Victoria County Commissioners hold first in-person meeting since March

VICTORIA, Texas — Victoria County Commissioners’ Court is back in session — in person, that is.

On Monday, the Victoria County Commissioners held their first in-person session since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, addressing the county’s continued response to COVID-19, as well as its economic impact. County Judge Ben Zeller said the county’s response to the pandemic has cost roughly $125,000 — not including direct expenses for the city or any other entity — and that the virus’ impact on the local oil industry has created a double-edged sword.

“It’s a double punch that the economy’s taken, and we just need to get things back up and running as much as possible,” said Zeller on Monday. “That’s really what I’m focusing on and what we’d like to see.”

The City of Victoria officially reopened administrative buildings such as the County Courthouse and Annex on Monday. While Zeller and other local leaders are continuing to stress safe practices, the Judge said he believes a gradual reopening can be accomplished safely.

“It’s high time things get back to normal, and we can do that safely,” said Zeller. “We really need to see that, I think folks are eager to get back to normal.”

Victoria County Commissioners are currently holding their weekly court in the Heritage Building at 205 West Goodwin. County residents can now attend in person, or participate remotely by phoning in or using Zoom.