Keep Victoria Beautiful seeks $25,000 from city

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Dec. 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.

Victoria City Council could vote Tuesday whether to set aside $25,000 for citywide beautification projects.

Keep Victoria Beautiful, a nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, focuses on litter control, landscaping, beautification and notification services for neglectful landowners.

Dian Patterson, executive director of Keep Victoria Beautiful, said the money would be used for beautification projects across the city.

While the organization strives to make Victoria a more beautiful place, Patterson said such a goal means more than planting flowers.

"It's also in regard to the litter abatement and helping neighborhoods," she said.

The group's upcoming annual plan includes historic preservation and the continued preservation of the Hiller House, working with Texas Department of Transportation on gateway signs and a communitywide survey on litter, illegal dumping and junkyards.

Patterson said the group also helps educate residents about what services are available to them for keeping trees trimmed, recycling and for disposing of large items such as mattresses or old appliances.

If approved for the funding, the organization would report to the city finance department and the city's environmental services department.

Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak praised the organization's contributions to Victoria.

"They help us clean the entryways into the city, and they do lots of neighborhood cleanups," he said.

The group also has a program similar to Adopt-a-Highway, in which instead of taking on 2 miles of highway, people can adopt a small corner of land around town, Lesak said.

The group also gives out monthly beautification awards to businesses in Victoria.

Keep Victoria Beautiful partnered with the city for the Vocal Trash performance as well as annually for Earth Day.

"They do a lot of good work, and they have a lot of volunteers," Lesak said.



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