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August 26, 2016

Check-out mobile hot-spots and Nook eReaders from the Pflugerville Library starting September 1

small tabletHave you been to the library lately? You might be spending money on technology, online services and resources that you can access for free with your library card. Starting Thursday, September 1, library cardholders can check out mobile hot-spots and eReaders. The hotspots will connect computers, Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones and tablets to Mobile Beacon's 4G LTE mobile broadband Internet service. Apply for jobs, study for exams, watch free streaming movies and more, from just about anywhere.

“The way we see it, the natural progression is to offer free access to the Internet from your own home, so, coming soon, we will offer mobile WiFi hotspots for checkout,” said Library Director Jennifer Coffey, “Don’t have Internet access from home? No problem, we’ll lend it. Don’t have a device to read an eBook on? No problem, we’ll lend those too.”

The Pflugerville Public Library already offers print materials, public computers, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and electronic resources. Thousands of eBooks, downloadable and streaming music, movies and eAudiobooks are currently available to library card holders.

In addition to the mobile hot-spots, the library will have Nook tablets for checkout. Patrons can checkout one device and one hotspot per account for a period of two weeks. eBooks can be downloaded from one of the library’s many vendors including Overdrive, Hoopla and Freading. The library also offers eBooks in Vietnamese and Spanish from Axis360 and Spanish only eBooks from Odilo.

The Friends of the Library joined together with TechSoup to provide the 4G mobile hotspots. Learn how to use your computer, tablet or phone to download books, movies and more. Call 512-990-6375 or emaillibrary@pflugervilletx.gov to make an appointment with a library staff member. 

Pflugerville Recycling: How does your neighborhood stack up? 
Each year the city of Pflugerville receives an update on the city’s recycling program from trash and recycling provider Progressive Waste Solutions. Recycled tonnage has increased since the city launched the recycling program in 2010, but there are still areas of town that aren’t participating.

The city of Pflugerville celebrates neighborhoods with the highest recycling participation. Based on statistics provided by Progressive Waste Solutions, the top 10 citywide are Penley Park, Lakeside at Blackhawk, Mountain Creek, Settlers Ridge - North of Settlers Valley, Fairways of Blackhawk,  Mountain Creek East, Parkcrest, Springbrook Glen, Cambridge Heights, Saxony and Bohls Place. Keep it up!recycle

Do you recycle at your home? Where is your neighborhood ranked on the list? We want you to participate in recycling and helping our environment. 

Tips for recycling: 

  • Have both a recycle can and a trash can inside your house so it's just as easy to recycle as it is to throw something away.
  • Consult your lid! Your recycle cart diagram shows what can and can't be recycled. We accept paper, plastics, cans and glass curbside.
  • Have your trash and recycle cart out by 7 a.m. for pickup on your pickup day.
  • Sign up for e-alerts to be notified when it's the correct week to put out your recycle cart at  www.pflugervilletx.gov/notify.

recycleFor tips on how to recycle curbside, what can be recycled or how to start participating in city recycling efforts visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/recycle.

Scrap metal, vehicle batteries, appliances, motor oil, tires (limit of four per household a year), tree limbs, cardboard (corrugated) and paper are recycled at the city's Recycle Center at 15500 Sun Light Near Way.

Let's recycle Pflugerville!

Movie in the Park singalong Grease, is the word. 
"I've got chills, they're multiplying, and I'm losing control" - You just sang those words as you read, so come out to Pfluger Park on Friday, September 2 and kick off your Labor Day weekend with a movie singalong in the park to Grease.Grease

Leading up to the movie, participate in the costume contest at 7:30 p.m. Dress up like Danny, Sandy, the T-birds, Kenickie or Frenchie.

Enjoy the 1978 American musical romance comedy at Pfluger Park as the Music in the Park series continues the summer tradition of audience singalong. You're the one that we want at Pfluger Park on Sept 2. Don't leave us "Alone at a drive in movie." 

