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[1. CALL TO ORDER]

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>> GOOD EVENING EVERYONE. IT'S TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2020. IT IS 5:30 PMENT FTC AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 551.087, THE CITY OF ROWLETT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO RECONVENE CAN, R RECESS AND REALIGN THE REGULAR SESSION CALLED EXECUTIVE SESSION. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, YOU CAN CALL 888550-3932 AND ENTER MEETING NUMBER 161-5437024. I'M GOING TO READ THE PR WORDING. THE CITY COUNCIL SHALL CONVENE INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE S551.071 (CONSULTATION WITH ATTORNEY) AND S551.087 (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT), TO DISCUSS COMMERCIAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND THE OFFER OF INCENTIVES TO BUSINESS PROSPECTS THAT THE CITY MAY SEEK TO HAVE LOCATE, STAY OR EXPAND IN ROWLETT AND WITH WHICH THE CITY IS CONDUCTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEGOTIATIONS AND TO RECEIVE LEGAL ADVICE FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY REGARDING THE REQUEST FOR A PRIVATE LETTER RULING FROM THE TEXAS COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT'S SERVICE ASSESSMENT PLAN FOR THE SAPPHIRE BAY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

I THINK YOU'RE BILLING US BY THE WORD THERE DAVID.

>> NOT SORRY. >> SO WE WILL EXIT OUT OF OUR

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REGULAR SESSION AND RECONVENE INTO L EXECUTIVE SESSION AND ONCE WE COMPLETE OUR EXECUTIVE SESSION WE'LL COME BACK INTO OUR REGULAR SESSION.

>> WELL I'M GOING TO TALK SLOWLY AND HOPE THAT SHE JOINS US.

IT IS 6:26 AND WE CONCLUDED OUR EXECUTIVE SESSION AND NO FORMAL

[3A. Presentation of Year-End Update from the City Manager for FY2020. (45 minutes) ]

ACTION WAS TAKEN. WE WILL START WITH OUR NEXT ITEM WHICH IS ITEM 3A, PRESENTATION OF YEAR END UPDATE FROM THE CITY MANAGER FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020. BRIAN, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT

UPDATE FOR US EVERY YEAR. >> THANK YOU MAYOR.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND AH WILL PULL LAURA WILLPULL THAT UP AND WE'LT

STARTED. >> I GOT A TEXT FROM MARTHA, SHE'S TRYING TO LOG IN. UNFORTUNATELY WE SHOULD GO AHEAD

AND START BRIAN. >> I'LL DO THAT MAYOR.

THANK YOU. COUNCIL, MAYOR I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THE YEAR IN UPDATE BY THE CITY MANAGER.

WHILE FISCAL YEAR 2020 HAS A BEEN FILLED WITH TALK ABOUT COVID-19, DID LAST THREE YEARS HAVE LITERALLY BEEN GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE CITY IN TERMS OF CONSTRUCTION.

OUR THEME FOR 2020 IS A GROWING COMMUNITY.

AND WE'RE TRULY SEEING OUR COMMUNITY'S VISION COME TO LIFE.

LAURA I THINK YOU'RE ALREADY ON THE SECOND SLIDE SO YOU'LL HOLD THERE AND THEN WE'LL START MOVING IT FORWARD.

AS KITING AS OUR FUTURE IS I CANNOT TELL OUR STORY WITHOUT THANKING THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL FOR THE LEADERSHIP YOU KEEP PROVIDING THE ORGANIZATION. GOOD GOVERNANCE IS THE KEY PILLAR FOR THE SUCCESS OF ANY BUSINESS AND I KNOW YOU TAKE YOUR GOOD GOVERNANCE IMPORTANTLY TO OUR CITIZENS.

PASSION AND ENERGY YOU SERVE THE CITIZENS OF ROWLETT, BY SPENDING THE TIME WITH CITIZENS AND TO THE DRUDGERY OF MANY, MANY HOURS IN MEETINGS, MANY, MANY HOURS IN MEETINGS, I KNOW YOUR PART TIME JOB SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE FULL TIME AND I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. NEXT SLIDE.

OUR BUSY YEAR INCLUDED THE ELECTION OF THREE COUNCILMEMBERS. THE MAY 2020 ELECTION WAS POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 3RD DUE TO COVID.

AFTER HISTORIC TURNOUT COUNCILMEMBERS BLAKE MARGS, MATT GRUBISICH AND PAMELA BELL WERE REELECTED.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL. NEXT.

MUCH OF OUR SUCCESS IS DUE TO OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS AND OUR SINCEREST THANKS TO THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAKE US ROWLETT STRONG. NEXT SLIDE.

ROWLETT CONTINUES TO TELL ITS STORY IN REMARKABLE WAYS.

FROM ONE OF THE TOP 25 BEST PLACES TO LIVE TO THE NUMBER 1 BEST SMALL CITY TO MOVE TO IN AMERICA TO ONE OF THE SAFEST CITIES IN TEXAS AND TO THE EIGHTH FASTEST GROWING CITY IN

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THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE ARE DAIG NOTICE AND MOVING TO AND INVESTING IN ROWLETT. ING AND SPEAKING OF BUSY, AS A RESULT OF NUMEROUS DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, WE HAVE EXPERIENCED $630 MILLION IN NEW PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN JUST THE PAST FOUR YEARS. AND I WANT TO PAUSE JUST TO SAY THAT AGAIN. $630 MILLION IN NEW PRIVATE INVESTMENT HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE CITY OF ROWLETT IN THE LAST YEAR AND WE EXPECT FIVE TO 6 BILLION IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

NEXT SLIDE. WE WERE DISCUSSING HOW ROWLETT WAS NAMED THE 8TH FASTEST GROWING CITY BY THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU. WE WERE CERTAINLY NOT EXPECTING THE WORLD TO BE FIGHTING OFF A PANDEMIC.

AFFECTING YOU ALL OF OUR GOVERNMENTS, BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS. GROWING CONCERN AS FRIENDS FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORS BEGAN CONTRACTING THE DISEASE.

AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ADDRESSED THE PANDEMIC, BUSINESSES CLOSED, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WERE LAID OFF AND THE ECONOMY TANKED. TO OVERCOME THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PUMPED TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE ECONOMY, TO HELP INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS STAY AFLOAT WHILE THEY WERE SHUTTLE DOWN.

SHUT DOWN. NEXT SLIDE.

IN MAY THE COUNTRY BEGAN TO REOPEN ITS BUSINESSES AND AMERICAN CONTINUED TO WORK JUST AS THE DISEASE TO ACCELERATE ITS CONTAGION. HITTING NEW AREAS.

AT THE TIME OF THIS -- AT THIS TIME, SOME STATES LIKE TEXAS AND CALIFORNIA, HAD SHUT DOWN MANY BUSINESSES YET AGAIN IN AN ATTEMPT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND IN AUGUST, SCHOOLS REOPENED TO A NEW NORMAL VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS. NEXT SLIDE. THERE IS NO WAY TO FORECAST THE LENGTH AND SAYS SEVERITY OF THS PANDEMIC.

WE HAVE PLANNED AROUND A TWO YEAR ECONOMIC IMPACT.

WHILE PRESERVING OPTIONS IF THE IMPACT IS DEEPER OR IF IT CONTINUES INTO A THIRD FISCAL YEAR.

TO DO THAT WE DEVELOPED A BRIDGE STRATEGY, USING A COMBINATION OF BUDGET REDUCTIONS AND EXISTING RESOURCES DO HELP CARRY US INTO 2022. SUFFICE TO SAY THAT COVID CREATED A SPECIAL CHALLENGE FOR ROWLETT THIS YEAR, AFFECTING NOT ONLY OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT BUT ALSO THE CITY'S BUDGET. IN ADDITION IT CAUSED MANY SPECIAL EVENTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE DEFERRED OR CANCELLED. NEXT SLIDE.

IN ORDER TO HELP OUR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE REDUCED THE TAX RATE BY 1.2 CENTS.

OUR CURRENT LEVEL NOW, 74.5 CENTS, IS THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2005. NEXT SLIDE.

IN OCTOBER, 2020, THE NORTH TEXAS MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT AND ITS 13 MEMBER CITIES ANNOUNCED A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT ON LONG STANDING DISPUTE OVER AN ARCHAIC MINIMUM PAYMENT STRUCTURE REFERRED TO AS TAKE OR PAY.

THIS DISPUTE CAME TO LIGHT IN DECEMBER OF 2016 WHEN FOUR OF THE LARGEST MEMBER CITIES FILED A PETITION WITH THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TO REQUEST HELP FROM A PAYMENT SYSTEM -- HAVE A GOOD NIGHT -- A PAYMENT SYSTEM FOR UNUSED WATER.

WHILE THE PETITION WAS FILED IN 2016, THE DISPUTE HAD BEEN FESTERING FOR YEARS. ROWLETT ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER CUSTOMER-CITIES JOINED THIS FIGHT IN 2020.

ROWLETT WAS FAICTED BY THE TAKE OR PAY SYSTEM WHICH REQUIRED THE CITY TO PAY FOR NEARLY 1 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER IT DID NOT USE.

AFTER YEARS OF LITIGATION, THE MEMBER CITIES SETTLED THEIR AGREEMENT AND NOVEMBER 2020 THE PUC APPROVED THE SETTLEMENT.

AND LAURA CAN YOU ASK WHOEVER IT IS TO MUTE THEIR MIC?

