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Key to the City October 25, 2019

Post Date:10/25/2019 11:00 AM

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Watch Pflugerville Pfocus for Council meeting highlights

Pfocus 81This week City Council discussed an Equity, Diversity and Empowerment Commission, approved funding a turn lane at 1849 Park, approved the Lisso Tract zoning and construction is to begin on the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion. Watch today's episode of Pflugerville Pfocus online at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.

 City Council approves a $41.86 million construction contract for expansion of the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Pflugerville City Council authorized a construction contract with BAR Constructors, Inc. for $41.86 million to construct Phase 1 of the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Expansion. Phase 1 of the expansion will expand capacity from 5.3 Million Gallons a Day (MGD) to 7.25 MGD. The Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion will be done in 3 phases with an ultimate capacity of 10 MGD. This project is a significant investment in the future of our city and in support of our growth.

Phase 1 will begin in November 2019 and is anticipated to be complete in late 2021.

New Zoning approved for the LISSO tract property at Immanuel Road and Wells Branch Parkway

City Council approved zoning changes to transition 192 acres of Agricultural land to zoning which permits homes and businesses. The land area is located at the corner of Immanuel Road and Wells Branch Parkway, south of the Gatlinburg Subdivision, known locally as the Lisso Tract and will include approximately 500 new homes.lisso

The new zoning designations for the land include Single Family Residential, Single Family Mixed Use and General Business 1 and 2. During the public hearings, several residents expressed concern about losing the open space located to the south of the Gatlinburg subdivision and sited concerns about traffic and congestion. The developer met with local residents in May to discuss concerns and agreed to future provisions above and beyond the City’s development code requirements. 

The developer emphasized benefits of the project including that it aligns with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the City Transportation Plan, is staff supported, and was recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission. In addition, the project meets compatibility standards for adjacent land uses. 

While the developer showed conceptual images and previewed pieces of their Preliminary Plan for the potential future development, the item approved by the City Council on October 22 was for zoning and additional development steps are required to be fulfilled before the property can be developed. The next step, the Preliminary Plan, will be presented to Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission. The Preliminary Plan includes parkland locations, roadway and utility design and overall property layout.

Congratulations to Chili Pfest winners

Last Saturday, October 19 was the 12th annual Pfall Chili Pfest. With 30 cook teams, the competition was pfierce. These teams won our judged competition, people's choice and brand new City of Pflugerville staff choice categories. Four of our winners were competing for the pfirst time at Pfall Chili Pfest! chili pfest cook

Experimental Chili
1st Topless BBQ
2nd Jollies Tongue Tingles Chili
3rd Chili, Pfun and Y’all

White Chili
1st Smoke in Your Eyes BBQ
2nd Yin and Yang Chili
3rd Los Gordos

Vegetarian Chili
1st Rock Your Socks off Chili
2nd Yin and Yang Chili
3rd Two Sisters Chili

Texas Chili
1st Culligan Water
2nd Pfreedom Pfighters Pferocious Chili
3rd Rock Your Socks Off Chili

People’s Choice
1st Pfrymire’s Chili
2nd The Growler Bar
3rd Pfreedom Pfighters Pferocious Chili

City of Pflugerville Staff’s Choice
(Chosen by City Staff)
John B. Connally High School

For more details about Pfall Chili Pfest (and to plan for next year) visit pfallchilipfest.com

Early voting is underway; votación anticipada

Early voting for State of Texas Propositions 1-10 and Pflugerville City Council positions, including Place 1 and Mayor, is underway. Early voting runs from Monday, October 21 to Friday, November 1. Early voting locations for Travis County are available at countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locations.html. Polling locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and  from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For a sample ballot for Travis County residents, visit countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/current-election/what-s-on-the-ballot.html. If you live in Pflugerville and are in Williamson County, please visit wilco.org/Departments/Elections

Be sure to vote! Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.vote2019

La votación anticipada para las Propuestas 1-10 del Estado de Texas y los puestos del Concejo Municipal de Pflugerville, incluidos el Lugar 1 y el Alcalde, está en marcha. La votación anticipada se realizará del lunes 21 de octubre al viernes 1 de noviembre. Los lugares de votación anticipada para el Condado de Travis están disponibles en countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locations.html. Los lugares de votación están abiertos 7 a.m. a 7 p.m. De lunes a sábado y desde el mediodía hasta las 6 p.m. el domingo.

Para obtener una boleta de muestra para los residentes del condado de Travis, visite countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/current-election/what-s-on-the-ballot.html. Si vive en Pflugerville y está en el condado de Williamson, visite wilco.org/Departments/Elections. ¡Asegúrate de votar! El día de las elecciones es el martes 5 de noviembre.

City Events

Green Red Barn

Parks movies in the park Halloween Friday night, October 25

Spooky Pflix Night is tonight, October 25, from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Halloween movie pfans are gathering at the Green Red Barn for a double feature of Hotel Transylvania and Hocus Pocus. There will be food vendors, including Taco Queen, but you can bring your own snacks as well. Dressing up is encouraged, and admission is pfree. Friday night plans: solved. List of all Halloween and seasonal events  

Trunk or Treat is Saturday, October 26

Tomorrow, October 26, Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat celebration at the shelter. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. enjoy a photo booth, pfun activities, a kids costume contest, animals available for adoption and an abundance of Halloween candy from pfestive trunks. Costume contest categories are best homemade costume, most original costume and funniest costume. 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.

