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November 6, 2015

We have preliminary election results: What's next?
Preliminary results from both Travis and Williamson Counties indicate failure of Proposition 1 for a new Pflugerville Animal Shelter and passage of Proposition 2 for Weiss Lane urban roadway improvements. 

Proposition 1: Proposition 1 was rejected by the voters by narrow margins with 1941 voting for a new $10.7 million animal shelter and 2190 against. (numbers include both Travis and Williamson Counties results). 

What's next for the shelter?expansion2015
Wednesday, after the General Election results were received, Mayor Jeff Coleman notified the city manager, Brandon Wade, that he wants a discussion about the Pflugerville Animal Shelter on the December 8 City Council Meeting Agenda.  City staff are preparing a recommendation including a Rehabilitation and Master Plan for the current facility.  (Pictured are some of the new kennels in a renovated building that is slated to open soon.)
 
“We have a plan outlined if a new facility went out at the Lake which was part of the bond, but I’m now directing staff to look further into options to make similar improvements into the existing shelter,” Wade said. “Just because the bond for a new shelter did not pass does not mean the city is going to be idle. We have several needs at the facility and we will be presenting options to City Council in December for their consideration.”
 
dog roomBy state law there is a three-year prohibition on issuing debt for the project on the bond election. However, the City Council can direct the use of certificates of obligation to make improvements to the current facility.  
 
Some of the outlined needs:
-        Visibility, access and location of the current shelter.
-        Making the shelter a destination for events.
-        Incorporation into trail corridor.
-        Image – putting our best foot forward with improved office space, entry areas, parking and “front door.”
-        Larger outdoor play yards with shade for exercise interaction with the animals.
-        Indoor/outdoor dog runs.
-        A Master Plan outlining all future expansions, pods and amenities showing an overall vision for the site.
 
City staff are reviewing site development reports and outlining steps to further transform what was a former water treatment facility.
 
“With a trail and greenbelt route anticipated along Pecan adjacent to the shelter and the beautiful creek, I see opportunities for us to reach some of our visibility goals here at our current facility. With a Master Plan and Council’s direction on December 8 we can plan our next steps,” Wade said.
 
The City Council Meeting is at 7 p.m. on December 8 in the Suite 500 City Council Chambers located at 100 E. Main Suite 500. The meeting streams live online on PfTV www.pflugervilletx.gov/pftv and on Uverse Channel 99 or Suddenlink Channel 17.
 
Proposition 2: Voters approved $9.5 million in additional funding for Weiss Weiss Lane RoadwayLane to widen the road to 4 lanes from just north of the bridge near Pecan to Kelly Lane. With 2578 of the 4129 votes cast, the proposition won by 63%. Assuming current property values and market interest rates, the expansion will add $28.15 to the average homeowner property taxes. The exact amount is dependent on when the bonds are issued and project timelines. Weiss Lane was already approved by voters in 2014 as part of a cost-sharing with Travis County for reconstruction of the two-lane section with shoulders and turn lanes at major intersections.



What's next for Weiss? 

The Weiss Lane Roadway Project has been in the preliminary engineering phase since August. The city’s consultant team has been developing preliminary design alternatives and performing other preliminary activities that support the design process such as completing topographic surveys and conducting preliminary drainage evaluations.

With the design consultant involved and working on preliminary activities, the project will move directly into the design of the four-lane urban roadway. City staff anticipate construction to begin in the summer of 2016.

Finalizing the results:
The City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, November 16 to canvass the votes and recognize the official results from Travis and Williamson Counties. Next, the city will prioritize projects, schedules and bond issuance at future City Council meetings. 

City Council Election:
 In the City Council election, Mayor Jeff Coleman will issue a Certificate of Election to Omar Peña for Councilmember Place 3 and Mike Heath for Councilmember Place 5 at the Special Meeting on November 16.

Registration for Blue Santa is underway; collection bins await toys and supplies
Blue Santa Video playerPflugerville Police Department’s Blue Santa program is a partnership with the citizens of Pflugerville aimed at providing help to Pflugerville families in need. Starting November 2, families may apply to receive gifts for children ages 14 and under and a holiday meal by filling out the application at the Pflugerville Police Department or Travis County Rural Health Center, and families who wish to help are asked to donate toys at one of more than 25 locations across Pflugerville. 

Blue Santa is coordinated by the Pflugerville Police Department, but nearly all of the sorting, wrapping, packaging and deliveries are done by volunteers who come from Pflugerville businesses, volunteer organizations and the Pflugerville community.  

"Gift donations are needed to help make Blue Santa a success,” Cpl. Dan Griffith said. “We have Blue Santa bins out at city facilities and partner businesses in Pflugerville to collect donations of unwrapped toys and canned goods. A special request is for gifts for boys and girls ages 10-14 as we always run short on gifts for tweens and teens. With your help, we can help Pflugerville families further enjoy the holidays.” 
 
