Key to the City March 15, 2019
Wilbarger Creek Park, Fix a leak week and more
Key to the City March 15, 2019
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Wilbarger Creek Park construction contract awarded
Pflugerville City Council awarded the $1.595 million construction contract for Wilbarger Creek Park to QA Construction Services Inc. at the Tuesday, March 12 City Council Meeting. Construction is expected to begin in April and includes playground areas, outdoor classroom space, a youth veloway, a practice field, parking, trails and restrooms on 10.5 acres of this 104.42-acre park.
The new park is located at the southwest corner of Kingston Lacy Boulevard and Craters of the Moon Boulevard in the Highland Park subdivision. Construction on the park is anticipated to be complete in early 2020.
One of Wilbarger Creek Park’s unique features is the youth veloway, a cycling track used by non-motorized wheeled vehicles, which is the first of its kind in a Pflugerville park. Adjacent to Wilbarger Creek, the park includes passive recreational areas and increases access to the nature area. Included in the park’s design is educational signage throughout the park highlighting the natural process of waterways within the park and wildlife frequently found along the creek. Most of Wilbarger Creek Park will remain natural parkland with plenty of room to explore. A trail will run through the park, connecting Craters of the Moon Boulevard with Highland Park Trail to Mammoth Cave Boulevard.
Wilbarger Creek Park was part of the Trails Master Plan & Underdeveloped Parks Study completed in 2014. The funding for this project is from 2014 General Obligation Bonds approved by voters and with Parkland Dedication funds. To find out more about Wilbarger Creek Park and other park development, visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov.
Pf 101 graduates, Wilbarger Creek Park and Police updates in this week's Pfocus
Watch Pflugerville Pfocus for information on Tuesday's City Council meeting. Council discussed proactive efforts to prevent zebra mussels in Lake Pflugerville, the Pf 101 class graduated, the Police Department was featured and the Wilbarger Creek Park construction contract was approved. View the video at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.
Road Closure Planned March 20-23 along Weiss Lane at its intersection with Jesse Bohls
Starting Wednesday, March 20 at 9:15 a.m. through Saturday, March 23, Jesse Bohls Drive at its intersection with Weiss Lane will be closed for construction associated with the ongoing Weiss Lane project, weather permitting. Weiss Lane will remain open to traffic.
Detour signage will be posted for alternate routes. Please travel cautiously through the construction zone as detours will change traffic patterns.
City staff coordinated the intersection closure with Travis County and it was approved by the Travis County Commissioners Court on March 12, 2019.
Please contact the Capital Improvement Program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions and project updates are available on the City’s website at pflugervilletx.gov/projects.
Fix a leak week is March 19-25
Fix a Leak Week is a time to remind households of the environmental and economic benefits in fixing leaks from household plumbing fixtures to irrigation systems. It’s time to check your sprinkler system, faucets, and toilets for any leaks that are wasting water and your money! More than1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. The City of Pflugerville is participating in Fix a Leak Week to remind residents that it's time to “check, twist and replace.”
- Check for leaks- Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, and fixture connections as well as toilets with silent leaks, by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
- Twist and tighten pipe connections - To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
- Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently tested and certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
Visit www.epa.gov/watersense to find WaterSense labeled products and ways to conserve water. Videos on how to make water checks in your home are also included.
Curbside trash pickup includes up to 6 bags of trash/yard clippings
A reminder that you can put your trash cart plus an additional six bags and/or bulk items at the curb on your trash day. Waste Connections, your trash provider offers pickup of household items like stoves, washers and dryers and mattresses that are too large to put in the trash bin, but the six-item maximum does apply. The six-item maximum also includes bagged leaves and lawn clippings. No call ahead is necessary.
Place the items at the curb on your regular trash day. And a reminder, if you have large boxes, cut them up and put them in your recycle cart. Refrigerators or any items containing freon must have it removed by a licensed technician, but Progressive Waste Solutions will pick it up if the proper certification sticker is applied.
