In a special meeting, the Socorro County Board of County Commissioners adjusted its priority list for the 2024 Fiscal Year Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan.

Funding, if approved by the 2023 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 road map for future capital outlay and Community Development Block Grant funds, allowing the county officials to better prepare for grant opportunities.

Topping the adjusted list is $180,000 for Sheriff’s Department vehicles. The funding will allow the department to purchase two fully equipped patrol cars.

The ICIP for 2024 also includes:

  • $500,000 for Socorro County Courthouse energy improvements, with energy-saving windows being the first consideration. $10,000 of the $510,000 project has been funded to date.
  • $500,000 for Alamo concrete flood control culverts on Three Tanks Road. $500,000 has already been secured for that $1 million project.
  • $300,000 for County Road 91 drainage and flood mitigation is third on the revamped ICIP. $307,500 has already been funded. The total cost of that project is $1.307 million.
  • Rounding out the priority list is $280,000 for a road grader for the Road Department, and a requested $10,000,000 for Socorro County broadband.