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September 30, 2016

City Council approves budget and lowers tax rate to .5399
At the Tuesday City Council meeting, the Council set the property tax rate and approved the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget.

The Council adopted the rollback rate of .5399, a reduction from the previous year tax rate of .5405. Increased home appraisal values could cause an increase on a resident’s individual tax bill.

The budget includes a property tax revenue increase of $2,869,100 (13.6%) mostly due to increased home values. Sales tax revenues are budgeted at a 12% increase. 

The city of Pflugerville’s average home value increased by 10% percent from $187,672 to $206,287. Since the city will receive more overall revenues than last year, notices of the property tax revenue increase were published.

“The largest changes in the budget relate to public safety and street maintenance,” Finance Director Amy Good said. “The Police Department is adding six new positions to keep up with growth and to ensure the city maintains current service levels. The street and drainage division is expanding maintenance programs including pavement management and repair, sidewalk repair and traffic signal preventative maintenance.”

Organizational changes include combining the Animal Shelter and Control functions, and the Heritage House Museum is transitioning to the Library to complement the Library’s existing local history and genealogy programs.

New personnel include a human resource generalist, facilities maintenance technician, assistant planning director, library technician, property crime scene technician, two records clerks, criminal investigations division sergeant, parks development manager and two patrol officers.

The budget includes additional funding for the library including the Pfab lab and expanded collection. Other budget items include computer replacement and matching funds for downtown programs.

Utility projects include purchases of a new truck, relocation of a chlorine generator rectifier, chlorine analyzer, repairs to two water storage tanks and continuation of valve and hydrant maintenance. In addition, a utility rate study update will be conducted.

Many of the voter-approved street and parks bond projects from the 2014 and 2015 elections are in the works. Heatherwilde Boulevard widening, trail gap projects and E. Pecan construction are underway. East Pflugerville Parkway at SH 130 intersection improvements, Weiss Lane, and Rowe Lane are all under design with construction expected to begin within the year. Design is already underway on Pflugerville Parkway, Pfennig Lane, Helios and Sun Light Near Way road projects. The purchase of land for the future 1849 Park and sports complex was complete this fiscal year and the first phase of the park with sports fields for league play is being designed. 

City Council outline their vision and priorities in the 2016-2017 Strategic Plan

The City Council adopted the 2016-2017 Strategic Plan on Tuesday night highlighting Council priorities and city vision. strategic plan
The final plan outlines 4 key focus areas:
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development
Public Safety
Infrastructure and Transportation
Public Engagement and Quality of Life

See Council's outlined plan at www.pflugervilletx.gov/strategicplan.

City Council approves contract for Police Body Cameras
This week City Council authorized a master services and purchasing agreement with Taser International, Inc for a body-worn camera system for all Pflugerville Police officers.

“In light of current events, the cameras are extremely important to provide a transparent view of what is happening as our officers are out responding to calls and protecting our community,” Assistant Chief of Police Jim McLean said. “It allows a view of what actually occurs on the scene.  While we have cameras in our vehicles, the line of sight is limited by where the car is parked and angled, so these new body-worn cameras will allow us to see and hear with additional footage.” 

All Pflugerville officers will have a body-worn magnetic mount camera that attaches to the shirt of their officer uniform. The district attorney and county attorney offices will have access to the video files through a web interface that allows for quick response to Open Record Requests and accessibility of files for various cases.

The city has tested demonstration units and seen firsthand the benefits of the body-camera system, McLean said. 

The new cameras are expected to be fully implemented citywide in the next three months. 

Turn on your porch light, go outside and meet your neighbors for National Night Out
National Night Out LogoNational Night Out (NNO)  is Tuesday, October 4 in Pflugerville and your neighborhood is invited to participate. The city has a record-breaking 121 parties registered citywide. The Police Department and Emergency Services will come visit each registered neighborhood party.

On October 4 turn on your porch lights, go outside from 6 p.m - 9 p.m. and meet your neighbors. Information on National Night Out is posted atpflugervilletx.gov/nno.

