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Key to the City October 5, 2018

New techniques at Lake Pflugerville, Music in the Park and more.
Post Date:10/05/2018 10:00 AM

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Key to the City October 5, 2018

CITY NEWS

New lane construction to begin on SH 130

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On Thursday, the Texas Department of Transportation broke ground on the SH 130 widening project which will add an additional travel lane from SH 45 to 290 to help reduce congestion and increase safety of the roadway. Mayor Victor Gonzales and City Councilmembers joined State Representative Celia Israel and regional TXDOT Partners in celebrating the kick-off to this expansion.

"With this roadway widening, TXDOT is easing access into and out of Pflugerville which is a benefit to Pflugerville businesses and resident commuters," Mayor Gonzales said. "Pflugerville is growing at warp speed and this roadway is no exception. It has resulted in retail and other economic development growth, and this widening is an investment in regional connectivity."

Expect a two-year construction period on this project.

New techniques to reduce hydrilla in Lake Pflugerville

After conducting thorough reviews of Lake Pflugerville and monitoring its vegetation growth, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) approved the use of an environmentally-approved chemical treatment to help reduce the presence of hydrilla and pond grasses in the lake. TPWD will begin this new technique the week of October 1.hydrilla

"Since Lake Pflugerville is our water supply, we monitor it very closely to ensure that any vegetation removal is conducted in partnership with our regional environmental partners,” Interim Public Works Director Brian McDougal said. "Working together, we can maintain the beneficial characteristics of the hydrilla and pond grass vegetation and balance with the recreational expectations of lake visitors."

In 2011, the city released 900 sterile (triploid) grass carp into the lake after a September 2010 Aquatic Vegetation Assessment for the Lake Pflugerville Reservoir was conducted by TPWD showing that hydrilla had become a predominant aquatic plant species in the lake. Since then, the city has worked closely with the TPWD to gauge the growth of hydrilla and pond grasses while also monitoring the impact of the carp in the lake.

The September 2011 report indicated a 63% hydrilla coverage in Lake Pflugerville, and the 2018 number indicates a 71% vegetation coverage. Despite the efforts of the grass carp, the vegetation coverage remains high. Based on a standard gauge of 5 carp per acre or less of hydrilla, the city was approved to use the chemical Procella COR ™ SC, a selective herbicide safe for use in a water supply lake.

Because hydrilla can out-compete native aquatic species, interfere with recreational use and interfere with water discharge into the water treatment plant, the city is proceeding with the recommended technique. If you have questions about the treatment, please call the City of Pflugerville Public Works Department at 512-990-6400.

Library helps to spread kindness

Kindness Rally

The Library organized a kindness rally on Wednesday, October 3 on Pecan Street at 10th and had volunteers, city staff from the city manager’s office, Police Department, PAWS and Library on site with positive messages for the community.  Commuters and drivers saw positive messages including, "You're Awesome,"  "You Matter," "Smile" and "Life is good." This is the first year the library has coordinated the event. Check out the photo album online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityofpflugerville/sets/72157674103845598

Are you ready for a pflood?

The decision about whether or not to buy flood insurance should not be based on a line on a map. Where it can rain, it can flood. Flooding can happen anywhere, not just in high-risk areas. In the United States, 98 percent of counties have experienced a flooding event. People outside of high-risk areas also need to be prepared. Right now, they aren’t - 81 percent of the owners of Hurricane Harvey-damaged property outside the high-risk flood areas did not have a flood insurance policy.
Without flood insurance, survivors must recover with loans and very limited federal assistance. Learn more about your flood risk and about Pflugerville's floodplain at www.pflugervilletx.gov/floodplain.

Beautify your yard with native plants and receive a Drop by Drop rebate

The City of Pflugerville offers a Drop by Drop program with a rebate for Pflugerville water customers for the purchase of native plants, mulch, and turf up to $500. Customers select plants, trees and turf from the Drop by Drop approved plants list, submit a landscape plan to Parks and Recreation, and once approved begin to plant. Approved lists and applications can be found online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/dropbydrop, at the Parks and Recreation Office, 400 Immanuel Road, and at the City Manager's Office, 100 East Main Street, Suite 300. Make sure to follow the steps to get your project approved before making any purchases. After your garden is planted, the city will come out to inspect for the rebate.

This program is available to City of Pflugerville water utility customers. For more information, call the Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department at 512-990-6350.

Every Second Counts in a Fire. Test Your Smoke Alarms Every Monthevery second counts

October is Fire Prevention Month, and to kick it off Travis County ESD No. 2 (the Pflugerville Fire Dept.) is urging everyone in the community to test your smoke alarms this weekend.  Fire grows and moves so fast that in a house fire your family may have less than 2 minutes to safely escape. To help ensure your smoke alarms will work when your lives depend on them, remember to test them every month. This is true even for hard-wired/interconnected alarms, since the alarm itself can fail despite it still having electrical power or a back-up battery.

To test your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, push the test button on the front of the alarm for a few seconds until it beeps loudly to indicate that the alarm is working. If you can’t safely use a ladder, you may be able to do this by using a pencil, broom handle or wooden spoon to reach up to the alarm. If you don’t hear a loud beep, try putting in fresh batteries—which should be replaced at least once a year.

The Fire Department recommends making your monthly tests a family activity to help everyone in the household to stay familiar with the sound of the alarm and prompt discussion on what actions to take when you hear the alarm as part of your home escape plan. More tips are available at http://www.pflugervillefire.org/home-escape-planning/

For answers to frequently asked questions on smoke alarms and CO alarms, visit the Fire Department’s Alarm FAQ page at http://www.pflugervillefire.org/faqs/. If you or someone you know in our area can’t safely get on a ladder due to a physical issue, please feel free to call the Fire Department’s non-emergency Smoke & CO Alarm Hotline to request assistance at 512-989-4516. You are also encouraged to call this Hotline if you can’t afford a smoke alarm, or if you have any questions on smoke alarms.  Remember, every second counts in a fire.

