City Council meets to discuss Odessa Sports Association members removing equipment from UTPB grounds

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – Dispute continues between the UTPB and the Odessa Sports Association over the use of school grounds.

Members of the Odessa Sports Association say they have been playing on UTPB property for 25 years. They’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment, from goals to scoreboards and fences.

As the association does not want to play under the college’s new lease as of September, it wishes to take back this equipment.

The members started shooting football goals last week after receiving false instructions from a city official, but they pulled up after the city ordered a cease and desist.

On Tuesday evening, the city council discussed the matter and explained that the property belongs to the city, so the council can decide if the equipment can be moved and by whom. Board members have expressed interest in letting the association resume their goals and move them to Sherwood Park so they can prepare for the coming season.

However, they want to meet with the UTPB first as a courtesy to make sure everyone is on the same page before anything is deleted. Disappointing news for the association.

“We have league games starting in two weeks. If they delay a lot, we won’t get our stuff so our league can play,” said Football Association president Tom Martinez. “If the council is really concerned that Odessa’s young people are playing sports, then we have to do it so that we can play.”

The soccer association plans to take 72 goals and have them installed at Sherwood Park. Among the other associations, there are a lot of other parts they want to salvage, including buildings, dashboards, fences, and other machinery.

CBS7 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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Ida M. Morgan