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					   October 2006                              Published by the City of Garland                                                      ,
                                                                                                                         Volume XIV Issue 5


Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall                                                                                            •Mayor’s p.2




                                                                                            inside
     Traveling to Garland                                                                                                Message,

  It’s an emotional experience and an      paid and has taken many opportunities                                        •2006-07 Budget
                                                                                                                         Approved, p.3
historic symbol. The Moving Wall,          to honor such men and women,”
the nation’s first traveling Vietnam
Veterans Memorial, will be on display
                                           says Garland Mayor Bob Day. “It’s
                                           appropriate that the Moving Wall                                             •At the Arts
                                                                                                                         Center, p.4
at the Garland Senior Activity Center      should travel to our city. I look forward
Tuesday, November 14 through
Saturday, November 18. The Garland
                                           to experiencing it first hand.”
                                             The Moving Wall allows people                                              •Fun at the
                                                                                                                         Library, p.7
Senior Activity Center is located at 600   to experience the memorial within
West Avenue A in downtown Garland.
                             “Garland
                                           their own community. Visiting the
                                           wall is a very emotional experience,                                         •Droughtp.8
                                                                                                                         Update
                           has such a      even for people who don’t personally
                           strong sense
                           of the price
                                           know someone who died in Vietnam.
                                           Volunteers will be on the site to help                                       •Sewage Backup
                                                                                                                         Prevention p.9
                           our military    people identify the location of the
                           veterans have   names they seek.           continued on page 8




      Garland Neighborhoods: Vital for City’s Future
  Neighborhoods are the communities        developed or “built-out,” it is critical to       with City of Garland departments,
within a city which hold the key to a      ensure neighborhoods get the proper               neighborhood organizations,
city’s ongoing success. This past July,    attention and resources.                          businesses, non-profit organizations,
the City Council and citizens of Garland     The Strategy for Vital Neighborhoods            the faith community, educational
were introduced to the Strategy for        was developed in response to the City             institutions, and others, the effort to
Vital Neighborhoods, an initiative to      Council request to focus attention on             stabilize                   continued on page 9

stabilize and improve neighborhoods        Garland’s neighborhoods. This exciting
throughout the city. The Strategy          initiative is unique and challenging. In
recognizes Garland is a community          the coming months the Strategy will be                           Thanksgiving Holiday
with a variety of neighborhoods and        kicked off across the city.                                Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24
though each neighborhood is unique,        Building Partnerships                                               City Offices will be closed.
they share some things in common.            The main theme of the Strategy for                   See page 3 for garbage/recycling collection schedules
Moreover, as Garland matures and           Vital Neighborhoods is partnerships.                            and a complete listing of closings.
approaches the point when it is fully      By creating and sustaining partnerships


      CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE LIGHTS UP DOWNTOWN
   Christmas on the Square plans are       east on Avenue B, then north on Fifth,            “Avenue of Lights” that can be enjoyed
well underway, and downtown Garland        and turn west on Austin back to the               aboard horse-drawn carriages. “Each
will soon be ablaze with holiday           Library. The parade will feature lighted          year, the area around City Hall
lighting, décor and excitement. This       floats and walking units representing             becomes more beautiful due to the
year’s event is set for Thursday,          scout groups, antique car clubs,                  trees growing taller        continued on page 4

November 30, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,       dance groups, area businesses, civic
and will feature the City’s annual         organizations, school organizations,
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Square,” said Mayor                                              At the conclusion
Bob Day. “This year                                            of the parade, Santa
will be no exception,                                          will invite everyone
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and I look forward to seeing everyone      to help light up the square. Each
down on the square to enjoy this           year, thousands of twinkling lights
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wonderful event.”                          magically illuminate the night skies at
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   The Parade of Lights will have a        Santa’s command. This year will be
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new route this year. It will begin at      no exception, and everyone can look
Nicholson Memorial Library on Austin       forward to a fireworks surprise, as well!
Street, travel south on Sixth to Avenue       Christmas on the Square also
B in front of the Senior Center, turn      features Garland Power & Light’s
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Garland City Press October 2006                                                                                                                  Page 2


  Message From
   The Mayor
What’s in a name?
    Los Colinas, Uptown,
Northpark, Legacy Park, or
Firewheel. When we hear
or read these words, a
place comes to mind. A
                                 Mayor Bob Day
place that shouts, “Come…         972-205-2400
shop, work, live.”            mayor@ci.garland.tx.us
Centerville Marketplace will be such a place.

But where is the Centerville
Marketplace?
    At the moment, it exists only in the minds
of the City and business leaders that have
seen the vision for “recapturing a missed
opportunity”. The vision will transform the
area around LBJ (635), Northwest Highway
and Centerville. The vision removed the old
Eastgate Apartments and Royal Inn and is
building a new Mal-Mart Supercenter,
specialty retail, office and restaurants, called
Centerville Marketplace West. The vision
will convert the area around the empty
Kroger and the small Target into a new
working and shopping experience, called
Centerville Marketplace East.

But where is the Centerville
Marketplace?
   It is the area around the corner of
Centerville Road and Marketplace Drive, just
north of LBJ (635). It is in south-central                      COUNCIL MEMBER DOUGLAS ATHAS
Garland, just north of where TXDOT and the
City of Garland are going to construct a                   He wasn’t born in Garland, but he got           encourage not only quality development but
continuous frontage road on LBJ from La                here as quick as he could! Garland is rich in       smart development to help Garland enhance
Prada to Shiloh.                                       history and families that have contributed to       its community, as well as its tax base. He has
                                                       that history for several generations. Newly-        also worked with many local business groups
But where is Marketplace Drive?                        elected City Council District 1 representative      to facilitate re-growth in older business areas
                                                       Douglas Athas began making his mark when            of Garland. He was appointed by the Council
   Oh, I forgot. The City is renaming Plaza            he and his family moved here in 1992.               to serve on the Dallas Regional Mobility
Drive and Broadmoor Drive to Marketplace                   “Garland is a community that has kept its       Council as Garland’s representative.
Drive. The street signs will be up soon.               identity over the years,” says Mr. Athas. “Its          Mr. Athas enjoys traveling with his wife,
Then you will begin to see the vision, too.            citizens have stayed vested in the city and         Robyn, and son, 8-year-old Shae. The family
                                                       that’s uncommon in a community so close to a        likes to spend time reading and enjoying
     Garland City Press                                large, growing urban center such as Dallas.”
                                                           Mr. Athas believes Garland should celebrate
                                                                                                           movies. Mr. Athas also helps with his son’s
                                                                                                           Cub Scout Pack.
      Receives Award                                   its uniqueness as it works to greet the future.
                                                       He says he got involved in public service to be
                                                                                                               Mr. Athas owns his own company, through
                                                                                                           which he handles the land acquisition,
    At its 16th annual                                 part of a city-wide effort to make Garland more     permitting and construction logistics for
Freedom Fund Banquet, the                              competitive, grow its tax base, provide better      telecommunication companies to build
Garland Branch of the                                  ‘quality of life’ services, and most importantly,   communications infrastructures. Through his
NAACP presented its 2006                               build stronger neighborhoods.                       professional and community experience, Mr.
Communications Award to                                    “All of these goals are interconnected.         Athas says he hopes to help those who run
the Garland City Press,                                None of these goals can be achieved by itself,”     City government make solid business
published by the City of                               he says. “Professionally, I’ve spent a great        decisions.
Garland. The Garland City                              deal of time and energy working through                 “I’m concerned that we make decisions
Press published its first issue                        zoning issues. I’ve had the opportunity to get      based on what’s good for this City’s future, not
in December of 1993 and since then has                 to know many communities intimately and             based on what seems popular in the short-run.”
continued to publish six issues per year,              learn what makes those communities work.”
furnishing Garland citizens information                    Mr. Athas says that when he moved to
concerning the many facets of City                     Garland, one of his top priorities was to get
Government. Co-editors Dorothy White and               involved in his neighborhood and his
Donna Irwin accepted the award on behalf of            community. He started, literally, in his own
the City of Garland.                                   back yard by becoming active in The Greens
                                                       Homeowners Association, and later the
  For City Council meeting agendas, City               Garland Homeowners Coalition. He now
                                                       serves as president of Texas Neighborhoods
   Council member profiles, and more,
                                                       Together, a statewide educational and
   log onto the City of Garland website:               lobbying group for neighborhood and
                                                       homeowner associations.
   www.ci.garland.tx.us                                    Mr. Athas served on the Garland Plan
                                                       Commission for eight years. He worked to
Garland City Press October 2006                                                                                                                                       Page 3

