The mission of the City Attorney is to represent the City by providing professional, effective and ethical legal assistance to the City Council, City Manager and all other City departments and boards. The City Attorney's Office cannot provide legal advice or representation to citizens.
The City of San Angelo faces a vast number of varied legal matters. These include: contracts, real estate transactions, economic development, claims against the City for damages, litigation, employment law, civil service regulations, lake lot sales and leases, water and sewer services, issues related to providing a cemetery, a museum, an airport, parks, recreational facilities, police protection, and water and sewer services; collections, eminent domain, bankruptcy, prosecution of cases in Municipal Court, code enforcement, open meetings and open records, and more. It is the role of the Office of the City Attorney to advise the City in these legal matters, represent the City in court, conduct research, attend City Council and board meetings as required, and draft or review documents relating to all of the above.
Does the City Attorney's Office handle landlord/tenant disputes, divorces or any other personal legal problem I may have?
No. The City Attorney represents the City of San Angelo as a municipal entity and cannot represent individual citizens in private legal matters.
If an individual desires legal representation in a private matter, he or she must retain an attorney who has a private practice. The State Bar of Texas has a toll free number for lawyer referral 1-800-252-9690 or you can visit its website at www.texasbar.com.
If the individual makes below a designated income level and qualifies for legal assistance, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, 325-653-6982, may provide legal aid. It charges fees based upon a qualifying client's income.
What can the City do when a neighbor’s tree limbs extend over the property onto my property?
Neighborhood disputes are best handled by approaching the neighbor and attempting to arrive at a solution acceptable to both parties. However, this is a private legal matter for which the City Attorney's office can offer no legal advice.
What can be done if my neighbor engages in activities that make loud noises or if his dog barks continually?
If possible, attempt to resolve the dispute with your neighbor by talking with him about the problem. If this approach is unsuccessful or impractical, you can contact the Municipal Court prosecutor's office at 325-657-4407. The prosecutor will review the complaint and, if appropriate, send a letter to the neighbor, stating the complaint and advising they may be in violation of a City ordinance.
Should that prove unsuccessful, you may wish to record a particular date, time and frequency of the noise, and present this complaint to the prosecutor if you are willing to testify and press charges against the responsible party. It is up to the prosecutor's discretion whether to file a formal complaint against any individual, and he may ask you to work with him to gather additional evidence necessary to successfully prosecute the case.
Where can I find out what real property the city has to sell?