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Key to the City January 12, 2018

Post Date:01/12/2018 1:06 p.m.

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Key to the City January 12, 2018


Council approves construction contract for Gilleland Creek Pool Renovations

Gillland_webOn Tuesday, the City Council awarded a construction contract for the Gilleland Creek Pool Renovation Project which will replace the pool's existing pool interior finishes and replace the mechanical systems including suction and return piping, pumps, filtration, chemical treatment and automated systems.

“The Gilleland Creek Pool has been a great community asset for over 25 years with over a half a million visits and tens of thousands of learn to swim participants over its lifetime.  This project ensures that the pool will continue to be a safe and enjoyable facility for aquatic recreation and competitions for 25 more,” Parks and Recreation Director James Hemenes said.  

The cost of the project is approximately $720,000 and work will be complete by summer 2018.

The Library Book Bike is on the go

At Council on Tuesday, January 9, the Pflugerville Public Library announced its newest acquisition, a book bike. The bike is a connected hotspot, offering device charging, member registration, book lending, mobile outreach and more. It is equipped with a projector, speakers and shelves for media to take library programs on the go. Be on the lookout for the book bike at the next city event or around town. Check out the bike in today's episode of Pflugerville Pfocus.

Registration now open for Citizens Police Academy

Do you want to know more about the Pflugerville Police Department and how it operates? Are you interested in having a more active role in community policing? Registration is now open for Pflugerville’s Citizens Police Academy. 

CPAThe Citizens Police Academy is a 34-hour course of instruction to give the public a working knowledge of the Pflugerville Police Department policies and operational practices. The program consists mainly of two hour classes from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays from February 8 through May 10. The comprehensive course will cover a different area of police work each week and be led by certified police officers, supervisors and civilian personnel. Applicants must work, reside or own a business in the city limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction of Pflugerville and be at least 18 years old. Upon completion, graduates may consider participation in the Citizens on Patrol program, which helps Pflugerville police reduce crime, improve community awareness, and facilitate partnerships between the community and the Pflugerville Police Department. 

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. Register today at www.pflugervilletx.gov/police or contact Pflugerville Police Department’s Office of Community Liaison at 512-990-6940 or OCL@pflugervilletx.gov.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Teen Tournament

Compete in a Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament on Tuesday, January 16. Registration begins at the Pflugerville Library at 5:45 p.m., and the tournament begins at 6 p.m. The first and second place winners will receive $20 Game Stop gift cards, courtesy of the Friends of the Pflugerville Library.

Local Businesses can participate in the Teen Job PfairTeen Job Pfair

The Pflugerville Public Library invites local employers to participate in this year's Teen Job Pfair. Interact with the community and connect with the local high school population looking to start their career journey. The deadline for employers to register is January 31. The fair will be on Saturday, March 3, 2-4 p.m. It is free to participate. Contact Amanda Cawthon to register for the 2018 Teen Job Pfair.

Winter Pfest

Winter Pfest this Saturday

Families are invited to enjoy winter themed activities, games and crafts at Winter Pfest on January 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library. Games include miniature hockey, candy cane fishing, reindeer disc toss, iceberg hop, a memory game and more. There will also be a hot cocoa and cookie bar while supplies last. This event is free and open to families with children ages 12 and under. 

Book Sale

Winter Book Sale

Is your New Year's resolution to read more books? The Friends of the Pflugerville Public Library will host their winter book sale on Thursday, January 18. Come to the library between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to find your next read! There will also be used DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, kids books and more.

New route announced for Deutschen Pfest 5K

Mark your calendars now for the Deutschen Pfest 5K and Kids K Pfun Run on May 20! This year, the Deutschen Pfest 5K will have a new route. The race will start and end at Pfluger Hall and will now feature more of Pflugerville’s parks and trails, including about two miles along Settlers Valley Trail and Pfairways Trail. The Kids K will remain on the same route.

This route has been certified by USATF (USA Track and Field), which guarantees the course is accurately measured. The USATF certification is needed for a run to be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked and allows runners to compare performances to achieve their personal best.

Registration for the race is only $25 before February 25 and includes a t-shirt that gives you free admission to Deutschen Pfest. For more information, including race preparation classes, team information and registration, visit http://deutschenpfest.com/pfamily-pfun/5k-pfun-run-walk-and-kids-1k/.

Pflugerville police launch Blue Guardian to mentor children

The Pflugerville Police Department and Texas Baptist Children’s Home have formed a partnership under the Blue Guardian program in order to provide healing through mentorships.BlueGuardian_logo_Pflugerville_final-01

Blue Guardian pairs police officers with foster children to build bridges through relationships and is a program created by Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo during her time as Assistant Chief with the Austin Police Department. Currently, 14 employees from all ranks of the Pflugerville Police Department are registered as Blue Guardian mentors through the program’s first local chapter outside of Austin.

Children in the program may have had contact with officers during emergencies or other emotional situations in the past. “Through this program, our hope is to build relationships with children so they can see the person behind the badge and the heart that our officers have," said Chief Robledo. “Our officers also benefit from the program by seeing the difference they make just by being present and allowing their badge to be an element of healing for others.”

