Victoria Commissioners help Korean War parade to go on
Jan. 27, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2014 at 7:27 p.m.
Victoria County Commissioners voted Monday to loan out the county's supply of street blockades for a Korean War Veterans parade Saturday.
The decision comes on the heels of Victoria city staff enforcing a policy that city-owned parade barricades can only be used for city-sponsored events such as Bootfest, street dances, Market Days and the holiday parade.
County Judge Don Pozzi said the county does not have a written policy on the use of its equipment.
"What I want to avoid is being bombarded with requests to use these barricades," Pozzi said. "This is a special circumstance because this was planned."
The Victoria Livestock Show announced last week it would cancel the annual parade in part because of the cost to rent the 56 barricades it would need now that the city's policy is being enforced.
Commissioner Gary Burns, who organized the use of the barricades, said he did not want to open "a can of worms."
Because the Korean War parade organizers are working on a short window, he wanted to step in.
"We're not furnishing any labor," he said. "It's just kind of an emergency."
Parade volunteers will set up and take down the barricades, so the county will not need to budget for overtime for staffing.
Pozzi said his support for the decision comes from being a patriot and Vietnam veteran.
"We're doing this at this time for this particular parade only," he said. "... I just didn't want any particular conflict if it could be avoided between the city and county."