Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Hurricane changed priorities for the parish
Franklinton Era-Leader Nov 23, 2005
Editor, The Era-Leader:
To All Residents of Washington Parish,
I have an important message for all of you as follows: A Changing of Priorities.
For quite some time our legislators have pushed a 3310-acre reservoir with an average dept of 24.7 feet located at site 2-The Oak Grove Community. They have been asked by many of us to find an alternate site, which would not affect anyone’s home or property. Presently nine fixed homes and eight mobile homes and properties are to be taken, with no regard obviously to the opinions of those seventeen families.
Our reservoir group has collected thousands of signatures on our petition which basically ask our representatives to amend Act 71, which created the reservoir issue, to add an amendment which would protect landowners and their properties from seizure. I think many of you out there in Washington Parish are appalled by this type of conduct by the representatives that we indeed did elect.
They also intend on seizure of at least two cemeteries in Site 2. The Rester Cemetery just off Moore Road has more than 105 people buried there. We ask our legislators again, please don’t proceed any further with this carnage.
What occurred on Aug. 29 in Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and other nearby states (Hurricane Katrina and then shortly afterwards Rita) certainly changed many people’s Listing of priorities.
The State of Louisiana I understand is now facing a shocking billion dollar deficit. Our Charity Hospital System is on the verge of financial collapse and the state in order to simply pay their employees, need 15 million dollars per month for the next six months for a total of 90 million dollars.
How will this need be met? What will happen to these hospitals if the funding is not found? Where will the poor and uninsured go for their health needs? Let’s hope and pray that this financial need will be met.
New Orleans has suffered a terrible blow. Desperation abounds in that community. Recently, Mayor Nagin reluctantly had to give 3000 city employees pink slips. He basically has very little tax base left at this time. Many of those people that evacuated Katrina marched in a bee-line and will not return. Many of them have secured good jobs and settled in other cities.
Back to our local situation in Bogalusa. The mayor stated in the “Daily News" recently that if the city didn’t receive $300,000 by Friday, that all city functions would come to a halt.
We’re very proud of Temple-Island. They sent over a check for the amount that had been requested. I know we all thank them for their timely assistance.
Our Education system in Southeast Louisiana suffers also financially. I know that many schools in New Orleans have been close and pink slips for school employees in Orleans Parish have been passed out.
Having said all this, I propose that the 29 million dollars destined for the reservoir in Site 2 in Washington Parish be used as follows: 14.5 million to our Charity Hospital System and the remaining 14.5 million to our education system. Indeed our priorities have changed. I submit that the reservoir issue should be put on a shelf somewhere, while many more important entities are more seriously considered. I submit that our representatives spend it much more wisely.
In Closing, I would like to thank the National Guard, the Red Cross, FEMA and the Corp of Engineers and all the volunteers that helped us in our time of need. It give ma a warm feeling to live in the USA where brothers and sisters from all over this great nation put whatever they were doing to the side and came to our aid.
We thank all the churches that set up food kitchens, and the many locations that were set up to provide much needed ice, water, food and tarps, etc. Let us all join in an effort to make things better for our brothers and sisters. God Bless America.
Transcript provided by: Washington Parish Community Preservation Alliance
Friday, November 04, 2005
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Sen. Ben Nevers seems to have changed his tune:The Reservoir is now being built for water, but Washington Parish Reservoir was proposed for Recreation-Tourism by SCR 158.
It was to be modeled after Poverty Point Reservoir which uses four large bore 16" Mississippi Alluvial Aquifer water wells as a source of water for the lake.
Will the Washington Parish Reservoir also use aquifer water wells as a source of water?
Rep. Francis C. Thompson's CHALLENGE:
Rep. Francis C. Thompson said about his brother "Mike Thompson",
"NEVER, NEVER HAVE I BEEN OUT PROMOTING HIM. HE IS QUALIFIED TO PROMOTE HIS OWN ENDEAVORS AND HIS OWN INTERESTS."
"BUT I CHALLENGE ANYBODY TO PROVE ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT I HAVE SAID THAT ABSOLUTELY NOT AM I INVOLVED IN ANY OTHER ACTIVITY PROMOTING IT OR OTHERWISE".
Lake Charles American Press 4/24/2002 article about Allen Parish Reservoir says,
The panel again delayed the approval of a contract for consultant Mike Thompson until the commission is formed. Thompson played a vital role in moving the bill through the Legislature, Beard said.
Rep. Francis Thompson seems to have traveled to Allen Parish with Mike Thompson on July 1, 2004, and attended a Reservoir Commission Meeting promoting Reservoir.
In Bogalusa Daily News article Site work Rep. Francis Thompson spent 2 hours using Poverty Point as a model to promote the Washington Parish reservoir.
"Rep. Francis Thompson authored legislation creating Reservoirs in Richland, Allen, Ouachita, Caldwell, Morehouse, promoting them in Washington, and other Parishes."
Rep. Francis C. Thompson said,
"WOULD I THINK EVERY PART OF THE STATE NEEDS LAKES AND RESERVOIRS?
FOR OUR AREA, THAT WAS THE BEST THING I COULD DO."
I feel sorry for Rep. Thompson's constituents as that was the best he could do for them.
He seems to have helped his brother Mike Thompson earn about $100,000 per lake.
Rep. Francis C. Thompson also seems to be realizing personal gain by selling lakefront lots at Poverty Point Reservoir as CYPRESS COVE AT POVERTY POINT-LLC.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Reservoir back on track
FRANKLINTON, the State Bond Commission approved $ 1.7 million dollars to continue the controversial Washington Parish Reservoir.
Thompson said, a small group of people aganist the project have been in contact with him and some have suggested the reservoir money be used for education. Thompson said, the money cannot be used for education ?? (WHY?)
Thompson said about 250,000 jobs were lost in Louisiana because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and described the reservoir project as one that will bring many permanent jobs to Washington Parish.
( What jobs Mr. Thompson, clerk at the bait stand?)
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