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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Victoria Public Library shares live performances by local artists

Singer/songwriter Jerry James plays guitar in library's Bronte Room

PHOTO: Victoria singer/songwriter Jerry James plays the guitar during a performance July 31 that was livestreamed from the Victoria Public Library’s Bronte Room as part of the library’s VPL Jams series featuring local musicians.

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Posted on: August 4, 2020

New sewer line will open more than 140 acres for development

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Victoria City Council on Tuesday approved funding for a new sewer line that will allow for the development of Springwood Medical Plaza Phase II and will open about 140 additional acres for future development.

“We have an opportunity to capitalize...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2020

City leaders, community members read aloud to promote literacy

Hunter Follett, CEO of Tejas Production Services, reads aloud

PHOTO: Hunter Follett, CEO of Tejas Production Services, reads aloud from a book in his office on July 30. The reading was filmed for part of a video series to promote National Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9.

The City of Victoria this week invites residents to ...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2020

City seeks feedback on plans for using federal funds

Title page of the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan

The City of Victoria Development Services is seeking feedback from Victoria residents on three plans that will direct how thousands of dollars in federal funding are spent.

The City receives funding through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CD...

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News Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host youth sports, establishes health guidelines

Sports equipment with Academy Sports and Outdoors logo

PHOTO: Academy Sports + Outdoors donated equipment to the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation as part of a sponsorship for the department’s youth flag football league.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a Punt, Pass and Kic...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 31, 2020

VISD continues with plan for virtual instruction through Sept. 7

Logos for City of Victoria, Victoria County, OEM, Public Health Department, VISD

In keeping with recent guidance changes from Commissioner of Education, Texas Education Agency and state leadership, the Victoria Independent School District’s return to school calendar has not changed.  

The Texas Education Agency annou...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Municipal Court expands E-Court resources

Laptop on counter in Municipal Court courtroom

PHOTO: The City of Victoria Municipal Court has added an on-site virtual kiosk to allow defendants without Zoom access to attend E-Court sessions. 

The City of Victoria Municipal Court will not conduct any jury trials or bench trials until Septemb...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 27, 2020

City Hall hosts exhibit from Museum of the Coastal Bend

"Can You Dig It?" archaeology exhibit at City Hall

The Museum of the Coastal Bend on Wednesday installed a new exhibit at City Hall, “Can You Dig It? Archaeology in the Coastal Bend,” to teach visitors about the methods used by the Coastal Bend Archaeological Logistics Team (CoBALT) to...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 25, 2020

City of Victoria reports additional positive cases of COVID-19 among employees

COVID-19 employee case count update. For more information, visit victoriatxoem.org.

The City of Victoria continues to monitor positive cases among employees and follow guidance from the Victoria County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Two additional employees have ...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Schools ordered to suspend in-person classes through Sept. 7

Victoria County Local Health Authority Dr. John McNeill signed an order Monday requiring all public and private schools offering non-religious education within the county to suspend in-person classes through Sept. 7.

Schools offering religious education ma...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Parks & Recreation employees receive nationally recognized certification

Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel and recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin

City of Victoria Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel and recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin on Wednesday passed the test to receive their Certified Park and Recreation Professional certifications, a nationally recognized designation conferred by th...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program launches monthly newsletter

Victoria Main Street Program newsletter

Victoria residents who want to stay informed about new business openings, events and other things happening downtown can do so by subscribing to the Victoria Main Street Program’s email newsletter.

The first edition of the newsletter was released...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 17, 2020

City of Victoria reports additional positive cases of COVID-19 among employees

City of Victoria seal

The City of Victoria continues to monitor positive cases among employees and follow guidance from the Victoria County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Five additional employees have...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 17, 2020

City to accept HOT fund applications starting Monday

City of Victoria seal

The City of Victoria will be accepting applications from July 20 to July 31 from local organizations seeking hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds. 

Under Texas law, the City collects a hotel occupancy tax from hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and other lodgi...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 17, 2020

City Council hosts meetings remotely; multiple viewing options available

City Council Zoom meeting

PHOTO: City officials discuss the Victoria Development Commission/Corporation during a June 7 meeting of the Victoria City Council that was conducted remotely via Zoom.

