Victor is a 36-square-mile township located just south of Rochester, New York. The town of Victor is governed by an elected Supervisor and four member town board. Bi-monthly public town board meetings are held to review information, gain public input, and discuss issues facing the town. The town board enacts ordinances, establishes policies and procedures, and regulates the delivery of public services.
Several boards also meet to support the work of the town board, including the Planning Board, Growth Management Committee and Zoning Board. A full time town clerk handles day to day administration and works closely with the public to assist them in applying for various licenses or permits. Other offices of the town include Highway Superintendent, Water Superintendent, Director of Development, Code Enforcement, Assessor, Historian, and Parks and Recreation.
The village government is similar to the town’s, with an elected Mayor and four member Village Board of Trustees looking after the specific issues affecting village residents. Other offices and boards within the village include Clerk, Treasurer, Public Works and the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Urban Renewal Commission. In addition, the village recently established a Local Development Corporation to enhance and attract new businesses to the village.
Both the town and village governments are committed to controlled growth that continues to provide the high level of services residents have come to rely on while preserving the quality of life in the community. New developments have minimum lot size requirements along with guidelines for natural areas to be set aside as “green space.”
Long range planning has enabled the town to extend public water service to virtually all residents. Other services include a centrally located recycling center, waste water treatment for those with sewer service and a highway department that excels at keeping the roads clear in the storms of winter and repaired and cleaned during the heat of summer.
Victor boasts some of the lowest tax rates in the area with a town rate of only $1.17 per thousand dollars of assessed value supporting an annual budget of about $12 million.
Ensuring citizens can live safely and peaceably is a prime concern for any community. Here in Victor, fire, ambulance, and law enforcement teams work day in and day out with a focus on prevention, public education, cooperative services, and emergency response.
Two fire departments with three modern buildings serve the fire emergency needs of the Victor area. The Fishers Fire Department, with eight vehicles and nearly 40 active volunteer members serves parts of the town not primarily supported by the Victor Fire Department located on Maple Avenue in the village. The Victor Fire Department has 45 active volunteer members.
Law enforcement services are provided by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department, which has a resource office co-located with the village hall. The department also has worked closely with the Victor Central Schools to provide D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officers and a full time resource officer for the high school buildings.
The local fire department’s EMS program, an active area volunteer ambulance service, along with the Ontario County Advanced Life Support, insure that life threatening emergencies are dealt with in a timely, efficient manner and the transition to the hospital and care of the doctors is seamless.