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Officials say reductions in troops at Fort Polk would essentially annihilate the economy of Leesville and Vernon parish and hurt the entire state.

The possible loss of 5,000 troops came to light in an environmental assessment released by the U.S. Army.

Officials urge citizens to speak out before it's too late.

Fort Polk is home to the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center and the largest employer in the state, so imagine the shock when local and state officials discovered the Army is considering reducing troops there by more than 5,000 soldiers.

People crowded into the main courtroom of the old Vernon Parish Courthouse to hear about it on Thursday. State Rep. James K. Armes, D-Leesville, feels the Department of Defense has turned its back on the community that has given so much to the military.

"When citizens of Fort Carson turned down selling their land for training, Vernon Parish stepped up. We gave up hunting leases. Some people even gave their homes and private land away," Armes said.

Leesville Mayor Robert Rose said the assessment is wrong.

"The data they used about Fort Polk is old, some of it as much as six years old, it's erroneous, it's incomplete. In some cases, it's just a flat out lie,"said Rose.

Murals and paintings on the courthouse walls show the community's long-standing commitment to what started as Camp Polk in World War II. Fort Polk Progress Chairman Mike Reese said now their job is to make sure the Army has the facts.

"If the Army is serious about cutting their budget, serious about saving money and being efficient and serious about providing the best possible training to the soldiers in our Army during this decreased budget environment, we believe Fort Polk is the base that can offer that to the Army," Reese said.

If the cuts do come to pass, the effects on the economy are expected to reach far beyond just Vernon and Beauregard parishes.

"We're talking about $450 million a year of payroll evaporating from Louisiana. That payroll doesn't all stay in Vernon Parish. That payroll is spent in Lake Charles, at the casinos, at the stores at the restaurants, at the hotels," Rose said.

Officials say a troop reduction of 5,300 soldiers would result in a population loss of 13,000.

The deadline to comment on the Army's environmental assessment was Feb. 19 -- next Tuesday, however, Army officials on Friday announced that the deadline would be extended to March 21.

Look below for more details about the assessment, links to sample letters of opposition along with contact information for federal, state and local officials.

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The following is a joint press release from Vernon and Leesville officials:

Subject: Officials make urgent plea for Cenla residents to speak out against Fort Polk force reduction

Feb. 14, 2013

For Immediate Release

Officials make urgent plea for Cenla residents to speak out

LEESVILLE- In a joint press conference Thursday in Leesville, Representative James Armes (D-Leesville); Leesville Mayor Robert Rose; Vernon Parish Police Jury President Jim Tuck; Fort Polk Progress Chairman Mike Reese; and Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce President Rhonda Plummer made an urgent plea to area residents and other stakeholders to comment on a recent assessment done by the Department of the Army which could result in the loss of more than 5,000 soldiers at Fort Polk. Their call was joined by other Central Louisiana organizations reaching across parish lines.

The press conference was in response to the Department of the Army's Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020, specifically in reference to the evaluation of the impact of force structure reductions at Fort Polk.

The PEA, where Fort Polk is concerned, contains false and erroneous information.

It is imperative, said Mayor Rose, that the Department of the Army gets the information correct before proceeding with any decision-making. "The stakes are simply too high. It would be tragic if the Department of the Army decides to not only reduce the footprint of Fort Polk but put thousands of people out of work based on information that is flat-out wrong."

"We have been very fortunate in recent years to have made substantial gains in both on and off-base investments to support Ft Polk," said Michael Reese, Fort Polk Progress Chairman. "Since 2005, the Army has invested over $1 billion in expansion and facility modernization. Off-base local investments in schools, roads, airports and infrastructure for the direct support of Fort Polk total over $400 million. Our entire region has worked extremely hard to assist the Army in growing and in developing Fort Polk into not only the Army's premier joint training center, but also to create a quality of life our soldiers deserve."

"Because of the tremendous investment and hard work that has gone into the modernization and expansion of Fort Polk, it is imperative that we make sure the Army considers the most up to date and accurate data when making these force restructure decisions. I am certain, when accurately assessed, there will be no other base that can match the military value and cost efficient characteristics of Fort Polk," Reese said.

