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Leesville eyes industrial park lease agreement with VPSB

BY ELONA WESTON
LEESVILLE -- The Leesville City Council on Monday voted to authorize the mayor to enter into a lease agreement with the Vernon Parish School Board for the use of space at the city's industrial park.

According to Leesville Mayor Rick Allen, the School Board is looking to utilize "Industrial Park Building C" to house about 60 school system buses.

The park is located on U.S. 171 South, just north of the city. Allen said he's hoping the School Board's occupancy will attract tenants.

"As you well know, there's nothing that has happened up there in a long time. So, this would give us the presence of people being there and things there. Our police department will patrol it a little more and give us a little visibility and hopefully, attract some more renters," Allen said.

Allen said the School Board has some action to take on their end before the deal is ultimately sealed.

"We ran it through our meeting to give them approval to run it through their meeting. It's kind of the cart before the horse, but they need the building quick and we didn't want to hold it up because our council meeting was so far away," Allen said.

Allen called the proposal a "win-win." He said the area is spacious and secure.

Vernon Parish's 2014-2015 school year begins on Aug. 12.

Also on Monday:

-- The council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Vernon Parish Police Jury to assist the city in the excavation of a sewer line located in the Leesville Wal-Mart parking lot. "I want to thank the Police Jury for stepping in and assisting us with a few problems we had. Our sewer line collapsed at Wal-Mart and we're doing an intergovernmental agreement and they are coming in to help us. I appreciate that, and that's what it's all about -- working together," Allen said.

-- The council unanimously approved a policy provision Monday aimed at enhancing the accountability of employees who use city-owned vehicles, according to Leesville City Administrator Courtney Christian. She said the policy will also take care of some liability issues.

-- The council approved a mutual aid agreement with Fort Polk Fire and Emergency Services. Leesville Fire Chief Dewaine Lawson said under the agreement, Leesville and Fort Polk can share personnel and equipment in times of need. He said the agreement is revisited every two to four years.


-- The council favored the introduction of an ordinance rezoning property located in the southeast corner of the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot in Leesville to make way for Murphy Oil Corp. to open a fueling station.

-- Robin Winstead, Leesville Municipal Golf Course Manager, was recognized Monday as Employee of the Month for July.
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