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City Corner column: New Welcome Center needs volunteers

By By Jennifer Sourdellia
April 21, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.


Can you tell me more about the new visitor information center that's opening and how I can volunteer to help?

Yes. The Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to announce the opening of the Victoria Welcome Center on May 9. The Welcome Center is located at the Texas Department of Transportation's Inez Rest Area on U.S. Highway 59 South. The center will provide tourism information services, free popcorn and coffee and guidance for visitors. The Welcome Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The CVB is looking for people who have a passion for Victoria and a desire to volunteer their time to assist visitors to our city.

Volunteers must:•  Complete a volunteer application form and submit it to the Victoria CVB, 700 Main Center, Suite 101

•  Have a positive attitude

•  Have knowledge of the culture and history of the area

•  Be over 18 years of age

•  Have basic computer skills, great communication skills and an outgoing personality

Volunteers will enjoy a monthly social meeting with food and games and will also receive a volunteer name badge and a Bootfest T-shirt to wear during event week. An end-of-the-year volunteer appreciation event will be held, and a volunteer of the year award will be presented.

Please visit victoriatx.org for a volunteer application. For more information, please call the Victoria CVB at 361-485-3118 or email dwilliams@victoriatx.org.

Are there any current restrictions on water usage in the city?

Yes, but they are only voluntary restrictions. The city is in Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan, which urges residents to voluntarily reduce the use of water for nonessential purposes and to practice water conservation measures to reduce the amount of water they are consuming. The Guadalupe River is well below its normal flow for this time of year, and the city must limit its pumping to no more than 10 percent of the river flow when the level of the river is below normal.

The city will remain in Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan until the flow in the Guadalupe River rises to a normal level for 14 consecutive days or until the river level falls to its minimum level for this time of the year, at which time the city would enter Stage II of its Drought Contingency Plan.

There are things you can do to conserve water, such as:

  1. Water the lawn only when it is necessary. Learn to know when grass needs watering. If it has turned a dull gray-green or if footprints remain visible, it is time to water.

  2. Water the lawn early in the morning and late in the evening to avoid unnecessary evaporative loss.

  3. Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist, to avoid evaporation.

  4. To avoid evaporation, turn soaker hoses so the holes are on the bottom.

  5. Water slowly for better absorption, and never water on windy days.

  6. Avoid watering the street, sidewalks or driveways.

  7. Do not water too frequently. Too much water can overload the soil, so that air cannot get to the roots and can encourage plant diseases.

  8. Do not overwater. Soil can absorb only so much moisture, and the rest simply runs off. A timer will help, and either a kitchen timer or an alarm clock will do. An inch of water, applied once a week, will keep most Texas grasses alive and healthy.

  9. Raise the cutting height on your lawnmower. The longer blades of grass will provide shade for the root system and make the turf more drought resistant.

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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