Community Preservation Alliance

6.13.2005

Reservoir Political Wrong-doing

Lake Front Property with Golf Courses for Retirement to be taken at Allen Parish Reservoir, Washington Parish Reservoir, and 6 others.
Michael L. Thompson a campaign contributor on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco transition team, and Rep. Francis C. Thompson may offer land speculation at Poverty Point Reservoir a Louisiana State Park.
La. seems to be in the Residential Real Estate Business.

Economic Development is used as a means of Political Wrongdoing. A traveling Reservoir Salesman is going from parish to parish promoting Economic Development Lakes for $100,000 a year per lake consulting fee.

The Salesman is Rep. Francis C. Thompson’s brother Michael L. Thompson former Mayor of Delhi, in real estate, and former business partner of Parish Engineer Terry D. Denmon.

Thompson is so-called Reservoir governmental consultant for Allen, Washington, Morehouse, Caldwell, and LaSalle parishes, and proposed Reservoir projects in western Ouachita, Jackson, and Lincoln parishes.

Rep. Francis Thompson seems to be helping his brother and Lake building friend Denmon of Denmon Engineering by creating Reservoirs in Richland, Ouachita, Allen, Caldwell, Morehouse, promoting them in Washington, and other Parishes. There was $41,975,000 approved for 12 new reservoirs in 2004.

Poverty Point Reservoir created 1992 by Rep. Francis Thompson, built by Denmon with Michael Thompson as Director, and now director of Golf Course.

The keyed gate entry project began by Legislator Developers as private enterprise has cost taxpayers $40 Million Dollars with $3.5 Million approved for 2005.

Rep. Francis Thompson is also in real estate as MACON RIDGE DEVELOPMENT,LLC.

Rep. Thompson passed House Bill 1136 in 2001 allowing sale of land taken by Eminent Domain to Third Party without first offering to sell back to original owner.

A 2002 Audit shows Taxpayers paid 1.2 million to develop the island lots at Poverty Point Reservoir sold for $621,200 dollars.

Legislator Developer Thompson’s CYPRESS COVE AT POVERTY POINT,LLC, and his next-door neighbor are realizing personal gain selling these Lakefront lots.

Are these lots the 26 pieces of property taken by Eminent Domain? Misuse of Eminent Domain, taking homes for Lakefront lots, recreation and Golf Courses is placing undue hardship on some for pleasure and gain of others.

Reservoirs will take churches, homes of old and poor, desecrate cemeteries, destroy wildlife and endangered species, and collect mercury polluted water.

Brant L. Thompson, Francis Thompson son is on Poverty Point Commission. Mike Thompson’s Commerce Industry Board position is also questionable. Nepotism, Cronyism, conflicts of interest, and ethics violations seem to exist.

Is Denmon Engineering, always selected contractor, a possible violation of open bidding law due to HCR60 by Francis Thompson in 2003? Denmon, and Thompson both serve on Aquaculture Advisory Council.

Is Denmon Vice Chairman of Wildlife and Fisheries a conflict of interest since they control the Scenic Streams, and Wildlife-Endangered Species? Denmon’s Lake site selections are destroying wildlife he is supposed to protect.

OtherThompson Legislation, developers may set up Political subdivisions, Economic Development Retirement Communities with Eminent Domain power to take property, taxing exempt, use taxpayers money, and make a profit. State owned Hotels & Condominiums are proposed for Poverty Point Lake.

Poverty Point is promoted as model lake producing 100 million gallons water a month, and costing 26 Million Dollars. Did Denmon miscalculate the watershed?

DOTD well files show Poverty Point still uses 4 large-bore16-inch Groundwater Wells of 17 Mississippi Alluvial aquifer Wells for water supply to the lake. Does 2 pumps import water 60 miles from Lake Chicot, Lake Village Arkansas?

The 8 Million income comment by Mike Thompson in 2001 is questionable, not finished or opened until 2002. Audit states lake has 2 employees.

Lakes may create some temporary construction, and a few minimum wage jobs. No studies done, and Lake Providence Poorest Place In America is an example that Lakes provide no Economic Development, or lasting jobs. Some officials seem to be interested in their own Economic Development.

By any means necessary, Lake is built, or not, Michael Thompson receives money for project duration. Denmon receives $800,000 for site selection report. It seems Denmon, Thompson, and Legislator Developers are continuing year after year to create more Reservoirs to receive and waste taxpayer’s money.

Moon Griffon of KMLB talk radio boldly speaks on Political Wrong Doing. Moon was threatened to stop talking about Lakes and Reservoirs, but Moon is digging in, and continues talking about Reservoir Rage & Nasty Threats.

