Key to the City August 10, 2018
Welcome reception, Pfloating Movie, Tax Free Holiday Weekend and more.
Key to the City August 10, 2018
Welcome Reception for city manager Sereniah Breland
Come to the Rock Gym, 700 W. Pecan Street, on Wednesday, August 15 for a welcome reception for city manager Sereniah Breland from 4-7 p.m. The event is an opportunity to meet Breland who comes to the city after working as city manager for the City of Alvin, Texas. Breland's first council meeting will be on Tuesday, August 14.
Pflugerville eases food truck restrictions with a Pfood Truck Pilot Program
The City of Pflugerville launched a Pfood Truck Pilot Program to encourage food trucks in the city limits. Food trucks and trailers are invited to the Development Services Center offices at 201 B East Pecan on Monday, August 13 or August 20 to obtain a free permit and health inspection between noon – 3 p.m. to participate in the pilot program to operate in the Pflugerville city limits for the remainder of 2018.
"The main benefit of the program is that it simplifies and further defines, for both the City and the food truck and trailer vendors, the process for food trucks to operate in the city," Planning Director Emily Barron said. "This pilot program which runs until the end of the year will provide us with feedback and needed information to return to City Council with more permanent recommendations."
Food trucks and trailers that have operated in Pflugerville or at Pflugerville Pfestivals in the last year will receive email notification about the new process.
Pilot Program Highlights:
- Vendors may operate at any existing commercially-zoned property, religious facility, or HOA owned property when the owner’s consent is obtained.
- Operators shall have a valid Pflugerville food establishment permit and must be annually permitted through the City of Pflugerville and Fire Department.
- Seating, shade, and venue space for other activities are encouraged provided they are not located in the fire lane, drive aisle, right of way, or occupying other parking spaces in a way that may cause conflicts with providing sufficient parking for the principal use, and are removed when the vendor vacates the area.
The pilot program will run through December 2018, and the city staff will discuss results and findings with City Council. For more information on the program, please contact the City of Pflugerville Development Services at 512-990-6300 or download the application.
Pfinal Pfloating Movie tonight
The Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department hosts its final Pfloating Movie Night of the season featuring Ice Age on Friday, August 10 at Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Guests should arrive between 8:15 to 8:30 p.m. Movie will start when it gets dark, approximately 8:45 p.m. Admission is $3 for children and $5 for adults (ages 14+). Concessions will be available for purchase. Only pool noodles and clear inner tubes are allowed. Both will be available for rent or purchase. No other flotation devices allowed.
For pool rules and more information, visit the Pfloating Movies website.
Pfall Chili Pfest cook & vendor applications now open
Applications for the 11th Pflugerville Pfall Chili Pfest are now open. This year's fest is Saturday, October 20, 2018, from noon to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Pflugerville.
- The Chili cook-off and tasting
- Live music
- Food and Vendors
- A kid's area
- Heat Wave Car show
- A jalapeño eating contest
Apply as a cook team, vendor or just come for the pfun. Spots are limited so apply today.
- Cook-off information and applications: http://pfallchilipfest.com/cookoff-teams/.
- Vendor information and applications: http://pfallchilipfest.com/vendors/.
Early bird pricing is offered through September 21. There are also opportunities for sponsors - email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Seniors, make a unique craft at the library
Make a unique framed piece of art using alcohol ink at the Pflugerville Library on Monday, August 13, 2 - 3 p.m. Materials will be provided while supplies last. This program is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. Priority for supplies will be given to seniors.
Attend the last TAG meeting of the summer
Are you interested in planning future teen events at the library? Attend a summer Teen Advisory Group meeting to learn how you can get involved at the library and earn volunteer hours. Applications for new members for the 2018-2019 school year are available now at the library and are due August 24. TAG membership is available for teens ages 13-18. Emailamandac@pflugervilletx.gov for more information.
Make a glass fused pendant for Adult Pfab Lab Craft
Come to the library on Thursday, August 16, 6 - 7:30 p.m. and design a small pendant from raw glass pieces. One pendant will be allowed per person. The pendant will be fired by staff and will need to be picked up at a later date. Anyone 18 and up are welcome to attend. Space is limited, and materials will be provided while supplies last.
Coffee with a Cop is Friday, August 17
Residents of all ages are encouraged to visit with leaders from the Pflugerville Police Department to ask questions and learn about ongoing community-wide efforts to keep Pflugerville safe. Come to W. Pecan Coffee + Beer between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Aug. 17.
