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May 27, 2016

Economic development agreement brings new playgrounds to Pflugerville
The City Council approved a Pflugerville Community Development Corporation economic development agreement on Tuesday night with KOMPAN Playground Equipment with incentives that will bring $1 - $1.175 million in new playground equipment to Pflugerville parks.KomPan

“It’s time to celebrate jobs and playgrounds in Pflugerville as this contract could bring up to $1.175 million in park playground equipment citywide, a $2.5 million capital investment and job incentives to consistently hire full time employees making more than $50,000 a year thanks to this economic development agreement,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. “Our residents emphasized the importance of parks when they approved the bond in 2014 to enhance our park system and we know that job growth is imperative to our city’s future. This partnership with KOMPAN marks a great economic and community development success.”

The city Parks and Recreation Department has evaluated city playgrounds and identified those that are more than 10 years old and considered a replacement priority.

“Starting with replacement of the Pfluger Park playground, residents will begin to see KOMPAN playground equipment improvements citywide,” Parks and Recreation Director, James Hemenes said. “Equipment will be used to replace existing playgrounds and put new playgrounds in parks including 1849 Park, Wilbarger Creek Park, Stone Hill Park and Lake Pflugerville which are all 2014 GO Bond Projects. We are excited about this partnership with KOMPAN as they are the pioneer of the very popular playwebs and other cutting-edge playground amenities.” (More info

Celebrate the new Pfab Lab at Maker Pfest to kick off Summer Reading Program
Maker PfestExperience robotics, pottery, woodworking, virtual reality, crafts and more at Maker Pfest on Saturday, June 4 at the Pflugerville Public Library. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the library will showcase demonstrations of high-tech crafts and host hands-on activities for participants of all ages with a Maker Pfest to celebrate the start of the Summer Reading Program and the grand opening of the library’s new maker space, the Pfab Lab. 

The Pfab Lab is free and there will be designated open hours for youth, adults and seniors to use the lab during the Summer Reading Program.

At Maker Pfest, attendees can watch demonstrations of machine embroidery, gelatin printing, 3D printing, needle felting, straw building and the micro-computer Raspberry Pi. A demo on how to turn your smart phone into a virtual reality headset using D-scope Google cardboard 3D glasses will be taught by Assistant Library Director Daniel Berra.

“Our library is a community learning center,” said Berra, “Maker Pfest, the Pfab Lab and the Summer Reading Program are designed to facilitate knowledge sharing for anyone who wants to teach or learn.”  

Maker Pfest welcomes many featured guests including The Robot Group Inc, Austin Lacemakers Guild, Granny Goodfish Pottery, the Central Texas Woodturners Association, Learning Fun 101 Lego Robotics, TechShop Austin - Round Rock, Pf Knitters, Pf Quilt Guild and Sherri Grant from Cactus Rose Quilts. Staff will be on hand to assist with craft projects.

The Pflugerville Public Library is located on 1008 West Pfluger Street. For more information about Maker Pfest, call the library at 512-990-6375 or visit  www.pflugervilletx.gov/makerpfest.

Deutschen Pfest delivers pfun

An estimated 11,000 guests came out to celebrate our city and heritage at Deutschen Pfest May 20-22.  For 2016 the carnival moved to the highlight video Gilleland Creek Pool parking lot and joined the children’s area activities.  On Saturday, a huge crowd lined up along Railroad Ave and Main Street to see the Deutschen Pfest Parade. The children's parade marched down Main Street right before the main parade hit downtown. Children were dressed up as superheroes and princesses and even a German root beer maid. Thanks to all the children who participated. 
Thanks to ever
yone who came out to the Pfest. Proceeds help support Pflugerville park projects. 

Did you make the Deutschen Pfest wrap up video? Check it out at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.


455 people run the Deutschen Pfest 5K

starting lineThe Deutschen Pfest 5k welcomed 410 adults and 45 kids K participants this year. Congratulations to overall winners male Andre Ditsch and female Sarah Haverin.  Runners enjoyed a 5k loop through Old Town Pflugerville and returned to the finish line for drinks and pizza. Did we take your picture along the race route? Check out the city’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/pflugervilletx.
The full race results are online: http://deutschenpfest.com/pfamily-pfun/5k-pfun-run-walk-and-kids-1k/
 
Enjoy pfishing with KIDFISH at Lake Pflugerville
kidfishThe annual KIDFISH Foundation catch-and-release contest is set for Saturday, June 4 at the south shore of Lake Pflugerville from 9 a.m. to noon. The event helps introduce children ages 16 and younger to fishing. There is no cost to enter the competition. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Center, at the Public Library and at City Hall or parents can complete the registration forms onsite the morning of the event.

You may bring your own fishing equipment or KIDFISH will provide a limited number of poles on a first-come, first-served basis.

Statewide Free Fishing Day
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has also designated June 4 a Statewide Free Fishing Day, so people of any age can fish without a license.  Trophies will be awarded in various age groups to those catching the longest fish.  www.pflugervilletx.gov/kidfish.

1849 Park Plan open house
On June 1 come to the library, 1008 W Pfluger St, for an open house and additional information on the sports complex and community park master plan. Get updates on amenities and features of the park since our last open house.  City Council named the park 1849 Park after the year Henry Pfluger came to Pflugerville. www.pflugervilletx.gov/cpmp.
 
Election to pfill Councilmember 2 position
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the City Council approved a special election to fill the Councilmember Place 2 seat which was vacated. Travis County will provide election services for this special election for all registered voters of the City of Pflugerville. Early voting and Election Day voting will take place at the Pflugerville City Hall, 100 E. Main Street, Suite 500.

