Community Development

The Mayor and City Councilors discuss ICIP (Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan) projects on a continual basis at regularly scheduled City Council meetings with time allowed for public review and suggestions during Public Forum.  At every City Council meeting, there is an agenda item entitled Public Forum at which time anyone from the public has the opportunity to present items to be considered for inclusion in the ICIP.  At the August 18, 2014 City Council meetings, an agenda item titled City of Socorro Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan-Public Input appeared on the agenda.  At these meetings the ICIP and the ICIP process were discussed at length.  The projects have been prioritized by the Mayor and City Council for the purpose of preparing the ICIP and determining the overall priorities for the City.  Projects have been broken down into five categories and have been prioritized by the Governing Body.  The five categories in order of priority are as follows. Click here for City Council approved ICIP document

1. Health and Safety-A
2. Utility Infrastructure-B
3. Street Infrastructure-C
4. Quality of Life-D
5. Operations-E

Rankings contain the above abbreviation in order to categorize City projects.

The ICIP process, as designed, call for one entry for Senate districts.  For the record, the City of Socorro is represented by two Senate districts-Senator Clemente Sanchez, Senate District 30 and Senator Howie Morales, Senate District 28.  Representative Don Tripp is the State Representative for our area. It is the goal of the Socorro City Council to complete all projects on the ICIP and as such, will, if funding becomes available, undertake any given project regardless of its ranking.

Capital Improvement Goals

1. Complete the renovation of basic utility service infrastructure and drainage throughout the City.
2. Complete paving and repaving all municipal streets within the next 5 years.
3. Provide improved recreation and quality of life facilities for a growing population.
4. Work closely with recreational groups in order to provide the public with the services they identify a community priorities.
5. Upgrade City’s sanitation system and municipal infrastructure it include-

a.  An integrated solid waste system, together with Socorro County and the Village of Magdalena, which will enable the City to provide these services efficiently and economically to our citizens.  The key to an integrated solid waste system is a permitted landfill site which the City received in 2013*.

b. Provide improved streets and other infrastructure in areas of the City that need such improvements in order to upgrade transit, municipal utility services and drainage as well as health and safety.

In 2009, the City acquired the funds to begin architecture and engineering on the following projects, therefore, they will continue to appear on the City’s ICIP for construction purposes until all funds have been received and projects complete-Rodeo and Recreation Facility and Sewer Line Extension and Replacement on Hope Farms Road.  In 2013, the City completed the following projects-Landfill Cell 1 New Construction, Jo Gallegos Road Reconstruction, Construction of 2 Arsenic Treatment Plants and a Municipal Office Remodel.  Additionally, projects which were started in 2013 but were not complete and will continue to be on the ICIP are-Recreation and Rodeo Facility, Highland Pond Construction, Sewer Line Extension and Replacement, General Repaving, Municipal Airport Improvements, North and South Entrance Landscaping and Giles Lane Reconstruction.

*The City’s priority is now to close the previously used landfill in a manner that meets environmental guidelines.

Factors/Trends Considered

Socorro is a growing rural community.  The population is increasing and also aging.  Private enterprise has recently opened a number of service facilities directed towards tourist, interstate travelers and retail.

The City of Socorro has created a Tourism Department who together with the Chamber of Commerce, are promoting Socorro and Socorro County on a State and National basis.  Along with the general population, the student population of the Socorro Consolidated School District and NM Tech are increasing.  The overall effect is increased demand on publicly-provided utilities, infrastructure, recreation and transportation services.  ICIP projects address growth effects with infrastructure renovation and expansion which includes water, wastewater, gas, transportation, streets and drainage.  Recreation and cultural improvements include parks, library, community center, recreation facilities and activities and museum.

Project Summary:

City of Socorro’s top five priorities (ranked in order of priority) for the fiscal year and the 2016-2020 ICIP.

1. Rodeo/Recreation Facility
2. Highway 60 Improvements (The addition of 1 or 2 lanes entering the City limits.)
3. Wastewater Expansion (Sewer Line Extension & Sewer Plant Improvements)
4. Texas/Vermont/B Street Reconstruction & Drainage
5. Cuba Road Drainage Improvements Continuation – Drainage Infrastructure & Detention Ponds

*Other projects receiving prioritization from the City Council, listed in order of priority, were: Workforce Training Facility, Industrial Park Road Paving, General Repaving and Lopezville Road Reconstruction & Drainage.

And furthermore recognize that during calendar 2014, and in conjunction with the City’s 2015-2019 ICIP planning process, the following projects have been completed or are very near completion:

Projects completed in 2014 include:

1. Construction of A Street drainage pond.
2. Installation of radio-read meters for the Water Department.
3. North Entrance Landscaping
4. City Ordinance Codification
5. General Repaving (Including Goad Street, Center Street, Mariposa Road, Carmen Place, Calixtro Road, Calle Bonita, Terra Bonita, Sierra Bonita, Giles Lane, Proto Street, Juniper Street, Cottonwood Street, Padilla Street, Lucero Street, Otero Avenue, Tornillo Street, Memory Lane, Lewis Drive, Brown Court, Hilton Road, Garanada Park.)
5. Rodeo/Recreation Facility – Soccer fields are complete.

Projects which appear on the City’s ICIP  for which the city has acquired partial funding or which are underway and could be complete (in whole or in phases) in 2014 include:

1. Recreation and Rodeo Facility (Rodeo/Soccer)-Partial funding has been secured for rodeo facility and related infrastructure. Soccer fields and bathrooms are complete
2. Phase V of Cuba Road Drainage Improvements Continuation – The four previous phases have been complete.
3. Sewer Line Extension and Replacement Phase III-Hope Farms Road – Construction began in August 2014 and the project will be complete within 180 days.
4. General Repaving ($150,000 in funding for chip seal projects has been secured).
5. Municipal Airport-Partial phase complete (hangar and taxi-lane).  Some additional funding secured for pavement rehabilitation on main runway.

Projects brought to the City Council by City Staff and which appear on the City’s 2016-2020 ICIP include:

Project Title Expected Projections
Highway 60 Turning Lane Improvements $1,500,000
Sewer line Extension and Replacement $2,425,000
Rodeo/Recreation Facility $4,097,751
Texas/Vermont/B St. Reconstruction $500,000
Cuba Road Drainage Improvements Continuation-Drain $4,239,586
Lopezville Road Reconstruction & Drainage $1,156,000
General Repaving Project $1,750,000
Indoor Swim Center Facility (Cover Existing Pool) $800,000
Natural Gas Transmission Line Addition $281,000
Landfill-New Construction $2,050,000
Industrial Park Road Paving $300,000
Workforce Training Facility $3,000,000
Municipal Airport Improvements $500,000
Animal Shelter Quarantine Building $170,000
Newberry Road Reconstruction  & Drainage $500,000
Police Department Auto Purchase $400,000
Bullock Avenue Reconstruction $400,000
South Entrance Landscaping $170,000
Fire Department Vehicle and Equipment $1,560,000
Auto Fuel/CNG Purchases $110,000
Speed Bump Addition $50,000
Flood Control Crossing New Const. $1,485,000
Storm Drain System Improvements $655,000
Community Center (Finley) Upgrade $102,000
Youth Center New Construction $605,000
Pinon Street/Juniper Street New Construction $475,000
Skylark Street/Maxwell Street Area Reconstruction $385,000
Giles Line Reconstruction  $255,000
Proto Street Reconstruction  $1,000,000
Socorro Heritage Center remodel $200,000
Recreation Land Acquisition $400,000
Grand Total $31,521,336