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Key to the City August 16, 2019

Post Date:08/16/2019 10:00 AM

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Key to the City August 16, 2019
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This week's Pflugerville Pfocus includes a city-wide fiscal impact model and land use analysis, intersection safety on Kelly Lane, and a feature of the City's IT Department. Watch it online here.

New signage at Lake Pflugerville reminds us to help prevent spread of zebra mussels

zebramLike other lakes in Central Texas, zebra mussels are present in Lake Pflugerville.  While the City is working to monitor them and keep them off our water infrastructure, you may come across zebra mussels while swimming or boating in the lake. Visitors are asked to follow a few simple steps to keep zebra mussels from spreading including:

  • washing watercraft when switching from one lake to another
  • draining all water from your boat, including live wells, bait buckets, bilges and any other receptacles or water intake systems before leaving or approaching public waters.

Together we can help stop the spread of zebra mussels. Find out more at tpwd.texas.gov/zebramussels.

Lane Closures on Heatherwilde Boulevard 

Beginning Monday, August 19, Heatherwilde Boulevard will have daily lane closures near the intersection of Kingston Lacy Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Closures are expected to last for approximately three weeks while construction is carried out. Contractors will be working on improving the turn lane for the boulevard. Residents can expect the northbound right lane and the southbound left lane to be closed during the construction period.

City Council approve traffic flow solutions for Kelly Lane and a Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis study of the Corridor drive_carefully

On Tuesday, City Council unanimously directed staff to enact traffic flow and safety solutions on Kelly Lane and authorized a professional engineering services firm to conduct a full Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis at the Kelly Lane at Vilamoura Street/Falcon Pointe Boulevard intersection.

In lieu of stop signs on Kelly Lane at Falcon Pointe Boulevard (east) /Vilamoura Drive, and recognizing current resident concerns at the intersection, City Council authorized any combination of the following traffic control measures:

  • Heighten public education on roadway intersection interim improvements and safety.
  • Install warning signs and use the city flashing marquee signs to alert drivers to intersections
  • Increase traffic enforcement in the area
  • Add advanced warning measures such as rumble strips, pavement markings and signage as appropriate

This discussion is the latest in a series on the Kelly Lane corridor over the last several years ranging from traffic signal warrant studies and evaluations of the corridor. Roadway improvements on Weiss, Pflugerville Parkway and Rowe Lane have impacted travel patterns on Kelly Lane and resulted in a shift in traffic recommendations over the years. The specific purpose of the new study is to determine traffic signals and overall roadway needs based on the condition of the current corridor.

Kelly Lane Phase 2 design, from Falcon Pointe (west) to just east of the Vilamoura intersection is anticipated to be underway in Fall 2019.  A corridor study and transportation plan is underway and staff will update City Council on the status in September. The public is invited to the transportation open house on September 17 at Kelly Lane Middle School from 5-8 p.m. on the Transportation Master Plan including the Kelly Lane and FM 685 corridor.

City staff will return to City Council with an update on this project at the September 10 City Council meeting.

Transportation Master Plan Open House on September 17

The next Transportation Master Plan Open House is on Tuesday, September 17 from 4:30 - 8 p.m. at Kelly Lane Middle School. Come learn about plans for Kelly Lane, the FM 685 corridor, the MoKan corridor and the findings of the origin and destination study. 

This open house follows the interactive Wikimap earlier this year that recorded resident feedback on areas of congestion, increased intermodal options, as well as maintenance and safety recommendations. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/pforward for more information. 

City Events

2019-08-22 Mini Horses

Mini Horse Petting Zoo for Adults at the Library

Who says kids get to have all the fun? On Thursday, August 22 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. join the mini horses from the North Wind Horse Farm for a petting zoo at the library. This program is for those 18 and up only. Refreshments will be provided while they last.

What's Happening

Pflugerville Ukulele Club: Summer Jam Session - Bring your ukulele and favorite songs to the library on August 20 at 6 p.m. and jam with the group. Please bring one printout of the song(s) and we will make copies to share. We will provide music stands for you to use. This event is for teens (ages 12 and up) and adults. Bring your own uke and tuner. Summer Jam Sessions are recommended for intermediate/advanced players.

Fiction Writing Series Part III: Creating Suspense and Terror - On August 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library, join author and retired professor Tracey Lander-Garrett for the third edition of our fiction writing workshop. This week learn how to use the five senses to create spine-chilling scenes. Anyone 18 and up is welcome. Space is limited.

Class of 2019 - A Congratulatory Chief's Run - We invite you to join us for a congratulatory run for the newest class of Pflugerville Police Officers on Saturday, August 24. The run starts at Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road,  at 7 a.m. and follows the Gilleland Creek Trail to Gower Street and back to the park. You can walk, run or bike with us to support our new officers, or make encouraging signs to cheer those on the route.

City offices closed Labor Day; trash not affected - City offices, the Public Library, Animal Welfare Services, Recycle Center and Recreation Center are closed Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. Trash and recycle pickup is not affected. If you need assistance when the city is closed, call the citizen's communications hotline at the Police Department at 512-990-6700. If there is an emergency, please call 911.

Save the Date

August 28 - Free Health Screenings for adults - Austin Public Health will offer free health screenings at the library on August 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Available screenings will include: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, as well as other health resources. 

August 30 - Music in the Park returns - Music in the Park will return to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road,  on August 30, September 6 and September 13. Join us from 7:30-9:30 p.m. - and don't pforget to come early and enjoy one of our food trucks.

September 7 - Pfurry Splash Party - Scott Mentzer Pool. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., bring your dogs for a dip in the pool. All dogs must be vaccinated and have proof. See our website here for more details. 

September 9 - Library Youth Programs Resume - Regular youth programs, events, clubs, and storytimes will resume on September 9 at the library. For a full listing of library programs for all ages, check the library calendar at https://library.pflugervilletx.gov/events-classes/event-calendar

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