       Council Approves 2006-07 Budget                                                                                         Thanksgiving Day
    At its September 19 meeting, Garland City                     to result in revenue growth of more than 6.2%
Council approved the 2006-07 Operating                            in 2006-07. Additionally, General Fund                             Holiday Schedule
Budget for the fiscal year that begins October                    reserves are projected to end 2005-06 well
1, 2006. The combined budget totals $556                          above the 30-day fund balance requirement                                City Offices
                                                                                                                                     Closed Thursday and Friday
million, which represents an increase of $72                      due primarily to stronger than anticipated
                                                                                                                                         November 23 and 24
million over levels approved for 2005-06. Of                      increases in sales tax revenues and payments
the total increase, $26.6 million is for GP&L                     in-lieu of franchise fees. As a result, in 2006-                      Central Library
fuel, energy and demand charges and $14.6                         07, $4.4 million is available to address critical                  Closed Thursday and Friday
million is for transfers to GP&L CIP funds in                     one-time needs within the City.                                        November 23 and 24
order to cash fund approximately one-half of                                                                                           Branch Libraries
the Electric Utility’s capital construction                       2006-07 Budget Priorities
                                                                                                                                     Closed Thursday and Friday
projects. The General Fund portion of the                             The new budget is designed to address                              November 23 and 24
Budget totals $129 million. This reflects an                      the demands of facilitating new development,                       Open Saturday, November 25
increase of $9 million over 2005-06 approved                      enhancing public safety, and promoting
levels.                                                           healthy neighborhoods.                                        Recreation/Senior Centers
                                                                      In keeping with these priorities, the 2006-               Close 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 22
    In 2006, Garland’s property tax base grew
                                                                  07 Budget contains the staff resources                            Closed Thursday and Friday
to $10.4 billion. While modest in comparison                                                                                             November 23 and 24
to historical levels, the 4.4% represents the                     necessary to operate Fire Station No. 10,
largest increase in four years and is primarily                   which is scheduled to open by year’s end.                  Solid Waste/Recycling Services
due to new construction and increases in the                      Within the Police Department, the 2006-07                      Offices Closed Thursday and Friday
City’s commercial tax base. It should be                          Budget contains critical support staff                                 November 23 and 24
noted that these figures include the impact of                    positions including three Communications                   No garbage, recycling or brush collection on
a 1% increase in the Homestead Exemption                          Specialists for Emergency 911 operations,                             Thursday, November 23
that was adopted by the City Council in June.                     three Detention Officers for jail operations,             Thursday collection routes picked up on Friday
While the City is experiencing moderate                           and a Forensic Investigator.                              Friday collection routes picked up on Saturday
growth in the property tax base, strong                               Using one-time funds, the 2006-07 Budget               Thursday and Friday commercial front load
                                                                  includes a $1,350,000 transfer to the Capital                 collection routes picked up on Friday
increases in sales tax revenues, franchise
fees, and investment earnings are projected                                                          continued on page 10              Recycling Center
                                                                                                                                  Closed Thursday, November 23
                                                                                                                            Open Friday, November 24 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
       TOWN MEETING SET FOR OCTOBER 10                                                                                             Open Saturday, November 25
                                                                                                                                        Transfer Station
                                                                                                                                  Closed Thursday, November 23
    The City of Garland will broadcast a Town                     will give a “state of the district” message,
                                                                                                                            Open Friday, November 24 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Meeting for residents on Tuesday, October 10,                     then citizens can call 972-205-9035 with their                   Open Sunday, November 26
2006. The program, hosted by District 1                           questions and comments.
Council Member Douglas Athas and District 7                           CGTV is available on Time Warner Cable                       C. M. Hinton Landfill
Council Member Mark Monroe, will be aired                         channel 16 and on Verizon FIOS TV channel                        Closed Thursday, November 23
live on the City’s government access channel,                     44. Citizens without cable access may attend                       Open Friday and Saturday
CGTV at 7 p.m.
      ,                                                           the meetings in person. Questions will be                     November 24 and 25 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
    A call-in format allows residents from                        taken from the audience following the live
Districts 1 and 7 to ask their City Council                       broadcast. The meetings are held in the
representatives questions about their                             Garland City Council chambers at Garland
neighborhoods. Each Council Representative                        City Hall, First Floor, 200 North Fifth Street.                TV Listings ~ CGTV
                                                                                                                                           Arts In Action
          City’s Government Access                                                                                                 Daily 5 a.m., 7:30 a.m., and 4 p.m.

                                                                                                                                      City Council Meetings
      Programming Changing Channels                                                                                                     Live Broadcast - 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 October 3 and 17; November 7 and 21
                                                                                                                                   Rebroadcast following the meeting
                                                                                                                                   Wednesday - 9 a.m., Friday - 7 p.m.
    In September, Time Warner Cable                                  Also, Verizon’s FIOS TV system has                         Saturday and Sunday - 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
(formerly Comcast Cable) moved Garland’s                          begun airing the local PEG channels. That
government access cable channel, CGTV to,                         channel lineup is as follows:                                    City Council Work Sessions
                                                                                                                                         Live Broadcast, 6 p.m.
channel 16. The other public, education and                          Channel 38 – Traveler Informationl                           October 2 and 16, November 6 and 20
government (PEG) channels were changed as                            Channel 39 – Public Access                                 Rebroadcast following the Monday meeting
                                                                                                                                 Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 9 a.m.
follows:                                                             Channel 42 – GISD Programming                                  Wednesday and Thursday - 7 p.m.
    Channel 16 – CGTV                                                Channel 43 – GISD Programming
    Channel 95 – Public Access                                       Channel 44 – CGTV                                                  City of Garland
    Channel 96 – Traveler Information                                Channel 45 – DCCCD                                            Job Opportunities Program
                                                                                                                                              Daily Listing
    Channel 97 – DCCCD Programming                                   To find out more about the availability of
    Channel 98 – GISD Programming                                 these channels in your area, contact Time                                 Crime Watch
    Channel 99 – GISD Programming                                 Warner or Verizon.                                                         Daily 6:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                         Garland In Focus
                                                                                                                                   Daily 5:30 a.m., 8 a.m., and 6 p.m.

        City Council Meetings                                                                                                            Plan Commission
                                                                          City of Garland Website                                        Live Broadcast, 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 October 9 and 23, November 13 and 27
                                                                     www.ci.garland.tx.us
  The Garland City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays
  of each month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 200 North                                                                     Rebroadcast following the Monday meeting
  Fifth Street. Meetings are broadcast live on CGTV, the City’s                                                                  Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 9 a.m.
  government access channel on cable television, with several
  rebroadcasts during the week following each meeting. On
  Council meeting days, a City Council member briefly                                                                                      Town Meeting
  discusses agenda items on CGTV at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m.                                                                             Live Broadcast, October 10, 7 p.m.
  Work Sessions are normally held the Monday before Council
  meetings in the Work Session Room, first floor, City Hall,
                                                                           Garland City Press                                                   Hosted by
                                                                                                                               District 1 Council Member Douglas Athas
                                                                              Published by the City of Garland
  200 North Fifth Street. Specific items and dates are posted                                                                 and District 7 Council Member Mark Monroe
  outside City Hall on Friday before the scheduled meeting.         Editor                           Dorothy White
  Work Sessions are also televised live with rebroadcasts
  during the week.
                                                                    Co-Editor/Reporter/Art Director   Donna Irwin                         Billboard - Daily
                                                                    Send comments or questions to: Dorothy White,            Daily Schedule posted on City of Garland website
  Watch the City website, www.ci.garland.tx.us, TimeWarner
  Cable Channel 16, or Verizon FIOS Channel 44 for any              Public Information, City of Garland, P.O. Box                         www.ci.garland.tx.us
  meeting schedule updates.                                         469002, Garland, Texas, 75046-9002.
   October 2006                                                                 Garland City Press                                                  Page 4


   GCT Presents “Big River” and                                                                                       ART EXHIBITS
   “You Can’t Take It With You”                                                                                      During the coming months, the works of
    Garland Civic Theatre, a member of Dallas                   Jack Perl, Angela Basolo, Lindsay Sawyer,        three artists/photographers will be on display
Theatre League and Texas Non-profit                             Sherna Armstrong, Tom Armistead, Kelli           at the Granville Arts Center, Fifth and Austin
Theatres, is enjoying its 39th season of                        Parmenter, Jeanie Runion, Jarvon Hughes,         Streets and the Plaza Theatre, 521 West State
theatre in Garland. Performances are in the                     Quincy Jones, and Marilyn Twyman.                Street in downtown Garland. The exhibits
small theatre at the Granville Arts Center,                         Twain’s timeless classic sweeps you down     may be viewed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
Fifth and Austin Streets in downtown                            the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible      to 5 p.m. and during all performances.
Garland. Season sponsors include Garland                        Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a runway
Cultural Arts Commission, Texas Commission                      slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the     The Garland Collection
on the Arts, Target, and The Dallas Morning                     Ohio River.                                          CitiBank Texas N.A. has loaned its
News. Visit the GCT website at www.                                                                              “Garland Collection” of nine oil paintings by
garlandcivictheatre.org or call                                 “You Can’t Take It With You”                     Santa Fe artist Bruce Cody to the City of
972-485-8884 for additional information.                            GCT’s You Can’t Take It With You, will       Garland’s art facilities. Six of the pieces hang
                                                                open with a preview performance on               in the lobby of the Atrium at the Granville
“Big River”                                                     November 16. Other performances are              Arts Center and three of the paintings are
    GCT will present Big River, Roger Miller’s                  scheduled for November 17, 18, 24, 25, 31,       installed at the Plaza Theatre.
Tony Award winning musical based on Mark                        December 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 8 p.m. and             Images included in the Collection are:
Twain’s novel, Huckleberry Finn. Performances                   November 19, 25, 26, December 3, and 9 at 2      Plaza Theatre, Santa Fe Depot, Roach Feed &
are set for October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20,                p.m. Tickets are available by calling the box    Seed, Bankhead Avenue, Masonic/Odd
21, 26, 27, and 28 at 8 p.m. and October 8, 15,                 office at 972-205-2790. Ticket prices are $16    Fellows Lodge Building, National Bank of
22, and 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by                   to $20, depending on the performance, plus a     Garland, The Cemetery Oak, Dallas
calling the box office at 972-205-2790. Ticket                  $1 service charge. Discounts are available for   Arboretum, and The Casa Linda Magnolia
prices are $21 to $25, with discounts available                 those over 60 and under 18 and for groups of     Station. Garland historian, Michael R.
for those over 60 and under 18. Group prices                    15 or more.                                      Hayslip, wrote the narratives that accompany
are also available. There is a service charge                       You Can’t Take It With You opened in New     each piece in the collection.
of $1 per ticket.                                               York in December of 1936 to instant critical     Cuba Today!
    The production will be                                      and popular acclaim. This collaboration by           A photo exhibit featuring the works of
directed by Charles                                             playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss           Dr. Janiz Minshew-Shurr will be on display at
Ballinger. Music director                                       Hart was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1936.     the Granville Arts Center
will be Carey Litchford,                                        Kaufman and Hart sold the film rights and the    October 4 through 30. The
and choreographer will be                                       film won an Academy Award for best picture.      exhibit features photos from a
Steve Beene. The cast                                               Directed by GCT Artistic Director, Kyle      trip to old Havana, Cuba, the
includes Jonathan Metting as Huckleberry                        McClaran, You Can’t Take It With You relates a   heart of Havana.
Finn, D. Dean as Jim, Burl Proctor as The                       humorous encounter between a conservative        Dr. Minshew-Shurr has
King, and S. Russell Vaden as The Duke. In                      family and the crazy Vanderhof household.        traveled around the world to
the ensemble are Gene DuBose, Laurie                            The formula—a loveable family getting into       photograph the sites and the
Johnson, Jan Roeton, Tom Grugle, Jackie                         scrapes and overcoming obstacles—has been        people. Her photographs have been published
Kemp, Delynda Johnson-Morovec, Julia                            adopted as a format by most of today’s           in National Geographic and she has sold
McFerrin, Nikki Britten, Kimberly Mickle,                       television situation comedies.                   photos as a stock photographer.

