Council Approaches Key Vote in Stadium Approval
POSTED: Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 9:29pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 10:28am
EL PASO — El Paso City Council is approaching another key vote Tuesday on the proposed new baseball stadium downtown.
At this point council has been in favor of the plan to build a ballpark right on the land where they now do business. A new stadium would mean the destruction of City Hall and the taxpayer expense of building a new city hall or renting new space.
Mayor Cook has stated his opposition to tearing down City Hall. We spoke with him tonight.
"I'll go over the concessions with our attorney on Monday...it seems like the group is foing what it can to keep solid suppoort on the council".
In response to a possible collapse of city council support...the Mountainstar Sports Group which would own the new triple a team, has agreed to allow the El Paso Diablos to continue playing at Cohen Stadium. That will provide the city contnuing rental income from the Diablos. And the sports group has agreed to give the city not ten cents per baseball ticket but now 50 cents per ticket.
Meanwhle the council is getting pushback from another citizen group. "They don't care, they are a dictatorship", says a protestor of City Council. "This is the worst city council El Paso has ever had."
In the Sunset Heights historical district , very close to the stadium site....a number of people showed their frustration and anger today about council moving ahead . They're unhappy to think that council has ignored voters during every step of the stadium issue.
Sunset Heights resident Matt Moore is concerned that the neighborhood would decline with crowded parking during an anticipated 71-game home schedule for a new Triple-A team.
"The city for many years has told people they can't do certain things in this neighborhood..to preserve the history of this neighborhood, and then this whole district is threatened by this sudden move to ignore the will of the people to knock down city hall before citizens have a chance to vote on it.