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR, UM, QUITE A LOT OF MONEY THAT'S GONNA BE COMING DOWN THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE ABLE TO HELP SUPPORT SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS. SO I'M GONNA START WITH JUST SOME QUICK UPDATES FROM 2122.

UH, ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS I'M GONNA MAKE IS STARTING NEXT YEAR IS INSTEAD OF DOING A FISCAL YEAR REPORT, I'M GONNA DO IT BASED ON A CALENDAR YEAR.

UM, BECAUSE WE HOLD OUR ARBOR DAY IN NOVEMBER, WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY THE MONTH AFTER THE END OF OUR FISCAL YEAR.

SO WHAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY SEEING IS OUR ARBOR DAY FROM 2021.

SO IT'S KIND OF SEEMS LIKE IT'S A LITTLE BIT BEHIND .

SO NEXT YEAR WE'LL PROBABLY DO THIS IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY TIMEFRAME AND DO IT AS A A CALENDAR YEAR.

SO YOU'RE GETTING A LITTLE BIT MORE, UH, UP TO DATE OF, OF WHAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE BECAUSE WE'VE ALREADY HAD OUR ARBOR DAY FOR THIS YEAR, BUT YET IT'S NOT GONNA BE REPORTED UNTIL NEXT YEAR BASED ON HOW WE CURRENTLY DO IT.

SO WE DID HOLD OUR ARBOR DAY IN 2021, UH, TO GET US OUR 14TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS A TREE CITY USA.

WE PARTNERED WITH A NONPROFIT CALLED RETREAT KGV AND G P AND L, AND WE PLANTED 184 TREES IN, IN CENTRAL PARK AND THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS, UH, THAT WERE HIT BY THE 2019 TORNADO, WE HAD, OH, OVER 160 VOLUNTEERS THAT HELPED OUT ON THAT DAY.

IT WAS A FANTASTIC YEAH, FANTASTIC EVENT.

UH, WE'RE, WE BEGAN THE REVIEW, A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE CITY'S TREE PRESERVATION ORDINANCE THAT'S ONGOING, UH, THAT'S CURRENTLY AT COMMUNITY, UH, SERVICES COMMITTEE AT COUNCIL.

AND ONCE WE GET SOME FEEDBACK FROM THEM, WE'LL COME BACK AND GIVE AN UPDATE OF OF THOSE BEFORE IT GOES TO FULL COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL.

WE ALSO COMPLETED SOME MAJOR UPGRADES ON A LOT OF LANDSCAPING ACROSS TOWN.

I'LL SHOW YOU SOME PICTURES OF THOSE, THOSE HERE IN A MINUTE, INCLUDING, UM, THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, QUARTZ BUILDING CARVER CENTER, AND A LOT OF ENTRYWAY MEDIANS.

AND WE CLEAN AND WE CONTINUE TO WORK IN SOME OF OUR OVERGROWN FORESTED AREAS TO DO FORESTRY MULTRY ACTIVITIES TO BE ABLE TO CLEAN THOSE AREAS UP TO MAKE 'EM, UM, MORE VISIBLE, MORE USABLE, UM, SAFER, CLEANER.

UH, REMOVING INVASIVE SPECIES IS, IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, GOOD FOR THE ECOSYSTEM, BUT IT ALSO MAKES 'EM SAFER, UH, AND EASIER TO USE.

SO HERE'S JUST A COUPLE OF COOL PITCHERS.

YOU KNOW, WE HAD THE MAYOR OUT, THAT'S HIM HOLDING THE SHOVEL.

HE ACTUALLY GOT OUT AND GOT DIRTY, UH, WITH SOME OF OUR VOLUNTEERS PLANTING TREES AND, UH, PEOPLE'S FRONT YARDS.

AND AS I DRIVE AROUND THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, WE'VE HAD ABOUT 98% SURVIVAL RATE, WHICH IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD.

REALLY GOOD.

YOU KNOW, SO THAT MEANS THESE PEOPLE REALLY WANTED TO TAKE CARE OF THESE TREES AND THEY'RE DOING A REALLY GOOD JOB OF IT.

THIS SOME MORE TREE PLANTING PITCHERS.

WE PARTNERED WITH NEIGHBORHOOD VITALITY.

KEEP GARLAND BEAUTIFUL, WAS A GREAT EVENT.

UH, THIS IS SOME NEW LANDSCAPING THAT WE DID OUTSIDE THE CARVER HEALTH CENTER.

THIS WAS OVERGROWN OLD DEAD, LOOKED LIKE, JUST DIDN'T LOOK GOOD.

AND EVERY TIME IT RAINED, THE SIDEWALK GOT COVERED IN MUD.

SO WE HAVE TO GO CLEAN IT OFF.

UH, SO WE USED A LOT OF ROCK, UH, AS THIS MATURES AND FILLS IN, IT'LL LOOK REALLY GOOD.

HERE'S A COUPLE OF ENTRYWAY MEDIUM BEDS THAT WE'VE DONE.

THIS IS PART OF OUR CORE FOCUS AREAS THAT WE HAVE FOR THE CITY IS MAKING OUR ENTRYWAYS REALLY POP SO THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE ARRIVED IN GARLAND AND I THINK THEY'VE TURNED OUT REALLY, REALLY WELL.

WE WERE REALLY ABLE TO STRETCH THE MONEY, UH, THAT WE HAD FOR THIS TO MAKE A BIG IMPACT.

THE ROCK LOOKS REALLY SHARP AGAIN, AS SOME OF THAT PLANT MATERIAL FILLS IN, IT'LL EVEN FILL IN SOME OF THAT NEGATIVE SPACE AND LOOK EVEN BETTER.

I DID WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AND SHOW YOU A PICTURE IF YOU'RE NOT AWARE OF IT.

UM, IN THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE PLANTING WHERE THE TREE WELLS ARE GONNA GO, UH, WE, THEY USED A PRODUCT.

WE WERE ABLE TO USE A PRODUCT CALLED CIVIL CELLS.

AND CIVIL CELLS ARE A PRODUCT THAT ALLOW TREE ROOT GROWTH WITHOUT HAVING TO IMPEDE THE STRUCTURAL SUPPORT THAT IS NEEDED TO GET THE BULK DENSITY IN THE SOIL TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT TRAFFIC.

AND SO WHAT THESE ARE IS LITERALLY, THEY'RE LIKE GIANT LEGO BLOCKS.

AND SO THE PAVEMENT SITS ON TOP OF THESE BLOCKS AND THEN ALL OF THAT NEGATIVE SPACE IN THERE IS FILLED WITH SOIL.

AND THEN THESE OPEN SPOTS WHERE YOU CAN SEE HIM STANDING, THAT'S WHERE A TREE WILL EVENTUALLY GO.

AND SO THAT TREE WILL BE ABLE TO GROW IN BETWEEN THOSE LEGO BLOCKS AND GET THE NUTRIENTS IN THE WATER THAT IT NEEDS, AND THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GROW AND BE HEALTHY, HEALTHY TREES.

AND YOU WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANY TYPE OF IMPEDIMENT IN TERMS OF TERMS OF THEM BREAKING THE SIDEWALK IN THE FUTURE, UH, AND GROWING OUT AND HAVING ROOTS THAT BECOME TRIP HAZARDS AND THEY'RE CRACKING THE SIDEWALK AND THEY'RE DOING ALL OF THOSE KINDS OF THINGS THAT, THAT WHY WE DON'T WANT TO PLANT TREES IN, IN SMALL LITTLE TREE COFFINS.

AND SO THIS IS A FANTASTIC PRODUCT.

UM, THAT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF BEING ABLE TO, HOW, HOW YOU CAN GROW TREES IN A DOWNTOWN URBAN AREA AND BE ABLE TO GET THAT URBAN AREA AND TREES AND NOT HAVE

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THE CONFLICTS THAT YOU NORMALLY SEE.

SO THIS IS A REALLY COOL PRODUCT, SO WHEN YOU WALK DOWN ON THE SQUARE, YOU'LL KNOW WHAT'S UNDERNEATH IT.

UM, SO THAT'S KIND OF ONE OF OUR UPDATES WERE FROM THIS YEAR.

UH, HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU GUYS HAD FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S ACTIVITY BEFORE I REALLY KIND OF DIVE INTO WHAT THE PLAN IS MOVING FORWARD.

YES, SIR.