2006-07 Youth Council Installed                                                                                  Impressionism to Realism
                                                                                                                     An art exhibit featuring the works of
    Nine new members of the Garland Youth                       Jeffus; Tyler Murray – Councilman Jackie         Laurieann Dygowski will be presented at the
Council were installed September 19. All                        Feagin; Ariel Cobb – Councilwoman Barbara        Granville Arts Center November 2 through
nine are high school juniors and were                           Chick; Demetrius Sumner – Councilman             December 3. The paintings
appointed by the Garland City Council. The                      Mark Monroe; and Chad Cohen - Councilman         will include watercolor and
GYC was created in 2005 to provide a forum                      Randall Dunning.                                 mixed media combinations
which educates Garland’s youth to the various                       The GYC meets on the first Tuesday of        such as acrylic with oil
workings of City business, and allows youth                     each month at 5:15 p.m. in the Council Work      pastel and acrylic monoprint
to address their particular ideas and concerns.                 Session Room on the first floor of City Hall.    covered with colored pencil.
    Members of the first GYC were on hand to                    All youth are encouraged to attend and           Also included will be drawings which have as
welcome the 2006-07 appointees at a formal                      participate in the meetings. For information,    many as ten layers of colored pencil. For
installation ceremony. The new members                          log onto www.garlandyouthcouncil.org.            more information visit www.dygowski.com.
are: Ruben Sandoval – Mayor Bob Day; Alison
Watts – Councilman Douglas Athas; Abigail
Aguillon – Councilwoman Laura “Perky” Cox;
Amena McCallum – Councilman Harry
                                                                                  CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE
Hickey; Nelly Shora – Councilman Larry                          continued from page 1
                                                                                                                     And what would a holiday festival be
                                                                and fuller,” said Cindy Vochatzer, coordinator   without delicious treats? Patrons can enjoy
                                                                of the event. “GP&L, Facilities and the Parks    hand-dipped corn dogs, popcorn, caramel
                                                                and Recreation Department do a spectacular       apples and hot chocolate as they stroll through
                                                                job in decorating this area. Along with the      the Christmas Bazaar on the downtown
                                                                Christmas music and sleigh rides, it’s just a    square filled with invitation-only artisans.
                                                                wonderful experience. And, it’s free!”               Parking will be available at the DART
                                                                    Garland Independent School District          parking lot at Fifth and Walnut. Christmas on
                                                                bands and choirs contribute most of the music    the Square is co-sponsored by the City of
                                                                each year. Elementary choirs, high school        Garland, Garland Power & Light, Baylor
                                                                jazz and marching bands can be heard             Medical Center at Garland and Ahern Rentals.
seated from left: Tyler Murray, Amena McCallum, Nelly Shora,
Ariel Cobb. Standing from left: Ruben Sandoval, Alison Watts,   performing their wonderful renditions                For more information, call 972-205-2749
Chad Cohen, Demetrius Sumner, and Abigail Aguillon.             throughout the event.                            or log onto www.christmasonthesquare.com.
Garland City Press October 2006                                                                                                                                                                  Page 5


  GCT Presents “Doctor Dolittle” TRASH BASH SET
    Garland Civic Theatre’s Children On            can be purchased at the Arts Center Box
Stage division will present Doctor Dolittle, a
play by Olga Fricker based on the book by
                                                   Office by calling 972-205-2790.
                                                       Because of his special love for animals,
                                                                                                            FOR OCTOBER 7
Hugh Lofting. School performances will be          Doctor Dolittle becomes an animal doctor.
November 1, 2, and 3, with public performances     The animals are thrilled and teach him how to
                                                                                                          When looking in and around our local
on November 4 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and               talk with them.
                                                                                                     waterways, residents notice beautiful
November 5 at 2 p.m. at the Granville Arts             Garland Civic Theatre’s Children On
                                                                                                     landscapes, lively creatures…and litter. The
Center, Fifth and Austin Streets. Tickets for      Stage program is in its 24th year. Season
                                                                                                     City of Garland’s Keep Garland Beautiful
public performances are $11 to $12 with            sponsors include the Garland Cultural Arts
                                                                                                     program hopes to change that as they invite
discounts for those over 60 and under 18.          Commission, Texas Commission on the Arts,
                                                                                                     all area residents to join its members in
Tickets for field trip performances are $5.        and The Dallas Morning News. Visit the GCT
                                                                                                     removing litter and debris out of Texas waters
Teachers can reserve space for field trips on      website at www.garlandcivictheatre.org or call
                                                                                                     as part of the Keep Garland Beautiful Trash
the website. Tickets for public performances       972-485-8884 for additional information.
                                                                                                     Bash on Saturday, October 7, 9 to 11 a.m. at
                                                                                                     Audubon Park’s Duck Creek. Participants are

              DRAMA KINGS AND QUEENS
                                                                                                     also invited to pick up litter at any waterway
                                                                                                     location they choose.
                                                                                                          Keep Garland Beautiful expects
    The Drama Kings and the Drama Queens               The show is produced and directed by          approximately 200 volunteers to help improve
have scheduled shows on Friday and Saturday,       Lory Stewart. Visit www.thedramakings.net         local water quality, restore natural beauty, and
November 3 and 4 at the Plaza Theatre, 521         for more information.                             reduce potential threats to human health and
West State Street in downtown Garland.                                                               wildlife. Litter blocks storm drains, reduces
Tickets for both shows are $10 with                Drama Queens Strike Back!                         property values and aesthetic appeal, and
reservations and $12 at the door. Reserved             After last year’s Battle of the Sexes, the    injures thousands of animals through
tickets may be picked up after 7 p.m. at the       DQ’s have officially kicked the Drama Kings       ingestion or entanglement each year, but with
Plaza Box Office on the night of the show and      to the curb and are back with their all female    the help of cleanups and great public
are held until 7:50 p.m. No credit cards are       comedy Drama Queens Strike Back! On               participation to prevent litter, that can change
accepted at this time. Doors open at 7:30          Saturday, November 4, you’ll see Rhonda Hill,     in our community.
p.m. and shows start at 8 p.m. Seating is first-   Lory Brassfield Stewart, Cindy French Baker,           “I’m looking forward to the many civic
come, first served. For reservations, email        Joanna Young, Stephanie Forand, Stacye            organizations and citizens of Garland
reserve@thedramaqueens.com.                        Corley, Bobbi Schaefer, Chan’el Spellman,         participating in the Trash Bash this year,” said
                                                   Holly Brown Pesta, Louise Hysette, Shelly         Mayor Bob Day. “We are a proud city, and this
Drama Kings Uncensored!                            Hanson Wilson, Kathy Berry Cameron, Amy           is a great opportunity for everyone to get
    Check out this side-splitting original         Carenza Offerdahl, Claudine Iafrate Kemp,         involved, and make our city the cleanest in
sketch comedy show performed by Actors             Sereniah Breland, Charlotte White, Heather        the region!”
Anonymous Theatre Company’s all guy acting         Brown Quillen, Justin(e) Fields, and Kari              Keep Garland Beautiful is supported by
troupe, The Drama Kings, before they make          Sansonetti. Check out these talented              the Lake and River Cleanup Program, a
their Off-Broadway debut in New York City.         comediennes before they leave to perform on       partnership between Keep Texas Beautiful
This testosterone-fueled show is for mature        a Carnival Cruise! Presented by Actors            and the Texas Commission on Environmental
audiences and stars original Kings Bill            Anonymous Theatre Company and directed            Quality. The program assists community
Chesnutt, Boby Prewitt, James Smith and            by Cindy Baker and Lory Stewart, the show is      organizations, scout and youth groups,
Derek Stewart. New Kings joining the fun           for mature audiences. Log onto www.               schools, local governments, businesses, and
include James Hoglen and Matt Pesta.               thedramaqueens.com for more information.          concerned citizens across the state as they
                                                                                                     host waterway cleanups and environmental

                    Howl-O-Ween Party                                                                education activities. In addition to lakes and
                                                                                                     rivers, the program supports cleanups of all
                                                                                                     inland freshwater areas, such as streams,
    The City of Garland Parks and Recreation           The City of Garland Animal Services           creeks, ponds, and wetlands.
Department will host the first “Howl-O-Ween        Division will be on-site to register your pet          For more information about organizing a
Party” for dogs and their best friends on          with the City and provide low-cost micro-         cleanup in your area, visit www.ktb.org or call
October 27, 6 to 8 p.m. in Audubon Park,           chipping. Get information on pet services         Keep Texas Beautiful at 1-800-CLEAN-TX.
342 Oates Road in south Garland. Grab your         from local businesses while bark-or-treating.     For more information on the Keep Garland
leash for an evening of fun including                  Registration is $8 per dog. Pre-register at   Beautiful Trash Bash, call Cindy Vochatzer,
bark-or-treating, games, pictures, and             any Garland Recreation Center or call             coordinator of the event at 972-205-3750 or
costume contests.                                  972-205-3991 for more information.                e-mail her at cvochatz@ci.garland.tx.us.


