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Key to the City December 14, 2018

Blue Santa, Pflugerville gift ideas and more.
Post Date:12/14/2018 10:00 AM

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Key to the City December 14, 2018
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City News

Black Locust Drive rehabilitation funded for 2019

As part of the 2019 Pavement Maintenance Program, the design and construction will begin on Black Locust Drive this year to help rehabilitate and maintain the current roadway.  The improvements are planned from Grand Avenue Parkway to Heatherwilde Boulevard based on poor pavement condition index scores from the Pavement Evaluation and Assessment Report. The plans will also include rehabilitation of pavement on Railroad Avenue from Pecan Street to Wilbarger Street if the project budget allows. View the roadway conditions and project map in today's episode of Pflugerville Pfocus.

Pecan District TIRZ expansion approved

TIRZ graphicOn Tuesday, the City Council approved on second reading a request to expand the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) No. 1 to include the Pecan District project.

The Council’s decision allows expansion of the existing TIRZ to include property on the city’s western gateway on E. Pecan and Heatherwilde. 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 broke ground in October. With the inclusion of the TIRZ, the developer has expanded the project to include a potential for $900 million in development including office space, restaurants, retail, hotel and civic building, and residential units, compared to an estimated $400 million without the TIRZ.  The project is anticipated to generate up to $85.6 million cumulative ad valorem tax revenues.

At the November 27 City Council meeting, some residents expressed concerns about upcoming details of the developer’s agreement which is anticipated to be considered in a future meeting in Spring 2019. For more information on a TIRZ and how it works, visit pflugervilletx.gov/tirz.

Gift ideas from the City of Pflugerville

T_shirtgiftPflugerville Recreation Center memberships: Give the gift of fitness. A Pflugerville Recreation Center membership makes a great gift for the holiday season. Serving the community as a multi-use facility, the center provides fitness, athletic, life enrichment, and health and wellness programs throughout the year to citizens of all ages. At only $125 for a Pflugerville family for an entire year - for less than $11 a month you can give the gift of fitness. A Pflugerville adult can be a member for $75 a year ($6.25 a month). For more information on fees please visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/recreationcenter.

Class programs: Registration is underway for winter classes. Give the gift of dance, karate or a new skill. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes and select a class for a friend or family member to enjoy in the New Year.

Pflugerville T-shirts: The City sells Between a Rock and a Weird Place (TM) T-shirts at City Hall and the Pflugerville Recreation Center. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Sizes vary based on style and are child XS – L or adult S – 3XL.

Adopt a pfurry pfriend: A pet can be a great addition to someone's family. If you are planning to help purchase a pet for someone this holiday season, the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services recommends that you let the person select the pet they are looking for. A pet is a personal connection, and thebest way to gift a pet is to go pick one out with the recipient to find the best pet for them. If you're looking to adopt, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/adopt to see animals in need of a forever home. Another great gift idea is to purchase the needed pet supplies for someone (litter box, leash, food bowls, pet bed) in anticipation of the pet they will select.

Apply for the Drop by Drop landscape rebate

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The City of Pflugerville offers a Drop by Drop program with a rebate for Pflugerville water customers off 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 a garden. Now is a great time to start your plan so you can plant in the coming months.

Approved plant listings and applications can be found online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/dropbydrop, at the Parks and Recreation Office, and at local nurseries. 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.

Trim your trees now to comply with safety ordinances

City of Pflugerville Ordinances require that trees must hang no less than 8 ft. above sidewalks and 14 ft. above the street. These ordinances ensure that recreational sidewalk use and emergency vehicle roadway use is not inhibited by tree growth or limbs. It is imperative that homeowners comply and trim trees on their property to Ordinance Standards. Now is a great time of year to trim back branches as oak wilt is dormant in the winter. Keep your trees trimmed and keep Pflugerville roadways and sidewalks accessible. For questions, please call public works at 512-990-6400.

Girl scouts among many groups learning about water conservation from the City of Pflugerville

Water_ConservationThe City of Pflugerville water conservation efforts include a Girl Scout Patch that local scouts can obtain by studying the importance of water as a valuable resource and how to conserve it. The patch is available to all Girl Scouts in the 46 counties of the Central Texas region. The patch specifications and requirements were designed and coordinated by city staff and sent for approval to the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. More than 200 girls have completed the patch specifications and the city has hosted four tours. With a better understanding of a city’s water supply system, the City of Pflugerville water conservation staff is optimistic that young people will be motivated to take care of water resources and make conservation a way of life.

All children are encouraged to pick up a water conservation workbook or view it online with activities to help children learn more about conserving water. To schedule a tour or register your troop for the Girl Scout Patch, call 512-990-6400.

City Events

Learn about therapy miniature horses at the next Senior Lunch and LearnMini Horses

Join Kylie of Northwind Horse Farm for an informative presentation about the farm's therapy horses at the library on Monday, December 17, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and a light lunch during the presentation. Afterward, you will have a chance to interact with the mini horses. This event is intended for those ages 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Children will not be allowed at this program.

Pfestive Market Mrs. Claus

Visit the final Pfestive Pfarmers Market

Stop by the market on December 18 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. Visit special guest, Mrs. Claus, who will be taking photos with pets. Please bring your own camera. 

Ukulele Club meets Dec. 18Ukulele Club

Meet other ukulele players, learn songs and play together at the library on Tuesday, December 18. Teens (ages 12 and up) and adults are welcome. Bring your own ukulele and tuner. Arrive at 6 p.m. to socialize and tune-up. The songs begin at 6:30 p.m. This club is recommended for intermediate players, but beginners and advanced players are also welcome.

Close out the year with Mystery Book recommendations

The Mystery Book Club's final meeting for 2018 is Thursday, December 20 at 6 p.m. New members are always welcome to stop by and discuss their favorite mystery books and authors. This month's meeting will focus on books by author John Grisham. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend.

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.

PAWS Wish Tree - Make a shelter pet's wish come true for the holidays. Visit the PAWS Wish Tree at the Pflugerville Public Library. 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 Pflugerville Animal Shelter. Visit the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter Facebook Page for location information on the Traveling Wish Tree.

Registration underway for Winter Pfun Camp - If your kid enjoys Summer Pfun Camp, this is the camp for you. From January 2-4, campers will go on pfield trips, make crafts, play games and much more. Register today here.

Go Pfieldtrippin' with us - On January 7, a Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) holiday, kids ages 6-12 can join Pflugerville Parks and Recreation for a visit to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Participants will enjoy exploration, hiking and pfun. Pick-up and drop-off are at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. For more information and to register, visit pflugervilletx.gov/campspflugervilletx.gov/camps

Crafty Café holiday craft - Enjoy a beverage while making a framed light-up holiday scene on Sunday, December 16 at the Pflugerville Public Library. Anyone 12 and up is welcome to attend. The craft starts at 2 p.m.

Save the Date 

December 31 - Kids' Noon Year's Eve Party - Countdown to noon at this kid-friendly celebration at the Pflugerville Public Library on December 31 at 11 a.m. The 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 - Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool to kick off your new year? The event lasts until the last brave soul goes down the slide. Participants must be in line by 10 a.m., as the event goes quickly. Don't arrive late -- and be left out of the cold. No, the pool isn't heated. See you there. https://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/events/aquatic-events/pfreeze-pflop

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