(Back row, left to right, Lane Carter, District 5; Tom Thompson, District 2; Daniel Valenzuela, City Manager; Tommy Hiebert, District 1; Harry Thomas, District 3. Front row, left to right, Billie DeWitt ,District 6; Brenda Gunter, Mayor; Lucy Gonzales, District 4.)
The City Council is a seven-member policy board for the City of San Angelo.
The Council meets twice a month at the McNease Convention Center, 500 Rio Concho Drive. Meetings are open to the public and are usually held on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m.
City Council reduces late fee charges
The City Council has approved lowering the fee for late payments for most water customers. The reduction from $25 to 15 percent of the amount due averages $20.84 for the 60,000 accounts that typically paid late in 2017.
The change will take effect June 1. Beginning on that date, water bill payments will be due 25 days after the billing date, three days earlier than current policy. The shorter payment cycle will ensure late fees appear on the bills to which they apply.
The City Council will consider final approval of the changes April 17.
The Council initiated the change at the request of customers. The change will reduce the water utility’s revenue about $250,000 per year.
Water Utilities Director Allison Strube reported to the City Council the water utility’s fund balance – unspent revenue from prior years – is projected to be $4.5 million at the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30. That is below the goal of $5.9 million, which represents 75 days of operating expense for the utility.
Water bill payments can be accepted:
- Online at cosatx.us/waterbill.
- Via an automatic monthly bank draft.
- By calling 325-657-4323.
- By mailing checks to P.O. Box 5820, San Angelo, TX 76902.
- In person at 301 W. Beauregard Ave.
Mayor named Small Business Champion
Mayor Brenda Gunter has been chosen the winner of the 2018 Small Business Champion of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration for its San Antonio District.
The Small Business Development Center at Angelo State University nominated Gunter for the award. The San Antonio district encompasses 55 counties, including the cities of Austin and Laredo.
“This is a great honor and a wonderful surprise,” Gunter said. “But the far more gratifying reward is seeing how San Angelo’s economic development partners work together to support local entrepreneurs as they launch and grow new employers in our community.”
Each year to help celebrate National Small Business Week (April 29-May 5), the SBA accepts nominations in various categories and recognizes entrepreneurs for their achievements. Included are those who champion small business. The Small Business Champion Award recognizes someone who assists small business through advocacy efforts and has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities.
In addition to serving as mayor, Gunter owns and operates a small business downtown, Miss Hattie’s Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge.
“Mayor Gunter is very deserving of the SBA Small Business Champion award because she is a great individual who always works toward improving the environment for small businesses,” said Dave Erickson, director of the ASU Small Business Development Center.
Gunter will be presented the award at a ceremony May 4 in New Braunfels.
City Council member profiles
Mayor Brenda Gunter
Tommy Hiebert, District 1
Tom Thompson, District 2
Harry Thomas, District 3
Lucy Gonzales, District 4
Billie DeWitt, District 6
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