Learn about Fire Safety and Smoke
 Alarms throughout October

check the date graphicWith National Night Out and National Fire Prevention Week around the corner, Pflugerville residents have great opportunities to learn about fire safety and smoke alarms this month. Travis County ESD No. 2 (the Pflugerville Fire Department) firefighters and educators are ready to refresh you on fire safety basics, especially the importance of maintaining your smoke alarms so they will actually work when your family’s lives depend on it. “Because We Care,” the Fire Department will have their Fire Safety House and an information booth at the Chamber of Commerce Pfamily Pfestival/EXPO tomorrow (Oct. 1) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ll be making stops in several neighborhoods for National Night Out the evening of Oct. 4.  

REMEMBER … Test your alarms every month. Change the batteries every 6 to 12 months. And check the date of manufacture on the back of all your smoke alarms (even if they’re hard-wired) to make sure they’re not more than 10 years old. 

Visit the city's booths at the Pfamily Pfestival and Expo Saturday

The Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2016 Pfamily Pfestival and Expo on Saturday, 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. The Police Department and Animal Shelter Adoption Trailer will all be at the event. Come say hi and learn more about your city. www.pfchamber.com

Aquatics wins Gold Level Learn to Swim Award
The Aquatics program of the Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department was honored on Sept. 19 at the annual American Red Cross South and Central Texas Recognition ceremony, earning a Gold Level Award for the  Learn To Swim Program. In 2016, the department taught CPR to 124 people The Aquatics staff surpassed the required 1,000 participants in the Learn to Swim program, teaching 1,700 children and adults to swim in the 2016 season to earn the award

Heritage House hosts Harvest Fest Sunday 
The Heritage House Museum hosts a Harvest fest on Sunday, October 2.  
The Friends of the Heritage House Museum invite you to bring your family to enjoy bratwurst and hot dogs, a fishing booth, bean bag toss game and a tour of the museum. heritage fest

There will be accordion music by Rollie Revering and Kelly Knobloch and face painting by the local clown, Miss Poppy. There will also be a great fall family photo opportunity with hay bales in front of the house.
 
The museum is open the first Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and each Tuesday during Pfarmers Market, from 3 p.m. to 7 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.  
   
Never been to the Heritage House? Take this opportunity to tour the museum and see all the heritage that gives this house its name.  

Awesome Occupations, learn about a different exciting career each month at the library
Interested in video game design? This month, meet game designer Wilson Villegas at the Pflugerville Public Library on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Villegas got his start in the industry as quality assurance for Twisted Pixel, testing zany titles like Ms. Splosion Man. He worked on mobile games as a Game Designer for Team Chaos. He released a narrative driven adventure game for free on Steam called Port of Call, an independent project he led as game designer and writer. He now works in Austin as a level designer on an unannounced title at QC Games. Ages 10 and up are welcome to attend Awesome Occupations. 

Hot Sauce Tasting with Stellar Sauces 
The end of summer is hot sauce time! Come to the library on Thursday, October 6 for an intro to hot sauce with Chris Johnson of Stellar Sauces. Chris will walk attendees through the hot sauce making process. Enjoy a pfull tasting with snacks and drinks. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Anyone 18 and up may attend.

Learn how to code at the Girls Who Code Club
Explore coding in a pfun and pfriendly way with the Girls Who Code Club a national program sponsored by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library. The club is for students in grades 9 through 12 and will meet weekly at the Pflugerville Public Library on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The first session is on Wednesday, October 5. One-time registration is required. Students in grades 9 through 12 can email amandac@pflugervilletx.gov for registration information. Girls and boys are encouraged to register for this club.

Renew senior activity club memberships
Senior Activity Club memberships expire on September 30, 2016. Renew your annual membership starting on October 1 at the Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. New members are always welcome. Fees are just $3 per year for residents or $5 per couple. Non-residents pay an annual fee of $5 per person or $7 per couple. Activities include classes, games and day trips and overnight excursions. For more information, call 512-990-6350 or viewwww.pfseniors.com.

