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July 17, 2015



Police Department is a SafeTrade location for sales
safetradeThe City of Pflugerville Police Department is a registered SafeTrade Station that allows and encourages residents buying and selling items through Craigslist, Facebook and other online sites to meet either inside the Pflugerville Justice Center lobby, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane, or in the parking lot.

“The Justice Center parking lot is under 24-hour video surveillance and well lit,” Sergeant Mayo Neyland said. “With officers regularly coming in and out of the Justice Center, we are providing residents a safer location for online transaction sales. Residents can enter our public facility lobby during office hours or use the parking lot after hours for online sale exchanges or purchases. This designation encourages a safer alternative to having a stranger come to your home.”

For tips on how to make a sale as safe as possible and ways to manage sales of large items that may have to be done at your home visit Pflugervilletx.gov/safetrade. 

Pforte II canceled. Enjoy Mary Poppins this August at Movie in the Park
mary poppins approvedThe city will host a Mary Poppins sing-along in Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road on Friday, August 7.  The singalong replaces the Pforte II Battle of the Bands since not enough bands signed up to participate this year. 

Come ready to sing about "a spoonful of sugar" and practice your "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as Pflugerville continues to celebrate 50 years as an incorporated city and brings back this 1960's musical favorite. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and cash for concessions during the film. The movie starts at dark.  pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark. 

Pflugerville advances to a Gold Level scenic city certification
Pflugerville has been awarded the Gold level Scenic City Certification by Scenic Texas. Moving up from the 2012 Silver Certification Level, Pflugerville joins 20 Texas cities earning a five-year certification from 2015-2020. 
scenic gold
“In February the city updated our Unified Development Code to include several of the recommendations from the Scenic City Certification program to continue to keep Pflugerville beautiful,” Planning Director Emily Barron said. “With updated landscaping and building design standards and the generous amount of parks and open space in Pflugerville, we have created a Development Code and community standard that supports a scenic Pflugerville.”

Scenic city criteria include regulated and enforced sign code, a ban on new billboards, and a landscaping and tree planting program. Strong litter enforcement laws, street lighting standards, parking lot landscaping and utility line management all are reviewed in judging a city’s certification level. Under the scoring system, qualifying applicants may earn Recognized, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Certification. 

Pflugerville was first certified as Silver in 2012. In recertifying and upgrading the city as Gold, Scenic Texas took notice of Pflugerville’s dedication to creating green space for its residents, noting its  extensive parks, trails and open space system. The Program also recognized Pflugerville’s strong unity of design standards for its businesses, especially for on-premise signage.  Learn more at sceniccitycertification.org.

Pflugerville is ready to celebrate 50 years
50th logoCome to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, at 6 p.m. on July 24 to celebrate Pflugerville's 50 years as an incorporated city. With the giant birthday cake, music in the park featuring hits from 1965 and historical displays, together we will celebrate Pflugerville. The event includes a car show, Mayor's proclamation and music from the White Tree at 6:30 p.m. and the Ugly Beats at 8:30 p.m. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfifty for more information.

City present staff recommendation for November bond consideration
At the July 14 City Council meeting, city staff presented a $19.9 million recommendation for November 2015 bond consideration which includes a new animal shelter and additional improvements to create an urban section Weiss Lane.

In June, the bond committee, appointed by City Council, recommended $31.4 million in roads, facilities and parks projects. From that list, the city staff recommends projects totaling $19.9 million.

"While all the proposed bond projects are essential, these two (Weiss Lane and Animal Shelter) are the ones I recommend we move forward on now," city manager Brandon Wade said. "The shelter is why we considered a bond, and now the high school location and new homes along Weiss Lane are creating roadway demands."

An architect presented an overview of recommendations for the animal shelter and many scaled alternatives that included meeting space, community gathering areas, intake/outake of animals and even on-site veterinarian services. The proposed facility will include larger cages and kennels and is anticipated to support animal control needs until 2025.

City Council had extensive discussions about the mobility needs for Weiss Lane. While $9.9 million of improvements to Weiss Lane were approved with the 2014 bond election and Travis County bond funding, the funding is not for an urban section roadway, but for a two-lane road with shoulders. Since the November 2014 bond election, the Pflugerville Independent School District has announced a high school, middle school and elementary school on the east side.

Based on past Kelly Lane roadway experience and future east-side population projections, the Council discussed the option of adding an additional $9.3 million for Weiss Lane to the November 2015 ballot to allow the city to build a four-lane road with gutters, medians and turn lanes on Weiss Lane from Kelly Lane to just north of the county bridge on Wilbarger Creek to better address anticipated school traffic.