The movie begins at approximately 8:30 p.m. with a singing warm-up just beforehand so you're ready to carry a tune. 

Food concessions are onsite starting at 7 p.m. or bring a picnic basket. For more details, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.  The next music in the park is September 9 with Glen Collins and the Alibis. 

Dove season begins September 1 so don't be alarmed if you hear hunters
On Thursday, September 1, dove hunters will begin to hunt around Pflugerville as dove season begins. dove hunter

"The Police Department tends to get a lot of calls when hunting season begins because people are curious as to why they are hearing the gun shot noise," Assistant Chief of Police Jim Mclean said. "We want to make sure everyone is aware that dove season begins Monday, and state law allows hunting on a tract of land of 10 acres or more, so you may hear hunters in the city limits.”

The Police Department will enforce based on the state law.  The Police will respond to all shots-fired calls to investigate if any laws have been broken.   

Local Government Code (Title 7) § 229.002.  REGULATION OF DISCHARGE OF WEAPON sets out the guidelines for firing a weapon in the city limits to include distance from a residence and/or occupied building.

Hunting is allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. To report a concern, call the Pflugerville Police Department at 512-251-4004. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

City over-the-road banner calendar for 2017 opens September 1
The city partners with the Texas Department of Transportation to allow non-profit organizations to hang a mesh over-the-road banner on FM 1825 through downtown Pflugerville.  Starting September 1, applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis to reserve a two-week time period for charitable, scholastic or public interest events by a non-profit organization in the 2017 calendar year.

Due to the high demand in the months of September and October, only one-week availability will be given. In the event that multiple groups desire the same weeks in other months, the city reserves the right to reduce the over-the-road mesh banner use to a one-week period.

The city and TxDOT reserve the right to reject any applications, and mesh banners are subject to approval by city staff.  If you have a festival or annual event that you know you will want to advertise with a mesh banner over the road, please call 512-990-6115 to reserve your desired time. First come, first served.

From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's Shipwreck, La Belle
On Thursday, September 1, come to the Library to learn about the discovery and excavation of LaSalle's ship, La Belle. Author Toni Turner will discuss her work during the restoration of the ship in conjunction with the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Ages 18 and up are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

This event is a preview to the month of September when the entire city is encouraged to read "Treasure Island" and a series of island and pirate activities will take place at the library. 

Labor Day, September 5 city facilities are closed; Trash pickup not affected  
City offices, the Public Library, Animal Shelter, Recycle Center and Recreation Center are closed Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. Trash and recycle pickup is not affected. If you need assistance when the city is closed, call the communications hotline at the Police Department at 512-251-4004.

City Pools open weekends 
Gilleland Creek Pool has lap swim only Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Closed Mondays. The pool will be open the weekends of August 27, 28 and Labor Day weekend, September 3, 4 and 5, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Scott Mentzer Pool is open weekends only through Sept. 5. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday hours are from noon to 8 p.m.  

Windermere Pool is closed for the season. 

For more information view www.pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

Vendors wanted for Pfall Pfest juried craft show
pfall pfestThe Pflugerville Recreation Center hosts the Pfall Pfest Craft Show on Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The juried show is a great place to start your holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a special friend. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. Shoppers enjoy free admission to the craft show. Vendors interested in participating can sign up for consideration online starting August 29 at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.


Pfree Robotics Class Open House at Pflugerville Recreation Center
Come visit the recreation center on Thursday or Friday September 1-2 at 6 p.m. for a free robotics class open for all ages to introduce the new Robotics class at the recreation center. Ignite your interest in science and technology's most fascinating field of today and tomorrow...robotics. 

The class is designed for all ages. In teams, participants will build and use EV3 software to command your robot to explore, conduct experiments and use innovative engineering design processes while learning the latest technology. 

The class runs September 8- 29. Reserve your spot. Class schedule: 

Thursday September 8 - 29. from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
or
Fridays, Sept. 9 - Sept 30 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$150 for a 4-week session.
Daytime class designed for homeschoolers and stay at home or work-from-home parents. 

