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Key to the City October 11, 2019

Post Date:10/11/2019 10:30 AM

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Key to the City October 11, 2019
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City and County work together on Jesse Bohls Drive alignment

The City and the County are working together in the funding of planning, design, and construction of improvements to E. Pflugerville Parkway at Jesse Bohls Rd extending from Colorado Sand Dr. to Cameron Rd. Portions of the roadway fall within Travis County and Pflugerville jurisdiction so the collaboration allows for more effective use of resources. When finished E. Pflugerville Parkway and Jesse Bohls will be realigned at Weiss Lane and construction includes curb and gutter, and a 4-lane divided roadway with storm sewers, street lights within the City limits and 10-foot wide hike and bike paths. The project is comprised of approximately 2.5 miles located within the City and approximately 1.8 miles located within the unincorporated area of the County, which is within the Pflugerville extra-territorial jurisdiction. The County and the City just finished working together on the Weiss Lane widening project. The ribbon-cutting for this event is on October 17.

Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis and roadway recommendations presented for Kelly Lane

deliniatorIn August the City Council approved the hiring of consultant, DKS, to conduct a Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis reviewing the Kelly Lane and Hidden Lake Drive/Jakes Hill Road and the Falcon Pointe Boulevard/Vilamoura Street intersections. On October 8, DKS presented their short and long-term recommendations to City Council to reduce traffic congestion and address safety concerns in the area. The recommendations include immediate installation of a temporary traffic signal at Kelly Lane and Jakes Hill/Hidden Lake Boulevard and to restrict all turn movements across Kelly Lane at Vilamoura/Falcon Pointe intersection with the use of vertical markers (pictured) . The change would result in no left turns from each direction at the Vilamoura/Falcon Pointe intersection while Phase 2 is designed and constructed. When the Phase 3 widening of Kelly Lane is complete, a permanent signal with mast arms would remain at the Hidden Lake Drive/Jakes Hill intersection over the road. The long-term recommendation is to replace vertical markers with a roundabout at Kelly Lane and the Vilamoura/Falcon Pointe intersection to restrict through and left-turn movements by vehicles on side streets across Kelly Lane and eliminate the conflict points that currently exist. The study provides a grade to each intersection based on seconds of driving delay. The intersections received grades of C to F based on traffic delays of 30 seconds to 70 seconds per vehicle. The study concluded that 45% of crashes occur between 4 and 7 p.m. and most of the crashes are from right angle turns and results of risky turn movements. Warrants were not met for a signal at Kelly Lane and Vilamoura/Falcon Pointe. City staff were asked to return in six weeks at the November 12 Council meeting with a timeline for implementation of the recommendations. The item was a presentation and no action was taken by the Council. The presentation can be viewed online for replay at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pftv and here is a link to the Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis Powerpoint presentation for more details. 

City of Pflugerville employees volunteer with the Pf Serves Program

At their October 8 regular meeting, City Council approved the creation of the Pf Serves Program for City of Pflugerville employees which allows city employees to volunteer in the Pflugerville community for up to 40 hours per year during the workday.

City Councilmembers voiced support for this program’s positive impacts to morale, engagement and loyalty. “Our employees are extremely dedicated individuals to their jobs,” said Mayor Pro Tem Omar Peña, “I think the gesture that we provide as a city to enable them to go off and serve will pay off in spades to our citizens.”

This program is a reflection of one the city’s priorities, community engagement, and contributes towards improving the quality of life in Pflugerville. City employees will be able to volunteer with a variety of local nonprofits such as Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, Friends of the Pflugerville Library, or the Pflugerville Independent School District. Employees may volunteer with a pre-approved organization or recommend other organizations and service opportunities for approval. All volunteering will be in Pflugerville or on a PfISD campus and include meaningful face-to-face interactions with the community. 

Watch pfocus for an update on the City Council meeting

After each Council meeting, the City produces a TV program, Pflugerville Pfocus, highlighting the top items and news from the Council meeting. View today's episode online at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville. The issue includes information on the City's Planning Department annual presentation, the new Pf Serves program, the Jesse Bohls realignment and Kelly Lane traffic signal study. 

