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Key to the City March 22, 2019

Post Date:03/22/2019 10:30 AM

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Key to the City March 22, 2019 
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Pflugerville Pforward - Transportation Master Plan

Interactive map allows residents to submit pfeedback on traffic, intersection improvements, stop signs, turn lanes and overall transportation needs

The City of Pflugerville is updating its Transportation Master Plan and has launched an interactive wikimap to allow residents to provide feedback on areas of congestion, increased intermodal options, as well as maintenance and safety recommendations.interactivemap

“The first step in that process is to get a lot of people to tell us about their experiences traveling around town,” Interim Public Works Director Chad Wood said. “This is the public’s chance to tell us directly where they want us to focus our attention and let us know of the areas you drive and travel through every day that may need extra attention when it comes to traffic flow and safety. By logging in to the wiki tool, residents can provide feedback electronically to the city. The city is also planning a series of open houses to get additional one-on-one feedback from residents.”

The interactive map has a quick introductory survey to help direct residents on using the tool. Next, residents are encouraged to enter an email address to be connected to the process and have the ability to log back in and update recommendations over the course of the next few months. Users have the ability to place various icons or draw different colored lines wherever new roadway connections, widenings, turn lanes, stop signs, traffic signals, and other various roadway improvements are needed. To make it as interactive as possible, residents are not limited to identifying issues only in the city limits or required to submit all ideas in one sitting.

The survey will remain live and online now through June. The first open house on the project is slated for 5-8 p.m. on April 30 at the Pflugerville Public Library. When the data is compiled another open house will be held towards the end of summer. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pforward to link to the project page and interactive map.

Weiss Lane asphalt pour this weekend; weather permitting

Expect delays overnight Friday and Saturday along Weiss Lane on the south end of the road as there may be some intermittent lane closures during off-peak traffic periods for isolated areas. On Sunday, Weiss Lane will be reduced to one-lane between Pecan Street and the first bridge. Flagging crews will be set up on each end of the road and a pilot car will guide traffic through the work zone.

The closure is to allow for a final layer of asphalt paving for this section of Weiss Lane. The repairs are being done on the weekend to avoid impacting school and commuter traffic along this busy arterial road. The contractor will continue paving the final layer north of the bridge, through the Pflugerville Pkwy intersection, next week without any lane reductions anticipated. Please drive carefully through the construction area or seek an alternate route. All roadway repairs are weather permitting.

Sprinkler System Evaluations

Sprinkler_thumbThe City of Pflugerville Public Works Staff offers complimentary sprinkler evaluations to the City of Pflugerville Water customers only. This evaluation is to help residents ensure that their system is working efficiently and not wasting water. Residents must be home for the city to inspect each watering zone and access to the controller unit must be available. An evaluation can take from one to two hours to complete. For additional information, visit https://utilitybilling.pflugervilletx.gov/water-conservation/conservation-programs/sprinkler-system-evaluations.

Pfinish Pfix a Leak Week by checking your appliances

Did you know that you could be wasting 10,000 gallons of water each year because of household leaks? That’s the equivalent of about 270 loads of laundry. In Texas, water resources are routinely threatened during recurring periods of drought. In addition, our state has one of the fastest growing populations in the country and all of our residents need water to work and live. With these challenges in mind, it’s important to conserve water by finding and fixing leaks during Fix a Leak Week, March 18-24.

Check out these tips to conserve water and avoid leaks:

  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. You have a leak if any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes.
  • Check your in-ground irrigation system each spring before use to make sure it wasn’t damaged by frost or freezing.

To learn more about how to identify and fix leaks, visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.

Analysis of Impediments Study

The Analysis of Impediments, or AI, is a planning process for local governments and public housing agencies (PHAs) to take meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination.

The AI for the City of Pflugerville is being done in collaboration with our regional partners, the cities of Austin and Round Rock, Travis and Williamson counties and five public housing authorities. Additional information regarding the study can be found here: http://centraltexasfairhousing.org/

The draft Central Texas Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing is now available for public comment through April 23. The draft report is available via download at http://centraltexasfairhousing.org/draft-report/. You can offer comments through the comment box on the Get Involved page, email them to hello@rootpolicy.com, or send written comments to Central Texas AI, 6740 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80220.

Last call for Images of Service

Kevin1The Youth Advisory Council class project is Images of Service, a collection of photos from Pflugerville Veterans. The group continues to collect photos and stories from Pflugerville Veterans with a deadline to submit photographs of March 29. Submit photos to the project and help us capture the history from Pflugerville residents and relatives who have served our country.

Pictured is one of several submittals to the Images of Service. In this photo, the City of Pflugerville HR Generalist, Kevin Connaughton, shared a picture with us of him in Iraq in 2009 with area children. If you have photos and are willing to be a part of the photograph archive, please provide your photos at the library by March 29 for them to be scanned into the archive, or email a digital photo to Pfimagesofservice@pflugervilletx.gov.

