The Garland City Council unveiled a new microphone system in the city council room and a wall-mounted television, which allows for computer interface within the room Wednesday at its monthly meeting. In addition, Mayor Arlon Bennett was able to show off the city’s new website which should be ready for launching next month.
The council is gearing up for Wheat and Beet Days Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7 and the details are still getting fine-tuned, said councilmember Dan Bowcutt, who is heading the committee.
The library will again be sponsoring its Fun Run and breakfast Saturday morning. The band, Rough Stock, will be playing a free concert at the Garland City Park Friday night.
“They are fun and really interactive with the crowd,” Bowcutt said of the band.
Following the concert, a movie will begin at dark. The Garland City Youth Council is sponsoring the movie, new youth mayor Madison Packer said.
A new water fountain at the park is done just in time for the town festivities, as well, councilmember Fred Christensen said. Furthermore, he reported the mosquito population so far this summer is about half what it was last year.
“There are fewer mosquitoes,” he said, “because of the cold spring, even though it was wet.”
Regarding the Garland Elementary School, Bennett said, the construction is moving along well and the concrete floor will be poured the last week of July. The building’s walls should be roughed in before the bad weather hits so that the finish work can go on unhindered during the winter.
“The [elementary school’s] water and sewer lines are in and are ready to make the final connection into ours,” he said. Additionally, the curb and gutter work are progressing toward the preexisting streets.
In other news, the leak in the city’s old water tank has been repaired. The old tank has been patched and cleaned and the new line should be running soon, Bennett said.
One Garland landowner has raised some issues concerning the effect the new water project has had on him. The city is working with its lawyer, through the courts, and hopes to settle the issue quickly.