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Key to the City January 3, 2020

Post Date:01/03/2020 10:00 AM

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Key to the City January 3, 2020
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City highlights 2019 accomplishments in the Year in Review - coming to your mailbox

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If you ever wonder what your City is up to, check out the 2019 Year in Review to see all the projects completed in 2019. From investments of new roadway projects, water line and maintenance projects to new parks and programs, the City spent 2019 working hard for you. Weiss Lane construction is complete, the City opened a new playscape at Bohls Park, expanded swim lessons into the fall, added new camps, offered more e-resources at the Library, and even a care cabinet to help those in need. The new animal intake building at Animal Welfare Services opened and the Best Little Plaza in Texas opened downtown. The Police Department expanded programming to reach the Latino community with Café con la Policia. Read about all the projects and highlights of 2019 in the Year in Review which is mailing now to Pflugerville residents and also available online at pflugervilletx.gov/yearinreview


What's coming in 2020?  The City’s budgeted projects include additional roadway expansions including Old Austin Hutto Road repairs and Kelly Lane. Park improvements include Wilbarger Creek Park, Lake Pflugerville Park north shore upgrades and a Splash Pad at Stone Hill Park. The City is working on a citywide comprehensive plan, Downtown Utilities Inventory and Location Analysis, American Disabilities Act Transition Plan, Traffic Signal Study and more. Stay tuned to the City’s weekly E-newsletter, the Key to the City, and the video news program Pflugerville Pfocus which highlights actions taken at the City Council meetings. City news avenues can help you keep up with what is happening in Pflugerville. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/connect to pick your way to stay connected with the City of Pflugerville. Happy New Year. 

Volunteer with Victim Services and help those in our community 

Looking for a way to give back to the Pflugerville community? The Pflugerville Police Department is currently accepting applications for Victim Services volunteers.

These critical volunteers work with victims of family violence, sexual assault, child victims, elderly victims, survivors of suicide and homicide, and victims of other violent crimes. Training is mandatory and will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for eight weeks beginning on Monday, January 27. A mandatory orientation session will provide an in-depth look into the work of a victim services volunteer from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 at the Pflugerville Justice Center located at 1611 E. Pfennig Lane.

Any interested residents of Pflugerville or the surrounding area are encouraged to apply at pflugervilletx.gov/victimservices before January 14. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

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Make a New Year's Resolution 

Still figuring out your New Year's resolution? Consider some of these ideas:

  • Volunteering - There are many ways to volunteer and help others in Pflugerville. The Pflugerville Police Department is accepting applications for Victim Services volunteers. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/victimservices for more.

The Pflugerville Library and Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (P.A.W.S.) are always happy to have new volunteers or donations. Visit the Library's volunteer page for volunteer opportunities, and visit the P.A.W.S. volunteer page and friendsofpas.org for more information on giving back to P.A.W.S.

Various events such as Pfirecracker Pfestival, Chili Pfest and Deutschen Pfest have volunteer opportunities as well. Sign up to receive volunteer emails at pflugervilletx.gov/notifyme or contact EddieG@pflugervilletx.gov for more ideas.

  • Getting More Active - The Pflugerville Recreation Center is a great place to get in a solid workout, so if starting up a new fitness routine is one of your goals, just pick up a membership. Visit the Recreation Center's webpage for more information on memberships.

Is the gym not really for you? The Pforty Mile Trail Challenge might be the perfect fit. Walk, bike or run 40 miles of Pflugerville trails by January 31 for a prize and $5 off registration for the Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfortymile for more information on the challenge.