The "Coffee with a Cop" program allows citizens and police to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through building relationships between police officers and community members, one cup of coffee at a time.
Tax-Free Weekend August 10-12; Pfind it in Pflugerville
When you set out to shop this weekend in the sales tax-free holiday, don't forget to shop in Pflugerville because when you shop locally, you support local businesses and their owners. If you can find the back-to-school items at a store in the Pflugerville city limits, please go there first. The law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales taxes which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 spent. For a list of school supplies that qualify and what clothing, footwear and items are included and exempt visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website.
Please remember to take safety precautions when out shopping this weekend. Check out these tips to be a safe shopper:
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic wherever you go.
- While shopping it is important to be courteous to those around you. Do not run, push, or otherwise engage other shoppers in a negative manner.
- Plan your trip in advance and discuss safety tips with your children.
- Be extra attentive when operating your vehicle. More people, including young children, will be walking through parking lots this weekend. This means there's a higher chance of pedestrian accidents occurring.
Be safe and shop locally.
Roadway and traffic changes near schools
The City of Pflugerville wants to make sure that all parents and drivers are aware of NEW roadway changes on Railroad Avenue and Kelly Lane that affect driving patterns near schools.
Railroad Avenue traffic pattern changes
Traffic pattern changes to watch for on Railroad Avenue include:
- New lanes in front of Brookhollow Elementary help keep thru-traffic progressing smoothly. Turning traffic now has space to wait for a safe left turn or right turn into the school. This change can manage traffic patterns for up to 15,000 cars a day; currently, the roadway has less than 7,000.
- A dedicated southbound right-turn lane into the Brookhollow campus driveways to help with peak school drop-off and pick-up congestion concerns.
- A parking lane for homeowners on South Railroad Avenue.
- Signal modifications and four-lane approaches at the Pfennig Lane intersection – Now there is a right-turn, straight and a left-turn lane in each direction. Signal modifications provide for protected and permitted left-turns to reduce traffic delays.
- Pedestrian pushbuttons are being upgraded to enhance accessibility at the Pfennig Lane intersection.
- There will be no change to the school zones or mid-block crosswalk. However new yield lines for northbound and southbound traffic help serve as a buffer and traffic yield reminder.
The contractor is using the MoKan right-of-way across the street from Brookhollow Elementary School as a staging area, so the City requests that parents please only use the northernmost access point to this area for drop-off & pick-up activities.
New crosswalk proposed at Kennemer and Kelly Lane intersection
The City of Pflugerville will add a new crosswalk on the east side of the Kennemer and Kelly Lane intersection to maintain safe crossing options during peak school travel times while reducing traffic delays during rush hour. During the morning hours of 7 -8 a.m., heavy southbound right-turn and westbound vehicular traffic volumes at the intersection conflict with pedestrian traffic at the intersection for Murchison Elementary, Kelly Lane Middle School, and Hendrickson High School campuses. For student safety at the existing crosswalks, the City has operated the traffic signal with an "exclusive pedestrian phase" which requires all vehicular traffic to stop in all directions to allow continuous walking periods across the street. Based on evaluation studies of the intersection conducted by the City of Pflugerville and with input from both the Pflugerville Independent School District and parents, the City will add a second crosswalk from the northeast corner of the intersection to the southeast corner to reduce the time needed for safe crossing in the exclusive pedestrian phase by about 16 seconds while allowing another 8 to 10 vehicles per signal cycle. The City is working on bids and plans to have the sidewalk and signal improvements in place by early September. If you have questions, please call the City of Pflugerville Public Works Department at 512-990-6400.
No cell phones in school zones
When driving your car, keep cell phones out of your hands by using a hands-free headset or phone device. Texting and driving is dangerous and is illegal in school zones. Even using your phone while not moving in the drive-thru lane is a hazard because it causes delays as drivers are not watching for their child or when to move up. Please avoid cell phone use when operating a vehicle.
Back to school tips; Talk to your child before the first day of school
School resumes in Pflugerville on August 16 which means children and parents will be establishing new routes and routines for going back to school. Pflugerville Police suggest talking to your child about the route they take to school. Frequent problems at schools include double-parked cars and children darting between cars or getting off their bicycles. If dropping your child off, arrive early so that you are not rushed and can watch for other children. Discuss safety rules with your child before you get to the school and the proper methods to walk around automobile traffic. Consider walking or riding a bike to school with your child for the first week to get them comfortable with their routine. Be careful, slow down for our kids. Please stay focused. No cell phone use in school zones.
