In Touch - February 2013                       City of Victoria, Texas

Medal of Valor  
Captain Adam Luther with the Victoria Fire Department (left) and Senior Patrol Officer Billy Bernard with the Victoria Police Department (right) were awarded the Medal of Valor, one of the highest honors in law enfrocement, on Jan. 10 at the 2nd Annual Public Safety Banquet held at the Spring Creek Event Center. The duo was recognized for their lifesaving efforts when they came upon a wreck on Nursery Drive enroute to the Cuero Turkeyfest in October 2012. The off-duty first responders rushed to a burning vehicle and crawled inside to rescue an unconcious man. They also rescued a woman from a second vehicle before it caught on fire. The medals have not been awarded in Victoria since the flood of 1998. The actions of Captain Luther and Officer Bernard make them heroes and examples for future generations to come.  

  Rose Pruning Workshop is Feb. 7

Gardeners from the Parks Department will host two workshops on Thursday, Feb. 7 to teach residents how to winter-prune roses to prepare their own rose bushes for maximum color this spring. Following hands-on demonstrations, participants will spend the remainder of the session practicing winter-pruning techniques on the Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Climbing and Floribunda roses within the garden.Rose Pruning


Proper winter-pruning is as much a skill as it is an art. Join the City's rose experts at the Victoria Memorial Rose Garden in Riverside Park as they share tips and techniques on rose pruning methods.  The workshops will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Participants are asked to bring their own bypass hand pruner, gloves and a beverage. Those attending are advised to wear long-sleeve clothing to protect themselves from thorns. The Memorial Rose Garden is wheelchair accessible. 

In the event of extreme weather conditions, the workshop will be re-scheduled for a later date.


Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 485-3200 by no later than Tuesday, Feb. 5 for reservations; space is limited.

Make Sure Solicitors Have Permit

If you live in the City limits, then chances are you have encountered someone at your door soliciting charitable contributions or selling some type of service or good, such as a magazine subscription. Anyone conducting door to door sales (within the City limits) MUST be registered with the City and have an Itinerant Vendor's Permit (if from out of town) or a Commercial Outdoor Sales Permit (if a resident of Victoria County).Solicitor

Additionally, anyone soliciting funds for charitable organizations must also be registered with the City and have a Charitable Solicitation Certificate. (The only exception to this code is that anyone under 14 years of age is not required to have a permit to conduct door to door sales - Girl Scout cookies and Boy Scout popcorn are safe!)

The purpose of this registration process is so the City may perform a background check of the individuals prior to allowing people to conduct door to door solicitations. Therefore, the next time someone knocks on your door, feel free to ask them for either their Itinerant Vendor's Permit and business ID card, Commercial Outdoor Sales Permit or their Charitable Solicitation Certificate. These City Ordinances are put in place to help protect our residents from would be scammers that seek to do harm.

Remember, scammers will have a very believable story that is tailored to prey on your emotions and cause you to overlook whether or not these people are who they say they are. Even if you find their story completely believable, err on the side of caution and remember to request their permit or registration certificate. In the event that you encounter someone that cannot produce these items, kindly end your conversation with them, and call the Victoria Police Department Non-Emergency phone number at 573-3221.

It's important that the police make contact with people conducting illegal door to door sales or solicitation in order to identify them, and take appropriate action to prevent further unauthorized activity. Your involvement could help prevent someone from falling victim to a scam!

Victoria CVB Director Named to Texas Independence Trail Board

Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau Director LaRue Roth has been asked to represent the City of Victoria on the Texas Independence Trail board of directors effective immediately.

The Texas Heritage Trails Program is the Texas Historical Commission's award-winning regional tourism initiative designed to help Texas communities promote tourism, revitalize local economies and foster community leadership through historic preservation.

"Our active involvement in this state heritage trail program gives us still another opportunity to help strengthen our Partners in History regional heritage tourism efforts," said Roth. "As we build regional partnerships, we create greater awareness about Victoria among our travel professional peers and the general public."

The Texas Independence Trail Region encompasses the counties of Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Harris, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington and Wharton.

Regional trail members collaborate to encourage historic preservation, tell the story of Texas' independence and market the region as a heritage tourism destination through advertising and other promotional activities.

February Library Programs  
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All programs are held at the Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main in Victoria, TX unless another location is listed. For more information, call 361-485-3302 or visit




Baby Time - Mondays at 2 pm and Tuesdays at 10 am

Baby time is for the enjoyment of babies up to the age of 2. Lap play, songs, flannel boards and interactive reading to engage caregivers and babies and inspire development.


Toddler Story Time - Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 am, and Thursdays at 9:30 am

Stories, repetitive songs, simple crafts, and finger plays to encourage early language development for ages 2-3. 


