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Key to the City April 19, 2019

SB2, Pf Police Awards, and more.
Post Date:04/19/2019 10:00 AM

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Key to the City April 19, 2019 
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Senate approved SB 2 - House action anticipated next week

On April 15, the Texas Senate approved a version of Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) known as the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019. The bill makes many changes to the process of adopting property tax rates including: renaming the rollback tax rate the "voter-approved" tax rate, setting a revenue cap of 3.5%, mandating an election for all cities that want to exceed the voter-approved rate. The bill has yet to be voted upon in the House, however that vote is anticipated next week. Pflugerville City Council has passed a Resolution against SB and HB 2 due to its limiting of the City to make necessary decisions within the budgeting process. The City Council also agreed that it did very little to reduce property taxes. For more information on the bill visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/sb2.

Pflugerville Police Department recognized by 100 Club of Central Texas for excellence in the community

dispatcherOn Saturday, April 6, the 100 Club of Central Texas recognized Pflugerville Police Department staff at their 36th Annual Awards Banquet in Austin. Dispatch Supervisor Belinda Alexander and Senior Dispatcher Mitchum Chauvin received the Outstanding Emergency Communications Operator award for their outstanding skills in victim and officer support during emergencies (Pictured with representatives from the 100 Club of Central Texas). The Pflugerville Police Department received the Outstanding Team award alongside surrounding local law enforcement agencies for cooperation in emergency response. The Pflugerville Police Department was also recognized for its philanthropic work on Camryn’s Relentless Battle with the Guardian Angel award.

Pflugerville Police at McDonalds for a fundraiser on Friday
As part of the Pflugerville Police Department’s ongoing partnership with the 100 Club of Central Texas, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19, Pflugerville police officers will be behind the counter at Pflugerville McDonald’s restaurants participating in the 18th Annual Good Friday Fundraiser. During this time, visitors can interact with local law enforcement and a percentage of sales from participating McDonald’s will be donated to the 100 Club. The 100 Club of Central Texas is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial and emotional assistance to the families of first-responders killed or critically injured in the line of duty. The club funds grants, scholarships and other programs that give much-needed assistance. To find out more about the Pflugerville Police Department’s involvement in the surrounding community, visit police.pflugervilletx.gov/community-programs.

Pflugerville Police release results of the Spring Break Strategic Training Encouraging Partnership (STEP) traffic enforcement initiative

The Pflugerville Police Department conducted a heightened traffic enforcement initiative from March 15-25 during Spring Break.PoliceCar

"As part of the initiative, our patrol shifts were encouraged to increase enforcement efforts and watch for impaired drivers and unsafe driving practices," Lieutenant Makeba Lewis said. "Like several departments statewide, we partnered with the Texas Department of Public Transportation’s (TXDOT) Strategic Training Encouraging Partnerships (STEP) initiative and issued warnings and citations when necessary to raise awareness and encourage safe driving."

This is the first year the Police Department has participated in the Spring Break STEP initiative. As a result, there were 277 stops over March 15-25 that resulted in 96 citations and 105 warnings. There were 47 STEP grant stops with 2 citations for car safety seat violations, 42 for speed, 4 for intersection traffic control violations, 5 hazardous moving violations, 75 other violations and 12 arrests.

The Pflugerville Police Department traffic enforcement initiative’s goal was to reduce unsafe driving habits including distracted driving, texting and driving, and drunk driving through a series of public events, reminders, Facebook LIVE, and interactions with the community. 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 Spring Break. The Department posted regular social media posts to remind the public of traffic enforcement and the law. The traffic division focuses on holiday weeks and weekends to remind drivers and the community to play it safe. The next STEP enforcement initiative is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with the TXDOT Click it or Ticket campaign to heighten awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

Traffic Signals fully operational along Weiss LaneWeiss_Light1

Have you driven down Weiss Lane recently? The traffic signals along Weiss Lane at Pflugerville Parkway and Wolfpack are now fully operational. Roadwork continues on Weiss Lane as the contractor has been working to complete paving and all items of work on the section or roadway between Pflugerville Parkway to Pecan Street. The Contractor will continue work on the northern section of Weiss, anticipating full project completion in Summer 2019. All construction work is weather permitting. Drive safely.

New playground for Bohls Park

The Bohls Park playground will be closed starting Tuesday, April 23 through mid-May while a new playground is installed. During construction, the fields and trail will remain open.

Other surrounding playgrounds include Heritage Park, Pfluger Park and Creekside Park. For a full list of parks and trails visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov.

City Events

MusicApril 20 Growing with Music

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 from 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.

Homeschool Pfair April 23 at the Libraryhomeschool pfair

Homeschool families are invited to learn about resources and services available to them at the library and throughout the City of Pflugerville at the Homeschool Pfair on Tuesday, April 23 from 1:30-3 p.m. Learn about Library programs, online resources, maker kits, and volunteer opportunities. Stop by the Heritage House Museum table to learn about Pflugerville's local history resources.

Families can also visit with other city departments, including the Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Animal Welfare Services, to learn about the services they provide.

Meet representatives from the Homeschool Prom Committee, American Legion Post 154, Lemonade Day, the Pflugerville Fire Department, and Austin Community College.

