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Key to the City December 21, 2018

Recreation needs assessment, legislative update, and more
Post Date:12/21/2018 10:05 AM

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Key to the City December 21, 2018
TWO-WEEK HOLIDAY ISSUE

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City News

Legislative update, RRE Austin Solar and Boards and Commission appointments at City Council meeting

City Council met on Tuesday, December 18, for a Special Meeting. The first action was an update regarding the 86th Legislative Session from Focused Advocacy outlining some of the prefiling of legislative bills and opportunities for the City to address legislative interests effectively. The City Council previously approved a Resolution outlining support for legislation that advances the City's strategic goals and interests; improves the health, safety and welfare of its citizens; improves public services; or advances the City's authority to conduct the public's business. Details on the city's legislative agenda

Next, after tabling the item at the last City Council meeting, the City Council voted to proceed with a resolution authorizing amendment of the non-annexation development agreement between the City, Sarvi, LLC, Yajat, LLC and Sarvi Yajat Partnership, and RRE Ausitn Solar, LLC to extend construction deadlines. The developer now indicates that construction is expected to be complete at the end of 2020 on the project.

Lastly, the Council took action on appointments to the Parks and Recreation Commission, Library Board, Pflugerville Community Development Corporation Board of Directors, Finance and Budget Committee,parks and Board of Adjustment.

Holiday closures December 24-25

christmas decor 1The City of Pflugerville facilities are closed on December 24 and 25. The Pflugerville Public Library, Animal Welfare Services, Pflugerville Recreation Center, Recycle Center and city offices will be closed. The Library and Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. on December 23.

Trash pickup is affected by the holiday. Christmas Day is on Tuesday, so trash pickup moves forward one day for the rest of the week. (Tuesday on Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, etc.) If you have a water/wastewater concern when the city is closed, please call the Police Department citizen communications hotline at 512-990-6700.

City facilities closed January 1 New Year's Day - The City of Pflugerville offices and facilities will be closed on January 1. Trash and recycling pickup is not affected.

Take the indoor recreation needs assessment survey

Please help the City of Pflugerville determine future indoor recreation priorities for our community. Parks and Recreation is an important part of our quality of life and your opinions are very important.

The City of Pflugerville currently has one recreation center facility that has been open for 18 years and serves the community in various ways. Whether it is members, class/program participants, senior citizen users or youth wanting a safe place to play basketball, the demands for space have exceeded the availability in our current facility.

The purpose of this project is to conduct a Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study for future Recreation and Senior Centers or a combined facility project. (These planning exercises are the only portion of the project that is approved and funded. Should funding become available for the design and construction of any new facility, the City may wish to engage the consultant selected through an RFQ process.)

Needs Assessment: Through public Input and discussion with City staff and leaders, the goal is to identify if there is a need for new facilities, what any should include and where they should be located.

Feasibility Study: If any facility is deemed needed, the next step is to develop a Preliminary Program for that facility, preliminary construction cost estimates and preliminary operations and maintenance cost estimates.

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PflugervilleRecSeniorCenter

Celebrate the New Year Responsibly

The Police Department reminds you to designate a driver and have a plan with a safe ride home this New Year's Eve. Arrive alive. Be safe Pflugerville. no fireworks

No fireworks in the City limits

To keep our neighborhoods and open areas safe, the City of Pflugerville has zero tolerance for fireworks. Tickets issued for firework violations may be subject to a maximum $500 fine. Thank you for being fireworks free in the city limits in your New Year celebration.

A reminder to all pet owners - Put your animal's collar on New Year's Eve as illegal fireworks and large get-togethers may scare pets. If your animal does get out, be sure to check the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS), 1600 Waterbrook, and post a pic on the PAWS Lost Pet Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Pflugervilleslostpets.

Christmas tree recycling at the Pflugerville Recycle Center

treerecyclingThe Recycle Center is now accepting Christmas trees. Trees can be brought to the Recycle Center during normal operating hours, Friday, Saturday, and Monday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Recycle Center will be closed Monday, December 24. For your convenience, the Recycle Center will be open Monday - Saturday from January 2 - 14, 2019. The Pflugerville Recycle Center is located at 15500 Sun Light Near Way #B (near Northeast Travis County Metro Park). Please remove all decorations from your tree. Trees dropped off for recycling are mulched and residents are welcome to pick up mulch while supplies last.

