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Key to the City November 16, 2018

Post Date:11/16/2018 12:45 PM

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Key to the City November 16, 2018 - Special two-week holiday edition
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Thanksgiving Holiday closures and trash pickup informationThanksgivingTurkey

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. For example, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, so Thursday pickup will happen on Friday and Friday on Saturday.

City Council discuss water rate increase to fund facility upgrades

The Council held the first reading on a 6.1% water and wastewater bill increase to begin on December 1, 2018. The increase is based on a recommendation from NewGen Strategies and Solutions following an analysis of city water and wastewater costs and the need for upgraded facilities. The proposed change is an increase of $4.45 per month based on the average customer bill of 7000 gallons. The rate increase allows for the issuance of debt for the $97 million in proposed water and wastewater capital improvement projects. The item returns for a second reading at the November 27 City Council meeting.

Pflugerville announces PF 101

The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for the 2019 PF 101, a citizens program used by the City to teach residents about day to day functions and roles of local government. The purpose of PF 101 is to educate residents about operations, cultivate future leaders and showcase talents of City staff.

PF 101 will consist of eight informational sessions from January through March in 2019. Presentations will be featured by multiple representatives from City departments. Sessions will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at various City facilities. The first 20 applicants who apply will be accepted into the program and participation is free. At the end of the eight-week program, a graduation ceremony for participants will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at a City Council meeting.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018. More information about the program and the application can be found on our website here.

For questions regarding PF 101, please contact Jennifer Stubbs, Assistant City Secretary, at 512-990-6101 or email at jennifers@pflugervilletx.gov.

Do your Black Friday shopping in Pflugerville comehometoshop

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, known as Black Friday. Before you head out the door, make sure you map your desired shopping path and make sure that you are shopping in Pflugerville. Not sure where to go? Visit pfuntx.com for a list of shopping and dining locations. http://www.pfuntx.com/

Also, when you make large purchases, the Pflugerville Police Department encourages you to cut up cardboard boxes and put them into your recycle cart, not out on display at the curb.  Don’t advertise to thieves the great new TV and merchandise that you purchased for your home. Enjoy your shopping holiday and keep your sales tax dollars local by shopping in Pflugerville pfirst.

Invasive species removal and riparian restoration underway along Gilleland Creek

Clearing_RiparianThe City Parks and Recreation and Development Engineering Departments are leading a Gilleland Creek Riparian Restoration project from the North Railroad Avenue bridge to Pfluger Park Loop (west crossing) to remove invasive plants, dead tree debris, and trash along the waterway to maintain the natural beauty of the park and improve the water quality in the creek. The City is working with volunteer groups to help remove invasive vegetation and plants including poison ivy, and then to plant native grass and shrub seeds in the newly-cleared areas. Trash pickup along the creek is ongoing to reduce downstream transport.

In October City staff and volunteers from the Rotary Club of Pflugerville, the local Interact club (youth groups of Rotary), American Legion Kerlin-Lyerly Post 154 of Pflugerville, the Pflugerville HS Key Club and Operation Supply Drop worked on trash removal. Then in November, city crews focused on a 1,000 ft. creek stretch for the removal of invasive vegetation, primarily Ligustrum, which becomes a dense canopy that eliminates native trees and undergrowth at the creek. Volunteers from the 57th Signal Battalion from Fort Hood, Rotary Club, American Legion Post 154, Operation Supply Drop and residents removed trash and debris along the Gilleland Creek and selective removal of fallen trees from the banks and waterway. In addition, invasive vegetation was removed from a selected area along the stream bank. A riparian seed mixture and tree seedlings will be planted in the cleared area. By eliminating these invasive plants, a new diverse plant community can provide a buffer for reducing bacteria loads in the creek, reduce bank erosion and improve the chemistry and characteristics of the soil to improve aquatic and terrestrial habitats for wildlife.

For more details on the project visit the Gilleland Creek Riparian Restoration Project Page.

Three Goodness benches made by the formerly homeless now beautify city facilities

Bench_1The city is the proud owner of three benches from Community First! Village, a community that provides affordable, permanent housing for the disabled and chronically homeless in Central Texas.

