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Key to the City November 30, 2018

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Key to the City November 30, 2018
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City Council discuss TIRZ expansion to encourage public improvements and development

Tuesday the City Council held a public hearing and approved the first reading for a request to consider expansion of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) No. 1 to include the Pecan District project at E. Pecan and Heatherwilde Boulevard. A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the December 11 Council meeting.

A TIRZ is a tax reinvestment zone which is a method to pay for public improvements that draw private investment to the area. It is not a tax abatement or a new tax, but instead, the increment gained by the project can be used to directly add public improvements to an area to jump-start development. Potential benefits include the creation of public infrastructure, increased property values and reduced cost of private development. The City is cost-neutral in the deliverance of a TIRZ.

The proposed Pecan District development could include 862 residential units, 135,000 sq.ft. of retail and 321,000 sq.ft. of office space. Phase I of the project is $400 million residential development that broke ground in October 2018. If the City Council expands the TIRZ to the area, there is a potential for a $900 million development with office space, restaurants, retail, hotel, civic building, residential units and parking garage.

During the meeting Dave Wallace with Presidium Group, LLC emphasized benefits of the project including establishing a presence at the western gateway to the community, providing an incentive for the development of a barren land feature, encouraging more diverse housing opportunities and providing a catalyst for retail projects in line with the comprehensive economic development strategy.

The project is anticipated to generate up to $85.6 million total ad valorem tax revenues.ep60 (2)

Some citizens expressed concerns about the details of the developer’s agreement which is a future consideration of the council in Spring 2019. For more information on a TIRZ and how it works, visit pflugervilletx.gov/tirz. Today's episode of Pflugerville Pfocus includes renderings and updates on the TIRZ project.

Council approved a modified contract with Typhoon Texas

Since Typhoon Texas took over the waterpark they have definitely made a splash. On Tuesday the Council approved the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) amendment to the contract with Typhoon Texas. Highlights include removing the financial obligation for PCDC to repay $4.5 million that Typhoon invested into the park during the past two years which provides funding to support other economic development projects. In addition, Typhoon is committing to renovate and open a year-round restaurant venue onsite by 2020. The PCDC is going to fund improvements to the park entrance at FM 685 and Town Center enhancing vehicular and pedestrian access which will begin after September 3, 2019. If you haven't visited the park to see the updates and new attractions, be sure to watch today's Pflugerville Pfocus for a peek.

Finfinance_award_small_webance wins awards for fiscal transparency

For the 14th consecutive year, the Finance Department has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2018 fiscal year budget and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017. For the 8th consecutive year, recognition was provided for the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017. These financial documents are online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/finance.

City Council approved water and wastewater rate increase

The City of Pflugerville has worked with NewGen Strategies and Solutions to analyze the City’s utility costs in a Water and Wastewater Cost of Service and Rate Design Study. On November 27, City Council approved a 6.1% water and wastewater bill increase to begin on December 1, 2018.

Below is the proposed change in an average monthly residential customer bill for fiscal year 2019 showing an approximate increase of $4.45 a month.  This average bill assumes 7,000 gallons of water usage and 5,000 gallons of wastewater usage due to winter averaging.

Current total water and wastewater bill:  $73.15
Proposed FY 2019 rate: $77.60

The main driver for the utility rate increase is the $97 million of proposed wastewater capital improvement projects over the next four years and the future debt issuances to fund them.

Pfluger Park playground closed for improvementsnew playground

Pfluger Park playground closed on Monday, November 26 and will be under construction for a few weeks while a shade structure is installed and sidewalks are added for improved accessibility. Nearby playgrounds to visit during improvements include Gilleland Creek Park and Heritage Park. If you have any questions about the playground improvements, email parks@pflugervilletx.gov or call 512-990-6355.

Weiss Lane temporary closure on Saturday, December 1

Weiss Lane will be temporarily closed between Kelly Lane and Hidden Lake Crossing from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 for construction. Please seek an alternate route if you normally drive on this roadway.  Traffic will be detoured via Kelly Lane, Hidden Lake Drive, Hidden Lake Crossing, Silent Harbor Loop, Becker Farm Road and Pflugerville Parkway. Driveway access will be maintained to all driveways including the gas station.

Holiday package delivery tips from your Pflugerville Police Department

PackagesWe're entering the biggest shopping season of the year. Unfortunately, this is also prime season for package thieves. The Pflugerville Police Department reminds you as you're making online purchases over the next few weeks to follow these tips to avoid becoming the victim of package theft:

  1. Sign up for delivery alerts so you know when your delivery is scheduled - and when the package has been delivered.
  2. If you're not able to be home when a package will be delivered, ask a trusted neighbor to hold it for you.
  3. If possible, require a signature for all deliveries.
  4. Consider shipping packages to your place of work, if allowed or use the ship-to-store option.
  5. Be a good neighbor! If you see a package on your neighbor's doorstep, reach out and ask if they would like you to hold it until they are home. Better yet, if you work from home, post on Nextdoor or your neighborhood social media groups and offer to allow your neighbors to send their packages to your house.

