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Key to the City October 18, 2019

Post Date:10/18/2019 10:30 AM

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Key to the City October 18, 2019
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City celebrates the completion of Weiss Lane construction

Weiss ribbon-cuttingMayor Gonzales helped cut the ribbon on the completion of construction for Weiss Lane. The project included $18 million in funding for construction from the City and approximately $7 million from the County to provide safety improvements to the roadway.

Weiss Lane was widened from two lanes to four lanes with curb and gutter and drainage improvements from Wilbarger Creek to Cele Road. The southernmost portion of the road from Wilbarger Creek to East Pecan Street is a two-lane roadway with new shoulders. A traffic signal was installed at the corner of Weiss and Pecan and Weiss and Pflugerville Parkway to help with traffic flow. In addition to widening the roadway, safety improvements include the replacement of all bridges from Pecan Street to Cele Road, and the addition of new turn lanes and shoulders. The project began with reconstruction of the one-lane bridge near Pecan at Wilbarger Creek into a two-lane bridge. The City is working with Oncor to add street lighting to the roadway. Check out the highlights on the City Youtube channel.

Register your home surveillance camera for Digital Neighborhood Watch and help pfight crime

digital neighborhood watch_smPflugerville Police Department partners with residents who own a home surveillance camera system to help solve crimes and keep their community safe. 

The public is invited to register online for Pflugerville’s Digital Neighborhood Watch program to notify police that they have an exterior-facing surveillance camera. Participation in the voluntary program does not grant the Police Department direct remote access to any cameras on private property, but instead residents may voluntarily add their name to a list to be kept on file so the department knows who to contact if a crime does take place in an area to see if footage is available.

The database of homeowners with surveillance cameras accessible to detectives and patrol can save officers time because it provides a resource to obtain footage. PPD has used surveillance footage to make several identifications and arrests. The footage can aid in the investigation of package thefts, burglaries of vehicles and homes, criminal mischief, evading suspects and more. 

After registering their camera, residents will only be contacted by the department if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of their security camera. At that time, police may request to view the camera footage in order to assist in the investigation. Officers will not have any direct access to participant surveillance systems or private home cameras.

To register your address in the Digital Neighborhood Watch Program, please visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/police

Trail renamed to Thi Ho Memorial Trailtrailceremony

Settlers Valley Trail was renamed Thi Ho Memorial Trail on Sunday, October 13 following a ceremony with Mayor Gonzales and the Ho family at the corner of Settlers Valley and 10th Street. Ho, age 88, was hit by a vehicle on September 12 while riding his bike on the trail and crossing 10th Street. The Thi Ho Memorial Trail sign is mounted on the bridge next to the crosswalk at 10th Street to remind trail users and vehicles to cross safely.

The majority of the two-mile trail runs adjacent to the South Fork Gilleland Creek and goes from Wuthrich Park, through Moose Park, and ends near the Pflugerville High School baseball diamond. Ho was frequently seen by neighbors riding the trail as he rode regularly along the City's trail system. To view a map of the Thi Ho Memorial Trail and others in the City, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/trails.

City Events

All the Pfacts about the 12th Annual Pfall Chili Pfest Saturday, October 19 

The Pflugerville Pfall Chili Pfest is Saturday, October 19, 2019 from noon - 5 p.m. in downtown Pflugerville. This popular pfestival includes the chili tasting and cook-off, a kid’s area, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, classic cars, live music, the jalapeño eating contest and new this year for ages 6-17, the pickle eating contest.

Schedule of events:ChiliPfest_2018

  • Noon - 2:30 p.m.: Live music from Blind Innocence
  • Noon - 3 p.m.: Chili tasting and voting
  • Noon - 5 p.m.: Kid’s area, Chili Pfest Car Club (hosted by Sweet Rides of Central Texas) and shopping
  • 3-3:30 p.m.: Jalapeño eating contest (ages 18+)
  • 3:30-4 p.m.: Pickle eating contest (ages 6-17)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Cook-off contest awards

Admission is free, along with all the activities in the kid’s area. Purchase tasting cups and tickets to vote in the cook-off at Pflugerville Downtown Association booths, $5 for 10 two-oz. cups and spoons (cash only).