Trunk or Treat 2019

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

Pforty Mile Trail Challenge Starts November 1

Starting November 1, walk, bike or run your way through 40 miles of Pflugerville trails to earn $5 off registration for the Deutschen Pfest 5k. Keep track of your mileage as you go and present proof of completion at the Pflugerville Recreation Center once you have finished. trails_small

There are many ways to log your Pflugerville miles, but the Parks and Recreation Department recommends setting up a MapMyRun account to track progress. Participants can "friend" the Pflugerville Parks and Recreation, which allows the City to track a participant’s progress. The Pforty Mile Trail Challenge will be open through the end of January 2020, so residents have plenty of time to log those miles and explore Pflugerville's many trails. View Pflugerville's trail map online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/trails and start exploring. 

 

Notice of Openings on Boards and Commissions

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The City of Pflugerville is now 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. 

Applications can be found on the City's website or through the City Secretary at 512-990-6103 or citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov

Applications will be accepted through November 21, 2019, and interviews are scheduled to be held on December 3, 2019 at a special City Council meeting.

A Message from the Pflugerville Fire Department: 3 Minutes to Live: Are You Ready?

Travis County ESD #2 recently brought your attention to just how little time your family would have to escape a house fire in a modern home. In fact, your parents’ generation had 17 minutes to escape a house fire, but these days you may only have about 3 minutes. The reason? Newer homes, and almost everything inside them, burn quicker than ever before. Watch this powerful video to see just how quickly!

Now imagine how important smoke alarms would be in that situation. Do you know if your smoke alarms are currently working? Are they expired? Do you have enough of them in your home? If you have any questions about smoke alarms, please contact Travis County ESD #2 (the Pflugerville Fire Department)! They have a Non-Emergency Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Hotline at (512) 989-4516. They can answer many questions over the phone about alarms, or if you know someone who needs help they might also be able to provide assistance. Learn more today at PflugervilleFire.org/3MinutesToLive

Stay Safe this Halloween 

Halloween can be a great holiday for parents and kids alike if everybody remembers the tricks and treats of playing it safe.
 
Several community events are scheduled to occur throughout the week, and Halloween trick-or-treating is on Thursday, October 31. The Pflugerville Police Department reminds residents to make their homes and neighborhoods safe for trick-or-treaters.

  • Turn on exterior lights to welcome trick-or-treaters.
  • Remove toys and other items from sidewalks and yard.
  • If you operate a motor vehicle, drive slowly and be observant for children.
  • Report suspicious or criminal activity to police: 9-1-1 for emergencies and 512-990-6700 (option 0) for non-emergencies such as noise violations.

Kids Trick or Treating

 

Parents are asked to review these important tips with their children before trick-or-treating:

  • Never trick-or-treat alone.
  • Set a specific time limit for your children to trick-or-treat.
  • Map out a safe route that avoids alleys and backyards. Stay on sidewalks when possible.
  • Walk, don’t run, while trick-or-treating.
  •  Never enter a stranger’s house.
  • If it is dark, carry a light source and consider adding reflective tape to costumes and bags.
  • Tell your children not to eat treats until they return home. All treats should be examined in a well-lit area to ensure your child is eating only unopened candies in original wrappers.
  • All costumes should be made of nonflammable material and be the correct length and size for your child to prevent trips and falls. Props should be pliable and masks should not be worn if they impair vision.
  • Toy guns and knives are discouraged--they could be mistaken for the real thing.

Stay safe, and have pfun!

What's Happening

Black Locust construction to begin - On Monday, November 4, Smith Contracting Co., Inc. will begin the reconstruction of Black Locust Drive between Grand Avenue Parkway and Heatherwilde Boulevard. The project consists of pavement rehabilitation and replacement of curb and gutter and sidewalk crossings to address ADA accessibility.

One half of the road will remain open with traffic able to travel in one lane in each direction for the duration of the project. A temporary no parking ordinance has been established for parking on streets under construction until the project is complete. The city will post “No parking/tow away” signs along streets prior to work along the road. Towing enforcement, at owner’s expense, will begin once signs are installed.

City staff knows this project will be an inconvenience to service and safety providers that use the roadways in this area. Our objective is to provide information about the project that will be useful when planning daily activities. Please continue to check the City’s website at www.pflugervilletx.gov/projects for project information or email any questions or concerns to the City’s Capital Improvement Program staff at projects@pflugervilletx.gov or by phone at (512) 990-6409. The City plans to provide adequate notice to minimize interruption. The construction is anticipated to last up to 6 months, weather permitting.

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

National Rx Takeback - National Rx Take-back is Saturday, October 26. A reminder that the Pflugerville Police Department accepts old pills for disposal year-round in the after-hours lobby of the Police Department for proper disposal.

Weekly Pfarmers Market - The final Pfarmers Market of the regular season is on October 29 and will include trick-or-treating. From 3-7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn, market attendees can find a variety of unique, local goods. Don't forget: shopping at the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market helps support your community. Fine out more at pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

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. on October 26.

Save the Date

November 12 & 26 - Pfestive Pfarmers Market - 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.

November 23 - Pfall Pfest - From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Pflugerville Recreation Center is the best place in town to start holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a friend - or treat yourself. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry, and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.

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