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March 11, 2016

City Council approves funding for trail and sidewalk gaps
sidewalk endsAt Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the Council awarded a construction contract not to exceed $850,000 for three sidewalk connections, a pedestrian bridge and five trail gap segments identified in the city’s Trails Master Plan and funded from the $25 million Parks General Obligation Bond approved by the voters in 2014. 

The project includes a pedestrian bridge connecting from Settlers Valley Trail to Mountain View Drive, five trail gap segments and three sidewalk connections. The trail gaps were prioritized by the Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration in the 2014 bond. The new trails include segments along Gilleland Creek Trail from Parkview Drive to Sunny Oak Court, and additional trail segments along Dessau Rd to Bohls Loop, and Brookhollow Trail to Greenbrook Parkway.

Rain barrel sale underway
rain barrelThe city of Pflugerville has rain barrels for sale. A Springsaver 50 gallon is $64.99 and a Rainsaver 54 gallon is $84.99.  Order online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/rainbarrel. 

The rain barrels come in six different colors to better match your home and landscape. Choose from beige, black, deep green, gray, oak wood and terra cotta.

Orders will be available for pickup on May 13 between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Public Works Department Wastewater Plant, 15500 Sun Light Near Way #B. The last day to purchase is April 30, 2016.

“In conjunction with the city’s water conservation initiatives, the barrels provide an environmental collection of water for residents,” water conservation manager Darrell Winslett said. “The barrels are cost-effective as they provide an opportunity to reuse rainwater for lawns and gardens instead of pulling the water from the city’s water supply.”

Since rain barrel pick-up is held in conjunction with the Public Works Department annual open house. Purchasers are encouraged to tour the Public Works facility when picking up their rain barrel on Friday, May 13.

Council discusses using CDBG funding for seniors

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the City Council discussed the Community Development Block Grant program in a public hearing for the consolidated plan, during the first of two public hearings required to amend the 2014-2019 consolidated plan to consider allowing senior programs to be eligible for funding. Many Pflugerville seniors attended the meeting to offer suggestions and learn about the process to get federal funds. Recommendations included a new bus, senior scholarships for classes and programs, and a new or expanded space for Pflugerville seniors to meet. The seniors group has grown to more than 400 seniors that meet at the Pflugerville Recreation Center.

 

Mayor Jeff Coleman was pleased to announce that the Windermere Pool is now heated, a project that Council funded with senior water aerobic classes in mind.

 

The timeline is to have a second of two required public hearings in April and come back to Council with an action plan in May. It is in May that specific projects would be considered for the action plan and the Mayor encouraged staff to visit the senior luncheons and activities to get feedback.

 

To review the current plan, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cdbg.   

Chase down leaks in your home for fix a leak week 
Fix a leakAre you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so we're hunting down the drips during our annual Fix a Leak Week. Race over to your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks and save valuable water and your money.

If you have a leak, it could account for more than 10,000 gallons of water usage in your home if left unfixed for a year. A simple household check can help prevent water waste,

Check, twist and replace

Check for leaks- Look for dripping faucets, shower heads and fixtures. Double check your outside hoses and faucets too. Check toilets by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and see if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don't forget to check your irrigation system too. 

Twist and tighten pipe connections - Save more water with a twist-on WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.

Replace fixtures, if necessary, with a WaterSense labeled model which use 20% less water. 

Visit www.epa.gov/watersense to find WaterSense labeled products and ways to conserve water. Videos on how to make water checks in your home are also included.

Construction projects begin at the library
pfabDon’t mind the dust, we’re renovating! On Saturday, March 5, renovations began at the Pflugerville Public Library to bring you an expanded computer classroom, shade sail installations to the outdoor courtyard area that will give readers cover from the summer sun, and the much anticipated Pfab Lab. 

Pfab Lab is a MakerSpace that will allow patrons to create content with the use of various high-end tools including 3D Printers, electronic circuit kits and sewing/serger machines. The renovations are expected to last about four months. Your patience with the hustle and bustle of construction will be rewarded with improved library experiences. We thank you for your patience and your patronage.

Create it at the library with Teen Tech Week 
teen techTeen Tech Week, March 14-18 is about inspiring teenagers ages 12-18 and providing the resources to create high tech content at the library. The week kicks off Monday, March 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thornton Room where teens can work together to make a Harry Potter Sorting Hat using a Raspberry Pi computer. Tuesday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Poppy & Cosmos rooms, teens are welcome to participate in Make a Green Screen Movie. Teens will work together to make a short movie using an iPad and the Do Ink Green Screen app. Don’t forget to NOT wear green! 