Much of the physical and economic data concerning Fort Polk and the surrounding communities contained in the PEA is old and thus leaves out year's worth of infrastructure improvements and investment made by the state and local communities in preparation for growth at Fort Polk.

For example, England Airpark/Alexandria International Airport (AEX) is the Aerial Port of Embarkation (APOE) for Fort Polk and not mentioned in the report. The public/public partnership has provided this service since August of 1993. In total, $191 million, $141 million of which is non-DOD funds, has been spent in this public/public partnership to improve aviation at the Fort Polk APOE.

In addition, the State of Louisiana committed to constructing a four lane highway between Fort Polk and AEX for deployment and training purposes. Twenty years and $143 million later this project is nearing completion, representing a significant State of Louisiana investment in transforming Fort Polk into a combination training and power projection platform. However, the investment was given minimal notice in the report.

Numerous other examples of data left out of the report exist, such as:

Leesville High School's $21 million reconstruction and expansion, funded by the positive vote of the people in a tax difficult environment.

A New South Fort Elementary School to be constructed at a cost of $21 million. The school will be for grades 1–4 and will serve 800-900 students.

A DOTD Transportation Study at a cost of $650,000 analyzed all state and federal roads parish wide seeking ways to alleviate traffic congestion and promote efficient traffic flow to and from Fort Polk.

There are currently 10 hotels/motels located in close proximity to Fort Polk. Three of these are new hotels opening in 2012. An additional hotel on Entrance Road will be opening this year. There is another hotel planned for the near future.

The four-laning of U.S. Hwy. 171 between Leesville and Many is now complete and connects Lake Charles to Shreveport, providing the only north-south artery in west Louisiana.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a Veterans Cemetery that is located on Hwy 467, near Fort Polk. The cemetery is approximately 204 acres in size, with 27.6 acres ready for use over the next 10 years.This cemetery is now open and accepting interments.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has constructed a VA Clinic that is located on Hwy 467, in close proximity to the Veterans Cemetery.

Reconstruction of U.S. Hwy. 171 North and South Bound from Entrance Road to the City of Leesville will begin on March 4, 2013. The amount of this project is $15,131,194.

Vernon Parish will begin construction on a new Sheriff's Office and Detention Center in 2013 at a total cost of $7.5 million, to be funded by a bond issuance by the Vernon Parish Police Jury.

The Vernon Parish Police Jury through grant and local funding has invested over $34 million dollars into Vernon Parish from 2008 to 2012, through construction projects for new facilities, repairs and renovations, road overlay and road improvement.

The PEA indicates that a total of 6,208 jobs would be lost if a force reduction of 5,300 soldiers is enacted by the Department of the Army.

A troop reduction of 5,300 soldiers would in effect be a population loss of about 13,000 people, when contractors, support personnel and dependents are taken into account. The economy in Vernon Parish alone would take hits to its major contributors, including the education system and public safety systems. The Vernon Parish and Beauregard Parish school systems stand to lose significant funding if the force reduction occurs.

Mayor Rose and the others beseeched area residents and other stakeholders to take advantage of the commenting period on the PEA, which ends Tuesday, Feb. 19 and to urge the Department of the Army to get the information correct, extend the deadline for commenting 30 more days, and refrain from reducing the troops at Fort Polk.

Vernon Parish Police Jury President Jim Tuck said "A troop reduction would have a devastating economic impact to the local community and a significant negative impact on the entire region and the State as a whole. After all, Fort Polk is the largest economic engine of the State of Louisiana and the largest employer of the State of Louisiana."

Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce President Rhonda Plummer said "We have to take every action possible to keep from losing these troops. The future of our businesses and local governments are at stake."

Leesville Mayor Robert Rose said "If the Department of the Army proceeds with reducing the number of troops at Fort Polk, then it sets Fort Polk up to become a target yet again for pending federal budget cuts, especially if the federal sequester – a collection of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts enacted into law in 2011 – goes into effect at the end of this month."