What's Happening

City Council set maximum tax rate - At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council announced the maximum tax rate that can be set this year which is .5399 per $100 valuation. This decision means the city’s tax rate is going down to at least .5399 from the current rate of .5405. The City Council will continue to discuss the budget over the next several weeks as a final budget and tax rate is due September 30. 

Early Voting /  La votación adelantada en persona - August 23 -26. Information in English and Spanish. On Saturday, August 6, the city received unofficial voting results for the City Councilmember Place 2 election. Without one candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote, the City Council held a special meeting on August 15 to canvass the votes and called a second election. Early voting will be held from August 22 through September 2. Election Day is Tuesday, September 6.  

The City Council ordered a General Election for November 8 for the election of a Mayor and Councilmember Place 1. There were less than 900 votes cast in the last election. Be sure to vote Pflugerville! Election information  Información en español: www.pflugervilletx.gov/eleccion.


CAMPO Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Open Houses - Attend an open house and provide your comments on amendments to the 2017-2020 TIP and the CAMPO 2040 Plan. All open houses are a come-and-go format and held from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. The one held in Pflugerville is on Wednesday, August 31: Pflugerville Public Library—1008 W Pfluger Street.
Public comments on amendments to the 2017-2020 TIP and CAMPO 2040 Plan will be accepted until 5 p.m. September 26, 2016. http://www.campotexas.org/get-involved/

Kennemer project -
 Drainage improvements to the inlets around the bridge structures is underway. The overlay is re-sequenced to begin in October. Making this adjustment will help mitigate concerns related to school starting and allow traffic patterns in the area to settle in for the school year. 
This project is scheduled to last 90 calendar days. For details visit 
www.pflugervilletx.gov/projects

Pflugerville Police Department Victim Services is in need of volunteers. Training will begin Monday, September 26, 2016.  Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. for 8 weeks. Topics will include how to work with victims of family violence, sexual assault, child victims, elderly victims, survivors of suicide and homicide, and victims of other violent crimes.  Any interested citizen who resides in Pflugerville or the surrounding area is encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.  Contact Judy Allen at 670-5701 or email jallen@pflugervilletx.gov for further information and application or download online atwww.pflugervilletx.gov/victimservices.

Machine Embroidery Demo - Learn machine embroidery from Debra Johnson at the library. On Saturday, September 3 from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. Deborah will teach how to work with fabrics like terry cloth and fur. Anyone 18 and up is welcome. Beginning on September 10, registration will be available for the hands-on portion of this class series. For more upcoming Pfab Lab events visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfablab


This Week 

Friday, August 26: Early Voting (suite 500)
Saturday, August 27: Northeast Travis County Community Fair (O)
Sunday, August 28: Pfab Lab adult hours- circuit demo (L)
Tuesday, August 30: Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Museum open (L); 
Wednesday, August 31:  Walk-in computer help for adults (L)
Thursday, September 1: Presentation: From a watery grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's shipwreck, La Belle (L)
Friday, September 2: Movie in the Park: Grease (P&R)

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

Online City Event Calendar 

SAVE THE DATE
September 10 - Pflugerville Police Department Open House is September 10 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Pflugerville Justice Center. Learn about your police department. Get a Child ID fingerprint for your family and enjoy a tour of the police fleet, 9-1-1 call dispatch center and more. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pdopenhouse

October 1 Pflugerville Chamber Pfamily Pfestival & EXPO - The Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2016 Pfamily Pfestival and Expo on October 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Stone Hill Town Center.  More than 80 merchant booths, door prizes, children's activities, performers, demonstrations and public safety displays will be part of the Expo. Visit the city's booth at the event! www.pfchamber.com

October 2 Harvest Pfest - The Heritage House Museum hosts a Harvest Pfest on October 2. The museum is open the first Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The event includes food, games, live music and a tour of the historic Heritage House Museum, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road.  
www.pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse.