Public Works

Socorro County Public Works services umbrella includes five departments: Facilities & Fleet Maintenance, Land Use, Road Department, Solid Waste and Vector Control. Each department has a department head with administrative services.


Facilities & Fleet Maintenance

The Facilities department is responsible for all County buildings, all county vehicles (excluding road department vehicles and equipment) and all County parks. The department is headed by Facilities Director Qualyn Crespin.

The facilities department is responsible for several aspects of the County including:

  • Building Maintenance

  • County Parks

  • Fleet Vehicle Maintenance

For questions, please contact Debra Williams-Baker.

To make a service work order request, please use the link to Facilty Dude below. If you do not have a system username, contact Delilah.

Debbie Williams-Baker

575.835.0589 ext 1107

dwilliamsbaker@co.socorro.nm.us

If you do not have a system username, contact the Manager’s Office.

Maintenance Department Forms

Land Use Commission

The Socorro County Land Use Commission is comprised of board members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Board of Land Use Commission meets every third Wednesday of the month at 5:00 PM at the Socorro County Annex Building located at 198 Neel Avenue in Socorro.

The Board of Land Use Commissioners is peforms a quasi-judicial function answering the question: has the developer demonstrated that he has met his obligations to the public under the law in order to exercise his/her right to subdivide his/her private property?

The Commission must:

  • Determine if the subdivision conforms with County Subdivision Regulations- Socorro County Ordinance 97-006.

  • Determine if the sub-divider has demonstrated the ability to fulfill the proposals contained in the subdivision’s disclosure statement, plat, and/or any other required components of the subdivision plain.

  • Recommend approval, disapproval or conditional approval to the Socorro County Commission based on your analysis of the subdivision documents and the developer’s abilities.

To review the County's Subdivision Ordinance, please visit the Ordinance page and download Ordinance #1997.006.

Subdivision Exemption Application

If you feel you may qualify for a subdivision exemption when dividing property, please obtain an exemption application form on from the Manager's page.

Land Use Commissioners

Holm Bursum IV, Secretary: MEMBER TO A TERM UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2013

Nick Keller, Chair: MEMBER TO A TERM UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2013

Butch Hammack, Vice Chair: MEMBER TO A TERM UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2013

Keith Banks: MEMBER TO A TERM UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2013

Barbara Spreen-Atwood: MEMBER TO A TERM UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2013

Comprehensive Plans

LUC Agendas

LUC Minutes

LUC Resolutions

New Mexico-El Paso Joint Land Use Study

Socorro County is part of the Southern New Mexico-El Paso Joint Land Use study implementation partnership. Information regarding the implementation of this study can be found on the SNMEP Joint Land Use website.

Road Department

The Socorro County Road Department is responsible for the maintenance of over 1400 miles of existing county roads, as well as construction of new roads within the county's borders.

The department office is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Please keep in mind that we have a very small staff and you may need to leave a message. Road crews work Monday through Thursday, 6:30 AM to 5 PM.

The department is divided into two divisions: maintenance and projects.

Arthur Gonzales

Road Director

575-835-2041

agonzales@co.socorro.nm.us

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Road Maintenance

The Road Maintenance division of the Public Works Department maintains over 1400 miles of roadways within the unincorporated 6000 square mile area of Socorro County; this includes over 120 miles of Forest Service Roads.

We need citizen and resident help to notify us of any problems or road conditions that may need repair. Please contact the Road Department at 575-835-2041 to report road damage and maintenance requests.

Not all public roads are maintained by Socorro County. Each Spring, the Board of County Commissioners approves which roads will be maintained by County crews. Socorro County has thousands of miles of public roads but only those approved by the Board are scheduled for maintenance. Each mile is then scheduled for maintenance only once per year. The list of maintained roads can be found on the Board of County Commissioner’s page under Resolutions; resolutions are approved in March of every calendar year. You may also contact the department to inquire about the status of your roadway.

If your road is on the maintained mileage report, you can request work orders by contacting the department at 575-835-2041. Emergencies only can be reported after hours by dialing 911; our crews will be dispatched accordingly.

Projects

County Policies Related to the Road Department

Board policies relevant to the Road Department are shown below. They include the following:

  • 2010-59 Road Signage Maintenance Policy

  • 2010-80 Procedures for acceptance of a Road for County Maintenance

  • 2011-47 Road Standards (need for acceptance of a private road)

  • 2012-41 Sign Implementation and Maintenance

  • 2014-21 Placement of a Private Gate or Cattle guard across a County Road

  • 2018-85 Speed Hump Policy

Report Missing or Damaged Street Signs

The Form to report missing or damaged street signs is coming to this space soon.

Road Activity Reports

Road Department Forms

Solid Waste

The Solid Waste Division maintains collection centers throughout the County. Each collection center accepts household waste, which is transferred to the City of Socorro Landfill.

Collection centers only receive household trash. Construction waste and yard cuttings must be taken to the nearest landfill.

Kenny Baldonado

Solid Waste Supervisor

575-518-8849

kbaldonado@co.socorro.nm.us

Report abandoned property sites to:

Mark Mercer

575-835-2029 x1202

Punch Card System

Punch cards of multiple values can be purchased at the County Manager’s Office at 210 Park Street in Socorro. 20-punch Cards ($45 actual cost), can be purchased at the County Treasurer’s Office, Northern Socorro County Senior Center, and Magdalena Senior Center. 20-punch convenience cards ($45 actual cost + $5.00 vendor convenience fee) can be purchased at San Antonio General Store, Roadrunner Travel Center & Veguita Trading Post for $50.00.