>> CAN YOU PLEASE MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE?

>> AS PART OF THE CITY OF ROWLETT'S EFFORTS, THE WATER DISTRICT HAS OFFERED THE CUSTOMERS THE TAKE OR PAY THAT THE CITIES WILL RECEIVE. ROWLETT'S NEXT STEP WILL BE TO ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS FOR SUCH PURPOSE.

THE PROPOSED SOLUTION HAS A 13 YEAR TRANSITION BUT WILL BE MORE EQUITABLE TO WATER CUSTOMERS. NEXT SLIDE.

HIGH QUALITY PROJECTS DRIVEN BY COMMUNITY'S VISION ACCESS TO

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REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION, A STRATEGIC PORTAL BETWEEN DFW AND EAST TEXAS AND EXTRAORDINARY MARKET TIMING IS DRIVING DEVELOPERS TO ROWLETT. MANY OF THE BUSINESSES ATTRACTED TO THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL BE UNIQUE TO ROWLETT AND IN SOME CASES UNIQUE TO TEXAS. THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT.

ROWLETT HAS THE RIGHT VISION FOR THE RIGHT TIME.

NEXT SLIDE. FOR A STRATEGIC PLAN TO BE EFFECTIVE IT NEEDS TO PERMEATE EVERY ASPECT OF OUR OPERATIONS.

THEREFORE FOR PURPOSES OF THIS PRESENTATION WE WILL FOCUS ON OUR SEVEN STRATEGIC PRIORITIES. NEXT SLIDE.

OUR FIRST STRATEGIC PRIORITY IS TO GOVERN TRANSPARENTLY AND INCLUSIVELY. THIS MEANS GOVERNING IN A POLICY FOCUSED AND RESPONSIVE MANNER THAT EMPHASIZES ACTIVE REMOVAL OF BARRIERS TO INFORMATION. NEXT SLIDE.

IN 2020, THE CITY WAS VERY BUSY GOVERNING AND SERVING ITS CITIZENS. ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY IS KEY AND THE CITY CONTINUES TO MEET EVERY FIVE TRANSPARENCY STARS.

IN THE PAST YEAR WE HAD 769,000 WEBSITE HITS.

352,000 YOUTUBE VIEWS AND NOW HAVE OVER 12,000 FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS. SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS TO GET THE WORD OUT. AND A LITTLE SIDE BAR CONVERSATION, COUNCIL, A LOT OF OUR STATISTICS AND METRICS ARE DOWN THIS YEAR PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF THINGS LIKE ACTIVITIES WE DIDN'T DO, EVENTS WE DIDN'T DO, AND THE LIBRARY AND THE RCC.

HOWEVER SOCIAL MEDIA TOUCHES ARE UP SIGNIFICANTLY.

AND THAT IS PRIMARILY BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT. PARTICULARLY DUE TO COVID-19.

NEXT SLIDE. ONE WAY WE MAKE OUR COMMUNITY STRONG IS ENGAGING OUR CITIZENS SUCH AS THE MAYOR'S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS. NOT ONLY IS IT A CHANCE TO COMMUNICATE WITH OUR CITIZENS, IT'S ALSO A REQUIREMENT OF THE CITY'S CHARTER. NEXT SLIDE.

BEING TRANSPARENT MEANS, WELL, BEING TRANSPARENT.

IN ROWLETT WE WANT TO ENSURE OUR CITIZENS RECEIVE VALUE FOR THEIR INVESTMENT. WE WANT ROWLETT TO BE OUR CITIZEN'S COMMUNITY OF CHOICE. THE TEXAS COMPTROLLER'S TRANSPARENCY STAR PROGRAM INCLUDE FIVE AREAS, TRADITIONAL DEBT, PURCHASING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PENSIONS.

THE CITY OF ROWLETT WAS FOURTH IN THE STATE OF OVER 4800 GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, INCLUDING CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES TO EARN ALL FIVE STARS AND WE ARE CONTINUING THAT TREND IN 2020.

NEXT SLIDE. AND PART OF BEING TRANSPARENT IS LEARNING WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM CITY GOVERNMENT.

THE ROWLETT CITY ACADEMY IS AN AWARD WINNING PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP RESIDENTS UNDERSTAND HOW MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT WORKS.

THE ACADEMY INCLUDES TOURS OF PUBLIC SAFETY, PUBLIC WORKS AND DISCUSSION WITH ALL CITY DEPARTMENTS.

167 ROWLETT RESIDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THE CITY ACADEMY.

THEY ARE STAYING ACTIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE. ANOTHER WAY WE KEEP ROWLETT STRONG IS BUILDING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS.

THE PEOPLE OF ROWLETT ARE AMAZING NEIGHBORS AND WE PARTNER WITH MANY OF OUR LOCAL NONPROFITS TO HELP KEEP THE CITY OF ROWLETT WELCOMING, SAFE AND BEAUTIFUL.

NEXT SLIDE. THE SPIRIT OF ROWLETT AWARD IS A WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO CITIZENS WHO HAVE ENCOURAGED, SUPPORTED AND IMPACTED OUR COMMUNITY EVERY DAY.

WHEN THE PANDEMIC MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS IN PERSON, WE TURNED TO ZOOM TO CONTINUAL THE VIDEO SERIES.

SHOWCASING POSITIVITY AND GOOD DEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT. NEXT SLIDE.

THE CITY OF ROWLETT CREATED THE ROWLETT COMMUNITIES ACTIVE THE DISASTER CO-AG GROUP IN MARCH 2020 JUST AS OUR ATTENTION WAS BEGINNING TO TURN TO COVID. SINCE THEN THE GROUP HAS SPEARHEADED THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH ASSISTING RESIDENTS WITH FOOD AND SUPPLIES WHILE THEY WERE SEQUESTERED IN THEIR HOMES DUE TO COVID. IN MARCH AND APRIL THE TEAM RESPONDED TO 462 CALLS AND BY JUNE HAD RESPONDED TO 3500 CALLS ASKING FOR HELP. IN ADDITION TO COMMUNITY OUTREACH OUR COED HAD LED THE EFFORT TO HELP THE BUSINESSES WITH THE ROWLETT STIMULUS GRANTS CALLED ROBUST.

90 BUSINESSES HAVE NOW RECEIVED HELP TOTALING OVER $600,000.

NEXT. KEEPING ROWLETT STRONG MEANS

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BEING INCLUSIVE. IN 2019, THE CITY CREATED THE ROWLETT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMISSION.

SINCE THEN COMMISSION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED REPRESENTING A CROSS SECTION OF ROWLETT'S DIVERSE COMMUNITY.

IN 2020, WE WERE ABILITY TO HOST THIS YEAR'S SOCIALLY DISTANT CELEBRATE DIVERSITY EVENT. WHILE IT MAY HAVE LOOKED A LITTLE DIFFERENT IT WAS A GREAT EVENT TO CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES. NEXT.

VOLUNTEERISM IS ANOTHER WAY OUR CITIZENS MADE A DIFFERENCE.

BUT THIS YEAR DUE TO THE PANDEMIC AND THE RESULTING SAFETY MEASURES PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT STAFF AND OUR VOLUNTEERS, THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS AND THE HOURS THEY DONATED WERE DRAMATICALLY REDUCED.

BY COMPARISON, IN 2019, CITIZENS CONTRIBUTED 19,000 HOURS, ALMOST TWICE WHAT WE DID IN THE CURRENT YEAR.

MAKE NO MISTAKE. WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS.

NEXT. COVID MAY ALSO -- HAS MADE US ALSO MORE GRATEFUL FOR TECHNOLOGY.

THE MAJORITY OF US NOW USE OUR MOBILE DEVICES TO GET INFORMATION AND CONDUCT OUR DAILY BUSINESS.

ROWLETT.COM IS BUILT ON A MOBILE RESPONSIVE PLATFORM BRINGING VALUE TO OUR CITIZENS BY MAKING IT A SNAP TO VIEW, SEARCH FOR INFORMATION, FILL OUT FORMS, PAY A BILL, FIND A PARK OR VISIT THE LIBRARY. ALL FROM THEIR PHONE OR TABLET.

NEXT. AS A COVID-19 PANDEMIC EVOLVES SOCIAL MEDIA BECAME EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN 2020.

BETWEEN ALL THE STATE AND LOCAL ORDERS, RISING CASE IN HOSPITAL CAPACITY NUMBERS, OPENING, CLOSING TEST SITES, INFORMATION EVOLVED QUICKLY AND OUR CITIZENS WERE INSTANTLY KEPT UP TO DATE AND INFORMED, ENHANCING OUR PRESENCE AND COMMUNICATING VALUE TO A GROWING SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION WHO GET NEWS AND INFORMATION EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE. NEXT.

VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS ALSO KEPT CITIZENS CONNECT AND INFORMED DURING THE PANDEMIC. FROM FACEBOOK LIVE TOWN HALL MEETINGS AND VIRTUAL SPECIAL EVENTS TO INSTRUCTIONAL AND VIDEOS FROM THE ROWLETT FIRE DEPARTMENT TO PRODUCING THE MONTHLY TELEVISION PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT ON ROWLETT, ROWLETT HAS USED ALL OF ITS AVAILABLE TOOLS TO COMMUNICATE.

THESE INFORMATIVE VIDEOS ARE SHOWN ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS THAT INCLUDES THE CITY'S CABLE CHANNEL RTN 16, FACEBOOK, THE CITY'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL. NEXT, CAN AND LIFE DURING THE PANDEMIC MADE ZOOM MEETINGS THE NEW NORMAL.

TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY WE HAVE BROADCAST EVERY VIRTUAL AND PUBLIC MEETING LIVE TO CABLE RTN 16 AND TO OUR STREAMING VIDEO PAGE WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THE RECORDED MEETING IS THEN ARCHIVED AND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL THE FOLLOWING DAY ON ROWLETT.COM. NEXT.

SO WHETHER DIGITAL PRINT OR SOCIAL MEDIA, ROWLETT HAS A GREAT STORY TO TELL. NEXT SLIDE.

OUR SECOND STRATEGIC PRIORITY IS TO ENSURE SAFE COMMUNITY.

ROWLETT PROVIDES PROACTIVE CITIZEN ORIENTED PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES THAT ALLOW RESIDENTS BUSINESSES AND GUESTS TO FEEL SAFE AND BE SAFE. NEXT SLIDE.

2020 WAS VERY BUSY FOR OUR FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAD 5752 TOTAL CALLS INCLUDING 40 STRUCTURE FIRES AND 3923 CALLS NEEDING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE. THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR REPORTING 1 CALLS WAS SIX MINUTES AND 43 SECONDS.

NEXT SLIDE. 2020 WAS ALSO BUSY FOR OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED 91,000 TOTAL CALLS INCLUDE 12 SPAY PRIORITY CALLS AND 3738 CALLS TO PGBT TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE.

THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME WAS A 16% IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE DEPARTMENT ALSO CONDUCTED 9500 RENT PATROLS. NEXT SLIDE.

RESPONSE TIME IS FROM THE TIME THE CALL IS RECEIVED BY DISPATCH UNTIL THE FIRST UNIT ARRIVES ON SCENE.

AS PART OF OUR COMMITMENT TO ROWLETT, OUR HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL SKILLED PUBLIC SAFETY TEAMS ARE READY TO RESPOND.

AN EMERGENCY IS NOT A TIME TO FIND OUT YOUR CITY'S RESPONSE RATE. OUR POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE CONTINUALLY WORKING TO MEET AND EXCEED OUR TARGET RESPONSE TIME. WHILE FIRE RESCUE EXPERIENCED A SLIGHT INCREASE ON THEIR AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME OUR POLICE RESPONSE TIME AS MENTIONED EARLIER DID DECREASE BY NEARLY

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16%. TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, THIS IS AN IMPROVEMENT OF 1 MINUTE AND 20 SECONDS.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE NEEDS HELP, WE'RE THERE FOR YOU.

NEXT. TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE DURING COVID OUR ROWLETT FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT CREATED TELL-A-MEDIC PROGRAM, TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT COULD BE COVID OR OTHER TYPES OF ILLNESSES.

OUR DEPARTMENT HAD 181 TELL-A-MEDIC CALLS DURING THE TIME. NEXT.

SPEAKING OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WE'RE GREATLY PROUD OF OUR PARTNERSHIP, 100 ACTIVE TRAINED MEMBERS.

MAKE NO MISTAKE, CERT SAVES LIVES.

THE ROWLETT FIRE DEPARTMENT TRAINING TOWER WAS COMPLETED AND PUT IN USE IN NOVEMBER OF 2019. THE FACILITY WILL PROVIDE US THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE TOP-NOTCH TACTICAL TRAINING FOR OUR FIREFIGHTERS TO BETTER PREPARE THEM WHEN THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. NEXT SLIDE.

FIRE STATION NUMBER 2 CONSTRUCTION IS IN PROCESS, AND SHOWING MORE PROGRESS EACH WEEK. THIS 19,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WILL REPLACE A STATION THAT HAS SERVED OUR SOUTHEAST QUADRANT FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS. THE NEW FACILITY WILL INCLUDE A FIRE STATION, STATE-OF-THE-ART EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER AND A TRAINING ROOM. THERE WERE TWO PROTEST MARCHES HELD IN ROWLETT DURING 2020 WITHOUT INCIDENT WHILE NUMEROUS OTHERS WERE HELD IN OTHER CITIES.

THE ROWLETT POLICE DEPARTMENT COORDINATED THE TWO LOCALLY AND ASSISTED WITH SEVERAL OTHERS. STRENGTHENING NEIGHBORHOOD LIVABILITY IS OUR THIRD PRIORITY.

WE WANT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS TO BE SAFE, WALKABLE, WELCOMING AND OFFER A RANGE OF HOUSING CHOICES THAT ADD LASTING VALUE.

NEIGHBORHOOD LIVABILITY TOUCHES THE LIVES OF ROWLETT RESIDENTS WHERE THEY SEE IT MOST, THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

FROM LAND USE DECISIONS TO CODE ENFORCEMENT TO ANIMAL SERVICE CALLS OUR RESIDENTS SEE THE IMPACT.

IN 2020, OVER 145 MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW CONSTRUCTION IS ADDING NEW BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS TO ROWLETT.

THE CITY ALSO RESPONDED TO OVER 2,000 ANIMAL SERVICE CALLS AND MAINTAINED A 99% LIVE RELEASE RATE.

WITH CDBG FUNDING WE PROVIDED $100,000 FOR MORTGAGE AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE UTILITY AND FOOD PANTRY.

2.1 MILLION IN NEIGHBORHOOD ALLEY REHABILITATE AND 236,000 TO RESIDENTS TO ASSIST WITH HOUSING REHABILITATION.

WE IMPROVED LIVABILITY THROUGH OUR PROACTIVE CODE ENFORCEMENT, RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAMS, UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM THROUGH THE SALVATION ARMY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GLOK GRANT, INFRASTRUCTURE ALLEY IMPROVEMENTS.

CODE ENFORCEMENT ENSURES OUR CITIZENS HAVE LIVABLE NEIGHBORHOODS, AS SOME COMMUNITIES COMPLIANCE IS VERY LOW. BUT IN ROWLETT 91% OF OUR PROPERTY OWNERS TAKE CARE OF THE VIOLATIONS ONCE WE INFORM THEM.

WHETHER IT'S HIGH GRASS OR DILAPIDATED FENCES, CODE STAYING ON TROOK AND CONTINUOUSLY BEING CURRENT WITH LAND USE PRINCIPLES IS IMPERATIVE TO ENSURES SOUND LAND PLANNING. THIS CREATES A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, ENABLES HIGHER QUALITY DEVELOPMENTS AND HELPS TO MAINTAIN AND ELEVATE PROPERTY VALUES.

TO SUPPORT EFFICIENT DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS, AND COMMUNICATE CLEAR POLICIES GUIDANCE, OUR PROCESS IS TO IMPROVE OUR LAND DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES AND CONCENTRIST BIK MODEL.

IN 20 I WE IMPLEMENTED PAPERLESS FERMENTING, ONLINE PERMITTING AND PAYMENTS. MASTER FEE SCHEDULE UPDATE TO THE ROADWAY WATER AND WASTE WATER IMPACT FEES WERE CONDUCTED AS WELL. IN 2016, THE CITY IMPLEMENTED THE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCACY PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO HELP RESIDENTS BEAUTIFY THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, AND BUILD NEIGHBORHOOD SPIRIT. IN ADDITION, CITY EMPLOYEES HAVE ENHANCED COMPLIANCE STANDARDS TO ENSURE ADJACENT PROPERTIES MAINTAIN SAFE AND ATTRACTIVE PROPERTIES.

IN 2020 WE ADDED NEXT DOOR TO SOCIAL MEDIA OUTREACH WITH OVER 99,000 VIEWS SINCE APRIL OF 2020.

THE CITY'S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BOND PROGRAM INCLUDES SEVERAL PROJECTS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD STREET RECONSTRUCTION.

THESE PROJECTS INCLUDED PRIMROSE LANE, COMPLETED IN OOP OF 2018,

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MANY DIAL ROCK ESTATES PHASE ONE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER 2018 AND PHASE 2 COMPLETED IN MAY OF 2020.

HIELD MEADOWS PHASES 2 A AND B ARE COMPLETE, AND LAKELAND ESTATES OVER 95% ESTATE, LAKE COUNTRY SOUTH RIDGE ADDITION PHASES 1 AND 2 ARE NOW 100% COMPLETE AND LAIKD HEIGHTS, AND PHASE 1 WILL BID OUT BY THE END OF 2020.

LAURA, IF YOU WILL GO TO SLIDE -- SORRY -- SLIDE 50.

GO DOWN A COUPLE. RIGHT THERE, THANK YOU.

THE CITY'S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BOND PROGRAM INCLUDES ALLEY RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN NEIGHBORHOODS.

IN ADDITION TO USING BOND FUNDS, THE CITY BUDGETS APPROXIMATELY 800,000 EACH YEAR FOR ALLEY RECONSTRUCTION USING OUR PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE S FEE ASSESSED EACH MONTH.

SINCE BE 2015, 20 OF THE CITY'S WORST ALLEYS HAVE BEEN RECONSTRUCTED WITH MANY SCHEDULED FOR RECONSTRUCTION.

IN 2020, THE CITY RECONSTRUCTED 14 ALLEYS.

PLACING ANIMALS THAT COME INTO OUR SHELTER IS OUR PRIORITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS LIKE THOSE WITH FRIENDS OF ROWLTD ANIMALS AND PROGRAMS LIKE TNR TRAP NEUTER AND RELEASE.

