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Key to the City February 28, 2020

Post Date:02/28/2020 11:00 AM

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Key to the City February 28, 2020
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Pflugerville is getting ready for the Census

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the Council invited John Lawler from the Census to talk about efforts in Travis County to get residents counted. The City has setup a website for the Census, www.pflugervilletx.gov/census with links to commonly asked questions about the census. Be sure to watch Pflugerville Pfocus for highlights on the Census and what it means to Pflugerville. 

Pflugerville enters mandatory Stage 2 water restrictions per Drought Contingency Plan

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Starting March 1, the City of Pflugerville is under mandatory Stage 2 water restrictions as outlined in the City's Water Drought Contingency Plan.  Residents are allowed to water no more than twice per week based on their home mailing address.

•Addresses ending with an odd number may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays. •Addresses ending with an even number may water on Thursdays and Sundays.
•No watering on Mondays.
•Commercial facilities (civic, commercial, industrial and institutional properties, apartments and condominiums) may water on Tuesdays and Fridays.Campo Logo

 Watering must be done before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. in order to maximize water conservation. Thank you for helping conserve water. For more details and for water conservation tips, visit pfreshwater.com.

Submit commentary for the CAMPO 2045 Transportation Plan

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is seeking commentary on their 2045 Transportation Plan. The 2045 plan addresses traffic in all areas of transportation: roads, transit, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and changes to commuting patterns. In order to accomplish this effectively, CAMPO is requesting feedback via an online survey over what areas matter most to residents. The online survey can be accessed at campo2045.org and is open through April 13.

Pflugerville City Council approves first trash rate increase in four years

Trash and Recycling Rates March 2020

On Tuesday, February 25, City Council approved a $3.04 increase in the monthly trash rate, the City’s first increase since 2016. This rate increase also includes a $0.71 increase for an extra trash cart and a $1.43 increase for an extra recycle cart, available to customers upon request. Trash and recycle pickup costs in Pflugerville remains below area cities in Central Texas for similar services. 

The new rates will go in effect on March 1, with In-City trash customers paying $18.94 per month and Out-of-City trash customers paying $20.94 per month for trash service. Optional services of additional trash and recycling carts will increase to $6.83 and $3.98, respectively.

The rate change maintains current services for customers with trash pickup once a week and recycling pickup every other week. 

For more information on the City of Pflugerville’s trash and recycling services visit https://utilitybilling.pflugervilletx.gov/trash-recycling.

Make pool reservations for summer 2020 

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Reserve one of the City's pools for your summer gathering. The City allows rentals of the pool outside of regular public pool hours. Reservations will be accepted starting Sunday, March 1. Summer reservations fill up quickly, so visit register.communitypass.net/CityofPflugerville and click on Facility and Parks Reservations to be first in line.  Most pools are open from Memorial Day weekend to early August. Gilleland Creek Pool and Scott Mentzer Pool (pictured) can accommodate reservations of up to 125 people and Windermere Pool can hold up to 50 people.  Start planning your party now. 

Have any questions? Contact pools@pflugervilletx.gov or call 512-990-6362.  

Ozone season begins March 1

Ozone is found in the Earth's upper atmosphere and at the ground level. Upper level ozone is generally considered good and provides protection for UV rays. Ground-level ozone is created by pollutants and is considered bad. Ground-level ozone is particularly harmful for asthmatics, children, seniors and individuals spending a lot of time outdoors. Inhaling ground-level ozone can cause lung discomfort, and long-term exposure can cause more severe symptoms. Ground-level ozone is also harmful to plant life. The best way to lower one's contribution to ground-level ozone is to lower pollution output. Carpooling, for example, would help reduce overall pollution output. Other ways to lower pollution output include switching to cleaning products that do not contain harmful chemicals, and reducing electricity use. More tips on reducing pollution output are provided by AirNow here

Recycle used car oil at the Recycle Center

Residents who change their own car's oil must dispose of it properly. The Pflugerville Recycle Center (15500 Sun Light Near Way) accepts used motor oil. As with all recycling taken to the center, residents must also bring a valid ID and utility bill proof of residency. Used car oil can also be taken to local auto repair shops for recycling. Oil should never be allowed to drip down driveways. The oil will travel from the street into City storm drains, which feed directly into Pflugerville creeks and streams. 

