Key to the City January 17, 2020
Key to the City January 17, 2020
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Computer software error causes surface water treatment violation
The City of Pflugerville received a Notice of Violation from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on January 10, 2020 as the result of a computer software programming error at the Surface Water Treatment Plant. During a routine Membrane Integrity Test (MIT) on December 24 at the City of Pflugerville Surface Water Treatment Plant, the alert notification software incorrectly indicated that a filtration membrane’s integrity was within state and federal levels and “passed” the automated test.
While reviewing the MIT reports approximately 5 hours later, a City water operator discovered the computer programming error and the affected membrane was immediately shut down, assessed and manually re-tested. The manual re-test confirmed the membrane was operating within state and federal regulations. However, as a result of the computer error, for a period of approximately 2.5 hours, the filtration membrane had a decay rate of .35 pounds per square inch (PSI) per minute which exceeds the state and federal guideline of .33 PSI per minute or less. A decay rate is one of several tests run to measure membrane effectiveness. The amount of water potentially impacted represents less than 2% of the City’s daily gallon water usage, or approximately 80,000 gallons out of six million produced that day.
While the treatment violation doesn’t mean cryptosporidium is present, decay rates and turbidity levels are indicators of the filtration necessary to remove cryptosporidium if it were. The City is mailing a Public Notice to all Pflugerville water customers. The website, Pflugervilletx.gov/water includes water reports, the Public Notice, TCEQ notification letter and additional information. Suez Technologies has identified the error and made the fix. The City's water meets or exceeds state and federal requirements.
Watch Pflugerville Pfocus for updates on the Council meeting
Pflugerville Pfocus includes a highlight on #SmashingtheStigma and an award received by Chief Robledo, an update on the water infraction and information on the first reading of rezoning for Project Charm. Check it out at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.
The Pflugerville Bond Facilitation Citizen Advisory Committee wants your Pfeedback
The City of Pflugerville’s Bond Facilitation Citizen Advisory Committee meets weekly and is discussing projects for consideration of a May 2020 bond election. As this group continues to meet and evaluate city priorities and needs, they have launched a short survey to get feedback from residents on upcoming projects. Provide your input to assist in the direction of the bond committee. Please take the survey by January 27 to provide valuable input. The committee is on a tight deadline to compile projects to bring to City Council on Tuesday, February 11 for a May bond consideration. Take the survey today at www.pflugervillebonds.com/survey.
City closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
City of Pflugerville facilities and offices 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.
2019 Community Profile
The 2019 Community Profile is now available. The profile includes demographics on Pflugerville's residents, households & housing and economy. Pflugerville continued its trend of growth in 2019, as it has in previous years. View a larger image of the 2019 profile here.
Craft Supply Swap
Too many crafting supplies on hand? Someone else may be able to use them. Bring them to the Pflugerville Library on Thursday, January 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. for the Craft Supply Swap! Your unused items may help inspire someone else to get crafting. Please only bring items that are gently used or new. If the items have been exposed to smoke or pet hair, label them accordingly. In order to keep items together, please bag small items, like buttons and beads, or sets of items, like markers and pencils. 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.
Compete in our inaugural Xbox One Madden tournament
The Recreation Center's first Madden tournament on Xbox One is on Saturday, January 25 starting at 1 p.m. in the new Pf-Esports area. A maximum of six people can enter, and all ages are welcome to participate. Secure a spot with a $3 registration fee here. Feel free to just come and watch the tournament as well!
For more information on Pf-Esports, visit pflugervilletx.gov/classes and click on "Gaming & Pf-Esports."
Used Book Sale at the Pflugerville Library
The Friends of the Pflugerville Library's first Used Book Sale of 2020 is on Thursday, January 30 from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Pflugerville Public Library. The book sale will have great deals on gently used books, CDs, DVDs and more, so don't miss out. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Pflugerville Library. Buying used items rather than purchasing them new is also better for the environment! The Used Books Sale is a great way to connect with the community, so don't miss out!
Public hearing on Project Charm, a distribution logistics center held - A first public hearing was held requesting a zoning change on Pecan west of SH 130 to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) district. The applicant has proposed to rezone to establish a specific Distribution Logistics Center that cannot be disclosed at this time, but is referred to as Project Charm. Some residents in nearby subdivisions expressed concerns with lighting, traffic and impact. Due to the adjacency to the improved arterial of Pecan and proximity to SH 130, and alignment with the Comprehensive Plan, City Council agreed with staff recommendation to approve the rezoning on first reading. The Planned Unit Development district includes transportation improvements including construction of the full section of Pfennig Lane from Pecan Street to the northern end of the property, two new traffic lights on Pecan Street, turn lanes and median modifications. The item returns for a second reading at the January 28 City Council meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New traffic signal: Wells Branch Parkway/Immanuel Road - The traffic signal at Wells Branch and Immanuel Road was in flash mode starting the week of January 12, 2020. The traffic signal will be full activated on January 22, 2020. Please drive safely.
Teen Job Pfair registration open for employers and volunteer organizations -The Teen Job Pfair at the Pflugerville Public Library provides the opportunity for job seekers and employers to meet about summer and part-time positions available for area teens ages 14-19. Registration is underway for any employers hiring this summer or for volunteer organizations that could provide opportunities for teens to learn job-related responsibilities and working skills. The Job Pfair is on March 7 from 2-4 p.m. and attracts up to 200 job seekers each year. Registration is completely free for businesses hoping to connect with potential employees. Sign up today here. The City of Pflugerville will be one of many employers at the fair. The City hires teens for lifeguards and camp counselors in City programs. Be sure to stop by the City's booth to learn about the opportunities available.
Save the Date
February 6 - Pokémon Card Club - The Pflugerville Pokémon Card Club meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. Kids and teens ages 6-14 are welcome to join for card battles, trading and talk. All experience levels are welcome.
February 15 - Dance through the Decades- Head to the Pflugerville Recreation Center from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for a dance with friends and family. Tickets are available online now at pflugervilletx.gov/dance for $5 per person.