Donuts in Victoria

Donuts in Victoria

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Get the insider look at the happenings in Victoria with different topics and presenters each month.

This is a casual chat with plenty of time for questions! Come hungry, coffee and donuts will be provided. 

Wednesday, January 17 - Snowplowing & De-icing Around Town | Public Works Director, Dave Shoger
This month's Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria's Public Works Director Dave Shoger as we discuss snowplowing and de-icing around town. The City of Victoria Public Works team works hard in the snowier months of the year to keep streets clear of snow and ice. Learn more about the snow plowing procedures in Victoria. 

Wednesday, February 21 - Carbon Monoxide Safety | Victoria Fire Department
This month's Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with the Victoria Fire Department as we discuss carbon monoxide safety. When winter temperatures plummet and home heating system start running for hours, the risk of carbon monoxide poising increases. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your family as the Victoria Fire Department will teach on the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it. 

Wednesday, March 20 - Business Recruitment | Community & Economic Development Director, Jenn Brewington
This month's Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with the Community & Economic Development Director Jenn Brewington as we discuss business recruitment in Victoria. Learn more about how the City supports our local businesses and attracts businesses to come to town. 

Wednesday, April 17 - Where Does My Tax Money Go? | Finance Director and Assistant City Manager, Trisha Pollock
This month's Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with the Finance Director and Assistant City Manager Trisha Pollock as we discuss where your tax money goes in Victoria. Learn more about city services and how your taxes are being used. 

Donuts in Victoria Details
Dates: Third Wednesdays of the Month
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Participant Age Range: All Ages
Location: Victoria Recreation Center Lobby Room
Registration Deadline: No registration required.




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The Donuts in Victoria free community discussion series in Victoria, Minnesota is organized by the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation Department.
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Wednesday, February 15 – Identity Theft & Cyber Security
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria’s IT Manager Eric Tschudi as we discuss identify theft and cyber security issues. According to the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, 47% of American adults have had their personal information exposed by cyber criminals. Learn more about techniques to avoid being scammed and keeping your personal data safe.

Wednesday, March 15 – Parks & Trails
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria’s Parks & Recreation Director Ann Mahnke as we discuss parks and trails in Victoria. As the City of Lakes and Parks, Victoria is the caretaker of 12 lakes, 32 active and passive parks, 33 miles of trails, and more than 400 acres of reserved land. Learn more about current and future park projects, the trail gap project, what it takes to build a trail, and upcoming community events.

Wednesday, April 19 – Right Management of Right-of-Ways | Dave Shoger, Public Works Director
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria’s Public Works Director Dave Shoger as we discuss right-of-ways, the strip of land adjacent to roads and streets in Victoria. There are multiple agencies and companies that manage right-of-way areas in Victoria. Learn more about right-of-ways, which agency or company manages different features (ex. streetlights, traffic lights, tree trimming), and how the City partners in these areas.

Wednesday, May 17 – Growth in Victoria | Jenn Brewington, Community and Economic Development Director
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria’s Community and Economic Development Director Jenn Brewington as we discuss population growth and what it means for Victoria. Since 1970, the population of Victoria has increased by nearly 1,000%. It will continue to grow over 40% in the next 20 years based on anticipated residential development outlined in the City of Victoria’s Comprehensive Plan required by the Metropolitan Land Planning Act. Learn more about the growth outlined in the Comprehensive Plan, how developers approach and partner with the City on new projects, what is currently in the works, and how the City is working to keep the small-town charm of Victoria.

Wednesday, June 21 – Water Conservation | Brady Lee, Water Superintendent
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria’s Water Superintendent Brady Lee as we discuss the importance of water conservation in our community. With record-setting temperature highs the last few years, the state of Minnesota has been in drought-like conditions throughout each summer. Learn more about what the City does to conserve water, how you can conserve water, and how the City plans for future infrastructure to provide water to a growing community.

Wednesday, July 19 – Fire Department 101 | Chief Andrew Heger, Victoria Fire Department
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria Fire Chief Andrew Heger as we discuss Victoria’s emergency first responders. Victoria’s firefighters have a wide range of skills and each one brings a specialty skill vital to the department. These highly trained individuals work as a team to protect the lives and property of those that live in and visit Victoria and the surrounding area. Learn more about the Fire Department, how it operates, and get all the details about the new Victoria Fire Station.

Wednesday, August 16 - Victoria Library: A Community Cornerstone | Kristin Schneider, Victoria Library
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature Victoria Library Staff as we discuss evolving trends in libraries. Throughout the past few years, the Victoria Library has remained a place where everyone in the community can come together to share, inspire, and learn from each other. It’s not only a resource for books, but also social services, shelter, and free access to the internet. Learn more about these evolving trends, electronic access to books in the Carver County Library system, and literary trends in Victoria.

Wednesday, September 20 - Transportation | Cara Geheren, City Engineer 
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with City Engineer Cara Geheren as we discuss Transportation projects in Victoria. 

Wednesday, October 18 - Smoke Safety | Chief Andrew Heger, Victoria Fire Department
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria Fire Chief Andrew Heger as we discuss Smoke Safety. Chief Heger will discuss all you need to know about smoke alarms and how often the smoke alarms in your home should be replaced. 

Wednesday, November 15 - Stump the Inspector | Scott McCarty, City Building Official 
This month’s Donuts in Victoria Chat will feature a conversation with Victoria’s Building Official Scott McCarty as we discuss the duties that the Victoria Building Inspectors perform. Building inspections staff perform a code review of building plans and permit applications, issue building permits and conduct a wide range of field inspections including building, plumbing, mechanical, fire and zoning codes.

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