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Key to the City November 9, 2018

Voting results, Blue Santa, and more
Post Date:11/09/2018 10:30 AM

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Key to the City November 9, 2018
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City News

Preliminary results - Voters approve Proposition A $21.1 Transportation Bond

Preliminary results from both Travis and Williamson Counties indicate residents supported the $21.1 General Obligation Transportation Bond for transportation projects with 13,224 voting for and 6,151 against. The City Council will canvass the votes from the election at a future special meeting recognizing the official results from Travis and Williamson Counties. Next, the City will begin the process of planning for the approved road projects which include Kelly Lane Phase 2, Colorado Sand Drive, Old Austin Hutto Road, and East Pflugerville Parkway extension.

City Council Election:
Mayor Pro Tem Omar Peña, Councilmember Place 3, and Mike Heath, Councilmember Place 5, were unopposed. They will serve an additional three-year term on your City Council expiring in November 2021.

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Blue Santa collection bins are located at city facilities, including City Hall, Recreation Center, Library and Justice Center, schools and supporting businesses to collect toys for children in Pflugerville this holiday season. Every year, the program is especially in need of gifts for recipients 10 to 14 years of age and infants up to 2 years of age. Thank you for supporting Blue Santa. To apply for assistance, visit the Justice Center. Details on the program are online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta.

Ways your City supports veterans

In honor of our veterans and those in active duty military status, the City of Pflugerville offers the following benefits to veterans year-round. The senior membership rate is offered for individual recreation center membership at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road ($50 a year for residents). A free week per leave is offered at the recreation center for active duty military members currently on leave. Pool entry, winter punch access cards, and season passes are offered at the current senior rates. Veterans enjoy free pool entry on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. In addition, the city was recognized earlier this year by the Texas Workforce Commission for hiring veterans. 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.

thanksgiving_smallThanksgiving Holiday closures and trash pickup information

The City of Pflugerville offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, November 22-23, 2018. The Pflugerville Library, Animal Shelter, Recycle Center, Recreation Center and city offices will be closed. Facilities will also be closed for the Christmas holiday on, December 24-25. If you have a water/wastewater concern while the city is closed, please call the Police Communications Hotline at 512-990-6700. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Trash Talk: Due to the holidays, there will be no trash pickup on Thursday, November 22. Regular pickup will move one day forward for the rest of that week. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, so Thursday pickup will happen on Friday and Friday on Saturday.

Pflugerville Receives Green Bag Grant from Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized the City of Pflugerville as a recipient of a 2018 Green Bag Grant with $2500 to purchase litter grabbers and safety vests for volunteer creek and park cleanups throughout the year and to support The Big Event volunteer day in partnership with the school district.

“We are thankful for sponsors like H-E-B that afford us even greater opportunities to support our affiliates,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of KTB. “We cannot wait to see the projects our affiliates are able to complete with help from our Green Bag Grants.”

City Events

Wreath Decorating at Senior Crafternoon

On Monday, November 12, from 2 - 3 p.m., come to the library and make a festive wreath for the holiday season. Use faux flowers and ribbon to decorate a grapevine wreath with fall or holiday colors. 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.

Homeschool Picnic at the Heritage House Museum

Meet at the Heritage House Museum to enjoy a picnic on the lawn on Tuesday, November 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. Library staff will provide cookies and drinks, while supplies last. Feel free to bring your own sandwiches or other snacks. Enjoy a hands-on show and tell with some of the Heritage House artifacts, play on the Heritage Park playground or complete a museum scavenger hunt. This event is open to homeschool students of all ages. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The Heritage House Museum is located at 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. For more information visit the library calendar.

1849 Park grand opening

The city is organizing the grand opening of the first phase of 1849 Park (16430 Cameron Rd). The event will feature sports-themed games and activities, free Chick-fil-a, music, giveaways and a chance to see the city's newest park. The date may change due to recent rains. For more information, and to confirm the date weather permitting, visit the Parks and Recreation Facebook event

Pfall Pfest Arts and Craft Show Saturday

The Pfall Pfest Craft Show at Pflugerville Recreation Center (400 Immanuel Road) is the best place in town to start holiday shopping. Come shop on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items. Admission to the craft show is free. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.

Pflugerville Fun Club, for teens with special needs

Come to the next Pflugerville Fun Club on Saturday, November 17, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and enjoy board games and light refreshments. This club meets on the third Saturday of every month at the Pflugerville Public Library and is organized in collaboration with Ramona Gray, a special education teacher at Pflugerville High School. Older children, ages 12 - 18, with special needs are welcome.

Veterans Day - LOCATION CHANGING

The American Legion hosts a Veterans Day event at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 12. The event is usually held at the Fallen Warrior Memorial but plans are underway to modify the location due to recent rains. Guest speakers include Mayor Victor Gonzales and Chief Academic and Innovation Officer at the PFISD Brandy Baker. Music will be provided by Cele Middle School. For more information, follow the American Legion Facebook Event. https://www.facebook.com/pfvetsday/

Winter wastewater averaging is underway water_rebates_money

For residential customers on the City’s retail water and wastewater service, the City bases monthly wastewater charges on the average water consumption for November, December, January, and February. The three lowest consumptions are averaged. This average is used to calculate your wastewater charge for the entire year. An account must be active the entire four months to establish an average. All new accounts will be charged the citywide average until the account has established its own winter average.

If you have a water leak during this time period, making your water consumption noticeably higher than usual, a written request for an appeal and adjustment consideration must be submitted to the Utility Billing Department no later than May 1st.

What's Happening

View a weekly calendar of events online at https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/event-calendar.

Pfestive Pfarmers Market - Visit the Pfestive Pfarmers market for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, from 3 - 7 p.m. Remember, when you shop at the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market, you are supporting local farms and small businesses. Future Pfestive Market days include Nov. 27, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. For more information visit, www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/pfarmers-market. The Heritage House is also open during market hours.

Pforty-Mile Challenge - The Parks and Recreation Department encourages you to go out and explore Pflugerville trails this fall as part of the 40-mile challenge. If you walk, bike or run 40 miles on Pflugerville trails from November 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018, and bring proof to the Pflugerville Recreation Center, you can win a prize. Trail challenge finishers also receive a $5 off coupon for the Deutschen Pfest 5k. Visit https://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/parks-facilities/trails/pforty-mile-trail-challenge for more details.

Songbook collection at the library - Musicians can now find sheet music for in the new songbook collection available for checkout at the Pflugerville Library.

Evening program for Tweens at the library - Tween Hangout Night is held on the second Tuesday of every month, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., for kids ages 8 - 12. Each month, tweens can drop in during this come-and-go event and work on a different activity. Past activities include movie nights, card trading, crafts and games. On Tuesday, November 13, kids will build towers and bridges using the library's collection of STEM materials. Refreshments will also be provided while supplies last. For more information about other evening programs at the library, visit the calendar.

Save the Date

November 29 - Pawsome Storytime for ages 18 and up - Socialize with other pet parents while your pups enjoy dog-themed books at the library on November 29, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Supplies for DIY dog toys will be provided while supplies last. Snacks and treats will be provided for pups and their humans. This event is scheduled for the library courtyard, but will take place indoors if the weather is not suitable. Ages 18 and up, and their dogs, are welcome.

December 1 - Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade - Enjoy festive activities in Downtown Pflugerville from 4-7 p.m., including free cookies and hot chocolate, musical performances and a yule log fire. The parade begins at 5 p.m. and ends with the tree lighting and photos with Santa (bring your own camera). The parade is presented by Knights of Columbus Council 10373.

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