Community News: Pflugerville to come up with long-term animal services strategy; NPR host to speak at Southwestern U.



TRAVIS COUNTY

PFLUGERVILLE

City Council wants animal services strategy

The Pflugerville City Council Tuesday asked city staff to appoint a committee to work with Council Member Victor Gonzales to develop a long-term strategy for animal services in the city.

The City Council also agreed to further review police Chief Chuck Hooker’s shelter expansion plan and to work with community volunteers over the next six weeks to further review and plan the future of the shelter services.

In the last five years, the city has dedicated $175,000 to improvements to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, including installing climate control systems and expanding the facility to accommodate a training room.

“We have made dramatic improvements to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter thanks to volunteers increasing their services and fundraising for the city,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said in a statement. “We are moving in the right direction.”

The shelter took in 1,054 animals in 2013, with a 41 percent adoption rate, 37 percent reclaim rate and 14 percent rescue rate, according to the statement.

— Wes Gardner, American-Statesman

LAKE TRAVIS

District to host annual pre-k roundup

The Lake Travis school district announced that it will hold a registration event for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at district elementary campuses.

Parents and guardians should register children at the elementary school associated with their residence, according to an announcement. However, registration for children attending the new West Cypress Hills Elementary School will occur at Bee Cave Elementary School.

For more information about the roundup, contact the Lake Travis school district curriculum and instruction department at 512-533-6027 or visit www.ltisdschools.org.

— Wes Gardner, American-Statesman

PFLUGERVILLE

Library database to provide financial information

The Pflugerville Public Library announced that MorningStar, an investment research center provided to the library, is now available to library cardholders.

The database provides information on companies; funds; markets; articles; portfolios; and newsletters; as well as comprehensive financial information on the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ stocks. It also lists mutual funds, exchange-traded funds with up-to-date information on returns, and more, according to an announcement.

To access the file, log in to www.pflugervilletx.gov/librarycatalog and click the Morning Star logo to setup an account.

— Wes Gardner, American-Statesman

ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY

Academy’s gala a fundraising hit

More than 300 guests attended St. Michael’s Catholic Academy’s annual gala, “Paint the Town Red,” at the W Austin Hotel in downtown Austin.

The fundraising event, co-chaired by Joseph and Vivian Inge, included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and dancing to The Funk Mob band.

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said St. Michael’s Interim Head of School Judith Knotts. “It’s a great celebration where our families, friends, faculty and alumni join together in support of our students.”

Money raised will support technology improvements on campus.

— Westlake Picayune

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

GEORGETOWN

NPR host to to present at Southwestern University lecture

Southwestern University recently announced that Scott Simon, the longtime host of National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” will be the featured speaker for the university’s 2014 Shilling Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Robertson Center on campus, 1001 E. University Ave.

The 2014 Shilling Lecture is being held in conjunction with the inauguration of Southwestern’s 15th president, Edward Burger, which will be held earlier in the day, according to an announcement.

Both events are free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved on the inauguration website, www.southwestern.edu/inauguration.

Tickets for the Shilling Lecture can be picked up in the Robertson Center lobby the evening of the lecture beginning at 6:15 p.m.

The hiring of Burger, formerly an award-winning mathematics professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., was announced in February 2013. He replaces former president Jake B. Schrum, who retired.

— Wes Gardner, American-Statesman

HAYS COUNTY

KYLE

City earns credit rating upgrade

The city of Kyle recently announced that Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services upgraded the city’s long-term rating and underlying rating for the its general obligation debt one notch from “A+” to “AA-” following the issuance of $1.86 million in debt for various city projects.

Money from the bond sales will pay for police and public works vehicles, technology upgrades, water storage tank rehabilitation, and portable defibrillators for city facilities, according to an announcement.

“The City Council and city staff have worked together to develop and implement sound fiscal policies that result in our improving bond rating,” Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said in a statement. “We only move forward when we confirm that the funds are investments to our city in terms of needed infrastructure or service delivery.”

The debt issued will allow the city to catch up on purchases that had been delayed due to economic constraints.

— Wes Gardner, American-Statesman

BASTROP COUNTY

BASTROP

Task force securing a vision for city

A task force headed by Council Member Kay McAnally has presented the city a plan that aims to “safeguard Bastrop’s unique character” and quality of life, while also nurturing business.

McAnally said the task force came up with five initiatives that address education, the burgeoning arts scene, bolstering recreational offerings, marketing the region as well as the city, and better considering the city’s Comprehensive Plan in the context of the plans of other local organizations.

For education, McAnally said the group proposes the establishment of a consortium of business, education and other community leaders that would seek to significantly augment current career-selection processes in local schools.

The active culture and arts movement within Bastrop could be bolstered by the creation of a city arts council, McAnally said. The time is ripe now that Bastrop was recently designated a Cultural Arts District, she said.

On recreation — one of the Bastrop area’s strongest draws is the Colorado River and its wooded areas — the task force suggested the possibility of the city acquiring land “to create a multi-faceted, multi-use recreational ‘campus’.”

— Terry Hagerty, Bastrop Advertiser


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