Story Time - Wednesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 10:30 am

Stories, music, games and simple crafts for ages 4-5. 


Family Night at Chick-Fil-A - Feb. 5, 6-8 pm

Come join the Victoria Public Library at Chick-Fil-A for a fun-filled activity. Whispering Creek location on Navarro Street.


Lego Play - Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, 4:30-5:30 pm

Bring your wild imagination, build with Legos, meet other Lego enthusiasts and win a prize for fabulous Lego designs. This program is come and go. Families of all ages welcome.




Family Gaming - Feb. 18, 4:30-6:30 pm

Hang out with other kids, teens and families for an afternoon of gaming. Enjoy classic games such as chess, checkers and Uno. Or try your hand at one of our video games on the big screen, including Rock Band 2, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bro's., Brawl, Call of Duty and others.



Brown Bag Book Group - Feb. 6, noon
The Brown Bag Book Group meets the first Wednesday of every month in the Bronte Room. Light refreshments and relaxed atmosphere provided. This month we will be discussing The Book Thief by Marcus Zusac.
Geneaology Brick Wall Fridays - Feb. 15, 9-11 am
Need help with your family history research? Have you run into a brick wall that you can't get through? The computer lab is reserved one Friday per month from 9-11 am for genealogy research. Enjoy individual assistance and access to our genealogy databases (such as, and HeritageQuest) and software (RootsMagic). Registration required.


Tech Talks, "Are You Getting the Most From Your iPhone?" - Feb. 9, 10 am to noon
Join us for an informative Tech Talks session presented by The iFix iPhone Guy, Travis Chavira. Travis will share tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your iPhone, including:
  • Settings and setup
  • Itunes, syncing and backups
  • Common problems

Free Computer Classes - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am

Classes range from beginner to advanced and are now taught at Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent computer lab and at the Victoria Public Library.  Registration is required.  Click here for more information. 
Self-Guided Computer Training - Wednesdays, 9-11 am
Enhance your skills with tutorials from Learning Express Library and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! The Computer Lab is reserved each Wednesday for this self-guided training.

9 am-8 pm Monday through Thursday
9 am-5:30 pm Friday
9 am-5 pm Saturday

Closed Sunday


Strategic Work Session

Strategic Session 
The Victoria City Council recently participated in a strategic planning session led by Dr. Richard Lewis and Professor Joanne Ford Robinson from the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Council discussed the City's mission and goals, and developed some action steps for a follow-up meeting planned for April. Pictured during the session are Council Members Emett Alvarez (foreground) and Tom Halepaska (at board).

Upcoming City Events


Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to join us at the following upcoming events, brought to you by the City of Victoria:

Feb. 1
Vendor Registration Begins for Market Days. Call the Parks and Recreation Office for more information, 485-3200.

Feb. 15
Deadline for Adult Softball and Kickball registration. Call Parks and Recreation at 485-3200 for more information.

Feb. 17-18
Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate Invitational Golf Tournament. Men's 54-hole shootout at Victoria Country Club and Women's 36-hole event at the Club at Colony Creek.

Mar. 4
Gary T. Moses Municipal Swimming Pool Reservations Begin.

Mar. 4
Adult Softball and Kickball Spring League Begins, Adult Softball Complex, 311 Memorial Drive.

Mar. 16
Victoria Market Days, 9 am to 4 pm, DeLeon Plaza in downtown Victoria.

 First Railroad Quiet Zone Coming Soon

No Train Horn
  The Victoria City Council has approved Victoria's first Quiet Zone at the railroad crossings of Ben Wilson Street and Delmar Drive. It should go into effect by early summer. This project is unique because the owner of the Remington Apartment Complex will pay for part of this project.


To create the quiet zone, a raised median will be built at the railroad crossings on Ben Wilson Street and Delmar Drive.  Once the raised medians are installed, the City will send a Notice to Establish a Quiet Zone to the Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific Railroad, the Texas Department of Transportation and other users of the railroad.

 The establishment of the Quiet Zone allows the Train Engineer to pass through the crossings without blowing the train whistle.  The Train Engineer still has the option to blow the whistle if there is a safety issue or emergency while the train is approaching or passing through these intersections.  Once in place, the quiet zone should improve the quality of life for those citizens near these railroad crossings.

The City is also rebuilding John Stockbauer Drive between Business 59 and Highway 59.  When this project is completed, the City will request an additional Quiet Zone at the John Stockbauer railroad crossing.

To hear more in-depth information about the railroad quiet zone project, please listen to a special podcast from the City's website. You can access the podcast at the following link:

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