Infrastructure improvements in Fort Polk area could create 2,000 jobs

Sep 15, 2011 Full story: Alexandria Daily Town Talk 39

Gov. Bobby Jindal and other state, local and military officials celebrated the announcement of more than $25 million in state funds for infrastructure improvements in the Fort Polk area Thursday.

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007icu

Houston, TX

#1 Sep 16, 2011
I would like to know where his numbers come from, surely they would be temporary to do construction. But have no fear he will tout on his re-election commericals.
James

Lake Charles, LA

#2 Sep 16, 2011
Jindal is a brainless turd.
Luckypants

United States

#3 Sep 16, 2011
You guys are missing the point. We all want more troops at Ft. Polk, right? Well here are the obstacles we have been presented by the Army:
You need a proper 4 lane between AEX and Ft. P.--
It's almost done.
You have an outdated school.-- Ok, we are spending $21M to fix that.
We need more land.-- Ok, we have secured $60M+ for land purchases.(we need to enforce eminent domain to force this issue with the timber companies that control 70% of this land but are making this purchase more difficult than it should be.)
You don't have the infrastructure to support 1500 more troops.-- Ok, here's $25M for that.(the largest single investment in Ft. P by the state in history.)
This is the work of Jindal, Rose, Ft. polk progress, Armes, and countless others. If you guys don't agree that this is good for our community, you can't see the forest for the trees.

Since: May 11

Leesville, LA

#4 Sep 16, 2011
James wrote:
Jindal is a brainless turd.
seen one of them by my pond this morning, next to my bush lol! go meow!

Since: May 11

Leesville, LA

#5 Sep 16, 2011
Luckypants wrote:
You guys are missing the point. We all want more troops at Ft. Polk, right? Well here are the obstacles we have been presented by the Army:
You need a proper 4 lane between AEX and Ft. P.--
It's almost done.
You have an outdated school.-- Ok, we are spending $21M to fix that.
We need more land.-- Ok, we have secured $60M+ for land purchases.(we need to enforce eminent domain to force this issue with the timber companies that control 70% of this land but are making this purchase more difficult than it should be.)
You don't have the infrastructure to support 1500 more troops.-- Ok, here's $25M for that.(the largest single investment in Ft. P by the state in history.)
This is the work of Jindal, Rose, Ft. polk progress, Armes, and countless others. If you guys don't agree that this is good for our community, you can't see the forest for the trees.
all over it like butter on bread. can you say "foresight"and "change" is gonna do you good? right meow, this is exactly what leesville needs to finally get done. goodbye little house on the prairie. welcome to the real world pa! dang, talkin bout all this big corporate business stuff makes me feel all dirty.......kind of like how r#$#$#$#$#s must feel when they dance and make real life decisions.
James

Lake Charles, LA

#6 Sep 16, 2011
All that for just 1500 more troops. Sorry don't think it's worth it. Play some more games with play money politicos.

“No, I'm not a college kid.”

Since: Jul 11

Leesville, la

#7 Sep 16, 2011
James wrote:
All that for just 1500 more troops. Sorry don't think it's worth it. Play some more games with play money politicos.
1500 more troops is a big deal. Remember, they are bringing families with them as well. Polk had about 10,000 now, that's a 15% population jump that is likely to occur over the short period of a year or two. For Leesville, that's even more of a jump. Most cities take at least a decade to achieve that.
Luckypants

United States

#8 Sep 16, 2011
Sorry James, 1500 was just a number I threw out. The rest of those numbers are real, and I should have expressed that 1500 was just an example. Also, keep in mind that for every 1 soldier you get something like 3.5 people added to the community.
discontent

United States

#9 Sep 16, 2011
Not sure if anyone of you heard about the budget cuts going on in the nation. Oh and by the way did Fort Polk find natural gas on the golf course because I have watched for the last two days pvc pipe going in, or is that for a new sprinkler system? Sure hope its natural gas and not a sprinkler system. Yes that is sarcasim. Also the retarted yes I said retarted electric cars sitting at the HDQ building, how much did those cost and are they for aesthetic purposes or are they actually driven? Also how many vans and trucks are sitting around Fort Polk just taking up parking spaces, is it neccessary for everyone to have their own government vechicle? Who pays for that? Oh and the other day I was searching for employment any to be exact and I came accross a position for a seamstress and the pay; if I remember correctly was 30 an hour. Now what is this person sewing, a gold robe for the king of Leesville/Fort Polk? Or are they sewing chutes? If so wow, can I take a sewing class for that job? Yes sarcasim again. I grew up in a town like Leesville that had a Navy Base and everyone said how the base kept the town alive, not true. I cant tell you how many times that small NAS was almost shut down, but thanks to a great Senator
they had the Border Patrol move into the base. Not much of the Navy is there however the town still exist. It takes human ingenuity.
James

Lake Charles, LA

#10 Sep 16, 2011
discontent is sarcastic , but he has a point-budget cuts. Luckypants, the only thing I really disagree with is the eminent domain issue. Governments seizing privately owned land sounds like totalitarianism/communism. I'm no lover of the timber companies but they are one of the few long existing industries in this area. They were here when Ft.Polk was closed, and probably always will be. Also, politicians in election years promise millions, but this money seldom materializes later.