WE CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH A 99% LIVE RELEASE RATE FOR 2020. OUR PARTNERSHIPS HAVE GIVEN US THE ABILITY TO SEND OUR ANIMALS TO MULTIPLE STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SEARCH OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

ANOTHER PRIORITY IS ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

WE WANT TO BE A LAKE SIDE DESTINATION SURROUNDED BY NATURAL BEAUTY AND RECREATIONAL CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT OPPORTUNITIES. ROWLETT OFFERS MANY AMENITIES TO OUR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS. DUE TO COVID OUR RECREATION AND LIBRARY FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS WERE IMPACTED RESULTING IN A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN ACTIVITY.

IN 2020, THE RCC HAD 35,000 VISITS AND THE WET ZONE EXPERIENCED ONLY 4,000 VISITS. THE ROWLETT PUBLIC LIBRARY EXPERIENCED 81,000 PHYSICAL VISITS HOWEVER THAT DOESN'T TELL THE ENTIRE STORY. THE LIBRARY ALSO HAVE 47,000 VIRTUAL VISITS USING ITS MANY APPS AND WEBSITES.

AND ARE 1735 ITEMS WERE DISTRIBUTED FROM OUR CURBSIDE CHECKOUT PROGRAM. IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND PUBLIC ACCESSING DO LAKE RAY HUBBARD, THE DESIGN OF CONGROVE HAS OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF.

PHASE 1, NONMOTORIZED BOAT LAUNCH, PICNIC STATIONS.

WE HAVE ALSO APPLIED FOR GRANT FUNDING TO HELP INCREASE PARK DEVELOPMENT FUNDING. 2020, WAS A BUSY YEAR FOR WORKING TOWARDS -- I'M SORRY NEXT SLIDE.

OH THAT WAS IT, SORRY, THAT WAS IT.

2020 WAS A BUSY YEAR FOR WORKING TOWARDS A MORE DESTINATION CENTERED PARK SYSTEM. THANKS TO THE 2018 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS MANY EXISTING PARKS RECEIVED LOTS OF LOVE.

THIS INCLUDES A NEW WATER PLAYGROUND FEATURE AT THE WET ZONE AND MULTIPURPLE PORT AT TWIN STAR AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS AT COMMUNITY PARK. IT IS POSHTS TO THE CITY OF ROWLETT TO PROVIDE TRAILS NOT ONLY INSIDE THE PARK SYSTEM BUT CONNECTING NEIGHBORHOODS WITH SCHOOLS, SHOPPING AND OTHER PARKS AROUND ROWLETT. IN 2018 A NEW PARKS AND RECREATION TRAIL MASTER PLAN WAS COMPLETEAND SEVERAL OF THE TOP PRIORITY TRAILS WERE ALREADY COMPLETED OR IN THE WORKS.

WORK COMPLETED IN 2020 ON THE LAKE HIGHLANDS SALE AS THE CITY HOPES TO HAVE THE CONTRACT WATERED IN FEBRUARY.

WHILE LIMITED THE CITY HELD SPECIAL EVENTS LAST YEAR INCLUDING THE HOLIDAY PARADE, 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, AND SINCE COVID HIT IN MARCH EVENTS HAVE BEEN TAKING ON A VIRTUAL THEME.

THIS YEAR LIBRARY STAFF ADAPTED THEIR PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES TO MEET THE CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY.

INITIALLY THE LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AN FOCUSED ON ITS VIRTUAL SERVICES ISSUING 358 DIGITAL ACCESS CARDS TO CITIZENS WHO DID NOT ALREADY POSSESS A LIBRARY CARD.

IN MAY THE LIBRARY OPENED ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC AGAIN FOR CHECKOUTS. INITIALLY THE LIBRARY WAS OPENED A LIMITED NUMBER OF HOURS WITH NO COMPUTER ACCESS BUT SINCE THEN THE NORM HOURS ARE REDISORDER AND COMPUTERS ARE

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AVAILABLE. THE CITY HAS SEEN PHENOMENAL GROWTH SINCE THE ADOPTION OF REALIZE ROWLETT IN 2020 AND 2012 AND EVEN DURING THE CHALLENGINGS YEAR OF THE PANDEMIC 2020 WAS NO EXCEPTION. THIS PAST YEAR OVER 30 NEW BUSINESSES OPENED AND OVER $42 MILLION IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT WAS MADE IN COMMERCIAL PROJECTS RESULTING IN OVER 200 NEW JOBS.

SINCE THE ADOPTION OF REAROWLETN OVER $460 MILLION IN COMMERCIAL PRIVATE INVESTMENT. SALES TAX GROWTH AVERAGING 5% ANNUALLY AND OVER 2500 JOBS CREATED.

IN AN EFFORT TO PROMOTE A POSITIVE BRAND IDENTITY, IN ADDITION TO THE CITY'S GENERAL WEBSITE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAS CREATED THREE DISTINCT WEBSITES.

THE MAIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE ROWLETT ON THE MOVE AND TWO DISTRICT-SPECIFIC WEBSITES, THE VILLAGE OF ROWLETT DOWNTOWN AND NORTH SHORE. SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS WERE ALSO CREATED FOR ROWLETT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THEIR TARGET AUDIENCE OF SITE SELECTS, BROKERS AND ET CETERA FOR NORTH SHORE. WE ALSO LAUNCHED AN INTERACTIVE FEATURE CALLED BUILD YOUR OWN ITINERARY ON THE VILLAGE OF ROWLETT DOWNTOWN WEBSITE. THIS SLIDE REPRESENTATIVES A SAMPLING OF VARIOUS RECOGNITIONS AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS THE CITY AND VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS HAVE RECEIVED, AS WELL AS SEVERAL RANKINGS WE'VE BEEN INCLUDED, THE TOP 10 PLACES WITH THE BEST PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN DALLAS COUNTY.

IS ASAPPHIRE BAY IS LOCATED ON E SHORES OF LAKE RAY HUBBARD.

EVEN IN 2020 THE YEAR OF COVID, WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON ITS.

INFRASTRUCTURE HAS BEEN PUT IN WATER AND SEWER LINES AS WELL AS PAVEMENT. THE PROJECT IS DEVELOPING ON SCHEDULE AND WORK CONTINUES TO INSTALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND TXDOT WILL BE AWARDING THE CONTRACTS IN EARLY 2021.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH OUR DEVELOPMENT APARTMENT IN THE COMING MONTHS ABOUT VARIOUS ENTERTAINMENT DINING AND RETAIL PROJECTS. ROWLETT CONTINUES TO SEE SALES TAX GROWTH IN THE RETAIL AND SALES TAX AREAS, IN ADDITION TO EXPANDING GENERAL RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR COMMUNITIES, THE CITY HAS FOCUSED ON GENERAL OPPORTUNITY IN AREAS SUCH AS THE VILLAGE OF ROWLETT DOWNTOWN AND SAPPHIRE BAY WHICH WILL PROVIDE UNIQUE EXPERIENCE TO HELP FOSTER THAT SENSE OF PLACE. JUST A COMMENT, TAXABLE SALES IN ROWLETT AVERAGED NEARLY $60 MILLION EVERY MONTH.

ROWLETT'S NORTH SHORE OFFERS OVER 1,000 ACRES OF HIGHLY VISIBLE PROPERTY WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH TURNPIKE WITH THE FOCUS ON BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, HEALTH CARE AND LIFE SCIENCES AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING. THE CITY OF ROWLETT IS WORKING WITH EXISTING LAND OWNERS AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS WHILE LAUNCHING PRIVATE STROASSMENTS BRING A CATALYTIC PROJECT TO THE NORTH SHORE. THE CITY HAS SEEN OVER 2500 NEW JOBS IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS WITH THE ADDITION OF NEW BUSINESSES AS WELL AS THE EXPANSION AND RETENTION OF THE EXISTING BUSINESSES. ONE OF OUR MOST RECENT MAJOR EXPANSIONS, BAYLOR SCOTT AND WHITE, ADDED A 75,000 SQUARE FOOT PATIENT TOWER. DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC THE CITY HAS FOCUSED ITS EFFORTS ON BUSINESS RETENTION BY BUILDING A PROGRAM CALLED ROBUST. 90 ROBUST GRANTS WERE ISSUED ACROSS THREE ROUNDS WITH A TOTAL DISBURSEMENT OF OVER $600,000.

FOSTERING RELATIONSHIPS STRENGTH OWNERRED ROWLETT'S SUCCESS AND ECONOMIC VIE DATA TODAY AROUND INTO THE FUTURE.

PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS WITH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE ROWLETT, DALLAS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, TXDOT AND OTHERS HELPED POSITION ROWLETT IN THE DFW METRO PLEX.

ROWLETT HAS 22% OF VACANT LAND AREA REMAINING TO BE DEVELOPED AND IS IS FOCUSED ON PUTTING RESPONSIBLE AND MARKET DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES IN PLACE TO ENSURE ROWLETT'S SUSTAINABILITY UPON BUILDOUT. NORTH SHORE'S EMPLOYMENT CENTER IS THE LARGEST OPPORTUNITY AREA REMAINING TO THE CITY TO SIGNIFICANTLY STRENGTHEN THE CITY'S EMPLOYMENT BASE AND SAPPHIRE BAY WILL POSITION ROWLETT AS A DESTINATION LOCATION WITH ITS ENTERTAINMENT AND AMENITY OFFERS.

