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Key to the City December 1, 2017

Post Date:12/01/2017 9:30 a.m.

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Key to the City December 1, 2017


Council discusses traffic and roadway congestion solutions 

5IntersectionsOn Tuesday, city staff provided information to Council about roads, traffic and connectivity and received direction on several transportation projects. Roads have always been a top priority in resident surveys, and an extensive discussion was held on intersections and traffic mitigation citywide.  

The discussion centered on improvements along the FM 685 and SH 130 corridors. The five key intersections reviewed by city staff were FM 685 at Pflugerville Parkway, FM 685 at Stone Hill Town Center, FM 685/SH 130/Copper Mine, Kelly Lane and SH 130, and Rowe Lane at SH 130. The development planning concept of traffic impact fees was discussed briefly which produced a council request for a development focused workshop meeting likely to be scheduled after the new year.  

Council directed staff to pursue short-term solutions and partnerships for long-term improvements along the FM 685 corridor. Short-term solutions may include repurposing lane uses or adding right turn and left turn lanes to reduce congestion at intersections.  Long-term concepts include bridge widening, lane constructions and access road improvements. Expect to hear more about these projects on future council agendas.

As new development is planned along FM 685, the city is planning now for roadway solutions to accommodate the increased roadway capacity and traffic needs. Based on traffic impact analyses, the city is outlining a series of concepts towards a unified corridor transportation solution. The city will take these ideas to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to work together on roadway solutions.

City Council discuss Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Program

During the City Council worksession, the Parks and Recreation Department's $27 million Capital Improvement Program update provided status reports on the current list of projects including 1849 Park, renovations to the Gilleland Creek pool and buildings, the Bohls house, and proposed feasibility studies for a future Recreation Center and Senior Center feasibility study and aquatic facilit studyGillland_web. Noting that the Gilleland Pool has flooded three times since 2013, Parks and Recreation Director James Hemenes presented a modified project scope involving health and safety renovations to the Gilleland Creek Pool and limited renovations of the existing bath house. The Gilleland Pool modified project will include all new plumbing and mechanical systems for the pool, a complete replaster of the pool, relocating pumps and electric equipment above the flood plain elevation, renovations to the restrooms/locker rooms for public use, and an aquatics feasibility study for long-term city aquatic needs.

The City Council discussed the Bohls House which was gifted to the city by the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation and placed in Heritage Park in 2014. The city is reviewing options for the facility including staff work space, and this project will return to council at a future date. The goal of the informative presentation was to have an open discussion on Parks and Recreation projects. No action was taken by the council, and several of the projects will return to Council on future agendas for direction.

During the meeting, City Council did approve the award of the Phase 1B construction contract for 1849 Park which includes restrooms, parking lots, landscape, irrigation and other improvements to provide the needed facilities to allow the first phase of 1849 Park to open for sports league practice and play anticipated in summer 2018.   

pf38_2First meeting with your new city council and more in Pflugerville Pfocus

Tuesday was the first meeting with your newly elected City Council. In this week's Pflugerville Pfocus, we spoke to Councilmembers Jeff Marsh, Jim McDonald and Rudy Metayer to hear why they ran for council and some of their goals. At Tuesday's City Council meeting, staff and council had in-depth discussions on upcoming projects and priorities for the upcoming year with a focus on roads and traffic and Parks and Recreation projects. The meeting was long, but provided an opportunity for the new Council to discuss priorities. Watch all episodes of Pfocus at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.

Celebrate the holidays in Pflugerville, Saturday, December 2

Pflugerville celebrates the season with a full day of holiday events. First is the opportunity to take pet pictures with Santa at the Pfluger Grove Gazebo in Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Photos are free. Santa1

Then the Heritage House Museum, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road hosts a Christmas Open House on December 2 and 3 at the Heritage House Museum. The event includes pictures with Santa, door prizes, holiday figurine displays and more. The museum will be open from 1-4 p.m on both days.

At night, the Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade is on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 5 – 8 p.m. in downtown Pflugerville. The parade, presented by Knights of Columbus, will kick off at 5 p.m. from the corner of Railroad Avenue and Pfennig to Main Street and 3rd at the downtown Christmas tree. During the parade, guests are encouraged to bring a gift to fill Blue Santa’s sleigh at the beginning of the parade. The parade includes music, sports teams and organizations.

At the conclusion of the parade, Santa will exit his sleigh and light the tree and stay for photos (bring your own camera) until 8 p.m. From 5 – 8 p.m. enjoy pfestive performances from the Pflugerville Recreation Center Line Dancing and Zumba classes, Dance Elements, Pflugerville High School Yuletide Choir and Carpe Sono. Feeling pfrosty? Warm up by the Yule Log fire and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies in front of city hall. For more information, and a calendar of events in December for the holidays, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/holidays.

