Socorro County Courthouse

The Socorro County Board of Commissioners approved the second reading of its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) for fiscal years 2020-2025 at its final meeting of August. The plan was submitted to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration last week, and will be considered during the 2020 session of the New Mexico State Legislature in January.

Funding, if approved by the legislature, will come from either state or federal grants. The ICIP establishes planning priorities for anticipated capital projects. In other words, the ICIP is the county’s roadmap for future capital outlay and CDBG funds, allowing the board to better prepare for grant opportunities.

Topping the list is a new Socorro County Courthouse building at an estimated price of around $50 million. The present courthouse, built in 1940, is nearing 80 years old and according to County Manager Michael Hawkes, is in need of constant repairs and improvements.

1940 Court House Plaque

A plaque inside the Socorro County Courthouse lists the county officials involved in the construction of the current courthouse back in 1940.

“There are many reasons it is placed at the top,” Hawkes said. The structure was renovated in 1990.

  • Number two on the ICIP is the New Detention Center Renewable Energy project at $135,000.
  • Purchasing Sheriff’s Department vehicles is third at $175,000.
  • The Sabinal/Abeytas Community Center is fourth, and it is anticipated that it will be finished next year.
  • The fifth priority is Scholle Bridge 2628 in the Abo area of Socorro County.

Rounding out the top ten are San Antonio Stormwater Drainage Improvements; new District Attorney’s building; Socorro County Substance Abuse Treatment Center; County Roof Repairs, multiple; and Socorro County Courthouse Energy Improvements.