Robert Puente declined to accept the offered award, saying the issue of his compensation kept coming up during proposed rate increases last year.
The utility is deciding whether to sell a portion of its water from its Vista Ridge project to other cities in fast-growing Central Texas.
Board Chairman Berto Guerra and Mayor Ron Nirenberg said SAWS can and must better educate the public about conservation and the new water rate structure.
Speaking on a wide array of topics, Mayor Ron Nirenberg answered questions submitted in advance in a town hall-style meeting Thursday.
In 2015, Ivy Taylor received 52% of the runoff vote against Van de Putte, making her the first elected black mayor of San Antonio and the second woman.
Councilman Ron Nirenberg (D8) reiterated his concerns about the Vista Ridge water pipeline project, year-round watering restrictions, and the San Antonio Water System (SAWS)’s executive compensation structure on Wednesday.
Once financial close documents are signed, construction can begin on the 142-mile pipeline that could deliver up to 16.3 million gallons of water to SAWS customers per year starting in 2020.
SAWS customers will be receiving a notice in the mail this week about the coming 6.8% rate increase for 2017.
The mayors of the four biggest cities along the San Antonio-Austin corridor said Friday that transportation remains a critical element in addressing the corridor’s continued growth and ever-worsening traffic congestion.
The San Antonio Water System board on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure that lets Garney Construction, a Missouri-based construction firm, take over control and 80% equity of the Vista Ridge water pipeline project from financially-troubled Abengoa Vista Ridge, a subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Abengoa Sociedad Anónima that filed for bankruptcy in March.