“No, I'm not a college kid.”

Since: Jul 11

Leesville, la

#11 Sep 16, 2011
Luckypants wrote:
Sorry James, 1500 was just a number I threw out. The rest of those numbers are real, and I should have expressed that 1500 was just an example. Also, keep in mind that for every 1 soldier you get something like 3.5 people added to the community.
Actually, your number wasn't too far off. I think the official number given was 1300. The troops are supposed to be coming in 2013 for a "Battlefield Surveillance Brigade." Whether or not that actually happens...well, I'm not going to hold my breath.
Luckypants

United States

#12 Sep 16, 2011
It's not really seisure, it's the gov't forcing to them to sell their property at appraised value. I also agree that this should be a last resort, but it appears that the timber companies have thusfar been unwilling to stick to even their negotiated terms.
007icu

Houston, TX

#13 Sep 16, 2011
Where you been the surveillance brigade is a thing of the past, it's going elsewhere!
007icu

Houston, TX

#14 Sep 16, 2011
Everyone keeps Leesville but this property is not within the city limits of Leesville and I under stand that alot of the registered voters do not want to come in and plan on fighting the anexxation. Rose plans on trying to use the majority of the land owners which is timber companys and pissing on the people that live there

“I've left the site. Bye ”

Since: Oct 10

The bat cave

#15 Sep 16, 2011
James wrote:
All that for just 1500 more troops. Sorry don't think it's worth it. Play some more games with play money politicos.
It's 1500 more troops and their families.

“WAKE THE "F" UP”

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#16 Sep 16, 2011
Question, when the census is taken does the numbers on Ft Polk weigh in ?

Does anyone know the numbers from the last census ? Of leesville
curmudgeon

Lake Charles, LA

#17 Sep 16, 2011
In 2010, Leesville had an official population of 5,191, down from 6,753 in 2000. Fort Polk is a Census Designated Area of its own, with its own zip code. The population of South Fort Polk in 2010 was right at 11,000.
iplo39465 wrote:
Question, when the census is taken does the numbers on Ft Polk weigh in ?
Does anyone know the numbers from the last census ? Of leesville

“No, I'm not a college kid.”

Since: Jul 11

Leesville, la

#18 Sep 16, 2011
007icu wrote:
Where you been the surveillance brigade is a thing of the past, it's going elsewhere!
Oh, last I heard back in march it was still on. Like I said though, I'm not holding my breath either way.

“WAKE THE "F" UP”

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#19 Sep 16, 2011
curmudgeon wrote:
<quoted text>In 2010, Leesville had an official population of 5,191, down from 6,753 in 2000. Fort Polk is a Census Designated Area of its own, with its own zip code. The population of South Fort Polk in 2010 was right at 11,000.
So If I understand the way money is set up for low census to build up the population the city should be allowed to get more interest free loans is that right?

“WAKE THE "F" UP”

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#20 Sep 16, 2011
If this is right then the city is not going to see any of this money in the form of jobs as most builders will come from out of state and not hair from the area why would they they have not done so in the past.

This road the Rose is wanting to build is he going to take on the land owers when they say no and then where is the money going to come from when they take it to court ?

And who is to say that when the road is built that anyone one build on it are there any companies that are looking in this area to expand?

The base has been here a long time and so far not to many companies rushing here to build, as the population base is not in the city limits right ?

Now the base would be a greta palce to grow but oh wait Rose goes to the State Governement and cyies that with the base building a Chili's it would not be right as the city would have only limited accest to the place right?

So this money that Jindel plans to put into the local area is it really going to help us out?

or is this just a way for John Smith to get to keep his job so he and others can keep screwing the parish of Vernon and the city of Leesville ?

The reason I asked about the census is look at the numbers we as a whole can not bring in the money that the base can with the added troops if they do come can help but as long as we keep pushing the base to stop building stores for the troops then sooner or later the Army will pack up and move out.

There is a draw down of troops here in the last few months and some realining of units as they return back from the fight.

If Obama has his way he will try to get the army down below what Cliton had when he was in office, if he is put back in office.

So I really think that that money Jindel is going to put in this area we the city of leesville will not see one red cent of it .

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