Chad Rogers of thedeadpelican.com La News And Politics is writing articles on his website, and also talking about Reservoir wrong doing on WJBO Radio.

Is Rep. Francis C.Thompson in violation of Louisiana State Constitution? Legislative office is a public trust, and every effort to realize personal gain through official conduct is a violation of that trust.

Unchristian taking of homes, churches, and desecration of cemeteries is a travesty. Should old and poor suffer to build wealthy Lakefront retirement communities? Should taxpayers spend $40 to $50 million a lake to make developers wealthy?

These great Real Estate deals are currently being brought to you by our Economic Development Policy, and the use of our Taxpayer's money. Come and live in Louisiana, where your Property Rights are respected?

This may seem to be Politics as usual in the State of Louisiana. Let us investigate this matter so it doesn't soil the image of our great state.

6.12.2005

Allen Parish Reservoir

Allen Parish Reservoir created 1st Extraordinary Session 2002, House Bill 156 Act 163, by Rep. Hill, Sen. Hines, & Rep. Francis C. Thompson with Michael L. Thompson as Lake Director, and Denmon Engineering.

On May 25, 2004 Pros, cons of new lake discussed at Police Jury meeting. Many attending knew nothing of reservoir, and Lake Commission building had to be bird-dogged because public notices of meeting were not printed.

Upset Residents attended June1, 2004 meeting were told, no property taken at Poverty Point Reservoir, but news article showed 26 pieces of property taken. Public notices were finally published for 2003 and 2004 on July 15, 2004.

The proposed sites united, and created Community Preservation Alliance. On July 19, 2004 Lake Development would ruin Creeks generated interest, and a press release was arranged. American Press Residents upset over Lake, and Town Talk Up a Creek Under a Lake is Articles by attending Newspapers.

The C.P.A proposed and voted to start an investigation into the Reservoir.

Reading Town Talk article, 73 year old Ouachita Parish resident contacted C.P.A, and attended meeting. Her property at Choudrant was 1 of 11 sites, and battled with Michael Thompson in 1999. Thompson, traveling Lake Salesman is back again promoting more Lakes in Ouachita and Lincoln Parish.

Conferring with Elona Weston of Lake Charles American Press, Who also did more investigation, Army Corps to make recommendation on Reservoir site, Alliance Alleges Wrongdoing, Concerns over proposed reservoirs voiced, and Hill: Reservoir not worth destroying homes was resulting articles. On day of last Article C.P.A. Letter to Gov. Blanco was emailed to Gov. Blanco, every office at capitol, and all Legislators in Louisiana.

Two days later C.P.A was notified of selection, Reservoir Plan expected today, and Least Objectionable site picked for Allen reservoir. Terry Denmon of Denmon Engineering said, “Mill Creek was the best choice for reservoir, and he was staking his reputation on it”.

C.P.A contacted Washington Parish Residents as Francis Thompson promoted Site work, and Reservoir group told to think big, long term by so-called Expert Thompson who is now Lake Director with Denmon as Engineer.

Sierra Club joins effort to stop proposed man-made lake, Allen and Washington Parish attended L.E.A.N conference on10/02/04 with Darryl Malek-Wiley, and Randy Lancot. Wildlife group wants Blanco to rethink Lake Proposition, and has sent L.W.F Letter, and L.W.F. Resolution to Gov. Blanco.

Sierra Club Resolution adopted by Delta Chapter Sierra Club Oct 17, 2004. On 10/29/04 Sierra Club chapter opposes proposed lakes in American Press, and Sierra Club also sent a letter to Gov. Blanco to review Reservoir policy.

Cash Budget 2005 is $38,903.38 with Thompson’s girlfriend from Delhi receiving $9,000 to keep minutes of about 3 meetings a year, and $25,403.38 for Miscellaneous. Items like paper clips? Total Expenses is exactly $38,903.38.

It seems $800,000 wasn’t enough, and Denmon did more testing on Mill Creek in spring of 2005. Thompson said, “May file for permit in September”.

6.11.2005

Washington Parish Reservoir

Self serving Legislator Developers are proposing the desecration of 5 Cemeteries, taking of Churches and Homes, to sell Lakefront lots and build Retirement homes.

Washington Parish Reservoir proposed for Recreation-Tourism by SCR 158 in 2001 was created by Senate Bill 475 Act 71 in 2003 Regular Session by Sen. Jerry Thomas, Rep. Ben Nevers, and Rep. Mike Strain.

Michael L. Thompson traveling Reservoir salesman, and so-called Expert is $100,000 a year Lake Director telling Reservoir Group “think big long term”. Thompson’s crony, Denmon is site selection Engineer, and lake builder.