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ANOTHER INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MEANING WE WILL BE WELL CONNECTED TO LOCAL AND REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS AND PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY ROADS AND UTILITY SYSTEMS. THE CITY'S UTILITY OPERATIONS TEAM PERFORMANCE MANY VITAL FUNCTIONS TO KEEP OUR WATER SAFE. THEY MAINTAIN 304 MILES OF WATER LINES AND 266 MILES OF WASTE WATER LINES.

FOUR ELEVATED WATER STORAGE TANKS, THREE WATER PUMP STATIONS AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE. THIS INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERS 3.9 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER IN WINTER AND ALMOST 9 MILLION GALLONS IN SUMMER. TO MAINTAIN QUALITY, 840 WATER QUALITY SAMPLES WERE TESTED IN 2020, 2300 VASTLES EXERCISED AND ALMOST 200,000 VALVES WERE MAINTAINED.

ON MAY 19TH, 2015, THE CITY HELD A SUCCESSFUL BOND ELECTION TOTALING 25.7 MILLION. IN 2018, WE HELD ANOTHER BOND ELECTION THAT WAS SUCCESSFUL ADDING ANOTHER $60 MILLION FOR STREETS, ALLEYS PARKED RG PARKS AND FACILITIES.

OUR ATTENTION IS NOW MOVING TO THE PROCESS IDENTIFYING PROJECTS FOR A POTENTIAL 2021 BOND ELECTION.

UPDATES AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPROVED BOND PROJECTS CAN BE VIEWED ON THE CITY'S INTERACTIVE CIP WEBSITE.

THE LAST PROJECTS IN THE 2015 BOND PROGRAM WAS BID IN OCTOBER OF 2018. COUNCIL AWARDED THE PROJECT IN NOVEMBER OF THAT YEAR WITH CONSTRUCTION BEGINNING IN JANUARY OF 2019. THIS PROJECT RECONSTRUCTED MAIN STREET FROM THE ROUND ABOUT TO THE PGBT.

THE ROADWAY SECTION WILL MATCH WHAT WAS INSTALLED WEST OF THE ROUND ABOUT WITH ONSTREET PARKING STREET TREES, ESTHETIC STREET LIGHTING AND WIDE SIDEWALKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET. IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR THE CITY'S FUTURE NEEDS PLANNING IS UNDERWAY FOR ADDITIONAL PROJECTS THAT WILL ENABLE CITIES EXCUSE ME THAT WILL ENABLE CITIZENS TO MOVE AROUND THE CITY. AND OPEN SECTIONS OF THE CITY TO DEVELOP. THE MERRITT ROAD INTERCONNECTOR WILL EXTEND MERRITT ROAD, STATE HIGHWAY 66 AT LAKE VIEW PARKWAY AND MILLER ROAD WINDING FROM PGBT TO GLEN HILL DRIVE.

ROWLETT HAS A SUPERIOR WATER SYSTEM AS DESIGNATED BY DID TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.

THIS IS STATE'S HIGHEST WATER QUALITY DECIS DESIGNATION MEETIG WATER QUALITY CRITERIA ESTABLISHED BY TSAT.

MAINTAINING OUR WATER SYSTEM AND TAKE SPECIAL PRIDE IN THIS PRESTIGIOUS DESIGNATION. THE 60 INCH SANITAY SEWER LINE PROJECT NEAR ROWLETT CREEK IS NOW COMPLETE.

THIS PROJECT REPLACED A FAILING 18 INCH LINE THAT WAS NOT ONLY FAILING BUT SIGNIFICANTLY UNDER CAPACITY FOR THE CITY'S INCREASING FLOW. COUNCIL YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS WAS ONE OF OUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITIES JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. THIS NEW WATER LINE -- SEWER LINE WILL ACCOMMODATE ALL NEW AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY. ADDITIONALLY A NEW METERING SYSTEM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED THAT WILL BE MORE ACCURATE AND MORE COST-EFFECTIVE. OUR FLEET TEAM IS THE GREASE THAT KEEPS ALL THE CITY'S TEAMS MOVING AND GETTING THINGS DONE.

THEY MAINTAIN 450 PIECES OF EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING VEHICLES AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT. IN 2019 THEY COMPLETED 1189 WORK ORDERS, SOLD 26 VEHICLES AT AUCTION, COMPLETED 145 STATE INSPECTIONS, REPLACED 187 TIRES, REPAIRED 12 VEHICLES POST-ACCIDENTS AND HANDLED THREE TOTAL LOSS ACCIDENTS.

THE CITY'S FACILITY TEAM MAINTAINS AND SERVICES 18 CITY FACILITIES. AND CLEANS 152,000 SQUARE FEET OF OCCUPIED SPACE. IN 2020 THE TEAM COMPLETED 438 WORK ORDERS AND HANDLED MANY SPECIAL REQUESTS AND PROJECTS TO INCLUDE INSTALLING BLAST TICK MATEBALLISTICREPAINTING THE COA, REPLACING A FIRE RISER AT THE PUBLIC WORKS FACILITIES, REMODELING FIRE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, INSTALLING SECURITY FENCING AT AGATES AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND REMODELING AND RELOCATINGS THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TEAM TO 5702 ROWLETT ROAD. OUR SEVENTH AND FINAL STRATEGIC PRIORITY IS TO PROMOTE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE.

THIS MEANS THAT WE ARE A HIGH PERFORMING ORGANIZATION THAT DELIVERS EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO A WELL TRAINED AND RESPONSIVE

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WORKFORCE. OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT SERVICES TO OUR CITIZENS AND BEGINS WITH OUR EMPLOYEES. LAST YEAR 2369 APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED LEADING TO -- EXCUSE ME, 50 NEW FULL TIME EMPLOYEES.

592 TOTAL EMPLOYEES INCLUDING SEASONALLSEASONAL EMPLOYEES WER.

89% WERE RETAINED THROUGHOUT THE FISCAL YEAR.

WE ALSO PROVIDED 2.5 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER TO 21,000 CUSTOMERS, AND OUR -- EXCUSE ME OUR I.T. CYBER SECURITY BAN BLOCKED 2.5 MILLION E-MAILS CONTAINING POTENTIALLY MALICIOUS COULDN'T AND FOUR.6 MILLION E-MAILS WERE PROCESSED.

OPERATIONAL ACCESS STARTS WITH HIGH STARTS.

ACCREDITATION PROVIDES EACH STANDARDS OF EXCELLENT TO ENSURE WE ARE PROVIDING RIGHT SERVICE THE RIGHT WAY.

OPERATIONAL INCLUDES WITH EMPLOYEE HEALTH.

THE WELLNESS PROGRAM IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

EMPLOYEES MUST ACHIEVE 20 POINTS OR PAY HIGHER HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS. IN 2020, 126 EMPLOYEES WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE 20 POINTS BY ACHIEVING 30 POINTS OR GREATER. WITH 100 POINTS BEING THE HIGHEST ACHIEVED. A HEALTHY WORK FORCE IS A STRONG WORKFORCE. OUR EMPLOYEES SHOWED IMPROVEMENT AND THREE OF THE FOUR CATEGORIES ON OUR CITY'S BIOMETRIC SCREENING FROM 2019 TO 2020. IMPROVING OUR HEALTH SUPPORTED EFERTLE TO STAY WITHIN OUR BUDGETED AMOUNT OF HEALTH CARE DOLLARS. THIS HELPED AVOID INCREASES TO HEALTH COVERAGE PREMIUMS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES AND FAMILIES FOR 2021.

ALL RIGHT, FORMERLY COMPASS IS A TOOL THAT HELPS OUR EMPLOYEES STAY HEALTHY BY HELPING THEM BE INFORMED CONSUMERS OF HEALTH CARE. ALL RIGHT ROOUFNS DOCTOR RECOMMENDATIONS, COST ESTIMATES, REVIEWING BILLS FOR INACCURATES.

91 EMPLOYEES AND DEPENDENTS USED ALL RIGHT IN 2020.

AND SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THIS PROGRAM 302 EMPLOYEES ACHED DEPENDENTS HAVE USED THE SERVICE SAVING 1.2 MILLION IN CLAIMS COST. WE ALSO CONTINUE TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN OUR SAFETY AND WORKERS COMPENSATION PROGRAM MANAGEMENT EFFORTS. THE NATURE OF OUR BUSINESS IS INHERENTLY DANGEROUS. AND A GOOD NUMBER OF OUR EMPLOYEES MUST PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR CITIZENS SAFE REPAIRING ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND HARSH ELEMENTS AND PERFORMING EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES.

YOU CAN SEE THE FINANCIAL IMPACT CAN OF OUR EFFORTS TO MITIGATE SAFETY HAZARDS IN THE WORKPLACE WHICH HAS RESULTED IN KEEPING OUR LONG TERM TREND STABLE HAVING A DIRECT IMPACT ON THE AMOUNT OF INSURANCE PREMIUMS OUR CITIES PAY.

IN 2020, AGAIN, THE CITY PROCESSED 4.6 MILLION E-MAILS AND BLOCKED 2.4 MILLION DUE TO MALICIOUS CONTENT.

CYBER SECURITY ATTACKS ARE REAL AND COST BUSINESSES MILLIONS EACH YEAR AND IT DOESN'T JUST HIT THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

GOVERNMENTAL BODIES HAVE JUST AS MUCH TO LOSE WHEN THEIR SYSTEMS ARE BREACHED BY OUTSIDE ADVERSARIES.

