Socorro changes street signs named after former council members
Updated: Wednesday, October 23 2013, 10:56 PM MDT
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- Socorro changed the names of street signs named after previous council members Wednesday, after members of the previous administration have been accused of theft and reportedly left the city with millions of dollars in loans to pay back.
District 1 Rep. Maria Reyes said the previous council members voted to name streets in a new subdivision near Passmore after themselves and their family members without opening the decision up to the public.
"What the previous City Council did not understand is that we report to the citizens of Socorro. They don't report to us, and they should have this option to go speak and speak freely and openly," Reyes said.
Reyes also said the City Council decided to rename streets after flowers instead of veterans.
"How do you deem one veteran as more deserving than another. You can't. They're all very, very much deserving. We decided to go with the names of flowers," Reyes said.
About 20 streets were renamed, and residents KFOX14 spoke with are happy with the name changes. However, this means they need to change their addresses.
"I need to go to my school, to electricity and everything like that to change the address," Socorro resident Alejandra Felix said.
Reyes said the project only costs about $130 for all the signs.
Socorro Rep. at Large Rene Rodriguez said the street signs are one step the current city council is taking to re-vamp its image.
Rodriguez said the past administration did not communicate with national emergency management agencies.
"We needed to put people in there, so that we could be up to date. These entities would help us in case of emergencies like this," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez also said the city wants to be prepared when storms happen again.
"We want to have an alert system ready, so that we can issue it out. People will be well aware. We also want to have an emergency number," Rodriguez said.