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Key to the City December 27, 2019

Post Date:12/27/2019 11:10 AM

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Key to the City December 27, 2019
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City facilities closed on January 1; Trash pickup is affected 

Closed Christmas Holiday

The City of Pflugerville facilities are closed on January 1, New Year's Day. Affected locations include the Pflugerville Public Library, Animal Welfare Services, Pflugerville Recreation Center, Recycle Center and City offices. The Library and Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. on December 31. If you have a water/wastewater concern when the City is closed, please call the Police Department citizen communications hotline at 512-990-6700.

Trash pickup is affected. January 1 is on Wednesday, so trash pickup moves forward one day for the rest of the week (Wednesday on Thursday, Thursday on Friday etc.).

Three reminders as you celebrate the New Year

1) Be safe and plan a sober ride: The Police Department reminds you to designate a driver and have a plan with a safe ride home this New Year's Eve. Don't wait until you've already started drinking, plan ahead using a ride share app or soberrides.org. Plan while you can, and never drink and drive. 

No Pfireworks

2) No fireworks - To keep our neighborhoods and open areas safe, the City of Pflugerville has zero tolerance for fireworks. Tickets issued for firework violations may be subject to a maximum $500 fine. Thank you for being fireworks free in the City limits in your New Year celebration. 

3) Secure your pets – Make sure your animal's collar is on. Illegal fireworks and large get-togethers may scare pets. If your animal does get out, be sure to check with Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (1600 Waterbrook), and post a picture of your pet on the shelter’s Lost Pets Facebook page.

Reminder: A social media post is not a police report

Don't forget that a social media message is not a police report. If you need an officer dispatched or see any suspicious activity and need to notify the Pflugerville Police Department, please do not send photos or messages via social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor. The staff on social media are not available 24/7 and are not trained call takers. In an emergency, call 911. Otherwise, please call the Police Department directly at 512-990-6700.

Police Chief Jessica Robledo to be recognized at the ServePro First Responder Bowl for officer suicide prevention program

Chief Jessica Robledo is among six Texas law enforcement officials who will be honored for their lifesaving work by the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration on December 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gerald Ford Stadium at Southern Methodist University. Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo is recognized for launching a suicide-prevention program to protect and enhance the mental health of officers in her department through a series of programs.

SMALL_SmashStigmaIn her almost three years with the Pflugerville Police Department, Chief Robledo has worked hard to emphasize the importance of first responder mental health. As a result, officers in Pflugerville receive annual mental health resilience checks, have access to peer support and are constantly engaged in conversations about mental health in their profession. The latest of these conversations Chief Robledo has led is #SmashtheStigma. After seeing a rise in police officer suicides across the country, Chief Robledo wanted to use her voice to help bring awareness to the issue and offer her support to officers across the country. Working with the City's videographer, she wrote a moving voiceover that turned into Smash the Stigma, a PD Suicide Prevention video featuring Pflugerville officers and showing powerful imagery about the difficulties and mental toll of police work. This video has been shared across communities with a simple, but powerful message. This video has been shared across communities with a simple but powerful message. Since posting the video on November 14, it has been viewed 1,000 times on YouTube, reached 3,000 people on Twitter and has over 1,800 views and 61 shares on Facebook.

Up to 6 items at the curb on your trash day; rely on your bulk pickup

This holiday season you may have additional trash bulk pickup needs. Mattresses, furniture and appliances can all go curbside on your trash pickup day. You are allowed to put up to six items curbside in addition to your trash cart. Please note that while the trash pickup may leave some curbside items behind, a second truck comes by to pick up large items. 

Please note that you can put your trash cart plus an additional six bags and/or bulk items at the curb on your trash day year-round.

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Christmas tree recycling at the Recycle Center on Monday, Friday and Saturday 

Christmas trees placed curbside must be cut to pieces less than 4 feet in length and are not recycled. To recycle your Christmas tree, take it to the Pflugerville Recycle Center (15500 Sun Light Near Way). The Recycle Center's drop-off times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Friday and Saturday. For more information on recycling, visit pflugervilletx.gov/recyclecenter. The only location for recycling a tree is the Recycle Center. Trees are not accepted at Wells Point Park.

Don't advertise your gifts; crush down large boxes

Electronics Boxes Small

If you have large boxes that show items you have recently purchased, please cut them up and put them in your recycle cart. Don't advertise new gifts on the curb. Don't let everyone know you have a brand new television or other expensive item inside your home. As always, keep your purchases secure, keep your doors locked, garage door closed and valuables secured. 

Register your alarm permit with the Pflugerville Police Department

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The City of Pflugerville Alarm Permit registration program helps the Police Department know how to contact a resident or commercial business owner in case of an alarm at a residence or business. Alarm permits are a requirement for residents and commercial businesses with an alarm system. Alarm permits also expire on December 31 each year. Residents are responsible for either renewing their permit or registering it if they have purchased a new alarm system each year.

Permits can be obtained at the Pflugerville Justice Center (1611 E. Pfennig Lane) or online. For online Alarm Permit and renewal forms, please visit pflugervilletx.gov/alarmpermit.

Sidewalk closure along Pflugerville Parkway January 6

January 6, 2020 Pflugerville Parkway Sidewalk Closure Map

A segment of sidewalk along Pflugerville Parkway will be closed between Railroad Avenue/Mammoth Cave Boulevard and Pfluger Farm Lane beginning the week of January 6, 2020, weather permitting. The closure is anticipated to last through the end of February.

The sidewalk closure is to ensure public safety during water line construction. Be sure to find an alternate route if needed. Questions should be directed to Engineering Capital Improvement Program staff at projects@pflugervilletx.gov or 512-990-6409.

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.

City Events

Pfreeze Pflop into the New Year

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Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool (901 Old Austin Hutto Road) to kick off your new year? Starting at 10 a.m., slide down into our unheated pool with your family and friends. Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item given to benefit local pfood banks, and the first 75 people get a free T-shirt. 

For more information, visit out website at parks.pflugervilletx.gov

Register your 6-12 year old for Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp is on Monday, December 30 and Tuesday, December 31. At the camp, kids will enjoy an inflatable planetarium, astronomy crafts and climbing at the Austin Bouldering Project. Drop-off and pick-up is at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, and the camp runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. Registration for Adventure Camp is open until 8 a.m. on Monday, December 30, space permitting. Registration for the two-day camp is $30 and is available here.

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.

What's Happening

Traffic delays Saturday, December 28 for Deputy funeral procession - Expect traffic delays on Saturday, December 28, between approximately 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for the services to honor the life of Deputy Brian Pfluger at First Baptist Church Pflugerville. Anticipate a heightened police presence in the area and note that portions of 10th Street and Pfluger Street will be closed.

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 11 - Winter Pfest - 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.

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.

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