Victoria City Council meetings are currently being conducted remotely, but even though ...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 16, 2020

City of Victoria cancels Bootfest 2020

Bootfest logo

The City of Victoria has canceled Bootfest 2020 following many weeks of extensive consideration.

As a result of ongoing concern over the spread of COVID-19, City staff determined the event could not be held in a manner that ensured the health and safety of...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 14, 2020

City of Victoria reports new cases of COVID-19

City of Victoria seal

The City of Victoria is closely monitoring positive cases among employees and following guidance from the Victoria County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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News Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Community Appearance Division unveils new Welcome to Victoria sign

Councilman, mayor and Environmental Services director in front of "Welcome to Victoria" sign

PHOTO #1: From left, Councilman Rafael De La Garza III, City of Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy and Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak stand in front of the newly renovated “Welcome to Victoria” sign on Bloomington Highway.

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News Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2020

City reminds businesses to apply for loan program

Empty street block in downtown Victoria

PHOTO: Foot traffic in downtown Victoria has been slower than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Victoria still has funds available to small businesses in Victoria through its Business Resiliency Microloan Program, a partnership with Peopl...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program places banners downtown

Victoria Main Street Program banner

PHOTO: One of the new Victoria Main Street Program banners displays the program’s logo downtown.

The Victoria Main Street Program last week finished placing 42 red, white and blue banners downtown that feature the program’s logo and add...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program designated as Main Street America Affiliate

Victoria Main Street Program logo

The Victoria Main Street Program has been recognized as one of 341 Main Street America Affiliate programs for 2020.

The Main Street Program has received this designation since 2012. The affiliate program recognizes Main Street Programs that subscribe to Ma...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 3, 2020

City responds to Governor Abbott's orders, closes some park areas

City of Victoria seal

The City of Victoria has terminated its local order to wear facial coverings, canceled several events expected to gather more than 10 people and closed some park amenities in response to the orders issued Thursday by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, which stil...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 2, 2020

4 more City of Victoria employees test positive for COVID-19

Firefighter EMT sits at table with box of masks

PHOTO: Firefighter EMT Franco Rodriguez waits at the entrance of 700 Main Center to provide masks to visitors.

Three Victoria Police Department employees and one Victoria Fire Department employee are recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19 t...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Mayor amends order, exempts specific groups from wearing facial coverings

City of Victoria seal

City of Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy signed an executive order Wednesday, July 1, outlining exceptions to his June 25 order on facial coverings.

The new order states that the following people are exempt from the requirement to wear facial coverings at busin...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 30, 2020

City of Victoria postpones Fourth of July event

Fireworks

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation has decided to postpone the Fourth of July fireworks show originally scheduled to take place at the Victoria Community Center.

The decision is a response to the high rate of community transmission of COVID-19 and...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Day care honors Victoria Public Library staff member for outreach efforts

Woman reads aloud from picture book

PHOTO: Rebecca Sevier, aka “Ms. Rebecca,” reads from a picture book during Story Time Live on May 20. Sevier was honored Friday at the Tiny Sprouts Academy graduation ceremony.

When COVID-19 stopped Victoria Public Library assistant Reb...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 29, 2020

City of Victoria closings for Independence Day observance

Fireworks

All nonemergency offices at the City of Victoria will close Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

The Victoria Public Library will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.

The compost site and the landfill will be open their normal hours...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise, City urges public to follow health measures

City of Victoria seal

The City of Victoria is reminding the public to abide by new protective measures and existing regulations at City facilities amid a countywide spike in cases.

