Key to the City April 5, 2019
Watch the State of the City, Stormwater Awareness Month and more.
Key to the City April 5, 2019
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Watch the State of the City
On Tuesday, April 2, Mayor Victor Gonzales gave the inaugural State of the City to a crowd of more than 200 registrants at the Courtyard Marriott Pflugerville to highlight a look into Pflugerville's Pfuture.
From a snapshot of how residents can engage to the city to future economic development projects on the horizon, the State of the City's main message as we look pforward is that Pflugerville is headed in the right direction.
If you were unable to attend, the State of the City is available for replay on demand online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pftv and will air on PfTV (Uverse 99 and Suddenlink Ch 17) at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Vote is anticipated next week on the House Bill 2; Help protect Texas cities from revenue capsTexas must not cap Pflugerville’s ability to protect public safety or provide roadway improvements, parks and recreation, quality of life, and other critical and basic City needs and services, so this week Mayor Victor Gonzales submitted an op-ed piece to the Pflugerville Pflag to help inform residents about the issues related to House Bill 2. Right now, state legislators are advancing a “revenue cap” proposal that could be disastrous for people in Pflugerville and across Texas. Revenue caps do not significantly reduce anyone’s taxes. They severely limit what cities can spend on police, roads, economic development, and other quality-of-life needs that residents demand. Your Pflugerville City Council does not support revenue caps without exemptions for public safety amongst other necessities. Contact your legislators and state leaders — tell them that Pflugerville’s City Council is elected to develop local solutions and oversee approval of the City’s budget which includes the tax rate. Pflugerville’s elected officials need the ability to plan and provide services that local resident’s desire. To read the full article from Mayor Gonzales, visit https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=6313.
Crack Seal Repairs on City Roads April 4-7
The City has hired a Crack Seal Contractor for overnight crack seal repairs on high volume roads and intersections in Pflugerville. Drivers are asked to be cautious and expect minor delays from April 4 -7 during the evening and overnight hours of 7:30 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Streets will be repaired in the following order, weather permitting:
1) E. Pecan from Dessau to SH-130
2) Wells Branch within City Limits
3) Dessau Rd from Pecan St to City Limits south of Wells Branch
It's Stormwater Awareness Month - Did you know that city storm drains go straight to our waterways?
Anything that goes down a city storm drain leads straight to Pflugerville waterways, and there's no filter along the way. The term stormwater refers to the water that ultimately runs into storm drains after a rain event and can act as a magnet for pollutants harmful to wildlife and waterways.
Storm drain markers remind everyone that whatever enters the drains, goes directly into the creeks.
Here are some steps you can take to help prevent stormwater pollution:
• Secure your bagged trash – on your trash day, any trash that blows away can end up in our streams via storm drains. The storm drain isn’t a trash can.
• Pick up after your pet – pet waste can pollute streams and waterways making them unsafe.
• Watch your yard debris – don’t blow it into the street. It can clog storm drains resulting in flooding and promote algae growth which kills fish.
• Don’t drain your pool down a city storm drain. It is against the city Code of Ordinances to drain chlorinated water of filter backwash from pools or spas into the storm sewer system. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/stormwater for more information on pool drainage guidance and stormwater prevention. Thank you for doing your part to keep our local watersheds as clean as possible.
Pfirecracker Pfestival food vendor applications now open
Applications for Pfirecracker Pfestival food vendors are now open. Pfirecracker Pfestival is from 5-10 p.m. on July 4 at the Pfield. This year we are accepting food truck, trailer and for the first time - tent food vendors. Apply easily on your phone, tablet or computer here.
Important pfacts about the pfest:
- We host over 6,000 people at the Pfield with 12-16 food vendors. Please make sure you do not run out of food!
- No electricity is available. All generators must be quiet or covered.
- Up to three vendors can sell the same type of food or specialty drink. You will be notified which items you can sell.
- Booth fees must be paid within 5 business days of conditional acceptance.
A full list of rules and details is available on the application. Questions? Call 512-990-6113 or email email@example.com.
