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Nov 01, 2013
Governor Jindal Highlights Funding for Law Enforcement Operations Center and Road Improvements in Morehouse Parish

BASTROP – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted $875,000 in capital outlay funding for projects in Morehouse Parish, including a new operations center for the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office and roadway improvements for Carl Road in Bastrop. The State Bond Commission recently approved the funding.

Governor Jindal said, “Today’s announcement is great news for Bastrop and Morehouse Parish. Funding the new emergency operations center will help give law enforcement officials the resources they need to respond in the event of a disaster. Louisianians knows firsthand the importance of responding quickly during a disaster and this new center will help our first responders protect our families. 

“We’re also supporting funding for enhancements to Carl Road that will make the roadway safer for drivers who travel this route every day. Upgrading arteries like Carl Road help make our roads safer and help companies access this region more easily. Carl Road is already an important roadway for the forestry industry and these improvements will speed up the commute for the 150 log trucks that travel in this area each day.”

Sheriff Mike Tubbs said, “This project will help us dispatch resources faster and it will help us train more deputies. We’re grateful for this support from the state and we will use this funding to continue keeping this area safe.”

Senator Mike Walsworth said, “This new center will improve safety in our communities and it will be instrumental in the face of an emergency. I am proud to work with Governor Jindal and the Legislature as we make key investments that improve public safety.”

New Operations Center
The state is supporting $375,000 to renovate an old building in downtown Bastrop for the new law enforcement operations center. The center will centralize the sheriff’s homeland security operations and will store and dispatch response resources for emergency situations. The Sheriff’s Office plans to also use the center as a training facility that will be available for law enforcement, firefighters and first responders from neighboring parishes. 

A landing zone for helicopters will also be constructed at the center and will be available for use by the Louisiana State Police, the National Guard and air ambulance responders. Currently, there is not a safe place to land in Bastrop and helicopters are forced to land on gravel and grass in parking lots. The facility will also include rooms for training, conferences and large emergency response meetings.

Carl Road Improvements
The state is supporting $500,000 for enhancements to Carl Road in Bastrop, which will improve driving conditions for families and create an entry road for Morehouse BioEnergy, LLC. The company is creating 47 direct jobs for the area and will support the retention of an estimated 150 forestry jobs in the region.  The road project will widen and improve approximately 2,000 feet of roadway to support traffic of 150 log trucks per day. 

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