Key to the City November 15, 2019
Key to the City November 15, 2019
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Watch this week's Pfocus for City Council updates
This week the City Council received a technical update on the Surface Water Treatment Plant, the Council approved safety improvements on Kelly Lane and the City is getting a new splash pad. While no action was taken, the City Council discussed potential for a future bond election, city special events and discussed the Transportation Master Plan. Watch Pflugerville Pfocus online to find out more. www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.
Learn about City Government by participating in Pf 101
City of Pflugerville residents are invited to participate in Pf 101, a Citizens Academy used by the City to share with residents about our day to day functions and roles of your local government.
The program helps to build relationships with the community while encouraging our citizens to participate in civic functions. The purpose of Pf 101 is to educate residents about operations, cultivate future leaders, and showcase the talents of city staff.
Pf 101 will consist of eight informational sessions, featuring presentations by multiple representatives from the City of Pflugerville departments, and will be held weekly at various City facilities. Class size is limited to 20 people and participation is free. The class will meet every Wednesday evening from 6- 8 p.m., beginning January 22 and ending March 24. However, on January 22, the class will begin at 6:30 pm. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all eight sessions, but are permitted one excused meeting. Participants will not graduate if absent from more than one session. Snacks and drinks are provided. Participants are welcomed to bring a brown bag meal, if so desired. Graduates will be recognized at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 7 pm.
It is easy to apply. Complete and return the 2020 Pf 101 Application online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pf101
For questions regarding PF 101, please contact Jennifer Stubbs, Human Resources Assistant, at 512-990-6174 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pflugerville Plaza a finalist for Best Public Improvement Award from the Texas Downtown Association
The City of Pflugerville celebrates recognition from the Texas Downtown Association’s 2019 President’s Awards as a finalist in the “Best Public Improvement” Category for its downtown plaza located next to City Hall at 100 E. Main Street.
Given the Texas Downtown Association recognition, City Manager Sereniah Breland took the opportunity to announce the official name of the plaza, “This public space is one of the best public improvements in the state which is why we have confidence in officially naming our downtown plaza, ‘The Best Little Plaza in Texas.’”
While only 6,000 square feet, this little plaza has transformed the downtown space into a tiny gathering place. In April the City hosted Plazapalooza to build the plaza. In an effort to beautify Downtown Pflugerville and develop a space for the community to gather, City staff, civic groups and community volunteers partnered to transform the area into an eye-catching plaza that is welcoming to all.
The space was constructed in two days utilizing grant funding and sweat equity from City teams and volunteers. Today, it is used for a variety of community gathering purposes—the City held the annual Park(ing) Day at the plaza, a National Night Out Party and various events, such as music performances, are scheduled for the future. Residents and visitors alike use the space to relax, chat with friends and play games. The plaza includes a small garden, musical flowers, and even is home to several tiny gnomes that you may spot among the foliage. Since the plaza’s construction, it has already fulfilled its purpose as a place for the community to come together and enjoy the downtown area. The Plaza benefits downtown businesses who have seen an increase in pedestrian activity and visitors.
The Best Little Plaza in Texas is accessible to all, and residents are encouraged to visit and build relationships within their community. The City plans to continue to host events at the little plaza in order to encourage community gatherings and engagement.
To find out more about the plaza, visit www.thebestlittleplazainTexas.com.
Serve on a City Boards or Commissions
The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for voluntary positions on the following Boards and Commissions:
- Board of Adjustment
- Tax Reinvestment Zone No. One Board (TIRZ)
- Finance and Budget Committee
- Library Board
- Parks and Recreation Commission
- Personnel Appeal Board
- Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC)
- Planning and Zoning Commission
The position terms will begin January 1, 2020. Applicants are generally required to be registered voters of the City and to have resided within the City limits for at least 12 months preceding appointment. Additional requirements may exist. Not ready to serve quite yet? Consider participating in Pf 101 class to learn more about the City. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pf101.
Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2019, and interviews are scheduled to be held on December 17, 2019 at a special City Council meeting.
Thousands of Courses on Lynda.com Free With Your Library Card
Pflugerville Public Library is happy to announce that its partnership with the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, PCDC, to provide the online learning resource, Lynda.com, to the community will continue. PCDC has generously provided the funds for the resource and the library provides access through its collection of electronic resources, giving support to small businesses and the workforce in Pflugerville. Lynda.com offers online courses on a wide variety of subjects from software to business skills to management techniques, all taught by industry experts. Access is free with your library card. Get started today at https://bit.ly/32MNd8H.
