Tackle football proposal approved for spring

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At the City Council meeting Monday night, Recreation Director Joshua Kerns presented to council members the tackle football proposal for the spring.

According to City Clerk Pat Salome, costs for the program will be $1,400 for insurance and $5,000 for equipment. The insurance covers 120 students in football and cheerleading, so Kerns is also looking for any girls who are interested in joining cheerleading.

The program will use some equipment from Sarracino Middle School and Kerns also wants to buy new equipment.

Practices will be held three days a week, and games will be on Friday nights or Saturday mornings. The coaches and equipment will be certified and high school and middle school coaches will teach the children, Kerns said. Children will be charged $50 apiece to register. Kerns said at Los Lunas they charge $125 per child for the spring season.

For practices they will use facilities such as Sedillo Park, Clark Field, Sarracino Middle School and Socorro High School.

“The high school coaches are the ones that are going to be teaching the kids how to create contact, how to block and how to tackle,” Kerns said. “We are trying to get everybody involved — the parents, everybody.”

The equipment will be stored at Sarracino Middle School and Kerns will create a sign-out sheet for equipment checkout. They will also have signs of cost on each piece of equipment so if lost, the parents will be responsible for replacing the equipment.

Registration for tackle football will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 at Finley Gym. The first practice starts Feb. 25. The tackle football proposal was approved by the mayor and council members.

At the meeting, the open meetings resolution was approved.

The resolution for the police department longevity pay was also presented at the meeting. The resolution is for pay based on a dispatcher’s and a police officer’s years of experience.

Salome said police officers with eight or more years will get $125 more per pay period. The dispatcher’s longevity pay will also be based off years of experience. The resolution was approved by the mayor and council members.

In the public forum, Russell Moses, owner of Boot Camp Boxing Gym, thanked the council and the mayor for allowing them to do trash pick-ups. He said the event on Dec. 1 was a huge success. The group picked up rocks and trash. There were many people who came and helped, he said.

Mayor Ravi Bhasker also spoke out about the Civil War re-enactment, saying the city lodgers tax is no longer financing any of the re-enactment, but he is not stopping any of the activities they have at the plaza.