In Bogalusa Daily News Site work Rep. Francis Thompson spent 2 hours using Poverty Point as a model to promote Washington Parish reservoir. He said, “be prepared for opposition, and no property sized at Poverty Point”. Mike Thompson said, “26 pieces of property taken by Eminent Domain”. They say this and that.

Sen. Ben Nevers attending meeting with Thompson speaks on reservoir amendments because of residents pressure, and Thompson’s House Bill 1136.

Sen. Jerry Thomas arrested at adult bookstore in Wrong place to shop and disappoints his constituents.

Did Elected officials and Lake Commission influence, or know lake site to be selected, and buying, or own land? Are the Thompson’s also involved?

Elected officials and Lake Commission may gain financially from the Reservoir. Nevers was previous owner of businesses like COUNTRY STOP MARINE, LLC Rumors say, “money borrowed, transferred to his son, and Bankruptcy filed”.

NEVERS ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING would benefit from building Lakefront Retirement Communities. Ben Nevers Jr. owns dirt moving CALTHOM-LLC La. tourism’s 2004 Website was promoting Washington Reservoir Retirement.

Sen. Nevers, and Lake Commission member Charles E. Mizell co-partner ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS-LLC. An endless list of Corporations.

Reservoir Commissioner Louie Creel’s LANDWORKS-LLC is Choctaw Landfill located at Site 2, the Oak Grove Community.

Rep. Ritchie owns SOUTHEASTERN PROPERTIES, and RITCHIE ENTERPRISES. POOLE RITCHIE FUNERAL HOME-LLC, and BOGALUSA MONUMENTS-INC may benefit from digging up graves of Cemeteries to be desecrated at Oak Grove. Citizens guilty of desecration of a cemetery would be subject to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Washington Parish Act-71 has Retirement Communities section, but most are copy and paste of others with broad powers to sue, be sued, tax, buy, sell, create economic development corp. take property without asking by using Expropriation, and Do and perform any and all things.

That is absolute power, which corrupts absolutely. It is no wonder La ranks 2nd in political corruption, and maybe because Blanco says challenge criticism of state. Is Governor wants to counter negative references to state allowing corruption?

Blanco and Comm. discuss Reservoir possibilities in Thompson’s Hometown. Thompson and Denmon contributed to her campaign, and on transition team. Gov. Blanco months later, sent residents a generic reply to their letters.

Jan 5th Site selection at Washington Economic Development Foundation with Website saying, “Parish has abundant water supply”, a Lake site was chosen.

Comm. announced, “Residents may not speak, comment deadline extended, but haven’t received any, and only scientific facts considered”. Comm. refused registered letters 9 times, and wouldn’t meet with residents saying, in pushing for the Reservoir “We will not be ruled by emotion, and praying for divine guidance”. Wealthy developers pray to a green god named money.

Reservoir site named is site 2 the Oak Grove Community with Churches and ancestral homes to be taken, and possible 5 of 11 Cemeteries be desecrated. Sierra Club Press Release reassured residents Sierra Club will fight reservoir.

On Mar 3rd Lawsuit filed, and Washington Parish Reservoir District sued for violation of open meeting law.

Reservoir hearing Tuesday May 3rd and 4th, residents lose first round. Judge dismisses lawsuit by ruling the13 Witness testifying and hundreds people present were emotional, heard wrong, and can’t believe what’s in Newspapers.

In an attempt to appease residents, and save face, Sen. Nevers in 2005 files Senate-Bill 278, and Rep. Ritchie also file House-Bill 518 to limit Land Grab. After Lake is built, an Economic Development Corp can still take property.

At Transportation Committee Hearing on May 17th is Rep. Ritchie in Funeral Business heard laughing about digging up graves in Oak Grove Community? One ancestral Cemetery has over 300 graves, and veterans of many wars.

Nevers testified June 1st Transportation hearing reservoir is wanted and needed. Bogue Chitto State Park already has10 lakes, and receiving $ 13,990,000 in 2005.

Residents spoke in opposition, in order to go on record because of no public input. Information on 11 Cemeteries submitted included civil war veterans buried in Rester Cemetery, and Petition with over 1100 names against Reservoir.

Nevers and Ritchie say, “they want the Reservoir for Recreation, and Economic Development of building Lakefront homes”, but are unable to answer when asked, “name jobs created other than a few minimum wage and temporary construction”.

Nevers, Ritchie, and Lake Comm. need to consider, Unchristian taking of homes, Churches, desecration of Cemeteries, and stop “coveting thy neighbor’s house”.

Washington Parish doesn’t need this Reservoir, and State’s Budget can’t afford it. It’s all about Land speculation, Politics, Money, and Corruption.