Thimble by Mozilla will be held March 17, from 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the TeenSpace. In this self-directed event, teens using their library account and the TeenSpace computers. Mozilla Thimble is an online code editor that helps you learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Teen Tech Week concludes with a photography workshop that will be held Friday, March 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Local photographer Peter Shugart will teach basic composition and photography tips. Teens should bring their camera or smartphone. 

Pet Pfest March 16 at the library 
The first annual Pet Pfest will be held at the Pflugerville Public Library Wednesday, March 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a reptile show with Tim Cole of the Austin Reptile Service, a pet parade and costume contest, a dog-care demonstration, balloon animals with Miss Poppy the Clown, professional pet portraits with Stephanie Sharif of Catchlight Portraits and arts and crafts for all age groups. If you don’t own a pet, but you are interested in adopting one, the Pflugerville Animal Shelter will be at the event with pfluffy cats and pfantastic dogs. Everybody is welcome to experience this unique event. 

City to install traffic lights at SH 130/Pflugerville Parkway 
Travis County is anticipated to begin work on the two-lane bridge on the southern end of Weiss Lane in 2016. At the City Council meeting, the Council agreed that while southern Weiss Lane is closed during that project, that functioning streetlights are needed at SH 130 and Pflugerville Parkway to improve traffic flow. 

Lanes on Swenson Farms closed during spring break for construction
From Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18, there will be two lanes closed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Swenson Farms to allow for continued construction of the Pflugerville stadium. During the closure, anticipate delays as one northbound and one southbound lane will be open at all times, but movement of construction equipment may cause temporary closures.


What's Happening
Bark Park closed March 23 - The dog park, 19417 Murchison Ridge Trail, will be closed on March 23 for sticker burr treatment. 

The City is hiring more than 150 seasonal part-time positions
What will you do this spring break and summer? Are you interested in working for the city? The city of Pflugerville is accepting applications for spring break camp counselors, and summer pool managers and lifeguards. Lifeguards are required to participate in a lifeguard training course held in March and April. If you are interested in any of these employment opportunities, visit  www.pflugervilletx.gov/jobs.

AARP Tax help at the library - On Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library tax help is offered. First come, first served.


This Week 

Friday 3/11: Tax Assistance (L)  
Saturday 3/12: Animal Shelter Volunteer Class (AS) Family Program: Small Wonder Puppet Theatre presents ‘Barnyard Musical Review’ (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 3/13: Family Movie Matinee – The Peanut Movie (L)
Monday 3/14: Charter Review Commission Meeting (B&C); Baby Time: For Babies 3 – 12 months old (L); Baby Time: For Babies 12 – 18 months old (L); Teen Tech Week: Raspberry Pi Sorting Hat (L); Senior Crafternoon – DIY Bath Products (L); Family Craft Night (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 3/15: Family Program: Tales & Tunes with Kim Lehman (L); Story Time (L); Teen Tech Week: Green Screen Movie (L); Friends of the Library Meeting (L) 
Wednesday 3/16: Pet Pfest (L); Pflugerville Poetry Society (L)
Thursday 3/17: Story Time (L); Teen Tech Week: Thimble by Mozilla (L); Mystery Book Club (L); Pflugerville Quilt Meeting (L); Sit ‘n Knit (L); Tinkercad Basics (L); Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting (B&C)

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

Online City Event Calendar 

SAVE THE DATE

March 19 Spring Pfling - Enjoy visiting the Pflugerville Recreation Center from noon - 3 p.m.  for a summer registration sign-up day. Sign up for summer camps and classes and enjoy bounce houses, a petting zoo and learn more about Pflugerville Recreation Center classes. www.pflugervilletx.gov/springpfling.

March 22 Early Season Pfarmers Markets - Shoppers can select fresh produce and other items from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

March 23 Community Park and Sports Complex meeting - The City of Pflugerville will host a public meeting on Wednesday, March 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St. to preview possible alternatives for programming in the 243 acre community park.  A formal presentation will be made with three alternative concepts for the park. Participants will also be given the opportunity to discuss the proposed alternatives in a smaller group setting.  The park is planned for development in phases and will serve the immediate and future needs for sports facilities and also provide passive/natural amenities. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/cpmp.