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February 26, 2016

City Council dispels rumors and discusses animal shelter options 
animal shelterAt the Tuesday, February 23 City Council meeting, Mayor Jeff Coleman began discussion on the Pflugerville Animal Shelter with a statement to resolve several Internet rumors and give the public an opportunity to discuss the various options under consideration for the future of the Animal Shelter.

“False statements and assumptions on Facebook have resulted in an uproar on social media and emails to the City Council after we began to further discuss options for the shelter at the February 9 Council meeting,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. “Last night’s meeting gave the City Council and our volunteers the opportunity to be heard. Several perspectives were shared, and I hope that going forward the public and our volunteers know we’re listening and that we will always vet various options presented to us.” 

The City Council chamber was full of shelter volunteers and members of the public who came to ask questions about a proposed option of partnering with the Williamson County Animal Shelter (WilCo) that was discussed at the City Council meeting on February 9. 

Shelter volunteers expressed concern about outsourcing a Pflugerville service to another entity and the loss of personalization and customer service if the shelter was outsourced. Volunteer concerns also included the distance to the WilCo Shelter for city staff, citizens and volunteers, the effect the change would have on volunteer efforts and the effect on animals at the shelter. 

Identified options:
1. Close the Pflugerville Animal Shelter and use the WilCo facility for all animal needs.
2. Keep the Pflugerville Animal Shelter open for stray and reclaim and then after a certain number of days, the animals would go to WilCo.
3. Invest $1-$2 million to make improvements to the current Pflugerville facility.

The Mayor expressed reasons that the WilCo option is being considered. “The proposal looked promising to me because after a bond that didn’t pass, this option seemed to fill both the opponents’ and proponents’ needs. The WilCo shelter is a designated no-kill shelter and a brand new facility which our volunteers want and significantly less expensive than the bond that didn’t pass,” Coleman said. “The distance from Pflugerville could be rectified by keeping the current shelter open to collect animals and strays for reclaim locally before turning the animals to WilCo.”

With several neighboring cities of similar size using the WilCo Shelter, the city is exploring the option to see what would work best for Pflugerville. 

The Mayor addressed false rumors that the City Council doesn’t care about the shelter or spend money on it, noting an increase in funding by 700% from $50,000 a year to $350,000 a year in the last five years.

While no action was taken at the meeting Feb 23, City Council members asked residents to work with them, provide feedback and plan for a future Tuesday night meeting dedicated to shelter discussion once more details and research of the various options is complete. 

“Through this process, volunteers have expressed satisfaction with our reclaim rate, euthanasia rate and the volunteers love our staff,” Coleman said. “I don’t think you like the current building, but you love the fact that 40% of animals get reclaimed, which is a result of the hard work you do.” 

No action was taken at the meeting by City Council. Members of the public interested in being notified with updates on the Animal Shelter project and receive notification when the topic is on a future Council agenda are encouraged to sign up for emails online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/notify. 

Name your Parks - submit ideas today
name your parksAfter voters approved a parks bond in 2014, the city purchased more than 230 acres in east Pflugerville off Cameron Road for a future community park and sports complex. Now, the park, which will be home to sports fields and league play, recreation areas, trails and more, is in need of a name. 

“From sports complex, to the new park, to community park and sports complex, the current land has a lot of nicknames,” Parks and Recreation Director James Hemenes said. “We’d like to hear ideas from the public on what they’d like to name this park. The new parks we are developing in Stone Hill and the Highland Park subdivision also need names. It's time to Name your Parks.”

Ideas will be compiled and given to City Council and staff for consideration. By submitting a name, you are releasing it to the city for our use on this and/or future projects. Email your names tonameyourparks@pflugervilletx.gov.

Visit the new Deutschen Pfest website and register for the pfun
hanzThe Deutschen Pfest is May 20-22, 2016 and the event website is now live with 2016 information. Be sure to check out the website at www.deutschenpfest.com. Event registration is underway for the 5K Pfun Run and Kids K. Festival arts and craft and booth vendor applications are available online. Plan your parade float and sign up for the parade. 