UM, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE PLANNING AREAS INTO THE, UM, ENTRANCES TO GARLAND MM-HMM.

.

AND, UM, WE, WE'VE STARTED TALKING ABOUT FRONT DOORS TO GARLAND.

UH, WE'RE GONNA DISCUSS THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE IN JUST A MINUTE HERE.

UH, WHERE, WHERE HAVE YOU DONE THESE PLANTINGS? WHERE ARE THESE AT? UH, SO THE ONE ON THE LEFT THAT'S AT APOLLO, THE ONE ON THE RIGHT IS, I THINK THAT'S CENTERVILLE COMING IN MIGHT BE WRONG.

NOJ, WHICH, UH, ON THE RIGHT.

I DON'T REMEMBER WHICH EXIT OFF OF LBJ.

THAT IS, THAT'S ALMOST LOOKS LIKE KINGSLEY.

IT COULD BE.

IT'S EITHER KINGSLEY OR CENTERVILLE OR GARLAND ROAD.

IT'S NOT, IT'S IT'S NOT CENTERVILLE THEN, UNLESS YOU DID IT YESTERDAY DAY.

.

IT WASN'T YESTERDAY.

UH, THAT WITH THAT, THAT LOOKS LIKE SHILOH OR, OH YEAH.

YOU KNOW WHAT, THAT'S A, UH, HOLIDAY AND EXPRESS OVER THERE.

THAT'S KINGSLEY THOUGH.

KINGSLEY, YEAH.

THAT'S A HOLIDAY IN EXPRESS.

THAT'S HOW I TAKE MY KID OVER TO, UH, SCHOOL.

SO APOLLO AND KINGSLEY.

SO WE, WE'VE GOTTEN TWO APOLLO AND KINGSLEY AND THAT, THAT'S TWO NEW ONES.

AND, UH, HOW MANY OTHER AREAS DO WE ALREADY HAVE PLANTINGS THAT, UH, DO OTHER ENTRANCES? UM, I DON'T HAVE THE FULL LIST OF ALL OF 'EM THAT WE DID, BUT I'D BE HAPPY TO PUT TOGETHER A LIST AND WE CAN SEND IT OUT TO YOU.

BUT WE DID OVER 20 BEDS, UH, THROUGHOUT THE CITY, UH, AND THROUGHOUT DIFFERENT ENTRYWAY.

OKAY.

I CAN GET TOGETHER A COMPREHENSIVE LIST TO SEND IT.

WHAT? HANG ON A SECOND, MOLLY.

I'LL BE RIGHT WITH YOU.

OKAY.

UM, WHAT I'D LIKE TO KNOW IS HOW MANY, HOW MANY FRONT DOORS DO WE HAVE TO GARLAND AND HOW MANY OF THEM HAVE WE BEEN ABLE TO, UH, BEGIN THE WORK ON, UH, WITH, WITH THE LANDSCAPING? OKAY.

SO I NEED, NEED BOTH THOSE NUMBERS TO BE IRRELEVANT TO WHERE I'D WE'D LIKE TO GO.

MOLLY, YOU HAD, I WAS GOING TO ASK A QUESTION ALONG THIS, THE SAME, UM, LINE AS WERE THESE NEW ONES THAT YOU, THAT YOU REDID IN ADDITION TO WHAT'S BEEN OUT THERE IN OUR, A LOT OF THESE WERE REDOS, RED REDOS OKAY.

AREAS THAT JUST THE HAD A LOT OF DEAD PLANT MATERIAL EITHER FROM THE FREEZE OR JUST LACK OF MAINTENANCE IRRIGATION HAD HAD BROKEN ON IT OR JUST WORN OUT AND OUT OF DATE.

AND SO A LOT OF THEM WERE, WERE UPGRADED OKAY.

TO, TO WHAT WAS THERE.

SO WE WEREN'T, WE DIDN'T DO ANY NEW BEDS.

WE WEREN'T REHABBING OLD EXISTING BEDS.

BUT I CAN DEFINITELY TELL YOU, AND I'LL, I'LL, I'LL GET A COMPREHENSIVE LIFT OF, OF EXACTLY WHICH ENTRYWAYS, HOW MANY OF THEM HAVE LANDSCAPE BEDS, HOW MANY WE WERE ABLE TO REDO, AND HOW MANY ARE LEFT TO STILL BE DONE FOR SURE.

UM, IS THIS PART OF YOUR STAFF THAT DOES THIS? SO THIS IS NOT CONTRACTED WORK.

UH, THIS WAS ALL CONTRACTED WORK.

THIS WAS THE MONEY THAT WE REQUESTED IN THE 2021, UH, BUDGET TO REPLACE A LOT OF PLANT MATERIAL THAT WAS LOST IN THE FREEZE OF 20 20 20 20 21.

WE LOST A LOT OF PLANT MATERIAL IN THAT FEBRUARY FREEZE.

AND SO WE ASKED FOR, FOR BUDGET TO BE ABLE TO REPLACE PLANT MATERIAL AND WE WERE ABLE TO STRETCH IT A LOT FURTHER THAN, UH, A LOT FURTHER THAN WE THOUGHT WE WERE GONNA BE ABLE TO.

SO THAT'S FANTASTIC.

ANYTHING ELSE, MOLLY? ANYTHING ELSE? MOLLY? UM, YOU CAN'T HEAR THE BEANS RATTLE? NO.

THANK YOU, .

THANK YOU.

I KNOW YOU WERE CONCENTRATING THERE.

UH, ANYONE ELSE OVER HERE? ANYONE ELSE? UM, DID, WERE YOU WANTING TO SAY SOMETHING, DAVE? OH, GO AHEAD.

IT'S NOT GELLING.

IT'S .

IT'S THAT KIND OF NIGHT GUYS.

NOT WELL.

OKAY.

DEPEND ON THE OLD GUY, HUH? OKAY.

MATT, I JUST WANNA SAY, UM, THANK YOU TO YOU GUYS FOR, FOR DOING THIS WAS OUT OF OUR, OUT OF OUR BOND ELECTION.

THERE WAS A, THERE WAS QUITE A BIT OF TALK ABOUT THE, THE FRONT DOORS TO GARLAND AND, UH, AND LA AND OUR LAST, UH, BOARD MEETING.

UM, WE HAD, UM, UH, MR. MOOREHEAD DOWN THERE, UH, BRINGING ON THE FACT OF MILLER ROAD AND IT BEING, IT BEING IN, UH, FRONT DOOR TO GARLAND AND ESPECIALLY WITH THE, THE WORK BEING DONE IN ETTE ALL AROUND 66 DEXON ROAD.

UM, THEY'RE COMING THROUGH MILLER ROAD WITH DIFFERENT, DIFFERENT THINGS.

THEY'RE DOING QUITE A BIT OF WORK.

AND, AND WE, WE'VE DONE, WE'VE DONE NOTHING SO FAR.

OKAY.

SO FAR.

AND PART OF THIS, PART OF THIS, SOMETHING THAT WE COULD DO WOULD JUST BE TO A, A

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GOOD SERIOUS CUTBACK OF, OF OVERGROWN, UM, LIMBS AND, AND, UM, HIGH WEEDS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT ARE, THAT ARE IN THE RIGHT OF WAY OR OUTSIDE THE RIGHT OF WAY, NEAR THE RIGHT OF WAY.

SO THAT WE HAD A, WE HAD A FAIRLY GOOD ENTRANCE.

AND THEN, AND THEN WITH THIS, UH, WE JUST GOT A BIG, UH, SHOT IN THE ARM FOR THAT, UM, FOR THAT FRONT DOOR OF THE GARLAND LAST NIGHT AT THE COUNCIL MEETING, UH, WITH THE, THE APARTMENT COMPLEX THAT'S, UH, GONNA BE COMING IN ON MILLER ROAD AND WITH A LITTLE BIT OF FACING ON THE CENTERVILLE ROAD.

THEIR BIG FACING WAS ON MILLER ROAD.

AND, UM, IN LOOKING AT THEIR PLANS, UH, THEY HAD, THEY HAD A PARKING LINE ALL THE WAY ALONG THAT AREA, WHICH WOULD'VE BEEN 50 CARS OR SOMETHING LIKE, LIKE THAT, THAT YOU WOULD'VE SEEN THE REAR ENDS OF AS YOU'D BEEN COMING DOWN THE STREET.

