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Key to the City March 13, 2020

Post Date:03/13/2020 4:00 PM

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Key to the City March 13, 2020
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Watch Pflugerville Pfocus for updates on the March 10 Council meeting

Watch Pfocus for highlights on Council's discussion on curbside brush pickup, authorization of infrastructure projects, Lake Pflugerville watercraft rentals and our close monitoring of COVID-19, the Coronavirus. Watch online at youtube.com/CityofPflugerville.

City Council to hold Special Meeting March 13 at 5 p.m. to discuss public health and COVID-19

The Pflugerville City Council will convene on Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. in an Emergency Meeting to discuss city services and preparedness, social distancing and necessary precautions related to the COVID-19, Coronavirus. 

The City of Pflugerville is working closely with area agencies including Austin Public Health and Travis County Emergency Services District #2 to take necessary precautions related to the virus. Council will discuss continuity of city services.

Ongoing cleanliness practices help prevent sickness  Hand Washing Instructions spots missed for social

The City of Pflugerville is taking steps to help ensure a safe, healthy community. The City encourages all residents to stay informed on the Coronavirus by visiting www.pflugervilletx.gov/virus for current links to the Centers of Disease Control and Austin Public Health for area updates and information.  

 The City encourages everyone to take steps to prevent spread of germs and disease including: 
• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Cover your cough by coughing or sneezing into your elbow
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home if you develop flu-like symptoms or sickness
• Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces.

Please remember - if you're too sick for school or work,  please stay home.

12 important questions: Census 2020

Pen on Census 2020

The Census happens only once every 10 years, but it’s extremely important when it comes to your local city and community. Don’t let fear of the unknown prevent you from filling out your Census 2020 form.

Questions asked:

  1. What is the number of people living in your home, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2020?
  2. Were any additional people staying here on April 1?
    Mark all that apply: children, grand babies, foster children, adult children, cousins, roommates, live-in babysitters.)
  3. Is this house, apartment or mobile home owned by you or someone in this household with a loan?
    This question helps with homeownership and renting information since homeownership serves as one indicator of the nation’s economy. This question helps administer housing programs, planning and decision-making.
  4. What is your phone number?
  5. When filling out the form you will be asked to enter a name as "Person 1." Person 1 is whoever pays the rent or owns the residence or any other adult living there.
  6. What is Person 1's sex? Person 1’s sex is important for statistics as it helps in planning and funding government programs.
  7. What is Person 1's age? Person 1's age is asked next to better understand ages of persons living in an area.
  8. Is Person 1 Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?  Because Hispanic origin is not a race, but a heritage or lineage, this question is asked. The response helps create statistics about this ethic group.
  9. Person 1’s race is asked to analyze statistics within racial groups.
  10. The next blank on the Census is to enter the name of Person 2 in the home, if applicable.
  11. "Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?" This question helps ensure that everyone is counted once and in the right place.
  12. How is Person 2 related to person 1? This question helps develop data about families, households and other groups. Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families and people raising children alone.

Article details provided by https://2020census.gov. View a sample copy of the questionnaire at https://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2019-08/2020-informational-questionnaire.pdf

Pfix a Leak Week 2020

Fix a Leak Week is March 16-22. In the U.S., around 1 trillion gallons of water a year are wasted from easy-to-fix household leaks. Leaky faucets, sprinkler systems and toilets are common culprits. Luckily, checking for leaks is easy! 

Leaking Pipe

Checking for Leaks 

First, look at how much water your household used in a colder-weather month. According to WaterSense, if a family of four is using over 12,000 gallons of water a month, they probably have leaks. Another way to check for leaks is to look at your water meter, not use water for two hours and then look at the water meter again. If there's a change, then there's probably a leak.

Pfinding the Leaks

Check pipe fittings and faucets. If there's dripping water, there's a leak. To check for a leaky toilet, put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 15 minutes. If the water in the toilet bowl changes color, a leak is indicated.

Pfixing Leaks

Common leaks like these are easy to fix. WaterSense provides step-by-step videos that show how to fix the leaks on your own. You can view the videos here. If a "fixed" leak is still leaking, the fixture may need to be replaced. This is an opportunity to upgrade fixtures to more water-efficient models, which will save more water. More information on leaks, fixing leaks and water-efficient fixtures can be found here.

Be an alert driver

Safety First Sticky Note on Steering Wheel

When driving, always make sure to avoid distractions, be aware of surroundings and focus on the road. With Spring Break approaching March 16-20, more kids will be outside during the break, and drivers need to be  alert. With the nicer spring weather, watch for cyclists and motorcyclists and give extra attention to one’s surroundings.

Here’s how you can help avoid driving accidents:

  • Follow the posted speed limits
  • Keep both hands on the wheel
  • Keep your eyes on the road
  • Avoid distractions and pull over if necessary
  • Be on the lookout for cyclists and motorcyclists, which are harder to see

Share the road, and have a safe, responsible and fun Spring Break.

Spring cleaning? Don't forget you can put up to six items curbside on trash day 

Spring is in the air, and that means it's time for spring cleaning. As you're getting rid of old, unusable items, don't forget about bulk trash pickup!

Pile of Black Trash Bags at Curb

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.

Parks and Recreation Commission opening for high school student member

The City of Pflugerville is accepting applications for a high school student to serve as a regular voting member of the Parks and Recreation Commission. In order to qualify, applicants must have lived within the City limits for at least 12 months (prior to appointment) and cannot be employed by the City of Pflugerville. The position's term ends on May 31, 2020. Interested students can apply online at pflugervilletx.gov, call 512-990-6130 or email citysecretary@pflugervilletx.gov.

City Events 

Pet Pfest Postponed 

Pet Pfest at Pflugerville Public Library is postponed until a later date. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.

 

Apply to be a Woofstock Vendor

Woofstock will be at Heritage Park (901 Old Austin Hutto Road) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 19. There will be games, activities for kids and dogs, live music, vendors for pets and people, and food trucks. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event, visit the event page.

Woofstock is accepting applications for vendors. For more information and to register, visit pflugervilletx.gov/woofstock. The deadline to register as a vendor is 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020.

 

What's Happening

Now accepting Pflugerville Library Con Guest Applications - Pflugerville Public Library is now accepting guest applications for its 5th Annual Pflugerville Library Con on September 26 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Guest applications will be accepted through through May 1 and can be accessed online here. Business owners interested in sponsoring the event may email Bette McDowell, Adult Services Librarian, at bettem@pflugervilletx.gov. To learn more about Library Con, please visit pflugervilletx.gov/librarycon

Register for the Deutschen Pfest Pfun Run - Sign up today for $30 for the 2020 Detuschen Pfest Pfun Run on May 17. Registering early also guarantees a race T-shirt, which provides free access to the entire three-day pfest. Pfind out more at deutschenpfest.com/5K.

Now hiring for lifeguards and summer camp counselors - Parks and Recreation is now hiring for summer positions. Your teen can enjoy a pfun and meaningful job this summer at our parks and pools. Apply today at pflugervilletx.gov/jobs

Submit commentary for the CAMPO 2045 Transportation Plan - The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is seeking commentary on their 2045 Transportation Plan, which addresses traffic in all areas of transportation: roads, transit, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and changes to commuting patterns. Providing feedback helps CAMPO better understand the needs of residents. The online survey can be accessed at campo2045.org and is open through April 13.

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. 

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