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Key to the City July 27, 2018

Post Date:07/27/2018 10:00 AM

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Key to the City July 27, 2018

Pay it Forward PflugervilleKindness Revolution

On Saturday, July 28, from 2 - 4 p.m. the Pflugerville Public Library will host a special event that includes kindness- themed crafts and community service activities. At the event, attendees will:

  • Decorate cards for local care center residents, soldiers on active duty and children in hospitals.
  • Make toys for shelter pets.
  • Paint inspirational quotes on rocks to be hidden in parks and neighborhoods.
  • There will also be a Free Rice computer station, where participants can answer simple questions to donate rice through the World Food Programme.

Learn about local opportunities to give back to the community. Talk to representatives from Senior Access, Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Pfknitters, Pfriends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter and Friends of the Pflugerville Library about how you can help out.

This event kicks off the library's participation in the Kindness Revolution™, a national not-for-profit organization, based in Tennessee, that is 100% funded by a business membership called Community Champions. Their mission is to bring back the values of dignity, respect, and kindness to the workplace, schools and everyday life. There will be Kindness Revolution™ “Pay It Forward” wristbands and kindness tips available while supplies last.

Have you been participating in the Summer Reading Program? Be sure to stop by to find out which team read the most hours this summer. The entire library will be decorated in the winning team's color. All ages are welcome to attend. The Pflugerville Public Library is located at 1008 W. Pfluger St. For more information about upcoming events, visit library.pflugervilletx.gov, or follow the library on Facebook.

Apply to serve on the Youth Advisory Council

YAC On Tuesday, the City Council approved the creation of a Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a program to teach local youth about city government and get them involved in their city. Mayor Victor Gonzales will serve as council representative and liaison to support the youth participants.

“I attended a Youth Advisory Council growing up in my hometown, and it led to my current career path in city government,”  Assistant City Secretary Jennifer Stubbs said. “I want to bring the program to Pflugerville to allow students the same resources I had to learn about city government and affect change in their community by interacting with adults on issues important to Pflugerville.”

YAC participants will volunteer at city events, tour city facilities, attend various board and commission meetings and complete the year with a visit to the annual YAC Summit.

Students should apply now to participate in the 2018-2019 YAC. Interviews will be held in September. The program is open for Pflugerville youth who are at least 17 years old by the October 1 program start date. All appointments to the YAC are made by the City Council. YAC includes a chair, vice-chair, secretary and historian who will be selected at the beginning of the program year. The group will meet monthly. Applications for YAC are online at https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/city-government/boards-and-commissions/board-and-commission-applications.

Council discuss Lake Pflugerville Park access and trail hours

Lake_Pflugerville-24-webOn Tuesday, City Council listened to recommendations from the Parks and Recreation staff, Parks and Recreation Commission and Police concerning Pflugerville lake, park and trail use hours.  

Noting that the current ordinance allows 24-hour access to the lake for trail use and fishing, the Council reviewed ways to clarify the Code of Ordinances to allow police more ability to monitor the lake and keep park users safe, while allowing public access for fishing and trails.

Council directed staff to return with ordinance wording to extend the current park hours of 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. - midnight and for the entire lake and trail to close to the public from midnight to 4 a.m. Before returning to City Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission will have a follow-up discussion and provide its recommendations.  Any proposed changes to Chapter 95 of the Code of Ordinances require a public hearing and two ordinance readings.

Extreme heat safety

hotsunTemperatures in the area have soared above 100 degrees and are expected to remain there for several weeks. Please take precautions to watch for the heat.

  • Best to stay indoors in air conditioning if possible.
  • Take extra precautions if you must work or spend time outside.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
  • Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
  • Be sure to hydrate and drink plenty of water before, during and after going outside.

Don't pfry your pet's paws. Always check the pavement 

When you are taking your pfurry pfriend for a walk, be sure to touch the sidewalk to make sure it’s not too hot for them. Place the back of your hand against the pavement and hold it there for 10 seconds, or slip off a sandal and stand on the sidewalk. If touching the pavement is uncomfortable for your skin, consider walking your dog at a different time.  According to an article by Marcia Breithaupt, "How Hot is that sidewalk" featured in Professional Pet Sitter Magazine, when it is 95 degrees Fahrenheit outside, pavement can exceed 140° F - hot enough to burn feet after one minute of contact. Watch for blacktop when crossing the street as it may be hotter than the sidewalk. Other alternatives include:
•    Walking your dog in the evening when the sun is set or early morning.
•    Walk on shaded park trails.
•    Playing with your dog in a grassy yard or dog park to get their energy out.
•    Allowing your dog to walk in the grass between the sidewalk and the curb for a softer, cooler walk.
•    When visiting pet stores or other outdoor locations, consider carrying your dog, if able, across the parking lot to protect feet from hot blacktop pavement.  
Signs of heat exhaustion in dogs include heavy panting or lying down in the middle of a walk. Don’t forget to bring water on all walks for you and your pet.

Watch Pfocus for City Council updatesep53

This week's Pflugerville Pfocus features the new Youth Advisory Council, a discussion of Lake Pflugerville Park hours and recent grand openings that have taken place in Pflugerville.

Costco opened on Thursday with a sneak peek preview on Wednesday night with a ribbon cutting. The City's Stone Hill Dog Park opened last week. Be sure to watch today's episode at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville to see the pfun.

One last opportunity to Discover July with Parks and Recreation Month

While Parks and Recreation Month is wrapping up, we hope you take the opportunity to discover more about Pflugerville parks, trails, recreation center, programs and events throughout the year. There is still one more celebration of Parks and Recreation Month - the Pfree Splash Day at Windermere Pool this Monday, July 30. Enjoy a splash in the pool during this hot weather from noon - 7 p.m. For more details, including pool rules, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

Free Movie Matinee at the LibraryMovie Matinee

Enjoy a free movie screening of Ready Player One (Rated PG-13, ©Warner Bros), based on the popular Ernest Cline novel at the library on Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m.. Director Steven Spielberg shows a futuristic world on the brink of collapse.