A punch card contains "punches" worth $2.25 ($2.14 cost of disposal plus 5% governmental GRT). Each "punch" allows the cardholder to dispose of solid waste per the following Solid Waste Disposal Fee schedule for residential waste:

An original Punch Card (no photocopies or facsimiles will be accepted) must be presented and punched at the Collection Center prior to disposal of any solid waste at that Transfer Station during posted business hours.

Each time a Person goes to a Collection to dispose of solid waste, an attendant will punch the Punch Card immediately prior to disposal of the solid waste in accordance with the Fee Schedule.

When a Punch Card has been completely punched, the Person will then be required to purchase another Punch Card prior to disposal of any further solid waste at a Collection.

The County is not responsible for and will not replace lost or destroyed punch cards.

For any questions, please contact the County Manager’s office at 575-835-0589. For a copy of the complete ordinance, please visit our Ordinance page.

Collection Centers

In order to ensure environmental compliance and area cleanliness, collection centers may be closed during periods of high winds. Please call Kenny Baldonado at 575-518-8849 to verify if a station has been closed.

Polvadera Collection Center:
Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM (open through the noon hour)
NM-408 Polvadera, NM 87828

La Joya Collection Center:
Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 3 PM (open during the noon hour)
Cemetery Road La Joya, NM 87028

Veguita Collection Center:
Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM (open during the noon hour)
88 Carlos Martinez Rd, Veguita NM

San Antonio Collection Center:
Friday - Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM (open during the noon hour)
83 El Alto Rd., San Antonio, NM 87832

Village of Magdalena Collection Center:
Friday & Saturday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM (closed during the noon hour)
108 N Main Street Magdalena, NM 87825

Please Note:
The CITY of Socorro runs the landfill. The above hours are NOT for the city landfill. Landfill hours are:

City of Socorro Landfill:
Monday - Saturday, 8 AM - 3:45 PM (open during the noon hour)
2465 Highway 1, Socorro, NM 87801

The city landfill accepts punch-cards for county residents outside the city limits. More information about the City Landfill is on their website.

Illegal Dumping

Socorro County prosecutes illegal dumpers. For information on who to contact and help us stop illegal dumping, please review our brochure below.

Commercial Hauling Services

  • 40-yard containers: $496.00 per haul + $1.27 per- loaded–mile charge* + GRT**

  • 30-yard containers: $372.00 per haul + $1.27 per- loaded–mile charge* + GRT**

* Per-mile charge will be calculated as the one-way distance between the pickup site and City of Socorro landfill.
** Current governmental GRT is 6.375%

Additionally, all commercial customers:

  • Must have an established and valid account at the City of Socorro Landfill; commercials customers are responsible for all tipping fees at the City of Socorro Landfill.

  • Will be charged for major damages caused at your site to County-owned containers (i.e. fire, crushed, etc.)

  • Are responsible for contacting Socorro County for pickup of containers outside of a regular rotation (i.e. during peak usage periods) BEFORE containers are 80% full.

Vector Control

VECTOR CONTROL SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED FOR SOCORRO COUNTY

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Managed through our Solid Waste Office, Socorro County's Vector Control is a public service aimed at the control of disease carriers in Socorro County. This office's primary sole area of concern at this time is mosquito control. The mosquito population is responsible for spreading infectious diseases throughout the world, including West Nile Virus.

If you are aware of any mosquito breeding grounds in Socorro County, please contact the County Manager’s office immediately.

Zika Virus

Zika is the virus that causes Zika virus infection. The virus is mainly spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Only certain kinds of mosquitoes are able to transmit the virus that can cause disease. About four out of five people infected with Zika virus will have no signs or symptoms of illness. The people who do become ill may have fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms are usually mild and last from a few days to a week. It is rare for a person with Zika virus infection to become severely ill or be hospitalized.

Although more investigation is needed, there is evidence that Zika virus infection causes birth defects or miscarriage in some pregnant women who are exposed early in their pregnancies. There have also been reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome following Zika virus infection. Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare but serious disorder that affects nerves and can cause a number of complications including paralysis, respiratory distress, and rarely death.

Controlling Mosquitoes in Your Own Back Yard

The best mosquito control program reduces breeding areas, routine larviciding (killing the baby mosquitoes) in those breeding areas that cannot be eliminated, and adulticiding (killing adult mosquitoes) only when and where necessary.

Mosquitoes have four life stages – eggs, larvae, pupae, adults. Since three of the stages (eggs, larvae, pupae) are found in water, eliminating water sources that can breed mosquitoes eliminates the chances of mosquitoes biting, and thus disease transmission.

Tips for reducing water sources and breeding grounds include the following:

  • Pickup and haul away all trash piles, broken down appliances, junk cars, bottles and cans and any other household items in your yard

  • Avoid creating open water or standing water areas or containers around your house such as large puddles, open water tanks, open or damaged water pipes, tires, etc. that may pool water and lead to mosquito breeding

  • Fill all holes in your trees where water pools

  • Drill holes in the bottom of tire swings for drainage

  • Empty or change your pet's water dishes, bird baths, horse troughs at least once a week

  • Keep your gutters clear and clean

  • Avoid the accumulation of decaying material and garbage around your yard

  • Cover your water tanks

  • Support natural enemies of mosquitoes such as birds, frogs, lizards and even fish in your yard

  • Fix any low spots on your property that may hold water for a long time