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Key to the City February 14, 2020

Post Date:02/14/2020 10:00 AM

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Key to the City February 14, 2020
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City Council place $96.7 million transportation bond on the May ballot

On Tuesday, February 11, Pflugerville City Council authorized a May 2020 General Obligation Bond Election and voted to put a $96.7 million transportation proposition on the ballot based on recommendations from the 2020 Capital Improvement Bond Committee.Casting a Ballot

The transportation items on the bond include:

  • City intersection improvements – $14.4 million for the intersections of SH 130 at CR 138; E Pflugerville Pkwy. at FM 685; Heatherwilde Boulevard at Pecan Street.; FM 685 at Pecan Street.; FM 685/Copper Mine Drive Overpass; Hodde/Weiss Lane at Cele Road.
  • City neighborhood street reconstruction – $15.6 million for 10th Street, Algreg Street, Applewood Drive, Bushmills Road, Butler National Drive/Diablo Drive, Caldwells Lane, Cedar Ridge Drive, Dalshank Road, Edgemere Drive, Grand National Avenue, Great Basin, Kay Lane, Lincoln Avenue, Mashburn Street, Meadow Creek Drive, Mountain View Drive, Oak Ridge Drive, Picadilly Drive, Plumbago Drive, Rowe Lane, Russell Street, Sullivan Street, Taylor Avenue, W. Custers Creek Bend, Windermere Drive, Yellow Sage Street.
  • Immanuel Road – $8.9 million to widen to an urban three-lane roadway.
  • FM 685 corridor improvements – $5.0 million for a corridor study and preliminary engineering and design. The project includes lane alignment, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and coordination and surveying.
  • SH 45 frontage roads – $9.4 million to connect frontage road gaps.
  • Kelly Lane Phase 3 – $13.6 million to widen to an urban four-lane section.
  • Pfluger Farm Lane North – $5.3 million to extend the urban three-lane roadway north to SH 45.
  • Main Street -$1.6 million for engineering and design for a future urban two-lane section.
  • Central Commerce Drive – $5.1 million to widen to an urban three-lane section.
  • Picadilly Drive – $4.9 million to widen to an urban three-lane section.
  • Cameron Road – $3.4 million for a two-lane urban section from the Pecan Street and Weiss Lane intersection to Cameron Road South.
  • East Pflugerville Parkway – $3.5 million for engineering and design to create a four-lane, divided street between Colorado Sand Drive and Weiss Lane.
  • East Pecan Street – $4.0 million for preliminary engineering and design to widen to six lanes across SH 130.

The Council also received recommendations from the 2020 Capital Improvement Bond Committee for a Parks and Recreation Bond. The City Council voted to consider items for a Parks and Recreation Bond for a future bond election.  

Maps, graphics and additional information about the bonds, the Capital Improvement Bond Committee presentation and updates are posted at http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/bonds.

Pflugerville City Council consider trash rate increase; second reading on February 25

On Tuesday, February 11, City Council heard a first reading on an ordinance for a proposed rate increase for residential solid waste trash pickup citywide. This rate increase would include a $3.04 increase in the monthly trash rate, a $.71 increase for an extra trash cart available upon request and a $1.43 increase for an extra recycle cart available upon request. A second reading will be held on February 25 for final approval and the ordinance would go into effect on March 1.

The proposed rate change would still keep Pflugerville at or below rates charged by other cities across Central Texas. This is the second rate increase since the City began once-a-week trash pickup and single stream recycling in 2010. The trash rate increase is needed to meet increased operational costs, including higher cost of fuel, and is within the terms of the City’s current agreement with Waste Connections.

The proposed rate increase is as follows:

Proposed Trash and Recycling Rates

The rate change would maintain current services for customers with trash pickup once a week and recycling pickup every other week. If members of the public would like to comment on the trash rate increase, City Council will hear this item on a second reading at the next Council meeting on February 25 at 7 p.m. Council meetings are located at 100 E. Main Street, Suite 500, Pflugerville, TX.

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City facilities closed Monday, February 17 for Presidents' Day

City of Pflugerville facilities and offices will be closed for Presidents' Day on February 17. Affected locations include the Pflugerville Library, Animal Welfare Services, Recycle Center, Recreation Center and City offices. Normal hours will resume February 18. Trash and recycling pickup is not affected.

Daily lane closures on FM 685 at Town Center Dr. FM 685 Lane Closure

Starting February 14, there will be daily lane closures along FM 685 near Typhoon Texas for construction. Expect delays on weekdays between 9 am - 4 pm as the left lane on the southbound side of FM 685 just north of Town Center Dr. will be closed.

Register for Spring classes at the Recreation Center

Registration for Spring recreation classes is now open online and in-person at the Pflugerville Recreation Center (400 Immanuel Rd.). 

Sign-up for youth and adult active and educational classes, including these classes:

  • Body Back Transformation - Body Back® Transformation is an 8-week results based journey. You will focus on your mind and body improving your overall health and wellbeing. The experience includes high-intensity interval workouts (HIIT) designed to challenge, empower, and recharge you.
  • Spanish I & II for Adults - Learn Spanish in a comfortable environment. 
  • Children's Dance and Gymnastics Classes - the Recreation Center offers regular gymnastics, cheer and dance lessons throughout the school year. See pflugervilletx.gov/classes and click on Children's Classes for more information. 
  • Preschool Picassos - an introduction to art for your toddler using different materials and mediums to explore and experiment. $60 for a 4-week session. 

In addition to classes, registration is ongoing for Spring Break Pfun Camp. For more information about outdoor programs and camps, visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov. 

