Orange is the New Black or Bags are the New Dumpsters!

It’s time to spruce up our little village for the upcoming Summer tourist season!  Since the City no longer receives funds for the free dumpster program, this year we are providing orange trash bags that you can volunteer to fill with trash from streets, alleys, parks and other public spaces.  When you are finished filling your bag, please bring it to the back of the Firehouse or leave it on the sidewalk or adjacent to a City street for our crews to pick up.  NO HOUSEHOLD TRASH PLEASE!    Thanks for taking pride in our community and helping us keep Victor clean!

Thank a Snow Plow Driver!

Doing their best at a very tough job.

What a winter it has been! As I look out the window of my warm and cozy house, I can see the plow trucks going by. Some are driven by people who work to keep our town roads and parking lots safe, and some are driven by people who work to keep driveways and private parking lots safe. Have you ever thought about how we depend on these drivers?

I think we often take them for granted.

We expect to have the roads cleared as soon as it starts snowing. After all, we have places to go.

These great people work long hours to get the job done. So what if the plow drivers have to leave their warm beds, miss their baby’s first birthday party, their daughter’s dance recital, or their son’s basketball game? So what if they can’t visit a family member who has been hospitalized; we need our road plowed.

I challenge you to thank these people. If you see them at the local store, ask them how long they’ve been out working, or how long they expect to be out. Ask them how long it’s been since they had a hot meal.

Have patience, and keep a few facts in mind: Breakdowns happen … equipment fails. The trucks and equipment see a lot of miles and hours, and despite frequent and regular maintenance, stuff breaks. Unexpected things happen, even when drivers are careful. Think about glare ice, steep hills and curves, and visibility of 20 feet or less.

Whether privately employed or working for the Town, County or State, all this happens with a budget in mind: a budget for sand, salt, maintenance, overtime, and repairs. The reason the plow goes by again and again after a storm ends is to push back banks, especially in a winter like this where storm follows storm; otherwise roads become very narrow.

Nighttime snow removal may disturb your peaceful slumber, but that is the safest time for major snow removal in school yards and at intersections.

These people are doing the best they can with what they have, and those resources are naturally depleted as the winter goes on, and on, and on. Remember to give them a smile and a thank-you for keeping us as safe as possible when we go to our cars and head out to wherever it is we need to go.

Credit to Beth Frost, Andover Beacon News.

Welcome to Victor, Zach!

The City of Victor extends a warm welcome to AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Zachary Rehbein-Jones.

Zach began his year-long term of service with the City on March 13th, 2017 and will be concentrating on economic development initiatives in partnership with the Victor Main Street Program and the Victor DREAM Commission.  Zach studied economics and sociology at the University of Wisconsin and is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Welcome to Victor Zach!!!

In the photo, Teller County Commissioners recognize Zachary Rehbein-Jones for his dedication to community service for Mayor and County Recognition Day, April 4th, 2017.

Victor and Cripple Creek Receive GOCO Funding for Parks Projects!

DENVER – The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded $7 million in grants at its meeting in Fort Morgan on Thursday.  The majority of the funding, totaling $5.5 million, was awarded through GOCO’s Local Government grant programs that fund local parks and outdoor recreation (LPOR) and planning projects. In addition to building or upgrading outdoor recreational facilities of all sizes and types, these grants also help local governmnents engage the public and strategically plan future projects.  Local projects include:

Wallace Park Gazebo, $45,000 grant to the City of Victor

The City of Victor will put GOCO funding to work to add a gazebo to Wallace Park, the central gathering place for the city’s outdoor events. Of the city’s 400 residents, 90% live within a walkable distance to the park, which currently has no sheltered picnic areas. The new gazebo will match the local Victorian architectural style and accommodate eight picnic tables, offering residents the ability to host outdoor community and private events.

Mountain View Adventure Park, $224,061 grant to the City of Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek will invest its GOCO grant in creating Mountain View Adventure Park on a property the city dedicated to parks development five years ago. The project will build several miles of trail, a disc golf course, sledding hill, adventure playground, dog park, BMX track, and picnic shelter in addition to installing infrastructure like parking and benches.

http://www.goco.org/news/goco-awards-7m-outdoor-recreation-school-playground-grants

Dump Your Ashes Responsibly!

The fire on Sunday just South of Victor appears to have been started by a person dumping hot ashes on the City’s slash pile.   That area is NOT a dump ground.  The City makes mulch from that pile of tree limbs that can be used for landscaping purposes.

The City thanks its fine volunteer department and all of our neighboring fire departments, including Cripple Creek, Four Mile, Divide, NETCO, US Forest Service and Mt. Mutual.  This fire could have had dire consequences but for the quick response from all these agencies.

The City and Teller County are still under fire restrictions.  Please heed these warnings!

DREAM Commission Vacancy

The DREAM Commission is looking for interested volunteers like you to fill an open seat.  DREAM/Mainstreet info can be found on the City’s webpage at http://cityofvictor.com/dream.html .  Victor DREAM fuels the Main Street program which serves the purpose of enhancing Victor’s downtown business district aesthetically, socially, and economically by holding civic engagement, residents’ pride, historic preservation, and small business and entrepreneurship as its core priorities. If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest to Becky Frank no later than April 1, 2017 at bfrank@cityofvictor.com.

 

 

2017 Gold Rush Days Kickoff Meeting Set for 2/15/17

It’s that time of year again to begin our planning for GRD 2017.  The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February, 15th at 10 am at Victor City Hall.  Volunteers make this event successful!  Please join the GRD Team!!! Can we entice you with some coffee and Gold Camp Bakery cookies?

For more information, please contact Becky (bfrank@cityofvictor.com).

Are you interested in serving as an Americorps/VISTA volunteer in Victor?

Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and limited health benefit options during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service. About 6,500 VISTAs are placed each year in more than 1,200 projects in low-income communities around the country.

If you have a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development, Business, Communications, Marketing,  Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Historic Preservation, Public History, Community Planning and Development or other similar field, you are eligible to apply.

Located in the City of Victor City Hall, the VISTA will work with the City’s Main Street Manager to develop relationships and partnerships with downtown commercial building owners, realtors and economic development organizations to build consensus around the VictorRE project and develop a strategic plan that will include information on the economics of Victor and economic opportunities available.  Additionally, the VISTA will work to develop a business recruitment plan and work with property owners to identify leasable space and market to entrepreneurs and investors.  Planning and coordination of meetings and other forms of outreach will be required to ensure the success of this project.

Come join the City for a year!  For more information, please contact Becky at bfrank@cityofvictor.com.