The Utility Administration departments is responsible formanagement and oversight of the general operation of the Utility system, including operations and infrastructure under direction of the McAllen Public Utility Board. The department houses MPU's General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Director of Finance for Utilities, Utility Board Secretary/Strategic Planning Coordinator, Grant Writer,Procurement Specialists, and an Administrative Assistant.
The General Manager, upon advice and consent of the Public Utility Board, acts as manager of the utility system, which includes:
- Utility Administration
- Customer Relations
- Utility Billing
- Meter Readers
- Water Systems
- Water Treatment Plant
- Water Lab
- Waterline Maintenance
- Wastewater Systems
- Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Wastewater Collections
- Wastewater Lab
- Pretreatment Dept
Utility Administration handles matters such as the administration of water and sewer, and the preparation of materials for the McAllen Public Utility Board meetings. Essentially, the department handles all the administrative tasks necessary to keep McAllen Public Utility running in an efficient manner.
Part of this department is also the Utility Engineering branch of the McAllen Public Utility. This part of the department provides technical planning, oversight, and inspection of water and wastewater infrastructure projects, and it supports the Utility’s operations staff that operates the treatment plants and pipeline systems.
To ensure our systems develop according to a high standard and an overall, long-term plan, we guide the consultants and developers who design most of our new treatment facilities, pipelines, and pump stations. Our engineering staff also produces designs in-house for some of the smaller-scale infrastructure projects. Once a design is approved, we inspect the construction work, making sure it is built according to design.
The Utility Engineering department houses seven positions which include an Assistant to the Utility Board Secretary, Developmental Activities Specialists, Computer Aided Drafting Designer, Utility Engineer for Wastewater, Assistant Utility Engineer for Development, and two Utility Inspectors.
You are invited to attend our meetings. We meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 4pm at the McAllen City Hall meeting room on the third floor. You may also view the utility board meeting on the city cable channel for information regarding utility matters. In addition, you may voice your concerns about your drinking water online at mpu.mcallen.net.
Utility Administration Staff
|Name/Position ||Duties ||Phone |
Roel Rodriguez, P.E., General Manager/Assistant City Manager
|Manages all MPU systems and services ||(956) 681-1630 |
Mark A. Vega, P.E., Assistant General Manager
|Assistants in the management and oversight of MPU systems and services ||(956) 681-1630 |
Melba Carvajal, Director of Finance for Utilities/Investment Officer
|Primarily accountable for the direct financialmanagement of MPU, procurement accounting for the City ||(956) 681-1632 |
Nyla L. Flatau, TRMC, Utility Board Secretary
|Assists with daily matters with the administration of MPU, and provides coordination and support to the activities of the MPU Board ||(956) 681-1633 |
Tim Skoglund, P.E., Wastewater Utility Engineer
|Oversees planning, construction and inspection of all proposed wastewater infrastructure, coordinates w/engineering consultnts and provides necessary input for design of projects, as well as presents projects to MPU Board ||(956) 681-1775 |
|Carlos Gonzalez, P.E., Assistant Utility Engineer ||Assists all engineers and developers with all proposed subdivisions, presentsto MPU Board proposed subdivisions, andattends all developmental subdivision review and pre-construction meetings ||(956) 681-1777 |
|Edith Shelton, Assistant to Utility Board Secretary ||Asists the Board Secretary with all matters associated with MPU Board, and assists the Utility Engineering Department with administrative support ||(956) 681-1770 |
|Erika Diaz, Developmental Activities Specialist ||Maintains all professional services contracts as well as construction contracts, updates all project spreadsheets containing invoices for engineering services, construction and testing services, as well as maintains subdivision reimbursement contracts for applicable subdivisions ||(956) 681-1771 |
|Juan Arroyo/Javier Morales, Utility Inspectors ||Provides in-house inspection services for all MPU projects, coordinates all testing sevices, and maintains dailiy log of all construction progress ||(956) 681-1770 |
|Omar Gonzalez, CADD Operator ||Produces maps for all proposed subdivisions, any rpoject related maps required for exhibitsand meetings, maintains and updates utility infrastructure and reimbursment maps for utility base maps and geographical information systems (GIS) ||(956) 681-1773 |
|Susan Schane, Grant Writer ||Researches and reviews possible grant or other funding sources toward water conservation, education, water/sewer capital improvement projects and other infrastructure related projects ||(956) 681-1635 |
|Raquel Garza, Procurement Specialist ||Procurement Administrator for MPU as well as the City, and assists the Director of Finance for Utilities with investments and banking relations ||(956)681-1065 |
|Alice Campos, Administrative Assistant ||Assists Utility Administration with all administrative matters, and handles all payroll duties for all MPU ||(956) 681-1630 |