If you have items that are hard to dispose of like vehicle batteries, latex paint, scrap metal or electronics, the City Clean Up Day is held on April 6 at 1201 Railroad Avenue across from Brookhollow Elementary School and is the day to dispose of these items. No commercial contractors. For criteria and details visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cleanup.
Pflugerville Police increase traffic enforcement over the Spring Break holiday
School is out from March 15-25 as students go on Spring Break. The Pflugerville Police Department kicks off a traffic enforcement initiative to reduce unsafe driving habits including distracted driving, texting and driving, and drunk driving.
"Over Spring Break we will increase our traffic enforcement efforts to really watch for possible impaired drivers and unsafe driving practices," Lieutenant Makeba Lewis said. "We want students to enjoy their break and for everyone to get back to school safely."
On Thursday, March 14, the department kicked off the traffic campaign with a Facebook Live interview with Lieutenant Lewis offering traffic tips and reminders for everyone on how to stay safe over the break. The Department wants everyone to remember several traffic initiatives including the avoidance of texting and driving, drinking and driving and to always be watchful for children at play. Stay safe over Spring Break. Watch the Facebook Live video on replay at www.facebook.com/pflugervillepolice.
Tickets now on sale for the State of the City - Looking Pforward.
Mayor Victor Gonzales will give a State of the City on April 2 at the Courtyard Austin Pflugerville and Conference Center during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The inaugural event features highlights and a snapshot of the city's current position and takes a look forward at the future plans for the City. Space is limited and table sponsorships are available. Visit www.pfchamber.com to reserve your tickets.
Spend your Spring Break at the Library
The Pflugerville Public Library has several free events planned during the week of Spring Break. Please note that registration may be required for some of the programs. Follow the events on Facebook or check out the library calendar for more information.
Beginner Ukulele for Kids (ages 7 - 11) - Learn tuning, strumming, and three basic chords. Participants must have a ukulele and a functioning ukulele tuner. If you are unsure if your child's ukulele is suitable for this class, please email email@example.com. Registration is required. Space is very limited. Please confirm that your child can attend all four classes before registering: March 18, 19, 21 and 22, from 2 - 3 p.m.
Spring Family Craft Night (ages 5 and up) - Work on a flower sun catcher wind chime with your family on March 18, 6 - 6:45 p.m. Materials are available while supplies last.
Storytime with Sue Kuentz (ages 5 and under) - On Tuesday, March 19, Sue will take the audience on a journey through her multicultural folktales, fairy tales, urban legends and personal stories from around the world. She will interact with children and adults using words, music, puppetry, and even string figures. This storytime is held at 10 and 11 a.m.
Scavenger Hunt (ages 5 - 12) - Explore the library with a scavenger hunt. Learn how to browse the catalog, hunt for books and learn about the building. On March 19 pick up your challenge sheet at the Children's Desk at 2 p.m. Bring it back when you are done and receive a small prize.
Intro to Ukuleles for Teens (ages 12 - 18) - Come to Intro to Ukuleles for Teens on March 19 at 5 p.m. to get all of your ukulele questions answered. This is not a class, just a chance to learn more about these fun instruments. If you have a ukulele, you can bring it, but the Library will also have ukuleles available for you try out.
Come out to Pet Pfest at the Library March 20 (all ages)
Enjoy pet-themed activities for all ages on Wednesday, March 20, from 2 - 4 p.m. Special guests include miniature horses from Northwind Farm, Austin Reptile Show and Starmark Dog Training. Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services will be on site with adoptable animals. Well behaved pets are welcome.
DIY Perler Bead Art (ages 5 - 12) - Design and create a customized picture into fused-bead artwork on March 21. This event is a come-and-go program from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and materials are available while supplies last. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Family Movie Matinee: Ralph Breaks the Internet (all ages) - Enjoy a Free Movie at the library on Friday, March 22, 10 a.m. The movie is rated PG, © Walt Disney Pictures.