Four city employees tested positive for COVID-19 during the past week.  All of the emplo...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Navarro median project update

Texas Department of Transportation logo

From a Texas Department of Transportation news release

Rio Grande Street: Contractor has been working on Rio Grande installing sidewalks and curb ramps at the northern corners of Ben Wilson Street. Contractor will begin working on sidewalks and driveways b...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 25, 2020

City mandates that businesses, City facilities require facial coverings

City of Victoria seal

City of Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy signed an order June 25 requiring all businesses to implement health and safety policies, including the use of facial coverings in situations where social distancing is not possible, and requiring all people to wear fac...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host one-day soccer tournament

Soccer ball on grassy field

PHOTO: A soccer ball sits on the grass at Rippamonti Field in Riverside Park.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a one-day soccer tournament July 11 at Lowe Field and Rippamonti Field in Riverside Park.

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News Releases
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Riverside Golf Course enjoying above-par conditions on greens

Man stands on golf course wearing facial covering

Longtime players at Riverside Golf Course tell Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez that the current course conditions are some of the best they’ve ever seen.

“Some of them have been playing at this golf course for 15 or 20 years,&a...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 22, 2020

2 engineers retire from Victoria Fire Department after more than 20 years

Firefighter engineers Joel Gomez and Raul Liendo

City of Victoria Fire Department engineers Joel Gomez and Raul Liendo, who will both retire this month, have been with the department long enough to remember when Fire and EMS were separate operations.

Gomez and Liendo both started as members of Victoria E...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 18, 2020

City to temporarily treat water using chlorine

Water faucet

The City of Victoria will disinfect water using chlorine rather than chloramines starting Wednesday, July 1, for a period of approximately one month.

This temporary change will improve water quality and does not carry any health risks. Residents will likel...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2020

City to initiate Stage One of Drought Contingency Plan

Water sprinkler

The City will initiate Stage One of its Drought Contingency Plan on Thursday, June 18, as the Guadalupe River flow falls below its normal level for this time of year. Under its 1998 surface water permit, the City must limit its pumping to no more than 10%...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Fireworks show will be drive-in celebration with new amenities, distancing

Fireworks

Parks & Recreation will host the City of Victoria’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Victoria Community Center in a new drive-in format, allowing residents to park their cars to watch the patriotic show while keeping their distanc...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Municipal Court adds option to pay citations by phone

Tiffany Totah

Defendants who need to pay City of Victoria Municipal Court citations can now do so by phone.

The Municipal Court has partnered with Tyler Technologies to implement an interactive voice response system that will allow defendants to enter pleas and submit p...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Community says goodbye to Police Chief J.J. Craig

State Representative Geanie Morrison addresses attendees

PHOTO #1: State Representative Geanie Morrison addresses attendees at a farewell gathering for outgoing Victoria Police Department Chief J.J. Craig on Monday at the Victoria Community Center. City employees and representatives of various community organiz...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

City seeks applicants for Planning Commission

Planning Commission meeting at Council chambers

PHOTO: The City of Victoria Planning Commission meets May 21 at the City Council chambers, 105 W. Juan Linn St.

The City of Victoria is seeking to fill two full terms and two unexpired terms on the Planning Commission, a volunteer organization that oversee...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

City facilities reopen steadily in line with state recommendations

City of Victoria Municipal Court building

Last week marked a new round of City facilities reopening to the public after closing in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some facilities have implemented new regulations or amended services to align with public health guidelines.

Municipal Cour...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Library forgives fines during closure, begins return to normalcy

Girl decorates library window

PHOTO #1: Amelia Ripa decorates a window Wednesday during the Victoria Public Library’s Teen Area Window Painting event.

PHOTO #2: New carpeting was installed in the Victoria Public Library while the building was closed to the public.

PHOTO #3: Ma...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Planning Services hires transportation planner

Stephen Keen

Stephen Keen recently was hired by the City of Victoria’s Planning Services department as a transportation planner. In addition to providing transportation planning for the City, Keen will serve as the Metropolitan Planning Organization coordina...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 4, 2020

City of Victoria reopens playgrounds, skate park, splash pads

Park Playground

The City of Victoria Parks and Recreation will reopen playgrounds and the Victoria Skate Park to the public Friday, June 5, in line with Governor Greg Abbott’s new executive order issued Wednesday that lifted restrictions on interactive amenitie...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City of Victoria Police receives $500,000 grant

Police Patches

The City of Victoria Police Department was awarded a $500,000 grant Tuesday from the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, which provides funding to law enforcement agencies to hire new personnel.