The benches are made by formerly homeless people to help provide them with a job to perform and skills.  On November 16, Evan Wilson who was commissioned by a private donor to help build the benches for city facilities described the project and the eight people it took to make a bench possible.  “We made six benches in a batch and it took about two weeks of eight-hour days to make these benches,” Wilson said. “All the hands who built these benches were Community First! Hands. We even managed to install 192 rivets in one day.”

Bench2The Village includes a blacksmith and a wood-working shop. Items are sold to help support the community. The group sells everything from picture frames, timber-frame buildings, cutting boards, railings, conference tables to bottle openers and coat racks. A market is located in the village where the goods are sold from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The biggest sales event is the Village of Lights tour on November 30, December 1 and December 7-8.

The neighborhood is a healing place for homeless persons and where they can rediscover hope, renew their purpose and restore their dignity. Two benches are located at the Pflugerville Justice Center and one is in the great hall at the Pflugerville Public Library.

“This project is important for so many reasons,” said Pflugerville Police Chief, Jessica Robledo. “The benches are beautiful pieces of art meant for the community to use, made by the hands of those who’ve been given a second chance.” Chief Robledo worked with a private donor to help get benches commissioned and then put into government facilities to raise awareness for the Village.

Pictured are Assistant Police Chief Jason Smith, Evan Wilson, Library Director Jennifer Coffey and Police Chief Jessica Robledo sitting on the new library bench. More information can be found online at https://mlf.org/community-first/.  

City hosted 1849 Park opening

1849_PARK_OPEN On Thursday, November 15 the City welcomed sports leagues and athletes to the grand opening of the 1849 Park. Hayride tours offered views of the completed sports fields, playground and pavilion areas and the City officially opened the park. Pictured is Mayor Victor Gonzales and former Mayor Jeff Coleman running through the 1849 Park Banner to celebrate the opening. A huge crowd was present to try out the new fields.

The City is still performing final touches on the park, so the park is closed to the public at this time.

The three giant practice pods are fenced in to allow for athletic play and the new playground was a big hit. The park is located at 16430 Cameron Road.  For more information on the park, visit https://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/parks-facilities/city-parks/1849-park.

The park opening is a featured piece of today's Pflugerville Pfocus. Watch the opening online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoh1Wq0-fY.

Council authorizes funding for transportation and wastewater improvement projects

Council adopted a resolution directing publication of notice for the intent to issue the issuance of certificates of obligation bonds of $7.4 million in transportation projects and $12.5 million in wastewater capital improvement projects. In August, City Council finalized the list of transportation projects for 2019 which include construction and improvements at FM 685/Copper Mine Overpass, FM 685 and Kelly Lane intersection, East Pecan Street at Biltmore, Pecan Street at FM 685 turn lanes, Pecan Street at Heatherwilde Boulevard and Rowe Lane at SH 130 frontage road. This funding will also include the design of Pfluger Farm Lane North, Kelly Lane Phase 3, Picadilly Drive, Central Commerce Drive, Royston Lane, Melber Lane, and East Pflugerville Parkway from Colorado Sand to Weiss Lane. The bonds include a wastewater force main extension at Carmel and interceptors at SH 130, Sorento, Highland Park and Pfluger Lane, and New Sweden/Cottonwood.

 

The certifications of obligation bonds will be issued in conjunction with a portion of the general obligation bonds for additional transportation projects as approved by voters in the November 6 election.

Great times as Police and Falcons duel with a Rumble in the 'Ville

Rumble1On Wednesday, November 14 there was a Rumble in the 'Ville as the Pflugerville Police Dept and the Hendrickson Falcons went head-to-head in a heated game of flag football. The Hendrickson cheerleaders, marching band and fans cheered on the Falcons. The Police and Falcons joined teams together and it was red versus blue. Check out video highlights of the game on the city's Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9kMJhLuTj0&feature=youtu.be. Proceeds from the event help purchase shirts for future athlete activities. Earlier this year, the Pflugerville Police Department helped to send off the Falcons to the Special Olympics Texas Summer Games. In addition to flag football, the Falcons participate in a variety of other sports including golf, aquatics, bowling, basketball, track and soccer. The Police Department participates in this event in ongoing support of local athletics and our community youth.

