Reservoir Political Wrong-doing
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.
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.
Audit also shows Taxpayers paid 2.2 Million for keyed gate entry private road.
Unbelievable, office protection system, or burgler alarm cost .3 million.
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 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?
The 2002 Audit shows .9 million for Pumping station, Wells, and Water intake.
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.
Rep. Francis Thompson is in real estate as MACON RIDGE DEVELOPMENT,LLC.
Article Phantom Riches about Thompson's businees partner Lev Dawson: says,
"They're crooks and swindlers." Dawson also owns Dawson Farms.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Morehouse Parish Reservoir
A $10,000 Local Match with $670,000 Payable from General Obligation Bonds.
Capital outlay 2005 lists $750,000 for New Morehouse Reservoir, and $500,000
for Plum Crest Lake. Is this a mistake or is there 2 new Reservoirs?
Richard Patrick on Lake Comm. is with Macon Ridge Economic Development,
and also President of Morehouse Economic Development Corporation.
Patrick seems to be involved with the Thompson's and moving from Ferriday to
Delhi with Hammett furious over move.
Foes of proposed reservoire hope to have voice, meet and organize on 3/16/05.
Lake foes voice concerns before parish Police Jury on 4/13/05.
Sen. Bill 47 by SEN. BARHAM 2005 Regular Session Amends Legislation
because of Residents pressure about Thompson House Bill 1136.
Quachita Parish Reservoir
West Ouachita Reservoir Created House Bill 1587 Act 724 of 2003 by Rep.
Francis C. Thompson, Rep. Michael A. Walsworth, & Sen. Noble E. Ellington,
Money Appropriated to date is ($275,000 Local Match from Ouachita Parish)
and $700,000 Payable from General Obligation Bonds.
Denmon Engineering has also recently been selected to provide site selection and
all planning, engineering. Estimated Project Cost: $25 million.
Jury OKs steps in funding reservoir October 17, 2000
By JOHNNY GUNTER email@example.com The Ouachita Parish Police Jurytook steps Monday night to secure funding to study the possibility of constructing a potable water supply reservoir in the western part of the parish. Jurors agreed to allow Denmon Engineering of Monroe to file an application with the state for capital outlay funding. District B Juror Mack Calhoun said the Tensas Basin Levee Board has been asked to contribute $80,000 toward the study. Assistant Parish
Gov. Blanco appoints Lake Comm. for West Quachita Parish 3/24/05
Mike Thompson can now become Consultant for Quachita Parish Reservoir
He became Consultant for Morehouse once the Lake Comm. was appointed.
Caldwell Parish Reservoir
From 1995 to Sept 4, 2003 $6,350,000.00 was spent to get to the permit stage.
On Sept 19, 2003 Rep. Lelon Kenney and Michael Thompson presented
L.D.W.F a check for 793,100 to pay for litigation of land taken.
What happened with the other $5,556,900.00 dollars for this small 1100 acre lake. Thompson salary is about $100,000 a year x 9 = $900,000. Denmon says the overall project is estimated to cost approximately $12 million dollars.
Caldwell lake work may begin next year July 18, 2004
Plan would put 4,000 acres to use By Robbie Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction on northeastern Louisiana's newest lake could begin as early as next year. Once land acquisition is completed, construction on the project could likely begin in 2005, said environmental consultant Mike Thompson of Delhi. "We're still finishing up survey work for the...
Lincoln Parish Reservoir
Michael L. Thompson, traveling Lake Salesman promoted Lake, and seemed
to be able to fool Rep. Downs, but wasn't able to fool all the people.
Mike Thompson By any means necessary didn't fool The Ruston Daily Leader.
Former Sen. Bill Jones says, "Sparta Aquifer needs help-not in the form of lakes",
and Jones concerned over HB123.
Aquifer situation needs truthful help , and Lincoln reservoir opinions sought,
but Rep. Downs doesn't seem to be listening to his constitutents.
Downs seems to be listening to the Thompsons, and fooling himself by supporting House Bill 388 that will prevent action to save the Sparta Aquifer.
Jackson Parish Reservoir
Thompson's gang is using Sparta Aquifer as an excuse to build Reservoirs, and
seems to want the Aquifer problem to continue.
The gang created House Bill 388 Act 225 changing sparta's critical label to an
area of ground water concern, and preventing action to save Aquifer.
They seem to be using political correct labels to fool themselves.
Authors of HB388 are Fannin, Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, and co-authors
on other Reservoirs with Thompson are Rep.Walsworth Ouachita Reservoir, and
Rep. Charles Mcdonald of Morehouse Reservoir.
Rep. Hollis Downs of Lincoln Reservoir also supported legislation
Claiborne Parish Reservoir
Providing for the Claiborne Parish Watershed were House Bill 950 ACT 390
in 2004, and HB280 in 2005 by Rep. GALLOT.
Rep. Gallot is co-author of Lincoln Reservoir, but now seems to be listening to
his constitutents by asking Gov. Blanco to veto Sparta label bill 388 in 2005.
Claiborne Parish Middlefork Reservoir Feasibility Study and Planning Payable
from General Obligation Bonds of $ 100,000 in 2003 and 2004.
Job deficit prompts migration, and a continuing decline in Population.
Poverty Point Lake a failure because Lakes don't produce jobs, but some folks
seem to be smoking something, and had A Vision For A Better Tomorrow.
"With tourism and retirement as basic industries we wish to attract them as
Each retired couple is equivalent to securing three new factory jobs.
We have the potential to construct as many as 10 additional lakes to impound
water runoff from approximately two thirds of the watershed area in the parish."
What have they been smoking?
Other New Reservoirs
capital outlay. Sponsored by the Catahoula Parish Police Jury.
Winn Parish Port Deluce, Reservoir With $9,600,000 listed in 2005
capital outlay. Sponsored by the City of Winnfield.
LaSalle Parish Castor Creek - Little River Reservoir at Olla with $1,500,000.
Sen Bill 379 Reg Session 2001 By Sen. Nobel Ellington & Mike Smith
Money listed from 1997 to 2004 is $6,040,000.00 before 50/MM5 OLLA, La.
Mike Thompson is $100,000 a year lake consultant for LaSalle Parish.
Plum Crest Lake Planning & Construction 50/J35 NATCHITOCHES
PARISH. Payable from General Obligation Bonds (Morehouse) $500,000.
Union Bayou DeLoutre Reservoir $35,000-2004, $35,000-2003,
$37,500-2002 ($37,500 Local Match) with Total $107,000.000