Hide your things, Lock your Doors and Take your Keysbreakin_

Do your part and help us prevent crime in your neighborhood by practicing the #9pmRoutine every evening and close your garage door, lock your home and vehicles and remove any valuables including laptops, weapons, wallets and purses. Lock up Pflugerville. Watch this video for tips on securing your belongings and the Digital Neighborhood Watch. Let's work together. Lock up Pflugerville. 

Make your open concept home safer

Closed Door FireMany modern houses have a popular “open concept” design, often with ceilings that soar high up through the 2nd floor. Unfortunately, open concept and loft layouts allow fire and deadly smoke to grow and move much faster than in traditional homes, which were designed with many more doors and separations. But doors are still a great way to slow the spread of fire and smoke. That’s why the Pflugerville Fire Department strongly encourages everyone to always sleep with their bedroom doors closed. Learn more today at PflugervilleFire.org/3MinutesToLive.

STEM Program at Pflugerville Library

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The Library's STEM Program offers opportunities for kids 5 to 8 to creatively explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through different activities each week. Each Monday from 3:30-4:00 p.m., children will be provided with instructions and materials, and will then enjoy guided learning and creating. For more information, please email carmenl@pflugervilletx.gov. The upcoming STEM projects are as follows: 10/14 - Magnets, 10/21 - Math Apps, 10/28 - Marble Runs.

City Events

Pfloating PumpkinCome swim and select your pumpkin at the Pfloating Pumpkin Patch

Don't miss the coolest pumpkin patch in Pflugerville on Saturday, October 12 when the Gilleland Creek Pool becomes a splashingly-fun pumpkin patch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Wear your swim suit to be prepared to take a dip in the pool, pick your pumpkin and decorate it. The pool is open for recreational swim during the event and is heated if needed. Once the pumpkin is selected, children can use glitter and markers to decorate the pumpkins onsite.

Admission prices (cash only) are $10 per person which includes one large pumpkin, $5 per child which includes one small pumpkin and $3 for a person without a pumpkin. Come out and enjoy the fun. Cash is accepted at the gate, or guests can purchase tickets in advance online to pay with credit card and skip the line. Visit the Pumpkin Patch webpage for more details.

Design your pet's outfit at Pawject Runway

On Saturday, October 12 from 2-4:30 p.m., the Pflugerville Library is hosting Pawject Runway. Registered teams will design and execute an outfit for their canine friends using recycled T-shirts and provided materials for embellishment. Participants will write a short statement about their dog and the outfit's creation, and then show off their work in a fashion show at 4 p.m. Ages 12 and up are welcome to register, which may be done at https://bit.ly/2oa5Jtq. For more info, please contact Meg at margaretm@pflugervilletx.gov.

City to rename Settlers Valley Trail in memory of Cyclist Thi Ho on Sunday, October 13

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On Sunday, October 13 at 10 a.m. Mayor Gonzales and the Thi Ho family will meet at the trail crossing near Settlers Valley and 10th Street to rename and unveil the new signage for the Thi Ho Memorial Trail. Ho, age 88, was hit by a vehicle on September 12 while riding his bike on the trail and crossing 10th Street. He later passed away from his injuries. The trail will be renamed in his memory.  The community is invited to attend and show support to the Ho family.

The majority of the two-mile trail runs adjacent to the Gilleland Creek and runs from Wuthrich Park, through Moose Park, and ends near the Pflugerville High School baseball diamond. To view a map of the Thi Ho Memorial Trail and others in the City, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/trails.

Council and PfISD meet Tuesday October 15

The City Council and Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) Board of Directors meet on October 15 to discuss citywide issues that affect both entities. The agenda includes discussion on transportation and roadways, city growth and upcoming events. The City and PfISD meet biannually to discuss issues and keep lines of communications open between both organizations in addition to collaboration between staff.

CAMPO holds Open Houses on Regional Transit

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is holding a series of open houses to discuss the Regional Transit study, amendments to the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program and amendments to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. CAMPO is encouraging individuals to participate in the open house either online or in-person. The nearest meeting to Pflugerville will be on Tuesday, October 15 from 4-7 p.m. in Georgetown, Texas.