Summer Reading Program VolunTeen Applications available April 8
The library is looking for friendly and responsible teens ages 14-17 to help with children's programs during the Summer Reading Program (SRP). SRP Volunteens primarily assist library staff with setting up, running, and cleaning up after children’s programs. They also help prepare crafts, straighten the children’s room, answer questions about the Summer Reading Program, and complete other tasks as needed. Most importantly, Volunteens encourage children to have a great time at the library!
Applications will be available at the library beginning Monday, April 8 and are due by Monday, May 6. There are a limited number of SRP Volunteen positions available and not everyone that applies will be selected. In the interest of safety for the children that visit the library, all Pflugerville Public Library volunteers are required to undergo a criminal background check.
Stop by the library or call 512-990-6375 for more information.
Apply to be a guest at the Pflugerville Comic Con
Local comic book artists and authors, cosplay artists, voice actors, comic shops, and game companies can now apply to be a guest at the Pflugerville Comic Con. You can present at panels, provide demonstrations, sign autographs, sell your work and take pictures with attendees. Applications are free. The deadline to apply is May 31.
The Pflugerville Comic Con is a free, family-friendly convention hosted by the Pflugerville Public Library. This year's convention will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Due to limited space, we are focused on types of guests listed above and do not have space for other vendor booths.
Clean Up Day is canceled due to thunderstorms in the forecast
Pflugerville’s Clean Up Day that was scheduled for Saturday, April 6 is now canceled due to weather. In lieu of Clean Up Day, the City reminds residents of the many items that are accepted curbside on weekly trash pickup. An additional six items are permitted curbside with your trash cart.
Items accepted curbside: Furniture including sofas, chairs and couches; mattresses and bed frames; small appliances including microwaves and toasters; toilets, refrigerators and freezers (with a tag that Freon is removed), washers and dryers; yard chippings (bagged grass).
Recycle Center: The Recycle Center 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).
For more information, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/trashtalk. To ensure curbside pickup of bulk items, call the City of Pflugerville at 512-990-6100.
Kids - Grab your crayons for the Deutschen Pfest coloring contest
Children can now enter the Deutschen Pfest Coloring Contest from April 1 – April 22. Do your best artwork for a chance to win great prizes including a Deutschen Pfest T-shirt which grants admission to the Pfest from May 17-19, 2019 at Pfluger Park. Submit your coloring contest entry at Spare Time Texas, 1724 FM 685, Pflugerville, TX by Monday, April 22 and you will receive a free $5 of gameplay at Spare Time. One entry per child. Entrants must be 10 years old or younger as of May 1, 2019.
Entry categories: 4 and younger; 5 and 6 years; 7 and 8 years; 9 and 10 years. One winner per category will receive a t-shirt, and grand prize gets to ride on a float in the Deutschen Pfest parade and serve as Mayor for the Day.
Winners will be announced at Spare Time on Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit deutschenpfest.com.
Images of Service Reception on April 7 at the Library
Mayor Victor Gonzales, Pflugerville’s Youth Advisory Council, the Library and American Legion Kerlin-Lyerly Post #154 have worked together over the past several months on Images of Service, a collection of photographs from Pflugerville veterans.
Veterans and the community are invited to the Images of Service Reception on April 7 at the Pflugerville Library from 3-4 p.m to view the photographs collected of Pflugerville veterans and their families that contributed to the digital archive project. Mayor Gonzales will lead a program that includes the Pledge of Allegiance, posting of the colors, recognition of the various veterans who served and the YAC will help to highlight the stories and photographs received for the historical collection. The City will record interviews with veterans onsite for a video program which will be featured on PfTV this summer.
Enjoy a storytime and egg hunt at the Heritage House Museum
Come to the Heritage House Museum on April 9, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., for a spring storytime followed by an egg hunt. Storytime will take place in the gazebo, and the eggs will be hidden outside the museum. Ages 1-5 and their favorite adult are welcome to participate. This event will move to the Green Red Barn if it rains. The Heritage House Museum is located on 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd.
