Protective bubble still possible for Socorro pool

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At the Socorro City Council meeting Monday night, while discussing the Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan during public forum, community member Valentine Anaya came to council members about the bubble project for the Socorro Community Pool. Anaya’s daughter is on the swim team, and he said it would be a good idea to have the pool available as a year-round facility.

“We need to spread out resources and see how much it costs. There’s always limited resources,” City Clerk Pat Salome said.

Council members approved including the addition of the bubble for the swimming pool on the list of projects to be considered. According to Council Member Peter Romero, this project has been recognized by the council for the past two to three years. Salome said this year there has been an increase in the number of children who are participating in swimming.

“This requires a level of funding and could be expensive,” Salome said.

JO Gallegos Road Reconstruction, one of the current projects using grants, will continue with Dennis Engineering and will cost around $400,000 to complete, Salome said. Constructed in 1992, it’s an east to west road which serves as a northern frontage road people use from California Street. It was once a dirt road. Last year’s project included the addition of a sidewalk, and finishing the road project includes an improved drainage system, Salome said.

Library director Paula Mertz reported the success of the summer reading program through the library.

She said Socorro fire fighters and police officers gave safety presentations to the kids, and the end of the summer reading program was scheduled for Tuesday.

Mertz also said for the fiscal year of June 2011 to July 2012, the adult users got on the library’s computers 19,177 times, and for the children’s computers it was 806.