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City column: Monthly city fee covers cost of brush, limb collection

March 21, 2010 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2010 at 10:21 p.m.


In a recent column I was asked if the city charges for all brush and limb collections and I responded, "No."

But a sharp-eyed reader sent me an e-mail asking about the $2.50 fee for brush and bulky pickup on utility bills. She is correct. The city charges this monthly fee for brush and bulky item collection, and operating the Huvar Recycle Center.

This fee pays for four large brush pickups a year and one large limb pickup of six cubic yards annually.

Of that fee, $1.90 is for brush and bulky waste collection and 60 cents for operating the recycle center.

Thank you for catching my error. If you have any questions about your utility bill, call 361-485-3400 or browse to our Web site at www.victoriatx.org and click on the link to Environmental Services.

Q:Q: When will my census form arrive?

A:A. About 130 million 2010 Census forms were mailed last week so most Victorians have them by now or they should arrive this week. If you have already received your 2010 Census form, please fill it out and mail it back before April 1. If you do not receive a census form in the next few days, call the local Census office at 361-489-3200 and they can direct you to one of several Questionnaire Assistance Centers in Victoria where you can pick up a census form.

There are no long forms with the 2010 Census so there are only a few questions to answer for each person living at home, and most of them are check boxes.

By the way, Census forms are available in almost every language. If you have any questions about the 2010 Census, call 489-3200.

Q:Q. Does the city still rate the condition of all the streets in Victoria?

A:A. Yes. Each year every street in Victoria is driven and rated. The new 2009-2010 Street Inventory Rating Survey was just completed using data collected during last summer's survey. Streets are listed alphabetically and are given a numerical rating on their condition. This survey is a very valuable tool used by our street department to help prioritize which parts of the city need street repaving work. To see this year's report, browse to the city Web site at http://www.victoriatx.org/ and click on the link to the 2009-2010 Street Inventory Rating Survey.

Q:Q. I read that Victoria has been designated a "Storm Ready County." What does this designation mean?

A:A. On Feb. 26, Victoria was designated a StormReady County and is the first Texas coastal county to do so. Basically, that designation means that the entire community including the city, the county, emergency managers and many civic groups are part of the community's response plan for coastal emergencies. To be officially StormReady, a community must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public; create a system that monitors local weather conditions; promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. Combined with these requirements are extensive communications and site visits from National Weather Service officials.

Another reason Victoria is "StormReady" is because our emergency managers actively pursue local volunteers to help respond to large-scale coastal emergencies through Storm Spotter training sessions and CERT training. If you or your employees would like to be trained to become part of Victoria's response to emergencies, contact the Emergency Management Office at 361-485-3362.

Send your questions and comments for any city department or activity to City of Victoria, Public Information Office, P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902, or pio@victoriatx.org.

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