PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A Pflugerville nonprofit organization is at its wits’ end after its only source of advertising is being removed by Pflugerville’s code compliance department.
Tuesday, the nonprofit organization ‘Pflugerville Circle of Giving‘ spoke during the public comment period in regards to the city’s current code compliance laws.
“We have been using corrugated lawn signs to advertise our bingo, which we do during the first six months of the year — the first Friday,” said Kelley Weitkemper, a chair member. “We have been doing this since 1997 without any kind of problem.”
Kelley Weitkemper says ‘Circle of Giving’ operates Pflugerville’s charity bingo ring, which donates all of its proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Texas. In May 2019, the group noticed the signs begin to disappear from their yards.
“Just for your knowledge, in 2019, we gave a $25,000 check to the Ronald McDonald House on behalf of the city of Pflugerville through our group,” said Weitkemper. “We feel that the yard signs, being our only source of advertising since 1997, is a pretty big hit for the group.”
Weitkemper added during Tuesday’s council meeting, the yard signs cost about $5 each, the missing signs equate to $200.
“We’ve noticed a drastic change in the number of people coming to Bingo, especially our regulars,” said Weitkemper. “It makes a dent in the pocket book that way.”
The same goes for schools trying to promote their local events or community fundraisers. In 2018, the City of Pflugerville changed its city ordinance to say only campaign signs could stay up.
One of the organization’s members also added that ‘Circle of Giving’ previously raised $600,000 to help build the Dell’s Children Foundation.
“When they didn’t need us anymore. We started giving to the Ronald McDonald House. We give every dime we make to them,” said a Circle of Giving member.
Pflugerville’s City Council members do not take any action during the public comment period. Council members did, however, refer the group to city engineering to offer some advice.
KXAN’s Kaitlyn Karmout reached out to the city of Pflugerville today. Emily Barron, the city’s planning director says safety is the primary concern for the change in ordinance.
“The City of Pflugerville regulates signage in our right-of-way as it can create unsafe conditions,” said Emily Barron, the City of Pflugerville Planning Director. “We encourage community groups promoting their events to submit them to the City website’s community calendar, apply for an over-the-road banner on Pecan Street or promote them on social media.”