More details about the Georgetown open house can be found here, and the online open house can be accessed at any time here or by emailing comments@campotexas.org. Feedback provided by residents is greatly appreciated as it will be used when considering improvements.

Feedback for the Transportation Improvement Program and the Regional Transportation Plan will be accepted through November 8, and feedback for the Regional Transit Study will be accepted through November 22.

Public Meeting on Wilbarger Creek Watershed Study

Wilbarger Creek WatershedPflugerville residents are invited to come to the Pflugerville Public Library on Wednesday, October 16 to discuss improvements to the Wilbarger Creek Watershed. Bastrop County, with participation from Travis County and the City of Pflugerville, was awarded a Texas Water Development Board Flood Protection Grant to conduct a study of the Watershed. Feedback from the public is needed in order to help identify areas of concern. Suggestions provided by residents will be used to improve the area. Residents can contribute to the study in person at the Wednesday meeting or online. Feedback is appreciated.

Questions about the study can be sent to Carolyn Dill, P.E., Bastrop County Engineer, at (512) 581-7180 or by email.

City celebrates Weiss Lane completion on October 17 

On Thursday, October 17, the City celebrates the completion of construction on Weiss Lane with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. to celebrate. The new Weiss Lane is the result of a collaboration between the City of Pflugerville and Travis County, who worked together on improving the area. Throughout construction, over 7.7 million gallons of dirt, enough to fill 12 Olympic swimming pools, was excavated for this project. Safety improvements to the roadway include expanding a large section of the roadway to two lanes in each direction with curb and gutter, rebuilding several bridges and turn lanes and gutters. Come out and celebrate as we cut the ribbon and celebrate the completion of the roadway construction. 

It's almost time for Chili Pfest

Chili_Pfest_logo1Saturday, October 19 is Pfall Chili Pfest, and we hope to see you in Downtown Pflugerville from noon - 5 pm for chili tasting, live music, a kid's area, shopping, the jalapeno and pickle eating contests and the Chili Pfest Car Club. The event is free, and cups for chili tasting and voting are $5 for 10 cups. Event timeline, music schedule and all details are online at http://www.pfallchilipfest.com/

Shuttle information: There is very limited parking in Downtown Pflugerville. Please park at Pflugerville ISD Administration building on Pecan St. and enjoy a free shuttle that drops off at Main Street from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Jalapeño and pickle eating contests:  Register early to compete in the jalapeño eating contest (ages 18+) or our new pickle eating contest for kids ages 6-17. More details and registration forms available at http://pfallchilipfest.com/jalapeno-eating-contest/. 

Toys wanted: Bring an unwrapped gift or non-perishable food item to the Pflugerville Police booth for Blue Santa. For more information on the Blue Santa program, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta.

What's Happening

Stage 3 water restrictions - The City is on Stage 3 water restrictions which permits residents and commercial water customers to water one day per week. Check your day at www.pfreshwater.com.

Save the Date

October 19 - Diwali Storytime & Celebration - Come to the Pflugerville Library on Saturday, October 19 from 2-3:30 p.m. for storytime, crafts, and refreshments as they celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. All ages are welcome. Materials and refreshments will be available while supplies last. This is a come-and-go event. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of the event in order to participate. For more information or questions, please contact Melissa at Melissag@pflugervilletx.gov.

October 25 - Spooky Pflix Night - Join other spooky movie fans for a night of fun at the Green Red Barn at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. From 5:30-10 p.m., there will be a screening of Hotel Transylvania  followed by Hocus Pocus. The event is BYOB and outside snacks are allowed. Food vendors, including Taco Queen, will be there at the showing. Admission is free, and dressing up in costume is encouraged.

October 26 - Trunk or Treat
- PAWS Shelter is hosting its fifth annual Trunk or Treat from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the shelter. Along with candy from Halloween-decorated trunks, they will have a photo booth, fun activities, a costume contest for kids and animals available for adoption. 

November 23 - Pfall Pfest
- Shop local goods from over 30 vendors. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, Pfall Pfest will have handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry, glassware and more. Pfall Pfest items make for excellent holiday gifts, and to make it even better, admission is free.

 

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