AND THEY WERE ORIGINALLY GOING TO PUT JUST PLANTS AND, AND, UM, OR ROD ARM FENCING IN THERE.

AND AFTER SOME DISCUSSIONS WITH SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE KIND ENOUGH TO TALK TO 'EM AND, UH, ASK 'EM IF THEY JUST WOULDN'T CONSIDER DOING THAT WITH A MASONRY WALL SO THAT THE PEOPLE OVER THERE IN THE AREA WOULD BE A LOT HAPPIER AND A LOT MORE, UM, ACCEPTABLE TO THEIR PROGRAM.

UH, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOT REQUIRED BY, UH, THE CITY, THEY DECIDED YES TO PUT IN A MASONRY WALL.

SO WE, WE, WE STARTED THE DECORATION.

THANK YOU DAVID, UH, FOR GETTING THIS, THINKING ABOUT THAT, UH, AT THE LAST MEETING.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO, WE'RE TRYING TO MOVE AS INDIVIDUALS AS LIKE, WE'RE DOING THIS IN THE CITY.

SO, OKAY.

THAT'S ENOUGH OF ALL THAT.

KEEP GOING.

OH, I'M SORRY.

CAN YOU THANK YOU.

UM, I HAVE A QUESTION.

I LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

THE CITY IS LOOKING REALLY BEAUTIFUL, BUT I WONDER, UH, SINCE IT WAS DONE BY CONTRACTORS, SO WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT DOING TO KEEP THEM, TO MAINTAIN THEM? IF SOMETHING BREAKS OR SOMETHING IS NOT LOOKING THAT PRETTY ANYMORE, UH, DO WE HAVE A PLAN TO ROLL AFTER AND FIX IT AND KEEP IT AS PRETTY AS IS RIGHT NOW? YES.

AND SO, UH, A HANDFUL OF THESE BAGS ARE, ARE ON OUR, OUR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH THE CONTRACTOR.

WE DO ALL OF OUR OWN IN-HOUSE IRRIGATION INSPECTIONS.

SO OUR LAND, OUR MEETINGS AND RIGHT, RIGHT AWAY CREWS DO THE LANDSCAPE OR DO THE IRRIGATION INSPECTIONS.

UM, SOME WE DO, UH, MAINTAIN IN-HOUSE.

UH, JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA, WE HAVE 11 ACRES OF LANDSCAPE BEDS IN THE CITY OF GARLAND.

WE HAVE ONE U COUNT ALL OF OUR ENTRYWAYS FOREST LANE IN FRONT OF ALL OF OUR PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

UM, OTHER RIGHT OF WAY AREAS THAT WE HAVE AGREEMENTS WITH, UM, HOAS AND OTHER, OTHER GROUPS THAT HAVE BEEN SIGNED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.

IT TOTALS OUT TO 11 ACRES.

UM, I WOULD SAY A LITTLE UNDER HALF IS, IS ON CONTRACT AND THEN WE MAINTAIN THE OTHER HALF.

UM, I WILL SAY THAT SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN CLAWING BACK ON AND WILL CONTINUE TO ADD INTO FUTURE BUDGETS IS REPLACEMENT PLANT MATERIAL.

UH, WE HAVE REALLY KICKED BACK UP AND RAMPED UP OUR, OUR GREENHOUSE PROGRAM.

AND WHEN WE PLANT A NEW, UH, A NEW BED LIKE THIS, UH, JR LANDSCAPE SUPERVISOR STARTS TO GET SMALLER PLANT MATERIAL THAT WE'VE STARTED TO GROW OUT.

SO IF WE LOSE PLANT MATERIAL THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, WE'RE ABLE TO VERY QUICKLY GO IN AND REPLACE IT.

UM, BUT YOU CAN IMAGINE WITH 11 ACRES OF, OF LANDSCAPE BEDS, OUR PLANT REPLACEMENT BUDGET IS ABOUT $9,000.

SO THAT DOESN'T GO A LONG WAYS.

AND SO WE'RE, WE TRY TO BE VERY, VERY, UH, CAREFUL IN HOW WE PLANT, WE PLANT IN MASS GROUPINGS.

WE, WE ARE VERY SELECTIVE IN THE PLANT, PLANT MATERIAL THAT WE, WE USE.

SO IF YOU LOSE ONE, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THERE'S A BIG HOLE IN IT.

SO IF YOU HAVE TOO MANY OF DIFFERENT KINDS IN THERE AND YOU LOSE ONE, THEN IT LOOKS LIKE A HOLE WHERE YOU TRY TO USE DIFFERENT LANDSCAPE TECHNIQUES WHERE IF YOU PLANT 'EM IN IN GROUPS AND THEY'RE SAME, YOU LOSE ONE.

SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T ALWAYS LOOK AS BAD.

UM, BUT WE ARE FINDING WAYS TO BE CREATIVE AND REALLY USE THE GREENHOUSE AND GET IT BACK UP OPERATIONAL SO THAT WE CAN AGAIN STRETCH THAT, THAT, UH, UM, PLANT REPLACEMENT BUDGET AS FAR AS WE CAN.

BUT YES, THESE ARE ACTIVELY, UH, MANAGED AND MAINTAINED.

UM, AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE PUT, WE ALREADY HAVE ALL OF OUR PRE-EMERGE OUT IN OUR BEDS THAT WAS DONE RIGHT NOW.

THEY'RE ACTIVELY RE MULCHING ALL OF THE BEDS.

THAT'S WHAT WE DO IN THE WINTERTIME IS RE MULCH ALL OF THE BEDS.

AND THEN IN THE SPRINGTIME IT'LL BE, UH, PRE ER, POST EMERGENT AND WEEDING AND LOOKING TO SEE WHAT DIDN'T COME OUT FROM THE WINTER AND REPLACING THAT PLANT MATERIAL.

UH, AND THEN MANAGING THEMS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, CHECKING IRRIGATION, UH, AND MAKING SURE THAT THOSE THINGS ARE STAYING ACTIVE AND THEN REPAIRS AS NEEDED.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

.

NICE.

SO I WILL GET YOU THOSE NUMBERS AND, AND WE'LL GET 'EM TO YVONNE AND SHE CAN SEND 'EM OUT TO THE, THE, THE BOARD AND THAT.

IT GOT IT.

THAT WAS IT.

MORE QUESTIONS.

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HALFWAY THERE.

WE'RE HALFWAY THERE.

HALFWAY THERE.

UM, SO WHERE I WANTED TO KIND OF TAKE YOU IS, YOU KNOW, IN THE PAST YOU GUYS ARE PROBABLY USED TO, HEY, WE'RE GONNA TRY TO PLANT X NUMBER OF TREES.

UH, WE'RE GONNA DO AN OROROR DAY AND WE'RE GONNA DO SOME THINGS.

AND, AND WE HAVE A GREAT ASSET IN THIS CITY.

UH, WE HAVE A LOT OF OLD MATURE TREES.

WE HAVE A LOT OF AREAS THAT WERE, WERE DONATED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS FROM FAMILIES.

SO WE HAVE LOTS OF LIKE SPRING CREEK FOREST AND IN THE AREA AROUND ETTE CREEK WHERE THE, THE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS ARE, UH, EVEN PARKS LIKE AUDUBON THAT, THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, HAVE WERE DONATED YEARS AND YEARS AGO THAT JUST HAVE REALLY GREAT BIG TREES.

THERE'S, THERE'S PARKS DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE THAT WOULD DIE TO HAVE TREES LIKE THAT, BUT WE HAVEN'T ACTIVELY MANAGED THEM.

UH, WE'VE KIND OF BEEN REACTIONARY TO TOWARDS THOSE REMOVING TREES AS THEY GO DOWN.

UH, DIDN'T REALLY HAVE A PLAN TO REPLACE THEM, WE JUST KIND OF WERE BEING REACTIONARY.

AND SO WHAT REALLY WANT US, US TO START DOING IS MOVING TOWARDS A TRUE URBAN FORESTRY PROGRAM.

UM, THESE ARE A COUPLE OF PLANS THAT THAT MEASURE WHAT YOU HAVE.

AND THEN KIND OF, UH, AN URBAN FORESTRY MASTER PLAN, WHICH THEN TELLS YOU WHERE TO GO.

I'M GONNA PASS THIS ONE AROUND.

