By Beth Dodd:
The city of Victor is preparing for a new set of projects to make life better for residents as spring approaches. On the short list are repairs to the water system, the improvement of the children’s park, and new directional signs.
A new water storage tank is due to be installed near Victor in early March. The foundation is already poured and the tank itself is due to arrive any day. The tank is the latest in a series of improvements to the local water delivery system. The city has received an award from Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to do a complete hydraulic modeling plan which will help them asses what other changes may be appropriate.
Victor is also close to completing a source water protection plan with help from the state. The plan will help Victor identify possible negative impacts and manage potential problems with their drinking water. Bison Reservoir is the main source of water for the town. The reservoir is located outside of town and upstream of the historical mining district so the proximity of the mines is not a concern for drinking water quality.
In addition, Victor plans to apply for GOCO grant money to rehabilitate Washington Park, Victor’s children’s park on 2nd Street. Locals were asked to share their suggestions for fixing it up. The park’s current play equipment came from the old Victor school and is over fifty years old and in poor condition. The goal of the grant is to pay for new, safer play equipment and a safer surface below it, a new picnic shelter, repair of a retaining wall, and ADA access. The improvements to Washington Park will follow the rehabilitation of the Gold Bowl and the Brian’s Park ice skating rink that were completed in 2013.
Victor has also been planning new directional way finding signs and is getting close to having new signs on the ground. Currently they are accepting bids for the cost of signs and a proposal is being prepared. It is hoped that new signs will help direct visitors to the community and improve the quality of their visit once they have arrived.
The third phase of drainage improvements in town is in the design stage as Victor gets ready to build new sidewalks, curbs, and gutters along Victor Ave from 4th Street to the road cut at the edge of town. The areas that have already been completed on east Victor Ave, 3rd Street, and 4th Street are dramatically more appealing and safer for pedestrian use.
The new Victor Building Department opened in January and is now operational. Building permits can be had by applying at City Hall. However the new department is not set up to do electrical inspections. Victor has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with Teller County to have these kinds of inspections done.
Unfortunately, in spite of all the positive changes in Victor the past couple of years, including their successful completion of the two year Main Street U.S.A. candidacy process, the old Victor Hotel has closed its doors. For guests wanting to enjoy an overnight stay in Victor, several other business in town offer overnight accommodations. For example, the Olympia Hotel on N. 4th has rooms and so does the Fortune Club at the corner of Victor and 3rd.