Superior Council Meeting Approves CAF Move to New Facility, UWS Cuts Discussed

Taylor Holt
December 05, 2017 10:59 PM

The Commemorative Air Force Lake Superior Squadron 101 is planning to move out of their old facility and will soon have a new home in Superior.

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Tuesday night, Superior City Council unanimously approved a lease agreement for the Air Force to rent a vacant city terminal building at the Richard I. Bong Airport.

The building has been unoccupied for about five years now. Commemorative Air Force officials say the old terminal will be used for office space and also storage for their three planes. After it gets fixed up, it will be open for the public to see. Kevin Parks, a unit leader for CAF says after their current space was deemed unsafe by the airport authority months ago, they started the search for a new location.

 "The only suitable place (too move into) was the old terminal over at the Bong Airport," said Parks. 

He says it will be smaller than current facility.

"It's a little bit small for an airplane that's 104 feet across and 63 feet long. The hangar is 80 by 100 but it will have to do," Parks added.

However, Parks says it's still an exciting new start for them.

 "We've been packing things for weeks, museum stuff, air plane parts so when time comes we can get a trailer to move things over some of our more valuable museum things. They are going to be displayed at the Bong Museum." said Parks."They've agreed to set aside an area for us to display. If you've been in our museum, we have the Adam shed exhibit, which are the German World War Two uniforms."

He says there will also be less restrictions at the new facility. With Tuesday's city council approval, they'll move into the office area by next Summer. They have to be out of current facility by November 1st of next year.

The CAF's lease agreement was not the only big topic at Tuesday's council meeting. The fight to keep 25 academic programs at UWS from moving forward with cuts was also a topic of conversation.

Councilors agreed to draft a resolution to discuss the budget cuts and opposition to the cuts at their next meeting. Councilor Jenny Van Sickle said she urges community leaders, voters and others to continue to put pressure on the University's administration.

"I too was shocked upon the announcement rooted in what I feel is discriminatory and baseless explanation," said Van Sickle. "I honestly implore this our community leaders, our voters and decision makers to support our university dedicated to Liberal Arts and support our faculty, students and staff. I think our future, higher education sand our community are too vital and important to be silent on thi matter."

Several UWS students are also calling on the city for help and to act now in stopping cuts from happening. 

"I'm here not only because I'm concerned about my education but I'm concerned about the community of UW-Superior and the City of Superior itself," said Amber Norris, a UWS student who attended the council meeting.

"The cuts will no doubt wreak havoc for Superior. There will be an exodus of faculty staff and students from UWS, in fact it has already begun - That means a less vibrant community, less opportunities for hometown youth to pursue their goals and a reduction in economic activity," Cyrus Pireh, another UWS student.

The council plans to take this resolution up at their next meeting on the 19th of this month.


Taylor Holt

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