I’m a former Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) employee. I’d like to respond to the letter that Fort Stevens should do their part (“Shocked that Fort Stevens sacrificed Civil War re-enactment,” The Daily Astorian, March 1).
Fort Stevens has paid for water from Warrenton since the 1950s, and for sewer since 1981, when the park abandoned its own septic system. The park paid for Warrenton garbage until the early 2000s, when we found that two compactors and recycling through Western Oregon Waste would save the park $20,000 plus or minus a year.
Six hundred thousand dollars towards our new water treatment plant? Perhaps this is a reference to the idea that OPRD agreed to pay for upgrades to the sewer treatment plant, but never did.
In 2005, I found the original letters between the Warrenton city manager and OPRD’s head of engineering. In 1981, OPRD offered to pay for upgrades to the plant as part of the greater Hammond and Fort Stevens sewer project. The city manager stated in the letter the additional funds from OPRD were not needed.
Additionally, Warrenton assess a 9 percent lodging tax fee on every camping unit sale in the park. That money goes directly to the city.