October 2006 Published by the City of Garland ,
Volume XIV Issue 5
Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall •Mayor’s p.2
Traveling to Garland Message,
It’s an emotional experience and an paid and has taken many opportunities •2006-07 Budget
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
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
Senior Activity Center is located at 600 to experience the memorial within
West Avenue A in downtown Garland.
their own community. Visiting the
wall is a very emotional experience, •Droughtp.8
has such a even for people who don’t personally
of the price
know someone who died in Vietnam.
Volunteers will be on the site to help •Sewage Backup
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,
Permit No. 2
Parade of Lights. and more. Santa Claus will have his
“The holidays in own special float,
Garland just wouldn’t greeting children
be the same without along the parade
Christmas on the route.
Square,” said Mayor At the conclusion
Bob Day. “This year of the parade, Santa
will be no exception, will invite everyone
Garland, Texas 75046-9002
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
Garland City Press
wonderful event.” magically illuminate the night skies at
P O. Box 469002
The Parade of Lights will have a Santa’s command. This year will be
City of Garland
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
Garland City Press October 2006 Page 2
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.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Centerville Marketplace will be such a place.
But where is the Centerville
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
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
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
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
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
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
email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
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
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