Filing for the special election is now through June 6, 2016 at 5 p.m.
For more information, contact the city secretary Karen Thompson at citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov or 512-990-6101.

Elección para llenar la vacancia de Miembro de Concilio Lugar 2

El Martes 24 de Mayo de 2016, el consejo de la ciudad de Pflugerville aprobó una elección especial para llenar la vacancia de Miembro de Concilio Lugar 2 asiento que quedó vacante cuando Brad Marshall anunció su intención de postularse para alcalde. Condado de Travis proporcionará servicios de elecciones para esta elección especial para todos los votantes registrados de la Ciudad de Pflugerville. La votación adelantada en persona y el votación de la día de la elección se llevará a cabo al Municipio, 100 E. Main Street, Suite 500. 

Aplicaciones para un lugar en la boleta de la Elección Especial de la Ciudad de Pflugerville se pueden presentar ahora hasta el 6 de Junio de 2016 a las 5 pm.

Información de la elección está disponible en nuestra página web: www.pflugervilletx.gov/eleccion. 

City to oversee Weiss Lane bridge construction
weiss laneOn Tuesday City Council approved an agreement with Travis County allowing the city overall management of the Weiss Lane widening and reconstruction to now include the southern bridge in Travis County's jurisdiction.

The city will benefit from seemless coordination with one contractor working on the entire project and the roadway will remain open throughout the bridge construction. Project design is anticipated to be complete by the end of summer and construction will commence after all necessary property has been acquired.

Pools open for Memorial Day weekend

mentzer 2016The city's pools open weekends starting May 28 at 11 a.m. and then kick into full summer season on June 2. With three pools operated by the city and a splash pad, there is plenty of water pfun in Pflugerville.

Memorial Day schedule:
Gilleland Creek Pool, 700 Railroad Avenue: Open noon -7 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend.  May 28-30

Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road: Open Memorial Day weekend. May 28 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. May 29 from noon – 8 p.m. and May 30 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Windermere Pool, 16800 Gower Street: Memorial Day Weekend Open noon – 7 p.m.

The summer pool schedule and all-pool pass information is online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

City offices closed for Memorial Day 
memorial dayThe City of Pflugerville offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016.

The Pflugerville Library, Animal Shelter, Recreation Center and city offices will be closed. Trash and recycling pickup will not be affected. The Recycle Center will remain open on Monday.

If you need assistance when the city is closed, call the citizen communications hotline at the Police Department at 512-251-4004. 

"Book Buzz" offers a sneak preview of hot new books

The Library Summer Reading Program for adults kicks off on June 2 at 6:30 p.m. when Robert Haddock with Penguin Random House will host “Book Buzz,” a presentation on hot upcoming book titles. Attendees will receive a free book bag and paperbacks. Anyone 18 & up is welcome. 

What's Happening

Opening for a Planning & Zoning Commission Member - The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for a regular Planning & Zoning Commission member for an unexpired term ending December 31, 2017. Each candidate must be a registered voter of the city and have resided within the city limits for at least twelve months preceding appointment. A required official application is available on the city website at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov, through the City Secretary’s Office by calling 990-6101 or emailing citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov.

Pfarmers Market Tuesdays - The Pflugerville Pfarmers Market is open weekly at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. The Heritage House museum is open in conjunction with the market from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Come tour the museum and then shop for fresh produce and handmade items. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

Deadline June 3 High school student wanted for Parks and Recreation Commission  -  The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for a high school student to serve as a regular voting member of the Parks and Recreation Commission for a 1-year term beginning June 2016 and ending May 31, 2017.  The selected teen will attend meetings on the third Thursday of the month throughout the year. A required official application and details are available on the City’s website at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov, through the City Secretary’s Office by calling 990-6101 or emailing citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov.  Interviews and appointment is expected to take place at the City Council meeting on June 14, 2016 at 7 p.m., 100 E. Main St., Suite 500.

Animal Shelter Volunteer classes
- The next Animal Shelter volunteer class is Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, 1600 Waterbrook Drive. Volunteers age 16 and up help walk dogs, play with cats and assist with adoption events. Volunteers must register in advance for this class so sign up today at  www.pflugervilletx.gov/sheltervolunteer.

Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to come to Pflugerville for Veterans Day -
The city of Pflugerville is pleased to announce that the 2016 Veterans Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 11 will include a special display of The Traveling Wall, an 80 percent-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., from the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) and The Texas Freedom Tribute. The wall will be on display in Pfennig Park, 1301 W. Pfennig Lane, from Sunday, November 9, to the morning of Wednesday, November 13 for public viewing.

This Week 

Monday 5/30: City Offices Closed in Observation of Memorial Day; Recycle Center open.
Tuesday 5/31: Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Museum (P&R)
Wednesday 6/1: 1849 Park, Sport Complex & Master Plan Open House (P&R); PfKnitters (L)
Thursday 6/2: Genealogy Club (L) Book Buzz with Penguin Random House (L)

 Legend: AS – Animal Shelter; B&C – Board & Commissions; L - Library P&R – Parks & Recreation;  PD – Police; PW – Public Works; O - Other

Online City Event Calendar 

SAVE THE DATE
June 10 Music in the Park - Pflugerville's Music in the Park program kicks off on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Pfluger Park with live music from Crystal Yates. www.pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

July 4 - Pfirecracker Pfestival - Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks at Lake Pflugerville. The Pfestival begins on the south shore of Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane, at 3 p.m. with fireworks at dark. Check out the music lineup and take a free shuttle out to the lake to enjoy the fun. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfirecracker.