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Key to the City September 28, 2018

Comic Con, Public Safety Day, Music in the Park and more.
Post Date:09/28/2018 10:30 AM

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Key to the City September 28, 2018

Come to the Pflugerville Comic Con Saturday, September 29Comic Con Cosplay

On Saturday, September 29, meet authors, artists, voice actors, cosplayers and local comic shop owners at the Pflugerville Comic Con at the Pflugerville Library. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Younger children up to age 10 can come to the Kids Con, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Activities include superhero crafts, face painting, a drawing lesson, interactive Jedi training with Saber Guild: Jakku Temple and a costume walk. All ages are welcome throughout the day, but the kid-friendly activities will end at 12 p.m.

From 12 – 6 p.m., adults and older children ages 11 and up can enjoy crafts, games, Jedi training for teens and adults, a character drawing how-to, a medieval fighting demonstration from the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), creator panels and more.

There will also be multiple cosplay activities that include presentations on costume construction, care, and tips from well-known cosplay artists. The convention will close with cosplay contest winner announcements and a special performance from the Austin based idol and cosplay group, Love Notes.

Download the event schedule at pflugervilletx.gov/comiccon. The event is September 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine at the Pflugerville Public Library. Visit the Pflugerville Library Facebook Page for more information, or call 512-990-6375.

Get ready for Public Safety Day on Saturday, September 29

Public Safety DayCome to Public Safety Day at the Pfield, 1440 W Pecan on Saturday, September 29 when the City of Pflugerville Police Department hosts the first annual Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event includes the bicycle rodeo event which allows children to enjoy learning about bicycle safety while racing against the clock through a series of challenging bicycle obstacles. Bring a bike and a helmet or a loaner one may be provided, first come, first served. The event offers safety instructions, riding instructions and displays by Central Texas Law Enforcement Agencies featuring the Pflugerville Police Department K-9 unit, crime scene, volunteers, motorcycles, and recruiting.

Public Safety Day is the kick-off to National Night Out as residents and neighborhood coordinators of National Night Out events can pick up bags of information from the Police Department to hand out during NNO on October 2. Any neighborhood that wants to register for National Night Out, can sign up at www.pflugervilletx.gov/nno or at the Public Safety Day.
There will be safe target shooting for children (NERF) and food trucks. Come and join the fun.

For more information, call the Office of Community Liaison at 512-990-6940 or email ocl@pflugervilletx.gov.

Visit the city's booth at the Pfamily Pfestival and Chamber Expo

Be sure to visit the city's booth at the Pfamily Pfestival and Chamber Expo on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 105 Swenson Farms next to the Pfield. The city will have information on our various departments, events, and programs.

Movie in the Park- Coco at Pfluger Park on Friday, September 28

Bring the family for a night out in Pfluger Park to watch the popular animated film, Coco. Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. The movie will begin at dark, approximately 8 p.m.

There's no admission charge, so bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. Pets are permitted on a leash. The soundstage is located adjacent to the newly renovated Pfluger Park playscape. Please remember: no glass containers are allowed in the park. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark and stay tuned to the Parks and Recreation Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PflugervilleParksandRec for updates.

light paintingLight Painting activity for Teens

Experiment with flashlights, glow sticks and a digital camera to paint with light at the library on Tuesday, October 2 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This event will take place in a dark room, and visibility will be limited. Ages 12 - 18 are welcome. Materials will be provided while supplies last.

Build a Cat Condo

Come to the library on Thursday, October 4 at 6 p.m. and make a fun hiding spot for your feline friend using simple materials including T-shirts, rope, and cardboard. This event is for adults and families with children at least 8 years of age and up. Materials will be provided while supplies last.

Spread kindness on October 3 Kindness Rally logo

The Pflugerville Public Library celebrates kindness with a Kindness Rally on October 3, from 8 to 9 a.m. Create a poster with thoughtful phrases, inspirational quotes, and motivational one-liners and line up along Pecan Street to show commuters as they drive to work and school. Positive messages only, please. If you are unsure of where to line up, you can meet library staff on 10th and Pecan. Remember to stay on the sidewalks and be mindful of the traffic. For more information, contact the library at 512-990-6375.

Voter RegistrationVoter Registration at the library

After the Kindness Rally on October 3, the library will host voter registration from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The deadline to register to vote for the November General Election is October 9. Learn more about voter registration from the Texas Secretary of State website.

Registro de votantes en la biblioteca

Después del Rally de la Generosidad el 3 de Octubre, la biblioteca estará patrocinando registro electoral de 9 a.m. a 2 p.m. La fecha límite para registrarse para votar en las elecciones generales de Noviembre es el 9 de Octubre. Puede obtener más información acerca del registro electoral en el sitio de internet de la Secretaría del Estado.

National Coffee with a Cop Day is October 3

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 Pecan Street Deli, 1005 W. Pecan St., between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3.

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.