Residents were urged to make phone calls and send letters and emails to the Department of the Army, Governor Bobby Jindal, the congressional delegation, the state delegation and the the Secretary of the Army arguing for the inclusion of correct information in the PEA before any decisions are made; an extension of the commenting deadline; and averting the loss of any troops at Fort Polk.

Sample letters that can be used by area residents and stakeholders are available at Leesville City Hall, the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce, the Vernon Parish Police Jury and online at leesvillela.gov/ and www.englandairpark.org.


Fort Polk
For more information about Fort Polk, visit http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/AboutFortPolk.htm

Department of the Army's Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA)
To access the Department of the Army's Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020, visit http://aec.army.mil/usaec/nepa/topics00.html.
Read the documents listed under the Army 2020 section. There is a summary document, while a supporting document goes into greater detail on Fort Polk. The federal register notice also provides a good summary of what is happening.


Attachments:
Sample Comment Letter
Complete list of public comments
List of Addresses recipients for Sample comment letter and public comments
Contact information for Vernon Parish leaders who are available for interview   

Sample Comment Letter

 

Feb. 19, 2013

Public Comments USAEC
Attn: IMPA-AE (Army 2020 PEA)

To Whom it May Concern:

This letter is to comment on the Department of the Army's Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020, specifically in reference to the evaluation of the impact of force structure reductions at Fort Polk, La.

First, the PEA, where Fort Polk is concerned, contains false and erroneous information which is outlined in the attached document.

Much of the physical and economic data concerning Fort Polk and the surrounding communities contained in the PEA is old and thus leaves out year's worth of infrastructure improvements and investment made by the state and local communities in preparation for growth at Fort Polk.

Second, If the Department of the Army is set to make a decision concerning force structure reductions at Fort Polk, a decision that would essentially annihilate the economy of Leesville and Vernon Parish and also significantly impact the economy of the entire state of Louisiana, it is imperative that the decision be based upon correct and the most up to date information.

Since a great deal of information in the PEA concerning Fort Polk is incorrect, I urge you to not only revise the PEA concerning Fort Polk to include the correct and most up to date information, but also to extend the deadline for commenting an additional 30 days so that all stakeholders have an opportunity to develop comments based upon correct information.

Third, if for some reason the Department of the Army continues forward with the decision-making process without extending the commenting period, we urge the Department to consider the impact that losing approximately 5,000 Soldiers would have on not only Vernon Parish, but the entire state of Louisiana.

A troop reduction of 5,300 soldiers would in effect be a population loss of about 13,000 people, when contractors, support personnel and dependents are taken into account. The economy in Vernon Parish alone would take hits to its major contributors, including the education system and public safety systems. The Vernon Parish and Beauregard Parish school systems stand to lose significant funding if the force reduction occurs.

The full impact on the state of Louisiana is the troop reduction goes forward has yet to be determined, but it's certain it would be a staggering blow to Louisiana's economy since Fort Polk is the single largest driving force of the economy here.

I strongly urge the Department of the Army to first of all include correct and the most up-to-date information available in the PEA before using the document to make any decisions about troop reductions at Fort Polk. Second, whether the corrected information is considered or not, the impact of Fort Polk losing 5,300 soldiers and civilian workers would be severe on the economy of the parish, region and state.

Sincerely, 

Complete list of public comments

A complete list of public comments concerning the Department of the Army's Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020, specifically in reference to the evaluation of the impact of force structure reductions at Fort Polk, La.:

Page 4.160-2 Table 4.16-1 Total real property is listed at 198,174 acres. However, Ft Polk is engaged in a land acquisition program and has purchased 14,000 acres so far with additional acreage scheduled to be purchased later in 2013. Total land to date is 212,174.

Page 4.16-2, lines 19-23 States that newly purchased lands are not yet available for training and are therefore not being considered in the study. However, 14,000 acres have been used for light training, and remaining studies will be completed by the summer to allow full training to begin.

Page 4.16-3 lines 3-6. Types of live fire training are mentioned. Ft Polk has additional target ranges to include one of only two air moving target ranges in the U.S.

