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Key to the City September 13, 2019

Water conservation, tax rates, and more
Post Date:09/13/2019 11:30 AM

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Key to the City September 13, 2019
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Watch Pflugerville Pfocus

This week's Pflugerville Pfocus includes an update on the tax rate, Kelly Lane safety, a Lake Pflugerville update and Building Department feature. Watch it online at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.

Pflugerville moves into Stage 3 Water Restrictions starting September 13

The City of Pflugerville will move to Stage 3 Water Restrictions on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10 a.m.Sprinkler_thumb

“Due to evaporation, hot temperatures and lack of rainfall, we need residents to conserve water immediately to decrease our average daily usage at the water plant,” Public Works Director Suzette Robinson said. “Water demand is exceeding what we are able to process. Our plant has exceeded 90% capacity, and Pflugerville water customers must conserve now to avoid future water rationing.”

In August of 2018, water usage was 247 million gallons and in August of 2019, water usage was 290 million gallons, an increase of 17.44%.

Under Stage 3, all water customers must follow a once a week watering schedule based on the last number of their address.

  • Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may water on Mondays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may water on Tuesdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may water on Wednesdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may water on Thursdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Addresses ending in 8 or 9 may water on Fridays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • No watering allowed on Saturday or Sunday.

Hand watering is permitted on all weekdays, regardless of address, with a hand-held positive shutoff nozzle or up to a five-gallon bucket before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight. Car washing is only permitted at commercial facilities.

All water customers must comply with the restrictions above, or risk a fine.

Watering Enforcement:  The City will enforce water restrictions. Customers will receive warnings prior to facing administrative fees. The goal is to educate residents on the proper watering times and to make sure sprinkler systems are set up properly.

  • First violation – customer given a yellow violation notice and information on the water schedule.
  • Second violation – customer given a red notice, letter from the City outlining the water violation and a visit from city staff to discuss how to conserve and comply with the water restrictions.
  • Third violation – customer will receive a letter from the City and a $100 administrative fee added to the customer’s water bill.
  • Final notice – customer will be sent a certified letter from the City notifying them that their water will be disconnected. There is a $50 reconnect fee that must be paid before the water service is reconnected.

Report any watering restriction violations to the City of Pflugerville Public Works Department at 512-990-6400. Tips on saving water are available at www.pfreshwater.com.

Council discuss the City's tax rate and budget

City Council held the first Public Hearing on the Budget and Tax Rate on Tuesday, September 10. The City Council adopted a maximum tax rate that may be set for 2019 at .5045, but has the ability to modify the rate until it is finalized on September 24. Snip

When looking at your total property tax bill, less than 20% of your tax dollars go to the City to pay for streets, public safety, water infrastructure, parks and much more. The proposed City tax rate increase from .4976 to .5045 (less than a penny) equates to a $2.82/month increase per $100,000 home valuation. These funds are critical to meet the growing demand for infrastructure and city services and to address the concerns voiced in the citizen survey.

The 2019 citizen survey conducted in May 2019 recognized four top issues that need emphasis from city leaders including traffic management, transit system development, jobs/economic development and enhancements to downtown Pflugerville. The proposed budget includes a focus on long-term planning and transportation initiatives including Kelly Lane Phase 2 and Old Austin Hutto Road.

Long-term planning proposals in the proposed budget include a City-wide Comprehensive Plan, a Downtown Utilities Inventory and Location Analysis, an American Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition plan, a traffic signal study, and Phase 2 of a Drainage Master Plan. Transportation-related proposals include a pilot program with Capital Metro for limited transit services, design funds for several transportation projects, and additional funding for street repairs. Investment in an asset management software is also proposed to assist multiple city functions in managing the City’s infrastructure more efficiently.

The Council will continue to discuss the budget and tax rate at the meeting on September 17 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. At this meeting, Council will also hold public hearings on both the tax rate and the budget to receive citizen input. City Council must adopt the budget and tax rate at the September 24 City Council meeting, the last meeting before the new fiscal year begins on October 1.

For an overview on the proposed budget and tax rate, view the City Council Budget and Tax Rate document.

Construction on Wilbarger Creek Park set to beginWilbarger Creek Park location

Construction on Wilbarger Creek Park at the southwest corner of Kingston Lacy Boulevard and Craters of the Moon Boulevard is set to begin the week of September 16.  The park plan, approved by City Council in March, will include playground areas, outdoor classroom space, a youth velo-way, a practice field, parking, trails and restrooms on 10.5 acres of this 104.42 acre park.

The youth velo-way, a cycling track for non-motorized wheeled vehicles, is the first of its kind in Pflugerville. This park also provides opportunities for outdoor education, with its close proximity to Wilbarger Creek and acres of undeveloped parkland.

The park was identified in the Trails Master Plan & Undeveloped Parks Study completed in 2014. Funding for this project is from Parkland Dedication funds and the 2014 General Obligation Bonds approved by voters. Construction will last approximately 10 months with work conducted between 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. For questions or concerns about the park, call 512-990-6400 or email projects@pflugervilletx.gov.

Falcon Pointe Splash Park closed for the season

Falcon Pointe Splash Park, 1813 Tranquility Lane, is closed for the rest of the season for mandatory repairs. All pools are closed for open swim, and Gilleland Creek Pool remains opens for fall swim lessons, off-season lap swimming and the Pfloating Pumpkin Patch in October.

