Legislature approves almost $2.3 million for projects

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When the 2014 New Mexico Legislature wrapped up Thursday, Feb. 20, local governmental agencies in Socorro County were slated to receive more a combined total of more than $2 million for Capital Outlay projects.

When the 2014 New Mexico Legislature wrapped up Thursday, Feb. 20, local governmental agencies in Socorro County were slated to receive more a combined total of more than $2 million for Capital Outlay projects.

The projects submitted to the legislature were priorities in the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) of each governmental body.

“We were able to procure $2,290,000 in Capital Outlay to fund projects for the city of Socorro, Socorro County and Magdalena,” said Don Tripp, District 49 Representative. “The money for the projects in House Bill 55 are not certain until signed off by Governor Susana Martinez, who has 20 days from the date of passage to do so.”

The governor has the authority to line-item veto any funding in the bill.

• $400,000 to plan, design, construct, expand and equip the waste water treatment plant and waste water collection system in the city of Socorro.

• $300,000 to design, construct and equip a covered rodeo arena, rodeo facilities and soccer fields facility in Socorro.

• $100,000 for new jail to design and construct road improvements to Enterprise Road and Grefco Road to improve access to the new county detention center and to design and construct a parking lot at the detention center in Socorro.

• $100,000 to purchase and equip an activity bus for the Socorro Consolidated School District.

• $90,000 to plan and design a telescope enclosure for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory at New Mexico Tech.

• $75,000 to plan, design and construct a parking lot at the north end of campus at New Mexico Tech.

• $25,000 to plan, design and construct a parking lot at the south end of campus at New Mexico Tech.

• $100,000 to plan, design and construct supplemental well and water system improvements.

• $1,000,000 to plan, design and construct Phase II of an engineered levee to replace the non-engineered levee on the west bank of the Rio Grande.

• $100,000 for Phase 3 improvements and construction of the Sabinal Community Center and commercial kitchen in Sabinal.

$143,000 to plan, design and construct an emergency management facility and county fair building in Reserve.