  • Pfixing Up your Home - Residents can also participate in the Drop by Drop program and receive a rebate for their new native plants. For more on the Drop by Drop program, visit pflugervilletx.gov/dropbydrop. Residents can then water those native plants with water from a Pflugerville rain barrel. Use the water it collects on that new lawn. For more on purchasing a rain barrel, visit pflugervilletx.gov/rainbarrels.
  • Reading More - The Pflugerville Library gives residents access to thousands of books. In 2019, $5,135,776 was saved by residents borrowing from the Library versus purchasing those books new. Save money and read more by utilizing Pflugerville’s free public library. Visit library.pflugervilletx.gov for all things Library-related.
  • Recycling - Commit to reduce your waste and environmental footprint by using your recycle cart. For a list of recyclables, visit our curbside recycling page.
  • Connect to your city - Commit to keeping up with City news and be more involved in your City. Watch Pfocus or read the Key to the City e-newsletter each week. Pick a NEW way to connect in 2020 by visiting pflugervilletx.gov/connect.
  • Commit to the #9PMRoutine and lock your home, close your garage and secure your belongings every day. Follow the Pflugerville Police Department on Facebook or Twitter for regular posts to remind you to lock up each night. 

 

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Report street light outages

 Neighborhood and roadway streetlights in the City of Pflugerville are maintained by both Oncor and the City of Austin. If you see a streetlight that is out, please report it so it can be repaired. To report streetlight outages, visit pflugervilletx.gov/streetlight

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Video Highlights Electronic Resources at the Library

Learn how to use the many electronic resources the library offers by checking out  this helpful video  created by our library staff. Learn about numerous electronic resources by fast-forwarding directly to the database and offers a step-by-step guide to each. The video covers more than 40 services offered by the library including Kanopy, Ancestry.com, Hoopla, Mango Languages and more. Watch it today and learn more about the Library's resources. 

 

City Events

Enjoy Cookbook Club and learn comfort food recipes at the library

The Cookbook Club next meets at the Pflugerville Public Library on January 6 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Poppy Room. Enjoy food and a discussion of cookbooks, cooking techniques, and your favorite foods. Bring a dish to share, along with the recipe used to make it. Each month will focus on a different theme, and January's theme is Comfort Food. Feel free to use library cookbooks, magazines, or recipes you find online. The library will provide drinks, plates, and flatware. Program is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. Please note that there may be allergens present.

Winter Pfest 

Winter Pfest 2020

Families with children up to age 10 are invited to the Pflugerville Public Library on January 11 from 2-4 p.m. for an afternoon of indoor games, crafts and activities. Hot chocolate and cookies are available while supplies last. 

What's Happening

Give Pfeedback on Proposed Code Amendments - Proposed code amendments have been posted online for public review and comment. Generally, proposed code amendments help to address code enforcement items related to home occupations, temporary uses and mobile food vendors. Home occupation regulations are intended to ensure home occupations are low-key operations and are not disruptive to the neighborhood. Additional code amendments are proposed for temporary uses, including mobile food vendors, and temporary structures. View the proposed codes and a summary of the amendments here. Send feedback to planning@pflugervilletx.gov.

Library youth programs on break for the holidays - Youth programs at Pflugerville Public Library are on break from December 21 - January 5, but the fun resumes on January 6.

New traffic Signal: Wells Branch Parkway/Immanuel Road coming - The traffic signal at Wells Branch and Immanuel Road will be activated in flash mode starting the week of January 12, 2020. The flash period will last for one week to give motorists time to adjust to the new signal. The traffic signal will be full activated on January 22, 2020. Please drive safely.

Save the Date

January 20 - City Closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day - City of Pflugerville facilities will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Affected locations include the Pflugerville Library, Animal Welfare Services, Recycle Center, Recreation Center and City offices. Normal hours will resume January 21. Trash and recycling pickup is not affected.

January 23 - Craft Supply Swap - It's the perfect time of the year to de-clutter your craft stash at Pflugerville Public Library! Bring unwanted crafting items to swap at this event on January 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. Please bring items that are gently used or new only. If items have been exposed to smoke or pet hair, they need to be labeled as such. Please keep small items, like buttons and beads, or sets of items, like markers and pencils, bagged. Small tools are welcome, but please avoid bringing expensive and/or large machinery (sewing machines, die cutters, etc.). Any leftover items will be used for library programming or will be donated. 

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