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November 13, 2015

Victor Gonzales recognized for 9.5 years of service
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At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the city recognized Victor Gonzales who served on City Council for nine and a half years starting in May of 2006. 

Mayor Coleman recalled that when Gonzales started on City Council, Stone Hill Shopping Center wasn't here nor was a Wal-Mart.  Many changes have taken place during Gonzales' years of service. 

"It has been pfun," Victor Gonzales said. "I remember 272 people on the population sign. What we see in the future? Well, we have a long way to go, but are on the threshold of a new future and vision for Pflugerville. My goal is in about 20 years that the sign says 100,000 people which will have been a lifetime for me... I'm pleased and honored to have served these nine and a half years on City Council and I wouldn't trade it for anything." 

The City Council presented Gonzales with a plaque and a city flag keepsake. Thank you to Victor for your years of service.  
(Pictured: City Attorney George Hyde, Councilmember Brad Marshall, Mayor Jeff Coleman, Councilmember Starlet Sattler, Victor Gonzales, Councilmember Omar Pena, City Manager Brandon Wade, Councilmember Wayne Cooper, and City Secretary Karen Thompson.)

Oath of Office Ceremony and Canvass of Votes
On Monday, November 16 the city of Pflugerville will canvass the votes from the General Election recognizing the results from Travis and Williamson County. Mike Heath will be sworn in as Councilmember Place 5 with Omar Pena re-elected into Place 3. In addition, the Council will formally recognize the voter's approval of Proposition 2 for funding for Weiss Lane and the rejection of Proposition 1 for an Animal Shelter. 


Teach your talent to Pflugerville seniors
The Pf seniors, (www.pfseniors.com) group is always interested in learning about new hobbies, skills, travels and occupations. This is a call for talent and for speakers to come talk about a variety of talents and skills with our group. Whether knitting, art, music, or anything you enjoy and would like to share. Are you the member of a club? - Tell us about it. What are you involved in that might be of interest to seniors? Contact Senior Programs Coordinator, Michelle Richardson at micheller@pflugervilletx.gov or 51

 

2-990-6361. 

Austin Texans Girls North Team wins Southern Regional Premier League Championship
soccer team congratsMayor Jeff Coleman  recognized the Austin Texans Soccer Club 99 Girls North Team for winning the Southern Regional Premier League Championships at Tuesday's Council Meeting.

The team went undefeated in Southern Regional Premier League play with 7 wins and 2 ties, which qualified them for the playoffs.  In the playoffs, the team defeated Andromeda 2-0, Sting 3-1, and tied FC Dallas 0-0 to qualify as the number one team from Region III.  The Southern Regional Premier League is comprised of teams from North Texas, South Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.  The 99 Girls North Team will advance to the Southern Regionals in Greensville, South Carolina.  Regional winners will advance to the National Championships in Frisco, Texas, where the winner of all four regions will play for the National Title. This is the furthest a Pflugerville soccer team has advanced and the city is proud of these girls and their accomplishments. 

Purple Martin houses installed at Lake Pflugerville
martinPurple Martin Propagators installed two twenty-four gourd-style purple martin houses on Monday, November 9, 2015 at Lake Pflugerville in an effort to restore the rapidly diminishing Purple Martin population. The houses allow these amazing birds to flourish while keeping them safe from their invasive foes, the English House Sparrow and the European Starling. 

Purple Martin Propagators works to help ensure that Purple Martins stay around as one of many benefits is their voracious appetite for flying insects. The new housing systems help Purple Martins continue to be a part of the city’s natural and man-made surroundings. 

By providing a home for this species, which is totally dependent on man-made housing, the city of Pflugerville is giving the community an opportunity at a better quality of life by reducing the insect population at the lake while allowing beautiful vegetation to flourish. Purple Martins are aerial insectivores and only eat flying insects. The birds can consume up to 2000 insects per bird a day, including mosquitoes and wasps. In addition to chemical-free and cost free insect control, these birds love being around people. Purple Martin’s are very desirable birds. People enjoy their graceful flight, singing, and social behavior.
 
If you have any questions or want to know more about the Purple Martin Houses please visit www.birdhouseinfo.com or contact Danny Sinclair at 512-825-4712. 


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). 

Heatherwilde Widening Meeting Wednesday night
The 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

Courtyard by Marriott coming to Pflugerville
Courtyard by Marriot broke ground with a ceremony yesterday at their future location on Impact Way. marriott

"No matter which way you turn from this location, there is a tourism draw," Mayor Jeff Coleman said. "From the Travis  County Metro Park, to the SH 130 Commerce center and nearby airport this hotel and conference center is in a prime location to support tourism." 

The city in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce launched its tourism campaign Pfun,TX last year in anticipation of additional hotels and tourism. Visit pfuntx.com. 


Mockingjay scavenger hunt at the library
On November 17 teens are invited to compete in a Mockingjay Scavenger 
Hunt at the library from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.. Navigate your way through the Capitol and liberate the citizens of panem. May the odds be ever in your favor. Teens will compete in groups of three. 

 What's Happening
Winter wastewater averaging underway: 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. 512-990-6100. 

Play pickleball at the recreation center 
- Thursday nights adults meet at the Pflugerville Recreation Center starting at 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for pickleball! Similar to tennis, this indoor sport is a ton of fun and a great fitness opportunity. www.pflugervilletx.gov/recreationcenter. 

Thanksgiving will affect trash pickup - Trash and recycling pickup is affected by the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday. Thursday pickup will take place on Friday and Friday will be picked up on Saturday. 

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police;
Online City Event Calendar 
Saturday 11/14: Puzzle Exchange (L); Story Time (L); Paws & Read (L)’ Shelter Orientation (PD)
Monday 11/16:  City Council Special Meeting: Canvass of Votes & Oath of Office Ceremony (B&C); Baby Time for Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Time for Babies 12 to 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Sharpies Mugs (L); Senior Appy Hour: Design Holiday Cards (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 11/17:  Pfestive Pfarmers Market (P&R); Senior Potluck Luncheon and game Time (L); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time (L); Home School Kids Tweens (L); Homeschool Kids (Ages 5 – 8) (L); Mockingjay Scavenger Hunt (L); Friends of the Library meeting (L); City Council Special Meeting (B&C)
Wednesday 11/18: Heatherwilde Widening Meeting (L); Tween Scene (L)
Thursday 11/19: Story Time (L); Mystery Book Club (L); Pflugerville Quilt Guild Meeting (L); Sit n’ Knit (L); Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting (B&C); 

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 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.