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November 6, 2015
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
What's next for the shelter?
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
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
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 Lane
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.