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August 28, 2015

City Council approves $4.276 million for a community park with sports complex and nature areas 
The Pflugerville City Council approved the purchase of an approximately 237 acre tract of land in east Pflugerville for a community park that includes a new sports complex and nature areas on Cameron Road.
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At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the Council authorized the $4.276 million purchase at $18,000 an acre. Since voters approved the parks bond in 2014, the city has worked closely with consultants to evaluate existing city property options and other viable options in Pflugerville. 

The city pursued the “Rosa Pfluger Tract,” as it is known to many locals, at 16430 Cameron Road, after looking at its location, beauty and the many options it provided. 

“Every time I look at this piece of property, I am even more excited,” City manager Brandon Wade said. “This land will become a beautiful sports complex and park that is so enormous that it will take several phases and decades to fully develop. We’re going to have a park in the center of a heavily-developable area in Pflugerville that will include sports fields, parkland, trails, creek-beds and a historic cemetery. It’s the perfect combination for a truly desirable park and sports complex destination.”

The land, located on east Cameron Road, is a T-shaped property which includes parkland, a floodplain creek area and is adjacent to the historic Pfluger cemetery dating from prior to 1918. Voters approved a sports complex in the November 2014 Bond, and the bond funding has supported the $4.276 million land purchase.

Current access to the facility is via Cameron Road which is an extension of East Pecan Street. The new Pflugerville Independent School District High School Number 4 is currently under construction west of the property.

As the area develops around the park, the park will have increased accessibility on the north side. “Right now we estimate about 50% of the acreage is immediately developable, and we intend to start building practice sports fields at the south end of the new land site off of Cameron Rd as a first phase,” Wade said. 

The initial estimate is to have approximately five soccer fields and parking at the site to help accommodate immediate sports practice field needs. The city’s next step is a Sports Field Master Plan and prompt development of practice space for local youth leagues. 

Spend September reading comics and graphic novels with Pflugerville Reads 
Pf ReadsEach year the library encourages the entire city to read one specific theme or book, and new this September, the library encourages everyone to read comics and graphic novels! 

Children will enjoy story times and activities related to comics. Lego club will build a superhero lair this month and story times and Homeschool Kids will feature Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie characters. Kids Club will make their own comic books. 

Tweens ages 8-12 will learn how to draw comics when author and illustrator Scott Sutton visits the library September 26 at 2 p.m. The Paperback Pirates book club will read and discuss El Deafo by Cece Bell.

Teens can enjoy digital illustration on September 15 at 6 p.m. with Inkscape, a free vector graphics software. On Sept 26 teens and adults can participate ina bookbinding workshop. 

Adults will have an opportunity to learn illustration basics and figure drawing on September 19 with artist Terry Slater and on September 24 will enjoy a '60s night to celebrate Pflugerville's 50th anniversary year and the '60s. Other PfReads activities for adults include comic book character terrariums and watercolor basics class.

Visit the library to get a copy of all the Pflugerville Reads programs for this September. 

Reptile Show - A reptile show visits the library on Saturday, September 5 from 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. featuring a variety of live reptiles from around the world. The public will have an opportunity to approach and see the reptiles. 

Dove season begins September 1 
On Monday, September 1, dove hunters will begin to hunt around Pflugerville as dove season begins. dove hunter

"The Police Department tends to get a lot of calls when hunting season begins because people are curious as to why they are hearing the gun shot noise," Assistant Chief of Police Jim Mclean said. "We want to make sure everyone is aware that dove season begins Tuesday, and state law allows hunting on a tract of land of 10 acres or more, so you may hear hunters in the city limits.”

The Police Department will enforce based on the state law.  The Police will respond to all shots fired calls to investigate if any laws have been broken.   

Local Government Code (Title 7) § 229.002.  REGULATION OF DISCHARGE OF WEAPON sets out the guidelines for firing a weapon in the city limits to include distance from a residence and/or occupied building.

Hunting is allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. To report a concern, call the Pflugerville Police Department at 512-251-4004. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Vendors wanted for the Pfall Pfest Craft show; Sign up starting August 31
The Pflugerville Recreation Center hosts the Pfall Pfest Craft Show on November 21 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The juried show is a great place to start your holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a special friend. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. Shoppers enjoy free admission to the craft show. Vendors interested in participating can sign up for consideration online starting August 31 at Pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.

Learn about Awesome Occupations at the library
Each month the library will feature various occupations at the library for youth ages 10 to 18 to learn more about each month. On Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. learn about archaeology from special guest archeologist Melissa Grzybowski. 

My Commute Solutions provides options for carpools and commute alternatives
commute video imageThe Clean Air Coalition of Central Texas is launching a new regional initiative at myCommuteSolutions.com to help Clean Air Coalition members assist their employees and citizens in choosing commute alternatives that when used even a few days a week can save time, money, and stress.  

The website provides tools and incentives for commuters to use including alternative modes of travel (walking, cycling, carpooling), alternate work hours and efficient transportation options by providing a ride-matching and trip-planning tool.  Participants in the program can log their commute, online and track fuel and money saved, calories burned, and emissions avoided. 

Check out this video and learn more about myCommuteSolutions.com 

Music in the Park Friday, Sept 4 features Latin Music
musicbrewMusic in the Park kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with The Tiarra Girls, an all-sister band from Austin, TX who will perform music of many genre's, originals and covers.  After the Tiarra Girls, enjoy the Latin jazz, salsa and merengue sounds of The Brew from 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 

Bring your family out to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, for live music and a great time under the giant shade trees. Food concessions begin at 6 p.m. Pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

Community Banner calendar for 2015 opens September 1
The city partners with the Texas Department of Transportation to put a mesh over-the-road banner on FM 1825 through downtown Pflugerville.  If you have an event that you want to advertise in this way, please call 512-990-6115 to reserve your desired time. First come, first served.

Due to the high demand in the months of September and October, only one-week availability is offered. In the event that multiple groups desire the same weeks in other months, the city reserves the right to reduce the over-the-road mesh banner use to a one-week period.

The over-the-road banner use is only allowed for charitable, scholastic or public interest events by a non-profit organization. The city and TxDOT reserve the right to reject any applications and mesh banners are subject to approval. 


What's Happening
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. Final chances Labor Day weekend. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

Register your party for National Night Out - National Night Out is October 6. Register your party now for Pflugerville officers to come visit. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/nno.

City offices closed Labor Day - City facilities and offices are closed on Monday, September 7 for Labor Day. Trash and recycle cart pickup is not affected by the holiday. If you have concerns while the city is closed, call the Citizens Communications Hotline at the Police Department at 512-251-4004. 

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police;
Online City Event Calendar 
Creative Art Society show at the library through Sept 25.
Saturday, August 29: Cheesecake cooking demo (L)
Tuesday, September 1: Bilingual Story Time (L), Home School Kids Tweens (L), Lego Club (L), Awesome Occupations- Archaeology (L)
Wednesday, September 2: Kawaii Club (L), Pfnitters (L)
Thursday, September 3: Story time (L), kids club (L), watercolor basics (L), genealogy (L), conversational English (L).
Friday, September 4: Music in the Park: Tiarra Girls and The Brew (P&R)

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 3 Pflugerville Chamber 17th Annual Pfamily Pfestival and Expo -  Visit the Expo from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls. The event includes door prizes, children's activites, merchant booths, performers and public safety displays. Pfchamber.com

October 4 Harvest Fest - Heritage House Museum hosts a Harvest Fest from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy your visit to the museum. The event includes live accordion music, food for sale and a chance to see recent upgrades at 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.