District 4 city rep.-elect talks Cohen Stadium, lack of funding

EL PASO, TEXAS - In May, the current District 4 City Rep. Carl Robinson, spent thousands of dollars from the district's discretionary funds on projects that didn't include Cohen Stadium. Now, strong winds have torn the stadium's canopy and the City says there's no money to fix it.

"It's absolutely high priority for us to find out what's going on," said District 4 City Rep.-Elect Sam Morgan. "I believe Cohen Stadium is tremendous to the north east. At one point, it was the heart of this community." 

It was the topic of conversation at Tuesday's City Council meeting, after Rep. Robinson put it on the agenda.

As NewsChannel9 reported in May, Council approved Robinson's request, before he leaves office, to use $54,000 in discretionary funds for things like streetlights and bathrooms at Barron Park. None of that money going to Cohen.

"People are basically starved for some type of activity in this community and I'm sure with the few events that have been going on here it shows the need for this stadium to be up and running," said Morgan.

The stadium is owned by the City and it's where El Paso live hosts events like "Music Under the Stars."

"At this point, we have not had to cancel or postpone anything and the nice thing about Music Under the Stars, is that it starts a little later in the evening," said Ryan Lympus, Assistant General Manager at El Paso Live.

However, it's a different story when it comes to their upcoming Ice Cream Festival, which is during the day.

Lympus says they don't think the repairs will be done by then and they're expecting this to be a long on-going process.

"You have to go through the insurance claim process go with engineers and the vendors that manufacture the material so that they are doing the right installation this time around," said Lympus.

On Tuesday, the deputy city manager said they are waiting about 15-days to hear back from the insurance company on how the stadium can be redesigned and how much the price tag will be.

If the council cannot find the funds for these repairs, the deputy city manager says they may have to look into
adding it to the next upcoming budget.

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