Most City of San Angelo offices will be closed Friday, April 26, as City employees participate in the annual neighborhood blitz.
Most City employees will spend Friday attending to special projects, including improving the Concho River walking trail and Harmon Park (also known as Picnic Bend Park), sprucing up a baseball field at Northern Little League, and cleaning alleys, replacing street signs and rehabilitating two fences in the Blackshear neighborhood.

Employees who provide public safety services, such as police officers, firefighters and dispatchers, will not participate in the blitz. Among other City departments that will operate as usual are Water Distribution, San Angelo Regional Airport, Animal Services and Municipal Court. The water billing office will be closed Friday.

Friday’s blitz will mark the fifth time City employees have fanned out across a neighborhood in an effort to help revitalize it. Previous blitzes have targeted the Lincoln, Fort Concho, Reagan and Rio Vista areas. To date, 151 homes (many of which were occupied by the elderly, disabled or families with single parents) have been painted, 50 deteriorating mailboxes have been replaced, and more than 700 tons of debris and 600 illegally discarded tires have been taken to the landfill.

The effort has grown to two days to include volunteers from local churches, Angelo State University students and Goodfellow Air Force Base personnel. Funded by grants, including a $200,000 contribution from the San Angelo Health Foundation for roof replacements, private contractors have also replaced siding on 126 homes and roofs on 90 homes.