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July 1, 2016

Pfirecracker Pfestival July 4
It's time to celebrate Independence Day on July 4 at Lake Pflugerville.  The Pfirecracker Pfestival starts at 6 p.m. on the south shore of Lake Pflugerville. Join in the Pfun! 
Pfirecracker video
The festival includes live music, children’s bounce houses, food trucks and activities leading up to the fireworks show at 9 p.m. (dark). Look to the southwest corner of the lake at dark to enjoy the fireworks show. 

The festival includes live music from The Lost Counts, The Nightowls and the 36th Infantry Division Brass Band. 

Road closures for Pfirecracker Pfestival. 
Pflugerville Parkway from SH 130 to Weiss Lane is closed from 1:30 p.m. -11:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4 for the Pfirecracker Pfestival.
Colorado Sand Blvd will be closed at Pflugerville Parkway with no exit along Pflugerville Parkway from 1:30 p.m. -11:30 p.m.  
Weiss Lane will be controlled to allow for bus traffic to and from Hendrickson High School. 
Becker Farm Lane will be closed for the festival. For access to Villages at Hidden Lakes use Colorado Sand, Kelly Lane and Weiss Lane. 

What to bring to Pfirecracker Pfestival: A lawn chair or blanket for setting your fireworks view area. A bag to pack up your trash with you when you go. (Thank you for keeping our Lake Pflugerville clean!)  Sunblock, bottled water and plastic bottles and cans. Bring money to purchase snacks from our food truck vendors. 

Please don't bring your car. There is no onsite parking at Lake Pflugerville.

The city conveniently shuttles guests to the lake starting at noon. from Hendrickson High School. After the fireworks show buses will load continually until everyone has left the lake at 11:30 p.m. Visitwww.pflugervilletx.gov/pfirecracker for more information. 


fireworkZero tolerance - no personal fireworks in Pflugerville
While Travis County will not restrict the sale of fireworks for the Independence Day season, fireworks are not permitted in the Pflugerville city limits. It is important to exercise caution to remain safe and fire free.  An alternative to personal fireworks is to attend the Pfrecracker Pfestival.


Paving Project on Kennemer Drive 
On Tuesday, City Council authorized the repaving and repair of Kennemer Drive from its intersection from Kelly Lane north towards Terradyne Drive starting in July. Kennemer Map

By installing a new layer of asphalt over the existing pavement, the City will be able to extend the roadway's lifespan.
 
Residents affected by this project will be notified by the contractor prior to work being performed directly in front of their homes via city communications methods including door hanger notices and Next Door. 

The road will be constructed in segments, thus a homeowner along Kennemer can anticipate having one day when construction will be directly in front of their home. Timing and phasing will be determined once a contract is in place.

The project will begin at the southern end of Kennemer Drive and work will proceed north on the road.

Project updates are available on the City of Pflugerville website at www.pflugervilletx.gov/projects.  Email the Capital Improvement Program staff at projects@pflugervilletx.gov if you have any additional questions.


City Council issues $40 million in bonds for citywide projects and saves $5 million refunding bonds
At the June 28 meeting, the Pflugerville City Council approved the purchase of $40 million in bonds to fund projects citywide and then refunded previously-issued bonds for a gross savings of more than $5 million over the bond term. 

The Council issued $31.75 million to fund street and park projects approved by the voters in the 2014 and 2015 bond elections to include the 1849 Park and sports complex, trail development, Weiss Lane, E. Pflugerville Parkway, Heatherwilde Blvd, Rowe Lane, and Pecan Street. 

In addition, the Council approved bond issuance of $9.3 million for projects:
•    Animal shelter Phase 1 $1.6 million 
•    Parks projects                 $1.76 million
               Gilleland Pool house construction and restroom renovation                        
                Bohls house renovations 
               Pfluger Park restroom construction
•    Police CAD/RMS software system     $1.1 million
•    Street projects              $1.5 million
               SH 45 Frontage Road design
               Traffic Signals at Heatherwilde and Black Locust, Heatherwilde at Pfennig, Grand Avenue at Black Locust and Heatherwilde at Cheyenne Valley Drive.

•    Public Works Crew building       $1.5 million
•    Land acquisition              $1.5 million 

Next, the Council approved refunding of $24 million of existing debt to take advantage of favorable market conditions.  

"With the city’s current bond rating reflecting the strong financial condition and long-term growth potential of Pflugerville, the city secured competitive interest rates by refunding bonds at 2.7 percent which is a savings from a previous interest rate of 5 percent," assistant city manager Lauri Gillam said. "Since a bond can only be called once, the city looked for an optimal time. With recognized savings, the city opted to refund some current debt at a significant savings.”

The city will save an average of $274,000 a year on this debt which is a gross savings of an estimated $5 million over 17 years.

Go visit a park for Parks and Recreation Month
Parks and Recreation Month Superhero LogoParks and recreation connect people both young and old to the opportunities, places and inspiration that keep us going in mind and in body.  

