City of Santa Maria utility and business license customers have a new place to pay their bills.
that of the city Financial department moved to the old fire hall building at the corner of East Cook and South McClelland streets.
The new office now houses employees from their crowded space inside the main town hall across the street.
âIt’s an attractive and really functional building for customers with improved access and significantly more space,â said Mark van de Kamp, the city’s public information officer.
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The office has only one door to enter and exit, and customers often line up in the hallway at City Hall.
âIt was very crowded for the staff and for the customers,â van de Kamp said.
After Santa Maria firefighters moved to the new No.1 fire station on West Cook Street in 2002, the old No.1 fire station became the home of the city attorney’s office and some finance staff.
Guests of the Santa Maria utilities can make payments at an in-car drop-off box at the Town Hall annex. (Photo by Janene Scully / Noozhawk)
The new finance department has a door to the building and a second to exit. It also improved accessibility for people with disabilities.
A drop box for utility and business license customers is also located in the parking lot.
The project cost less than $ 330,000, said van de Kamp.
Some people who have visited the facility may be surprised to see changes in traffic.
Entrance to the parking lot is now limited to the East Cook Street aisle with departures via the South McClelland Street aisle.
The Santa Maria Town Hall building was inaugurated in 1934, when the city’s total population was 7,500. Today, the city has more than 106,000 inhabitants.
The town hall building was designated a monument of Santa Maria in 1985.
After more than a year of keeping people out municipal Council meetings and providing remote access due to public health concerns, community members can return to in-person meetings starting July 20. However, the city will also allow people to participate in council meetings virtually via Zoom. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m.
The town hall has not yet reopened to the public due to a construction project.
The new utility billing customer office (where residents of the City of Santa Maria can pay water, sewer and garbage bills) is now at 206 E. Cook St.
In-person payments are accepted 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Customers requesting assistance can call 805.925.0951 x2217 or x2218 for Spanish.
Customers also always have the option of making online payments at www.cityofsantamariapayments.com or by calling 805.925.0951 x2220 to use the automated system 24/7.