Adults, unwind and relax at the Mini Horse Petting Zoo

Summer can be stressful. Take a break and join the mini horses from the North Wind Horse Farm for a petting zoo at the library on Thursday, August 2, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This program is for guests age 18 and up only. Refreshments will be provided while they last.

HHM Photo ContestHeritage House Museum Photography Contest

All ages are welcome to enter the Heritage House Museum Photography Contest. Judges include city staff members and the Heritage House Partners. Winners will receive an Ancestry DNA kit and their photo will be on display at the museum in September. The deadline to enter is Friday, August 24. The contest theme is Changing Pflugerville: Preserving the Past and Embracing the Present. For information about the contest guidelines and how to submit your photos, visit the Heritage House Museum website. The museum is located on 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd. Open hours are Tuesdays during the Pfarmers Market, 3 - 7 p.m., and the first Sunday of the month from 1 - 4 p.m. Prizes for the Heritage House Museum Photography Contest generously provided by the Heritage House Partners.

Dogust Birthday Party Celebrationdogust

Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services will offer free adoptions on August 4-5 at the shelter, 1600 Waterbrook Drive, in celebration of Dogust, the birthday shared for all stray dogs whose birthdays are unknown. Make a birthday wish come true and give an animal a forever home. The shelter will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/adopt.

Police Drills at Weiss High School August 3 and 7

An Active Shooter Drill will be conducted by Pflugerville Independent School District, Pflugerville Police Department and Travis County Emergency Services District #2 at Weiss High School, 5201 Wolf Pack Dr., on Friday, Aug. 3 & Tuesday, Aug. 7. Drills will run from 8 a.m. to noon & 1-5 p.m. each day. Do not be alarmed if you see increased emergency response vehicles in the area. If you have questions, call 512-990-6700.

What's Happening

Pflugerville Council review sign ordinances - The City Council discussed regulation of signs in public rights-of-way and ways to encourage compliance with ordinances. Currently, the code compliance division removes bandit signs from street corners and public rights-of-way and sign owners are to pay $75 per sign to retrieve their removed sign. The city can regulate the time, manner or placement of signs, but the goal is more compliance to avoid littering of signs around the city or a distraction along roadways. The City Attorney was directed to draft additional wording to help look at the use of a warning and then fine system versus a sign reclaim fee. The item will return at a future Council meeting.

Pfarmers Market opens every Tuesday - Visit the market from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heritage Park. The market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. To learn more about the market, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

German Immigration Exhibit at Heritage House - The Heritage House Museum is hosting a traveling exhibit from Humanities Texas entitled, "Lone Star and Eagle: German Immigration to Texas."  The exhibit will be on display during the museum's open hours between July 1 and August 7. The museum is open on the first Sunday of the month, from 1 - 4 p.m. and Tuesdays during the Pfarmers Market from 3 - 7 p.m.

Pfree Splash Day - Finish July with a splash and enjoy free entry to Windermere Pool, 16800 Gower Street, from noon - 7 p.m. on Monday, July 30. For pool rules, please visit parks.pflugervilletx.gov/pools. 

This Week

Friday, July 27 - Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R)

Saturday, July 28 - Baby Time (L); Pay it Forward Pflugerville (L)

Sunday, July 29 - Pf Seniors: Hearts & Spades (P&R); Game on Board Basics (L); Movie Matinee: Ready Player One (L); Pflugerville Tennis Association (P&R)

Monday, July 30 - Intermediate/Advanced Dance Camp (P&R); Pfree Splash Day at Windermere Pool (P&R); Pf Seniors: Mahjong (P&R); Aqua Aerobics (P&R); Intermediate Computer Class for Adults (L)

Tuesday, July 31 - Intermediate/Advanced Dance Camp (P&R); Line Dancing (P&R); Adult Pfitness (P&R); Pf Seniors: Cards (P&R); Heritage House Open - Walk-in Genealogy Help (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R); Special Display - German Immigration to Texas (L)

Wednesday, August 1 - Intermediate/Advanced Dance Camp (P&R); Pfknitters (L); Inkscape Design (L); Conversational English (L)

Thursday, August 2 - Intermediate/Advanced Dance Camp (P&R); Genealogy Club (L); 3D Printer Training (L); Mini Horse Petting Zoo for Adults (L)

Friday, August 3 - Intermediate/Advanced Dance Camp (P&R)

Save the Date

August 7 - Girls Who Code Information Session - Students in grades 6 - 12, and their parents or guardian, are invited to learn about the Girls Who Code Club and get registration information on Tuesday, August 7, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library. 

August 10 - Pfloating Movie: Ice Age - Come out for a night of fun for a Pfloating Movie Night at Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Enjoy a screening of Ice Age while you relax in the water, enjoy some popcorn and watch a family-friendly movie. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. and the movie starts at dark (approximately 8:45 p.m.). Admission (cash or check only) is $5 for adults (14 years and older) and $3 for children. For more information about the event, please visit the Pfloating Movie's website.

August 14 - Meet your new city manager - There will be a welcome reception for Sereniah Breland on Tuesday, August 14 from 5-7 p.m. before the City Council meeting. The reception will be at 100 E. Main Suite 500.

August 17 - Coffee with a Cop - Meet with your Pflugerville Police Department at West Pecan Coffee + Beer from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee and ask questions to learn about ongoing community-wide efforts to keep Pflugerville safe.