Page 4.16-3 Table 4.16-2 Since so much investment in new brigade facilities has been made, there should be sufficient facilities for our current troop levels. There should be no benefit to the utilization of existing facilities by reducing troops by up to 5,300 as listed in the table.

Land Use conflict is listed as Minor with troop growth. If additional training land is considered, would this change to Negligible?

Traffic and Transportation: Listed as Minor in troop growth. How is this determined? With new road infrastructure, there should be Negligible impact on transportation. In addition, wait times measured at base access points are extremely low.

Page 4.16-14 Lines 15-22. It is stated that many unit facilities are outdated and smaller than the standard facilities authorized for Army units. Activities within the training and range areas would be limited to existing firing ranges, maneuver areas, and roadways. Can the Army provide data to back up their assertions on facilities? Did this analysis include the newly completed 4/10 Brigade headquarters bldg.? Since new land has been acquired, training would not be limited to existing ranges.

Page 4.16-15 Louisiana Department of Economic Development needs to verify assumptions made about employment, housing, and income. It is requested that the public comment period be extended to allow for this assessment.

Page 4.16-18 Lines 12-15 The report states an annual economic impact of $1.3 billion. This figure is 5 years old. The last report submitted by Ft Polk to the state was a $1.67billion dollar annual economic impact as of 2011.

Page 4.16-18 Lines 27-31 Annual Impact Aide is listed as $5,950,000.00. Impact Aide for this year will exceed $6,000,000.00, and a final exact figure will be supplied before the public comment period expires.

Page 4.16-19 Lines 24-28 Report assumptions list no significant impact from a troop reduction of 5,300 on sales volume or income. Considering the reduction accounts for over 50% of the soldier population considering the population of the ROI, this assumption is severely flawed. LED needs to verify the economic assumptions, and a time extension to submit these comments is requested.

Page 4.16-20 LED needs to verify the economic assumptions, and a time extension to submit these comments is requested.

Page 4.16-20 Lines 21-25 The report states that people no longer employed by the military would continue to reside in the ROI and be employed in other sectors. What other sectors does the Army contemplate would provide employment to a job loss of this size? What information was used for that assumption?

Page 4.16-21 Lines 1-10 LED needs to verify the economic assumptions, and a time extension to submit these comments is requested.

Page 4.16-21 Lines 18-20. With a reduction of over 50% of the soldier population and considering the number of soldiers that occupy off base housing, the statement in the report that there would be a less than significant effect on housing in the ROI is a false statement. What data did the Army use to make that assessment? Can the Army provide additional data to support this assessment?

Page 4.16-21 Lines 21-26 In addition to the negative impact of the loss of Impact Aide to the local schools, there would be even more negative impacts from the loss of tax revenues needed to fund bonds issued to build a new high school that is 48% military.

Page 4.16-25 Table 4.16-12 Ft Polk has purchased 14,000 additional acres which is not listed in the table.

Page 4.16-28 Lines 10-25 Gross understatement of Ft Polk projects (past, present and reasonably foreseeable). Below is a list of additional items not included in the assessment:

Additional past projects

Value

4/10 BDE HQ BLDG

9,500,000.00

SFAC

4,400,000.00

SOUTH POLK SCHOOL AGE SERVICES CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