All ages are welcome to attend. The Pflugerville Library is located on 1008 W. Pfluger St.

Free Documentary Screening and Q&A

Enjoy a screening of the documentary The World’s Last Frontier: The Peopling of the Americas at the library on Wednesday, April 24, 1-2 p.m. Stay after the short film for a question and answer session with Dr. Clark Wernecke of the Gault School for Archaeological Research. A light lunch will be provided. The Senior Lunch and Learn program is designed for ages 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up is welcome.

Clark Wernecke is the Executive Director for the Gault School. Dr. Wernecke brings a unique blend of scholarship and experience to the project with degrees in history, business and anthropology. He has considerable experience in business and has specialized in the management of large archaeological projects. Dr. Wernecke has worked in the Middle East, Mesoamerica, the American Southeast and Southwest, and Texas. In addition to his work with the GSAR, he is currently working on archaeological data from the Mexican War and early Texas architecture.

Adult Hoppy Hour with the Tiny Tails to You Petting ZooHoppy Hour

De-stress with the wonderful animals of the Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo at the library on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees will get hands-on time with several animals. In consideration of our tiny guests, pets will not be allowed at this program. Service animals are welcome. This program is for adults age 18 and up only. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

Deutschen Pfest T-shirts now for sale; Pfestival is May 17-19

DPfestshirt2019It’s time to purchase your shirt for Pflugerville’s Deutschen Pfest. For $12 you can buy a souvenir shirt for the Deutschen Pfest and receive free admission while wearing the shirt all weekend long May 17-19. It’s a great deal! Purchase your shirt at City Hall (100 E. Main St., Ste 100) or at the Pflugerville Recreation Center (400 Immanuel Road).

Kids shirts size small to large are $10. Adult shirts S-XL are $12 and $14 for a 2XL or 3XL.

What's Happening

April 23 - Early Opening Pfarmers Market - Join us for the last pre-season Pfarmers Market before the regular season begins on May 7. From 3-7 pm visit Heritage Park (901 Old Austin Hutto Rd) for locally grown and crafted items, coffee, tamales, knife sharpening and more. pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket

April 25 - Used Book Sale - Pick up some spring reads at the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale on Thursday, April 25. Shop the sale from the time the library opens at 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Choose from DVDs, fiction, non-fiction, kids books, CDs and more. Funds from the Book Sale support library programs.

April 27 - Plazapalooza - As part of National Volunteerism Month, the city will host its first annual community engagement project, Main Street Plazapalooza. On Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., City employees and community volunteers will work together to build a plaza in Downtown Pflugerville next to City Hall. Come during the event and enjoy this new space. There will be art activities and food trucks onsite.

April 27 - Java & Journey - Sign up to go on April 27 to West Pecan Coffee and hike at McKinney Falls State Park. For more information visit the "Outdoor Programs" section at pflugervilletx.gov/classes or contact Daulton Mobley at daultonm@pflugervilletx.gov.

Be a food vendor at Pfirecracker Pfestival - We have a few spots left for food vendors at the Pfirecracker Pfestival on July 4 at the Pfield. Vendors will need to be open from 5-9 p.m. and booth fees are $75 for a 15' x 10' or $100 for a 25' x 10'. Applications are available at pfirecrackerpfestival.com. If you or someone you know sells vegetarian or vegan food, we are saving space for non-meat vendors. Please have them apply above or contact events@pflugervilletx.gov.


Chime in on roadway needs with Pflugerville Pforward -
Pflugerville Pforward is Pflugerville’s Master Transportation Plan. The most important part of this project is public feedback and engagement. The City will host a public meeting on April 30 at 5 p.m. at the library. Residents can provide feedback now on Pflugerville roadways at pflugervilletx.gov/pforward using the Wiki-map tool. The final plan is expected to be brought to City Council for consideration and approval in early November. Try it here.

Deutschen Pfest Coloring contest deadline is April 22 - Grab your crayons, colored pencils, and markers and enter the Deutschen Pfest Coloring Contest now until April 22, 2019. 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. For more information and to download the coloring sheet today visit https://deutschenpfest.com.

Save the Date

April 27 - Poetry Reading - Come to the library on April 27 for the annual poetry reading from entrants in the poetry month contest and other members of the Pflugerville Poetry Society. Attendees will also have the opportunity to make framed found poetry. Light refreshments provided. This event is open to anyone 18 and up, regardless if you submitted a poem for the contest or not. Reading starts at 2 p.m.

April 28 - Woofstock - The Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services hosts Woofstock 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.

April 30 Pflugerville Transportation Plan Open house - Visit the library to provide feedback on the Pflugerville Pforward Master Transportation Plan from 5 -8 p.m. Go online and submit feedback on where future roadway expansions are needed, to highlight intersections you feel need extra attention and note high traffic areas. Your feedback will go into a final consolidated report. Submit online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pforward.

May 17-19 - Deutschen Pfest - Come to Pfluger Park for a weekend full of activities. Friday night kicks off from 5 p.m. until midnight with live music, carnival and festival fun. Saturday there's a parade down Railroad Avenue to Main Street followed by the festival at the park. Sunday includes a 5K Pfun Run and Kids K. www.deutschenpfest.com

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