Take advantage of these opportunities for pictures with Santa

Get your picture with Santa. Take a look at Santa's schedule and plan to get your pfestive picture:

December 2, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Pet Pictures with Santa at the Pfluger Grove Gazebo in Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road. Pets only please.

December 2 & December 3, 1 - 4 p.m.: Christmas Open House - Santa will be at the Heritage House Museum for pictures on Saturday and Sunday. The museum is located on 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd.

December 2, approximately 5:45 - 8 p.m.: Christmas Parade & Pfestival of Lights - Santa will be available for pictures after the lighting of the tree, until 8 p.m.

December 9, 2 - 4 p.m.: An Afternoon with Santa - Bring your own camera and get a picture with Santa at the Pflugerville Library. The library will also have crafts available, while supplies last.

December 12, 4 - 6 p.m. - Mrs. Claus will be at the Pfestive Pfarmers Market for pet and family photos.

Rowe Lane phase change

As construction on Rowe Lane continues, starting the week of December 4, westbound traffic will be permitted on Rowe Lane for the remainder of the roadway project. Eastbound traffic needs to continue to use the Steeds Crossing detour from SH 130 access road.  If you have any questions, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/projects. Drive carefully.

Plan your trip to Pflugerville on PfunTX

Planyourvisit It's even easier to plan a getaway or day trip into Pflugerville with the new feature on the Pfuntx.com website to Plan your Trip. Any time a sports team is visiting town, or family or friends want to get together, they can visit the website and start planning their own virtual plan for their trip. Select local restaurants, shopping opportunities, or select one of the pre-designed tours of our city.

Did you know several films have been filmed in Pflugerville? Take the movie tour to check out all the locations that have been filmed in Pflugerville, or go on a parks tour. Different tour and holiday events are highlighted each month on PfunTX. Share your itinerary with friends and family and make the most out of your trip to Pflugerville.

Residents use: Check out a list of restaurants and events taking place in Pflugerville and create your own weekend itinerary to share with friends. If you don't already, be sure to pfollow, facebook.com/pfuntx as citywide events are posted. Visit PfunTX.com to get started.

Residents reminded to “drop it and lock it” during holiday shopping

The Pflugerville Police Department will post reminders from its "Drop it and Lock it" campaign around town this week to remind shoppers to drop valuables in their trunks and lock their cars to protect their recent purchases. By clearing their vehicles and locking their doors, residents can help reduce the number of auto burglaries this holiday season.

The department would also like to remind the public of these important holiday shopping tips:

  • Try to conduct your shopping during the daytime and use light to your advantage in the evenings by parking in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t leave extra keys, garage door openers, or accessible firearms in your vehicle. These items, if stolen, can lead to more serious crime.
  • Suspicious activity or individuals can be reported to the Police Department by calling 512-990-6700. Callers should have a good description of the vehicle and license plate number ready to give dispatchers. Always call 911 in case of an emergency.
  • If you plan to shop online, consider redirecting your package to a locker or pickup point instead of mailing it directly to your house. Amazon has self-service lockers that can be selected at checkout, and FedEx and UPS customers can usually request that the company hold packages for pickup at a customer center for no additional fee after receiving shipment confirmation online.

Deadline to donate and apply for Blue Santa nears

bluesantaThe Blue Santa program continues to collect toys for children ages 14 and under for the holidays. Drop off a toy at the Justice Center, City Hall, or Recreation Center. Donation bins will be picked up starting December 11. In addition, Blue Santa's sleigh will be in the Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights on December 2 in downtown Pflugerville. Bring a toy to the parade and help fill his sleigh at the corner of 2nd and Main after the parade accepting donations. Thank you to everyone for your support of this program.

Assistance deadline is December 5 - Applicants can apply to receive toys for children up to age 14 years of age through the Blue Santa program by applying at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig.  Pickup for donated items is December 16.

Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day on December 2

Star Wars Reads DayCome to the library on Saturday, December 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for a Star Wars celebration. Enjoy crafts and activities and get your picture with a Stormtrooper. All ages are welcome to this event. Crafts include pool noodle light sabers, paper plate BB-8, fuse bead magnets, Yoda headbands and holiday ornaments.