City Events

Pfall Pfest Arts and Craft Show SaturdayPfallPfest_small

Come shop at the Pfall Pfest at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. It's the best place in town to start holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a friend -- or treat yourself. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. Shop right through lunch as proceeds from onsite food sales benefit the Senior Activity programs. Admission to the show is free.

Free shelter adoptions November 17

Enjoy free pet adoptions on November 17 for senior pets six years of age and up at the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, 1600 Waterbrook Drive. View pets available for adoption at www.pflugervilletx.gov/adopt.

Fall Family Craft Night at the library

Work on a holiday weaving project with your family on Monday, November 19 at 6 p.m. Use craft sticks and yarn to make hanging wall art. Materials provided while supplies last. Families with children ages 5 and up are welcome.

Watch Incredibles 2 on November 20

Come to the library on Tuesday, November 20 at 2 p.m. for a free screening of Incredibles 2 (Rated PG, © Disney Pixar). Anyone is welcome to attend. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday Movie Matinee for ages 18 and up

Anyone 18 and up can enjoy a free movie screening of BlacKkKlansman at the library on Saturday, November 24 at 2 p.m. Winner of the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival, this movie is based on Ron Stallworth's autobiography, Black Klansman, which details his life as a Colorado detective. Please note that children and teens will not be allowed at this program. Check the library calendar for other age-appropriate movie offerings/p>

Wood Burning at Pfab Lab Teen Night

Teens ages 12-18 can visit the Pfab Lab in the library to try a different craft or piece of equipment each month. On Tuesday, November 27, use a wood burning kit to decorate a small wooden box. The craft starts at 6 p.m. Materials provided while supplies last.

Pawsome Storytime for you and your dog

Ages 18 and up can socialize with other pet parents while your pups enjoy dog-themed books on Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Supplies for DIY dog toys will be provided while supplies last. Snacks and treats will also be available for dogs and their humans. The event is scheduled to take place in the library courtyard but will be moved inside if the weather is not suitable. Visit the library Facebook event page to show off pictures of your dog.

What's Happening

Winter wastewater averaging underway - For residential customers on the City’s retail water and wastewater service, the City bases monthly wastewater charges on your water consumption for November, December, January, and February. The City takes the three lowest consumptions, averages them, and uses that average to set your wastewater charge for the entire year. An account must be active the entire four months to establish an average. All other accounts will be charged the city-wide average.

If you have a water leak during this time period, making your water consumption noticeably higher than usual, you need to notify the Utility Billing Office. copy of the plumbing bill or receipts from the purchase of plumbing supplies will be required no later than May 1. Upon consideration, your wastewater average may be adjusted appropriately. Commercial wastewater charges are based on actual monthly water consumption. For questions, call 512-990-6100.

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

Donate to PAWS - Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services is accepting donations of unused dog shelters for the winter season. The shelters will be given to those who cannot afford, or otherwise provide, outside cover for their dog. Donations can be dropped off at the animal shelter on 1600 Waterbrook Drive. For more information, please call 512-990-6280.

Crafty Café - Anyone 12 and up can enjoy a tasty beverage while working on a craft during this monthly program at the library. Craft materials are provided while supplies last. On November 18, from 2 - 3:30 p.m., use creative techniques to make a DIY rope wrapped basket. Visit the library Facebook event page for more information.

Save the Date

December 1 - Pet Photos with Santa - Bring your pet to the PAWS animal shelter for a picture with Santa on Saturday, December 1, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. You can use your own camera to take a photo, or staff can take one for you. The pictures taken by staff can be printed out at the time of the event. The animal shelter is located on 1600 Waterbrook Drive. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/paws for more information.

December 1 - Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade - The city partners with the Knights of Columbus Council 10373 for the Christmas Parade downtown. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and Main Street is filled with holiday floats, hot chocolate, carolers, and photos with Santa Claus. The parade begins at 5 p.m. Make sure to bring your own camera for photos with Santa.

December 4 - Dickens Day Celebration Celebrate author Charles Dickens with cookies, hot cocoa, and a screening of The Man Who Invented Christmas (©Bleecker Street Media. Rated PG) at the library on Tuesday, December 4, 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. Decorate an ornament with gold leaf while you watch the movie (one per family while supplies last). Children, teens, and adults are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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