Councilman's Proposal Intended To Keep CAF In The Basin 9/18/13
September 18th, 2013
The proposal calls for Midland to give the CAF their normal $50,000 for the annual air show, but they must follow three specific criteria.
They must conduct an air show through 2016, operate and maintain the museum through January of 2017 and keep the headquarters in Midland through January of 2017. If they don't meet all three obligations they must repay the 50 thousand
CAF president Stephan Brown says at this point itís just a recommendation. The decision to move has been made but they look forward to discussing it with council.
"the board of directors has put forward that we are going to move the administration headquarters staff," Brown said.
"A lot of folks in this community including the cities of Odessa and Midland have given to the CAF and have contributed lots and lots dollars. Well into the millions of dollars," said Midland councilman Scott Dufford.
Dufford says the community has supported the CAF through the years. He hopes this proposal changes the leadership's tone and brings them to the table.
"There hasn't been much correspondence between the CAF and anybody that's contributed to the CAF in the past," he said.
James Beauchamp of MOTRAN also says the CAF is an integral part of Midland and it's a step in the right direction.
"He's putting some stipulations on these saying you know if you want these funds, here are some things that we expect from you. I actually think that's brilliant," he said.