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News Releases
Posted on: June 1, 2020

City launches new website, online communications

victoriatx.gov homepage

PHOTO: The homepage of the City’s redesigned website, victoriatx.gov.

The City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs recently launched a variety of new communication platforms, including a new website on May 25, to better keep Victoria ...

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News Releases
Posted on: June 1, 2020

City selects Keep Victoria Beautiful board chair, officers

Shannon Longoria at Keep Victoria Beautiful house

PHOTO: Keep Victoria Beautiful board chair Shannon Longoria stands May 22 outside the headquarters of the City’s Keep Victoria Beautiful program at the historic Hiller House, 3003 N. Vine St.

The City of Victoria Environmental Services revived it...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 29, 2020

City’s Parks & Recreation partners with kayak business

Ashley Magee poses with kayaks

The City Parks & Recreation has partnered with Flow Paddle Co and starting Monday, the company will rent kayaks, inner tubes and bikes and offer guided kayaking tours.

“We’re very excited to be able to partner with Flow Paddle Co to...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Victoria Fire Department aids regional task force in testing nursing home patients

Fire department paramedic wearing scrubs

PHOTO #1: Firefighter paramedic Pamela Yanta with the Victoria Fire Department prepares May 21 to help test nursing home residents for COVID-19. In order to comply with Governor Greg Abbott’s May 11 order that all nursing home residents and staf...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Complete Count Committee: 2020 Census response more important than ever

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

As concerns related to COVID-19 push the 2020 Census to the back of many people’s minds, City officials who’ve been promoting the count for months are urging residents to remember that an accurate count will help Victoria for years to ...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 26, 2020

City’s new online registration launches for summer sports leagues

Varsity Champs- VTX Warriors

The City of Victoria’s Parks & Recreation department has opened registration for its summer sports leagues through a new online system, and the public is encouraged to participate.

Participants will be able to register for the summer leagues ...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 26, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau to resume 2020 Census field operations

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that the office of the Fort Bend County enumeration area, which includes Victoria County, will reopen May 27 as the bureau begins a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in Texas.

Texas is one of 10 sta...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City’s fire department earns American Heart Association recognition

Victoria Fire Department Patch

The City of Victoria’s Fire Department has earned the American Heart Association’s 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus recognition for its efforts to improve care for patients suffering from an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEM...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Municipal Court announces changes to E-Court, resumes scheduled hearings

Municipal Court exterior

The City of Victoria Municipal Court will not host open E-Court dockets May 25 or 28.

During the month of June, Municipal Court will host open E-Court at 1 p.m. June 1, 4 and 22. Defendants can attend E-Court by visiting https://victoriatx.zoom.us/my/munic...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

City Council members mark May work anniversaries

Council members Josephine Soliz, Jeff Bauknight and Jan Scott

Three Victoria City Council members were recognized during Tuesday’s City Council meeting for their work anniversaries this month.

Councilmember Josephine Soliz has served on the City Council for eight years. Soliz was elected May 12, 2012, and w...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2020

City manager completes first year with City of Victoria

Jesus Garza

City Manager Jesús A. Garza was recognized during Tuesday’s City Council meeting for one year of service to the City of Victoria.

This Wednesday, May 20, marks one year since Garza began working as Victoria’s city manager. Ci...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2020

New Parks and Recreation director is experienced master planner

Jason_Alfaro

The City of Victoria’s next Parks and Recreation director is a Victoria native with 17 years of experience in parks and recreation, including capital improvement projects, master planning and day-to-day operations of parks systems.

Jason Alfaro w...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity provides breakfast to Solid Waste staff

Solid Waste group photo

Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity provided breakfast to City of Victoria Solid Waste staff May 14 as a way of saying thank you for their hard work. Solid Waste staff has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including during the “Sta...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2020

City, County lift disaster declarations

City of Victoria seal

Earlier today, Judge Zeller and Mayor McCoy signed orders terminating the City and County Disaster Declarations, which were originally issued March 16.

