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Sourdough Mine will soon be operating a small brewery.

The Socorro City Council approved a small brewer liquor license for on-premise consumption and package sales with patio service at its meeting on July 2.

“I think it’s great we’ve got another brewery in town,” Socorro Mayor Ravi Bhasker said. “They’ve got a good little business that is moving along.”

The restaurant on Abeyta Street not far from the Plaza will offer products named with links to Socorro’s history, especially its mining history.

The restaurant is already in a zoning district that permits the manufacturing, consumption and package sales of alcoholic beverages, according to a letter by City Clerk Stephanie Saavedra.

In other business, the Council discussed a sketch plat for a mobile home park on Spring Street. The Council will vote on approval in August.

“They have the plat, Dennis Engineering put it together,” Bhasker said. “That area is meant for a trailer park. That didn’t have to go through planning and zoning, but they did anyway. … They are doing everything that is asked of them.”

“They are not going to put trailers there and make it a park, it will be done right,” Planning and Zoning Officer Kristy Padilla said.

Councilor Peter Romero said he heard some concerns, but feels those concerns are being addressed.

“They are very interested in making sure there is no after talk,” Bhasker said. “They are making sure they are doing it the right way.”

Bhasker said A-1 Quality Redi-Mix owners sought to be transparent. Bhasker said they didn’t want rumors going around that would hurt their business.

The Council approved a special use permit for Country Living Residential Care, a private business facility at 1495 Northeast Frontage Road.

“Country Living Residential Care will be a community-based living and care giving facility, established to serve the needs of the rapidly increasing elderly population in the city of Socorro,” Debbie DeMoss wrote in a letter requesting zoning approval. “The facility will provide a homelike environment for up to seven adults requiring assistance or supervision with activities of daily living, but who do not need acute care.”

The Council also approved a Memorandum of Understanding for a school resource officer with Socorro Consolidated Schools.

The Council also held the first public hearing for its ICIP (Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan).

Bullock and College street projects are among the projects on the city’s current plans.

“We’ll continue to get public input,” Bhasker said.

Bhasker also sought input from city department heads.