Key to the City May 22, 2020
Key to the City May 22, 2020
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Lake Pflugerville trail opens Tuesday, May 26
At their special meeting on May 21, City Council voted to reopen the trail at Lake Pflugerville starting Tuesday, May 26. All other amenities, including fishing piers, playground area, pavilion, beach, and lake access will remain closed.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community is essential as the trail reopens. The City of Pflugerville is asking all trail users to practice social distancing and properly dispose of all trash. Keeping the trail beautiful also helps keep our community safe.
After the current Travis County Stay Home Order expires on June 15, City Council will reevaluate opening additional amenities at Lake Pflugerville. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/reopen for all modified City services and facility reopenings.
Governor Abbott announces reopenings
As more businesses may reopen with restrictions, Governor Abbott announced this week additional businesses that will be allowed to reopen in May.
Starting Friday, May 22 additional businesses may reopen with 25% capacity, including: bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls and skating rinks, aquariums. Day care may reopen. Restaurants may increase their maximum capacity to 50%, with social distancing.
As more businesses continue to reopen, we would like to remind everyone to be safe and practice social distancing. A mask is recommended when outside your home. For a full list of the City of Pflugerville's modified and reopened services, visit pflugervilletx.gov/reopen. View Governor Abbott's Executive Order here.
Library and PfISD announce joint initiative to provide books to youth
The Pflugerville Public Library (PPL) and Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) are partnering to get books into the homes of local children through the Pflugerville Reads Project.
On Tuesday, May 26 from 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. parents of PfISD students will be able to pick up a free book for each child and teen in their household (while supplies last) when they stop by the following schools for curbside breakfast and lunch pick up: Dessau Middle School, Kelly Lane Middle School, Park Crest Middle School, Westview Middle School, Copperfield Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Pflugerville Elementary, Timmerman Elementary, Wieland Elementary, Windermere Elementary.
This project began as an idea between PfISD district library coordinator Daniela Guardiola and PPL youth services librarian Amanda Cawthon. They were prompted to action by the knowledge that with schools and the public library closed, there are many children and teens in the Pflugerville community without access to books. While these closures are temporary, they have long-lasting effects. One of the biggest indicators of reading ability is the number of books in the home.
The books for the Pflugerville Reads Project were collected through a combination of discounted bulk purchases and book donations from PfISD and PPL. The purchase of books was funded by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library, funds previously allocated to PPL programs and a stipend awarded to Cawthon by the 2020 Young Adult Reading Incentive Award.
As with meal curbside pickup, all personnel will be wearing gloves and masks to ensure their own safety and the safety of the families receiving books.
Traffic Signal installed at Wells Branch and Immanuel Road
The City of Pflugerville has activated the traffic signals at Immanuel Rd and Wells Branch intersection. The new signals are set to provide for each direction of traffic to flow freely through the intersection and give drivers sufficient time to safely navigate the intersection. Each direction and each movement (left-turns) will have their own signalized phase for traffic to proceed safely with no conflict through the intersection. The signal is set in full activation mode. Drive carefully.
Virtual Open House on Kelly Lane
The City held a virtual open house to discuss upcoming improvements to Kelly Lane. You can watch the presentation online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/cip.
May 25 the City is closed for Memorial DayCity offices are closed and phones will not be answered on May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. The Pflugerville Library, Animal Shelter, Recreation Center and City offices will be closed. Trash and recycling pickup will not be affected. If you need assistance when the City is closed, please call the citizen communications hotline at 512-990-6700. This Memorial Day consider a visit to Pflugerville's Fallen Warrior Memorial along Gilleland Creek in Pfluger Park (515 City Park Road) to honor Pflugerville's heroes.
Normal bulk collection resumes Monday; Tie trash bags securely
On Monday, May 25, regular curbside bulk trash and brush collection will resume with the addition of bundled brush and bulky items. Please make sure trash bags are tied tightly and securely. Household trash that is not properly bagged and tied is susceptible to spills and can expose service personnel to germs. Help keep service personnel safe by securely tying trash bags.
Water-efficient products sales tax holiday
From May 23-25 residents can save money by purchasing certain water-efficient products tax-free during the state's annual Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday applies to in-store and qualifying online purchases of applicable products. When shopping in stores, please maintain social distancing of at least six feet between yourself and others. For more information, and for examples of qualifying items (including rain barrels), visit the Texas Comptroller's sales tax holiday page here.
Pfree Printing at Pflugerville Public Library
In addition to extending its WiFi throughout the library parking lot, Pflugerville Public Library is now offering pfree printing services for its patrons during regular curbside hours, Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. You can print from your own device, whether from home or the library parking lot. Then simply pull up to the front of the library and follow the instructions on the signs and they will bring your prints out to you - for pfree! If you need assistance, please call 512-990-6375. Note: Black & White only. Limit 10 pages.
Pflugerville Pfund - The Pflugerville Pfund is set up to help local businesses with financial assistance grants due to COVID-19. Find more information about this fund by visiting pfchamber.com/pflugerville-pfund.
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.