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Dec 31, 2015

Open Carry for the state of Texas begins on January 1
The city of Pflugerville Police Department is preparing for the new Open Carry Laws which begin on January 1, 2016. View the city's Open Carry video online at Pflugervilletx.gov/opencarry.
open carry video“Open Carry is new, so we anticipate additional calls to the Police Department as the public gets used to the new laws,” Chief Chuck Hooker said. “As always, the police will respond to any call for service, but it’s important that residents and business owners understand the basics of the law and know the information that we need for a 9-1-1 call.”

Under the new laws, it will be legal for someone with a handgun license to open carry a holstered handgun or concealed handgun into a business, except those with visible 30.06 and 30.07 signs which explain the restriction of carrying on the premise. To restrict the carrying of long guns (shotguns, rifles, etc.) a third “No Firearms” sign is required.  For a list of locations where handgun license holders are restricted from carrying, go to Texas Dept. of Public Safety Open Carry Site.

When to call 9-1-1:
Call 9-1-1 if someone has as gun out of a holster,  or if the holder appears intoxicated or is committing a crime. If a 9-1-1 call is placed, the police will ask if the person with the weapon is displaying it in a threatening manner or breaking the law. A threatening manner includes, but is not limited to, having their hand on the trigger (even in the holster); holding the weapon out of the holster, or pointing the weapon at anyone. The person holding a weapon is violating the law if they are intoxicated, committing a crime, or bringing a gun into a private business where the required legal signs are posted indicating guns are prohibited.  On January 1, seeing someone with a weapon is not a reason to call the police, but please do so if you feel threatened. 

Pflugerville Police officers are trained on the new laws and can request to see a gun owner’s license under certain circumstances. 

This article is intended as a general tool for understanding the Open Carry Laws and is not intended to serve as all-inclusive definition of the law or as legal advice. For additional specifics on the Open Carry Law visit the Texas Department of Public Safety Open Carry rules


Arrive alive, don't drink and drive
This is a reminder for New Year's Eve to please designate a driver. Save the number for a cab service in your cell phone now, just in case. Start 2016 off right and be safe. 

Pfreeze Pflop into the New Year
BRR…. Ring in the New Year with a refreshing pfreeze as you go down the slide at the Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Start the double-dog dares now. Grab your friends and come out for a chilling ride down the slide.  pfreeze pflop

Last year a crowd of spectators watched as their family members went down the slide. Participants receive free admission with a canned food item. Arrive early as gates open and the line begins at 9:45 a.m. with the event starting at 10 a.m. T-shirts are handed out to dripping participants as they exit the pool (while supplies last.) The event is over once the last person in line goes down the slide.  For more information call 512-990-6355 or visit Pflugervilletx.gov/pfreezepflop.

Be safe this New Year - no fireworks in city limitsfirework
To keep our neighborhoods and open areas safe, the city of Pflugerville has zero tolerance for fireworks. Tickets issued for firework violations may be subject to a maximum $500 fine. Thank you for being "pfirework pfree" in the city limits in your New Year celebration

Put your pet's collar on 
As a reminder to all pet owners, put your animal's collar on as illegal fireworks and large get-togethers may scare pets. If your animal does get out, be sure to check the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook, and post a pic on the shelter Facebook page:  
http://www.facebook.com/Pflugervilleslostpets
 
Please register your security system 
alarm permitThe city of Pflugerville Alarm Permit helps the Police Department know how to contact a resident or commercial business owner in case of an alarm at a residence or business. City ordinance requires all residential and commercial properties with security systems to obtain an alarm permit. The permit form includes contact information for two authorized people for the police to notify if needed for an alarm. There is no fee to register your alarm.

A fee of $25 is charged after the third false alarm call in a calendar year. Permits can be obtained at the Pflugerville Justice Center or on the city website at Pflugervilletx.gov/alarmpermit. Please renew and/or register your alarm system. When you register, you will be prompted to sign up to be notified next year to update your information. Thank you for keeping your alarm permit current. 

Recycle your tree at Wells Point Park

tree recyclingChristmas tree recycling is offered 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. Please do not take your tree to the Recycle Center. Thank you to everyone for recycling your tree at Wells Point Park.

Meet your New Year's Resolutions
Your city can help you meet your New Year's Resolutions with the following tips.
1. Get in shape - The Pflugerville Recreation Center has classes and fitness programs and personal trainers to get you back on the fitness track. An indoor walking track and weight room helps you work out year-round. A year membership is only $75 for residents.  Plus, with more than 30 miles of trail corridor, Pflugerville trails are a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Visit Pflugervilletx.gov/trails and print out a trails map today, or pick one up at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. 

2. Get organized - On January 7 the library welcomes Luba Carlson for a Clear the Clutter event. Enjoy tips and tricks for getting your space in order from professional organizer Luba Carlson, the Wonder Closet Warrior at 6 p.m. 

3. Extend friendships - The Pflugerville Seniors group is growing and takes field trips, vacations and holds weekly socializing events. If you are 55 and up, you're invited to join the group. The library also offers book clubs and programs for adults age 18 and up to meet for discussions and crafts. Get involved in one of these groups today.  Pfseniors.com

4. Volunteer more in your community - Serve on a city board or commission. An alternate position is still wanted for the Parks and Recreation Commission. In addition, the city has a volunteer e-blast group that we send volunteer needs to throughout the year. The city's volunteer coordinator, Eddie Garcia would gladly add you to the list. Sign up at  Pflugervilletx.gov/notifyme to receive e-blasts on volunteer needs.


What's Happening
City holiday hours and New Year's Day trash pickup schedule 
The Library and Recreation Center close early at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve and are closed with all city offices on New Year's Day.

Trash service does not operate New Year's Day, but will resume on Saturday, January 2. Friday customers will be picked up Saturday. Carts must be placed at curbside at the usual 7 a.m. pickup time. Pflugervilletx.gov/trashtalk.

Teen reading challenge is underway at the library
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. Come by the library to register.

Tai chi class starts Friday, January 8 at the Pflugerville Recreation Center at 10 a.m. Sign up for this and other classes at Pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

Food establish permit deadline is TODAY
All food establishment permits expire on December 31, every year. All businesses within the City limits of Pflugerville that require a food establishment permit must renew their permits for 2016. All restaurants, grocery stores, daycare facilities (that serve food), fast food establishments, school cafeterias, shaved ice establishments and bars/taverns are required to have a food establishment permit. Vendors are required to have one for seasonal and temporary events also. All applications are online at Pflugervilletx.gov/developmentapplications.

Dove season ends Saturday - Dove season runs through January 1. 

Heritage House Museum - The museum located at 901 Old Austin Hutto Road is open the first Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

This Week 
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Friday 1/1: Pfreeze Pflop (P&R);  City facilities/offices closed.
Saturday 1/2: Library Movie Matinee: The Minion Movie (L);
Sunday 1/3: Library Movie Matinee – Shaun the Sheep Movie (L), Heritage House Museum open 
Monday 1/4: Senior Crafternoon – Learn to Solder! (L); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 1/5: Home school Kids Tweens (L), Senior yoga 
Wednesday 1/6: Kawaii Club (L)
Thursday 1/7: Clear the Clutter! With Luba Carlson (L)

SAVE THE DATE
Jan 5 & 8 Yoga for seniors
- Enjoy free trial yoga classes for seniors on January 5 and 8 at 9 a.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. Instructor Patty Wood has taught various styles of yoga for more than 5 years and is a certified Group Fitness Instructor. Enjoy mini-sessions with 30 minutes of movement and time with the instructor. Regular classes begin on January 12 at a cost of $6 per class or $50 for a 10-class pass.