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City Corner column: Mexico delegation to visit Victoria

By By Jennifer Sourdellia
Aug. 19, 2012 at 3:19 a.m.
Updated Aug. 20, 2012 at 3:20 a.m.


In a recent Victoria Advocate article about Mayor Armstrong's trip to Gurrero, Mexico, I read that a delegation from Mexico will be visiting Victoria. When will that happen and will the public have a chance to meet the delegation?

The city of Victoria is hosting a delegation from Mexico on Friday and Saturday, as part of a Partners in History tour with Gurrero, Mexico based on past historical connections to several locations in the Crossroads area.

During the delegation's visit, filmmaker Bill Mallett will be filming a PBS film called "Texas Before the Alamo." As a sign of the renewed relationship between the cities, both mayors planted olive trees at the site of a mission near Gurrero. The mayor of Gurrero will come to Victoria on Saturday to plant two olive trees with Mayor Armstrong symbolizing the "Partners in History" between Victoria and Gurrero. The public is invited to attend the olive tree planting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the Tonkawa Bank in Riverside Park, located near the Rose Garden. Also on exhibit will be the De Leon horse drawn carriage, which will bring the mayors to the tree-planting site.

Earlier in the day at 1:30 p.m., the public is invited to the Museum of the Coastal Bend where the Mexican delegation will tour the LaSalle exhibit and perform an atatl throwing demonstration.

Does the city conduct auctions to sell surplus items? If so, would you provide more information about the auctions?

Yes, the city of Victoria utilizes an online auction process for surplus property and equipment. The online auction site is govdeals.com and the process is similar to that of eBay and other online auction sites. It allows the city to auction any surplus property as soon as it's available, rather than waiting for an organized live auction. This avoids lengthy storage requirements and numerous movements of the same piece of property. When visiting the website, you have the option of searching by location/zip code. Simply type in "77901" and items up for auction in Victoria will be listed. Or you can visit the City of Victoria homepage at victoriatx.org, scroll to the right-hand side of the page and look for a box with links to "Most Requested" information and from there click on the "Surplus Property and Equipment" links.

Once the property passes the auction end date, the winner has five business days from the date of the sale to provide proper payment through the govdeals.com auction site.

The winning bidder has 10 business days from the date of the sale to remove the property. Any property not removed within this timeframe will be subject to a $10 per day storage fee. The buyer is responsible for all loading and removal, and must arrange the pick-up date and time with the city department selling the item.

If an item does not receive bids, it will be re-auctioned at least two additional times. If an item does not receive any bids after the third auction, the property may be considered scrap and would then be made available for donation on a first-come, first-serve basis to any individual or organization wishing to receive the items as a donation. This link is also available on the purchasing page of the city's website. Please click on the email address listed on the donation page to inquire about any item. If the item is still available, a pick-up date and time will need to be arranged.

For more information, please contact the Purchasing Department at 361-485-3170.

Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org .

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