Victoria Spirit  |  January 2021 Edition
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The Spirit of Victoria

Welcome to the first digital edition of the Victoria Spirit, the official newsletter of the City of Victoria. This edition includes a list of ways you can engage and enjoy all that the community has to offer. While the quarterly print editions of the Victoria Spirit will continue to be sent directly to your home, this digital edition will be sent out monthly.

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Notes from City Hall

Welcome new City Council Members. The City of Victoria welcomes new City Council Members, Chad Roberts and Derek Gunderson, and new Mayor, Deb McMillan. Sworn in on Jan. 11, 2021, the newly elected officials will serve 4-year terms.

Join an advisory committee or commission. Victoria residents are invited to make an impact on their community and the future of Victoria by serving on a City advisory commission or committee. Positions are open on the Planning Commission, Parks & Recreation Committee, and the newly created Senior Advisory Committee. These City Council-appointed positions are responsible for researching, reviewing and making recommendations on a variety of different issues. Apply by Feb. 23, 2021.

Call, email, or make an appointment to reach out to City staff. The City of Victoria extended its current COVID-19 response plan to the end of February 2021. The City continues to provide services via phone, online, or by appointment only.

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Community Updates

Safely check out a book from the Victoria Library. Reserve books through the library website and use the Victoria Express location or the Victoria Library location for curbside pickup. The Victoria Library has extended its curbside pickup hours to Monday from 1-7 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Plan to visit Wassermann Lake Preserve this summer. The City of Victoria plans for a spring ribbon cutting and park opening for the Wassermann Lake Preserve in the summer of 2021. Early winter weather delayed the soft opening of the preserve this fall.

Check your ash trees for emerald ash borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed that there is an emerald ash borer outbreak in Chanhassen. Ash trees are at risk of infestation as emerald ash borer larvae tunnel and cut off key nutrients needed to run through the tree. A discount for treatment is available through a program with the City.

Skate outside on the outdoor ice rink at Lions Park. The outdoor ice rink and warming house are open at Lions Park. Visitors must follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines when using the rink or the warming house.

Give back to the community. Volunteers can sign up to help at Carver County’s food distribution events organized for Feb. 3, Feb. 11, and March 11. Everyone is eligible to receive food during the events while supplies last.

Find out more about emergency assistance programs. The Carver County Development Agency is accepting applications for the Resident and Landlord Assistance Program and the Emergency Business Support Program.

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Programs & Activities

Explore nature with an outdoor program. The Victoria Parks & Recreation Department partnered with Carver County Parks to host several programs in the parks, including Beginner Cross Country Ski Lessons, Family Snowshoe Nature Hikes, and Geocaching for S’mores.

Stay active with virtual and in-person classes and programs. The Victoria Recreation Center organized various programs for adults and children, including the In-person & Virtual Yoga Classes, Stars Tennis Program, and the Indoor Youth Archery Series.

Learn more about the inner workings of the City of Victoria. From city streets to parks and trails, staff at the City of Victoria lay the foundations for the community to connect and grow. This year’s Citizens Academy program will be held virtually on Wednesdays from April 7 to May 5, 2021. Registration is free.
City of Victoria Citizens Academy, 5-week Virtual Program, Wednesdays, April 7-May 5, 2021
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