San Angelo’s City Council will meet for strategic planning at 9 a.m. March 8 in the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark commissary, 630 S. Oakes St. The planning session will replace March 15’s regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be rebroadcast daily on SATV, Suddenlink channel 17 for those who cannot attend.
In 2014, the City adopted five strategic priorities, which are water, streets, employee pay, streamlining development processes and a new police station. Since then, according to a release from the City, progress has been made on each of the five priorities.
The City increased water rates in order to finance the next water supply project and improvements to infrastructure which includes replacing aging water mains. Supply projects under consideration include wastewater reuse and capturing stormwater from the Red Arroyo. San Angelo is still seeking a long-term regional water source to share with Abilene and Midland.
City Council approved $80 million in street improvements over 10 years. Phase one of construction will begin later in 2016.
Council increased salaries for police and firefighters by 6.26 percent and 5.12 for other employees. Similar increases were made in 2015. The goal is to pay non-civil service employees 95 percent of what peers earn in benchmark cities. Currently, San Angelo is at 88 percent.
In development processes, the average review of commercial building plans that required no revisions was reduced from 24.6 days in the first half of 2015 to 15.5 days in the second half. Time for approving plans requiring revisions was cut from 60.2 days to 35.5 days in the same time.
A contract with an architectural firm was approved to develop plans for transforming the First Financial Bank building, 301 W. Beauregard Ave., into the new police station. The cost of the project is expected to be on the November ballot for voters to consider.
These priorities will be revisited by the City Council during the March 8 session, including reviewing progress made and possible next steps. Additionally, Council and City directors will explore other priorities and factors that could be incorporated into the fiscal year budget for 2017, and guide City actions and council decisions in the coming year.