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”.