This year, 30 cook teams will compete for the best chili in Pflugerville and 42 vendors will sell food, drinks and arts and crafts. New this year, the Chili Pfest Car Club is moving to the parking lot of 103 N Railroad Ave (previously located at 3rd St. and Main St.). Hosted by Sweet Rides of Central Texas, visitors can view classic cars and vote for their favorite. Also new in 2019 is the pickle eating contest for kids ages 6-17. Hosted on the main stage immediately after the jalapeño eating contest, it is sure to be the start of a pfun new tradition. 

A reminder that parking is limited in downtown Pflugerville. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy free parking and free shuttles available from the Pflugerville ISD Administration Building (1401 W. Pecan St.) from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Handicap parking is available at City Hall, 100 E. Main. 

For a full lineup of the pfestival, visit pfallchilipfest.com

Enjoy an Indoor Planetarium at the Library October 24

Indoor Planetarium

Come to the Library on October 24 to explore space with the Stars and Science Mini Planetarium. The event is for adults age 18 and up to learn more about constellations and our galaxy. Registration is required, and you may sign up for one of three showings at 6 p.m., 6:40 p.m., or 7:20 p.m. There will be a maximum of 30 people per show.  Register online today at: http://pflugervilletx.evanced.info/signup/Calendar.

Spooky Pflix at the Green Red Barn October 25 

Join pfellow Halloween movie pfans at the Green Red Barn at Heritage Park on Friday, October 25 from 5:30-10 p.m. for a night of spooky movies. Hotel Transylvania will be played first, followed by a showing of Hocus Pocus. Dressing up is encouraged! There will be food vendors, including Taco Queen, and the event is BYOB. You can also bring your own snacks, as well as blankets and chairs for the viewing. Admission is pfree, so head over to the Green Red Barn for a night of pfestive pfun.

Trunk or Treat Saturday October 26 at PAWS

Trunk_Treat

Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, PAWS, is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter. There will be a photo booth, fun activities, a kids costume contest, animals available for adoption, and plenty of candy from Halloween-decorated trunks. 

Costume contest categories are: Best homemade, Most original and Funniest.  Children ages 0-5 will have their costume contest at 11:30 a.m. and ages 6-10 will have their contest at 12:30 p.m.

Parking will be at the Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Center (400 Immanuel Road), where shuttles will be available to take attendees to the shelter.

A Message from the Pflugerville Fire Department: Remember #3 for Fire Safety

Travis County ESD #2 (the Pflugerville Fire Department) is encouraging everyone to watch this stunning video that shows just how fast a fire moves through modern vs. traditional furnishings. Newer homes, and almost everything inside them, burn quicker than ever before. Your parents’ generation had 17 minutes to escape a house fire. But these days, it may only take about 3 minutes to lose your life.  So when you think of fire safety, remember the number 3: 

It only takes 3 minutes to push the test button on your smoke alarms every month.

It only takes 3 minutes to change the batteries every year.

It only takes 3 minutes to confirm your alarms haven’t passed their 10-year expiration date. Working smoke alarms save lives! Learn more today at PflugervilleFire.org/3MinutesToLive.

What's Happening

Halloween happenings - All month long there are many ways to celebrate Pfall and the Halloween season. For a full list of Halloween-related happenings visit https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/Home/Components/News/News/6613/1030. 

Stage 3 water restrictions continue - The City is still in Stage 3 water restrictions. Please make sure you are watering on the appropriate day. www.pfreshwater.com 

Pforty Mile Trail Challenge - From November 1 - January 31, run or walk 40 miles on Pflugerville trails and win a prize. All pfinishers will also receive $5 off registration for the 2020 Deutschen Pfest 5K. Just make sure to document your progress and bring it to the Recreation Center.

Diwali Storytime and Celebration - Join the Pflugerville Library on Saturday, October 19 as they celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, From 2-3:30 p.m., they will have storytime, crafts and drinks. All ages are welcome to attend.

Save the Date

October 26 - Día de los Muertos Celebration - Join the Pflugerville Library for storytelling and sugar skull decorating. The celebration will run from 2-3:30 p.m.

November 12 & 26 - Pfestive Pfarmers Market - 3-5 p.m. at the Green Red Barn. All the pfun of our regular Pfarmers Market with added pfestive vendors.

November 23 - Pfall Pfest Craft Show - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. Kick off the holiday shopping season with handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and more.

October 29 - Teen Night: Murder Mystery at the Heritage House Museum - Teens ages 12-18 are invited to solve an '80s-style murder mystery at the Heritage House Museum. The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. and costumes are strongly encouraged.

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