The community is invited to create a healthy habit by getting out to a park, trail, playground, swimming pool, natural area or other public space during the month of July in celebration of National Park and Recreation month.  

The Parks and Recreation Department has several activities planned to celebrate Parks & Recreation Month.
July 1           Ribbon Cutting at Black Locust Park 10 a.m.-11 a.m..
July 1           Pfree Pfirst Pfriday at the Recreation Center 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
July 8           El Tule will perform at Music in the Park
July 22         Choctaw Wildfire will perform at Music in the Park.
July 30         Pfree Splash Day at Windermere Pool 12 p.m. -7 p.m.

Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month and go out and enjoy your city parks. A trails and park map is online at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/trails.

For more information, call 512-990-6350. 

Pfireworks pfrighten pets
If your pet is scared of fireworks, help them get through Independence Day with these tips: 
  • Turn on a radio, television or a fan for a distraction noise.
  • Make sure you have photos of your pets now in case they run out the front door as friends enter and exit your home. Pets tend to run to hide and escape when frightened and sometimes they exit fences and doorways when you aren't aware. 
  • Check the animal shelter on Tuesday, July 5 as it is open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Use the Pflugerville lost Pets facebook page in the meantime to let us know if your animal does get out.
  • Do not take your pet to outdoor fireworks displays or large crowd events for the Independence Day. They will feel safer at home in their safe environment.

What's Happening

Offices closed July 4 - The City of Pflugerville offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016. The Pflugerville Library, Animal Shelter, Recycle Center, Recreation Center and city offices will be closed. Trash and recycling pickup will not be affected. If you need assistance when the city is closed, call the citizen communications hotline at the Police Department at 512-251-4004. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

City phone lines serviced July 1 starting at 9 p.m.; police not affected
The city’s phone lines will be disconnected starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 1 for a system upgrade that will last approximately 12 hours.  

The upgrade will not affect emergency communications (911) or the police department phones in any way. 

By holding the upgrade after 9 p.m.,the upgrade will not interfere with city office hours. If you need to reach someone, the police department communications line is 512-251-4004. 

Race robots at the Pflugerville Library - 
On Tuesday, July 5, teens can build an obstacle course in the library and race a pair of Lego Mindstorms EV3 TRACK3R robots. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Teens ages 12 to 18 are welcome to attend. Pfind more cool teen events at www.pflugervilletx.gov/summerreadingprogram

Pfree photography workshop - Want to take better photos? Have questions about your camera? Local photographer Peter Shugart will share tips and tricks during the Photography Basics Class at the library on Thursday, July 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their cameras or smartphones to this interactive workshop. Practice shots will be taken in the library courtyard after the presentation. Ages 18 and up are welcome. 

Typing lessons - Fridays from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. the library hosts free typing lessons for children ages 7-10 years. Children will use Typing Instructor for Kids software to learn keyboarding basics, proper hand positions, speed, and accuracy. Registration is required. Online registration begins one week prior to each class. www.pflugervilletx.gov/library.


This Week 

Friday 7/1:  Ribbon Cutting –Parks and Recreation Month (P&R); Typing Lessons for Kids (L)
Saturday 7/2: Sing Along Saturday Movie Matinee (L)
Monday 7/4: City Offices Closed in Observance of Independence Day; 2016 Pfirecracker Pfestival (P&R); Library Closed July 4 All Day (L)
Tuesday 7/5: Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time (L); Teen Night: Robot Racing (L); Tot Time at the Pool (P&R); Pfarmers Market (P&R)
Wednesday 7/6: Youth Hours – Pfab Lab (L); Pfab Lab Open Hours – Adults (L); Tween Scene (L); 
Thursday 7/7: Story Time (L); Kids (5-8) Club: Science of Magic Workshop (L); Beginner Computer Classes for Adults (L); Genealogy Club (L); Photography Basics Class (L)

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

SAVE THE DATE
July 12 -  Harry Potter Mock Trial - Harry Potter is put on trial at the library! Teens ages 12 to 18 are welcome to participate or watch the mock trial from 6 p.m. - 7 :30 p.m. Teens can register  as a juror or for a speaking part at the library checkout desk beginning on July 1. Costumes are encouraged. 

July 16 Circus Chicken Dog comes to Pflugerville - Dog trainer and former circus performer Darren Peterson brings his troupe of talented rescue dogs for a family friendly show on Saturday, July 16, at the Pflugerville Public Library. Come see dogs performing tricks, a talking parrot, puppets, giant bubbles, juggling and other circus acts from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. All ages are invited to attend this pfun event.  

July 22 A Night at Hogwarts - The library will be transformed into Hogwarts for a teens only after hours event on Friday, July 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy crafts, games, book discussions, and more. Snacks and beverages will be available while they last. Enjoy crafts, games, book discussions, refreshments and more.