31
Aug
2016

FREE Trash Day @ City Dump

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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!
30
Aug
2016

Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Applications Due

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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
29
Aug
2016

Labor Day 2016

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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!
18
Aug
2016

School Bus Safety Reminder

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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!
 
17
Aug
2016

OCEDC Debuts New Website and Strategic Planning Survey

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The Orange County Economic Development Corporation is hoping to create an impactful, informative and interactive online experience with its updated website.

The site address remains the same, orangecountyedc.com, but includes new features such as Business Resources, Infrastructure and Small Business Financing pages. Videos and graphics add to the experience of the site, further delivering information in a visual way.

“Having a robust website is an important tool in business recruitment,” said Jessica Hill, Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.

“The more information we can make available to prospects, existing businesses and residents, the more opportunities we will have.” In addition, the OCEDC is hoping the new site will drive participation in its strategic planning survey. Business owners and residents will be able to participate in the economic development corporation’s planning process by completing the online surveys found on the site’s homepage. Survey responses will be analyzed in aggregate in order to update the three to five year strategic plan.
 
“The surveys give the community a voice and provide citizens and business owners an opportunity to offer input as we develop a strategy for growth and development in Orange County,” says Hill. “I encourage everyone in Orange County to participate.”
 
The online surveys will be available through the end of October. In addition to the surveys, the Orange County Economic Development Corporation will host several focus groups to target specific initiatives. The date and location of the focus groups will be posted when scheduled.

For More information, contact...

Jessica Hill, Executive Director
123 S. 6th Street, Orange Texas 77630
409.883.7770 | 409.540.9338
jhill@orangecountyedc.com
Orangecountyedc.com
 
16
Aug
2016

Vidor Police Department Public Notice

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City OF Vidor Police PatchMonday
August 15, 2016
5:02pm

Vidor Police Department Public Notice

Beginning Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 about 8am the business lines of the police department will be down for approximately 3 hours.

If you need any police service non-emergency or emergency you may dial 9-1-1 during this time.

We will send out a phone call Wednesday morning to all residents when this begins and we will send out a second call when the phone lines are back in service.

Thank you for your patience during this time while we improve our system to better serve you.

Any questions you may call Sgt. Aleta Cappen, 409.238.6448.

08
Aug
2016

Vidor ISD Open Enrollment

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Vidor Independent School District is now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year.  Click Here for details, requirements, and the application to begin the process of enrolling your child in the school district that is Second to None!
 
03
Aug
2016

VIDOR ROTARY CLUB KEEPS ROLLIN' ROLLIN' ROLLIN'

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About five years ago, Vidor Rotary Club acquired a small bus that was being taken out of use in Vidor ISD.  The bus was stripped of student seats and it's wheelchair lift, painted a cheery green, and outfitted with shelves donated by Taylor Made Custom Cabinets.  With generous donations of books for kids aging from birth to eighteen, the bus was ready to roll.  It began with one monthly visit to Waterfall Apartments, where dinner was prepared for children and books were checked out from the green bus.
 
Since then, Rotary has greatly expanded the services of the little green bus. In the summertime, the bus makes a trip out every Wednesday atnoon, visiting four apartment complexes to take sack lunches and books to children and youth.   During the school year, the green bus will visit the same four places once each month to take a sack meal and of course, books.  In addition, you can find the green bus out many other times during the year.  The Rotarians take the bus to the Vidor Public Library's Summer Reading program finale, where books are awarded to each child who completes the library's summer reading goals. This year, more than a hundred kids got free books from Vidor Rotary Club on the bus. 
 
The bus also gives out free books at Vacation Bible Schools and at each of two community-wide garage sales the Rotary Club hosts each year, and visited Skatetown's summer program to award books this summer.  It participates in the Homecoming parade supporting our Pirates, and can be found at many other community events including the recent Lions Club Fourth of July bash at the community center park.  In addition, Vidor Rotary Club joined forces with Young Audiences of Southeast Texas and Vidor ISD to offer a free summer reading camp the past two years.  The children who participate in the camp receive two free books each week.  "We want to encourage kids of all ages to read," says Vidor Rotary Club President Tim Andrews. "We also realize that many of them don't have enough to eat sometimes, and we try to help with that as well."  Vidor Rotary Club is proud to keep that green bus rollin' rollin' rollin'!
28
Aug
2015

Labor Day 2015

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In observance of Labor Day, City of Vidor offices will be closed Monday, September 7, 2015. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Monday route. Trash cans MUST be out by 6:00 a.m. to insure pick up. Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or the Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of City Hall Municipal Building. Thank you and have a safe Labor Day Holiday!
 
10
Aug
2015

New Mobile Site

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City Of Vidor New Mobile Website Over the next few weeks, we will be making modifications to our website that will make the site much easier to use and more accessible on mobile devices.

If you are visiting our site on a mobile device  such as a tablet or phone, and are unable to find the information that you are searching for during this transition, simply tap the button at the top of the page labeled "Switch to desktop site", and the original, non-mobilized version of the site will be loaded on your mobile device.
 
 
 
 
10
Aug
2015

HOT Funds

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Vidor Texas hotel occupancy tax with drawing of hotelIt's that time of year again.  If you, or someone you know, may be interested in HOT funds please click HERE for the information and application.
 
06
Aug
2015

Burn Ban in Effect

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Burn ban in effectDespite a wet winter, potential for drought is creeping back into the region. Due to the dry conditions, there is a burn ban in effect for the City of Vidor. The City of Vidor will not be issuing burn permits at this time and burning outdoors is strictly prohibited. This ban is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. The safety our our town and citizens is of the upmost importance and we will be keeping a close eye on weather conditions. We will post another notice once the ban is lifted so keep a close eye on the website and check back with us for updates.  

AS OF 8/21/2015, THE BURN BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED