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Posted on: January 24, 2022

City seeks volunteer applicants for Planning Commission

PowerPoint slide showing a bird's eye view of a car dealership

PHOTO: Information about a variance request is displayed as part of a presentation during the Planning Commission’s Jan. 20 meeting.

The City of Victoria is seeking a resident to serve on the Planning Commission for an unexpired term that will en...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

City of Victoria names new economic development director

Danielle Williams

City of Victoria Main Street Program Executive Director Danielle Williams will apply her passion for supporting small businesses to a wider area in her new role as economic development director for the City of Victoria.

The City created this role last year...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Environmental Services names Community Appearance manager

Portrait of Christy Youker

Environmental Services employee Christy Youker has been promoted to manager of the Community Appearance Division. In this role, she will oversee the Community Appearance Division and coordinate beautification projects in Victoria’s public spaces...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 18, 2022

Enchanted Gardens prepares to welcome residents this fall

Several people in hard hats stand in an unfinished building

PHOTO #1: City of Victoria leaders and Victoria Housing Finance Corporation representatives on Jan. 7 attended a site tour of the future Enchanted Gardens Apartments, 4601 N. Ben Jordan St. The Realtex Development Corporation project was mainly f...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Civilian Police Academy offers hands-on experience of police work

A uniformed police officer speaks to two people sitting in the front of a police car

PHOTO #1: Residents participate in a simulated traffic stop during the 2020 Civilian Police Academy hosted by the Victoria Police Department.

PHOTO #2: Residents participate in a simulated building search at an abandoned building during the 2018 Civilian P...

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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Wienerschnitzel earns City beautification award

Group photo with KVB sign in front of Wienerschnitzel on John Stockbauer

Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and Wienerschnitzel franchisee Mark Gschwind pose for a photo Jan. 4 at Wienerschnitzel, 3602 John Stockbauer Drive. The John Stockbauer Drive location received the Business Beautification award for the month of January. The ...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 4, 2022

Municipal Court clerk completes certification

David Baker

Municipal Court clerk David Baker recently earned his Level I clerk certification from the Texas Municipal Courts Association. To earn this certification, a student must complete 40 hours of education and pass an exam that covers topics such as charging/p...

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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Municipal Court streamlines document processing with new e-filing system

A pop-up window titled Select violations & Upload documents with a drop-down list of document types.

PHOTO: This screenshot demonstrates how attorneys can use the City of Victoria Municipal Court’s new e-filing system to submit case documents.

The City of Victoria Municipal Court is rolling out a new e-filing system that will simplify the process of uploa...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 27, 2021

Municipal Court administrator completes higher education

Tiffany Totah

City of Victoria Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah recently earned her Global Master of Business Administration degree in management from the University of Houston-Victoria. The program provides management instruction with a global pers...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 21, 2021

Victoria Police Department honors retirees with walkout ceremony

Two police officers walk down the street, flanked by rows of police officers applauding them.

PHOTO #1: From left, Sgt. Julian Huerta and Lt. Michael Tatum are applauded by fellow officers as they take their final walkout during a retirement ceremony Dec. 16 in the 300 block of South Bridge Street.

PHOTO #2: Sgt. Julian Huerta greets his fellow off...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 21, 2021

City of Victoria establishes tax increment reinvestment zone downtown

An illustration of a new version of Main Street with string lighting and colorful crosswalks.

PHOTO #1: A conceptual rendering provided by consulting firm Freese & Nichols as part of the downtown master plan shows an enhanced streetscape and increased business activity on Main Street. The City is establishing a tax increment reinvestment zone ...

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Posted on: December 21, 2021

Communications employee completes higher education

Sam Hankins

Communications & Public Affairs communications specialist Sam Hankins recently earned her master’s degree in Spanish translation and interpreting from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The program provides instruction in the translation of ge...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2021

VPD officers graduate from National Honor Guard Academy

Two uniformed police officers wearing white hats and white gloves

Victoria Police Department Lt. Ralph Buentello and Senior Police Officer Lainey Beaudoin recently graduated from the National Honor Guard Academy in Irving. The National Honor Guard Academy is dedicated to developing and elevating the ceremonial knowledge...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2021

City Council adopts updates to storm drainage master plan

Water in a flooded street flows into a gutter

The City of Victoria is in a better position to pursue drainage solutions based on accurate data after the City Council on Dec. 7 adopted a series of updates to the storm drainage master plan.