Make a shelter pet's wish come true for the holidays

Wish Tree

While the animals at the shelter wait for their fur-ever home, you can make some of their wishes come true this holiday season. Starting on November 26, the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services launches the PAWS Wish Tree. Select an ornament from the tree and purchase an item from a shelter pet's wish list. Items can be bought through Amazon Smile (remember to select the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter) and shipped directly to the shelter, or you can shop at your preferred store for the purr-fect gift to donate. Too busy to shop? Visit the tree for information about tax-deductible donations to the Friends of the PAS. The Wish Tree will be at the Pflugerville Public Library through the month of December. Visit the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter Facebook Page for location information on the Traveling Wish Tree. Special thanks to local Girl Scout Troop 1401 and the First United Methodist Youth Group for making the tree ornaments.

Sign up today for a "U Get What U Get" book boxU Get What U Get

Teens can enjoy all the fun of a subscription book box without the cost. From now through December 7, if you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you can sign up to receive a U Get What U Get Book Box from the Pflugerville Public Library. Each box will include two books, a tote bag, and fun surprises! Boxes will be available while supplies last. One box per household. Teens must sign up for themselves at the library checkout desk. Parents, friends, and other family members cannot sign up for their teen. Boxes can be picked up from the Pflugerville Library from December 10-21 during open hours.

City Events

Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade is Saturday Parade_Lights

The Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 1. The pfestival will start downtown at 4 p.m. and the parade will begin near Brookhollow Elementary School at 5 p.m.

The event includes the parade down Railroad Avenue to the corner of Main and 3rd for the tree lighting, Yule log and event stage with numerous performances from local high school choirs and organizations.  Santa arrives on Main Street at approximately 5:45 p.m. to light the tree and take photos. Bring a camera.

Entertainment schedule:
4 p.m. Kelly Lane Middle School Dance Team
4:15 p.m. Pflugerville Recreation Center Dance
4:30 p.m. Korean Traditional Dancer Lee Young
5 p.m. Infusion Dance
5:15 p.m. Pflugerville Recreation Center line dance 
5:30 p.m. - Parade and tree lighting intermission
6:15 p.m. Pflugerville High School Yuletide Choir
6:45 p.m. Weiss High School Choir

Road closures:

  • Main Street (between Railroad Ave. and 3rd St.): closes at 2 p.m. and will reopen after 7 p.m.
  • Railroad Avenue (between Pfennig Ln. and Goodspeed Pkwy.): closes at 3:30 p.m. and will reopen after the parade.
  • Railroad Avenue (parade route south of Goodspeed Pkwy.): closed approx. 4:45-8 p.m. and will reopen after the parade. 
All road closures subject to the status of the parade. For more information on the event, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/holidays.

Chaplains host the first annual Cover the Car - Police Prayer event

Chaplains of the Pflugerville Police Department will hold a Cover the Cars (CTC) Prayer Event on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 1-3 p.m., at Abundant Life Church, located at 1006 Old Austin Hutto Road in Pflugerville, to allow PPD Chaplains and the community to pray for the safety and protection of Pflugerville officers and their families.

CTC is open to the public and is an opportunity for the community to meet and thank the officers who work to keep them safe.  The event will begin with prayer, blessing of the food and opening remarks by City officials. A meal of hamburgers and hotdogs, donated by local churches and businesses, will be served after the opening prayer and remarks. In the event of rain, food will be served from inside the host church, Abundant Life, as the Chaplains and attendees continue to pray over the PD vehicles that drive through between 1 and 3 p.m. The Chaplains also plan to serve food and offer prayer over the vehicles for the Pflugerville night-shift officers.

Other Pflugerville-area churches represented at this event include Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tree of Life Church and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. The plan is for CTC to be held annually, on the first Saturday in December, to align with the annual Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade held December 1 in downtown Pflugerville.

Dickens Day Celebration Tuesday Night

Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, a movie and craft at the library on Tuesday, December 4, 5:45 p.m. Families can decorate an ornament with gold leaf while watching the movie, The Man Who Invited Christmas (Bleeker Street Media, Rated PG.) All ages are welcome.

Holiday events in Pflugerville - save the dates

Pflugerville celebrates the season with pfestive events and activities. Check out what's happening this holiday season. 