EVENTS

Final Music in the Park featuring Candace Bellamy - October 5

On Friday, October 5, the city welcomes blues and soul singer Candace Bellamy to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road. Pack your picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs, bring your family and friends and join us from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for this free concert. This event is dog-friendly and kid-friendly. Alcohol is allowed in the park, but no glass bottles please. Snow cones will be available for sale onsite.

A little bit about our artist: 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. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

Pfamily pfun at Harvest FestHarvest Fest

Enjoy some food, music, face painting, and family photo-ops at Harvest Fest on Sunday, October 7, from 1 - 4 p.m. All ages can enjoy games, activities, and tours of the Heritage House Museum. Food will be available for purchase from Mr. Pfranks and Snow Island. The fest is held on the lawn of the Heritage House Museum on 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. 

Ages 55 and up, make a marbled planterSenior Crafternoon Marbled Planter

Come to Senior Crafternoon at the library on Monday, October 8 from 2 - 3 p.m. to make a decorative planter. Marble a terracotta pot with a simple technique that uses nail polish. Materials will be provided while supplies last. This program is intended for ages 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up can attend. Priority for supplies will be given to seniors. 

Pfree kid crafts at the library

Children, ages 5 - 8 years, are invited to enjoy the library's weekly craft program, Kids Crafternoon, held every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Materials are provided while supplies last. There is a new craft each week. Take a look at what kids are making this month:

October 11 - Cross-stitch a pattern on a foam leaf.
October 18 - Make a fun spider design out of foam and tissue paper.
October 25 - Paint a "boo" sun catcher.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Beetlejuice with a craft and movie screeningAdult Craft Pumpkin Painting

Enjoy a silly, spooky film (Beetlejuice, ©Warner Bros, Rated PG) and paint a small pumpkin at Adult Craft Night on Thursday, October 11 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Materials will be provided while supplies last. This program is for ages 18 and up only.

Pfloating Pumpkin Patch at Gilleland Creek Pool - October 13

Come to the coolest pumpkin patch in Pflugerville. Take a dip in the pool, pick your pumpkin, decorate it and stay for fun games and treats. The event is located at Gilleland Creek Pool, 700 Railroad Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission prices: $10 per person (includes one medium pumpkin), $5 per child (includes one small pumpkin) and $3 per person (no pumpkin). For more information about the event, please visit the Pfloating Pumpkin page.

Pfamily Music Show October 13

Families are invited to enjoy a music show with special guest Mr. Will at the library on Saturday, October 13, 12 p.m. Mr. Will engages and entertains children with his energetic performances. Audiences will sing along, clap, march, jump, and dance to his upbeat music. Space is limited. Free tickets for the event will be given out 30 minutes before the show starts, at the Greeter Desk in the library. 

Senior Day is coming

Tuesday, October 16 is all about seniors in Pflugerville. For our pfirst Senior Day, the Recreation Center and Library will be hosting programs and informational talks about different resources and activities for seniors. Activities start at 10:30 am at the Recreation Center and include lunch, programs, a visit to the library, Heritage House and Pfarmers Market, and then concludes with the annual Accordion Concert. Transportation throughout the day is free.

You do not need to be a member of the Pf Seniors to participate in Senior Day, but we encourage you to join to be a part of many of the activities and programs we'll be demonstrating. The 2018-2019 Senior Activity Membership runs from October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019, and is not prorated. For individuals, membership is $3 for Pflugerville residents and $10 for non-residents. For couples, membership is $5 for Pflugerville residents and $15 for non-residents. For more details on membership benefits, visit pfseniors.com.

What's Happening

It's National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month - Visit the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, located at 1600 Waterbrook Dr, to add a member to your family. The shelter will have $20 dog adoptions during the month of October.

Pfinal month of regular Pfarmers Market - The market season will continue through October 30. Join us on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Shop for fresh produce, treats, crafts and more. For more information visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

Registration now open for escape room at Heritage House -Adults ages 18 and up can now register for Escape from Frankenstein's Lap at the Heritage House Museum (October 25, 5 - 8 p.m.) Register online, or call the library at 512-990-6375. Registration is done on an individual basis. Do not sign up an entire group, but feel free to direct group members to the site.

Pflugerville offers warrant amnesty from October 1-19 - Pflugerville Municipal Court warrant amnesty program runs through October 19 to help resolve active warrants. Individuals who want to resolve active warrants will have warrant fees 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 applies to active Class C misdemeanor cases. 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 October 10 and 17 from 6 -8 p.m.

This Week

View a calendar of activities, events and board and commission meetings online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/events.

Save the Date

October 20 - Pfall Chili Pfest - Join us in Downtown Pflugerville for the 11th annual Pfall Chili Pfest, featuring the Chili Cook-off and tasting, live music, vendors, food & drink, the jalapeño eating contest, a kid’s area, and the Heat Wave Car Show. For more information visit pfallchilipfest.com.

October 20 - Harry Potter Escape Room - Work in teams to solve a series of puzzles and clues to escape from Hogwarts. Watch Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2 (Rated PG-13, ©Warner Bros.) while you wait for your turn. Teams must include 2-6 members. Teams with less than 6 members will be combined. Each team will have 15 minutes to escape before receiving the Dementor's Kiss. Space is limited. There is no advance registration for this event. Sign up for a time from 10 -10:30 a.m. The room will run from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. First come, first served. Teens (12 & up) and adults only. Cosplay is encouraged.