Fill the Tahoe at Pflugerville Walmart for Blue Santa
Pflugerville Police are collecting toys and non-perishable food items at the Pflugerville Walmart this Saturday, November 16 from 1-4 p.m. We welcome donations for all ages, but every year we need gifts for children ages 10-14 and infants up to two years of age. Stop by and help us fill up one of the police Tahoes for Pflugerville families in need.
Find out more about Blue Santa at pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta.
Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday, November 19
On Tuesday, November 19, from 7-9 a.m. the Pflugerville Police Department is hosting Coffee with a Cop at the Starbucks at 1709 E. Pflugerville Parkway. Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity for residents to talk with police officers directly to discuss any comments or concerns they may have about their community. Officers will be at the event to communicate with residents about issues facing Pflugerville. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback. Coffee with a Cop allows the community and police officers to come together and participate in open communication. It's a great opportunity to build upon and strengthen your existing relationships. Starbucks is providing free coffee to everyone who participates in Coffee with a Cop during the official event time, 7-9 a.m.
The Police Department will also be collecting new toys and non-perishable food items for Blue Santa at the event. Donating to Blue Santa helps residents in need to experience the holiday they deserve. Read more about Blue Santa at pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta.
Have a pfun Thanksgiving break with Pfall Pfun Camp
This Thanksgiving break, the Pflugerville Recreation Center is holding a Pfall Pfun Camp. The camp will begin on Monday, November 25 and end on Wednesday, November 27. Each day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., campers will go on field trips, make crafts and watch movies. Pfall Pfun Camp is perfect for your 6-12 year old, whether they attend for one day or all three. Drop-off and pick-up will be at the Pflugerville Recreation Center.
Register and find out more at pflugervilletx.gov/camps.
Water Public Notice - The City of Pflugerville mailed a Public Notice to all Pflugerville water customers on November 4. Pflugerville water is safe to drink and additional standard operating procedures have been established to improve the Surface Water Treatment Plant in Pflugerville. If you have questions about the Public Notice, please visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/water for a list of frequently asked questions and timeline.
Voluntary Stage 2 Water Conservation - The City is in voluntary Stage 2 water conservation. To participate in measures to help save water, visit pfreshwater.com to view watering schedules.
Pfestive Pfarmers Market - November 26 - The Pfestive Pfarmers Market expands on the regular market by bringing in seasonal products that are perfect for holiday shopping or getting into the holiday spirit. Join in on the pfun from 3-7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn at Heritage Park.
Blue Santa applications still open - There's still time to apply to be a Blue Santa recipient for 2019. Applications will be open until 5 p.m. on December 6. This year, residents can apply in-person or online. For more information on Blue Santa, visit pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta.
City offices closed for Thanksgiving holidays November 28-29 - Affected locations include the Pflugerville Library, Animal Welfare Services, Recycle Center, Recreation Center, and City offices. Normal hours will resume the following Monday. If you have a water/wastewater concern when the City is closed, please contact the Police Department citizen communications hotline at 512-990-6700.
Trash and recycling pickup are affected by the holiday. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, trash and recycling pickup will move forward one day for the rest of the week. (Thursday pickup on Friday, and Friday on Saturday). For more information, please contact the City at 512-990-6100 or email@example.com.
Save the Date
November 23 - Pfall Pfest Craft Show - From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., the Pflugerville Recreation Center will transform into the best place in town to start holiday shopping. Whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind item for a friend or for yourself, you're sure to find something pfabulous. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry, and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.
December 7 - Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade - Kick off the pfestive season in Downtown Pflugerville from 4-7 p.m. The event will have pfestive performances, food and pfree hot chocolate starting at 4 p.m., and the parade will begin at 5 p.m. Santa will arrive at the tree, now located at the Best Little Plaza in Texas, at 5:45 p.m. for a formal tree lighting and photo ops.
December 7 - Pet Pictures with Santa - From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa will be at the Pflugerville Library to take photos with your pets. Bring your pfurry pfriends over to the Library to make some pfestive memories. Santa will only be taking pictures with pets at this event, not children. Attend the Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade later that day if you want pictures of Santa with your children!
December 7-8 - Heritage House Christmas Quilt Show - From 1-4 p.m. on both days, the Heritage House Museum will host their Christmas Open House. The museum will be decorated and will include holiday-themed quilts. They will also have holiday treats available. On Saturday, November 7, the Pflugerville Elementary School Choir will sing at 1 p.m. On Sunday, November 8, Santa will be at the Heritage House for the entire event.