Socorro City Hall

Short and to the point – that’s how best to describe Monday’s noon Socorro City Council meeting.

With only five of the council’s eight members present, the council rolled through its agenda fairly quickly. The council's first meeting in June was moved to noon due to the 5 p.m. public comment meeting slated with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on the proposed Socorro Electric Cooperative’s rate increase.

During the less than 30-minute meeting, the council postponed the acceptance of minutes from the previous meeting. Councilor Michael Olguin wanted more information included in the meeting summary concerning questions raised by him as well as other councilors concerning the city starting its own electric utility company. As a result, the council postponed accepting the minutes until its June 17 meeting.

The council gave its seal of approval to participate in a cooperative agreement with the Local Government Road Fund program administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT).

The $57,925 project for 2019 – 2020 will involve mill and inlay, including tack coat, subgrade prep, engineering and construction of Western Avenue from Mustang Drive to Stallion Circle; Mustang Drive – from Western Avenue to Stallion Circle; Stallion Circle - from Mustang Drive to Western Avenue; and from Garden Circle from Western Avenue to end of Cul-de-Sac.

NMDOT will pay $43,444 toward to project while the City of Socorro will match about 25 percent of the project – roughly $14,481.

Finally, the council approved the city’s application for the Housing and Urban Development Community Block Grant program for continued improvements for the Cuba road street and drainage improvements project.

The grant application requests $750,000 and the city will be required to match $75,000 of its own money, should the grant be approved.

In other business, the council:

• Agreed to move its council meetings back in July one week. Meetings will be conducted on July 8 and July 22.

• Approved new business registrations for Express Construction & Services LLC and Custom Grading Inc., both from Albquerque.