On April 7 there will be a reception at the library at 3 p.m. to recognize veterans who participate in the program and view the photographs collected for the archive. For more information visit, our website.

Police Department updated website launched  - police.pflugervilletx.gov

Last week, the Police Department subsite launched, police.pflugervilletx.gov creating a user-friendly platform to find Pflugerville Police information. The site prominently features most-searched terms for the Department including the recruiting, crime map, community programs, report and neighborhood watch programs. Visit the page today.

City Events

Visit the Early Opening Pfarmers Market

Join us on Tuesday, March 26 for the next preseason Pfarmers Market at the Green Red Barn from 3-7 p.m. Support local businesses and purchase locally grown and prepared foods. The Market includes 22 vendors, including Taylor Farm, Chow Hound Raw, Gordie's Coffee, Garden Diva, Woodwork by Dennis and Tamales To Go. The Heritage House will also be open for tours during the market.

There will be two more Early Opening Pfarmers Markets on April 9 and April 23. The regular weekly market season will begin May 7 and continue through October 29. For more information visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

Upcoming Movie MatineesMovie Matinee

Watch Creed (©New Line Cinema, Rated PG-13) on Sunday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library. Stick around after the movie for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (©Warner Bros., Rated PG-13) at 3:45 p.m. Teens and adults are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

On Monday, March 25, seniors can enjoy The Green Book at 2 p.m. Senior Movie Matinees occur on the last Monday of each month at 2 p.m. This program is intended for those age 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. Want to see what the library is screening next month? Check it out on the library calendar.

Pfab Lab Night for teens

Teens ages 12-18 can visit the Pfab Lab to try a different craft or piece of equipment each month. On Tuesday, March 26, teens will learn basic weaving techniques from Library Tech Joan. Use inexpensive looms that you can take home after the craft. Registration is not required, this event is first come, first served. The program starts at 6 p.m.

Work on a laser cutter craftnew laser cutter at the pfab lab

Choose a craft prepped by the laser cutter at the Pflugerville Library and then add a personal touch. Work on an acrylic craft on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Materials provided while supplies last. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend.

Bollywood Dance Night for teens and adults

Learn the basics of Bollywood Dance at the Pflugerville Library on Thursday, March 28, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Teens and adults are welcome to attend. This class is presented by Agni Dance.

Star Wars Reads Day, March 30

Enjoy a Star Wars themed storytime, saber training with Saber Guild-Jakku Temple and crafts on March 30, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the library. 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. Cosplay is encouraged and all ages are welcome to attend.

Throw away scrap metal and latex paint at Clean Up Day on April 6

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Do you have items to recycle and dispose of that you can't put curbside on your trash pickup day? Take your televisions, latex paint, and scrap metal to Clean Up Day on April 6, for disposal. For a list of items you can bring, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/cleanup.

Tips to prepare for Clean Up Day: Pflugerville utility customers only. Proof of residency with utility bill required. No commercial contractors. Clean Up Day begins at 8 a.m. Please be in line by 11:30 a.m. to ensure entry. For more information, please call the City of Pflugerville Public Works Department at 512-990-6400 or email: publicworks@pflugervilletx.gov.

  • Take items to the recycle center: The city recycle center is located at 15500 Sun Light Near Way and open Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. It accepts items not recycled curbside to include: brush and tree limbs, leaves, vehicle batteries, transmission fluid, motor oil, anti-freeze, oil filters and tires (up to 4 per year).
  • Bulk pickup service: Don't wait in line for items you could've just put on the curb all year long. You can put your trash cart plus an additional six bags and/or bulk items at the curb on your trash day. Click here or more information on trash pickup.

What's Happening

Road closure of Jesse Bohls and Weiss intersection -  As mentioned in last week's Key to the City, 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. Please contact the Capital Improvement Program staff at projects@pflugervilletx.gov if you have any additional questions and project updates are available on the City’s website at pflugervilletx.gov/projects.

$20 adoptions at PAWS - This month, enjoy $20 adoptions an all animals at PAWS.

Register for Spring Classes - Space is still available in select Spring Recreation Classes beginning in April, including Robotics, Preschool Picassos and Archery. Find out more information and register today at pflugervilletx.gov/classes.

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.

Kids Crafternoon for ages 5-8 – Children can enjoy a fun craft activity every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. This program is for kids ages 5-8 with their parent or caregiver. On March 28, paint a wooden picture frame. View the library calendar for upcoming crafts.

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 31 – Dog Friendly Movie Matinee - Bring your canine best friend to the Pflugerville Library from 2-4 p.m. and watch Alpha (©Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. Rated PG-13), a story about Man's first best friend. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent. Canine and Human snacks will be provided while supplies last.

April 2 State of the City - Tickets are selling quickly for this inaugural event at the Courtyard Austin Pflugerville. The Mayor's State of the City address will run online for playback at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pftv.


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