Public Access to City buildings scaling back amidst coronavirus concerns
March 18, 2020 - The City of San Angelo is officially closing certain in-person services to the public to protect our community against the spread of COVID-19. Effective tomorrow, March 18, the City Hall Annex (301 West Beauregard Ave.) will close its doors to the general public. To read the full release click here.
The Operations Department is responsible for providing effective transportation and an efficient infrastructure for anyone who lives or works in San Angelo. The Operations Department accomplishes this task by working cooperatively with citizens and businesses to provide vital services to the City of San Angelo. The department is comprised of the following divisions:
Fleet Services (formerly known as Vehicle Maintenance) keeps the City of San Angelo moving by providing expert analysis and repairs of City-owned vehicles and equipment. The efforts of our 17-member staff are directed at servicing light- and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment, new vehicle make ready, accessory rig-up service, parts supply, licensing and registration, fuel services, vehicle and equipment purchasing, and auction hosting (sales).
Lake Operations is responsible for the maintenance on and around Lake Nasworthy and Twin Buttes Reservoir. This includes: repair and upkeep of City-owned boat docks and ramps, watering and mowing of park facilities, removal of dead or diseased trees and planting of new trees, repair and/or replacement of bouys, emptying more than 200 trash cans on a regular basis, and brush abatement.
The Stormwater Division improves the quality of storm water runoff through effective maintenance of drainage features, street sweeping, right-of-way maintenance and mowing, and approved methods of herbicide applications. It is also responsible for new construction of drainage structures.
Street & Bridge
Of the City Council's five approved priorities, streets ranks No. 2. Learn more by clicking here.
The Street & Bridge Division is responsible for maintaining all roadways, alleys and pertinent structures related to both. It also performs a wide variety of other tasks, including but not limited to herbiciding and mosquito spraying, picking up illegal dumping, and setting barrels out for flooding and street closure permits.
The Traffic Division is responsible for traffic signal timing improvements, signal head and LED replacements, the repair and replacement of signal control equipment (including traffic detection systems, controllers, cabinets, visors, louvers, etc.), warning flashers at schools, outdoor warning sirens and the installation of traffic signals at warranted locations.
The street lighting throughout San Angelo is maintained by AEP. To report a street light outage on a city street, call the Operations office at 325-657-4206. Please have the number from the light pole available. (Street lights in alleys are not maintained by the City.)
What goes into replacing a traffic signal?
Replacing a traffic signal is a lengthy process. Notwithstanding the City's purchasing requirements, there are several steps to the process.
We optimally attempt to standardize the materials we use. But, unfortunately with traffic signals, this is limited to the brand or type of electrical equipment. Each intersection is unique and requires different dimensions (length or masts, height of poles, size and type of anchors, etc.) such that it is not reasonable to keep these large replacement parts in stock. We do have some of these items on-hand, but it is very lucky if the intersection that is damaged matches what we have.
If the replacement is due to an accident by an insured driver, insurance agencies become involved since the driver is typically responsible for the cost of repairs. This usually involves itemized quotes for their agency's approval, which also adds additional time.
Several factors determine the specifications of a traffic signal including location of the base structure, existence and location of intersecting streets, number of lanes, type of lanes (left turn, right turn, straight/turn, etc.), etc. Therefore, each replacement pole is a custom build. This process is usually a 6-9 month lead time after the manufacturer receives the specifications. We source several vendors to manufacture these parts, and we've found this to be the standard regardless of the manufacturer.
Once the structures are built, they are then sent for testing, inspection, and certification by TxDOT before they can be installed. The actual installation of the signal structure is usually a quick process. However, the materials' lead time is the substantial delaying factor.