Re-construction of Highland Pond underway

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At the city council meeting Monday night, council members discussed an amendment to the engineering agreement of Highland Pond.

City clerk Pat Salome said Highland Pond is an existing drainage pond that was installed in the 1980s, and is located on Eighth Street near Socorro High School. The pond is used to catch, hold and release water at a controlled rate, Salome said. The grant for re-construction is to improve the pond and clean it, he said. The grant was awarded five months ago as a Community Development Block Grant. Highland Pond is a detention pond designed to hold water for a short period of time to prevent flooding to detain water and minimize damage, he said. Once the re-construction of the pond is done, it will hold more water and catch the water going downstream.

During the public forum, parent Cynthia Romero suggested using space in Finley Gym for the junior wrestling program. The junior wrestling program is privately run, and the team wants to use public space, Salome said. Council members want to offer public space to the wrestling team, but only on certain terms, Salome said.

He said the city and the program need an agreement. The city needs to know who is running the wrestling program, and all children participating need to have insurance in case injuries occur.

All children hold their own insurance cards, Romero said. There are 15 to 20 wrestlers. The group first started to use space at the Parish Hall at San Miguel, when that was discontinued, they were assigned to go to San Antonio School. The space they need in Finley Gym will be used two to three times a week. The wrestling team is open for boys and girls ages 5 to 15, and practices would be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The wrestling season takes place from November to February and the wrestlers compete with other states. All wrestling coaches need background checks and need to be certified, Romero told council members.

Council members are considering letting the junior wrestlers use the space in Finley Gym, Salome said.