“Many people who drive Weiss Lane are not Pflugerville taxpaying residents, who would be paying for the bonds. With the improvements needed on Weiss, you're asking residents to invest on a section of roadway that many of our taxpaying residents don't drive on," Mayor Jeff Coleman said. "Do we justify avoiding a traffic nightmare 5-10 years from now by spending city dollars on Weiss which services a majority of non-residents? Twenty years from now it will be the center of our community, and we will need a bigger road. I'm eager to see what the residents say if we put this to a vote."

The county is currently proposing a two-lane bridge over Wilbarger Creek on Weiss Lane. No action was taken by the City Council on July 14. The Council has until August 24 to call an election for November 2015.

Stage 2 Watering - Do you know your 'new' watering day?
The city was in Stage 3 for more than two years so with the change to Stage 2, many residents just left their sprinkler system on their one-day-a-week watering day. The problem: With Stage 2 the day may have changed for many residents. 

"Our water conservation team has been out notifying homeowners that are watering on the wrong day, and we're noticing most looked up their watering day a year ago and just assumed they were fine continuing their schedule from when we were in Stage 3 restrictions," Water Conservation Manager Darrell Winslett said. "In some cases a resident went from a Thursday watering day to a Wednesday and Saturday schedule. We are working to further educate everyone about the proper watering day."

Water Conservation Twice-a-Week Outdoor Watering Schedule: (based on street address) 
Residential homes with an odd number: Wednesday & Saturday
Residential homes with an even number: Thursday and Sunday
Commercial facilities (apartments, condominiums, civic, commercial, industrial and institutional properties) Tuesday and Friday
No watering on Mondays 

Carwashing is allowed at home before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on your watering day. Visit www.pfreshwater.com for more information.
 
Finance recognized for 11th year for fiscal transparency
finance awardThe city Finance Department was recognized for receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the 11th consecutive year.  The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting, and its attainment reflects the commitment of the City Council and City staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  An independent panel of reviewers determined that the City’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget document satisfied nationally recognized criteria for effective budget presentation. Congratulations finance!
 
Fandom Pfest is at the library July 21
Teens are invited to the library to celebrate their favorite books, movies and comics. Featured fandoms will include DC & Marvel comics, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Walking Dead, Anime & Manga and Nerdfighters. Ages 12-18 are invited to the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger Street, for this event.

What's Happening

System upgrade affects PfTV and online meeting streaming 
Starting July 21, the City of Pflugerville is performing a high-definition system upgrade enhancement for all video and streaming equipment in the City Council Chambers. For the first time since 2009, the city is upgrading the recording system, replacing old equipment cameras with HD capable cameras and installing a new operator’s desk.

There will be a brief disruption of live stream and online indexing access to City meetings during the upgrade process.  The July 28 Council Meeting will be filmed manually and not available on livestream. The video will be uploaded the next day with a link online. All meetings held during the transition will be recorded, preserved and uploaded to view online and on PfTV after the meeting, but not live.  If you have questions, please call 512-990-6115. 

Pfarmers Market - The Pfarmers Market is held on Tuesdays at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park from 3 p.m. -7 p.m. Come to shop local fresh produce, jams, pasta, coffee and more. pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

Water Quality Reports available online - The Consumer Confidence rule requires public water suppliers serving the same people year-round in community water systems to provide consumer confidence reports to their customers. The city has made these reports available to the public on the city's website pflugervilletx.gov/waterreports.Reports are available in English and Spanish. For more information call 512-990-6400.

Feedback wanted on Community Development Block Grant projects 
At the Pflugerville City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, the first of two public hearings was held to discuss the action plan for the 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and to request feedback from the community regarding the proposed plans. The public has 30 days to provide feedback as the item returns to council on July 28. Online at pflugervilletx.gov/communitydevelopment.

This Week
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police;
Online City Event Calendar 
Monday 7/20: Baby Time (3 – 18 months): Colors Everywhere (L); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time: Shapes & Colors/Formas & Colorers (L); Afternoon Book Club (L); Family Craft Night: Holiday Ornaments (L); Paws & Read (L); Community Development Block Grant (CDBD) Advisory Committee (B&C); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 7/21: Story Time: Color the World (L) Dungeon & Dragons (L); Tween Scene:  DIY Journals (L); Teen Night: Fandom Pfest (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R)
Thursday 7/23: Story Time: Music Time (L); Kids Club (Ages 5 – 8): String Figures Workshop with Esther Lopez (L); Conversational English (L); How to Write a Mystery with Anna Castle (L)
Friday 7/24: Pflugerville's 50th birthday Party

SAVE THE DATE
July 25 Pflugerville Library Summer Reading Club Party - What color will the library be decorated in? Pfind out during the summer reading club party which color team won the reading contest. The party is from 2-4 p.m. and features a book walk, balloon twisting, a Roaming Reptiles show, music by Slider Lee and more! Don't miss it. 

August 7 Movie in the Park - Mary Poppins - 
Save the date for a Mary Poppins singalong in Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road. Movie starts at dark.