THIS IS ONE THAT WE DID IN DENTON, SO THAT YOU GUYS CAN KIND OF LOOK AT THAT WHILE I'M GOING THROUGH THIS.

THANK YOU, SIR.

BUT I ALSO WANT TO START WITH A LITTLE BIT OF, OF EDUCATION.

SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT AN URBAN FORESTRY PLAN, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? FIRST THING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS WHAT YOU HAVE.

WE'VE NEVER HAD A TRUE, UH, INVENTORY OR CANOPY COVER ANALYSIS DONE FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND.

SO THE FIRST PART NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WE HAVE.

THEN ONCE YOU HAVE THAT DATA, THEN YOU CAN DETERMINE WHERE YOU WANT TO GO AND THEN HOW TO MANAGE THAT.

IT HELPS YOU SET BUDGETS, IT HELPS YOU SET, UH, THE RESOURCES THAT YOU'RE GONNA NEED TO MANAGE THOSE.

THAT CANOPY.

YOU SET THOSE GOALS, YOU IMPLEMENT THOSE GOALS, AND THEN YOU TRACK IT AND THEN YOU COME BACK AND REANALYZE WHAT YOU HAVE.

SO THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THAT PROCESS IS.

YOU ASSESS, YOU PLAN, YOU IMPLEMENT, YOU MONITOR, AND THEN YOU ASSESS AGAIN, WE HAVE TO START AT THE TOP.

WE NEED TO START AT AN ASSESSMENT.

WHY DO WE WANT TO DO THIS? AND TREES HAVE VALUE.

TREES HAVE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF VALUE JUST BEYOND THE AESTHETICS THAT THEY BRING.

THEY HAVE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT VALUE, THEY HAVE HEALTH VALUE, THEY HAVE, UM, COOLING EFFECT IN TERMS OF THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND.

THEY HAVE BIODIVERSITY.

THEY OBVIOUSLY CLEAN OUR AIR BY REDUCING CARBON DIOXIDE THAT'S OUT OF THE AIR.

SO THE AMOUNT OF, AND THAT ALL HAS A VALUE TO IT.

THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF RESEARCH WITHIN URBAN FORESTRY OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS WHERE THEY'RE ACTUALLY ABLE TO PUT A DOLLAR VALUE TO WHAT ALL OF THOSE BENEFITS ARE.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT IS FOR GARLAND, WHAT ARE OUR TREES IN GARLAND DOING FOR US? AND WHAT IS THAT VALUE TREES HAVE AN AC THERE'S A, A DILEMMA, I DON'T THINK I HAVE TO TELL YOU GUYS.

THIS ALSO LEADS INTO PARKS.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE WHAT CALL A NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER THAT'S OUT THERE.

IF YOU'VE EVER, UH, READ THAT BOOK WHERE THERE'S A LOT OF STATS THAT ARE OUT THERE NOW WHERE ESPECIALLY CHILDREN DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO NATURE OR DON'T HAVE OR AREN'T GETTING ACCESS TO NATURE.

AND IT'S LED TO THINGS LIKE INCREASED ANXIETY.

IT'S LED TO THINGS LIKE OBESITY, HEALTH ISSUES, BECAUSE KIDS AREN'T GETTING OUTSIDE, THEY'RE NOT PARTAKING IN NATURE.

UM, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF IN THIS, IN THIS CITY.

AND WE NEED TO GET PEOPLE CONNECTED TO IT.

AND HAVING A GOOD URBAN FORESTRY PLAN CONNECTED WITH A, A GREAT PARKS MASTER PLAN CAN HELP TO PULL THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS AND OUT OF THOSE SCHOOLS INTO OUR PARKS AND INTO THIS NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS.

UM, AND YOU'VE SEEN THIS NATURE POOR ENVIRONMENT.

THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF RESEARCH THAT'S BEEN DONE ON THIS, UM, THAT'S SHOWN AN INCREASE IN ANXIETY.

AND THIS IS NOT JUST IN CHILDREN, BUT THIS IS IN ADULTS AS WELL.

DEPRESSION, MENTAL ILLNESS, UM, EVEN UPPER RESPIRATORY, I INFECT INFECTIONS AND THIS ALL HAS A DOLLAR VALUE ASSOCIATED WITH IT.

WE SPEND MORE ON THIS COUNTRY ON HEALTHCARE RELATED ISSUES THAN WE DO ON OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE.

OUR ACTUAL, WHAT WE SPEND ON AVERAGE IS ABOUT $8,500.

$8,500 PER PERSON IS WHAT THEY SPEND ON THEIR HEALTHCARE EACH YEAR.

AND WE SPEND MORE IN 2022 IN THE UNITED STATES ON HEALTHCARE RELATED ISSUES THAN WE, AGAIN, THAN WE DID IN NATIONAL DEFENSE.

THINK ABOUT THAT.

AND ON AVERAGE, WE SPEND IN PARKS $83 PER PERSON.

AND I DID A QUICK RUN OF THE NUMBERS OF WHAT WE DID HERE.

AND IF YOU TAKE OUR ENTIRE BUDGET AGAINST OUR POPULATION, WE'RE AT ABOUT $54 PER PERSON IS WHAT WE INVEST INTO OUR PARKS AND RECREATION.

SO YOU CAN SEE EVEN IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL, OF THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE A LITTLE BIT, WE'RE A LITTLE BIT BEHIND.

IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE PARK SYSTEMS THAT ARE OUT THERE, THAT TO YOUR MIND, TO SOME OF THE BEST

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ONES, UM, IN THE NATION, MINNEAPOLIS, CHICAGO, SOME OF THOSE AREAS THAT YOU THINK OF IN BIG PARKS, THOSE ARE UPWARDS OF 120 TO 130 EVEN MORE DOLLARS THAT THEY SPEND PER PERSON.

UM, YOU CAN, YOU CAN TELL THOSE, YOU CAN TELL THOSE DIFFERENCES PRETTY QUICK.

BUT WE DO A LOT WITH WHAT WE HAVE AND WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS REALLY HAVE A GOOD PLAN.

CAUSE IF YOU HAVE A GOOD PLAN, THEN YOU CAN IMPLEMENT THAT PLAN AND THEN THAT ALLOWS YOU TO SHOW WHAT THAT ASSET IS SO THAT THEN YOU CAN ARTICULATE WHY YOU NEED ADDITIONAL, UH, BUDGET DOLLARS AND, AND RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE IT THE WAY THAT IT NEEDS TO BE MANAGED.

UM, AND, AND AGAIN, WHEN IT GOES BACK AND YOU ACTUALLY START PUTTING THE NUMBERS TO IT, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF RESEARCH THAT SHOWS THAT GETTING PEOPLE OUTSIDE HELPS TO, UM, REDUCE MENTAL ILLNESS, REDUCE STRESS, REDUCE UH, COHESION AND RESILIENCY.

UH, AND THAT ACTUALLY HAS HUGE DOLLAR VALUES TO IT.

ONE STUDY THAT WAS DONE BY KATHY WOLF SHOWED THAT PEOPLE THAT SPENT MORE TIME OUTSIDE, UH, IN JUST IN THE REDUCTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES HAD A PAYBACK OF 1.2 BILLION NATIONALLY.

SO THERE'S REAL DOLLARS.

PEOPLE BEING OUTSIDE IN FORESTED AREAS, IN NATURAL AREAS HAVE REAL HEALTH BENEFITS.

AND THOSE HEALTH BENEFITS TIED DIRECTLY BACK TO DOLLARS IF YOURS HEALTHIER.

IF YOU'RE OUTSIDE MORE, YOU'RE EXERCISING MORE, YOU'RE SPENDING LESS TIME AT THE DOCTORS, LESS TIME ON MEDICATION, AND THAT ACTUALLY HAS DOLLAR SAVINGS, UM, DOWN THE LINE.

PLUS WE'RE JUST, UM, PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER , THEN YOU CAN'T TAKE THAT MENTAL PIECE OF IT.

AND THERE'S A LOT OF GREAT RESEARCH OUT THERE THAT I COULD GO INTO AND REALLY IN DEPTH.

UM, THERE'S A WHOLE SCIENCE BEHIND IT NOW THAT'S CALLED BIOPHILIC EFFECT.

BIOPHILIC EFFECT IS HOW NATURE AFFECTS OUR HEALTH.

AND THERE'S A TON OF RESEARCH BEHIND IT.

SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS PART OF PHASE ONE AND ALL THESE PHASES ARE KIND OF, KIND OF HAPPEN TOGETHER.

BUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO FIRST IS WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WHAT WE HAVE.

AND SO WHAT I'M PROPOSING IS THAT WE WOULD START WITH, WE NEED TO INVENTORY ALL OF THE TREES.

WE'D LIKE TO DO A HUNDRED PERCENT INVENTORY OF ALL OF OUR TREES IN OUR PARKS AND OUR MEDIANS.

THESE ARE THE TREES THAT WE ACTIVELY MANAGE.

AND SO I NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY TREES WE HAVE, WHAT CONDITION THEY'RE IN, HOW MUCH PRUNING THEY NEED, HOW MANY OF THEM NEED TO COME DOWN, ALL OF THAT.

SO THAT THEN I CAN START TO PLAN EFFECTIVELY ON HOW WE'RE GONNA MANAGE THOSE.

UM, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE, AND THAT, THAT ALSO BY INVENTORYING THOSE TREES, WE'LL BE ABLE TO SAY, OKAY, WE HAVE OUR CANOPY, OUR OUR TRUE SPECIES POPULATION IS MADE UP BY X PERCENTAGE OF THIS SPECIES VERSUS THIS SPECIES VERSUS THIS SPECIES.

WHICH THEN ALSO HELPS US TO BE ABLE TO PLAN FOR FUTURE PLANTINGS SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE WE HAVE SPECIES DIVERSITY.

UH, WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T HAVE MORE THAN WHAT WE NEED IN ONE PARTICULAR AREA.

THIS WILL ALSO HELP GAUGE US ON HOW MANY POTENTIAL PLANTING LOCATIONS WE HAVE.

SO THEN WE CAN START TO ACTIVELY PLAN FOR FUTURE PLANTINGS.

AND THEN WE'LL KNOW WHAT THOSE TREES ARE DOING FOR US.

HOW MUCH WORK ARE THEY ACTUALLY DOING FOR US, AND WHAT IS THAT VALUE IN TERMS OF THOSE ECOSYSTEM SERVICE BENEFITS.

WE ALSO CAN GET A REPLACEMENT VALUE.

AND THAT REPLACEMENT VALUE IS, IS IF WE HAD LOST ALL OF THOSE TREES AT ONE TIME, WHAT WOULD IT COST TO REPLACE THOSE TREES? AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE REALLY, REALLY BIG.

THOSE CAN ALSO BE BE USED FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES.

SO LET'S SAY WE HAVE A TREE THAT'S HIT BY A CAR AND A MEDIAN, OR WE HAVE SOMEBODY VANDALIZE A TREE IN A PARK AND IT DIES, THEN WE HAVE AN ASSESSMENT THAT WE CAN DO ON THAT TREE.

SO WE CAN CHARGE THAT BACK TO AN INSURANCE COMPANY, UM, IF WE'RE ABLE TO DO THAT.

SO WE NEED TO INVENTORY THOUGH.

SO THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST STEP.

SECOND, AND, AND THE KIND OF THE REAL AND WHAT ABOUT TREES IN, IN NEIGHBORHOODS? YOU KNOW, I MEAN, I KNOW THEY'RE NOT UNDER OUR PURVIEW, BUT THEY DO COUNT TOWARDS THE RIGHT CANOPY OF THE UH, EXACTLY RIGHT.

SO HOW YOU CAPTURE THOSE IS WE WOULD DO, AT THE SAME TIME AS WE'RE INVENTORYING THOSE TREES, WE DO WHAT'S CALLED THE UTC OR AN URBAN TREE CANOPY COVER STUDY.

AND THAT'S USING AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND REMOTE SENSING TO MEASURE WHAT'S TREE CANOPY VERSUS WHAT'S GRASS, WHAT'S IMPERVIOUS SURFACE, WHAT'S HOUSES AND BUILDINGS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND ACTUALLY GET TO WHAT OUR TREE CANOPY COVER IS FROM THERE, THEN WE CAN ALSO START TO BREAK THAT DOWN INTO THINGS LIKE SOCIOECONOMIC AREAS INTO POPULATION CENTERS, INTO, UM, URBAN HEAT ISLANDS INTO COUNCIL DISTRICTS.

YOU CAN THEN START TO SHOW WHERE IS OUR TREE CANOPY COVER? WHAT DOES THAT TREE CANOPY COVER CONSIST OF? WHERE CAN WE GROW IT? WHERE DO WE NEED TO GROW IT? WHERE DO WE HAVE ENOUGH TREES? AND THEN WHAT YOU DO IS YOU MEASURE THAT FIRST, AND THEN WHAT YOU CAN DO OVER TIME IS IN FIVE, 10 YEARS YOU DO IT AGAIN.

AND THEN YOU CAN START TO SEE WHERE THAT CHANGES.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THE SLIDE ON THE BOTTOM SHOWS IS.

YOU CAN SHOW HOW YOUR CANOPY COVER CHANGES OVER TIME IF IT GROWS OR IF IT SHRINKS, SHRINKS IN CERTAIN AREAS, WHY DID IT SHRINK IN THAT AREA? IF IT GREW IN OTHER AREAS, WHY DID IT GROW? BUT

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ALSO THEN ALLOWS YOU TO, TO, UH, TO BE ABLE TO PROVE OUT IF YOU HAVE A ROBUST TREE PLANTING PLAN, WHICH IS THE NEXT STEP OF HOW THAT'S WORKING, HOW THAT INVESTMENT IN TREE PLANTING IS ACTUALLY SHOWING A GROWTH IN, IN YOUR OVERALL TREE CANOPY COVER.

AND AGAIN, WHAT THAT VALUE VALUE IS.

AND THE COOL THING ABOUT THIS, SINCE IT IS ALL GIS, ANY OF THE GIS DATA THAT WE HAVE, WHICH, AND WE HAVE A LOT OF REALLY GREAT GIS DATA FROM THE PARKS MASTER PLAN THAT WE COULD THEN OVERLAY WITH THAT AND THEN BE ABLE TO SHOW CORRELATION BETWEEN CERTAIN HEALTH FACTORS, CERTAIN SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS AND TREE CANOPY COVER.

AND THEN YOU CAN DO, WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO GROW OUT MODELS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO THEN SAY WHAT THOSE VALUES ARE AND IT REALLY ALLOWS US TO BE ABLE TO START TO, TO GROW OUR URBAN FOREST.

SO PART OF THIS PHASE ONE IS TO MAP OUR URBAN FOREST, DETERMINE WHAT THAT TREE CANOPY COVER IS SET A GOAL FOR WHERE WE WANT OUR TREE CANOPY COVER TO BE DETERMINE HOW MANY TREES WE NEED TO PLANT, NOT JUST ON PRIVATE PROPERTY BUT WITH OTHER PARTNERS TO, TO GET TREES INTO OUR, UM, NOT, EXCUSE ME, NOT JUST ON PUBLIC PROPERTY, BUT TO WORK WITH OTHER PARTNERS TO PLANT TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AS WELL.

TO REACH THAT GOAL, DETERMINE WHAT THAT TREE'S VALUE IS, UM, AND THEN USE THAT TO ESSENTIALLY WRITE A REPORT THAT'S SIMILAR TO THE ONE THAT I'M PASSING AROUND YOU GUYS, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY A STATE OF WHAT OUR URBAN FOREST IS.

SO THAT'S GOAL ONE.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I KIND OF WANT TO GET GOING HERE PRETTY QUICKLY.

PHASE TWO IS TO DEVELOP A VERY ROBUST TREE PLANTING PROGRAM TO, ONCE WE KNOW WHERE WE CAN PLANT TREES AND WHERE THE BEST PLACE IS TO PLANT TREES.

CUZ WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH, WE'RE NEVER GONNA BE HAVING ENOUGH RESOURCES TO PLANT ALL THE TREES THAT WE WANT TO.

SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TREES THAT WE DO PLANT, THAT WE'RE PLANTING THEM IN THE BEST POSSIBLE LOCATION TO MEET THE, THE GOALS OF THE CITY.

SO THAT IS TO ALONG, UH, MAJOR THOROUGHFARES TO HELP WITH CO2 REDUCTION TO PLANT IN AREAS WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF IMPERVIOUS SURFACE THAT MIGHT BE AN URBAN HEAT ISLAND TO CREATE CREAM CORRIDORS FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD TO A PARK.

