City Corner: Rubbish fire illegal in city limits

April 24, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2011 at 11:24 p.m.

By O.C. Garza

Our fire department reminds residents that it is illegal to burn leaves or trash in the city limits. Fire crews responded recently to several rubbish fires in the city limits and have also responded to fires caused by cigarette butts or other smoking materials thrown from vehicles. Anyone starting a fire is criminally and civilly liable for any damages that may occur. Please remember that open fires are illegal in the city limits and to extinguish all smoking materials properly and not to throw any smoking materials out of moving vehicles.

If I work in Victoria, but live in a neighboring county, can I check out books at the Victoria public library?

Yes. Library cards are free to residents of Texas. Proof of a current Texas address must be shown with a valid Texas driver's license showing your current address, a Texas Department of Public Safety Identification Card showing your current address or a photo ID and a printed check or utility bill showing your current address. The library also has check-out programs for out-of-state residents temporarily living in Victoria, too. For more information about library cards, visit the library website at

My mom lives in the Deerchase subdivision. The neighbor across the street is harassing anyone who parks on the street in front of his house. No one is blocking his driveway or preventing him from access to his home. He and his wife have knocked on neighbors doors or left notes on cars stating that they can't park in front of their house. Is there an ordinance that prevents anyone from parking on the street in a neighborhood?

No. Victoria streets are paid for by public tax dollars and are available for residential vehicular parking unless they are designated no parking zones, restricted parking or parking regulated for specific times by the city. Cars declared as "abandoned" cannot park on city streets.

I am interested in downloading e-books from the library to my phone but I have some technical questions. How can I get tech help on this topic?

The library has staff, website information and an upcoming "Downloadable Bootcamp" at the library on Wednesday to help with any technical issues in downloading e-books.

Many tech questions deal with compatibility and the new Overdrive software used by the library is compatible with most e-reader and mobile devices from Apple, Sony, Nook (Barnes & Nobles), Blackberry and most major mobile device manufacturers. About the only popular readers that are not compatible are the Amazon products because Amazon does not support free, downloadable books from libraries.

The Downloadable Bootcamp is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Participants will learn how to browse, check out and download OverDrive downloadable eBooks and downloadable audio books.

The library website has extensive information on using the downloadable services at or give them a call at 361-485-3302.

Are bicycles suppose to ride in the same direction as traffic or in the opposite direction?

Cyclists should always travel in the same direction as traffic flow. Cyclists should stay near the right edge of the roadway unless they are passing a vehicle or turning left at an intersection. Cyclists should always remember to use hand signals for a left turn, right turn or stopping.

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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