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New Socorro City Council moves forward with park, street repairs
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- Plans are in the works to re-build Mauro Rosas Park, but some residents told KFOX14 that project is not what the city really needs after heavy flooding a couple of months ago.
Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz said the previous mayor and City Council started the process about a year ago, but that project was too expensive. Ruiz said it was a nice park in the past, but the previous administration's project called for about $3 million in remodeling when their budget was only about $700,000.
The current City Council cancelled the contract for the park remodeling at Thursday's meeting.
"Basically by cancelling the contract, we saved money in the long run because we didn't have to pay out the whole contract. Now we can focus that money elsewhere for example on streets," Ruiz said.
Ruiz said the current council hopes to keep the costs of new construction as close to the $700,000 budget as possible. He said that is especially important because the city already took out loans to cover the $5 million cost of Bulldog Championship Park in the past.
New Socorro District One City Council Member Sergio Cox said he also plans to push for street improvements.
"We have areas that have never been paved for the first time. The other districts are talking about re-paving the streets," Cox said.
Ruiz and Cox also said flood cleanup and preventing future flood damage are priorities for Socorro.
"If it becomes a necessity to go out and borrow more money for the city, we may have to. I don't like the idea because it puts us deeper in debt," Cox said.
Despite future expenses, Ruiz said the city has about $5 million in reserves. He said that is a sufficient amount.