Social ballroom dance class for seniors 
Social Ballroom Dance Class for men and women ages 55 and older begins at the Pflugerville Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 7. Sign up today at just $3 per one-hour class, or pay in advance for four classes at a time for $12. Class is on Fridays at 2 p.m. at 400 Immanuel Road. Open to members and non-members.

What's Happening

Adult Coloring Club - Enjoy therapeutic coloring and meet new friends at the Pflugerville Public Library Adult Coloring Club on Monday, October 3 at 2 p.m. Coloring pencils and sheets are provided but you can bring your own coloring book. Anyone 18 and up may attend. This club will meet the first Monday of each month at 2 p.m.

Splash Pad to close- The Falcon Pointe Splash Pad closes for the season with the last day of splash play on Sunday, October 2.

Special Guest at Kids Crafternoon - 
On Thursday, October 6, Austin Jr. Miss Juneteenth Queen Corinn Oliver will come to Kids Crafternoon at the library to help children make pumpkins out of pipe cleaners and beads. Ages 5 to 8 are welcome. Materials available while supplies last.

Star Wars Reads Day on October 8
 - Celebrate the 4th annual Star Wars Reads Day at the Pflugerville Public Library! Enjoy crafts and games for all ages, including DIY light sabers, BB-8 magnets, video games, a sewing craft and more. Plus, take a photo with a Stormtrooper. All ages are welcome. For more information visit pflugervilletx.gov/swrd

November's Pfall Pfest Craft Show vendors - Interested in participating in the juried arts and craft show on Saturday, November 19? The first round of jury judging is September 22. Spots are limited to 36 vendors. Sign up today at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest. 


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

Online City Event Calendar 
Saturday, October 1:  Pfamily Pfestival and Expo (O); Movie Matinee Captain America: Civil War (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday, October 2: Harvest Fest (O); Game On! Board games (L)
Monday, October 3: Adult Coloring Club (L); Baby Time ages 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Time ages 12 to 18 months; Paws and Read; Beginner Guitar Lessons (L); Planning and Zoning Commission (B&C)
Tuesday, October 4: Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Open (L); Bilingual English and Spanish storytime for everyone (L), Home School Kids exploring the Library's kids area (L); Home school teens (L); Home School tweens (L); Lego club (L); Awesome Occupations: Game designer (L); Holistic transitions workshop (P&R), National Night Out. 
Wednesday, October 5: Walk in computer help for adults (L); Kawaii Club (L); Girls Who Code Club (L)
Thursday, October 6: Storytime (L), Kids Crafternoon Ages 5-8, Pipe Cleaner and Bead Pumpkins (L); Genealogy club (L); Intro to hot sauces with Stellar Sauces (L).
Friday, October 7: Tween Typing (L)

SAVE THE DATE

October 9 - Teen Escape Room at the library  - Find yourself inside a good mystery. Each team of 2 to 5 players will have up to 15 minutes to solve a series of riddles and clues and find the key to escape the room. You can come as part of a team or be assigned to a team when you arrive. Board games will be available for you to play while you wait for your turn. Onsite team registration begins at 1 p.m. at the library. Ages 12 through 18 are welcome to participate. 

October 15 Chili Pfest - October 15 Chili Pfest - Come to downtown Pflugerville for the Pfall Chili Pfest from noon - 5 p.m. Enjoy the Annual chili cook-off contest with as many as 40 teams entered, plus vendors, car show and children's area, with live music and more. www.pflugervilletx.gov/chili

October 26-  Weiss Lane Roadway Improvement Open House - The City of Pflugerville and Travis County will host an open house at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig Ln. on Wednesday, October 26 to provide information about the much-anticipated Weiss Lane Roadway Improvements project that is slated to begin in early 2017 with construction scheduled for 20 months.  Throughout the construction, the roadway will remain open with a north and southbound lane of traffic at all times. The open house is from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Additional information

October 29 Trunk or Treat - Pflugerville Animal Shelter hosts a trunk or treat event on October 29 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come in costume to trick or treat and see the animals ready for adoption at the shelter. 512-990-PETS.