  ROCK ‘N ROLL REVIEW AT THE PLAZA                                                                                                                 SHAD

    The Rankin Brothers, Mark (vocals and          sound of the greatest music legends of that
bass) and Matt (vocals and lead guitar), have      golden era. They perform hits from Buddy
two shows scheduled at the Plaza Theatre,          Holly, Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Roy
521 West State Street on the square in             Orbison, The Righteous Brothers, Neil
downtown Garland. Show dates are October           Diamond, Marty Robbins, The Beach Boys,
21 and November 18. Every show is a new            The Beatles, Chuck Berry, and more.                                                                BAD
show with all new songs. Shows start at 7:30           Other band members include Mike Ross
pm. and are approximately two hours in             (drums), Larry Barnett (vocals, saxophone,
length. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for        flute, guitar and
seniors (65 and over) and $16 for students/        clarinet),
children. Group rates (20 or more) are             Cameron Streck
available for the October show. For ticket         (guitar, bass, and                                                                           Help clean our waterways at the
information, call (toll free) 817-430-1618 or      mandolin), Scott                                                                             Keep Garland Beautiful Trash Bash!
1-866-543-1007.                                    Moody (vocals,                                                                               October 7, 2006
    The Rankin Brothers present a Branson          keyboards, and                                                                               Trinity River and Duck Creek

style family entertainment show of 50s and         guitar), and Ben                                                                             For more information, call 972-205-3837

60s rock and roll music, along with a little       Vincent (steel,                                   Thanks to the Dow Chemical Company for its media sponsorship

classic country and gospel. They are known         fiddle, and guitar). For information, log onto    of the Lake and River Cleanup Program.
                                                                                                     The freshwater fish illustration was provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

for their ability to authentically replicate the   www.rankinbrothers.com.
Garland City Press October 2006                                                                                                                     Page 6


       Jazz Onstage Concert Series                                                                              DON’T MISS
    The Jazz Onstage Concert series will
present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
                                                   school. Later he changed to the tenor
                                                   saxophone and began to play in local bands.                  THE SHOW!
October 28 at the Plaza Theatre, 521 West          He studied music and business at Wichita
State in Garland, Texas. Admission is $15 for      State University and is also gifted in              Granville Arts Center
adults; children under 12 are free.                songwriting, arranging, orchestrating, and           Fifth and Austin Streets
    Featured composers include Ray L. Baker        producing. Ray has performed
and Ron Jones. The Jazz Onstage concert            concerts all over the United                        October 5 ~ 7 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
series is an avenue for jazz artists and           States, Mexico, and Jamaica.                         Taiwanese XX National Day Celebration, presented
                                                                                                        by the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce. Tickets at
composers to express the music art form of             Dallas saxophonist Ron Jones
                                                                                                        the door are $10, $15 and $50 (VIP). The celebration
jazz thus bringing professional original jazz      has recorded two original jazz                       will include the Fu-hsing Academy Acrobatic Troupe,
compositions to the Dallas/Ft.Worth area as        CDs, written music for CNN,                          whose purpose is to improve Chinese culture and
well as providing opportunities for local          jammed onstage with Smokey                           develop the folk arts.
composers and musicians to create and              Robinson and Kirk Whalum, and performed
present works of artistic excellence. Jazz         across the U.S. He teaches saxophone and             October 14 ~ 6 p.m.
Onstage concerts are family-oriented and           improvisation at Brookhaven College.                 Sister Act Dance Studio’s ninth annual Dance Recital.
                                                                                                        Special guests will include the New Mt. Hebron
provide not only enjoyable art for the ears but        Ron holds a Bachelor’s degree from the           “Women of Praise” of Garland and the St. Luke
also educational tidbits about the jazz genre.     University of North Texas and a Master of            Community UMC of Dallas. The show will feature
    Ray L. Baker, pianist/saxophonist/             Jazz Performance from NYU. While in New              dance routines from the ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and
composer, wants to touch                           York, he studied with Chris Potter, George           liturgical genres. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for
people’s lives through                             Garzone, Lenny Pickett and Jim McNeely.              children. For more information, call 214-808-4905.
music. Ray began his music                             For information, call Ray Baker at
                                                                                                       November 15 and 16 ~ 10 a.m. and noon
career playing the piano                           972-461-0857, email rlbmusic@onr.com or log
                                                                                                        “Wild 4 Learning” Children’s
and clarinet in grade                              onto www. rlbproductions.com.                        Concert, featuring children’s artist
                                                                                                        Stephen Fite. Stephen Fite’s
                                                                                                        show offers children the chance to

     STEPHEN PRIDE & FRIENDS AT THE PLAZA                                                               move, dance, sing, learn and have
                                                                                                        fun. Tickets are $4 per person.
                                                                                                        For reservations call 800-234-9228.

    On October 27 at 7:30 p.m., The Garland        Opry. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for        November 25 and 26 ~ 2 p.m.
Opry will sponsor Stephen Pride & Friends at       seniors and children 12 and under. Tickets           The Nutcracker Opera Ballet,
the Plaza Theatre, 521 West State Street on        are available on Saturdays at the Garland            presented by the balletfoundation
                                                                                                        for the XXI Century. Silver
the square in downtown Garland. “Pride On          Opry from 4 to 10 p.m. or by mailing a check         medalist Norbert Nirewicz
The Wild Side,” Stephen’s latest CD release        with a return stamped envelope to the                will perform with Dallas Prima
will be available for sale. Stephen Pride is the   Garland Opry, 115 North Sixth Street,                Ballerina Leia Hardimon and
youngest brother of country legend Charley         Garland, TX 75040. If available, tickets will be     students of the balletfoundation
Pride. Also performing will be Raini Welch,        sold at the door. For additional information call    for the XXI Century. The ballet
Dustin Crocker, and others from the Garland        972-494-3835 or visit www.garlandopry.com.           will be enhanced by live choirs
                                                                                                        as well as audience participation. To participate in
                                                                                                        the choir or for ticket information, log onto www.
                                                                                                        balletfoundation.com or call 972-931-5755.

 Mutt-Tober Fest Set for October 7                                                                     Plaza Theatre
                                                                                                       521 West State Street
    Your dog won’t want to miss this festival      walk/run event is $15 per adult; dogs and
featuring a morning 3K/5K fun run,                 children are free!                                  October 15 ~ 5:30 p.m.
vendors, exhibits, and contests for dogs and           The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to         2007 Miss Dallas Scholarship Pageant, open to young
                                                                                                        women ages 17 to 24. Winner will advance to the
their owners. Mutt-Tober Fest will be held at      3 p.m. and will feature vendors, dog rescue          Miss Texas Pageant. In addition, the pageant will also
Carter Softball Complex in Audubon Park, 342       groups, contests (contest fee: $5 per dog),          include a competition for young women between the
West Oates Road. Rain date is October 14.          and other fun activities for you and your dog.       ages of 13 and 17 for Miss Dallas’ Outstanding Teen.
    On-site registration for the fun run is at     Mutt-Tober Fest is sponsored by the non-             For information, call 214-642-0937 or 214-476-0619.
7:30 a.m. The run (you can walk too!) will         profit Garland Bark Park Advocacy group.
start at 8:30 a.m. (dogs not required). The        Information about Mutt-Tober Fest and               October 26 ~ 7 p.m.
route will wind through Audubon Park and           registration forms can be found at                   Brandenburg Symphonic and Honors Bands presents
                                                                                                        a patriotic concert. Enjoy an evening of great
Duck Creek Trail. Registration fee for the         www.garlandbarkpark.org.                             patriotic music and tribute presented by The Classical
                                                                                                        Center at Brandenburg. Admission is free.