For several months, City and County officials have worked to inform the public about COVID-19 and slow t...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Small business relief program to begin accepting applications

PeopleFund logo

Starting Monday, Victoria small business owners will be able to apply for $845,000 in COVID-19 relief loans after the Victoria City Council approved an agreement Tuesday with PeopleFund to create the Business Resiliency Microloan Program.

The City of Victo...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Parks and Recreation cancels spring adult sports leagues

Scoreboard at the Victoria Softball Complex

The City of Victoria’s Parks and Recreation canceled its spring adult softball and kickball leagues to comply with Governor Greg Abbott’s restriction on outdoor sports involving more than four people.

Those who already have registered w...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 11, 2020

City of Victoria to host blood drive

Victoria Fire Department lieutenant donates blood

The Victoria Fire Department is organizing its annual City of Victoria Blood Drive from May 17 to 23 at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, and the public is encouraged to participate.

The City hosts the blood drive each year in honor of Emergency Med...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 8, 2020

City declares Economic Development Week

No Parking, Pickup and Delivery Only sign

Victoria City Council at its meeting Tuesday declared the week of May 4 to 9 Economic Development Week in recognition of local efforts to create jobs, advance career development opportunities and raise quality of life.

Economic Development Week is an initi...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Mayor McCoy, Councilman Loffgren complete 1st year with City; Councilman Young marks reelection

Mayor Rawley McCoy, Councilman Mark Loffgren and Councilman Dr. Andrew Young

Mayor Rawley McCoy, Councilman Mark Loffgren and Councilman Dr. Andrew Young were recognized during Tuesday’s City Council meeting for completing the first year of their current terms of service.

This week marks one year since McCoy was elected m...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2020

Victoria parks provide safe, free recreation options during pandemic

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As businesses and entertainment establishments around Victoria closed their doors during the past few weeks, residents began turning to the city’s parks as a way to get out of the house.

“We’re seeing a sudden shift where peop...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2020

City Council meetings reopen for public attendance

City Council chambers

Members of the public will again be able to attend Victoria City Council meetings starting Tuesday at the City Council Chambers for the first time since the in-person meetings closed April 7 and were held over Zoom conference calls to protect the public, ...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2020

Development Services conducts business by appointment only

Development Center exterior

In order to limit the number of people in the City of Victoria Development Services office amid COVID-19 concerns, planning and permitting services will be available by appointment only until further notice.

The Development and Permitting Center has added ...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization approves 25-year transportation plan

Victoria TX 2045

The Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization approved at its Thursday meeting the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a document that prioritizes federal funding and establishes goals and priorities for improving transportation within Victoria Count...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Victoria Fire Department leads parade at Retama Manor South

Fire truck leads parade

PHOTO #1: A Victoria Fire Department fire truck leads a parade of vehicles past the Retama Manor South nursing center. As Victoria residents practice physical distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Victoria Fire Department is showing its...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Reduced traffic accelerates the City’s road projects

Construction on Red River Street

The reduction in traffic from Victoria’s previous Stay Home—Stay Safe orders proved to be a rare opportunity for much-needed road repairs and improvements.

“We have contractor crews everywhere,” said Public Works Dir...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Municipal Court strives for accessibility

Municipal Court drop box

The City of Victoria Municipal Court’s longstanding goal of increasing accessibility has taken on an increased urgency as court officials work to balance the efficiency and availability of the justice system with public health concerns, but the ...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 24, 2020

City facilities to begin reopening in May

700 Main Center

City of Victoria facilities will begin reopening to the public starting May 1 and will be fully open by June 1 after closing March 21 to protect the public and City employees from exposure to COVID-19.

Riverside Golf Course will open Friday, May 1, and mos...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 24, 2020

City’s liaison team, Workforce Solutions set up unemployment assistance lab

Workforce Solutions unemployment lab

The City of Victoria’s COVID-19 Liaison Team set up Tuesday a computer lab for residents who do not have access to the internet and need to apply for unemployment benefits.  

