Key to the City March 20, 2020
Key to the City March 20, 2020
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Pflugerville issues Declaration of Public Health Emergency
City of Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales issued a Declaration of Public Health Emergency on March 19, 2020 in response to COVID-19. The Declaration takes place immediately and will be in effect up to 7 days with the option for City Council to extend if necessary.
While there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Pflugerville, the Declaration provides the ability for the City to request disaster recovery assistance from the State and Federal Government and authorizes the Mayor, under the Texas Disaster Act of 1975, to use all available resources to assist in the City’s response to the situation.
The Declaration of Public Health Emergency follows President Trump’s declaration of national emergency and Governor Greg Abbott’s declared public health disaster on March 13, 2020. Receive the most updated COVID news and information by following www.pflugervilletx.gov/virus.
City closes public facilities for COVID- 19
All City offices are closed to the public which includes Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, the Pflugerville Recreation Center, Pflugerville Public Library, Municipal Court, Recycle Center, City Hall, Records, Development Services, and Utility Billing lobbies. These offices are closed to the public through March 31 at this time. All City-hosted programs, classes and events have been cancelled through May 1. These cancellations affect only those programs directly run by the City of Pflugerville and do not reflect changes to the schedules of private organizations or the Pflugerville Independent School District. Library patrons may keep their borrowed books through April 13. While city parks remain open, social distancing is encouraged. More information on facility closures, including who to contact for questions, can be found here.
Travis County issued an Order on March 17 reducing public gatherings to 10 people. As a result of the Order, bars and restaurants in Pflugerville are closed, except for drive-thru, takeout and delivery, through May 1 to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A copy of the Order and terms is posted at traviscountytx.gov.
Waste Connections to begin Trash and Recycling service restrictions - pickup limited to your cart
Beginning Monday, March 23, Waste Connections, the City’s solid waste service provider, will temporarily limit residential trash and recycling collection to only items within carts, and suspend residential bulk and brush collection services. Any bags or bundles placed outside of carts will not be collected, in order to minimize the risk of exposure through manual collection or “pickup by hand.” These changes in service are the result of Waste Connections moving into Phase III operations in response to COVID-19 and are anticipated to last through May 1, 2020. If customers have questions about the changes to their service, please contact the City of Pflugerville at 512-990-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce implements program to support local businesses
As Travis County responds with precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, one way you can help local businesses endure the economic impact that comes with closures and social distancing is to participate in the Chamber's new COVID-19 support local initiative. Visit pfchamber.com/COVID-19-Support-Local to see a list of local businesses in the community and learn what services they are currently providing (Is the business open? Is it drive-thru only?) and a link will be provided to purchase gift cards for the business.
March 20 lane closure on Pflugerville Parkway
On Friday, March 20, Pflugerville Parkway will have a lane closure near the intersection of Railroad Avenue/Mammoth Cave Boulevard and Pfluger Farm Lane between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting. The closure will affect westbound traffic. City staff ask motorists to proceed with caution in the construction zone and observe temporary construction signage. For any questions contact email@example.com.
Make sure your kids are counted in the 2020 Census
Did you know that children are often underrepresented in the census? This causes havoc for school district planning and affects federal funding for important programs such as CHIP. Babies today will be 10 years or older by the next census. It's important to include all children living in your home so they can utilize the resources they need as they grow older. Unsure if a child should be counted? The following guidelines from 2020census.gov help clarify:
- Count children in the home where they live and sleep most often.
- If a child spends time between different residencies, count them where they stay most often. If they spend an equal amount of time between both residencies, count them for the household they will be in on April 1.
- Count newborn babies at the home they will be living and sleeping in on April 1, even if they're still in the hospital at that time.
Pfoster Pfamilies Needed! Want some four-legged company?
Are you home and social distancing? How about some four-legged company? While the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services animal shelter is closed to the public, there are several cats and dogs that are in need of foster homes! If you are interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Please watch what you flush, prevent drain clogs
When it comes to worry-free flushability, stick to the basics: human waste and toilet paper only.
Please don't flush:
- Facial tissues
- Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.
- Toilet bowl scrub pads
- Napkins (paper or cloth), paper towels
- Dental floss
- Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
- Fats, oils, and greases
- Sanitary napkins, or any non-organic material
- Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals
- Sheet plastic, or plastic of any kind
- Diapers (cloth, disposable, “flushable”)
Remember: the drains that connect your home to the main sewer are often no wider than 4 inches.
Digital and online resources available 24/7 from Pflugerville Public Library
The Pflugerville Public Library has plenty of ways to keep residents engaged from the comfort of their homes. Whether residents want to learn something new, watch a movie or read a book, Pflugerville Public Library has a resource for it. Examples of the digital content Library cardholders have access to include:
- Kanopy: A streaming service for documentaries, films and collections from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, PBS and more.
- Lynda.com: This website provides videos to help users learn software, technology, creative and business skills.
- Hoopla: Hoopla allows users to borrow digital movies, music, eBooks, comics and more from the Pflugerville Library. The Library has raised the checkout limit to 7 items.
- Chilton Library: The Chilton Library provides do-it-yourself automotive repair information.
- Freegal Music: Stream over 9.5 million songs ad-free 24/7.
- Learning Express: Through the Pflugerville Library, residents have access to 10 different Learning Express resources, from GED preparation to job guidance.
The library has over 40 different online resources for residents to choose from, including an e-book checkout option for patrons to download books to their personal electronic devices. A full list of the resources, and a brief description of each, can be found online here.
As long as you have an active Library Card, owing money or not, you can access these free digital resources. If your card is expired, you can renew it online by visiting https://pflugerville.biblionix.com/catalog/. If you don't yet have a Library Card, please call Pflugerville Public Library at 512-990-6375 or email email@example.com to create an account for a Temp Card so you too can access these eResources. Once you have a Temp Card, you'll just need to come to the library after they are able to open to verify account information and receive your physical Library Card.
Online Book Discussion on Pflugerville Public Library's Facebook
On Monday, March 23 from 12-1 p.m., Pflugerville Public Library is hosting an Online Book Discussion on their Facebook page. Join to chat about what you're reading or listening to in this virtual meeting. Library staff will get the discussion started, but feel free to add your own book reviews as new discussion threads. Need help downloading or choosing an e-book from the library? Email Bette at firstname.lastname@example.org assistance. This event is for those 18 and up.
Like to color? Download some pfun - The City has posted coloring collage sheets online for children and adults to enjoy. Download all three designs. City of Pflugerville, Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services and Pflugerville Library.
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.
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.