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How to properly dispose of motor oil:

  1. Drain the oil into a pan that can hold twice the volume of oil as is in the engine.
  2. Carefully move the oil pan to a location where you can safely pour the oil into a container.
  3. Take the container to the Pflugerville Recycle Center or a local auto repair shop for proper disposal. Do not leave it on the driveway, toss it on the lawn or pour it down the drain.

The Pflugerville Recycle Center is open Friday, Saturday and Monday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information on the Recycle Center, visit pflugervilletx.gov/recyclecenter, and for more information on the impact that motor oil can have on the local environment, visit pflugervilletx.gov/stormwater.

Hygiene practices help prevent sickness

Hand Washing Instructions spots keyProper hand-washing techniques can help prevent the spread of disease. When washing your hands, wash for a full 20 seconds (about the amount of time it takes to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star).  Pay special attention to your thumbs and outer fingers as those are areas that are frequently missed during hand-washing. Use soap and water to wash your hands regularly throughout the day and prior to eating. Avoid touching your face with hands that are not recently washed.

If you cough, cough into your sleeve or into a tissue and dispose of it. If you feel sick, stay home and avoid contact with others. With the recent coronavirus and as flu season continues, these steps will help prevent spread of disease. Let's stay healthy Pflugerville. For more information visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/virus

City Events

Census Informational Session at the library: Be Counted!

The Library is partnering with the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area to host U.S. Census Bureau's Partnership Specialist, Maria Compos, for an informational session regarding the 2020 Census on March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn about the new online census application, what to expect in this census and why the census is so important. The City of Pflugerville encourages all residents to be counted! The City uses the census data to help estimate growth patterns for water, roads and infrastructure. The City uses demographic information to plan programs and anticipate needed resources. The City's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), which provides youth with scholarships for recreational programs and has been used on infrastructure projects in the city, is based on census data. Your individual census responses are confidential, but the collective information is invaluable to both your state and local government. Prepare to fill out the Census when it arrives at your home. Census Day is April 1. If you have any questions, this is your chance to speak directly with a census employee. Come to the library on March 5.

Open house for the Old Austin Hutto Road project next Thursday

The second open house for the Old Austin Hutto Road project will be next Thursday, March 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Pflugerville Recreation Center. This project will widen Old Austin Hutto Road to a three-lane roadway and includes pavement and drainage improvements. The updated configuration will include one lane in each direction in addition to a two-way left-turn center lane. The existing curve at the northern end of the roadway will be replaced with a single-lane roundabout to provide for future connectivity to the north. As part of this project, improvements will also be made to the Heritage Park parking lot. 

Next Pokémon Card Club meeting next Thursday

The next meeting of the  Pflugerville Pokémon Card Club is next Thursday, March 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Recreation Center. Join this growing club of kids ages 6-14 who are learning to play card battles, swap cards and hang out with other Pokémon enthusiasts. All experience levels are welcome and free card packs are available for those who attend. 

What's Happening

Daily lane closures on FM 685 at Town Center Drive - There will be daily lane closures along FM 685 near Typhoon Texas for construction through March. 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. The beginning of this project was delayed due to rain, so continue to check the City's social media and Key to the City for updates on construction. 

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. 

Save the Date

March 7 - Teen Job Pfair - The Pflugerville Public Library will host the 5th annual Teen Job Pfair on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 2-4 p.m. This event is a great opportunity for local businesses to find part-time and seasonal employees. This event is FREE to both employers and teens. Teens do NOT need to register to attend. A full list of participating employers and companies seeking volunteers is online at https://library.pflugervilletx.gov/events-classes/annual-events/teen-job-pfair

March 17 & 31 - Early Opening Pfarmers Market - The Pfarmers Market returns for four pre-season markets in March and April. Come to the Green Red Barn at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays (for both the pre-season markets and the regular season) for fresh produce and locally prepared foods. 

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.

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.

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