Residents voice concerns at town hall meeting
EL PASO (KTSM) — People in Socorro had a unique opportunity Saturday. El Paso County Commissioner Vince Perez held a town hall meeting unlike others.
“We have everything from cars to cattle that we deal with in Precinct Three,” said Perez.
Socorro citizens like Martha Trujillo had a chance to voice their concerns. She's especially concerned about the roads in Socorro. She said Socorro Road is a historical corridor and it is being destroyed.
"It’s awesome. I loved it. I loved it… a lot of input from the community and all the representatives from the county," said Trujillo.
"The purpose of these meetings is to be to make our office more accessible to the community and to bring leaders to the community," said Perez.
While the people of Socorro are looking forward to seeing Loop 375 extend to their community, city officials said that work would not start until 2035.
"We hope that the time though, for the long term, that they have set the date for the extension from Socorro to Loop 375," said Suky Ramy.
State Rep. Mary Gonzalez explained that there are plans in motion to bring in more funds to build roads.
"A lot of the things we've heard today, we've already been working on. Transportation issues, infrastructure…development and I think that's one of the main things we've heard over and over and ironically, on Monday up in Austin, we're going to vote on a bill to put more money into transportation for a billion dollars," said Rep. Gonzalez.
The Mission Trail in Socorro was another topic discussed at Saturday’s meeting. The city has hired an advisor who will focus on economic development along the Mission Trail.
Commissioner Perez said he hopes to see the trail bring in more tourism.