The liaison team, a coalition of local leaders established by ...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Access to Ethel Lee Tracy Park to open from Larkspur Street, close from Salem Road

Access to Ethel Lee Tracy Park to close from Salem, open from East Larkspur

Beginning Thursday, April 30, Ethel Lee Tracy Park will only be accessible from East Larkspur Street.

The temporary access to the park off Salem Road will close, and Larkspur Street at Placido Benavides Drive will be opened to allow access.   &...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Convention and Visitors Bureau helps residents explore Victoria while staying safe

Joel Novosad

The City of Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau has always been a resource for people looking for things to do in Victoria, but the nature of that role has changed greatly since COVID-19 came to the Crossroads.

“Normally we talk about events,...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2020

With building closed to public, library provides services in creative ways

Library drive-thru sign

Victoria Public Library patrons can’t browse the shelves in person right now, but library staff are still on hand to help them find the books they need.

“Some people call us and tell us exactly what they want because they’ve l...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 3, 2020

City Council to conduct meetings through videoconference

City Council Zoom meeting

The Victoria City Council’s April 7 meeting will be conducted through videoconference to align with social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 situation.

Victoria residents will be able to attend the meeting using Zoom, a videoconferencing ...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2020

City extends Bootfest application period, payment deadlines

Bootfest logo

The City of Victoria is extending the deadline for Bootfest food and merchandise vendor applications to April 20. Vendors who are selected will be notified via email on April 30.

At this time, all City of Victoria facilities are closed to the public to com...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Red River Street to close to westbound traffic between Main and Laurent streets

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, Red River Street will be closed to westbound traffic from Main Street to Laurent Street for nine months, weather permitting, so that utilities can be installed and road reconstruction can begin.  

Motorists are urged ...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2020

City extends its closure of facilities to the public

Victoria Public Library

The City of Victoria is extending the closure of its facilities to the public through April 30 to align with the latest recommendations to extend social distancing procedures through the end of the month. All scheduled events at City facilities will be ca...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Planning Services hires community development planner

Monique Whitley

Monique Whitley was recently hired by Planning Services as a community development planner. In this role, she will serve as the Community Development Block Grant coordinator and will be responsible for a variety of Community Development Block Grant, affor...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Flushing products other than toilet paper can cause sewer failure

City of Victoria Public Works logo

As toilet paper continues to be scarce, residents are reminded to not flush any products other than toilet paper down their toilets.

Due to recent toilet paper shortages, residents may be using products such as paper towels, facial tissues, baby wipes and ...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 20, 2020

City facilities to close to public

700 Main Center

All City facilities will close to the public effective March 21 through the end of the month due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The City will continue to provid...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Utility billing, some municipal court services available remotely

Utility Billing Office exterior

Victoria residents who would like to pay their utility bills or municipal court fees without visiting City offices can do so remotely.

“We understand that people may choose to avoid public spaces out of an abundance of caution,” said Ch...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2020

City of Victoria departments announce cancellations

Municipal Court/Council chambers exterior

City of Victoria departments are postponing or cancelling events due to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House and Victoria County Public Health Department to avoid public gatherings.  

The Victoria Public Librar...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program board appoints new member, officers at March meeting

Allyson Griffin was appointed to the Victoria Main Street Program board of directors at the board’s meeting March 2. The board provides direction and leadership to help the Victoria Main Street Program fulfill its mission of improving the econom...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Victoria County Public Health Department leads community collaboration to combat COVID-19

Victoria has not yet seen a case of COVID-19, but local agencies have been preparing for the potential arrival of the new virus since before it was reported in the United States.

“We’ve been watching it since it originated in China,&...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah named chapter president of clerks association

Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah

The City of Victoria’s Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah recently was elected to fill a vacant, unexpired term as president of the South Texas Chapter of the Texas Court Clerks Association.

The Texas Court Clerks Association provides ed...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Victoria Fire Department performs maintenance on fire hydrants

Fire department employees check fire hydrant

The City of Victoria Fire Department is starting its annual maintenance checks on fire hydrants throughout the city.

