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July 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Pflugerville!
50th birthdayThe City of Pflugerville celebrates 50 years an incorporated city on July 24, 2015 at Pfluger Park with a Mayor’s Proclamation, historical photo display, cake, car show and live music in the park featuring sounds from 1965.

“I’m proud to commemorate 50 years with everyone on July 24 at Pfluger Park,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. “We will celebrate the vision of 60 residents to vote YES on July 24, 1965 to form Pflugerville, this city that my family and I love.” 

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a Mayor’s proclamation and singing of Happy Birthday followed by cake (while supplies last). Guests can tour a historic photo display and enjoy live music in the park with headliner The Ugly Beats at 8 p.m. and the White Tree from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Pflugerville celebrates many milestone accomplishments over the years as the city has grown from 456 residents to more than 54,000, additional businesses have chosen Pflugerville and entertainment venues and restaurants continue to seek Pflugerville. 

“This is an exciting time to celebrate 50 years as an incorporated city,” Coleman said. “In 1965, Pflugerville really was a “flashing light” kind of town as that was all that was needed. Because of our small population in 1965, we only had 20 businesses in the whole community. Today we have 26 traffic lights, hundreds of businesses and are home to thousands of residents, yet maintain our small town feel.”

shirtsOfficial Pflugerville 50th celebration T-shirts will be for sale for $10 each through intermission while supplies last. Cash only at the park, or guests can purchase a T-shirt at city hall during business hours with cash, check or credit. 

Parking is available at Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, in neighborhood streets with overflow parking at Brookhollow Elementary School with a shuttle running from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. to Pfluger Park. 

The 50th celebration isn’t limited to just one day. The city of Pflugerville celebrates 50 years throughout 2015 with a series of activities. The city’s 50th anniversary parade float visited the Georgetown Poppy Festival and was part of the Deutschen Pfest parade this year. The library book clubs have read books from 1965 and several upcoming programs highlight 1965 including a '60s party, and contest this fall.  In August, the city will again go back to the 1960s with a Movie in the Park sing-along to Mary Poppins.  For a full list of 50th celebration activities, 

July 25 Pflugerville Library Summer Reading Club Party 
Summer is winding down and the Summer Reading Club at the library is coming to an end! What color will the library be decorated in? Pfind out during the summer reading club party which color team won the reading contest. Since we are all winners, the party includes fun for everyone.  
color team
Reading logs indicate 5,208 hours were read this summer! Wow, that is worth celebrating! 

Author Steven Winfrey, author of "That Others May Live," will be interviewed by Hopeton Hay in the Library Serenium from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Enjoy a book walk where you can win children’s books and other giveaways.  Enjoy balloon twisting. See the roaming reptiles show and learn more about these animals. Slider Lee will perform. Come to the library July 25 from 2-4 p.m. 

Pflugerville Police increase police presence with Park Patrol
With the popularity of Lake Pflugerville, parks and trails, the Pflugerville Police department has launched an increased police presence at city public areas with a park patrol.police mule

“The Lake and parks are popular throughout the year, but especially in the summertime," Sergeant Mayo Neyland said. "With our officers increasing patrol and through the use of our Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers we are able to expand our watch and services further into the community."

Using a department cart, both officers and citizens on patrol ride through Pflugerville trails and at parks. The program is available seven days a week and the COPS are equipped with a handheld radio to contact dispatch if an officer is needed or a park need should be addressed.  For the summer months, the Police have expanded onsite patrols at the lake from 2 p.m – 10 p.m.  If you see anything suspicious or need assistance, please reach out to your police department at 512-251-4004. In an emergency, please call 911. 

Do you want to be a citizen on patrol? The next Citizen Police Academy begins September 24 and runs for 12 weeks from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sign up.

Do you recycle? Use your blue cart 
City utility customers may recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, steel and aluminum to reduce what goes into the landfill.  

What do my items get recycled into? 
Paper can be turned into additional paper, and at times is used to make concrete gravel for roads. According to TAPPI, the leading Technical Association for the worldwide Pulp, Paper and converting Industry, as much as 80% of each sheet of paper can be recycled with even the ink used to make energy or composted. 

Cardboard is recycled into new cardboard, paper towels, toilet paper, cereal and shoe boxes, cat litter and manufactured wood products. 
Glass is 100% recyclable and can be turned into concrete, used as a flux agent in brick manufacturing,  mixed in Astroturf or made into new glass bottles. 

Plastic bottles may be recycled into new bottles, carpet, park benches, picnic tables, pipes, flowerpots, T-shirts, fleece jackets, or sleeping bags. 
Steel, aluminum cans  may be recycled into new cans, vehicle parts, toys, appliances (such as refrigerators), fire hydrants, or tools. All steel products contain some recycled material—usually at least 25%! Aluminum can be recycled into bicycles, computers, gutters, siding and wire.  Aluminum and steel can be recycled indefinitely as recycling doesn’t damage the metal’s structure. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours. (EPA, 2008)

How do I know what item can be recycled? 
Look on your lid! The blue cart has a lid with a picture diagram of what can and cannot be recycled. There’s also a list online  

When do I put the blue cart out at the curb?  Recycling days vary by neighborhood so visit to find your day. Recycling schedule as recycling is picked up every other week. Together, let's recycle and make a difference. 

What's Happening
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 are available in English and Spanish. For more information call 512-990-6400.

Last chance for feedback 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

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police;
Online City Event Calendar 
Friday 7/24:  Pflugerville is 50 Birthday Celebration & Music in the Park (P&R); Creative Art Society (CAS) Show at the Library July 20 – September 25 (L)
Saturday 7/25: Summer Reading Club Party (L)
Monday 7/27: Movie Matinee (L)
Tuesday 7/28: City Council Meeting (B&C); Dungeon & Dragons (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R)
Thursday 7/30: Vinegar Pickling Class with Kate Payne (L); Conversational English 

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.

September 19 Police Open house 
- The Police Department holds an open house at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Come tour the Justice