Dec. 1: Pet pictures with Santa - Bring your pet to the PAWS (1600 Waterbrook Dr.) for a picture with Santa from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. You can bring your own camera to take a photo, or PAWS will take one for you. Pictures will be printed out at the time of the event.

Dec. 2: Christmas Open House - The Heritage House Partners host their annual Christmas Open House. Enjoy music, refreshments, and pictures with Santa! The museum will be decorated for the holidays. This event takes place at the Heritage House Museum on 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd from 1 - 4 p.m.

Dec. 6: Kids Crafternoon: Holiday Wreaths – Children ages 5 to 8 can make paper plate wreath for Pflugerville Care Center residents. Materials available while supplies last. Held at the Pflugerville library from 3:30 – 4 p.m.

Dec. 6: Nailed It! Gingerbread Cake Challenge for Adults - Work in groups to complete a gingerbread cake. Library staff and guest judge Kass Jimenez will decide who nailed it! Ages 18 and up are welcome. This event is limited to 48 participants, first come first served. Attendees will be split into teams of 4 for the competition. Held at the Pflugerville library from 6 – 7: 30 p.m.

Dec. 8: An Afternoon with Santa - Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa at the Pflugerville Library from 2 - 4 p.m. Holiday crafts will be available while supplies last. All ages are welcome. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Dec. 11: Storytime with Jingles the Elf – Have you heard an elf tell a story? Now is your chance! Jingles the Elf will make a stop at the library to tell you some of her North Pole stories. Children up to age 5 with an adult are welcome. This program is followed by a craft. Materials available while supplies last. 
Pick the time that works for you! This storytime is at 10 and 11 a.m.

Dec. 11: Home School Kids: Holiday Card Making Party – Children ages 5 to 8 can work on holiday cards using the library’s supplies. Materials available while supplies last. Held at the Pflugerville library from 2 – 3 p.m.

Dec. 11: Pfestive Pfarmers Market & Heritage House – Stop by the market for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market is located inside The Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road and is open from 3 - 7 p.m.

Dec. 12: Tween Holiday Hangout - Tweens can make holidays crafts while enjoying snacks and watching a festive movie. Held at the Pflugerville Library from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.    

Dec. 13: Adult Craft Night: Alcohol Ink Crafts - Make a framed art piece or decorated glass ornament using alcohol inks. Materials will be provided while supplies last. This program is for those 18 and up only. Children will not be allowed to attend this event. Held at the Pflugerville Library from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 18: Pfestive Pfarmers Market & Heritage House - Stop by the market for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market is located inside The Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road and is open from 3 - 7 p.m.

Free Movie Matinee at the Library, Crazy Rich AsiansCrazy Rich Asians

Watch the movie Crazy Rich Asians (Rated PG-13, ©Warner Bros.) at the library on Saturday, December 1. A woman discovers her boyfriend comes from the most wealthy, prominent family in Singapore. Along the way, she must stand up to his judgemental mother, who wants nothing more than to break them up. Based on the popular book by Kevin Kwan. Teens and adults are welcome. The movie starts at 2 p.m. 

What's Happening

Pforty Mile Trail 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.

CAMPO Open House to discuss the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Regional Arterials Plan and MoKan Subregional Study on December 3 at the Pflugerville Library from 4 -7 p.m. Review the plan online at https://www.campotexas.org/regional-transportation-plans/2045-plan/regional-arterials-study/.

Registration underway for Winter Pfun Camp -
Winter Pfun Camp is from January 2-4. Register today and have fun during this week when there is no school in session. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes for more details.

Use Lynda.com to learn a new skill over the holidays - Library cardholders can use Lynda for free. Learn software, technology, business, and creative skills. Log in to your library account and select the link through the catalog to get started. Library cards are free for residents and only $25 annually for those living outside of the PfISD boundaries. Those that work in Pflugerville, but do not live within the boundaries can also get a free library card. Call to learn more, 512-990-6375.

Save the Date

December 8 - 9 - Happy Pawlidays animal adoption special - Visit the shelter on December 8 or 9, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., to adopt a pet for $20. Adoptions include spay or neuter for the dog or cat, first puppy or kitten shots, microchip and microchip registration, and a wellness coupon for a free office visit from participating vet clinics. The shelter is located on 1600 Waterbrook Dr. For more information visit pflugervilletx.gov/paws

December 31 - Kids' Noon Year's Eve Party - Count to down to 12 noon at this kid-friendly celebration at the library on December 31, 11 a.m. This event is for families with kids ages 4 - 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the start time. 

January 1 - Pfreeze Pflop - Ring in the New Year with a chilling ride down the slide into Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. The line begins at 10 a.m. and the event is done when everyone goes down the slide. The event goes quickly, so don't arrive late and be left out of the cold. The first 50 participants receive a free T-shirt.