Please note that in previous years Christmas tree recycling was offered at Wells Point Park. There will be no Christmas tree recycling at Wells Point Park. Thank you to everyone for recycling your tree.

Volunteers Needed for Pflugerville Police Department Victim Services

The Pflugerville Police Department is currently accepting applications for Victim Services volunteers.

These volunteers perform critical work assisting victims of family violence, sexual assault, child victims, elderly victims, survivors of suicide and homicide, and victims of other violent crimes. Those interested must attend a mandatory orientation session on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Pflugerville Justice Center located at 1611 E. Pfennig Lane. This session will provide an in-depth look into the work of a victim services volunteer.

Training classes will be held at the Justice Center from 7-9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for eight weeks beginning Monday, February 11, 2019.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age to apply. Interested residents of Pflugerville or the surrounding area can obtain more information and also apply at www.pflugervilletx.gov/city-government/police-department/victim-services. Contact Judy Allen at 512-990-6861 or jallen@pflugervilletx.gov for additional details.

New Early Learning Kits at the LibraryEarly Learning Kits

Use your library card and check out an Early Learning Kit from the Pflugerville Public Library. Kits are themed by letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Each kit contains a combination of materials to engage little ones in learning. Recommended for ages 3 - 7. Call the library at 512-990-6375 or stop by 1008 W. Pfluger St. to learn more.

City Events

Kids' Noon Year's Eve Party

Can't stay awake for a late night New Year's Eve Party? Countdown to noon and dance away the end of 2018 with a family-friendly celebration at the library on December 31, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. The event is recommended for children ages 4 - 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Free tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the event start time.

Pfreeze Pflop into the New Year

Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, to kick off your new year? The line begins at 10 a.m. and the event is over when the last person goes down the slide. No, the pool isn't heated. Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item given to benefit local pfood banks. The first 50 people get a free T-shirt. For information, contact Parks & Recreation at 512-990-6350 or email parks@pflugervilletx.gov.

Relax and play board games at the library

Take a break from the holiday rush to spend some time with your friends and family. Borrow board games to play at the library every Sunday afternoon, from 1 - 5:30 p.m. There are games for all ages, from Candy Land to Settlers of Catan. Board games are rotated each week. If there is a game that you want to play, email amandac@pflugervilletx.gov by Thursday with your request. See this event in the calendar for a list of available games.

Parent Workshop: Developing Your Child's Literacy Skills

Mom reading with daughtersParents and caregivers are invited to attend a free workshop at the library to learn how to develop and support your child's literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. The workshop is divided into two sessions based on grade level, but parents are welcome to attend both. The sessions will be held on Thursday, January 3.  Children of any age may attend with parents. Library staff will monitor potty-trained children age 3 and older in an adjacent room with a variety of toys and books. Register online, or call the library at 512-990-6375, to secure your spot and materials.

6 - 6:45 p.m. Session 1: Early Literacy Skills for Children from Preschool through 1st Grade

At this session, parents will learn strategies for teaching pre-K skills at home, based on concepts from the Every Child Ready to Read toolkit, how to introduce sight words, and about the library's new Early Learning Kit collection.

7 - 7:45 p.m. Session 2: Supporting Your Independent Reader from 2nd through 5th Grade.

At this session, parents will learn how to navigate the PfISD website to find valuable information, the importance of continuing to read-aloud to your children even as they become independent readers, and how to help your child find the right books.

    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.

    Senior Movie Matinee: Operation Finale - Enjoy a free movie screening at the library on Monday, December 31, 2 p.m. Operation Finale (©Universal Pictures, Rated PG-13) follows the true story of the secret mission led by Israeli intelligence agent Peter Malkin to infiltrate Argentina and capture Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann. This screening is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend.

    Save the Date

    January 5 - Teen Musical Meetup - Fans of Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and other musicals are invited to enjoy sing-alongs, trivia, and crafts and learn simple stage makeup tips at the library on January 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. Cosplay is welcome and encouraged. Bring your phone to take selfies in the photo booth. Ages 12 - 18 are welcome. Craft supplies will be available while supplies last. 

    January 12 - Winter Pfest - Enjoy an indoor winter themed event with your family at the library on Saturday, January 12, from 2 - 4 p.m. There will be games, crafts and activities. Hot cocoa and cookies sponsored by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library will be available while supplies last. This is a free event. Families with children ages 10 and under are welcome. 

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