Toy ideas for boys ages 10 – 14:  Anime, Art, Advanced Legos, Dr. Who, Gloves/Scarves, Star Wars items, Sports equipment, baseball caps, throw blankets, cool school supplies
Toys ideas for girls ages 10-14: nail polish, scarves, bath lotions, candles, earrings/necklace sets, purses, slippers, cool school supplies

Volunteers interested in sorting, wrapping and collecting gifts can sign up for a shift at www.pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta

Application Process
Do you know a Pflugerville resident who needs some help with the holidays this year? To qualify, applicants should fill out an application in person at the Pflugerville Police Department or Travis County Rural Health Center now through December 12.  Applications must be picked up in person, must have valid Texas Driver’s license or ID card with correct address, and provide utility bill matching the person/spouse and address.  Volunteers and the Police Department will deliver gifts and food on December 15. Proof of residency is a requirement and will be checked.  For further information contact: Cpl. Dan Griffith  (512) 670-5514 or e-mail dgriffith@pflugervilletx.gov.
 
Delivery: Delivery Date for Blue Santa is December 19 starting at 10 a.m.  Volunteers need to contact Dan Griffith to schedule dates and times to assist due to room at the Blue Santa HQ.

Heatherwilde Widening Meeting: November 18
heatherwildeThe City of Pflugerville invites you to attend an information meeting about the Heatherwilde Boulevard Widening Project on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pflugerville Community Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street.

This project provides for reconstruction and widening of the existing two-lane road into a four-lane divided roadway with raised medians, turn lanes, drainage improvements, pedestrian facilities and a signal at Kingston Lacy Blvd.   Also included in the project is installation of new wastewater infrastructure and landscaping. City staff anticipate that construction will begin in January 2016 on this project which was approved by the voters in the 2014 Bond Election.
 
vicinity map heatherwildeRoad closures will occur at Great Basin Ave. and Wilke Ridge Ln. in the initial phase of construction. Temporary traffic lanes will be established during construction to allow two-way traffic on Heatherwilde Blvd. New traffic signal installation at Kingston Lacy will occur in the initial phases of construction.  Access to all businesses and properties will remain open during construction.

Information about potential closures and project updates are online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/projects.

Winter Wastewater averaging
For residential customers on the City’s retail water and wastewater service, the city bases monthly wastewater charges on your water consumption for November, December, January and February.  The city takes the three lowest consumptions, averages them, and uses that average to set your wastewater charge for the entire year.  An account must be active the entire four months to establish an average. All other accounts will be charged the city-wide average.

If you have a water leak during this time period, making your water consumption noticeably higher than usual, you need to notify the Utility Billing Office.  A copy of the plumbing bill or receipts from the purchase of plumbing supplies will be required no later than May 1. Upon consideration, your wastewater average may be adjusted appropriately.  Commercial wastewater charges are based on actual monthly water consumption. For questions, call 512-990-6100.

Author Visit at the library: Kirk Lynn
Lynn will visit the library on November 7 to discuss his new novel, Rules for Werewolves. Kirk is the head of the Playwriting and Directing program at the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas. He has written numerous plays that have been performed in the U.S. and abroad. Kirk will discuss his work and give you tips on getting your novel finished and published. Refreshments will be provided and we'll have NaNoWriMo gift bags while they last. See you November 7 at 2 p.m.

Pfestive Pfarmers Market
Three Pfestive Pfarmers Market days remain this year: Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 15. Shop for holiday pfood and gift items at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. The Pfarmers Market is from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Plan ahead for the December 15 market which will include a special pet photos with Santa Claus opportunity (pets only please). Bring your animals to the gazebo at Heritage Park to participate in the pfun.

What's Happening
Volunteers planting trees for Arbor Day
tree plantingToday, November 6, city staff are planting trees at Cambridge Heights Park for Arbor Day. Thank you to the parks and recreation department and volunteers who helped with this project! Video from today's tree planting

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

One lane of W Pflugerville Pkwy closed November 10
 – One lane of West Pflugerville Parkway, just west of AW Grimes will be closed from Tuesday, November 10 to approximately Friday, November 13 for installation of a water line connection. Drivers are asked to slow down for workers onsite during this project.

Windermere pool is closed
Windermere Pool is currently closed until further notice, due to cold water temperatures. It will be reopened when the heaters are fully functional. Stay tuned and sign up for email notifications from the city at www.pflugervilletx.gov/notify

This Week
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar

Saturday 11/7: Story Time (L); Author Visit: Kirk Lynn (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 11/8: Screening: Avengers: Age of Ultron (L) Movie Screening: Jurassic World (L)
Monday 11/9:  Senior Crafternoon: Make Gourmet Popcorn (L); Baby Time for Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Time for Babies 12 to 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Spray Dyed Tote Bags (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 11/10:  City Council Meeting (B&C); Story Tine – Special Guest: Mother Goose (L) Home School Kids Tweens (L); Homeschool Kids (Ages 5 – 8) (L)
Wednesday 11/11: Veteran Day Ceremony (O); Pflugerville Poetry Society (L); Paperback Pirates Book Club (L); Library Board Meeting (B&C)
Thursday 11/12: Story Time (L); Adult Craft Night: Learn to Felt! (L)


SAVE THE DATE
November 21 Pfall Pfest - Come shop from arts and craft vendors at the Pfall Pfest at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Get your holiday shopping underway! www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.

November 27-29 and December 5-6 - Shop at the Heritage House Museum Christmas Open House - The Heritage House Museum Partners and Pflugerville Quilt Guild invite you to the Christmas Open House at the historic Heritage House Museum from November 27-29 and December 5-6 to tour and purchase quilts and homemade items. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. www.pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse or call 512-990-6350.