Through meeting with participants in informal, neutral spaces, Pflugerville Police Department has built several relationships with kids from the Home over the past few months. The children helped hand out donated items at the department’s Blue Santa pickup, participated in the Pflugerville Christmas parade with the Police Department, and invited the officers to their own holiday performance. Learn more about the program in today's Pflugerville Pfocus.

Roadway Closure Planned for Kingston Lacy Blvd. on January 15

Kingston Lacy Blvd. from Heatherwilde Blvd. to Ainwick Castle Dr. will be closed for pavement maintenance on Monday, January 15 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The intersection of Ainwick Castle Drive and Kingston Lacy Blvd. will remain open; however, no through traffic will be allowed on Kingston Lacy during this timeframe. Please seek an alternate route if you normally drive through this roadway section.

Project updates are available on the City’s web site at pflugervilletx.gov/projects.

What's Happening

Last chance to recycle - Christmas tree recycling underway at Wells Point Park - Christmas tree recycling is offered from December 26 - January 12 at Wells Point Park, 800 S Heatherwilde. Please remove all decorations from your tree. Trees dropped off for recycling are mulched and residents are welcome to pick up mulch while supplies last. Trees left curbside on your trash or recycling pickup day are not recycled. To be picked up curbside the tree must be cut into pieces no longer than 4 ft long and all decorations should be removed. Please do not take your tree to the Recycle Center. Thank you to everyone for recycling your tree at Wells Point Park.

Lake Pflugerville Lowered for maintenance - The city Public Works Department has lowered the water level of Lake Pflugerville for annual maintenance including removal of shoreline vegetation. Do not be alarmed if you see the lake at low levels as it is intentional. The City will begin to refill the lake in February 2018 and it will be full by spring.

Closed in Observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day -  City facilities including the Library, City Hall, Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, Recycling Center and Recreation Center are closed Monday, January 15 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trash pickup is not affected. If you need assistance when the city is closed, the communications hotline at the Police Department is 512-990-6700. In an emergency, please call 911.

Special Needs Library Hour – This program is designed for patrons with special needs. The Pflugerville Library will stay open an extra hour on Friday, January 12 , for those who want to browse books, movies and CDs in a calm and quiet environment. Public computers and printing will not be available during this hour. Registration is required and can be done at the library on the day of, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Please note that Special Needs Library hour is open to patrons with special needs and their families. If your family does not meet these requirements, please visit the library during normal operating hours. For questions or more information, please email Melissa Grzybowski. Special Needs Library Hour will be held on the second Friday of every month after Sensory Storytime.

This Week:

Legend:  P&R - Parks and Recreation, L - Library, B&C- Boards and Commissions, O- Other

Friday, January 12 - Sensory Storytime (L); Special Needs Library Hour (L);

Saturday, January 13 - Baby Time (L); Winter Pfest (L); Paws & Read (L); 

Sunday January 14 - Game On! Board Games (L); Family Movie Matinee: The LEGO Ninjago Movie (L); Laser Cutter Training (L); Sewing boot camp ages 8 and up (P&R);

Monday, January 15 - Library Closed (L); Rec Center Closed (P&R); PAWS Closed (O); Recycle Center Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16 - Bilingual Storytime (L); Home School Kids (L); Home School Tweens (L); Home School Teens (L);Adult Coloring Club (L); LEGO Club (L); Super Smash Bros. Teen Tournament (L); PfKnitters (L); Pajama Storytime (L); Friends of the Library Meeting (L); 

Wednesday, January 17 - Play Time (L); Gynastics with Ms. Kaya (please pre-register - P&R); To Be Continued... (L); Tween Book Club (L); Embroidery Machine Training (L); Pflugerville Poetry Society (L); Conversational English (L);

Thursday, January 18 - Parks and Recreation Commission (B&C); Storytime (L); Friends of the Library Book Sale (L) Kids Crafternoon (L); Mystery Book Club (L); Adult Pfab Lab Craft: Basic Soldering (L);

Friday, January 19 - Toddler Movie Matinee (L)

Save the Date

January 20 - Pfat Cat Adoptions - Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services is offering a special one-day Pfat Cat adoption day from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Guess the weight of your cat within a 1/2 lb and the adoption is free.  All cats weighing more than 10 lbs are free. One day only. Visit Pflugervilletx.gov/adopt and check out the cats in need of a home. Visit the shelter at 1600 Waterbrook Drive.  

January 25 - Home Buying 101 - Interested in buying a home in the new year? Come to the library on January 25 at 6:30 p.m. to learn all about home ownership. The Financial Literacy Coalition will go over the basic steps to buying a home, talk about the terms and disclosures used in mortgage transactions, explain the advantages and disadvantages of renting versus owning a home and more. Anyone 18 and up is welcome. Registration is required for this event. Visit the library calendar for registration information.

April 7 - Citywide Cleanup Day - Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on our upcoming annual cleanup day.

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