Vidor Rocks!

 Perchance you were picking up your weekly groceries and noticed one in the corner of your eye. Or you were paying a utility bill at City Hall and spotted one on the public grounds. Did you see one at the drive-thru of your favorite local eatery?

 Painted rocks are popping up around Vidor, and Angie Jacobs Beaumont knows why. 

 Two weeks ago, Jacobs Beaumont started the Facebook group, "Vidor Rocks". This group paints palm-sized, smooth river rocks with naturistic images and inspirational messages. Then they tag them #VidorRocks, and hide them around town for others to find, photograph, share on social media, and re-hide. Members often post pictures of the painted rocks they've found around the city and rocks they plan to hide themselves for others to find. The idea is for those lucky enough to find these painted rocks to either keep the rock, hide them again later or make their own to replace it. As a result, the group has grown to well over 250 members in the short time it has been online.

 When asked where she got the idea, Jacobs Beaumont said that she and a friend in Washington were discussing ways to bring attention to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. CMT is a nerve disorder that affects 2.5 million people of every age and is the most common inherited neuropathy.  Her friend had heard of a group local to Washington that were doing a 'hide and seek' with hand-painted rocks. After receiving a box full of painted rocks from her friend,  Jacobs Beaumont knew she had found the delivery method for her message. Unsurprisingly, the movement has grown from one voice with a single message, to a chorus of voices with many messages. 

 How can you get in on it?

 "Rocks are painted with acrylic paint, then sealed with a spray sealer to hold the paint in place," Jacobs Beaumont said, as she displayed a rock emblazoned with a stylized sunflower. 

 First, get a hand full of rocks. You can use rocks you find on your own property, or you can buy rocks at your local home improvement stores or arts and crafts stores.  Rounded, flat rocks are the most popular, but any rock with a clean, paintable surface will do. Next, wash the rocks with plain water. Paint will not stick to dirty rocks. Allow the rocks to dry before painting. Now paint! Common themes are animals, birds, Pirate Pride, and inspirational quotes. Consider the shape of the rock. Does it resemble a big juicy strawberry? Maybe it resembles a fish or an owl?  Let your imagination run wild. Once you have your rock painted, give it a spray with a transparent sealer, and allow it to dry completely.

 Now comes the fun part; Snap a quick selfie of you and your rock and post it to the Vidor Rocks Facebook group. In the description, write a clue that gives others an idea where your rock might be found. Remember, you'll want to 'hide' your rock somewhere it's likely to be found. The goal is not to hide them so well they'll never be found, but to place them somewhere unexpected so that others may enjoy them.

 According to the group, finding rocks painted and placed by other members is just as much fun as painting them, if not more so. One member commented that finding rocks placed by others was more satisfying than playing 'Pokemon GO'. Another member remarked, "searching for painted rocks is a great way to spend more time outdoors". 

Note: Don't hide rocks where others will have to climb to reach them, or where someone might trip on them. Avoid hiding rocks in grass, and always remember to respect the property of others.


FREE Trash Day @ City Dump

We will be offering a FREE trash day at the city dump for anyone that lives in the city on Sept 17th 7am-3pm.

Dump your large discardables for free! 

Restrictions are as follows no batteries, paint, chemicals or tires also no household garbage (food) and no motor oil or hydraulic fluids. Please bring your ID for or proof of residence.

Please join us in our effort to help clean up our city!


Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Applications Due

words hotel occupancy tax in yellow and white on black background with picture of hotelIt is time again to apply for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grants. Any organization or individual wanting to apply for a HOT grant from the City of Vidor for the fiscal year of 2016-2017 must have their application submitted to Mike Kunst, City Manager, no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2016. 

Basically, HOT grants are to put “heads into beds” of local hotels, but must fit into one of nine statutorily authorized categories. Those categories are:  (1) convention and visitor centers; (2) convention registration; (3) advertising the city; (4) promotion of the arts; (5) historical restoration and preservation; (6) sporting events in a county under one million in population; (7) enhancing or upgrading existing sports facilities or sports field (only in certain cities); (8) tourist transportation systems; and (9) signage directing the public to sights and attractions that are visited frequently by hotel guests in the city.

On Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m., the Vidor City Council will have a special-called meeting to consider the HOT grant applications. At this meeting, one speaker per application will be allowed to present to the City Council the merits of their application, followed by Council’s questions, if needed.  Following all the presentations and questions, the Council will determine the amount to award the applications.
A reminder for those who were awarded a HOT grant for fiscal year 2015-2016, if HOT grant follow-up forms have not completed and filed, those are also due by September 7th.

Click HERE for the HOT grants application
Follow-up form is available HERE
Further information regarding Hotel Occupancy Tax can be found HERE
Click HERE for information regarding what cities need to know to administer Municipal Hotel Occupancy Taxes

Labor Day 2016

celebrate labor day in red on blue background with workers In observance of Labor Day, City offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route. To ensure pick-up, cans must be out by 6:00 a.m. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building.  Have a safe and relaxing holiday!

School Bus Safety Reminder

A chart describing examples of when a driver must stop for a school bus.A reminder from Officer Matt Custer on when you MUST stop for a school bus.

School starts on Monday, our children will be excited to ride the Big Yellow Bus! Please watch out for them.

First time Pre-K and Kindergarden parents we hope your day is not too stressfull. All you other parents try to contain your excitement in front of the children as you send or drop them off at school.

We hope everyone has a great start to the new school year!