IN TRUSTED PUBLIC SERVICES THESE ORGANIZATIONS COULD ILL AFFORD FINANCIALLY OR CRITICALLY BE PARALYZED BUY CYBER EVENT.

IN ORDER TO COMBAT THESE THREATS ROWLETT PROVIDES MULTIPLE LINES OF DEFENSE INCLUDING ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE, SPAM NIL TERG AND FIRE WALLS. IN ADDITION A CITY PARTNER WITH A MAJOR CYBER SECURITY FIRM THIS YEAR IMPLEMENTED A NEW DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN. IN 2020, THE CITY'S I.T.

PARTNER, CONSUME, DEPARTMENT PARTNERED WITH A MAJOR CYBER SECURITY FIRM. THIS FIRM IS MONITORING THE CITY'S ENTIRE I.T. INFRASTRUCTURE ENVIRONMENT 24 HOURS A DAY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. IF THEY DETECT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN THE CITY'S ENVIRONMENT THEY START INVESTIGATING IMMEDIATELY AND IF THEY FIND IT'S A REAL THREAT THEY WILL NOTIFY THE CITY'S I.T. DEPARTMENT AND THE SYSTEM MITIGATING THE THREAT. THE CITY'S I.T. DEPARTMENT ALSO PARTNERED WITH A MAJOR DATA YOU 51 AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY STROARND CREATE A NEW SOLUTION FOR DATA PROTECTION.

THIS NEW SOLUTION ALLOWS THE CITY TO RESTORE ENTIRE SYSTEMS INSTEAD OF JUST INDIVIDUAL FILES.

THE VENDOR MONITORS THE CITY'S BACKUP EVERY DAY AND NOTIFIES US IF THEY FIND ANY ERRORS IN OUR NIGHTLY BACKUPS.

THE VENDOR HELPED THE CITY CREATE A NEW SOLUTION FOR DATA

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BACKUPS AND AN I.T. DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN.

IMPLEMENTED BY THE CITY OF ROWLETT IN 2020, PRIORITY BASED BUDGETING IS RECOGNIZED BY PUBLIC FINANCE BEST PRACTICE.

IT ALLOWS EACH YEAR'S BUDGET AND SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET REQUEST TO BE EVALUATED AT THE PROGRAM LEVEL BY INTEGRATING THE PRIORITIES IDENTIFIED IN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN, WITH GENERAL PROGRAM ATTRIBUTES. PBB ALLOWS ROW ROWLETT TO DPUNL THOSE RESOURCES TO THE CHALLENGES OF TOMORROW AND ACHIEVE LONG TERM FINANCIAL WELLNESS.

INITIALLY, THIS IS CONSIDERED AN IMPACTFUL TOOL DURING THE DEBT ISSUE ANAS PROCESS. ISSUANCE PROCESS.

WE BEGAN THE FACILITIES ASSESSMENT IN JULY OF THIS YEAR.

THE CONSULTANT COMPLETING THE ASSESSMENT HAS CONDUCTED THREE MEETINGS WITH ALL DEPARTMENTS TO FORMULATE SPACE NEEDS AND TO DETERMINE UNIFORM SPACE STANDARDS.

THE FINAL REPORT WILL BE COMPLETED A LITTLE LATER THIS YEAR AND WILL SERVE AS A GUIDE TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF FUNDING SELECTING FACILITY OPTIONS AT A FUTURE BOND ELECTION. WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS WORK DPORS THAT TRULY PRIDES ITSELF IN SERVICE.

AS INDICATE AD EARLIER, OUR PROFIT IS COMMUNITY GOODWILL.

WE DON'T BUILD OR SELL MERCHANDISE.

INSTEAD WE SERVE. THAT IS OUR PRODUCT, THAT IS OUR PURPOSE. THE CITY COUNCIL ALSO APPRECIATES OUR EMPLOYEES. EACH YEAR MINUTES OF THE ROWLETT CITY COUNCIL COOK AND SERVE AT OUR ANNUAL EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION LUNCHEON HELD DURING THE FALL, IT SHOWS HOW IMPORTANT THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO OUR COMMUNITY IS APPRECIATED.

ROWLETT EMPLOYEES ALSO CARE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY.

FROM STOP A COP TO PANCAKES WITH SANTA TO THE RED CELT CAMPAIGN TO THE SALVATION ARMY AND SHARE THE WARMTH CAMPAIGN ROWLETT GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. IT'S ABOUT COMMUNITY AND IT'S ABOUT SERVICE. AND I CAN'T END TONIGHT WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THE HARD WORK OF MY TEAM WHO TAKES CARE OF OUR CUSTOMERS. I'M TRULY FORTUNATE TO HAVE PEOPLE OF THEIR CALIBER ON OUR TEAM.

FINALLY I WANT TO THANK THE CITY COUNCIL AGAIN FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE YOU CONTINUE TO PROVIDE OUR COMMUNITY AND THIS ORGANIZATION. THANK YOU.

>> SORRY ABOUT THAT, I HIT THE UNMUTE BUT I MUST HAVE MISSED.

BRIAN I APPRECIATE THAT SO MUCH. COUNCIL ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS

ON THE STATE OF THE CITY? >> JUST AMAZES ME EVERY YEAR WHEN HE GIVES THAT HOW MUCH GOES ON.

SO THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY. AND GREAT JOB AS ALWAYS, BRIAN.

>> YES, IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING HOW THIS LITTLE COMMUNITY, HOW EVOLVEINVOLVED IT IS TO RUN THIS LITTLE COMMUNITY AND HOW MUCH IS INVOLVED IN IT AND HOW MUCH ACTIVITY IS ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH THAT, MATT. SO.

EVEN IN A YEAR OF PANDEMIC, AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND ALL OF THAT. LOTS HAS BEEN GOING ON.

MARTHA ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY SOMETHING?

>> I AM. YEAH, I GUESS I JUST WANTED TO SAY, YOU KNOW, HOW THANKFUL I AM TO A TEAM THAT'S BEEN ABLE TO STAY IN FORWARD MOTION DESPITE COVID.

AND, YOU KNOW, THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY CHALLENGES SURROUNDING THAT, YET WE'VE STILL MANAGED TO ACCOMPLISH A LOT.

AND WITHOUT A LOT OF COMPLAINTS, TOO.

SO I THINK THAT JUST SPEAKS TO NOT ONLY THE GOODWILL OF OUR COMMUNITY, BUT THE GOOD JOB THAT STAFF HAS DONE IN JUST STAYING ON TOP OF IT. AND SO YOU KNOW, A BIG THANKS TO OUR STAFF FOR JUST HANGING IN THERE AND GETTING THE JOB DONE WITH ALL OF THE ADJUSTMENTS THAT WE'VE ALL HAD TO MAKE TO KEEP OUR LIVES GOING IN A GOOD DIRECTION WITH THE COVID.

SO THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION AND THE HARD WORK.

>> MS. PAMELA. >> I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE STAFF AND BRIAN FOR A JOB WELL DONE.

AND IN THE STATE OF AWAY WE'RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW YOU ALL JUST COME THROUGH WITH FLYING COLORS SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU,

THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CREDIT COUNCIL. IS ANYTHING ELSE BRIAN ON THAT?

>> NO MA'AM, THANK YOU. >> ARE WE GOING TO GO TO B OR C

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NEXT? >> SO MAYOR, I WOULD RECOMMEND, UNLESS MINAL DISAGREES WITH ME, I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT WE GO TO 3C BECAUSE I THINK WE CAN DO THAT ON OUR REMAINING TIME AND THEN ON CDBG I NEED TO ASK MINAL DO WE ACTUALLY HAVE AN APPROVAL

ITEM TONIGHT? >> WE HAVE TO DO -- I THOUGHT WE

HAD TO APPROVE SOMETHING. >> WE DO NEED CONSENSUS ON THE DISCUSSION BUT IT'S NOT A PUBLIC HEARING ITEM.

>> I MEAN I THINK CDBG IS IMPORTANT.

AND I THINK THEY'RE BOTH IMPORTANT.

BUT I THINK WE NEED TO DO CDBG AFTER THE REGULAR MEETING IF WE CAN'T GET TO IT BEFORE THE REGULAR MEETING.

SO -- >> I DON'T THINK WE WANT TO CUT IT SHORT. SO WHY DON'T WE DO 3C FIRST

[3C. Discuss options and timeline for moving to in person or hybrid (in person and virtual combination) public meetings including City Council and Boards and Commission meetings. (10 minutes)]

MAYOR. >> 3C DISCUSS OPTIONS AND TIME LINE FOR MOVING TO IN PERSON OR HYBRID IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL COMBINATION PUBLIC MEETINGS AND INCLUDING CITY COUNCIL AND

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETINGS. >> WE'LL DO A BEEFED UP PREREQUISITES, WE ACTUALLY DID A SLIDE SHOW THAT WILL WALK US THROUGH THIS. LAURA CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE? THIS IS OUR COVID STATUS RIGHT NOW. WE ARE RED.

THE NUMBERS THAT YOU SEE IN THAT CHART ARE WEEKLY.

AND IT'S FROM JUNE TO NOVEMBER. AND BACK IN JUNE WE WERE SEEING ABOUT 5,000 CASES A WEEK WHICH WAS AN AVERAGE OF 453 A DAY.

AND NOW WE'RE UP CLOSER TO 9800 WHICH IS ON AVERAGE 1300 A DAY.