                   “THE BRITISH ARE COMING”                                                            November 15, 16, 17 ~ 7 p.m.
                                                                                                        Aladdin, presented by Austin Academy Theatre Arts.
                                                                                                        Tickets are $5 per person and will be sold at the door.
    The 29th season of the Garland Symphony        for Four Violins and Orchestra. Closer to            For more information, call 972-926-2620 ext. 50019.
Orchestra will open on Friday, October 20 at       home, Vurl Bland, the orchestra’s own
                                                                                                       November 19 ~ 4 p.m., t
the Granville Arts Center with a Pops Gala         popular Principal Tuba, will bring Vaughan
                                                                                                        Bharatha Natyam by Kala Krishnan and her students,
featuring Benjamin Britten’s Guide to the          Williams’ Tuba Concerto.
                                                                                                        presented by Nrithyalaya Foundation of Dallas.
Orchestra and Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw                The second concert of the season,               Bharatha Natyam involves both expressive dance
Concerto. The theme for this year’s eight          scheduled for November 17, will feature              (through facial expressions and hand gestures) and
subscription concerts is The British Are           Franz Joseph Haydn’s beloved London                  pure dance (sequences of steps). This free event is
Coming!, and Robert Carter Austin, GSO’s           Symphony in D Major, the last and greatest of        the first performance by the students of Nrithyalaya,
Music Director, has promised lots of audience      his more then one hundred symphonies.                Dallas. For more information, call 972-722-6850 or
                                                                                                        e-mail: krishnan_kala@hotmail.com.
favorites like Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The              Season tickets, which include all eight
Lark Ascending, Elgar’s Enigma Variations,         concerts, are available for $80, $160, and          November 25 ~ 3:30 and 7 p.m.
and Gustav Holst’s The Planets.                    $190, depending on seating. Patrons can also         Laugh That Turkey Off! presented by Keep Laughing
    The GSO continues its tradition of             fit their own schedule by picking any four           Productions. Stand-up comedy as seen on ABC,
bringing the finest international artists to       concerts for $50, $80, or $110. Lastly, ticket       HBO, BET, Improv and Church Ministries & Events,
Garland, with guest appearances by Paul            vouchers which can be redeemed for available         will feature John Lewis, Jason Earls, Ms. Vickie
Silverthorne (Principal Violist of the London      seats at any concert are only $15 each. To           and Cleto Rodriguez. Limited pre-sale individual
                                                                                                        and group discount tickets are available by visiting
Symphony Orchestra) playing the Walton             reserve seats, or for more information,              www.TicketWeb.com or calling 1-866-666-8932.
Viola Concerto, dynamic German conductor           contact the GSO by phone at 972-926-0611,            For information log onto www.keeplaughing.net or
Christian Lorenz, and a return engagement by       by fax to 972-926-0811, or by email to               email info@keeplaughing.net. These shows are
The Family Glava, playing a Vivaldi Concerto       info@GarlandSymphony.org.                            recommended for mature audiences.
Garland City Press October 2006                                                                                                                  Page 7
                                                                                                     Spin a Web at the Library
  MAKE SCRAPBOOKS, MEET CLIFFORD,                                                                        Salutations! School-age children are
                                                                                                     invited to join the Nicholson Memorial

  OR F IND A CAREER AT THE LIBRARY                                                                   Library System on a journey into life on Uncle
                                                                                                     Zuckerman’s farm with crafts and activities
                                                                                                     inspired by E. B. White’s classic children’s
                                                        On Friday, October 27, the topic will be     book Charlotte’s Web. Children will fish
       Nicholson Memorial                           Women’s Health/Breast Cancer at the South
                                                    Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd.
                                                                                                     through Templeton’s Treasure Trough, create
                                                                                                     animal friends, and enjoy snacks of fair food.
         Library System                             On Tuesday, November 28, Common Digestive        Programs will be held at the Ridgewood
               Central Library                      Problems will be discussed at the Central        Branch Library, Saturday, October 7, at 2 p.m.,
               625 Austin Street                    Library, 625 Austin St.                          the South Garland Branch Library on
                972-205-2517                            Each seminar begins at noon and ends at      Saturday on Saturday, October 14, at 3 p.m.,
                                                    1 p.m. Free brown-bag lunches will be            the Walnut Creek Branch Library on
     North Garland Branch Library                   provided. Seating is limited and pre-            Thursday, October 19, at 4 p.m., the North
         3845 North Garland Avenue
                                                    registration is required. Call 1-800-422-9567    Garland Branch Library on Saturday, October
               972-205-2804
                                                    to register.                                     21, at 2 p.m., and the Central Library on
        Ridgewood Branch Library                                                                     Saturday, October 28, at 2 p.m.
               120 West Kingsley                    “Page Turners” Book Discussion Group
                 972-205-2579                           The Page Turners, the Library’s book         Meet Clifford, the Big Red Dog
     South Garland Branch Library                   discussion group, meets monthly at the               Clifford, the Big Red Dog is coming to
          4845 Broadway Boulevard                   Central Library. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and    visit the Nicholson Memorial Library System
               972-205-3933                         are casual. Come to listen, or, better yet,      on Saturday, November 11. Children will
      Walnut Creek Branch Library                   check out a copy of the book and come to join    meet the lovable, huge-hearted pooch and
             3319 Edgewood Drive                    in the discussion.                               help the library kick-off Children’s Book Week
                972-205-2585                            On Thursday, October 26, the group will      with a bark. Clifford will visit the South
                                                    discuss The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of      Garland Branch, at 10 a.m., the Ridgewood
                                                    Thirteen American Women and the Dream of         Branch, at 11 a.m., theWalnut Creek Branch,
                                                    Space Flight, by Martha Ackmann. True            at 2 p.m., the Central Library, at 3 p.m., and
         Friends of the Library                     Women, by Janice Woods Windle, will be the       the North Garland Branch, at 4 p.m.
          Annual Book Sale                          featured book on Thursday, November 16.              Children’s Book Week is November 13 -19,
     Friday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.                                                          and is a great time to encourage children, and
    Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.        Scrap Booking Starts @ Your Library              the adults who care for them, to exercise their
        South Garland Branch Library                    Learn the basic techniques involved in       right to read by spending some time each day
   4845 Broadway Boulevard, at Oates Road           making your own scrapbook. Participants          reading and enjoying books. As this year’s
                                                    should bring the photographs they want to        theme states: “More Books, Please!”
    Support the Garland libraries while
                                                    include in their scrapbook. This program is
 shopping for great book bargains, including
                                                    open to adults, ages 18 and up.
                                                                                                     Teen Programs
 books for adults and children, fiction and
                                                        The workshop is set for Saturday, October
 nonfiction, reference books,
                                                    21, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the South Garland
                                                                                                     Teens! “Get Active @ Your Library®”
 audiocassettes, videos, and more.                                                                       Teens! Activate your minds at the Library
                                                    Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Boulevard at
        Friends Membership Meeting                  Oates Road. Pre-registration is required; call   during Teen Read Week, October 15 – 21. Be
     (Memberships available at the door)            972-205-3931.                                    sure to check out the Teen Collections of
       Thursday, October 5, 5:30 p.m.                                                                books, magazines, audiotapes, and video
  Book Sale Preview to follow until 8:30 p.m.
                                                    Children’s Programs                              materials to learn how to get active in school,
                                                             Fall Storytimes Schedule                clubs, sports, careers, and life. Take charge
                                                                                                     and get active!
Adult Programs                                                    Central Library
                                                           625 Austin Street, 972-205-2517               Teen Read Week is devoted to encouraging
Digital Library Books Update                                 Toddler Time (18-36 mos.)               teens to read for fun as well as for
    In response to citizen demand, the                          Mondays at 10 a.m.                   information. It is also a good time to remind
Nicholson Memorial Library System has                       Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)           parents and educators to encourage older as
increased the checkout limits for digital audio,                Mondays at 11 a.m.                   well as younger children to read for
video or ebook titles. Library card holders                                                          enjoyment.
may now have up to 10 titles on their digital                 Ridgewood Branch Library                   For more information about Library
bookshelves at a time! But remember,                        120 W. Kingsley, 972-205-2579            materials and activities of interest to teens,
however, that you should leave room on your                       Family Storytime                   call 972-205-2517.
checkout bookshelf to allow for any requests                     Thursdays at 4 p.m.
                                                                                                     I Could Do That! Teen Career Paths
you may have placed for other digital titles.               Walnut Creek Branch Library
    Do you homeschool and wish you had                                                                   In October and November the Nicholson
                                                            3319 Edgewood, 972-205-2585              Memorial Library System will host four
access to some of the videos the schools use?                     Family Storytime
Now you do! The Library offers digital videos                                                        career talks for teens ages 12-18. Learn how
                                                                 Tuesdays at 7 p.m.                  people in various professions trained for their
from Clearvue and SVE ranging from
Animated Atlas to the Four Seasons, Library                North Garland Branch Library              jobs, got their jobs, and what a typical
Skills, Science Fair Projects and What’s in            3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2804         workday in those professions is like.
Space. While most videos cannot be burned                   Bouncing Babies (0-18 mos.)                  Each career talk begins at 6:30 p.m. at the
to a DVD, they can be watched during the                     Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.                South Garland Branch Library. Topics are
lending period on your home computer or                      Toddler Time (18-36 mos.)               Careers in Media on October 19, Careers in
portable device.                                                 Fridays at 10 a.m.                  Medicine on October 26, Careers in Education
    New titles are being added regularly. Take              Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)           on November 2, and Careers in Public Safety
a look at the variety of digital titles available                Fridays at 11 a.m.                  on November 9. For more information and to
at http://nmls.lib.overdrive.com, and hurry in                                                       register, call 972-205-3934.
                                                           South Garland Branch Library
to apply for your library card.                          4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3934
Free Health Care Seminars Library
                                                             Toddler Time (18-36 mos.)                    Library Holiday Closings
                                                               Wednesdays at 10 a.m.                                      November
    The Nicholson Memorial Library System                   Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.)                 All libraries closed Thursday, November 23
and Baylor Medical Center at Garland will                      Wednesdays at 11 a.m.                                 and Friday, November 24
present the following free health care                      Bouncing Babies (0-18 mos.)                                   December
seminars this fall. Seminars are presented by                   Fridays at 10:30 a.m.                    Central Library closed Sunday, December 24
                                                                                                         All libraries closed Monday, December 25 and
local physicians or other health care                             Family Storytime                                    Tuesday, December 26
professionals.                                                 Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
   October 2006                                               Garland City Press                                                        Page 8