The Magik Theatre presents The Kingdom of Texas (all ages) - For more than 100 years Texas was a Spanish Colony known as “The Kingdom of Texas” – that’s just one of many Texas facts in this crash course in Texas lore. Including stories like the Legend of the Bluebonnets, the tale of Pecos Bill, and of course, Davey Crockett and the saga of the Alamo, this show is sure to make you experts in all things Texas. Come watch the show on March 23 at 2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please note that the following two Spring Break programs are for adults only. Anyone below the age limit listed on adult events will not be permitted.
Jazz Notes: Austin’s African American Women in Jazz (ages 18 and up) - Celebrate Women's History Month on Wednesday, March 20, with kYmberly Keeton, African American Community Archivist and Librarian for the Austin History Center. She'll offer a look at two of Austin's African American female jazz musicians, Margaret Wright, and Ernie Mae Miller. Please register for this program online or by calling 512-990-6375. The presentation starts at 6 p.m.
Adult Craft Night: Paint and Sip (ages 21 and up) - On Thursday, March 21, from 6 - 7:30 p.m., learn to draw ink and watercolor succulent and cacti illustrations. Materials will be provided for the first 24 participants.
$20 adoptions at PAWS - This month, enjoy $20 adoptions an all animals at PAWS.
Shop at the Pfarmers Market - The market is returning for preseason markets before the regular market season begins in May. These Early Opening Markets are March 26, April 9 and April 23 from 3-7 p.m. in the Green Red Barn,901 Old Austin Hutto Rd. Along with your favorite vendors will be new vendors on Tuesday selling everything from produce, herbs, farm fresh eggs (and quail eggs) and spicy jams. The Heritage House will also be open for tours during the market. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.
Register for the Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run - Mark your calendars for the Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run and Kids K on May 19, 2019. Registration for the race is only $30 until March 31 and includes a T-shirt that gives you free admission to the Deutschen Pfest. Registration for the Kids K is $15. For more information, including race preparation classes, team information and registration visit www.deutschenpfest.com.
Poetry Contest Deadline March 25 - Anyone age 18 and up with a Pflugerville Public Library card may enter the contest. Submit your original poem to the library by end of day Monday, March 25 for a chance to win a gift card from Half Price Books. Entries will be displayed in the Adult Wing of the library throughout the month of April. All entrants will receive a framed copy of their submission, and can attend the Poetry Reading on April 27, from 2 – 3:30 p.m., to read their poem aloud. Download the entry form and read the contest lines here.
Save the Date
March 30 – Spring Pfling – Noon-3 p.m. at Heritage Park. We’re moving to Heritage Park this year and will have even more fun for everyone. Join us for early Summer Pfun Camp Registration (residents only), free workouts from Camp Gladiator and FIT4MOM, a robotics build, performances from children’s dance, adult tap, and the Library’s Ukulele Club, inflatables, the Tiny Tails Petting Zoo and more. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/springpfling.
March 30 - Star Wars Reads Day - Enjoy storytime, saber training with Saber Guild-Jakku Temple, and crafts at the library on March 30, 2 - 4 p.m. Special guest artist Vo Nguyen will be offering Star Wars drawings for children and will be providing children's guest passes to Greater Austin Comic Con. All ages are welcome to attend.
April 9 - Greater Pflugerville Job Pfair - The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce, City of Pflugerville, Pflugerville Independent School District, and Pflugerville Travis County Emergency Services District #2 are organizing a Greater Pflugerville Job Fair for April 9 from 4- 8 p.m. at Typhoon Texas, 18500 TX 130 Service Road, Pflugerville Texas to encourage employment in Pflugerville. The public is encouraged to bring their resumes and come learn about job opportunities in Pflugerville. The City is hiring several full-time positions including utility maintenance employees and police officers, and part-time summer positions. The Emergency Services District #2, Pflugerville Pfire, is hiring firefighters and medics. Visit https://www.pfchamber.com/events/details/pflugerville-job-fair-115 for more information.