7,835,000.00

115TH TACTICAL EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE FACILITY

7,687,000.00

UNIT OPERATIONS FACILITIES, EOD AND 16ND COF'S

8,344,000.00

162ND LANGUAGE TRAINING FACILITY

4,513,000.00

UNIT OPERATIONS FACILITIES, 115TH 2 CO COF

7,076,000.00

NORTH FORT CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

6,856,000.00

WARRIOR TRANSITION UNIT BARRACKS

17,266,000.00

WARRIOR TRANSITION UNIT HQ

7,824,000.00

ENLISTED UPH REPLACEMENT

24,390,000.00

LA ANG UAS FACILITY

5,500,000.00

PRESENT PROJECTS NOT LISTED

VALUE

MILITARY WORKING DOG FACILITY

2,437,000.00

FIRE STATION SOUTH FORT

9,200,000.00

BRIGADE COMPLEX 1MEB

11,857,000.00

BRIGADE COMPLEX 1MEB COF

10,283,000.00

DECA COMMISSARY

17,573,000.00

NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

21,145,000.00

FUTURE PROJECTS NOT LISTED

VALUE

NORTH FORT MINI MALL

3,750,000.00

CID BLDG RENOVATIONS

2,000,000.00

CANDLEWOOD SUITES

30,000,000.00

NORTH FORT FIRE STATION ANNEX

2,000,000.00

Page 4.16-28 Lines 26-38 Many past present and future public/private actions have been omitted from the study:

England Airpark/Alexandria International Airport (AEX) is the APOE for Ft. Polk. The public/public partnership has provided this service since August of 1993. Aviation projects ranging from new fuel farm, runway/taxiway rehabilitation, ramp replacement, lighting, etc. have totaled approximately $141 million in non-DOD funds since 1993. DOD funds in the amount of approximately $50 million were invested at AEX to construct Passenger Processing Facility, Ammunition Holding Area, three Hot Pads, and additional ramp which makes AEX MOG 23 C5/747 aircraft. AEX is capable of deploying a fully combat loaded BCT in 80 hours. It is expected that an additional $28 million of non-DOD funds will be invested over the next two years to further improve the facility. In total, $191 million has been spent in this public/public partnership to improve aviation at the Ft. Polk APOE with another $28 million in non-DOD funds expected to be invested over the next two years. Initial engineering and land acquisition is now underway to lengthen runways to 12,000 ft. and 8,500 ft. in the beyond two year time frame.

The City of Leesville has or is investing the following;

 $16.9 million for renovation and expansion of its water system

$ 850 k sewer upgrade 2011 – 2012

Engineer is in process of developing project plans for substantial renovation of our sewerage system

Leesville High School is doing major renovations that will increase the size of the school by 30,000 square feet. Construction is now in process at a cost of $21.5 million dollars. Funding is from a local bond issuance by the Vernon Parish School Board

New South Fort Elementary School – This school will be constructed at a cost of $21 million, to be funded 90% by OEA, 5% by Louisiana Economic Development and 5% by the local school board. The school will be for grades 1 – 4 and will serve 800-900 students.

DOTD Transportation Study- $650,000 to study all state and federal roads parish wide and to seek ways to alleviate traffic congestion between Entrance Road and the City of Leesville. This study is now complete and was funded by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

There are currently 10 hotels/motels located in close proximity to Fort Polk. Three of these are new hotels opening in 2012. An additional hotel on Entrance Road will be opening this year. There is another hotel planned for the near future.

Four lane of US Highway 171 between Leesville, La. and Many, La. is now complete. US Hwy 171 now connects Lake Charles, La. to Shreveport, La. – providing the only north-south artery in west Louisiana.

Veterans Cemetery - The Department of the Veterans Affairs has established a Veterans Cemetery that is located on Hwy 467, near Fort Polk. The cemetery is approximately 204 acres in size, with 27.6 acres ready for use over the next 10 years. This cemetery is now open and accepting internments.

VA Clinic – The Department of Veterans Affairs has constructed a VA Clinic that is located on Hwy 467, in close proximity to the Veterans Cemetery.

Reconstruction of Highway 171 North and South Bound from Entrance Road to the City of Leesville will begin on March 4, 2013. The amount of this project is $15,131,194.

New Sheriff's Office and Detention Center – will begin construction in 2013 at a total cost of $7.5 million, to be funded by a bond issuance by the Vernon Parish Police Jury.

2008-2012 the Vernon Parish Police Jury through grant and local funding has invested over $34 million dollars into Vernon Parish, through construction projects for new facilities, repairs and renovations, road overlay, and road improvement.

Page 4.16-29 Lines 13-15 Cumulative impact from troop reduction would be MINOR. How is this assumption reached?