Enjoy a free Spanish screening of the movie FerdinandFernando

Come to the library on October 5 at 2 p.m. to watch the movie Ferdinand (© 20th Century Fox / Blue Sky, Rated PG) in Spanish. Ferdinand is the story of a bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and removed from his home. Determined to reunite with his family, he joins a team of misfits and goes on a heartwarming adventure.

CITY NEWS

City Council adopt the tax rate and the city's budget

On Tuesday, the City Council set the tax rate and approved the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget.

The City Council adopted a reduced property tax rate of $0.4976, down 4.23 cents from the 2017-2018 current rate of $0.5399 resulting in a city property tax bill decrease of $13 for the average homeowner. The city’s portion of a resident’s total property tax bill is approximately 20%.

Budget highlights:

  • 22 new positions - The budget includes 22 new positions including two facilities maintenance technicians, systems administrator, field technician, administrative technician, building inspector I, senior development engineer, GIS analyst, parks operations superintendent, two part-time parks operations technicians, part-time library technician, kennel technician supervisor, animal control officer, public safety answering point (PSAP) coordinator, dispatcher, lieutenant, patrol officer, two utility systems workers, utility maintenance technician and treatment plant operator.
  • Police - Body-worn cameras and replacement of handheld radios and equipment are included in the budget.
  • Transportation projects - A turn lane on Cameron Road at 1849 Park; Transportation Master Plan and design for several operational improvement projects around the city including FM 685/Copper Mine Overpass; FM 685 and Kelly Lane; E. Pecan at Biltmore Avenue and Pecan; and turn lane improvements at FM 685.
  • Streets and Drainage - Funding allocated for the initial tasks of a Drainage Master Plan, an update to the pavement maintenance program and sidewalk repairs citywide.
  • Utility Projects - Two tank rehabilitation projects are budgeted and the expansion of the City Wastewater Treatment Plant will continue.
  • Current Capital improvement projects to be completed in the next fiscal year - The Animal Welfare Services Intake facility, Heatherwilde and Windermere Subdivision Streets, Weiss Lane Improvements and 1849 Park Phase 1B are all currently under construction and expected to be complete in FY 2019. Pfennig Lane widening and reconstruction and Wilbarger Creek Park are currently under design and expected to begin in FY 2019.

View the new budget at www.pflugervilletx.gov/budget.

City Council discuss Downtown Action PlanConcept_downtowngateway

City Council discussed the Downtown Action Plan at Tuesday’s work session and City Council meeting and provided direction to proceed with the plan which puts the wheels in motion to enhance downtown Pflugerville.

The Action Plan includes a framework by which downtown may be revitalized by maintaining and enhancing the character of downtown with streetscapes and gateway features. Immediate goals include code amendments, water, and wastewater analysis, downtown parking and right-of-way analysis, and a downtown street furniture program in conjunction with the Pflugerville Downtown Association. The plan is intended to be a living planning document that will be refined every three to five years to address remaining action items from the preceding years and provide flexibility for unforeseen changing conditions. Council discussed ways to increase density downtown and to spur further economic growth. View the plan online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/planning.

Learn more about this project in today's Pflugerville Pfocus.

Pflugerville recognized for hiring veterans Veterans

The City of Pflugerville was recognized on Thursday, September 27 for hiring veterans by the Texas Workforce Commission at the PCDC Business Pfirst breakfast. About 30% of city employees are veterans, and the City could not more proud of their dedication and public service to the City of Pflugerville. Mayor Victor Gonzales and Councilmembers Rudy Metayer and Jim McDonald joined city staff in accepting the award.

City to offer warrant amnesty from October 1-19

Pflugerville Municipal Court will conduct a warrant amnesty program from October 1-19, 2018 to help resolve active warrants.

Individuals who want to resolve active warrants will have the $50 warrant fee waived if they contact the Municipal Court at 512-990-6285 or visit the Justice Center at 1611 Pfennig Lane to take advantage of the program. No officers will be sent out to take defendants into custody between October 1-19, and those who come to the Pflugerville Municipal Court voluntarily will not be arrested. The program only applies to active Class C misdemeanor cases.

The Municipal Court accepts cash, money orders, Visa and MasterCard.  Online payments may be made, however, persons will need to call the Court first for the correct fine amount. Those who mail in payments should include their driver’s license number and case or citation number to ensure proper credit.  Payments may be mailed to Municipal Court, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane, Pflugerville, TX  78660.

Municipal Court customer service hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.  For those persons who wish to speak with a judge, night court sessions will be held each Wednesday evening in October (10/3, 10/10, 10/17) from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

CAPCOG Switches providers for emergency and public safety warnings. WarnCentralTexas.org Warn_Central_texas

The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) is upgrading the regional notification system that powers Warn Central Texas to bring residents emergency and public safety warnings they need to protect their families, properties, and selves. An email will be sent to previously self-registered participants to confirm the use of the system or sign up at www.warncentraltexas.org. From the user account portal, participants can provide multiple phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses to receive notifications about particular national weather alerts, such as severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings, and flash flood warnings. After updating their notification information, the portal grants them access to make future updates and read active notifications in their area sent by their local governments.