Schedule: 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.: Star Wars Story Time
1:45 - 3:30 p.m.: crafts and activities

Cocoa, crafts and A Christmas Carol at the Library

Dickens Day Gary Whitaker

Bah! Humbug! The storyteller Gary Whitaker will bring the words of Charles Dickens to life in a retelling of the classic tale, A Christmas Carol on Tuesday, December 5. Come to the Pflugerville Public Library at 6 p.m. for hot cocoa, cookies, and a craft. The story begins at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Some safety tips from Pflugerville Fire as you decorate for the holidays

REAL TREE - When shopping for a real tree, look for one with fresh, vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t easily break from the branches. It shouldn’t be shedding any needles when you buy it. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk. Position it away from exits and at least three feet away from any heat source, and add water to the tree stand every day. Remember to always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving your house or going to sleep.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS - Look on the manufacturer's label or box to check if the lights are designed for indoor or outdoor use; ONLY use outdoor-approved lights outside and on your real Christmas tree. Follow the instructions for the maximum number of light strands to connect. Replace any strand with a frayed/broken cord or loose bulb connections. When hanging up lights, use clips (not nails) to help prevent cord damage, and work with a partner if you have to get on a ladder.

Pflugerville Officers Raise $1,575 for Cancer Research

Pflugerville officers raised $1,575 for cancer research by growing facial hair during the month of November.

Chief Jessica Robledo approved the department’s participation in its first No-Shave November, which served as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Officers donated money to the cause through the Law Enforcement Association Pflugerville in order to sport beards throughout the month.

What's Happening

Register for Winter Programs at the Rec Center - Winter registration begins December 6 for programs at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes for a list of programs to enjoy. The holidays are a time when we all enjoy seeing friends and family and… eating! A great way to stay in shape for the holidays is to visit the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. With a weight room, game room, indoor walking track and several classes and programs for you and your family, there's plenty of opportunity to keep in shape and have fun over the holidays.

Special Library Hours on December 8 - The Pflugerville Public Library will open at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 8 so that staff may attend an employee luncheon.

Holiday Workshop at the Rec Center - Learn how to sew and make special gifts in a two-week holiday workshop held at the Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road.  Please bring your own sewing machine. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary. For ages 16 and up. Dates include. Dec. 10 and 17, the cost is $55 plus materials. For more information visit, http://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/recreation-center/classes-programs-registration  or call the Recreation Center at 512-990-6355.

Seasonal Pfarmers Market Tuesday - Enjoy shopping for the holidays at seasonal holiday markets on December 5 and 12. On December 12, Mrs. Claus will be there for pictures with pets from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Come to the Green Red Barn at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, and enjoy the final two markets of the year. The event is from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

Recreation Center Gym closure - The Recreation Center gym will be closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday December 4-6 for light repairs. The walking track will remain open.

This Week:

Boards and commissions (B&C); Parks and Recreation (P&R); Library (L); Other (O)
Friday, December 1 - Tai chi (P&R); Ballroom Dance (P&R)

Saturday, December 2 - Christmas Open House at Heritage House (O); Star Wars Reads Day (L); Paws & Read (L); Pfestival of Lights and Holiday Parade (P&R); Pet Pictures with Santa (O)

Sunday, December 3 - Christmas Open House at Heritage House (O); Game On: Board Games (L); Sewing ages 8+ (P&R- please pre-register)

Monday, December 4 - Baby Time (L); Adult Coloring Club (L); STEM Club (L); Paws & Read (L); Intermediate Computer Class (L); Planning and Zoning Commission (B&C)

Tuesday, December 5 - Sing Along Holiday Favorites with Slider Lee (L); Home School Kids (L); Home School Teens (L); Home School Tweens (L); Heritage House Open (L); LEGO Club (L); Dickens Day (L); Adult fitness (P&R); Pfestive Pfarmers Market (P&R); Special Meeting City Council Board and Commission Appointments (B&C)

Wednesday, December 6 -  Zumba (P&R); Play Time (L); To be continued... (L); Kawaii Club (L); Conversational English (L); Inkscape Basics (L)

Thursday, December 7 - Story Time (L); Kids Crafternoon (L); Genealogy Club (L); 3D Printer Training (L); Batman Holiday Family Knight (L)

Friday, December 8 - Library Opens at 2 p.m. (L); Embroidery Machine Training (L); Sensory Story Time (L)

Save the Date

December 13 - Tween Holiday Hangout - Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to the Library for hot cocoa, snacks and craft making while watching the 1966 classic Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Warner Bros.) The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

January 1, 2018 - Pfreeze Pflop - Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, to kick off your new year? The line begins at 10 a.m. and the event is over when the last brave soul goes down the slide. No, the pool isn't heated. Admission is free with donation of a canned food item given to benefit local pfood banks. For information, contact the Recreation Center at 512-990-6350 or email parks@pflugervilletx.gov.