The maintenance checks started this week and will continue for two to three months. Crews will be working to ensure that fire hydrants are ...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

City hires videographer/multimedia specialist

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Shane Blucher was hired by the City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs office as a videographer/multimedia specialist. Before working for the City, Blucher worked for the University of Houston-Victoria as a creative services manager and opera...

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Posted on: March 2, 2020

City of Victoria hosts students for Job Shadow Day

Communications & Public Affairs staff with VISD student John Andruss

The City of Victoria’s Communications & Public Affairs hosted a high school student Feb. 28 as part of the Victoria Business and Education Coalition’s Job Shadow Day, which allows students to visit with local employers to learn abo...

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Posted on: March 2, 2020

New member appointed to housing authority board

Eric Solivan

Mayor Rawley McCoy has appointed Eric Soliván to the Victoria Housing Authority board for a two-year term. Soliván will be sworn in at the board’s next meeting.

Soliván works in the bakery at Walmart on Navarro St...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Main Street Program sets lofty goals for Old Convent

Old Convent

When one walks past the stately old convent on Church Street, it’s easy to imagine the historic building taking on some new function—a boutique hotel, perhaps, or a mixed residential/retail space—that preserves and pays respe...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Victoria Fire Department shares information with media at luncheon

Fire Chief Tracy Fox gives a presentation

PHOTO #1: Fire Chief Tracy Fox tells local media during a Feb. 25 luncheon how to be safe while reporting about a fire. The Victoria Fire Department hosted the luncheon in order to build strong partnerships with the media, provide important safety informa...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

City of Victoria, water industry group host training day

City and water industry officials attend training day

The Texas Water Utilities Association - Golden Crescent District and the City of Victoria hosted a Feb. 12 training at the Victoria Community Center.

The event was organized by the Golden Crescent District’s executive board members and volunteers...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

Victoria Main Street board to fill vacancy

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The newly reorganized Victoria Main Street board will appoint a new member at its next meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 2 at 700 Main St., room 205.

This is the last remaining vacancy that will be filled by board appointment. Other vacancies were filled at the ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

City receives grant to install generators for emergency preparedness

Victoria Police Department station and Victoria Community Center

During a natural disaster, access to power is a critical component of keeping City services online. A new grant will allow the City to install backup generators at two crucial sites to help restore power after a hurricane or similar event.

The City has rec...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

Mapping service to gather precise information on historic Evergreen Cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery

The City of Victoria Parks and Recreation has contracted Omega Mapping Services to collect and organize precise location data for more than 9,000 burials in the historic Evergreen Cemetery to inform future generations and protect existing internments.

Omeg...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

City of Victoria, UHV to host public forum on Ben Wilson Street Corridor

Ben Wilson Corridor artist rendering

The City of Victoria and University of Houston-Victoria will host a March 4 public forum to give Victoria residents a chance to learn and ask questions about the long-anticipated Ben Wilson Street Corridor Improvements Project. 

The Ben Wilson Str...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Library to temporarily stop accepting book donations

Friends of the Library book sale

The Victoria Public Library will stop accepting book donations on behalf of the Friends of the Victoria Public Library from Feb. 24 to May 11 as it prepares for its reflooring project.

The library normally collects and stores books that are donated by comm...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Ken Gill promoted to Public Works Director/City Engineer

Ken Gill

City Engineer Ken Gill has been promoted to the new combined position of Public Works Director/City Engineer.

Gill’s municipal engineering career spans more than 30 years and includes experience in areas ranging from water, drainage and transport...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2020

Metropolitan Planning Organization to hear feedback about 25-year transportation plan

2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan logo

The Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization will accept community input on the Draft 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan at an open house and public hearing from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 5 at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro S...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Two new members appointed to Housing Authority board

Luther Easley and Darlah Sims

Mayor Rawley McCoy has appointed two new members to the Victoria Housing Authority board of commissioners for two-year terms.