     Drought Continues to Plague                                                                                     •Auctions for Police
                                                                                                                     impounded vehicles are


      Garland and Area Cities
                                                                                                                     scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on
                                                                                                                     Fridays, October 20 and
                                                                                                                     November 17 at the City of
     Garland residents and those in other          end of 2006. Mr. May says the City wants to                       Garland Impound Lot, 1630




                                                                                                     briefs
North Texas cities have made a difference                                                                            Commerce Street. Gates
                                                   improve the plan’s enforceability and                             open at 8:30 a.m. Vehicles
during the ongoing drought. At the beginning       efficiency. “We were one of the first cities to                   must be removed from the
of the summer, cities served by the North          adopt a plan more than five years ago, and this                   Impound Lot by noon the
Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD)             year marked the first time we’ve had to                           following Monday. Following
were asked to reduce water consumption by          implement it. The plan needs to be brought                        the November 17 vehicle
five percent.                                      more in line with the NTMWD plan for the                          auction, a public auction for
     But the drought is not over and all                                                                             bicycles will be held at the
                                                   sake of consistency and to take advantages of                     Police Property Room, 1640
residents and businesses must still comply         lessons learned during the current drought.”                      Commerce Street. Bicycles
with water-use restrictions. The City of               Mr. May says he expects to bring                              must be removed within two
Garland is currently in Stage 2 of its Drought     proposed drought plan changes to the City                         hours after the end of the
Contingency Plan. Stage 2 sets some specific       Council in late October or early November.                        auction. All items will be
guidelines for water conservation, such as         To stay informed about the more current                           sold for cash to the highest
designated watering days for lawn and                                                                                bidder without warranty or
                                                   drought conditions and water restrictions, log                    guarantees and are offered
landscape irrigation. Homes and businesses         onto www.ci.garland.tx.us.                                        as is/where is. Auctions may
with even-numbered street addresses may                                                                              be cancelled without notice.
water on Sunday and Thursday before 10 a.m.                                                                          Call 972-205-2415 for
and after 8 p.m. The designated days for odd-                                                                        information or visit the
numbered street addresses are Saturday and          Did you know…..                                                  auction web site under
Wednesday during the same hours.                        A running faucet uses about one gallon                       Purchasing at
                                                    of water per minute?                                             www.ci.garland.tx.us.
     “Fortunately, we are in a lower-usage
season so outdoor watering should decrease              Leaks inside a toilet wastes up to 200
during the next few months,” says Jack May,         gallons of water per day?                        Resident Opinion Survey
Managing Director of Garland’s water utilities          A 6-minute shower uses about 39
                                                                                                         The City of Garland is conducting a
department. “However, we must not relax our         gallons of water?
                                                                                                     survey of 17 neighborhoods this fall as part of
water conservation efforts. NTMWD is                                                                 the Neighborhood Benchmarking Program.
preparing special off-season water use              To Save A Drop…..
                                                        Make sure your lawn sprinklers are           Surveys will be mailed to a random selection
restrictions which could be implemented if our                                                       of residents within these neighborhoods.
fall/winter rainfall totals don’t reach at least    watering grass, not concrete or streets!
                                                        Turn off the water while brushing your           In areas where a neighborhood association
normal levels.”                                                                                      has partnered with the City, surveys will be
     Lavon Lake is the primary water source         teeth or washing your hands.
                                                        Don’t leave water running while              mailed to every household. Partnerships
for NTMWD. As of mid-September, the lake                                                             enable neighborhood associations to identify
is down more than 15 feet. The area has seen        rinsing dishes, stopper the sink instead.
                                                        Wash only full loads of laundry.             neighborhood issues and goals necessary to
about half of its normal rainfall for the year.                                                      develop short- and long-term programs.
     Meanwhile, the City of Garland plans to            Take shorter showers.
                                                                                                         Citizen participation will also support one
update its Drought Contingency Plan by the                                                           of the City’s newest initiatives, the Strategy
                                                                                                     for Vital Neighborhoods. The City has formed
       VIETNAM WALL ON DISPLAY IN GARLAND                                                            Neighborhood Resource Teams to work with
                                                                                                     the community in addressing neighborhood
    Many who visit the Moving Wall leave           public awareness and raise funds for a            needs identified by citizens on the survey.
flowers, notes, medals, photographs and other      National Medical War Memorial. Log onto           Citizen participation assists in connecting
mementos at the wall. The items are                www.medicalwarmemorial.org.                       neighborhoods with the resources necessary
collected on the last day of the display and                                                         to make all of Garland’s neighborhoods vital
stored. When the Wall has fulfilled its need, a
                                                   Tours and Volunteer Opportunities                 places to live, work, learn, play, and shop.
museum will be built to display the artifacts         To set up a field trip for school classes,         The map below shows the neighborhoods
with the flag of the state where they were         contact Rusty or Kenny at 972-205-2769. If        that will be included in this year’s survey.
collected. Bringing the Moving Wall to             you or your organization would like to                Residents who receive a survey are
Garland was possible through sponsorships by       volunteer, call 972-205-2884 and leave your       encouraged to complete it and return it by the
Garland Power & Light, Chambrel at Club            contact information on the volunteer voice        deadline indicated on the survey. For
Hill, Brick & Stone Graphics, Koehler              mail. The volunteer coordinator will              questions, call the Department of
Graphics, and Golden Corral.                       coordinate your training and schedule hours.      Organizational Development at 972-205-2132.
Liberty Bell
    An exact scale replica of the Liberty Bell             Calling all Garland
will also be on site during the display. The             Amateur Radio Operators
replica is one of 70 commissioned by the                Join the Garland Radio Amateur Civil
Daughters of the American Revolution in                 Emergency Service and Amateur Radio
1976 for use during the bicentennial of the                        Emergency Service!
Declaration of Independence.                          Provide emergency backup communications,
Veterans Tribute Garden Dedication                       public service event safety and logistic
                                                         communications and weather spotting
    As part of the festivities surrounding the                     as part of SkyWarn.
Moving Wall display, the City of Garland will         Garland RACES is authorized by the City of
officially dedicate the Veterans Tribute               Garland office of Emergency Management.
Garden on November 18 at 11 a.m. Retired                          www.garland-oem.com
Marine Col. Don “Doc” Ballard will be the                    Interested in joining the team?
featured speaker. Col. Ballard received the                Email garlandraces@sbcglobal.net
Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions           or call the Emergency Management Office
on May 16, 1968 while serving as a hospital                 972-205-3971 or 972-205-2605
corpsman in Vietnam. He is working to build
Garland City Press October 2006                                                                                                                          Page 9

                                    SEWAGE BACKUPS: PREVENTION STEPS
     Sewer backups and overflows can cause           and gutters are illegally connected to the         blockage is likely in your service line and you
damage to your home or business and create           City’s wastewater system, or if rain water is      should contact a plumber. If sewer is
considerable time and expense in clean-up            able to enter the system through open clean-       overflowing into your home or business even
and repair. Blockage that causes sewer line          out caps or yard drains.                           if you are not running water down your sewer
backups can occur in the customer’s private              Sanitary sewer clean-outs provide access       line, the blockage may be in the city sewer
line which runs from the house or business,          to a structure’s main sanitary sewer drain         main. In this case, you should immediately
to the sewer main, or it can occur in the city       piping and allow an entry point for cleaning       remove the cap on your sewer clean-out
sewer main itself.                                   any stoppages. Not all homes in Garland have       outside to provide an alternate escape for the
     Municipal water utilities routinely battle      sewer clean-outs. Building codes did not           overflow, and contact the City Water and
the risk of sewer backups in the city sewer          require them until November 1971. For most         Wastewater Department.
main through ongoing maintenance programs            structures built before 1970, the clean-out            For more information, contact the City of
and system upgrades. However, the water              would be located in back of the backyard           Garland Water and Wastewater Utilities at
utility cannot control what materials customers      inline with the main toilet vent. For              972-205-3200. After 4 p.m. and weekends,
put into the sewer system, tree roots growing        structures built after 1970, they are usually      call 972-205-3210.
into the lines, or collapse of lines caused by       located in the front or back yard near the
shifting ground. Like most other states, Texas       house, in line with the main toilet vent on
law recognizes a city’s inability to control many
aspects in operation of a sewer system, and
                                                     the roof. In both situations the clean-out
                                                     would be located outside the foundation.
                                                                                                            WORK IN PROGRESS
protects cities and taxpayer dollars from            Depending on the age of the structure, the
liability for this damage through certain            clean-out would be cast iron or PVC pipe,
immunities provided under the law. The               three to four inches in diameter. The cap
exception would be in the rare instance that         might be brass, PVC or rubber.
the utility caused the backup due to                     When the wastewater collection system is
construction activity or water pressure              blocked, not only does this cause the
cleaning a line back into a building. The            wastewater to overflow to the rivers or
citizens of Garland have also declared by City       streams, but it can also cause flooding of your
Charter that the City, except in rare                house or your neighbor’s house.
circumstances, may not use public funds to pay
claims for which the City is not legally liable.     What to do if a sewer back-up
     Unfortunately, changes in the                   occurs in your home or business                    Crews working on Kingsley Road between First Street to
                                                                                                        Centerville Road. The project includes road realignment and
homeowners insurance market over the last               If a sewer line is not draining in your         paving with water and sewer drainage improvements.
several years have led to many insurance             house or business and is not overflowing, the      Completion is expected to wrap up in February 2007.
companies no longer providing coverage for

                                                           Building Vital Neighborhoods
sewer backups and overflows, or imposing
certain limitations on coverage. Property
owners should carefully research their
insurance coverage options.                          continued from page 1

     So what can be done to reduce the               and improve neighborhoods will be shared           through the Garland Neighborhood University
likelihood of a sewer backup into your home          among many and the success increased.              or GNU. Look for more information about
or business? We all share the same sewer             Everything in the Strategy for Vital               Garland Neighborhood University in the
system. Debris or objects put into a sewer           Neighborhoods goes back to Garland’s               coming months.
line could travel several hundred feet or more       Neighborhood Philosophy-- “Recognizing a               The first major event to kick off the
before lodging in the line, causing a backup.        strength of Garland is the character of its        Strategy for Vital Neighborhoods is the
The actions of each of us can have a positive        neighborhoods, we will work in partnership         Neighborhood Summit—an invitation only
or negative impact on your neighbors.                with neighborhood stakeholders and                 event to be held Saturday, October 28th, at
     The most frequent cause of sewer                community resources to build a stronger            the Atrium at the Granville Arts Center in
blockage is cooking grease. Oil and grease           community and keep Garland an excellent            downtown Garland. Attendees will hear from
disposed of down the kitchen drain can               place to live and invest.”                         two nationally-renowned neighborhood
solidify and, with time, block your drain. The           The philosophy identifies neighborhoods        experts, participate in an interactive exercise
first sign of a partially blocked drain is the       as one of the defining elements of Garland and     to build knowledge of and enthusiasm for
slow draining of the bathroom or kitchen sink.       emphasizes the relationship between                neighborhood revitalization, and learn about
Eventually you may have to call a plumber to         neighborhood quality and the overall quality of    how the Strategy for Vital Neighborhoods will
clean your drain.                                    the city. Second, the philosophy embraces          provide the tools for neighborhoods to partner
     · After cooking, dispose of cooking oil and     building partnerships to build stronger            with the City of Garland to create
grease in a glass jar or plastic bag and place it    neighborhoods. Finally, it speaks to the           neighborhoods of choice.
in the trash. Do not pour it down the garbage        choices individuals, families and businesses
disposal or kitchen sink drain.                      have when selecting where to reside, work,
                                                                                                        Neighborhood Pilot Projects
     · Put food scraps in the trash. Food scraps     and locate.                                            The Strategy for Vital Neighborhoods is
put down the drain can also cause a blockage.                                                           intended for all of Garland’s neighborhoods;
     ·Before washing pots and pans, wipe them        Vision, Tools and Resources                        however, four areas have been selected as
with a paper towel to remove oil and grease.             The Strategy for Vital Neighborhoods has       pilot areas to focus on during the first months
     · Rinse plates and utensils with cold water     three envisioned outcomes: stabilized and          of the initiative. The pilot neighborhoods are
before putting them in the dishwasher.               improved neighborhoods; sense of                   Carriagehouse, Forest Ridge-Walnut,
     ·If you generate large quantities of used oil   community; and increased neighborhood              Oakridge, and Terrace-Bellaire. These areas
and grease, reuse or recycle it. To contact a        management capacity. Again, Garland’s              were selected because they each offer unique
recycle facility, check the listing in the           neighborhoods are all different. They may be       challenges and opportunities, as well
telephone book under recycling centers.              seen as improving, declining, or stable            represent the different types of
     Commercial additives, including                 neighborhoods.                                     neighborhoods in Garland.
detergents that claim to dissolve grease, may            The City of Garland is committed to                Kick off meetings are planned for early
pass grease down the line and cause problems         providing the services and programs best-          November in each of these areas. To get
in other areas.                                      suited for municipal government; however, a        involved and placed on the contact list, please
     Property owners should also check the           more active, engaged, and empowered                contact Alex Koenig, Neighborhood Planner,
private waste lines that exist between their         citizenry will be more effective in bringing       by phone at 972-205-2726 or e-mail
home or business and the property line.              about vital neighborhoods in partnership with      akoenig@ci.garland.tx.us, or Felisa Conner,
Stoppages that occur on private property are         the City and other organizations. Building the     Neighborhood Vitality Manager, by phone at
the responsibility of the property owner.            capacity for neighborhood associations and         972-205-3346 or e-mail at
Additionally, property owners should inspect         individuals to take care of day-to-day issues in   fconner@ci.garland.tx.us. Additional
their lines to determine if storm water drains       neighborhoods will primarily be accomplished       neighborhoods will be selected in early 2007.
    October 2006                                              Garland City Press                                                                       Page 10


                        GP&L Chief Retires                                                              COURT JOINS
    At the end of August, an important
transition took place at Garland Power & Light,
the city-owned electric utility that serves most
                                                   always a vocal advocate for GP&L and its
                                                   customers. In August, the Texas Public
                                                   Power Association presented Harder with a
                                                                                                      UNIDOS PROGRAM
                                                                                                          Representatives from the Garland
Garland residents and businesses.                  Career Achievement Award for his
                                                                                                      Municipal Court will be available during the
    Electric Utility Director Jim Harder           contributions to the public power industry.
                                                                                                      Garland Police Department’s “Unidos”
retired August 23, after 11 years with GP&L.           “Garland benefited from Jim’s leadership
                                                                                                      program. “Unidos” programs are conducted
Harder began his tenure in Garland in 1995         and insight into the electric industry. He
                                                                                                      in Spanish to provide information and
after working at several utilities during the      worked hard on behalf of the electric
                                                                                                      assistance to Garland’s Hispanic community.
course of his career including the City of         ratepayers in this City,” says Mayor Bob Day.
                                                                                                          Mary Alice Metwally from the Municipal
Denton and Southern California Edison.                 Garland City Manager Bill Dollar added,
                                                                                                      Court’s Compliance Department will help
Harder led GP&L during periods of                  “Jim helped steer GP&L through some of the
                                                                                                      citizens understand what steps they must
transformation in the utility industry,            most difficult times a utility can face. He will
                                                                                                      take after receiving a citation, such as court
including deregulation and changes in the          be greatly missed. Fortunately, he not only
                                                                                                      dates, payment options and other questions.
electric wholesale market. He also steered                                         ’s
                                                   served the City well as GP&L chief, he
                                                                                                          “Unidos” meets every other month at the
GP&L through the purchase of the Spencer           helped groom a new generation of leaders to
                                                                                                      Garland Police Department, 1891 Forest
Power Plant and a broad expansion of the           take us into the future.”
                                                                                                      Lane, in the Multi-Purpose Room. The next
utility’s infrastructure, including the purchase       The City will conduct a search for a new
                                                                                                      meeting is set for November 14 at 7 p.m.
and construction of a 75 megawatt combustion       Managing Director for the electric utility. In
turbine.                                           the meantime, the City Manager will oversee
    As the director of                             the management efforts of three Assistant               City of Garland Auction
GP&L, Harder gained a                              Directors: Paul Breitzman as Assistant                             Saturday, October 21
wide-reaching reputation                           Director of Non-Regulated Services such as            Public auction for the sale of surplus, rolling stock,
for his leadership in the                          fuel management and ERCOT resources; Art                        impounded items and bicycles
Electric Reliability                               Martinez as Assistant Director of Regulated                  1720 Commerce - Surplus/impound/bicycles
                                                                                                                 Mainline and Commerce - Rolling Stock
Council of Texas                                   Services such as electric production, rates,        Items may be viewed at 8:30 a.m., with auction to begin at 9:30 a.m.
(ERCOT), first as a board                          distribution and strategic planning; and Jeff               Items must be removed by 4:30 p.m. on auction day.
member, and more                                   Janke as Assistant Director of Administration           Items will be sold to the highest bidder without warranty or
                                                                                                              guarantees of any kind and are offered as is/where is.
recently as an alternate                           managing customer service, commercial                        972-205-2415           www.ci.garland.tx.us
board member. He was                               accounts, and office administration.



