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Jan 8, 2015
Pflugerville Year in Review 2015
Jan 8, 2015
Pflugerville Year in Review 2015
2015 was a big year for the City of Pflugerville
From turning 50 years old to bonds and senior projects, the City Council made numerous improvements and decisions in 2015 to keep Pflugerville where quality meets life. Watch a video overview
The city celebrated its birthday with a 50th parade float, ’60s parties, ‘60s music and movies and a birthday party on July 24 at Pfluger Park. Texas House Representative Celia Israel invited city officials to visit the Texas State Capitol to celebrate 15 years of the Pflugerville Recreation center and 50 years as an incorporated city, and the city and Pflugerville History Diggers worked together to create a digital historical archive of interviews of Pflugerville residents to describe growing up in Pflugerville.
With three national awards and ten statewide awards, the city continued quality work and excellence.
The City Council set the property tax rate at $.5405 with a slight increase of $.0069 from last year to cover voter approved bond projects and increased city operations. While a bond for a new animal shelter did not pass, the shelter grew as 24 medium/large kennels and eight small kennels were added.
In June, the city moved from Stage 3 to Stage 2 water restrictions for the first time since 2013. With the change in restrictions, residents are able to water lawns twice-a-week and resume vehicle washing on their designated watering days before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. The city continues to encourage residents to use smart water conservation habits. View the stage 2 restrictions at Pfreshwater.com
A Senior Advisory Task Force outlined needs for the senior population and is now a vital resource for the city in senior programming. The attendance at senior programs has more than doubled thanks to expanded activities and the senior partnerships.
In 2015 several Pflugerville street speed limits were adjusted as a result of speed studies conducted to evaluate driving patterns and speeds along streets.
A citizen survey provided the city with input that the city is going in the right direction. Residents indicated the two biggest issues over the next two years are rapid growth and roads.
After two years of revisions, the city completed an update of the citywide Unified Development Code and Engineering Design Manual which acts as the framework that regulates where and what type of development may occur in Pflugerville and covers everything from permissible land use, zoning, building densities, street widths and even parking requirements in the city.
The City Council approved the Pflugerville Master Transportation Plan (MTP) in May which helps guide the development of transportation improvements associated with growth and development in the area. Community Development Block Grant projects funded improvements to the Windermere Park consist of a playscape renovation with play and accessibility improvements. The grants also awarded Youth Recreation Program Scholarships.
Pflugerville added innovative programs to include a history digital archive project at the library to highlight and capture Pflugerville’s historical documents and added a text chat service to connect with patrons.
The city partnered with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas to create a Water Conservation Patch for all age groups of scouts which is available to all Girl Scouts in 46 counties in the Central Texas region.
The Police added Pfreeze Pflugerville at the Police Department which rewards children for using a crosswalk, expanded park patrol presence, placed a medicine disposal kiosk in their facility and became a registered safe trade location for residents to conduct sales of items onsite. The Pflugerville Police Department is social adding a department Facebook page, animal shelter Facebook page for lost pets and an Instagram account. Pflugerville’s National Night Out event ranked 10th in the state.
In February the city began a Pavement Evaluation and Assessment project to look at all current roads in the city, assess their condition and assist with the development of a yearly budgeting strategy for a street maintenance program. The project will evaluate all 439 lane miles in Pflugerville.
Construction for safety improvements at the intersections of Picadilly Drive/ Central Commerce and Grand Avenue Parkway/Edgemere Drive began in November 2015.
With Pflugerville’s continued growth the city continues to expand the water lines to accommodate new developments and subdivisions. Before working on the roadway and curve mitigation on Pfennig, the city first installed the water lines to provide system redundancy. Additional water line installs were conducted along Heatherwilde, Wilke Lane and Rowe Lane.
What’s coming in 2016?
Heatherwilde Widening and a traffic light at Kingston Lacy
Pfluger Farm Lane to connect to Stone Hill
Maker’s Pfest, courtyard shade and parking lot improvements at the Library
Sports Complex Master Plan
Animal Shelter Improvements
New Pflugervilletx.gov to launch in Spring 2016
Community Development Block Grants fund a sidewalk extension at Foothill Farms and another on Edgemere, installation of a Windermere Park pavilion, parkland acquisition on Parkway drive and senior accessibility improvements at the Recreation Center.
Curbside brush and chipping pickup is now weekly
Pflugerville trash and recycle customers are eligible for the City’s curbside chipping pickup service. Effective immediately, curbside brush and chipping will be picked up on a Week 1 and Week 2 schedule instead of a particular day of the week.
Visit Pflugervilletx.gov/chipping to see the week of the month that the chipping truck will be in your neighborhood. Procedures for the curbside pickup service are also online and include chipping piles up to 10 feet long by four feet high and brush piles left at curbside only by residents. For customers with piles larger than the approved pickup size, or not wanting to wait for curbside pickup, the city’s brush and recycling center, located at 15500 Sun Light Near Way, is an option for disposal.
Please note the chipping truck does not operate in rainy conditions, therefore your actual date of pickup may be affected. The chipping service is operated by the city of Pflugerville. If you have any questions, please call 512-990-6400.
We Pfreeze Pflopped!
Each year a brave group of Pflugervillians take on the Pfreeze Pflop and go for a ride down the slide at Scott Mentzer Pool for New Year's Day. Last Friday, there were 90 people who participated and rode down the slide into the pfrigid water.
Try a new class in the New Year
The Pflugerville Recreation Center has new classes starting in January for the family.
New children's classes: Music on my Own is a new class for toddlers age 3-5 and runs on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. starting January 12 through February 26. Mommy and Me art and sensory class is Thursdays at 10 a.m. through February 11. Sign up for these new classes with your children.
New Adult classes:
New classes include adult Tai Chi on Fridays at 10 a.m. and Yoga for Seniors with chair yoga on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and mat yoga on Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
Adult tap dancing is on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and belly dancing on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Be sure to check out all the classes online or by picking up a program at the Pflugerville Recreation Center.
Teen Reading Challenge 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.
Be a Pflugerville Police Department Victim Services volunteer
Training will begin Monday February 8, 2016. Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. for 8 weeks. Topics will include how to work with victims of family violence, sexual assault, child victims, elderly victims, survivors of suicide and homicide, and victims of other violent crimes. Any interested citizen who resides in Pflugerville or the surrounding area is encouraged to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Contact Judy Allen at 670-5701 firstname.lastname@example.org.Pflugervilletx.gov/victimservices.