The City of Victoria’s previous storm drainage master...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2021

Municipal Court partners with Nazareth Academy to host mock trial

A woman places her hand on the shoulder of a girl wearing dark goggles.

PHOTO #1: Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold, right, assists with a field sobriety demonstration Nov. 19 in Mrs. Covington’s eighth-grade class. Students attempted to perform different tasks while wearing impairment goggles to learn about the...

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

Victoria Fire Department employees earn recognition

Fire Marshal Tom Legler and EMS Battalion Chief Mark Martyn

Fire Marshal Assistant Chief Tom Legler recently received his Fire Marshal accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Legler initially received his Fire Marshal designation from the Commission on Public Safety Excellence in October of 201...

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Posted on: December 7, 2021

Municipal Court administrator earns state award for service, innovation

Woman holds plaque in front of TCCA backdrop. Another woman stands beside her.

PHOTO: Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah, right, accepts the Texas Court Clerks Association’s Extraordinary Achievement Award from TCCA President Landra Solansky on Nov. 16 during a conference in San Marcos.

Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany ...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2021

Award winners announced for Christmas Parade of Lights

Lighted Christmas Parade float

The City of Victoria is recognizing local organizations that went above and beyond to bring Christmas cheer to downtown Victoria during the Christmas Parade of Lights.

More than 100 organizations participated in the parade Dec. 4. Awards were given to the ...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 30, 2021

City upgrades lighting at 2 neighborhood parks

An LED street light shines brightly at night by a sidewalk.

PHOTO #1: A recently installed LED street light shines at Queen City Park.

PHOTO #2: The new LED street lights at Queen City Park and Pine Street Park are equipped with solar panels.

The future of Victoria’s parks is looking bright after Parks &am...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 30, 2021

Public Works employee earns highest-level wastewater license

Portrait of Tony Saenz

Tony Saenz, environmental compliance and customer service specialist with the City of Victoria Public Works, recently earned his Class A Wastewater License from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Class A license is the highest-level wastew...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Parks & Recreation master plan paves the way for long-sought dog park

A dog sits in a grassy fenced area

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria will construct a dog park in Riverside Park.

PHOTO #2: This map shows the proposed location of a new dog park within Riverside Park according to the Parks & Recreation master plan.

The implementation of the newly approved ...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Victoria Police Department promotes 3 officers during ceremony

Three portraits of uniformed police officers

Victoria Police Department Sgt. Jon DeLaRosa recently was promoted from senior officer to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division. DeLaRosa has been serving the Victoria community for seven years, including five years on the department SWAT team, whe...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2021

City Council adopts Parks & Recreation master plan

A conceptual rendering of a proposed layout for Ethel Lee Tracy Park.

PHOTO #1: This image provided by consulting firm Halff Associates shows a potential design for Ethel Lee Tracy Park.

During the development of the Parks & Recreation master plan, the City of Victoria and consulting firm Halff Associates used public sur...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 16, 2021

City, community reach out for Parkway neighborhood cleanup

Large group of people, most wearing safety vests, pose for a photo in front of a church

City employees and community members pose for a group photo Nov. 13 before the Parkway neighborhood cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful. About 130 volunteers helped residents to move brush and bulky trash to the curb at 79 locations in the neighborh...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2021

City of Victoria Public Works employees earn certifications

Five portraits of men in work uniforms

City of Victoria Public Works utility equipment operators Joseph Brawner, Ernest Hernandez and Rodney Rodriquez and water meter technicians Alfred Cano and Adan Lopez earned their Class D water operator licenses from the Texas C...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2021

Victoria Regional Airport celebrates one year of United Express service

Airport director Lenny Llerena

Nov. 10 marks one year since United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines began serving the Victoria Regional Airport, and airport executive director Vinicio “Lenny” Llerena says residents have given “very positive feedback&am...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2021

Victoria Fire Department swears in new employees, announces promotions

Four people in firefighter dress clothes. Three have blue shirts and hold yellow patches.

PHOTO #1: From left, Victoria Fire Department Chief Tracy Fox poses for a photo with Firefighter/EMTs John Rudd, Austin Muñoz and Enrique Cavazos. The new firefighter/EMTs were sworn in during a Nov. 5 ceremony at the Community Center annex. Th...