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Pfun new T-shirts now for sale at the Recreation Center

Parks and Recreation is selling a limited edition T-shirt featuring landmarks from our parks and trails. Designed by a Parks and Recreation staff member on a yellow comfort colors T-shirt, it will brighten up your spring wardrobe! Pick up a S-XL for $20 or 2XL-3XL for $23 only at the Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, before they're gone. 

City Events

Dance through the Decades

Dance through the decades with your friends and family this Saturday, February 15 at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. The dance will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and there will be refreshments and a photo wall to take pictures. Dress as formally as desired, bring your camera and get ready to have some fun! Tickets are on sale for $5 a person and can be purchased here

There will be a Sensory Friendly Hour before the main event begins from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Apply now to be a vendor or parade participant at Deutschen Pfest Deutschen Pfest Hanz logo

Vendor applications for the 2020 Deutschen Pfest (May 15-17, 2020) are now open for food vendors, non-profits and businesses at deutschenpfest.com/pfest-vendors. All vendors are selected through an application process and will be notified in mid-March. The application includes all rules and regulations for Deutschen Pfest booths. Applications are available online only, and can be submitted via a computer or mobile device. If you have any questions, contact dpfestbooths@pflugervilletx.gov.

 

Applications for the Deutschen Pfest parade are open and participation is free! Awards are given for best youth organization, best local business, best out of town entry, best non-profit and best local business. Applications will be open until the parade is full. Apply today at https://deutschenpfest.com/pfamily-pfun/parade/

Just want to go to the pfest and have fun? Admission is $5 on Friday, May 15, $7 on May 16 and $5 on May 17. Payment is accepted in cash only, and children six and younger have free entry. For more information on all the pfun pfest activities, visit deutschenpfest.com.
Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run

 

Register for Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run

Registration for the 2020 Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run is still open! The Pfun Run is on May 17, the last day of the festival. Currently, registration is $25, but rates increase by $5 each month. Get the early bird pricing while it's still available! Registering early also guarantees a race T-shirt, which provides free access to the entire three-day pfest. Registration can be accessed here.

Black History Month Movie Double Pfeature at Pflugerville Public Library

On Saturday, March 15, celebrate Black History Month at Pflugerville Public Library with two great films highlighting black cinema. From 1-3 p.m., enjoy a screening of the documentary The Pieces I Am, featuring celebrated author Toni Morrison. Rated PG-13, ©Magnolia Pictures. Then from 3:30-5:45 p.m., there will be a screening of the hit superhero film Black Panther. Rated PG-13, ©Walt Disney.

What's Happening

Pedestrian sidewalk trail closed along Pflugerville Parkway - A portion of the Trails at Falcon Pointe along Pfluger Parkway, from Colorado Sand Drive to Becker Farm Road, is closed for repairs until further notice. 

Lane closures on Swenson Farms for Pressure Reducing Valve project installation - The City is installing Pressure Reducing Valves on Swenson Farms Road between Pfennig Lane and Black Locust Road to help regulate water pressure in the Swenson Farms neighborhood.  Through February 27, weather permitting, anticipate traffic control and various lane closings on Swenson Farms Road between Copper Maple and Pfennig Lane and a closure on Swenson Farms between Black Locust Road and Mayapple St. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 512-990-6409 or email projects@pflugervilletx.gov.  

Register for Spring Break Pfun Camp - Registration for Spring Pfun Camp is available online at pflugervilletx.gov/camps. The camp, which is during the Pflugerville ISD's Spring Break, is an all-day camp for kids ages 6-12. From March 16-20 campers will play fun outdoor games and go on field trips. Camp will run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.

Thursdays and Fridays - AARP Tax Help - Every Thursday and Friday, through April 10, the AARP will be at the Pflugerville Public Library providing free tax help. Help is available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.

Save the Date

March 5 - Be Counted! - On Thursday, March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Pflugerville Public Library, you are invited to join the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area in welcoming the U.S. Census Bureau’s Partnership Specialist, Maria I. Campos, for an Informational Session regarding the 2020 Census. Learn about the new push for online census taking, what to expect in the census, why the census matters for everyone and have your questions answered about the census process. Refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome to attend.  

March 7 - Teen Job Pfair - Teens looking for summer jobs and employers in search of part-time workers come together at the Pflugerville Public Library from 2-4 p.m. on March 7. Various businesses and organizations, including the City of Pflugerville, will be at the event to discuss their upcoming opportunities. The event is free to attend and does not require registration for job-seekers. Businesses wishing to participate can register for free by contacting Amanda Cawthon at amandac@pflugervilletx.gov. Find out more about the event, including a running list of the companies that will be in attendance, here.

March 18 - Pet Pfest - The fifth annual Pet Pfest is approaching. Located at the Pflugerville Library from 2-4 p.m., this year's special guest presenter is a Golden Retriever named Gryffindor, who is also known as "The Golden Ticket." Gryffindor will be showing off some of his tricks for attendees. The Austin Reptile Show will be at the event as well with a walk-through exhibit. There will also be fun, pet-related crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Find out more about Pet Pfest here.

March 17 & 31 - Early Opening Pfarmers Market - The Pfarmers Market returns for four pre-season markets in March and April. Join us at the Green Red Barn from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays (for both the pre-season markets and the regular season) for fresh produce and locally prepared foods. 

April 4 - Pfloating Egg Hunt - Kids ages 3-12 can participate in Pflugerville's first Pfloating Egg Hunt at Gilleland Creek Pool. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. kids can swim around the heated pool to collect floating eggs in exchange for prizes. Tickets are $5 per person and are available online now. For more information on the hunt, and to purchase tickets, visit pflugervilletx.gov/egghunt.