SO PEOPLE HAVE A SHADED WALK TO GET FROM THEIR, GET FROM THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD TO A PARK WHERE MAYBE THEY DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE A SHADED AREA.

DEVELOP PARTNERS, UM, LOOK FOR SPONSORS AND ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO LEVERAGE CITY DOLLARS AND MARKET AND, UM, PRODUCE MARKETING AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS TO ACTUALLY HAVE A ROBUST TREE PLANTING PROGRAM THAT IS BASED OFF OF A PLAN THAT IS BASED OFF REAL NUMBERS.

AND WHY IS THIS KIND OF AN URGENCY RIGHT NOW AND WHY DID I KIND OF CHOOSE TO MOVE THIS FORWARD A, A A LITTLE BIT QUICKER THAN WHAT MAYBE WE NORMALLY WOULD DO? UM, IS YOU PROBABLY, IF YOU'VE, YOU'VE WATCHED WHAT'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON, THE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT THAT WAS PASSED BY, UM, CONGRESS AND THE HOUSE AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT IS A VERY LARGE BILL THAT WENT OUT THAT IS GONNA ADDRESS A LOT OF DIFFERENT ISSUES.

BUT ONE OF THE MAIN ISSUES OF THAT BILL WAS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE.

AND ONE OF THE WAYS THAT THEY'RE GONNA DO THAT IS THEY'RE INVESTING MORE MONEY IN URBAN FORESTRY THAN HAS EVER BEEN INVESTED IN URBAN FORESTRY IN, IN OUR COUNTRY.

TO THE TUNE OF 1.5 BILLION THAT IS GONNA BE PUT OUT THROUGH THE US FOREST SERVICE DOWN TO THE STATE AGENCIES AND THEN GRANTED OUT TO COMMUNITIES THAT IS A, AND THAT MONEY IS GONNA BE EARMARKED FOR PLANTING TREES.

IT'S NOT EARMARKED TO DO STUDIES.

IT'S NOT EARMARKED TO DO MAINTENANCE BECAUSE THIS HAS A CLIMATE CHANGE PIECE TO IT.

I KIND OF LOOK AT IT AS I'M A REALIST WHEN IT COMES TO FORESTRY AND YOU CAN NEVER PLANT ENOUGH TREES TO AFFECT CLIMATE CHANGE.

WELL THE FED SAID WE'RE DARN WELL GONNA TRY BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS IS, IS IT'S GOT A LOT OF STUFF IN US FOREST LAND TO REMOVE.

IT'S GOT A LOT OF, A LOT OF MONEY'S GONNA GO TO THE EPA TO DO FOREST RESTORATION.

THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY GOING INTO REDUC, UH, FUEL REDUCTION FOR FOREST FIRES.

THIS COVERS A HUGE GAMBIT OF, OF, OF, OF THINGS.

BUT THE FACT THAT THERE'S ONE AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS GOING TOWARDS TREE PLANTING AND THE GOAL IS GONNA PLANT IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS AND, UH, LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC AREAS THAT MIGHT NOT HAVE HIGH TREE CANOPY COVER IN THOSE AREAS, WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO THOSE AREAS THAT WOULD TEND TO HAVE MORE OBESITY, MORE ASTHMA RATES, MORE THINGS LIKE THAT.

LIKE PLANTING TREES CAN HELP WITH THOSE TYPES OF HEALTH FACTORS.

AND IF WE CAN BE READY WITH A PLAN OF HOW WE CAN SPEND THAT MONEY AND ACTUALLY TRACK IT AND SHOW THE RESULTS OF IT, THAT'S GONNA PUT US ON THE FRONT EDGE TO BE ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON AS MUCH OF THIS MONEY AS WE CAN POSSIBLY GET.

THIS MONEY IS GONNA BE SPENT OVER 10 YEARS, SO THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT'S A LONG TIME.

THEY'RE GONNA MOVE QUICK ON IT.

UH, PROBABLY THE FIRST ROUND OF FUNDING WILL START, I WOULD ANTICIPATE PROBABLY END OF NEXT YEAR, FIRST PART OF, OF 2024.

IT TAKES, IT TAKES THE FEDS A LONG TIME TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY'RE GONNA PUT THAT MUCH MONEY OUT THAT QUICK.

UM, BUT WHEN IT STARTS COMING DOWN, IT'S GONNA COME DOWN QUICK AND THERE'S GONNA BE

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A LOT OF MONEY TO DO IT.

AND SO BY US GETTING SET UP NOW AND TAKING THE NEXT YEAR TO REALLY GET A ROBUST PLAN PUT TOGETHER WILL ALLOW US TO NOT JUST PARTNER WITH GROUPS LIKE THE TEXAS FOREST SERVICE, BUT THE US FOREST SERVICE, THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION, UH, NATURE CONSERVANCY, THEY'RE ALL GONNA GET HUGE CHUNKS OF MONEY.

ALL OF THAT MONEY IS GONNA BE FOR PLANTING TREES AND THEY'RE GONNA GO TO CITIES THAT ARE READY, SHOVEL READY TO GET LARGE NUMBER OF TREES IN THE GROUND QUICKLY.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE END TO BE ABLE THEN TO TRACK IT AND TO BE ABLE TO SHOW WHAT THOSE RESULTS ARE GONNA BE.

AND SO THIS IS WHY I'VE KIND OF CHOSEN DONE THIS PLAN TO TRY TO MOVE THIS FORWARD QUICKER.

UM, HOPEFULLY, UH, USING SOME, MAYBE SOME MONEY OUT OF THE TREE MITIGATION FUND TO HELP PAY FOR SOME OF THESE INITIAL STUDIES SO THAT WE CAN BE READY TO GO.

NOW YOU DO, YOU PLANT ALL OF THESE TREES, YOU PLAN FOR THIS, YOU'RE GONNA DO ALL THIS GROWTH, YOU'RE GONNA SHOW THE BENEFITS.

THERE IS MAINTENANCE THAT COMES WITH TREES A HUNDRED PERCENT AND YOU NEED TO PLAN FOR THAT.

SO THAT'S GONNA BE PHASE THREE THAT'LL OBVIOUSLY BE HAPPENING ON THE SAME TIME IS THEN HOW DO WE START TO ACTUALLY BUILD UPON THE TREE WORK THAT WE HAVE HERE AND ACTUALLY CREATE A TRUE URBAN FORESTRY DIVISION, UM, WITHIN OUR PARKS.

THIS WILL LEAD TO BETTER MAINTAIN TREES, BE ABLE TO HELP COORDINATE PLANTINGS QUICKER, INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS, BE ABLE TO DO, UM, MORE, UH, TRAINING TO OUR, OUR, AND GIVE MORE RESOURCES TO, TO OUR CITIZENS.

UM, AND IT, IT HELPS TO, TO CREATE A GREENER UH, GARLAND AND HELP TO PROMOTE OUR PARKS, OUR TRAILS, AND OUR FORESTS.

AND PART OF THAT WOULD THEN BE TO DO A TRUE URBAN FORESTRY MASTER PLAN THAT WOULD GO ALONG WITH ALL OF OUR OTHER MASTER PLANS IN TERMS OF WHAT ARE THE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED, WHO ARE THE PARTNERS THAT WE NEED TO DEAL WITH, WHAT ARE THE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED, UM, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A TRUE FUNCTIONING URBAN FORESTRY DEPARTMENT, UH, FOR THE CITY OF GARLAND.

SO THAT IS A WHOLE LOT OF INFORMATION AND THERE'S A LOT OF TO THIS.

AND SO I, I KNOW I'M THROWING IT TO YOU KIND OF ALL AT ONCE.

UM, THERE'LL BE A LOT MORE INFORMATION COMING DOWN ON THIS.

UM, AFTER WE CAN SECURE SOME OF THE, THE FIRST ROUNDS OF FUNDING ON IT AND GET SOME OF THE PROGRAMMING, UM, STARTED.

AND SOME OF THE STUDIES STARTED IS I GET MORE INFORMATION AND LEARN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THE DOLLARS ARE GONNA BE AVAILABLE AND HOW THOSE ARE GONNA BE DISSEMINATED.

UM, WE'LL DEFINITELY COME BACK AND GIVE UM, MORE INFORMATION.

BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I THOUGHT WOULD TAKE ME 6, 7, 8 YEARS HERE IN GARLAND TO BUILD AND PUT TOGETHER.

UM, BUT WHEN YOU SEE THIS AMOUNT OF RESOURCES THAT ARE GONNA BE COMING DOWN FROM THE FEDERAL LEVEL, UM, I DIDN'T THINK THAT WE HAD THE ABILITY TO WAIT THAT LONG AND WE NEEDED TO JUMPSTART THIS PROGRAM QUICKER.

COOL.

SO THAT WAS A LOT.

I KNOW I'D BE HAPPY TO GO INTO ANY MORE DETAIL.

I'D BE HAPPY TO COME BACK, UH, AT ANOTHER MEETING AND GO INTO ANY PARTICULAR PIECE OF IT IN A LOT MORE DETAIL.

UM, BECAUSE EVERY PART OF THIS I COULD TALK AN HOUR ON AND WE DON'T BELIEVE IT.

KILL ME.

WE ONLY HAVE TIME FOR ABOUT 60, UH, QUESTIONS.

SO, UH, ASK THIS WHOLE, MOLLY WANTS TO START WITH THE FIRST ONE.

I HAVE THREE QUESTIONS.

GOOD.

OH, UM, THE FIRST ONE YOU TALKED ABOUT CHANGING THE YEAR FOR THE URBAN FORESTRY MEETING DID OH, UH, I DID.

I MENTIONED THAT KIND OF AT THE BEGINNING BRIEFLY.

AND SO THAT NEEDS TO BE, DOESN'T THAT NEED TO BE PART OF OUR RECOMMENDATION IN HERE? UH, IT CAN BE.

UM, BUT IT, IT CAN ALSO JUST, IT CAN BE A RECOMMENDATION YET.

THE REASON I WANNA BRING THAT UP IS THIS YEAR'S ARBOR DAY WAS AWESOME AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAME AND PARTICIPATED IN THAT, UM, I, I, I WAS, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED AND UM, DON WAS ABLE TO WITNESS IT.

OUR MAYOR WAS THERE.

UM, IT WAS, IT WAS A PRETTY, PRETTY COOL DEAL.

UM, SO THAT WAS MY QUESTION ON CHANGING THE, THE YEAR AND WHEN WE PRESENT.

UH, SECOND ONE, AND THIS IS REALLY NEAT THAT YOU GAVE US FROM THE CITY OF DENTON.

UM, ONE OF THE, UM, TABLES OR GRAPHS THAT YOU HAVE IN THERE IS TALKING ABOUT THE TREES AND THE DOLLAR VALUES THAT ARE IN DENTON.

IS THAT SIMILAR TO WHAT'S HERE, JUST BALL PARKING? IT? THAT, THAT IS, UH, I, I HAVE NO IDEA.

CAUSE WE HAVEN'T STUDIED WHAT WE HAVE.

UM, THAT'S WHY I SAID BALLPARK HARD TO TELL.

I THINK WE HAVE MORE TREES THAN DENTON.

UH, WE HAVE MORE GREEN AREAS, SO I THINK OUR NUMBERS WILL BE HIGHER.

UH, DENTON IS HIGHER ELEVATION.

THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF THE NATURAL TREES UP THERE THAT WE DO AROUND HERE.

THEY DON'T HAVE AS MANY OF THE RIVER BOTTOMS THAT WE HAVE AROUND HERE.

UM, THEY'VE LOST A LOT OF TREES TO DEVELOPMENT.

SO I THINK OUR NUMBERS WILL BE WAY HIGHER THAN WHAT DENTONS ARE ONCE WE GET DONE WITH OUR STUDY.

I WAS MORE OR LESS THE TYPES IS WHAT I WAS KIND OF CURIOUS ABOUT, IF THEY WOULD'VE BEEN SIMILAR.

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SO YOU'RE SAYING IT'S DIFFERENT.

UH, THEY'LL BE, OURS WILL BE MORE DIVERSE.

WE'LL HAVE MORE, MORE WAY MORE TREE SPECIES THAN THEY HAVE IN DENTON.

OKAY.

AND MY THIRD QUESTION IS, YOU, YOU TALKED ABOUT, UM, CAN YOU GIMME SOME SORT OF TIMEFRAME THAT YOU'RE YEAH.

LOOKING AT? THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

SO AGAIN, IF WE'RE ABLE TO, UM, SECURE FUNDING, UH, WHAT I WOULD LIKE AND WE'RE ABLE TO START THIS WORK SOMETIME WITHIN THE FIRST QUARTER, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE STATE OF THE URBAN FORESTAGE PLAN DONE BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

SO THIS TIME NEXT YEAR, UM, WITH THAT WOULD ALSO INCLUDE A ROLLOUT OF WHAT A TREE PLANTING PROGRAMMING PLAN WOULD LOOK LIKE.

UM, WITH A, A RECOMMENDATION FOR NUMBER OF TREES PER YEAR OVER THIS 10 YEAR PERIOD, UH, THAT WOULD GET US TO, UH, X CANOPY COVERED PERCENTAGE, UM, AND WHAT THAT DOLLAR VALUE WOULD LOOK LIKE.

AND THEN IDENTIFY WHO THOSE PARTNERS WERE THAT WE WOULD LOOK AT, WHO WE WOULD WORK WITH, UM, AND START TO, TO LAY OUT WHAT THAT PROGRAM WOULD LOOK LIKE.

SO WE'RE ABLE TO, TO MOVE THAT FORWARD TO GET THIS INITIAL RESEARCH DONE.

UM, A YEAR FROM NOW, I'D LIKE TO BE PRESENTING A, A REPORT VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU SEE FROM DENTON FOR, FOR US.

AND THEN WE'D BE READY TO HIT THE GROUND WHEN, WHEN MONEY'S AVAILABLE TO, TO TREES.

SO IS THIS SOMETHING WE DO IN-HOUSE OR SOMETHING WE GET, UM, LIKE ACCESS TREE FOUNDATION? I'LL COMMENT ON THAT.

YES.

BECAUSE WE'RE FORTUNATE THAT IN MATT'S PREVIOUS LIFE WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST EXPERTS IN THE STATE.

AND I DON'T SAY THAT LIGHTLY OR FLIPPANTLY.

SO THERE IS SOME COST AND SOME INVESTMENT TO GET THE STUDY, THE SOFTWARE AND THE, AND THE THE AERIAL UH, PHOTOGRAPHY REMOTE SENSING COMPONENT TO IT.

UH, BUT ONCE SOME OF THAT DATA'S COLLECTED, THAT'S YOUR GUY.

YEAH, IF YOU THE THREE, THE THREE REPORTS THAT I SHOWED AT THE FRONT LINE, AND IF YOU GO TO THE TEXAS TREES FOUNDATION WEBSITE, UM, YOU CAN FIND THEIR TWO REPORTS RIGHT THERE.

SO WE CAN DOWNLOAD THOSE AND READ 'EM, WE CAN DOWNLOAD THOSE.

ALL THREE OF THOSE REPORTS I WROTE YEAH, ADD DID THE RESEARCH.

I FIGURED THAT.

SO WE, WE'LL SAVE SOME MONEY.

THAT'S THE GREAT THING ABOUT IT IS WE DO NEED TO GET SOME OF THIS INITIAL DEAL DONE.

WE'LL USE SOME OF OUR SEASONAL MONEY TO HIRE INTERNS THIS SUMMER.

COOL.

TO DO THE INVENTORY.

BUT THE SOFTWARE DOES HAVE A, A COST AND, AND THE SOFTWARE, UH, IS A GROUP THAT'S BASED OUT OF, UM, COLORADO, DENVER, COLORADO AREA CALLED PLANET GEO.

AND THEY ARE THE PROBABLY LEADING EXPERTS RIGHT NOW.

UH, AND THIS TYPE OF, OF DATA AND SOFTWARE, UM, IT'S VERY, VERY WELL DONE.

IT'S VERY EASY TO FOLLOW.

WHAT'S REALLY COOL ABOUT IT IS ONCE WE HAVE IT, WE CAN HAVE A, A PUBLIC FACING WEBSITE, UH, THAT WE CAN SHOW AS MUCH DATA.

WE CAN LET THEM SEE AS MUCH DATA AS WE WANT THEM TO SEE, UH, VERSUS WHAT WE WOULD ACTUALLY USE ON THE BACK ON THE BACK END.