               COUNCIL APPROVES 2006-07 OPERATING BUDGET
continued from page 3                              changes recommended in the Job Evaluation          approximately 21,000 gallons or more,
Improvement Program (CIP) to provide               and Performance Management Study. The              however, will experience an increase in their
additional resources for the City’s continued      Budget also includes funding for merit raises      monthly water bills.
focus on the development of Downtown and           ranging between 0% and 5%, with an average             Monthly rate increases are required in
other potential areas of Garland. One-time         increase of 3.5%.                                  FY 2006-07 for wastewater service due to
contributions from the appropriate funds are                                                          significant capital investments in the City’s
included in the Budget to provide the              Ad Valorem Tax Rate                                wastewater treatment plants and
resources for implementing the recommended             The 2006-07 Budget is based on an              infrastructure. Based on the rate changes, a
IT projects for 2006-07.                           Operations and Maintenance (O&M) ad                typical Garland resident will pay $32.26 a
    The Budget also contains the addition of       valorem tax rate of 38.9 cents per $100 of         month for sewer service, which represents an
eleven critical staff positions in the City’s      valuation, which is unchanged from 2005-06.        increase of $1.60. The monthly rate for the
Electric Utility. These positions are              The Debt Service portion of the ad valorem         collection of residential solid waste, bulky
necessary for GP&L to successfully address         tax rate will increase 1.25 cents and is related   goods and recyclables reflects an increase of
fundamental shifts occurring in the Texas          to the ongoing progress towards completing         $1.46 a month. The solid waste rate
electric industry related to the                   the 1997 and 2004 Bond Programs. With the          adjustment is the result of increases in
implementation of a Nodal market                   increase, Garland’s tax rate would be 67.86        operating expenditures, primarily fuel and
methodology and to meet new reporting              cents per $100 of valuation.                       fleet costs. Commercial solid waste accounts
requirements mandated by the National                  At the tax rate of 67.86 cents, City ad        will see an average increase of 10%. The
Electric Reliability Council.                      valorem taxes for a home valued at $100,000        City’s Electric Utility rates are determined by
    Other position changes in the Budget           will be $637.88 per year or $53.16 a month         market conditions throughout the year and
include the addition of a Rights-of-Way            after applying the 6% Homestead Exemption.         not set as part of the annual budget process.
Technician in Engineering, two Credit              The impact of the tax rate increase for these          Other fee and rate changes include a new
Representatives to address the growing             individuals will be $5.51 a year or 46 cents       Registration Fee for contractors performing
number of citizen contacts in the City’s           per month, including the benefit of the            work in the City’s rights-of-way, a non-
Customer Service Department, a                     increased Homestead Exemption.                     resident user fee for City Recreation Centers,
Communications Technician for Radio Shop                                                              and modest increases in some public health fees.
operations, and the elimination of a Building      Utility Rates                                          The 2006-07 Adopted Budget will be
Attendant position in Facilities Management.           The 2006-07 Budget changes the existing        available for viewing on the City’s website at
Within the Water Utility Fund, the Budget          Water rate structure. Under the current rate       www.ci.garland.tx.us in October. A printed
also includes the addition of a Data               structure, the price per 1,000 gallons is the      copy will be available at City libraries and in
Acquisition Integrator, Utility Operator and       same regardless of overall usage. Under the        the City Secretary’s Office on the first floor of
Instrument Technician.                             three-tiered rate structure, the price paid per    City Hall, 200 N. Fifth Street.
    Employee compensation increases                1,000 gallons will increase after 3,000 and
approved for 2006-07 include pay structure         again after 15,000 gallons of usage. The tier
changes for Police and Fire sworn personnel        structure is designed to encourage and
to more accurately align the City with the         reward conservation. For the average
Metroplex market. For General Schedule             resident in Garland who uses 8,000 gallons a
employees, the 2006-07 Budget contains the         month, the new rate structure will result in a
second and final year of classification and pay    savings of $4.88. Residents using
Garland City Press October 2006                                                                                                                              Page 11


           EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM                                                                                               Code
    The Garland Fire Department and the
Garland Office of Emergency Management
launched the first Community Emergency
                                                   following a major emergency incident and can
                                                   provide critical support to professional First                              Compliance
                                                   Responders. They also provide immediate
Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training course in        assistance to victims and organize                                    Attention Property Owners:
late September. The 8-week                         spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site.                                 The City of Garland’s web site contains a
course prepares citizens to deal                       For information, contact Lt. Greg Huff at                         listing of property owners with open
with the aftermath of a disaster                   972-205-3630 or ghuff@ci.garland.tx.us or log                         abatement liens. Those properties may be
and teaches methods for                            onto the Garland Fire Department website at                           subject to foreclosure action. The open
mitigating the consequences of a disaster.         www.garlandfire.com.                                                  abatement liens listing can be found on the
    The mission and purpose of the C.E.R.T.                                                                              City of Garland website www.ci.garland.tx.us
Program is to provide the community with                                                                                 under: Online Services
neighborhood-based teams of trained
volunteers who can respond immediately to a                                                                              TRAC
major disaster or emergency situation if                                                                                     Get ready to stay on TRAC (Telling
professional First Responders (police/fire/                                                                              Residents about Code). Make plans to attend
EMS) are not immediately available.                                                                                      the third in the series of informative meetings
    If a major disaster strikes Garland, our                                                                             for all residents. This session will be held on
                                                   The Garland Fire Department broke ground Friday August 25,            Tuesday, October 24, 6 to 8 p.m. in the City
citizens may have to rely on each other for        2006 for its new administration/training center. The 17 million
help to meet immediate lifesaving and life-        dollar project will support all fire administration, training, fire   Council Chambers of City Hall, 200 North
sustaining needs. C.E.R.T. members are
                                                   investigation, arson division, department support services and        Fifth Street. Members of the Garland Police
                                                   information management technologies services. The project is
trained to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours   expected to be completed in September 2007.                           Department’s Gang Unit will discuss the
                                                                                                                         issue of gangs in Garland and how citizens can
                                                                                                                         best deal with gang activity. For more
     GARLAND ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS                                                                                          information please contact Vickie Jenkins,
                                                                                                                         972-485-6414.
Hinton Landfill Rules                             must be taken to the Recycling Center’s scrap                          Multi-Family Complex Meeting
                                                  metal area located at 1426 Commerce St.                                    The 2006 annual informational meeting
    Garland’s C.M. Hinton, Jr. Regional               Users of this landfill are admitted under
Landfill accepts municipal solid waste,                                                                                  for apartment owners and managers will be
                                                  the direction of the attendant on duty.                                held from 1 to 4 p.m., October 11 at the
construction and demolition waste from            Incoming loads will be inspected on a random
residents, private waste haulers, and                                                                                    Garland Police Department, 1891 Forest
                                                  basis and prohibited articles shall be                                 Lane, Police Training Room, first floor.
commercial businesses. The landfill is            determined by the attendant on duty. No
located at 3175 Elm Grove Road. It is open                                                                               Various City of Garland departments will
                                                  smoking is allowed in the landfill and children                        provide information regarding City ordinances
Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and under 12 must remain inside the vehicle.
is closed major holidays.                                                                                                and programs affecting multi-family
                                                      All incoming loads must have a suitable                            complexes. The 2007 license applications will
    Garland residents can drop off normal         cover placed over the load to prevent trash
household waste for free. Simply bring proof                                                                             be available. For more information, contact
                                                  from blowing or falling from the vehicle. A                            Vickie Jenkins at 972-485-6414.
of residency in the form of a valid Texas         suitable cover is one constructed of canvas
driver’s license or current utility bill. Rowlett mesh, netting, or such other materials. The
residents must obtain a Landfill Pass, which      operator of any commercial vehicle, arriving
allows them access to use of the landfill or      at either of these locations, which does not
transfer station twice per calendar year, from    have a suitable cover placed over the vehicle’s
the City of Rowlett. Customers unload the         load, shall pay a surcharge of $5, in addition to
waste themselves. Bring only waste from the other applicable charges, to defray the
household where you reside. Non-Garland           expense of litter cleanup. Tarps will be
residents and commercial customers will be        available at each location for purchase by
charged a per-ton fee based on the type of        landfill users.
vehicle. A security deposit is required, and          Only brick and masonry goods that are
the minimum charge is $10. Tipping fees may 100% clean and free of trash shall be accepted
be paid with a local check with proper            free of charge. Customers hauling all other
identification, cash or credit card. Contact the loads of brick, concrete, and masonry goods
Customer Service Division of the                  will be charged.                                                           The Code Compliance department
Environmental Waste Services Department at                                                                               continues to help the city’s senior citizens
972-205-3500 if you have any questions            Texas Recycles Day                                                     with its Code Cares program. Once a month
regarding the landfill operations.                    In recognition of Texas Recycles Day                               the department’s code inspectors volunteer
    To ensure that the C.M. Hinton, Jr.           2006, Wednesday, November 15, the City of                              their time to help seniors with landscape
Regional Landfill and Transfer Station is in      Garland Environmental Waste Services                                   maintenance. To date, the program has
compliance with their Texas Commission on         Department will sponsor its tenth annual                               helped nearly 20 citizens. Code inspectors
Environmental Quality site operating permit, School Aluminum Can Recycling Challenge.                                    perform a variety of work. Inspectors
the Environmental Waste Services                  Schools, private and public, are encouraged to                         have removed trash, mowed high grass and
Department enforces the following rules:          collect aluminum cans and take them to                                 trimmed shrubs and trees.
    The Landfill cannot accept liquids, motor- Garland Recyclers, Inc. located at 201 South                                  The Code Cares program has also drawn
driver vehicles, fuel tanks, used oil filters or  Shiloh Road. Collections will be accepted for                          interest from church groups who want to help.
other devices that use to contain petroleum-      the contest from Monday, November 13                                   The Arapaho Baptist Church Men’s Ministry
based compounds such as gasoline, fuel oil,       through Saturday, November 18. Garland                                 is helping paint a house, and the First
hydraulic fluid, lubricants or other chemicals, Recyclers, Inc. has agreed to accept the                                 Presbyterian Youth are assisting with limb
debris from non-hazardous chemical spills,        aluminum cans and pay the current market                               trimming projects.
friable asbestos, sandblast grit and non-liquid   rate for aluminum cans recycled during the                                 If you are a senior and have received a
paint washes, infectious or hospital waste,       contest.                                                               letter about a code violation, contact the Code
high-pH and low-pH materials, spent filter            Only schools in the Garland Independent                            Compliance department (972-485-6400) and
media residue, hazardous waste, lead acid         School District (public schools) will be eligible                      ask to speak with the inspector in your area.
batteries, pesticides or other home chemicals, to receive the First Place Award of $300.                                 Priority is given to properties in major need
tires, items containing chlorofluorocarbons       However, private schools are eligible to                               of maintenance.
(CFCs), commercial loads of electronics,          receive award certificates. Contest rules and
including televisions, office machines and        entry forms will be mailed to local school
computer equipment, large appliances such as principals, Parent Teacher Association (PTA)                                  Garage/Yard Sale Permits
ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, cooking
ranges, air conditioners, etc. All white goods
                                                  Environmental Chairs, and PTA Presidents in
                                                  early October.
                                                                                                                               972-485-6400
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