August 15 is national check the chip day
Do you know if your pet’s microchip is registered? Not all vet clinics and animal shelters register the chip for you. If the microchip is not registered with the pet owner information, the chip doesn't help get your pet back to you. Make sure your name, address, email address and phone number information is current with the microchip registry company. Is your emergency contact and vet clinic info current? If not, National Check the Chip Day is a reminder to update your pet’s microchip.
It is recommended to have your veterinarian scan your pet when you take it in for its annual checkup to ensure the chip is still detectable. You should verify the registration information is still accurate. Consider having your pet’s microchip cross-registered with other chip registries. If you are not sure if your pet’s microchip is registered or up to date, search the chip
http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ as well as call the chip manufacturer and your veterinarian. There are also databases where you can register your pet’s microchip for free, such as http://found.org and https://freepetchipregistry.com.
If your pet is not microchipped, consider getting it done today. Most veterinary clinics offer microchipping. Pictured is Brandy, a female domestic shorthair mix that is in need of a home. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/adopt to see all the pets up for adoption.
Pfarmers Market opens every Tuesday - Visit the market from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heritage Park. The market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. To learn more about the market, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.
Pfall Recreation Class Registration Open - Registration for fall classes at the Pflugerville Recreation Center is now open. Registration and a list of classes are available online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes.
Youth wanted for the YAC program - Pflugerville seniors age 17 and up are invited to sign up for the Youth Advisory Council to learn more about local government. Mayor Victor Gonzales will serve as council representative and liaison to support the youth participants. The YAC participants will volunteer at city events, tour city facilities, and attend various board and commission meetings. Applications are due by October 1. Click here to apply.
New members welcome at the Mystery Book Club - Come to the regular meeting of the Mystery Book Club on Thursday, August 16, 6 - 7:30 p.m. This month's topic is author Robert Crais. Robert has had several books featured on the New York Times Bestseller list and has won numerous awards. He is also known for his television work, writing episodes for series that include Baretta, Vega$, Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and more. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend.
Friday, August 10 - Pfloating Movie: Ice Age (P&R)
Saturday, August 11 - No city events scheduled
Sunday, August 12 - Game On Board Basics (L); Laser Cutter Training (L); Sewing Machine Basics (P&R)
Monday, August 13 - Senior Crafternoon: Framed Alcohol Ink Art (L); Enshin Karate Junior (P&R); Enshin Karate Senior (P&R)
Tuesday, August 14 - Adult Fitness (P&R); Heritage House Open (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R); Teen Night: Teen Advisory Group (L); Sewing Basics (L); City Council Meeting (B&C)
Wednesday, August 15 - Zumba (P&R); Pflugerville Historical Society (L); Embroidery Machine Training (L); Welcome Reception for Sereniah Breland (O); Conversational English (L)
Thursday, August 16 - Ballroom Dance (P&R); Beginner Chair Yoga (P&R); Adult Fitness (P&R); Mystery Book Club (L); Adult Pfab Lab Craft: Glass Fusing (L); Pflugerville Quilt Guild Meeting (L); Zumba (P&R); Parks and Recreation Commission (B&C)
Friday, August 17 - Coffee with a Cop (PD)
Save the Date
August 22 - Fiction Writing Class Series Part III - The Fiction Writing Class Series continues on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library. Writer and teacher Tracey Lander-Garrett will instruct you on various aspects of fiction writing. This is an interactive class where participants will work on writing exercises. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. If you missed the first two sessions, you may still attend this class. The focus on Aug. 22 will be narrative choices, the good, the bag and the ugly. The final session will be held the following week on Aug. 29. Visit the event page for more information.
September 7 - Music in the Park Movie Night: Coco - Visit Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, for a movie night featuring Coco. There’s no admission charge, so bring lawn chairs, pfurry friends, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation. Movie will start when it’s dark enough to see the screen (approximately 8 p.m.).
September 8 - Pflurry Splash Party - Join us at Scott Mentzer Pool for a special splash day for your dog. Admission is $5 per dog (includes 2 humans) and $3 per extra human. All dogs must be current on vaccinations and have proof. For more rules and information, visit the event website.