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August 14, 2015

Council place Weiss Lane and Animal Shelter Bond on November ballot
bond2015City Council voted to proceed with a November 2015 Bond Election putting Weiss Lane and an Animal Shelter on the ballot. While Weiss Lane was on the November 2014 bond election for a two-lane roadway with shoulders and turn lanes at major intersections, the November 2015 bond election lets voters decide if they want to add an additional $9.5 million to make Weiss a four-lane urban roadway. If approved by the voters, Weiss Lane would be four lanes from just north of the bridge by Pecan to Kelly Lane, fronting the future high school.

The Pflugerville Animal Shelter bond, if approved by the voters, allows for $10.7 million to build a new animal shelter. If approved by the voters, the facility would have expanded capacity, larger cages and kennels. The current proposed location is at Lake Pflugerville. The facility is anticipated to support animal control needs through 2025, allowing for future expansion thereafter.  Potential features include: community meeting space, expanded office space, police satellite offices and onsite veterinary services.  Early voting is October 19-30 with Election Day on November 3.

Programs approved for Community Development Block Grant funding
Park improvements, scholarships and sidewalks funded through Community Development Block Grants for 2015
At the Tuesday August 11, City Council meeting, the 2015 Community Development Block Grant Action Plan was approved allocating $247,840 to various parks, sidewalks and recreational programs in Pflugerville. Final approval by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is expected in September.
 
The program gives $212,840 for parks including accessibility improvements to the Pflugerville Recreation Center and senior area, funding for a shade pavilion at Windermere Park and for parkland acquisition for Parkway Drive and park amenities.  The funds include a sidewalk extension along Foothill Farms near the Travis County Health and Human Services building to fill a sidewalk gap. Additional funding was given to fund youth recreation scholarships for city recreation activities. 

The program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled communities, such as Pflugerville, to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment. For more information visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cdbg.

Music in the Park continues August 21
music 2015The Pflugerville Music in the Park concerts continue on Friday, August 21 with "porch stomp" music with a bit of Texas street country and blues with music from the Dillon Havins Band at 6:30 p.m. and then Clyde at 8 p.m.

Dillon Havins is a 14-year-old singer, songwriter and accomplished blues guitarist. He has been featured on America's Got Talent and is a true crowd pleaser for all ages. Dillon Havins and Friends won the honor to represent Austin, TX at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Next at 8 p.m. enjoy the sounds of Clyde who has been described as porch stomp music with a country cajon Texas Hill Country flavor.

Grab the family and come out to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road and enjoy the live music. Pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark

Stamp Carving Classes for adults next week at the library
On August 15 the Library will host stamp carving classes for adults. With classes offered at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to accommodate a large crowd, the class will teach how to carve unique stamps using linoleum cutters and rubber blocks. Anyone 18 and up may register starting August 1. All materials will be provided.

East Pflugerville Parkway Project: What's next?
The widening of a portion of East Pflugerville Parkway from SH 130 to Colorado Sand Dr. was completed on schedule in July along with a 10-foot hike and bike trail and additional street lighting.

In January 2015, Newland Communities privately initiated and funded a road widening project on East Pflugerville Parkway near the entrance to the Falcon Pointe community to increase local mobility and improve connectivity to the surrounding neighborhoods.  

As a part of the $28 million bond proposition that was approved by voters in November 2014, the East Pflugerville Parkway project will reconstruct the roadway from Colorado Sand Dr. to Becker Farm Rd. from the existing two-lane section to a new two-lane section with a hike-and-bike trail. 

Additionally, Pflugerville Parkway under SH 130 will be widened to its ultimate configuration with two lanes in each direction with middle turn lanes.  


Serve on a city board or commission
The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for positions on its Board of Adjustment, Library Board, Parks and Recreation Commission, Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, Planning and Zoning Commission, Personnel Appeal Board and Finance and Budget Committee for terms beginning January 1, 2016. Applicants are generally required to be registered voters of the City and to have resided within the City limits for at least 12 months preceding appointment. Additional requirements may exist for a specific board or commission. Application

For more information contact the City Secretary’s Office at 990-6101, or email citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov. The City encourages all interested citizens to apply prior to October 31, 2015. Interviews/appointments are anticipated for November 17, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Have you registered and planned your National Night Out Party?
National Night Out (NNO)  is October 6 in Pflugerville and your neighborhood is invited to participate.NNO 

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch gatherings, cities, towns, and neighborhoods celebrate NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:  block parties, cookouts, visits from local police and fire department, parades, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs. 

To participate, register your party with the city so that the Police Department and Emergency Services can come visit your neighborhood. On October 6 turn on your porch lights, go outside and meet your neighbors.

Information on National Night Out is posted at pflugervilletx.gov/nno.

What's Happening
Street repairs on Pecan – The city of Pflugerville is repairing the westbound lanes of Pecan Street between Plumbago and SH 130 starting on Tuesday, August 18. Anticipate lane closures in the area for the next four days, through Friday. 

Wilke Ridge closed
- Wilke Ridge road is closed for utility work.

Register for fall classes with Pflugerville Recreation Center
www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes

Pools: Keep an eye on the pool schedules as summer winds down. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

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.

School zone light testing:  The week of August 17 be prepared to see some school zone lights flashing as the city tests them to prepare for back to school August 25.


This Week
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar
Friday 8/14: Creative Art Society (CAS) Show at the Library July 20 – September 25 (L)
Saturday 8/15: Stamp Carving Class (L)
Sunday 8/16: Screen Printing Class (L)
Tuesday 8/18: Senior Potluck Luncheon and Game Time (P&R); Teen Murder Mystery Dinner (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R)
Thursday 8/20: Mystery Book Club (L); Sit ‘n Knit (L); Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting (B&C); Conversational English (L)


SAVE THE DATE
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. 
pflugervilletx.gov/pdopenhouse.
 
October 4 Harvest Fest - Heritage House Museum hosts a Harvest Fest from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy your visit to the museum. pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse.

October 17 Chili Pfest - It is time to get ready for the Pfall Chili Pfest! Get your team's recipe together now and plan to participate in the fun. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/chili for details.