Come to the Greater Pflugerville Job Pfair at Typhoon Texas
Homeschool Teens and Tweens: Birdwalk at Heritage Park
Special guest Sebastian Casarez will lead the Homeschool Teens on a bird walk around the Heritage House Museum grounds on April 9, 2-3 p.m. Meet at the museum on 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd. Be prepared to walk outdoors, wear closed-toed shoes, bring bug spray, sunblock and water. This program is for ages 8-18.
Wiggle Worm Storytime for children with special needs
Children will enjoy fun movement activities, music and interactive books followed by sensory activities and crafts at the library on Friday, April 12. This storytime is designed for children that have special needs, whether they have been officially diagnosed or not. The activities planned are at a pre-k developmental level, but all ages are welcome. Wiggle Worm storytime takes place on the second Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Teen Anti Prom, April 12
Dance (or not) the night away at the library on Friday, April 12, from 8-10 p.m. There will be a DJ, free snacks and a mini-Instax photo booth. The theme is Fairy Tales, so feel free to wear a crown. Everyone is a prom king or queen here. Semi-formal or formal attire is recommended but not required.
The event is free and open to high school students up to age 18 only. Parents may attend and wait in the library lobby. Younger siblings are not allowed. The door closes at 8:30 p.m. Once you leave the building, you will not be permitted back in.
Chime in on roadway needs with Pflugerville Pforward - An interactive map allows residents to submit pfeedback on traffic, intersection improvements, stop signs, turn lanes and overall transportation needs. Try it here.
Register for the Miss Pflugerville Pageant until April 12 - The Miss Pflugerville Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, and the first mandatory parent and child meeting is on April 27. Contestant applications are now accepted for the Miss Pflugerville Pageant through Friday, April 12 at 5 p.m. The pageant divides contestants into three age groups: Little Miss Pflugerville – for girls going into third to fifth grade in the 2019-2020 school year; Junior Miss Pflugerville – for girls entering sixth to eighth grade in the 2019-2020 school year; Miss Pflugerville – high school. Winners will proudly represent Pflugerville throughout the year and will volunteer at community events. The pageant is open to Pflugerville residents and students within the PfISD. Click here to view the pageant application. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pfarmers Market in April - Enjoy two Pfarmers Markets on April 9 and 23, at The Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road from 3-7 p.m. The market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. The Heritage House Museum will also be open for tours during market hours. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.
Deutschen Pfest Facebook event - If you know you want to attend Deutschen Pfest and don't want to forget, go ahead and sign up as attending on the Deutschen Pfest Facebook event. You can invite your friends and share it on your Facebook wall so more friends can know you'll be there. By responding to the event, participants will receive updates about the festival. Follow the event here.
Heritage House Open – Come visit the Heritage House Museum during the Early Pfarmers Market at Heritage Park and on the first Sunday of the month from 1 – 4 p.m. Learn about local history and other related topics. Library staff will be onsite to answer any questions.
Tween Hangout Night at the Library – Each month tweens can drop in on the second Tuesday of the month for a fun activity. On April 9, from 6-7:45 p.m. stop by and watch the critically acclaimed and award winning Into the Spider-Verse (Columbia Pictures, Rated PG). Kids 8-12 are welcome. Refreshments are available while supplies last.
Save the Date
April 20 – Growing With Music at the Library – Encourage your child’s interest in music by learning about the different classes they can take as they grow up. Musician Will Dupuy will be at the library on April 20, 2-2:45 p.m. He will talk about choir, band, orchestra, independent study and more. Ages 5-12 with their parent or guardian are welcome.
April 27 Plazapalooza - Celebrate the creation of a new plaza in downtown Pflugerville to the east of City Hall. Several community groups will work together to create the plaza and further beautify downtown Pflugerville.
April 28 - Woofstock - The Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services hosts Woofstock on from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Shop booths of pet-friendly vendors and check out the animals up for adoption at the shelter. It's a great chance to adopt and buy supplies you'll need for bringing a pet into your home. Live music and food trucks are part of the fun.