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September 11, 2015

Marriott coming to Pflugerville, breaks ground Nov 12 
On Tuesday, September 8, the City Council approved a three-month extension of the 380 agreement between the City of Pflugerville and Village Pflugerville Holdings L.L.C for the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center which breaks ground November 12.marriott

“We are excited to have the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center build here in Pflugerville, and after reviewing some amazing plans and designs, we recognize the need to extend the deadline of the 380 economic agreement and not allow it to expire,” City Manager Brandon Wade said. “With plans turned in and a groundbreaking set for November 12, we won’t let minor construction delays impede the progress of our partnership.”

The $20 million Courtyard by Marriott will have a minimum of 120 rooms and a 17,500 square-foot conference center. The three-star, full-service hotel with an outdoor pool will be located at the 130 Commerce Center, a mixed-use development at the southwest corner of SH 130 and Pecan Street.

“We have taken some additional time planning the project to actually increase the size of the hotel to over 140 rooms so as to better meet the hotel room demand in the Pflugerville 130 Toll Road corridor,” stated Jerry Crenshaw co-managing partner. “The hotel and conference center will be a great addition and amenity to the City of Pflugerville, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

The conference center is the first for Pflugerville and will provide additional meeting space opportunity.  “This 380 agreement supports a conference center that will attract business meetings, special events, jobs and hotel/motel tax revenue to Pflugerville,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. “Pflugerville’s expanded restaurants, shopping opportunities and entertainment venues make Pflugerville a place people want to visit and have Pfun,  and this conference center will lead to expanded tourism and growth.”

Curious about your August Pflugerville water bill? 
Calls to the city have increased as the July and August water bills have gone out, and the city of Pflugerville wants you to know how your bill is calculated.

“Each August, the phone calls increase,” Tracy Hibbs Utility Business Operations Manager said. “While we are glad to check your individual customer account to check on your water use and system, we ask that residents go through our water checklist first. We can check your account and see when you’re watering, when your peak usage is and help figure out your water gallon usage. Power surges are a frequent culprit for resetting sprinkler systems to manufacturing settings, so often we can find reasons as to why a resident’s individual bill may appear abnormally high.”

Based on the 2014 Water Conservation Rate schedule, water is charged at higher rates per gallon the more water that is used. A resident who changed their watering schedule from one day a week to two days a week could see their water rate increase significantly due to increased water rates based on volume. (water rate costs based on volume)water use

In August, when the temperatures are hotter, more water is lost due to evaporation, and more residents extend the timer on their sprinkler systems to keep plants alive. “Many of our calls come from customers who just increased their watering by one day, and then see a more significant bill than they anticipate,” Hibbs said. 

Pflugerville experienced a peak demand day on August 13 of 11,766,200 gallons of water. Water use for the month of August was 8.8 million gallons more than last year. 

WATER CHECK LIST:
- Have you had a power surge? Power surges can reset your sprinkler system to manufacturer settings so you may think you’re watering once a week for 10 minutes a zone and actually be watering two to three times a week at 15 minutes. If your sprinkler system did reset, the clock may be off too. You might be watering while you’re at work in the heat of the day, and not realize it.
- When is the last time you inspected your water softener? Look at its age and if it’s in need of any recommended routine maintenance or repairs. Water softeners can get stuck in regeneration mode or regenerate if reset from a power surge too. 
- Do you have the greenest lawn on the block? – Check your sprinkler settings again, even if you haven’t touched it lately.  
- Do you have a green spot in one spot of your lawn? - A big green spot in an area of your lawn can indicate a leak. 
- Did you change your water schedule when the city went from Stage 3 to Stage 2?
- Is your toilet running?  – Make sure your toilet isn’t running when it hasn’t been used. To test, put a drop of food coloring in the tank and wait a few minutes to see if the color ends up in the bowl. If so, your tank may be running and leaking water. 
- Did you fully turn off your outdoor faucet? – Make sure you’ve turned off all your outdoor faucets after you washed the car. Any dripping that’s happening at the base of your hose if you forgot to turn the hose off can really add up. 

Still not sure? Please call utility billing at 512-990-6100 and we can check your individual account data. 

The city Public Works Department offers sprinkler system audits to customers. Schedule one for your home by calling 512-990-6400. Please make sure you can be home during the sprinkler audit that you request as city staff need access to your sprinkler box. 

Speed limit changes in Pflugerville
The City is amending Chapter 72 of our Code of Ordinances specifically relating to speed limits on city streets by amending existing streets with posted speed limits other than 30 mph.  At Tuesday's Council meeting, City Council approved speed limits on the following roadways:

  • AW Grimes Blvd northbound from Pflugerville Parkway to the edge of the city limits increased from 35 mph to 45 mph.  (southbound was already 45 mph)
  • Meister Lane speed decreased from 45 mph to 40 mph.
  • Sun Light Near Way increased from 35 mph to 40 mph from Pecan Street to Helios Way. 
If you have any questions about speed limits, please call 512-990-6400.

Friends of the Library mini book sale
The Friends of the Pflugerville Library mini book sale is September 17 at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St. from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. The sale includes books, audio books and videos. Proceeds support library programs. 

Police Department open house
Come tour the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bring the family out to meet the officers, civilians and volunteers who work 24-7 to keep our city a safe and pleasant place to live. Take a tour of the Justice Center including the CID (criminal investigation division), the Communications Division (Dispatch), the jail, Patrol Division, Volunteers Center, Code Enforcement and Victim Services. Pflugervilletx.gov/pdopenhouse

What's Happening
City Council continue to discuss 2015-2016 budget and tax rate - Public Hearings on September 15 at 6 p.m. and September 22 at 7 p.m. 
The City Council continues to review the city's budget and evaluate purchases for next year. On Tuesday, the City Council passed a resolution establishing a maximum property tax rate of .5405, the rollback rate. The City Council set a final rate by Tuesday, September 29 at 6 p.m. Public hearings on the proposed tax rate are set for Tuesday, September 15 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at 100 E. Main St, Suite 500. Watch the Council meetings online at pflugervilletx.gov/pftv

Wilke Ridge to reopen- Wilke Ridge road was closed for utility work and is anticipated to open on Tuesday, September 15, weather permitting. 

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

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 
Friday 9/11: Creative Art Society Show at the Library July 20 – September 25 (L)
Saturday 9/12: Puzzle Exchange (L); Story Time (L); Paws & Read (L); Shelter Volunteer Orientation (PD)
Monday 9/14:  Baby Time for Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Time for Babies 12 to 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Scavenger Hunt (L); Senior Crafternoon – Beaded Jewelry (S); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 9/15: Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time (L); Home School Kids tweens (L); Homeschool Kids (Ages 5 – 8) (L); Teen Night: Digital Illustration for Beginners (L); Friends of the Library Meeting (L) Pfarmers Market (P&R); Senior Potluck Luncheon and Game Time (P&R)  City Council special meeting (B&C) 
Wednesday 9/16: Tween Scene (L)
Thursday 9/17: Friends of the Library Mini Book Sale (L); Story Time (L); Kids Club Ages 5 to 8 (L); Murder on the Titanic Mystery Dinner (L); conversation English (L); Sit ‘n Knit (L); Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting (B&C) 

SAVE THE DATE
October 3 - Pfamily Pfestival and Expo - Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual expo on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls. Be sure to visit the city booth! The event includes merchant booths, live music and public safety displays. pfchamber.com.

October 4 Harvest Fest
 - Heritage House Museum hosts a Harvest Fest from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Accordion music, fall photo opportunities and food for sale. Come see the new improvements to the museum: new floors, screens and updated porch. Enjoy your visit. 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.