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June 17, 2016

Pflugerville and Round Rock partner for SH 45 frontage road design
On Tuesday, the City Council approved an inter-local agreement with the city of Round Rock to share the cost of the design of the SH 45 frontage roads from Donnell to Heatherwilde that are currently an access road gap.missing road

The City The maximum cost to each city is $300,000. At this time there's no allocated funding for road construction because the pricing and full details are not yet determined. The access roads will be an economic benefit for Pflugerville allowing ease in connectivity to Stone Hill, and will be helpful to neighborhoods both north and south of SH 45 by reducing vehicle miles traveled.

Road work starts Monday, June 20 on FM 1825; expect one-lane traffic
FM 1825TXDOT will perform paving and guardrail adjustments on FM 1825 / Pecan Street from Monday, June 20 to Thursday, June 23 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Drivers will encounter one-lane traffic from 10th Street to FM 685 during those hours. Please use caution and watch out for workers who will be in the street. 

Visit the Pfab Lab for tours, demonstrations and hands-on activities this summer
pfab labGet creative at the Pfab Lab this summer. The maker space at the Pflugerville Public Library is now open. The lab is equipped with tools including 3D printers, micro computers, soldering irons, a green screen, wood burners, die cutters, knitting needles, crochet hooks, a sewing machine and other basic crafting supplies. Enjoy a tour during open hours or bring a project from home to work on.

Pfab Lab hours during June and July: 

  • Youth open hours for ages 8 to 18 are Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kids younger than 12 must be accompanied by a guardian older than 18. 
  • Adult open hours for ages 18 and older are Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Can't make it to the Pfab Lab? Stop by the checkout desk on Mondays in June and July to pick up a take-and-make project while supplies last. For a schedule of equipment demonstrations visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfablabhours.

Water Quality Reports now available
The Consumer Confidence Rule requires public water suppliers serving the same people year-round, community water systems, to provide annual consumer confidence reports (CCR) to their customers. These reports are also known as annual water quality reports or drinking water quality reports.water drop

The CCR summarizes information regarding water sources usedm any detected contaminants, compliance and educational information. The reports are due to customers by July 1 each year. View the report.

Police patrol Lake Pflugerville daily during the summer
Police PatrolDuring the summer months, Lake Pflugerville is a popular place to stay cool in the summer sun and exercise. Throughout the summer, Pflugerville Police will patrol Lake Pflugerville during park hours from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. seven days a week to keep the park safe and pfun. If you see the officers onsite, say hello.

Council approves agreement to upgrade dispatch and records management system
On Tuesday, City Council approved a
n agreement for a $1.197 million for a Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System (CAD/RMS) to replace the city’s outdated unit with new, state-of-the-art technology.

“The current records management and dispatch system has been in place for more than 10 years and technology has changed dramatically in that time,” Police Chief Chuck Hooker said. “Pflugerville is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, thus our police department needs this essential equipment upgrade to help us continue to serve our citizens and reach call demands.”

The new system automates large portions of the dispatch procedure. The CAD/RMS can send details to the officers in the field, help create expedited incident reports and includes an analytics capability. “With the new software, we will have predictive analytics,” Hooker said. “We can quickly create maps to inform officers of crime patterns and calls for service when they come on shift, we can monitor trends and pinpoint problem areas more quickly and access real-time data from the field."

Additional benefits of the system include a more searchable database, ability to manage calls for multiple jurisdictions, mapping capacity and heightened evidence management with images and tracking interfaces.


Pflugerville helps Monarch butterflies pflourish
monarch smallThe monarch butterfly population in the country has plummeted nearly 90 percent since 1990 due to loss of habitat. With the goal of collaboration in mind, the National Wildlife Federation created the Mayor's Monarch Pledge, a tool to get local governments involved in monarch recovery and to engage urban communities in conservation efforts.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Coleman issued a proclamation in noting Pflugerville's support to help increase the monarch butterfly population.

The Pflugerville Parks & Recreation Department identified actions it is currently taking or ones that can be implemented to preserve the monarch, including a milkweed plant giveaway at the Pfarmers Market later this summer and encouraging citizens to plant more native nectar plants at their properties. The city's Library also has an outdoor garden where milkweed will be planted to further enhance the existing butterfly habitat located there.

Monarch butterflies are important to the ecosystem because they are one of the main pollinators, vital for food production, plant production and a great form of natural pest control. Their presence is an indicator of a healthy environment and ecosystem, according to NWF. View this document to learn facts about milkweed in Central Texas.

Music In The Park: June 24 features BillyRay Sheppard
Enjoy live music at Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, on Friday, June 24 from BillyRay Sheppard and his band. Sheppard is a saxophonist from San Antonio, one of the first-call smooth jazz performers in the area. His musical roots run deep, with earliest experiences in blues, R&B, reggae, Latin, Tejano and country bands. BillyRay

With giant shade trees and a playground, Pfluger Park is a great site to take the pfamily. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy the music.

Food sales begin at 6:30 p.m. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Free giveaways during intermission - register for the drawing! Pets are allowed on a leash. See the full summer lineup online at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

Lake closures for Lake Pflugerville Triathlon this weekend
triathlonThe annual Lake Pflugerville Triathlon is this weekend with activities on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. The event affects access to the north shore of the lake as more than 800 people are registered to participate in the triathlon.

• The north parking lot is closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, June 17 through 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. Use the south shore parking lots for lake access all weekend. 
• The Youth Triathlon takes place on Saturday, June 18, and the north shore of the lake will be closed to the public from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• The beach, lake, trails and boat ramp will be closed to the public on Sunday, June 19 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Unloading boats on Friday and Saturday after 2 p.m. is permitted, but vehicles cannot be parked in the north lot.
• The south parking lot is open to the public during hours of the triathlon.

