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Key to the City May 8, 2020

Post Date:05/08/2020 10:00 AM

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Key to the City May 8, 2020
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Reopen safely - an update from Mayor Gonzales

Hello Pfriends,
Victor Gonzales
Pflugerville looks different than it did a few months ago. We are wearing face coverings in the community, waiting in lines for groceries and essentials, attending virtual schools and, sadly, worrying if our families and friends will be ok. But… Pflugerville remains strong.

Your City Council is responding to COVID-19 with measures that promote the safety and well-being of all residents. Based on Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders, your City Council took numerous steps to keep our citizens safe, e.g., closing City facilities and scaling back or temporarily ceasing services. These changes are tough, yet necessary.

The City continues to work collaboratively with the Pflugerville Fire Department and PfISD, who along with all first responders and medical professionals, place themselves in harm’s way every day for us all. Thank you to all who have supported others in need. Human care and kindness helps keep Pflugerville strong.

Sadly, many of our local and small businesses have been hit hard. In response, the Pflugerville Downtown Association made a substantial commitment to support businesses, and the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Corporation formed the Pflugerville Pfund. As Texas reopens, I ask you to support our Pflugerville restaurants and businesses to support your neighbor. Your City Council is developing a strategy to reopen City facilities and services. Our goal is for Pflugerville to reopen, but open safely.

Pfriends, I understand the stress and anxiety this disease has created, but Pflugerville is resilient. Let’s emerge from this together with an even stronger sense of Pflugerville community. Stay Safe and Strong for ourselves and one another.

Respectfully,

Victor Gonzales

Check out all the activities offered by your City

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The City has modified services due to COVID-19, but while many city buildings are closed to the public, many of the City's services continue in various virtual or modified capacities.

In addition to numerous virtual online storytimes, craft and activity videos and programs, the Library started curbside-to-go this week allowing patrons to register online for materials to check out. All items checked in are held three days before putting back into circulation. Similar to retail-to-go, a mask-wearing library employee will bring the items to your car. Curbside pickup and item returns are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Don’t miss all the fun at the library.

On Tuesday, the Pfarmers Market returned for the regular season. Until further notice, the market will be setup in Heritage Park parking lot, with a one-way entry path to help encourage social distancing. All guests must wear masks in the market (we have vendors selling masks if you need one). Vendors are only selling fresh meat, vegetables and prepared foods at this time. The market returns next Tuesday from 3-7 p.m.
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The virtual recreation center includes a weekly chalk art contest, Tai Chi, and activities for families to participate in at home. City trails are open with the exception of the loop at Lake Pflugerville, with over 40 miles to explore. Tennis courts are open at Windermere Park and the Skate Spot. Both of the City’s dog parks, Stone Hill Park and Falcon Pointe Bark Park are open. City parks, with the exception of Lake Pflugerville and 1849 Park, also remain open. Please practice social distancing and enjoy these amenities safely!

Adoptions and animal fostering is still underway through the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services. Make an appointment to come meet and adopt a new pet by emailing paws@pflugervilletx.gov.  

Development Services departments of Planning, Building and Engineering are operating with virtual, paperless permitting. Submit plans and paperwork online. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/planning for application details.

For those who are doing yardwork this time of year, curbside chipping has resumed on a monthly pickup schedule. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/chipping to find out when the truck will be in your neighborhood. If you have limbs that you want to remove, you can take them to the recycle center on Friday, Saturday and Monday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Keep track of all City of Pflugerville services and happenings on the City’s website at pflugervilletx.gov/reopen.

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Public Service Recognition Week

This week, May 3-9 is Public Service Recognition Week. Public Service Recognition week has been celebrated during the first full week of May since 1985. Its purpose is to acknowledge public servants at the federal, state, county and local levels. These individuals are hard at work to ensure that the community is provided with quality services to suit their needs. 

Public Service recognition week provides the City, and Pflugerville residents, with an opportunity to acknowledge the City’s public servants. From Public Works, to Engineering, Finance, Library and Police, your City workers are here to provide residents with quality services to improve their lives. To all our public servants, thank you for your service.

Little Pflugers: Pflugerville Public Library's New Facebook Group 

Little Pflugers

Pflugerville Public Library is happy to announce a new Facebook group called Little Pflugers. This is a group for pfamilies with babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children (0-5) to connect and learn about all the exciting storytimes, programs, and services available at the library. Learn more at facebook.com/groups/littlepflugers

Pflugerville Public Library Offers Virtual Resume Help 

Would you like someone to look over your resume? Pflugerville Public Library would love to help. Simply email your existing resume to library@pflugervilletx.gov and their librarians will be happy to look it over and offer suggestions. If you need help getting started on your resume, the library also offers a great digital resource called Learning Express: Career Center Plus that offers tutorials on creating a resume and cover letter. Check it out on the library's website

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What's Happening

Weekly Pfarmers Market - The regular Pfarmers Market is open through October, every Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. at Heritage Park. Until further notice, the market is limited to produce, meat and prepared foods and is following strict social distancing. For more information visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket

Pflugerville Pfund - The Pfluger Pfund is setup to help local businesses with financial assistance grants due to COVID-19. Find more information about this fund by visiting, https://www.pfchamber.com/pflugerville-pfund

Curbside trash pickup is cart only - Waste Connections has extended "cart only" trash and recycling pickup through May, meaning any items outside trash and recycling carts will not be picked up. Residents can drop off items like appliances, brush and limbs that may normally be picked up during bulk pickup at the Recycle Center. Hours and full list of accepted items are available at pflugervilletx.gov/recyclecenter.

Utility disconnects and late fees - Utility billing will not issue any late fees or disconnects through June 15.

Respond to the 2020 Census - The Census can be filled out online, by phone or by mail. Follow the instructions mailed by the Census Bureau to complete the form, and visit pflugervilletx.gov/census for more information.

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