To register your cell phone, visit WarnCentralTexas.org and sign up for the free public service.

The City of Pflugerville uses Nixle to text residents of road closures, accidents, storm updates, and water notices when applicable and notice is sent separately from the Warn Central Texas system. Text PfPd to 888777 to get signed up for Nixle or visit www.nixle.com.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Regular Pfarmers Markets continue and pfinal Market Meet-up - The regular Pfarmers Market season will continue through October 30. Join us on Tuesdays from 3-7 pm at the Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. The last Market Meet-up car show will be next Tuesday, October 2. For more information visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

Register your Pfall Chili Pfest Cook-off team - Do you make the best chili in town? Sign up to be part of the Pfall Chili Pfest and register your cook-off team today. The deadline to register your team is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 5. For more information about the event and to apply, click here.

Splash Pad to close - The Falcon Pointe Splash Pad closes for the season with the last day of splash play on Monday, October 1.

Heritage House Open - Come visit the Heritage House Museum during the Pfarmers Market, Tuesday, October 2, 3 - 7 p.m. at Heritage Park. Learn about local history and other related topics. Library staff will be onsite to answer any questions.

Registration starts October 1 for Escape from Frankenstein's Lab - Ages 18 and up can register for the Frankenstein's Lab escape room at Heritage House starting October 1. The event will be held on October 25 from 5 - 8 p.m. For more information visit the library calendar.

Sign-up for Pfield Day on October 8 - PfISD has the day off from school on Monday, October 8. From 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Parks and Recreation will be hosting Pfield Day, where your kid can enjoy their day off with outdoor games and competitions. Registration is $20 for Pflugerville residents and $25 for non-residents. Register today here or at the Recreation Center. 

THIS WEEK 

Friday, September 28 - Music in the Park Movie Night: Coco (P&R)
Saturday, September 29 - 3rd Annual Pflugerville Comic Con (L); Public Safety Day (PD); Middle School Tennis (P&R)
Sunday, September 30 - Game on Board Basics (L)
Monday, October 1 - PfSenior Activities: Mahjong  (P&R); Baby Time (L); STEM Club (L); Paws & Read (L); Intermediate Computer Class for Adults (L); Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday, October 2 - PfSenior Activities: Cards & Dominoes (P&R); Bilingual Story Time (L); Adult Fitness (L); Home School Kids (L); Home School Tweens (L); Home School Teens (L); Heritage House Open (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R); LEGO Club (L); Parks & Recreation's National Night Out Party (P&R); National Night Out (PD); Pajama Story Time (L); Teen Night: Light Painting (L)
Wednesday, October 3 -  PfSenior Activities: Computer and Smartphone Tech Help (P&R); National Coffee with a Cop Day (PD); Kindness Rally (L); Zumba (P&R); Story Time (L); Tween Story Time (L); Kawaii Club (L); The Historical Color Addition  Subdivision of Pflugerville Land Use & Infrastructure Study Open house (O); Pfknitters (L); Inkscape Design (L); Conversational English (L)
Thursday, October 4 - PfSenior Activities: Cards & Dominoes (P&R); PfSenior Trips: Farmstreet Opry (P&R); Play Time (L); Ballroom Dance (P&R); Beginner Chair Yoga (P&R); Adult Fitness (PR); Kids Crafternoon (L); Genealogy Club (L); DIY Cat Condos (L); 3D Printer Training (L); Zumba (P&R)
Friday, October 5 - Tai Chi (P&R); Tarde de Cine: Ferdinand (L); Robotics (P&R); Music in the Park: Candace Bellamy (P&R)

SAVE THE DATE

October 5 - Music in the Park: Candace Bellamy - This date was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Come to the final Music in the Park of the season featuring blues singer Candace Bellamy. A physician by day and soul and blues singer by night, Bellamy took up singing as a hobby 12 years ago, paying dues in cover bands, musical theater (her role in an R&B version of "Porgy & Bess" impressed the New York Times), and with a one-woman show where she told stories of her life in between tunes. See the Music in the Park page for more details.

October 7 - Harvest Fest at the Heritage House Museum - The Heritage House Partners invite you to their annual Harvest Fest, a celebration of the Fall. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy food, music, face-painting, family photo-ops and tours of the museum. See the Facebook event page.

October 13 - Mr. Will Music Show - There will be a live music show at the library on Saturday, October 13 at 12 p.m. There will be clapping, marching, jumping and dancing along to Mr. Will's upbeat tunes. Families and children are welcome. Free tickets for the event will be available at the Greeter Desk 30 minutes before the show begins. For more information, visit the library calendar.

October 13 - Pfloating Pumpkin Patch - Come to the coolest pumpkin patch in Pflugerville. Take a dip in the heated pool, pick your pumpkin, decorate it and stay for pfun games and treats. The event is located at Gilleland Creek Pool, 700 Railroad Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Pfloating Pumpkin page for more information and admission prices.