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News Releases
Posted on: November 2, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful gets funding for local grants, butterfly garden

A fenced area is overgrown with leafy plants. A sign reads Hummingbird Crossing.

PHOTO: Keep Victoria Beautiful received a grant to help restore The Texas Zoo’s butterfly garden near the entrance of the zoo.

Keep Victoria Beautiful has received a $1950 Green Bag Grant from Keep Texas Beautiful to help restore the butterfly ga...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 26, 2021

Sgt. Jason Martin graduates from law enforcement management program

Sergeant Jason Martin

Victoria Police Department Sgt. Jason Martin recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 90 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. To complete the program, candidates must have a minimum of five years with a law...

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News Releases
Posted on: October 20, 2021

City Council adopts downtown master plan

An illustration of a new version of Main Street with string lighting and colorful crosswalks.

PHOTO: A conceptual rendering provided by consulting firm Freese & Nichols as part of the downtown master plan shows string lighting across Main Street, a potential solution for residents’ concerns about inadequate lighting downtown. String ...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2021

City seeks feedback about information distribution

Three people in chairs with studio mics. TOWNtalk logo is displayed

PHOTO: From left, City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs Director Ashley Strevel talks with Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak and beautification coordinator Christy Youker during the latest episode of TOWNtalk. The TV show airs on...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Public Works prepares for record-breaking year of street projects

Street with potholes, cracks and discoloration near Salvation Army warehouse

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria will begin reconstructing Nueces Street between Navarro Street and Laurent Street during fiscal year 2022.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria during fiscal year 2022 will select an engineering service to design a reconstruction p...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2021

No-cost WaterWise monitoring service helps residents save water, money

Water Wise Victoria water portal

City of Victoria utility customers can monitor their water usage and be notified of potential leaks by signing up for WaterWise, the City’s water monitoring service, at no additional cost.

The service connects with customers’ water mete...

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News Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Strategic economic development partnership will bring modern, affordable housing to Victoria

Apartment building exterior

Press release from The NRP Group

With a population nearing 70,000, Victoria, Texas, is a growing community in need of additional low-cost workforce housing options for new and current residents. Victoria's community leaders, along with multi-family housing...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 24, 2021

City’s fire department earns American Heart Association recognition

Two pieces of electronic equipment with display monitors. One is connected to small white EKG pads.

PHOTO: A cardiac monitor and electrocardiogram (EKG) defibrillator are displayed at Victoria Fire Department Station Two, 2708 Miori Lane. This equipment is used by firefighter/EMTs to provide first aid to patients with heart attack symptoms.

The City of V...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Community Appearance Division plants seeds of civic pride

Three people in safety vests dig holes and plant flowers near a decorative sign.

Note: This article originally appeared in the August issue of Texas Town & City, published by the Texas Municipal League.

By Sam Hankins, City of Victoria communications specialist

PHOTO #1: From left, Joseph Vargas, Korey Parks and Jackie Yates, with t...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 17, 2021

City to broadcast VISD school board meetings on cable channel

People seated around school board dais with VISD logo on back wall.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Independent School District’s school board members gather for a meeting June 10 at the VISD administration building, 102 Profit Drive. Starting Friday, the meetings will be broadcast to the City’s cable channels ...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 17, 2021

Victoria Public Library opens multipurpose meeting room

Meeting tables arranged in a circle with a 75-inch monitor in the background.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library’s new multipurpose meeting space, located in the former magazine room, features a 75-inch touchscreen monitor with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

PHOTO #2: The Victoria Public Library’s new multi...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 29, 2021

City of Victoria attracts developer for workforce housing project

Stock image of apartment building

Realtex Development Corporation will begin construction Aug. 2 on Enchanted Gardens Apartments, a new affordable workforce housing development that will be built on land that was sold July 21 by the City of Victoria to expand housing options for working i...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 17, 2021

City seeks input on how to spend federal COVID-19 aid

Front of the Municipal Court Building

The City of Victoria has received millions in federal aid to help the Victoria community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and protect itself against future disasters, and residents can have a say in how the money is spent.

The City will receive $14,508,2...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 28, 2021

City receives $621,000 grant to repair duck pond

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo with water feature in foreground

UPDATE: This story was updated Nov. 16 to reflect the updated schedule for the duck pond restoration. More information about the project is included in this Sept. 21 memo to City Council.

PHOTO #1: The Riverside Park duck pond is seen in this 2014 file pho...

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