The Lake Pflugerville Triathlon proceeds support the lake.

City Council approves pfunding for a senior bus

After a survey of Pflugerville's senior community, the City Council allocated funding Tuesday night for purchase of a new bus for the at the Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Center to address the number one request of Pflugerville seniors in recent surveys. With the Council approval, city staff will now proceed with the purchasing process.

Public hearing for Community Development Block Grant funding
The city has a proposed Amended 2015 Action Plan available for public viewing until Thursday, June 30, 2016 on items to purchase with $408,076 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds utilizing the 2015 allocation and remaining 2014 funds. 

The public may view the plan online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/cdbg, or at the Pflugerville Public Library and the Travis County Community Center.

The projects proposed reflect the needs identified by the CDBG Amended Consolidated Plan adopted by City Council in April of 2016 which emphasizes the need to focus projects on parks, infrastructure (sidewalks, trails, streetlights) and public service including senior projects and programs.

Proposed projects:
1. Foothill Farms Loop Sidewalk Construction (under construction)
2. Recreation Center Accessibility Improvements for Seniors (under construction)
3. Edgemere Drive Sidewalk and Barrier Improvements (under construction)
4. Youth Recreation Scholarship Program (in progress)
5. NEW Senior Park - Phase I (construction of parking and initial amenities for a park facility within Bohls Park)
6. NEW Gatlinburg Sidewalk Improvements (sidewalk and accessibility improvements, and a new sidewalk along Pigeon Forge Drive connecting the neighborhood to Immanuel Road)
1A. NEW Alternate Project - Windermere Pool Bathroom Renovation
2A. NEW Alternate Project - Senior Park Additional Amenities

Comments received during the public hearings at City Council on June 14 and 28 will be taken into consideration in the final staff recommendation presented to City Council for approval.   


Council approves 1849 Park Master Plan map and phase 1 of the project

On Tuesday City Council approved the 1849 Park Master Plan map that outlines $61 million in potential improvements for the entire 1849 Park. The park includes multi-purpose fields, a dog park, trails, active and passive recreation areas, football field, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields and flexibility for future park amenities.

Using feedback from a series of public meetings and workshops, city staff presented City Council with an updated Phase 1 map for the park. Phase I will build a football complex, multi-purpose complex, trails, a plaza that includes a restroom and concession building, picnic pavilion with playground, splash pad and field lighting at a cost of $10.15 million.

The multi-purpose complex will have flexible space for soccer, football, rugby and lacrosse. Phase 1 includes 676 parking spaces and a one-mile long trail, park entrance monument, landscaping and perimeter fencing. Keep up with the 1849 Park project online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/1849Park.


What's Happening
Tot Time swim at Scott Mentzer Pool Tuesdays -  On Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, is open for Tot Time each week during the summer. Toddlers age 5 and younger, along with their parents or guardians, are allowed into the pool before the normal opening time of 11 a.m. Daily admission charge or season passes apply. Older siblings will be admitted if they are in the company of the toddler and adult. Mentzer Pool is closed on Wednesdays for weekly maintenance activities. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 512-990-6350 or visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

Cheese making presentation and samples at the library - Watch a cheese making presentation from Dos Lunas Cheese Company at the Pflugerville Public Library on Thursday, June 23. Samples will be available while supplies last. The event starts at 6 p.m. and anyone 18 and older is welcome. Some products may not be suitable for participants who are lactose intolerant or have other food allergies. Please consult your physician before consuming unpasteurized products.

Applications accepted for Planning and Zoning Commission vacancy - 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 12 months preceding appointment and cannot be employed by the City of Pflugerville. A required official application is 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.

This Week 

Friday 6/17:  Typing Lesson for Kids (L)
Saturday 6/18: Sing Along Saturday Movie Matinee (L) Paws & Read (L)
Monday 6/20: Senior Appy Hour – Mango Languages (L); Family Craft Night: Bug Wind Chimes (L); Intermediate Computer Classes for Adults (L)
Tuesday 6/21: Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time (L); Teen Night: Teen Advisory Group Meeting (L); Friends of the Library Meeting (L); Teen Night: Woodburning Craft )L); Sit’ n Knit (L); Tot Time at the Pool (P&R); Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Museum open (L)
Wednesday 6/22: Youth Hours – Pfab lab (L); Pfab Lab Open Hours – Adults (L); Tween Scene (L);
Thursday 6/23: Story Time (L); Kids (5-8) Club: Game Day! (L); Turning Pages Book Club (L); Cheese Tasting with Dos Lunas Cheese Co. (L)

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

SAVE THE DATE
June 30: Dr. Who Night - Enjoy Doctor Who-themed crafts, games and more at the Pflugerville Public Library on Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite doctor or companion. Adults 18 and older are welcome.

July 1: Parks and Recreation Month kickoff Black Locust Park -To kickstart July as National Parks and Recreation Month, the city will formally host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of Black Locust Park, 608 W. Black Locust. Enjoy potato sack races with prizes for kids and any adults who want to join the pfun! Free ice cream while it lasts! Come dressed as your favorite super hero, or simply wear a cape. It's Parks and Recreation Month so come out and enjoy city parks. 10 a.m.  More information.

July 4: Pfirecracker Pfestival
- Celebrate Independence Day at Lake Pflugerville with fireworks and pfun. The pfestival happens this year only on the south shore of Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane. The north beach will be open all day while setup happens on the south side before live music on stage begins at 6 p.m. The boat ramp is closed on July 4. Watercraft rentals are available all day at Pflug Pfun. No onsite public parking except for vehicles with handicap identification, so Ride the Bus - It's a Blast! Check out the music lineup and take a free shuttle starting at 12 p.m. www.pflugervilletx.gov/firecracker.