"Man camp" proposed for Vinton area - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

"Man camp" proposed for Vinton area

Proponents call them employee villages--  others refer to them as "man camps." And now plans for a third one in Calcasieu Parish have surfaced.  The latest one is in the Vinton area.

It wasn't a well publicized meeting but a number of concerned citizens caught wind of a proposed employee village on property owned by the Vinton Harbor and Terminal District.  They came to the port board meeting, first to listen.

Greenfield Logistical Solutions-- the same company planning Pelican Lodge in Lake Charles-- presented a proposed real estate lease option to the port attorney Jay Delafield.
Delafield recommended port commissioners not approve it saying it needs many revisions.

"The agreement specifically says you do not get any payment until such time as the project is occupied.  You at that point get $100 per month plus a one dollar per day, per man for every person that is in occupancy at the port facility," said Delafield.

The board took Delafield's report under advisement and heard from various speakers including Sammy pate-- project manager for Greenfield.

"We're going to run a tight ship as far as what we do.  It won't be the wild west.  It won't be drugs, alcohol, firearms and things that is a bad element in that area," said Pate.

Commissioners also heard from Deputy Matt Vezinot who has visited several such housing facilities.  He says law enforcement is trying to prepare for any challenges ahead.

"Our biggest concern is the size of these facilities.  The one that Greenfield has proposed in Lake Charles, we're talking bout 4000 people which is the size or larger than some of our municipalities in Calcasieu Parish.  Traffic in and out of this facility," said Vezinot.

Some feel having visiting, temporary workers located in such facilities is better than having them scattered around.

Yet residents like Jimmy Jaye fear what's to come.

"You all know what the oldest profession is in the world? You put a bunch of men in one place and what you gonna have come? Prostitution!," said Jaye.

Commissioners appointed a sort of negotiating committee to work with delafield on a lease they may consider in the future.  

To hear more about the Sheriff's Department's research into worker villages look for the man camp web extra at kplctv.com

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