NEXT SLIDE, LAURA. WE HAVE MADE SOME STAFFING ADJUSTMENTS. WE CAME TO COUNCIL IN -- AT THE END OF OCTOBER, BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER AND TALKED ABOUT TRYING TO GET ALL OUR STAFF BACK ON BOARD BACK IN THE OFFICE.

AND WE HAVE DIALED THAT BACK JUST A LITTLE BIT AND ALLOWED DEPARTMENT HEADS TO MAKE DECISION ON THEIR STAFF RETURNING TO WORK. WE HAVE HAD SOMEWHERE AROUND 13 STAFF THAT HAVE BEEN OUTS DUE THE EXPOSURES TO COVID, WE HAVE DIALED THAT BACK A BIT. WE ARE CONTINUING THOSE ROTATING SCHEDULES EVERY OTHER DAY, WEEK ON, WEEK OUT RETAKE ITING SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE STAFF IN THE BUILDINGS AT ALL TIMES.

WE HAVE LEFT THAT UP TO THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS WITH THE CITY MANAGER'S APPROVAL. AND THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO HAVE NO EFFECT TO OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE NEEDS AT THIS TIME. CONTINUE THOSE CUSTOMER SERVICE LEVELS AT 100%. HOLIDAY EVENT AND PROGRAM PLANNING, SO WE DID TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS VIA E-MAIL BUT WE HAVE CANCELLED ALL OF OUR HOLIDAY EVENTS THROUGH DECEMBER THE 31ST. MAIN STREET FEST AND THE HOLIDAY PARADE WHICH WAS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER THE 31ST HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE ARE FINDING NEW AND CREATIVE WAYS TO DO THOSE EVENTS. IN A VIRTUAL SETTING OR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. WE HAVE ALSO CANCELLED ALL OF OUR WINTER SEASON YOUTH AND ADULT INDOOR ATHLETICS.

WE JUST COULDN'T FIND A WAY TO DO THOSE WITHOUT A LOT OF CONTACT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IN ONE LOCATION.

SO THAT INCLUDES BOTH YOUTH AND ADULT BASKETBALL THAT IS TRADITIONALLY HELD AT THE RCC. IN LIEU OF MAIN STREET FEST AND HOLIDAY PAIR ADD WE ARE BEEFING UP WHAT WE CALL LIGHT UP MAIN, WHICH IS TYPICALLY ALL THE LIGHTS UP AND DOWN MAIN STREET, WE ARE BEEFING THAT UP ADDING LIGHTS TO IT AND WE ARE GOING TO DO A LIGHT SHOW TO MUSIC AND THAT WILL KICK OFF SATURDAY NIGHT DECEMBER THE 5TH AT 5:00.

CAN YOU TUNE IN TO 89.1 TO HEAR THE MUSIC.

WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH A LOCAL GENTLEMAN TO DO THAT.

WE ARE BEEFING UP ALL THE DISPLAYS AND HE IS GOING TO ENSURE THAT THEY ALL ROCK TO THE MUSIC IN SYNC.

WE'RE ALSO GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DO 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BUT NOT IN PERSON. 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY THIS YEAR. YOU PICK UP A GO-PACKET AT THE RCC AND YOU PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY.

THEY HAVE ALL THE DETAILS AT THE ROWLETT COMMUNITIES CENTER.

NEXT SLIDE LAURA. POSSIBLY SOME ADJUSTMENTS WE HAVE FACING US RELATIVELY CAN QUICKLY.

PER THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER, ONCE AN AREA HAS SEVEN DAYS COVID-19 PERCENTAGE, 15% OR LESS THERE ARE SOME AUTOMATIC TRIGGERS THAT I BELIEVE COUNTY JUDGES CAN MAKE IN THAT CASE.

ONE OF THOSE IS AREAS WITH 75% CAPACITY IMMEDIATELY DROPS TO 50. RESTAURANTS, GYMS, BUSINESSES

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C,BARS CLOSE AND ALL ELECTIVE SURGERIES ARE PUT ON HOLD.

AS OF THIS AFTERNOON DALLAS COUNTIES IS NOW I BELIEVE TWO DAYS, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG BRIAN, NOW TWO DAYS FROM BEING IN THIS SITUATION. WE DID RECEIVE AN UPDATE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF LATE THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE ICU AT LAKE POINT HOSPITAL IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY.

THEY ARE HOLDING ADDITIONAL ICU PATIENTS IN THE EMERGENCY AND THEY ARE IN A CRITICAL NURSING SHORTAGE.

AS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE, WE HAD 88 NEW CASES IN ROWLETT TODAY. THE PREVENT HIGH WAS NOVEMBER THE 18TH, AND THAT WAS 56. SO IT'S NOT JUST AFFECTING DALLAS COUNTY. IT'S ALSO AFFECTING ROWLETT.

IF THIS CLAUSE GETS TRIGGERED, AND GA 32, THERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL STEPS THAT STAFF HAS RECOMMENDED TAKING.

WE WILL DPRO BACK TO THE 50% CAPACITY AT RCC.

WE HAD BUMPED IT UP SOME AND SOME OF THOSE AREAS NOT SO MUCH THE GYMS BECAUSE THEY ARE REALLY STILL AT 25 JUST BASED ON THE NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE COULD HAVE PARTICIPATING.

BUT OUR FITNESS ROOM, OUR WALKING TRACK, THAT TYPE OF STUFF WILL JUMP BACK A LEVEL DOWN TO 50%, AND THEN ALSO, WE TALKED TO LAURA TODAY, AND SHE WILL -- SHE HAS A COUPLE OF COMPUTERS OPEN FOR PUBLIC ACCESS.

SHE WILL DIAL BACK THAT COMPUTER ACCESS.

SHE STILL IS AT A VERY LIMITED CAPACITY.

SHE'S I BELIEVE 25 AT ANY GIVEN TIME IN THE LIBRARY AND SHE'S NOT SEEING ANY ISSUES CONTINUING THAT.

AND THEY WILL ALSO IF THIS CLAUSE GETS TRIGGERED, BEGIN CHECKING TEMPERATURES. THEY HAVE NOT DONE THAT.

IT WAS NOT PART OF THEIR REOPENING STRATEGY BUT THEY WILL INSTALL THAT AT THE LIBRARY AS WELL.

ASK THE COVID QUESTIONS AND CHECK THE TEMPERATURES.

>> ANGIE. >> YES.

>> I THINK IT'S HOSPITAL CAPACITY OF 50% OR MORE.

>> IT IS, MAYOR, IT IS. >> SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS THAT IF COVID IS 15% OR MORE OF THE

HOSPITALIZATION, I -- >> I APOLOGIZE.

>> THAT'S OKAY. NOT TRYING TO NITPICK, BUT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC HAS --

>> I STARTED TO CUT AND PASTE THE WRONG WORDS.

>> NO PROBLEM AT ALL. >> JUST FOR COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC'S INFORMATION, WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT COVID VACCINATIONS AT OUR DECEMBER THE 15TH COUNCIL MEETING IN OUR WORK SESSION SO WE'LL PROVIDE AN UPDATE AND WE'LL BE HERE TO DO THAT AT THAT MEETING. NEXT SLIDE LAURA.

SO LET'S TALK ABOUT PUBLIC MEETING OPTIONS.

COUNCIL ASKED BACK AT THE END OF OCTOBER TO LEAVE THIS ON THE AGENDA THE FIRST MEETING OF EACH MONTH FOR NOW.

TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS.

WE HAVE THREE OPTIONS. WE CAN GO BACK TO MEETING IN PERSON. WE CAN CONTINUE FULLY CAN VIRTUAL MEETINGS WHICH IS WHAT WE DO NOW AND WE DO NOW HAVE A HYBRID FORMAT. SO THE PICTURES YOU SEE THERE ARE AN ADSON CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

YOU SEE COUNCIL CHOOSING TO MEET AT AN ALTERNATE LOCATION SO THEY CAN SPREAD OUT EVEN FURTHER. YOU SEE A VERY SMALL PICTURE OF THE SCREEN IN THE BACKGROUND AND THE OTHER PICTURE IS WHAT'S ON THAT SCREEN. SO DREW IS HERE TOO AND HE'S HAPPY TO ANSWER SOME ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL QUESTIONS THAT I AM NOT WELL VERSED ON. BUT THE HYBRID WOULD ALLOW SOME OR ALL OF COUNCIL TO BE IN PERSON, OTHERS TO BE VIRTUAL.

IT WOULD ALSO ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO BE IN PERSON OR VIRTUAL.

AS YOU KNOW WE HAVE VERY LIMITED CAPACITY IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS. ONCE COUNCIL AND STAFF ARE IN THERE I BELIEVE WE HAVE ROOMENT FOR 12 PUBLIC TO ATTEND OR PRESENTERS TO ATTEND. DREW DID RECOMMEND JUST FOR EASE OF MANAGEMENT OF THE MEETING, THAT ALL OF COUNCIL BE IN PERSON. BUT WE COULD NAVIGATE IT IF THEY WERE NOT. IT JUST MAKES IT A LITTLE HARDER ON THE MAYOR WHO AND A HALF GATES THAT MEETING BECAUSE IT REALLY STILL HAS TO BE RUN KIND OF LIKE A ZOOM MEETING WHERE SHE CAN SEE THOSE THAT ARE VIRTUAL AND SEE THOSE THAT ARE IN PERSON. WE MUST BE IN COUNCIL FOR ALL OF OUR PUBLIC MEETINGS IF WE CHOOSE THAT ROUTE.