Feral cats free to barn homes
The Pflugerville Animal Shelter has vaccinated, spayed and neutered barn cats free to barn homes. Visit the shelter at 1600 Waterbrook Drive or call 512-990-PETS for more information. 

Take care of warrants now 
warrant Representatives of law enforcement agencies and courts statewide including Pflugerville, will participate in the Great Texas Warrant Roundup which is slated for Saturday, March 5.     The city mailed courtesy notices to alert residents with outstanding warrants to settle them by March 5 to avoid the embarrassment of being arrested. The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from more than 300 participating jurisdictions.

You can visit the Pflugerville Municipal Court at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 Pfennig Lane between 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays to settle a warrant. Payment is also accepted by mail. Pay online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/pflugervilletx. Be aware that your warrant is still in effect until payment is received.   


Teen job fair and readiness workshops at the library March 5
job fairAre you a teen age 13-19 looking for a summer job, internship resume builder or other activity?  The library hosts a Teen Job Fair on March 5 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. to help teens prepare for employment, volunteer and internship opportunities. 

A great way to get a job when you're 16 is to start volunteering at age 13, so enjoy a job readiness workshop from Goodwill Central Texas and job application assistance in the TeenSpace. Know how to market yourself to find a job. Don't approach finding a summer job on your own, count on the expertise of the Goodwill Central Texas and library staff to help.

The city of Pflugerville is participating in the job fair. The city is hiring lifeguards, pool staff, cashiers, summer camp counselors and have more than 100 positions citywide to fill. Come visit the city’s booth to learn about our teen opportunities. 

City Park and facility rentals
Did you know the city allows rentals of certain facilities in parks, picnic areas and swimming pools for private parties? Check availability and see photos of the facilities online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/rentals.   Reservations are made at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 512-990-6355.

What's Happening
Get ready for summer camp and swim lessons
Plan ahead now for summer, as the city hosts weekly summer camps. Early bird resident and non-resident registration for summer camp is available at the city's Spring Pfling, on March 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. After Spring Pfling, March 28 is the next chance for resident summer camp registration.

Register early for swim lessons at Spring Pfling as the next chance for residents is April 11 and non-residents April 18. 

So save the date and go to Spring Pfling at the Rec Center on March 19 to be the first in line for summer camp and programs at this "super summer sign-up day." Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/camps for more details. 

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

Online City Event Calendar 
Friday 2/26: Tax Assistance (L)  
Saturday 2/27: Story Time (L); Paws & Read (L)
Monday 2/29: Baby Time: For Babies 3 – 12 months old (L); Baby Time: For Babies 12 – 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Paper Bag Notepads (L) Movie Matinee – Bridge of Spies (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 3/1: Story Time (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5-8): Dr. Seuss Party (L) Home School Kids Tweens (L); Lego Club (L); Awesome Occupations: Software Engineer (L)
Wednesday 3/2: Kawaii Club (L); Downton Abbey Party (L); PfKnitters (L)
Thursday 3/3: Story Time (L); Kids (5-8) Club: Decorate a Mini Flag (L); Soldering basics– Make a Mini Flip Light (L); Genealogy Club (L)

SAVE THE DATE
March 8 - Early Season Pfarmers Market - For two weeks in March and April, (March 8, 22 and April 5, 19) shoppers can select fresh produce and other items from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. To become a vendor, please contact Eddie Garcia, market manager, at 512-990- 6360.  The Heritage House Museum will be open in conjunction with the Pfarmers Market from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.  www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

March 19 - Spring Pfling - 
Save the date and go to Spring Pfling at the Rec Center on March 19 to be the first in line for summer camp and programs at this super summer sign-up day. Tour the recreation center and learn about city recreational programs. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/springpfling for more details.