City Corner: Composting Spring Fling is Saturday

April 3, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2011 at 11:03 p.m.

By O.C. Garza

Is compost from the City Garden-Ville Compost Facility available for sale?

Yes, compost from the composting facility is for sale and if you want to know all about composting, you should attend the free Composting Spring Fling on Saturday.

Published author/special guest Malcolm Beck, one of the top authorities on organic gardening and composting, will be at the event to offer his composting expertise and answer any questions you have about organic gardening. Our local gardening experts, the Victoria County Master Gardeners Association, will also be on hand for a "meet and greet." Giveaways and information about the benefits of composting, gardening and organics will be provided to those who attend.

Composting offers a natural method to reduce the amount of yard waste placed in the landfill and to recycle yard waste into organic, environmentally-friendly nutrients for gardens and flower beds. In Victoria, about 40 percent of trash during the spring and fall is comprised of yard waste.

The Garden-Ville Composting Facility opened in spring 2008 to reduce the amount of yard waste going into the landfill. The facility recycles yard waste such as trees, trimmings, leaves, grass, clippings and brush into organic compost, mulch and other gardening products that are free of all chemicals that we do not want in our storm drains.

The Composting Spring Fling is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Garden-Ville Composting Facility, next to the landfill at 18125 Farm-to-Market Road 1686, just off of state Highway 185. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361-485-3230 or check out the Composting Spring Fling public service announcement on the city of Victoria website by visiting

I know cell phone usage is prohibited in school zones. But does this apply 24 hours per day?

No. Cell phone use is prohibited in Victoria school zones during school hours (anytime the school zone flashers are flashing) and when you are driving a vehicle. Cell phones can be used in school zones while driving a vehicle during non-school hours.

Why does a traffic ticket cost so much money?

I spoke with Tracy Musch, our municipal court clerk. Tracy tells me that the city fine for a speeding ticket less than 25 miles per hour over the speed limit is $91.90 plus $10 for the court technology fund, for a total of $101.90. Here's the kicker, the state adds another $82.10 to the city fine. That brings the ticket total to $184. Slow down and save yourself some money.

Is the number of people using the library increasing or dropping?

The number of people using the library is increasing, and quite dramatically. Library Director Dayna Williams-Capone said that adding wi-fi and Internet computers has helped, but most visitors arrive to check out books, movies, music or read a newspaper or magazine. Last year, more than 271,000 people visited the library. Five years ago about 226,000 people visited the library.

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



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