City had asked for Pearson handover

first_imgVancouver officials have protested as loudly as anyone about the National Park Service’s takeover of Pearson Air Museum last month, yet two years ago they asked the federal agency to do just that, according to documents obtained by The Columbian.In November 2010, at a time when the city was slashing its budget, City Manager Eric Holmes sent a letter to Fort Vancouver Superintendent Tracy Fortmann giving her notice that the city would end its 1995 agreement with the National Park Service to operate Pearson Air Museum.In that letter, Holmes said the city would also end its contract with the Fort Vancouver National Trust to run the museum on the city’s behalf.The Park Service was prepared to take on the full cost of managing the museum, freeing the city of its financial obligation there.“While we are laying off police officers and firefighters, closing fire stations and mothballing city parks, we can’t continue to justify ongoing support of $120,000 per year on utilities, grounds and building maintenance and program support for the air museum,” Holmes wrote.The Park Service has the resources and expertise to operate Pearson. But the Fort Vancouver National Trust did not want to cede a museum created through local efforts.last_img read more

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