Page 4.16-29 Lines 16-18 Although listed as a significant socioeconomic impact, more time for public comment is requested to submit data from LED to support a claim that the negative impact for a 50% troop reduction at Ft Polk is far greater than any other base reduction being considered in this study.

Page 4.16-29 Lines 18-22 The Louisiana Department of Transportation is not seeking employment and does not plan to seek employment at any level that could offset reductions in Federal Employment. This statement in the report is both false and unsubstantiated.

Page 4.16-29 Line 27 18-20 When judging the economic impact of troop growth, consider using some of the assumptions used for the Growth Management Area to determine the level of economic benefit for the ROI and the state. These figures should be available in a report being compiled by Dr. Loren Scott at the request of LED.

Please send a Letter of Comment to the below address on or before February 19, 2013.

To comment on the Army 2020 PEA, written comments should be sent to:
Public Comments USAEC
Attention: IMPA–AE (Army 2020 PEA)
2450 Connell Road(Bldg 2264)
Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234–7664
or by email to USARMY.JBSA.AEC.MBX@mail.mil.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
(210) 466–1590 or email: USARMY.JBSA.AEC.MBX@mail.mil.

Letters can also be sent to the following recipients as a way of generating support:

Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

John M. McHugh
Secretary of the Army
101 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0101

Raymond T. Odierno
Army Chief of Staff
200 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0200

Letters can also be sent to the following federal congressional leaders via email, by following the links to their contact forms or by calling them:

Louisiana's Federal Delegation:

Senator Mary Landrieu (D- LA)
202-224-5824
202-224-9735
email: Mark_herbert@landrieu.senate.gov
http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/?p=contact

Senator David Vitter (R- LA)
202-224-4623
202-228-5061
Vitter e-mail: quint_carriere@vitter.senate.gov
http://www.vitter.senate.gov/contact/email-senator-vitter

Representative Steve Scalise (R - 01)
202-225-3015
202-226-0386
https://scalise.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Cedric Richmond (D - 02)
202-225-6636
202-225-1988
https://richmond.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R - 03)
202-225-2031
202-225-5724
https://boustanyforms.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=96&sectiontree=496

Representative John Fleming (R - 04)
202-225-2777
202-225-8039
https://fleming.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

Representative Rodney Alexander (R - 05)
202-225-8490
202-225-5639
https://alexanderforms.house.gov/contact-form-cc8

Representative Bill Cassidy (R - 06)
202-225-3901
202-225-7313
http://cassidy.house.gov/contact-bill

Letters can also be sent to Louisiana elected officials:

Governon "Bobby" Jindal
1001 Capitol Access Rd
Baton Rouge LA 70802
225-389-1180

Lt. Governor "Jay" Dardenne
8855 Brookwood Dr., Baton Rouge LA 70809
225-663-8933
e-mail: ltgov@crt.la.gov

Senator Rick Gallot
P.O. Box 1117
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 251-5019
gallotr@legis.la.gov

Senator John R. Smith
611-B South 5th Street
Leesville, LA 71446
(337) 238-2709
email smithj@legis.la.gov

Rep. James K. Armes
District 30
2255 University Pkwy. Leesville, LA 71446
(337)238-7004
armesj@legis.la.gov

Rep. Herbert B. Dixon
District 26
804 Broadway Avenue Alexandria, LA 71302
(318)487-5661
dixonh@legis.la.gov

Rep. Brett F. Geymann Geymann
District 35
P.O. Box 12703 Lake Charles, LA 70612-2703
(337)491-2315
larep035@legis.la.gov

Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill
District 32
529 Tramel Road Dry Creek, LA 70637
(800)259-2118
hilld@legis.la.gov

Rep. Frank A. Howard
District 24
1601 Texas Highway Many, LA 71449
(318)256-4135
howardf@legis.la.gov

Contact sheet for key Vernon Parish leaders willing to comment on the issue:

Mike Reese, Chairman of Fort Polk Progress
337-239-9555

Leesville Mayor Robert Rose
337-238-2251

Vernon Parish President Jim Tuck
337-239-2311

Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce President Rhonda Plummer
337-239-2311

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