WE CAN'T HAVE WORK SESSIONS IN THE WORK SESSION ROOM AND COUNCIL IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS. BECAUSE OF THE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S REQUIRED, WE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO MEET IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER FOR ALL MEETINGS IF WE CHOSE TO GO THAT FORMAT FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS WOULD ALSO HAVE TO MEET 100% IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

THAT IS DIFFICULT DUE TO THE NUMBER OF MEETINGS AND THE TIMES OF THE MEETINGS, IN ENSURING WE HAVE STAFF AVAILABLE TO HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN. NEXT SLIDE, LAURA.

WHAT OTHER CITIES ARE DOING? ONE OF THE QUESTIONS ASKED ME AT

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THE FIRST MEETING IN NOVEMBER IS WHAT ARE OTHER CITIES DOING? SO WE SURVEYED 18 CITIES. 14 OF THOSE CITIES RESPONDED.

FOUR ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING 100% HYBRID MEETINGS.

FOUR ARE HOLDING VIRTUAL MEETINGS.

AND SIX ARE HOLDING IN-PERSON MEETINGS.

I WATCHED A LOT OF COUNCIL MEETINGS IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS TO KIND OF SEE HOW THAT ALL WORKED.

SOME HAVE DIVIDERS, SOME ARE WEARING MASKS, SOME ARE NOT.

IT ALL DEPENDED ON THE CITY. SEVERAL THAT ARE HOLDING IN-PERSON MEETINGS HAVE CHOSEN TO DO OIS AT AN ALTERNATE LOCATION LIKE YOU SAW IN ADSON. THEY ARE NOT MEETING IN A MEETING ROOM, BUT OFFSITE THAT ALLOWS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING.

I SAW PLASTIC THAT WHEN YOU STOOD UP TO SAY THE PLEDGE STILL SEPARATED EVERYBODY. TOOK THEIR MASKS OFF ONCE THE ACTUAL MEETING STARTED IF THERE WERE DIVIDERS.

THERE'S THE LIST OF CITIES THAT RESPONDED.THESE ARE THE TYPICAL CITIES THAT NORMALLY RESPOND, GREAT VIEN, MCKINNEY, MESQUITE, ROCKWALL, WYLIE. WHAT WE NEED FOR COUNCIL IS WE AGREE TO PUT THIS ON THE FIRST AGENDA.

IS THERE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ONE, OUR REOPENING STRATEGY, OUR PUBLIC EVENTS AND 2, IS THERE CONSENSUS ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD WITH PUBLIC MEETINGS, GIVEN THE CURRENTS STATUS OF COVID? THANK YOU. THAT WAS QUICK.

I WAS TRYING TO BE QUICK. >> THANK YOU ANGIE.

I HAVE ONE QUESTION, TO START US OFF.

I THINK YOU SAID IT WOULD BE STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION THAT ALL OF COUNCIL ATTEND IN PERSON FOR EASE OF MANAGING THE MEETING.

IS THAT AN I.T. TECHNICAL EASE OR IS THAT THE MAYOR'S, IT'S EASIER FOR THE MAYOR TO RUN THE MEETING LIKE YOU SAID?

>> I BELIEVE FOR DREW IT IS BOTH.

BUT HE DID SAY I SAID WHO'S IT EASIER ON AND HE SAID EVERYONE.

HE HAS TO MENTION IT FROM A VIDEO STANDPOINT AND YOU HAVE TO MANAGE IT FROM A ZOOM STANDPOINT AND AT THE END OF THE DAY MAYOR YOU HAVE TO MANAGE IT FROM THE VOTING AND PRESENTATION STANDPOINT. I ASKED DREW IF SOMEONE IS EXPOSED AND HAS TO QUARANTINE,% HE SAID WE ABSOLUTELY COULD MAKE IT WORK, THEY'RE JUST GOING TO BE BEHIND YOU GUYS LIKE IN THE

ADISON PICTURE. >> BROWNIE YOU HAD YOUR HAND UP.

>> YES, I'M ONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK TO IN-PERSON MEETING, BUT IN LIGHT OF THE NUMBER OF COVID CASES WE HAVE NOW I THINK WE PROBABLY SHOULD STAY ON ZOOM FOR A WHILE.

>> GOING FOR THE CLOSE. >> I WILL TELL THAT YOU A COUPLE OF CITIES THAT I TALKED TO THAT OF THE FOUR THAT ARE STILL COMPLETELY VIRTUAL, AT LEAST ONE HAD GONE BACK TO MEETING IN PERSON EARLY OCTOBER AND IS NOW BACK TO VIRTUAL AGAIN.

AND WILL CONTINUE VIRTUAL THROUGH THE FIRST OF THE YEAR

BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CASES. >> WHO WERE THE FOUR THAT ARE VIRTUAL? YOU REMEMBER?

>> I DO NOT. I CAN TELL YOU -- I CAN TELL YOU

REALLY QUICKLY. >> MS. ZELL, YOU'RE ON MUTE DEAR. BELL, YOU'RE ON MUTE DEAR.

>> SORRY ABOUT THAT. LIKE I SAID LAST MONTH, I LOVE

YOU BUT -- >> BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO BE

AROUND US. >> YES.

YOU KNOW, ZOOM, JUST FOR ONE MORE MONTH, SEE WHAT HAPPENS,

OKAY? >> OKAY, ANYBODY ELSE? BROWNIE AND PAM YOU STILL HAVE YOUR HANDS RAISED.

>> WELL THEY'RE PUTTING THEM DOWN THE VIRTUAL ARE DE SOTO, GARLAND, AND SAXI ARE MEETING 100% VIRTUAL FOR ALL THEIR

MEETINGS. >> ANGELA.

>> A LOT OF THESE NEW NUMBERS WE ACTUALLY NEED TO STAY VIRTUAL AT LEAST TO THE NEXT MONTH UNTIL WE START TO SEE THE NUMBERS COMING DOWN OR A VACCINE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

>> OKAY. NOT SEEING ANYBODY ELSE.

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. I WAS JUST -- THINGS ARE MISSING BECAUSE WE'RE NOT THERE. THERE'S JUST NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. FIRST TIME OUR HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN AT FULL CAPACITY IN THE NUMBERS ARE VERY, VERY HIGH. NOT ONLY IN DALLAS COUNTY BUT ALSO IN ROCKDALE COUNTY AND ALSO IN THE CITY OF ROWLETT. I THINK WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON RIGHT NOW AND THE HOLIDAYS AND I THINK MAYBE THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO TAKE ON THAT ADDITIONAL RISK, BUT I REALLY WANT US TO LOOK AT THIS FOR MAYBE THE SECOND MEETING IN JANUARY IF WE ARE ALN BOARD YOU CAN STILL BE VIRTUAL. I THINK IF THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST THIS HYBRID METHOD AND GET THOSE OF US THAT WANT TO BE IN THERE IN PERSON, AND THOSE THAT ARE NOT COMFORTABLE STAYING ON THE ZOOM, I KNOW THAT'S NOT THE RECOMMENDATION OF MY STAFF, BUT I'M CERTAINLY WILLING TO TRY IT. IF WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN A -- IN A MEETING THAT HAS NOT QUITE OF A BIG AGENDA, I THINK WE SHOULD TRY. THE FIRST MEETING IN JANUARY IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE VERY EARLY. IT'S PROBABLY A VERY EARLY JANUARY DAY.

THEY DON'T HAVE THE CALENDAR IN FRONT OF ME. >> SPEAKER: THE FIFTH.

>> SPEAKER: I THINK IT WOULD BY IT FOR MAYBE THE 19TH AND SEE IF IT WORKS.

WITH A DECISION BEING MADE ON THE FIFTH ON WHETHER WE WANT TO DO THAT OR NOT.

>> SPEAKER: WE TALKED ABOUT THIS THE FIRST MEETING OF EVERY MONTH SO THAT SOMETHING WE WOULD

TALK ABOUT. >> SPEAKER: EVERYBODY OKAY WITH THAT? AS FAR AS BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS GO, I CONTINUE TO THINK, THIS IS GOING TO BE SUCH AN ONEROUS TASK BY STAFF TO MANAGE A HYBRID MEETING, I REALLY DON'T WANT TO DO THIS FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS. MAYBE PAEANS THE IF IT FOR COUNSEL, BUT ALL OF THESE OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, I WORRY ABOUT THEM, THE ONUS ON STAFF. I CERTAINLY WORRY ABOUT TRYING TO MANAGE THIS WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

>> SPEAKER: MAYOR, I THINK WE HAVE DIRECTION. >> SPEAKER: THANK YOU.

>> SPEAKER: ANYTHING ELSE? EVERYBODY OKAY WITH ALL OF THE DECISIONS ON THE ACTIVITIES?

IT IS 7:33. WE WILL TAKE A BRIEF BREAK. >> SPEAKER: CAN WE LOOK AT THE

CONTENT -- CONSENT AGENDA FIRST? >> SPEAKER: YES. THANK YOU.

PASTOR? >> SPEAKER: YES, MA'AM,? >> SPEAKER: SAY FORMING?

>> SPEAKER: OR UBC -- (INDISCERNIBLE). >> SPEAKER: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND GET RIGHT BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS WE TAKE A FOUR OR FIVE MINUTE BREAK. COUNSEL, PLEASE LOOK AT THE

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CONSENT AGENDA. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANYTHING THEY WANT TO PULL FOR A -- CONSIDERATION? NOT SEEING ANY, LET'S TAKE A

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