City Council and staff help make Kelly Lane safer 

Kelly_signAt Tuesday's Council meeting, City Council received an update on the safety measures taken to make intersections on Kelly Lane safer. In August, City Council directed staff to implement all reasonable and prudent immediate solutions to making intersections safer including: increased law enforcement, improved visibility, installation of rumble strips, provide educational information, improve pavement markings, install flashing warning lights and additional warning signs.

Over the past month, the City has increased law enforcement activities and installed advanced warning signage, placed additional signage along Kelly Lane including message boards, cross road intersection signs with orange flags and added LED lights to draw attention to key intersections.

Pflugerville Police Department increased patrol in the area to enforce traffic laws. The City increased public education with several posts on social media including Nextdoor, and highlighted the project in Pflugerville Pfocus.

Lake Pflugerville Phase 1 design underway

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Council approved engineering services associated with the design and construction of Lake Pflugerville Phase 1 Project which is part of the 2014 Bond Projects approved by the voters.  With a budget of $3.5 million, Phase 1 features a beach expansion with a new restroom facility and upgrades to the existing restroom, parking lot expansions including lighting and landscaping. A new trail head includes a safer and improved pedestrian crossing and new parking lot near Becker Farm Road, removal of existing structures, and a new community garden. The project will be implemented in two phases to provide improvements to the lake for the 2020 summer season.

Phase 1A: All utility and horizontal improvements including but not limited to water, wastewater, electrical, and parking improvements.

Phase 1B: Comprised of the remaining vertical and aesthetic amenities proposed including but not limited to restroom facilities, site furnishings, community allotment garden and landscaping improvements.

The Preliminary Design Report was approved by City Council in June 2019.

Learn new skills with the Pflugerville Library's Maker Kits

Did you know that libraries offer so much more than just books? At Pflugerville Library, you can check out Maker Kits for an entire two weeks that feature technology and tools to help you learn awesome new skills. Want to learn how to play an instrument? We have a guitar, keyboard, ukulele and mandolin. Ready to experiment with new technology? Come check out a GoPro, Ozo Bot, Camcorder, ViewMaster VR or Raspberry Pi! Need a tool to finish the job? We’ve got you covered with a power drill, Dremel engraver, soldering iron or wood burner. Interested in learning a new skill? Choose from our candle-making kit, soap-making kit, sewing machine or bird watching kit. These are just a few of the Maker Kits available to you at Pflugerville Library, and even more will be added in the future. To learn more, please visit our website here.

City Events

Last Music in the Park of the year tonight Steel Betty Photo

Come tonight to Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road for live music featuring Steel Betty from 7:30-9:30 p.m. This Americana band features flavors of bluegrass, folk, blues, country and embraces Austin's eclectic music culture. Bring your family, friends, pets, blankets and picnics to Pfluger Park for free fun. Come early and pick up a snack from this week's food vendors Rocket Ice and Thomas Turkey Legs./p> <42> Public Safety Day this Saturday at the Pfield

This Saturday is the second annual Public Safety Day on from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Pfield (1440 W. Pecan Street.)

Public Safety Day is an opportunity for the Pflugerville community to participate in the bike rodeo, learn more about Pflugerville Police Department programs, meet officers and K-9's and pick up resources from regional law enforcement agencies. The bike rodeo is an opportunity for children to learn important bike safety. To participate, just bring a helmet and bike. There will be bikes available to borrow, first come, first served.

This year, Public Safety Day is being held in conjunction with the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce’s Pfamily Pfestival and Chamber Expo. To find out more, visit our website.

Transportation Master Plan open house Tuesday

The next Transportation Master Plan Open House is on Tuesday, September 17 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Kelly Lane Middle School. Come learn about plans for Kelly Lane, the FM 685 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 inter-modal options, as well as maintenance and safety recommendations. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/pforward for more information.

What's Happening

Crafty Café - Enjoy a beverage while being crafty at the Pflugerville Library. Materials will be provided while supplies last. The event will run from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 15. Anyone 12 and up is welcome to attend.

Pflugerville Ukulele Club - Bring your ukulele and songs to the Pflugerville Library on Tuesday, September 17, for a night of musical fun. This event is for intermediate/advanced players ages 12 and up. If this sounds like you, come show off your ukulele skills at the Library from 6-7:30 p.m.

Last week to register your National Night Out Party - This is the last week to register your neighborhood's National Night Out Party for Tuesday, October 1. By registering your party, you receive a NNO toolkit, as well as a potential visit from police, city officials and other emergency personnel. Register online today at pflugervilletx.gov/nno.

Save the Date

September 20 - Park(ing) Day - The City is building a pop up park in Downtown Pflugerville from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Come out for yard games, coffee, activities and a new space to relax.

September 21 - Environmental Clean-Up Day - 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Park Crest Middle School. Environmental Clean-Up Day is an annual event hosted by the City of Pflugerville to encourage residents to recycle and allow for proper disposal of items. Fencing and construction materials are not accepted. See a full list of items accepted at pflugervilletx.gov/cleanup.

September 28 - 4th Annual Pflugerville Lib Con - Come to the Library for the fourth annual convention celebrating comics, anime, gaming, and cosplay. All ages are welcome to attend. The event is free and family-friendly.  For more information see the event page.

October 4 - Yappy Hour at Stone Hill Dog Park - 6-9 p.m. at Stone Hill Park (1124 Town Center Dr.). BYOB. The event includes food and dog vendors,  door prizes, a costume competition and more. 

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