UH, IT HELPS US TO BE ABLE TO, WE CAN EVEN SET IT UP SO THAT IF, UH, LET'S SAY WE DO A PROMOTION FOR TREE PLANTING, WE'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO PLANT ALL THE TREES THAT WE NEED TO PLANT, BUT MAYBE WE GO PARTNER WITH COVINGTON'S OR WE PARTNER WITH HOME DEPOT OR WE PARTNER WITH THEM AND SAY, HEY, THIS IS OUR TREE PLANTING PROGRAM.

WE'VE GOTTA GO TO PLANT A THOUSAND TREES A YEAR AS A CITY.

WE'RE GONNA PLANT 500 AND WE'RE GONNA WORK WITH RESIDENTS TO DO THIS.

AND WE GET WITH NEIGHBORHOOD VITALITY AND KEEP GARLAND BEAUTIFUL.

AND, UH, IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER WE WORK LO WE WORK WITH THE LOCAL HOME DEPOT TO OFFER A 10% DISCOUNT ON TREES.

THEY BUY A TREE, THEY THEN CAN GO HOME AND ACTUALLY TELL US WHERE THAT TREE WAS PLANTED AND WE CAN ACTUALLY THEN INVENTORY THAT TREE AND THEY WILL SEE THEIR TREE POP UP ON THE MAP IF THEY STILL WANTED TO DO IT.

SO THERE'S LOTS OF REALLY COOL THINGS THAT WE CAN DO TO PULL, UM, THE, THE COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC IN AND MAKE THEM PART OF THIS PART OF THIS PROGRAM.

THANK YOU MATT.

UH, ANYTHING ELSE? DAVID? SO WHAT'S, WHAT'S THE RESOLUTION ON THE IMAGERY THAT YOU USE? I MEAN, ARE YOU USING, WE WE'RE KNIT COG IMAGERY OR YEAH, NC UN DOES THAT HAVE INFRARED WITH IT? IT HAS INFRARED.

IT HAS TO BE INFRARED.

YEAH.

AND IT'S ALL SUB YEAH'S WHAT I WAS THINKING.

IT'S ALL SUB METER INFRARED IN.

OKAY.

CAN YOU TRANSLATE ANY OF THAT ? SO YOU HAVE TO, IT'S HOW MUCH DETAIL YOU CAN SEE, HUH? HOW MUCH DETAIL THAT YOU CAN SEE.

INFRARED MEANS THAT IT, IF IT SHOWS UP IN DIFFERENT SPECTRUMS OF THE INFRARED SPECTRUM, UH, AND THEN THEY, THE SOFTWARE THAT THEY USE THROUGH REMOTE SENSING THEN IS WHAT ALLOWS THEM TO BE ABLE TO, AND ACTUALLY THEY USE LIDAR DATA NOW AND NOW THAT COG HAS LIDAR, RIGHT? THEY ACTUALLY TAKE THAT LIDAR DATA AND THEY ACTUALLY OVERLAY THAT TOO.

SO NOW IT'S VERY, VERY ACCURATE JUST FROM GIS TO SAY, THAT'S A TREE VERSUS THAT'S A GRASS OR A FIELD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND THEN WHAT WE'LL DO IS WE'LL TAKE THE CITY'S INTERNAL GIS LAYER CUZ WE HAVE AN IMPERVIOUS LAYER, A SIDEWALK LAYER, A BUILDING'S LAYER.

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WE'LL SHARE THAT WITH THE DEVELOPER.

THEY'LL PUT THAT IN THERE AND THEN THAT ALL OVERLAYS.

SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO SAY, OF OUR 20% CANOPY COVER, 5% OF IT COVERS IMPERVIOUS SURFACE.

THAT'S HOW YOU DETERMINE WHAT YOUR STORM WATER VALUE IS.

AND THEN WE CAN SAY, WELL, IF WE PLANT TREES IN THIS WAY AND THEY GROW TO MATURITY, WE CAN COVER THAT MUCH MORE IMPERVIOUS SURFACE, WHICH WOULD HAVE THIS BENEFIT IN STORM WATER, THIS BENEFIT IN URBAN HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION, SO ON AND SO FORTH.

AND THEN THAT DATA COMES BACK INTO THE CITY'S GIS.

AND THAT WOULD BE A GIS LAYER THAT WE WOULD HAVE THAT WE WOULD UPLOAD INTO OUR LAYER.

AND THEN THE SOFTWARE YOU PAY FOR, IT'S A ROLLING SOFTWARE, YOU PAY FOR IT ON THREE YEAR INCREMENTS.

SO IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO BUDGET IN, INTO OUR ANNUAL BUDGET ON A THREE YEAR INCREMENTS.

BUT THEN WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THAT PAYMENT AT LU THREE YEARS IS THEN EVERY 10 YEARS THEY REDO YOUR UTC, WHICH MEANS THEN WE GET, IN 10 YEARS, WE GET TO SEE WHAT OUR CANOPY COVERAGE HAS BEEN.

AND THAT'S NOT NEW MONEY THAT WE WOULD'VE TO SPEND AS PART OF THE ESSENTIALLY SOFTWARE COST THAT, THAT WE INVEST INTO IT.

AND THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP YOU IN FOR 10 YEARS TOO.

THAT'S, THAT'S OKAY.

THAT THAT'S OKAY.

ARE YOU THROUGH DAVID? I I'VE BEEN THERE.

YEAH.

I'VE BEEN THERE.

DONE THAT.

OKAY.

UM, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I I HAVE A FEW RIGHT QUICK ONES.

SHORT, SHORT ANSWERS.

I HOPE.

WELL FIRST OFF, I WANNA THANK ANDY FOR TELLING US WHO WAS, WHO WAS, UH, GIVING US THIS REPORT.

I'M SITTING THERE WATCHING YOU GO AS FAST AS YOU'RE GOING AND GIVING THE, THE SERIOUS DETAIL THAT YOU WERE GIVING.

I SAID, HOW'S HE DOING ALL THIS? YOU KNOW? AND, AND UH, NOW WE KNOW AND THANK YOU FOR THANK YOU FOR LETTING US KNOW THAT.

CAUSE NOW WE CAN EVEN APPRECIATE YOU EVEN MORE.

OKAY.

FIRST QUESTION, IS THERE, IS THERE ANY FUNDING THAT'S GONNA BE REQUIRED BEFORE YOU CAN DO ANYTHING? YES.

AND WHERE'S THAT GONNA COME FROM? SO THE, THE QUICKLY INITIAL, THE, THE INITIAL MAPPING, I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST FUNDING.

WE'VE TALKED TO ANDY ABOUT THIS TO REQUEST THAT FUNDING OUT OF OUR TREE MITIGATION FUNDS AND OUR TREE MITIGATION TREE ORDINANCE IS WORDED IN SUCH A WAY THAT I THINK WE CAN, WE CAN MAKE THAT A STRONG ARGUMENT THAT THAT COULD BE GOOD.

CUZ WE HAD SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THAT.

THE ONE TIME WE GOT A REPORT ON THAT ONE.

I HAVEN'T HEARD BACK.

OKAY.

UM, THE SECOND THING THIS UM, UH, WE WE'RE NOT HEARING ANYTHING FROM THE COUNCIL, UH, ON THEIR, THEIR RETREAT TREE WORK OKAY.

ON THIS.

AND I WAS WONDERING IS, IS FIRST OFF, IS THIS GONNA, UM, INTERFACE WITH THE COUNCIL'S OBJECTIVES AND HOW ARE WE GONNA KNOW THAT? CUZ WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON THERE.

UH, IN TERMS OF THE REWRITING OF THE TREE ORDINANCE? YES SIR.

UM, YES.

SO THE TREE ORDINANCE WAS, THEY HAD SOME MORE ISSUES IN TERMS OF, UM, MAKING SURE WE WEREN'T OVER PENALIZING SOMEBODY FOR REMOVING TREES, UH, TO, FOR SAFETY ISSUES AND THINGS LIKE THAT, WHICH IT DOESN'T.

UH, AND THEN IT WAS JUST CLEANING UP SOME THINGS THAT DIDN'T, THERE WERE SOME THINGS IN THAT ORDINANCE THAT DIDN'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE.

AND SO IT'S KIND OF CLEANING UP SOME OF THAT STUFF AND THEN WE'RE KIND OF STREAMLINING IT A LITTLE