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Dec 11, 2015

 

 

City Council discuss phases of Animal Shelter improvements
At Tuesday’s City Council work session, the City Council reviewed various improvement options for the Pflugerville Animal Shelter facility including but not limited to: removing buildings in the flood plain, repurposing available space, shading dog runs and expanding the adoption area.shelter expansion

“I want the basic needs taken care of as soon as possible,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. “We need to replace buildings that we find objectionable and continue to humanely take care of our animals.”

The first steps include completing the new adoption shelter building (pictured) onsite that will open in January to add kennels; extending fiber to the shelter for staff to handle financial and credit transactions; and relocating staff for the removal of the office trailer.

The current Phase 1 is estimated at $2 million and may include additional kennels a work room, storage, restrooms, a medical room, outdoor kennel enclosures with attached run and HVAC specifically designed to avoid mixing of air between rooms as necessary for animal shelters. The phase could also include options for noise reduction measures. Future phases could increase storage and work areas, and add additional buildings to the location.  

The item was up for discussion only on the Tuesday Work Session and City Council meeting, thus no action was taken by the Council. The item will return to City Council in January.

Teens tackle 40 days of reading in the Library’s Teen Reading Challenge

Pflugerville teens are encouraged to keep reading this winter by participating in the 40-day Teen Reading Challenge with the Pflugerville Public Library. The Library will find out how many books teens can read in 40 days with the challenge from December 14- January 22, 2016.books

The contest has two categories: maximum and minimum challenge. Teens ages 12-18 choose which challenge they wish to compete in.

For both challenges: Each book must be at least 250 pages and you must write a review of each book to receive credit.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Pflugerville Library for providing the Teen Reading Challenge prizes. Challenge forms and complete instructions are online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/library. 

Feedback collected on Mansions at Stone Hill and Highland Park Park Projects
At the December 8 City Council meeting, the Council reviewed plans for two of the park projects that were included in the November 2014 Bond Election,  the Mansions at Stone Hill Park Project and Highland Park/Highland Park North Park Project. These two parks were previously master planned as part of the Trails Master Plan & Undeveloped Parks Study that was completed in July of 2014.

A public hearing was held for public input as the city proceeds with the design and construction administration for the Mansions at Stone Hill Park.

Stone Hill Park will be a new 11 acre Neighborhood/Community Park located on Town Center Dr. The current proposal includes a dog park, splash pad, playground, pavilion, sport courts, loop trail, restrooms, parking and other infrastructure.

Highland Community Park will be a new 105 acre Community Park located in the Highland Park andhighland now Highland Park North neighborhoods.  The current proposal includes a dog park, various playgrounds, various trails, Community Garden, practice fields, prairie restoration area and sport courts.
For more details, visit the city's website.

Chipping pick up takes place city-wide next week
chippingThe city chipping truck will pick up tree limbs curbside city-wide the week of December 14-18 as the chipping truck will not operate the week of Christmas, December 21-25. Regardless of your normal pickup, the chipping truck will canvass the entire city the week of December 14-18. Plan ahead to leave your chipping materials out December 14-18.

Pfestive Pfarmers Market on Tuesday
Stock up on supplies for your holiday meals at the Pfestive Pfarmers Market on Tuesday, December 15 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road.

Pet pictures with Santa: Bring your pet to the market for a pet photo with Santa Claus opportunity.
Pflugerville wins three Central Texas Crime Prevention Association awards
The Pflugerville Police Department won three awards from the Central Texas Crime Prevention Association at their award ceremony on December 9. The department won the Outstanding Crime Prevention Program award. The Outstanding Crime Prevention Manager award went to Lieutenant Daryl Wilkes for his work with the crime prevention unit.  City videographer Wade Maness was recipient of the media award for his public service announcements and videos on crime prevention awareness. Congratulations.


What's Happening
Buy-one-get-one pet adoptions - The Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook, hosts buy-one-get-one adoptions to give cats and dogs a home for the holidays. Come visit the shelter and find the purrfect pet for your home. If you are interested in giving a pet as a gift, please bring the recipient with you to the shelter so a perfect match can be made.
Blue Santa underway - It's not too late to participate in Blue Santa. Gift donations are still accepted and volunteers are helping wrap gifts in anticipation of delivery day on December 19. For more information on the program or to register for assistance, visit Pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta.

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

Online City Event Calendar
Friday 12/11: Pflugerville Quilt Guild “Winter Warmth” Exhibit (Nov 24th – Jan 23th) (L)
Saturday 12/12: An Afternoon with Santa at the Library (L); Paws & Read (L); Shelter Volunteer Orientation (AS)
Monday 12/14: Baby Time for Babies 3 to 12 months old (L); Baby Time for Babies 12 to 18 months old (L); Teen Reading Challenge (Dec 14th – Jan 22nd ) (L); Homeschool Teens: DIY Coasters (L); Senior Crafternoon – Holiday Ornaments (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 12/15: Pfestive Pfarmers Market (L); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time (L); Home School Kids Tweens (L); Friends of the Library Meeting (L); Senior Potluck Luncheon and Game Time (L)
Wednesday 12/16: Tween Scene (L)
Thursday 12/17: Mystery Book Club (L); Pflugerville Quilt Guild Meeting (L); Sit ‘n Knit (L); Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting (B&C)


SAVE THE DATE
Tree recycling - Make sure your Christmas tree is recycled by dropping it off from December 26 - January 10 at Wells Point Park, 800 S Heatherwilde. Please remove all decorations from your tree. Trees dropped off for recycling are mulched and residents are welcome to pick up mulch while supplies last. Trees left curbside on your trash or recycling pickup day are not recycled. To be picked up curbside the tree must be cut into pieces no longer than 4 ft long and all decorations should be removed. Thank you to everyone for recycling your tree at Wells Point Park.  Please do not take your tree to the Pflugerville Recycle Center.

January 1 Pfreeze Pflop - Start your New Year with a chilling ride down the slide at Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is finished when everyone in line goes down the slide. Pflugervilletx.gov/pfreezepflop.