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City Corner column: Emergency Operation Center sets open house

Jan. 22, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 21, 2012 at 7:22 p.m.


By Jennifer Sourdellia

How is construction progressing on the new Emergency Operation Center? When will the center be open and fully functional?

Construction on the new 14,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art emergency operation center is complete and replaces the current 1,000 square-foot emergency operation center at 700 Main Center.

The new joint city-county facility is in the basement of the Victoria Courthouse Annex, 205 N. Bridge St. in downtown Victoria.

The basement was completely renovated and equipped using a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a $455,000 grant from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.

The new Emergency Operation Center is designed to handle all types of disasters and catastrophic events, and can endure a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 170 mph.

The center will serve as a regional facility for the seven surrounding counties and for state and federal personnel and emergency responders.

The public is invited to get a first-hand look at the new center during an open house on Wednesday.

Public tours will be conducted at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Doesn't the city conduct a warrant roundup each year? How can I find out if I'm on the warrant list?

Yes. Each year, the Victoria Police Department and Victoria Municipal Court participate in the Great Texas Warrant Roundup.

During the month of February, stay tuned to future columns for the dates, the police department and municipal court join more than 260 Texas law enforcement agencies to roundup and arrest people with outstanding arrest warrants at their homes, workplaces or anywhere else they are found.

Anyone with a warrant for their arrest should go to the Victoria Municipal Court to take care of their fines and tickets.

If you don't know if there is a warrant issued for your arrest, there are three ways to find out. The easiest way is to read the warrant list online at the city Web site: victoriatx.org/court/index.asp. The list is easy to find, it is the one titled "Are you going to jail?"

Also, you can stop by the Municipal Court, 107 W. Juan Linn St., or call them at 361-485-3050. They can tell you if you are on the warrant list.

Can vehicles that are intending to enter a lane of traffic use the middle lane when waiting to make entry?

Briefly accessing the center lane from a side street in an attempt to safely enter the flow of traffic is legal. However, the left turn lane is not a merge lane and should only be used to make a left turn.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the communications/public information office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.

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