Local attorney Luther Easley and retired City staff member Darlah Sims will be sworn in at the board’s regular meeting F...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

City receives honors for investment policy, budget, financial reporting

Finance Director Gilbert Reyna

The City of Victoria has received the Investment Policy Certificate of Distinction from the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas in recognition of the City’s participation in the GTOT’s Investment Policy Certification...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2020

Citizen Responder program trains community to save lives

Victoria Fire Department Citizen Responder training

Victoria residents will have the chance to extinguish a car fire, rappel from a four-story building and learn how to take lifesaving measures during a crisis through the Victoria Fire Department’s Citizen Responder community education program.

Th...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Director of Parks & Recreation leaves legacy of improvement

Parks & Recreation Director Colby VanGundy

During his time as the City’s director of Parks & Recreation, Colby VanGundy secured artificial turf for Riverside Stadium that has brought in players from far and wide for meets and playoff games.

Then again, said former Assistant Director o...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Library receives grant to install hurricane shutters

Victoria Public Library

After the Victoria Public Library was battered by hurricane-force winds, protected only by wooden panels that didn’t cover all of its windows, the City sought funding to ensure that the building would be better fortified in the event of another ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Library prepares for reflooring project, will continue to provide services during construction

Victoria Public Library

The Victoria Public Library is planning to replace carpeting throughout the building before summer.

The City Council approved at its Feb. 4 meeting a contract to replace flooring in much of the library. The new flooring will consist of industrial-grade car...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Executive director named to Victoria Main Street Program under City partnership

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Danielle Williams recently was named executive director of the Victoria Main Street Program. The City of Victoria recently assumed management responsibilities for the program, a partnership with Victoria Main Street Inc. that will allow the program to mak...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Municipal Court announces new Saturday open court session, other February dates

City of Victoria Municipal Court

The City of Victoria Municipal Court has scheduled three open court dates for February to give residents with past-due citations or outstanding warrants a chance to resolve their cases without being arrested for City warrants.

The open court dockets for Fe...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

“I have always been satisfied with what comes my way”: City honors longtime employees

Wanda Miori-North

Human Resources Manager Wanda Miori-North believes that staying the course leads to success over time, an attitude that’s reflected in a career that spans more than three decades. 

Miori-North recently received an Employee Service Award ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Development Services announces promotions

George Zbranek

George Zbranek recently was promoted from building inspector III to assistant building official. Zbranek has worked for the City of Victoria since 2002 in Parks and Recreation, Development Services and Public Works. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Zbrane...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Sales Tax Development Corporation swears in new board members

Sales Tax Development Corporation swearing-in

Russell Dempsey, William Blanchard and Mark Loffgren were sworn in Jan. 27 at the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation board meeting as new members for terms that expire Dec. 31, 2021.

Also at the meeting, Blanchard was appointed as board president, ...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Victoria Fire Department recognizes 2019 achievements at awards ceremony

The Victoria Fire Department recognized the contributions of outstanding employees and community members at its annual Fire Department Awards and Recognition Ceremony for 2019.

Brittany Proctor was given the Citizen Certificate of Merit for helping develop...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 10, 2020

Victoria Fire Department swears in 3 EMT Firefighter Trainees

EMT firefighter trainees with helmets in front of fire truck

The Victoria Fire Department swore in three new EMT Firefighter Trainees during a ceremony at the Victoria Community Center Annex on Friday. They will now begin six months of training with the Victoria Fire Department Academy. Shown from left are Cole Mil...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 19, 2019

Victoria City Manager names two new assistant city managers

The City of Victoria soon will welcome two new assistant city managers – the city manager for the City of Commerce who has more than 10 years of local government experience, and an executive from the City of San Antonio with more than 20 years o...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 26, 2019

City Secretary's Office earns state excellence award

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The Texas Department of State Health Services recently awarded the Victoria City Secretary’s Office with an Exemplary Five Star Service Award for its excellence in service to the public.  

The office of the City Secretary is located on t...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2019

New service puts utility information at customers’ fingertips

Michelle Ozuna

City of Victoria utility customers now can monitor their water usage online throughout the month and receive alerts when usage is outside an expected range.

The new free service connects with the customer’s water meter, which uploads water usage ...

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