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Key to the City May 29, 2020

Post Date:05/29/2020 10:00 AM

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Key to the City May 29, 2020
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City Council discusses phased plan for Lake Pflugerville and additional reopenings

On May 26, the City Council recommended the city manager take a phased approach to reopening Lake Pflugerville. In addition to trails being reopened on Tuesday, the lake is now open for fishing from the banks, small boats may be launched from the banks and open space may be used for recreation with social distancing. While restrooms remain closed, portable toilets are on site for public use.Lake 3-14-18

“Concern for the health and safety of residents must be balanced with the desired uses of the lake, trails and city amenities,” Mayor Victor Gonzales said. “It is important to note that COVID-19 is not going away, so we must continue to be mindful. We know that residents want to use the lake and enjoy the outdoors so we are opening in phases starting with bank fishing, small boats and open space.”

Based on the City’s phased plan, amenities including swimming, pavilion use, beach and the public restroom facility will be reopened in future phases. City Council will continue to evaluate the timing of future phases based on the recommendations of local, state and public health officials.

The City of Pflugerville asks that all park users practice social distancing and properly dispose of all trash. Keeping the trail and park beautiful helps keep the community safe.

Visit pflugervilletx.gov/reopen for all modified City services and reopened facilities.

Dr. Ascott provides update on COVID-19 in 78660 to City Council 

The City Council received a COVID-19 update from Dr. Escott with Austin Public Health who provided an overview on methods taken to watch for surges and anticipate the current transmission of the disease. CommUnityCare in Pflugerville is seeing an increase in percent positive, specifically in the Latinx population with a 6.67% positivity rate.  Please continue practices to keep the curve flat by practicing social distancing and washing hands regularly. These two practices do work in preventing the spread of COVID-19.   

Emergency Medical Services Week

ems_strong_logo_black300Mayor Gonzales declared May 24-30 as Emergency Medical Services Week in the City of Pflugerville at the May 26 City Council meeting. The purpose of Emergency Medical Services week is to recognize and honor individuals in the emergency medical services system. This includes first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, police officers, educators, administrators, pre-hospital nurses, emergency nurses, emergency physicians,  trained members of the public and other out-of-hospital medical care providers.

It is especially appropriate to recognize the value and accomplishments of emergency medical services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week during this Coronavirus pandemic and to offer our sincere appreciation for the extraordinary courage, sacrifices and efforts of our emergency medical services providers.

The theme of this Emergency Medical Services Week is “EMS Strong: Ready Today. Preparing For Tomorrow.” Residents are encouraged to support Pflugerville's emergency medical services providers this week by showing their appreciation. Read the mayor's proclamation here.

Summer Reading program online for 2020

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Each summer, the Pflugerville Public Library welcomes the kids, teens and adults of Pflugerville to enjoy a summer full of books and special events. The 2020 summer reading program will look a little different from previous programs to keep library patrons safe. This year's summer reading program will take place online. Kids, teens and adults will have their own summer reading challenges to complete for each of the eight weeks of summer reading. In addition to the challenges, the library will have online events and crafting with curbside take-home kits. The summer reading program will take place June 6-August 1. For more information on summer reading, visit pflugervilletx.gov/summerreading.

 

 

What's Happening

Roadwork on Pflugerville Parkway - Roadwork will continue on Pflugerville Parkway near Picadilly Drive the week of June 1. There may be additional lane closures, so please drive slowly and watch for construction signage. 

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 July 15. The date has been extended to July due to COVID-19.  Utility Billing remains closed to the public. Phones are answered between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 512-990-6100. Due to high call volumes, the City encourages using email, utilitybilling@pflugervilletx.gov, and the web chat feature at utilitybilling.pflugervilletx.gov.

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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