by Elliott Stonecipher
This report, researched and written by our Finish 3132 Coalition, was published in this morning’s Shreveport Times. Additional publication will follow in coming days, and supporting documents are posted on the Finish3132.com website. The work is the result of our several-month battle to obtain e-mails and other documents from Mayor Glover about this important highway project. We note in that context that Glover’s production of documents to date is incomplete under requirements of the Louisiana Public Records Act, possibly leading to further court action.
The newly produced e-mails (SEE HERE) detail developer Tim Larkin’s involvement, through his attorney, in crafting the language of a key official action which killed the 3132 Extension to the Port of Caddo-Bossier. At issue is a four-part Motion passed by the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments (NLCOG) on April 7, 2011, an action which was required to stop the project. Larkin’s attorney, Sam Gregorio, who is also a Port Commissioner appointed two months earlier by Glover, says in one of the newly produced e-mails that he wrote the official language for that key action with the involvement of Shreveport’s City Engineer. The Motion was offered at the NLCOG meeting by Glover, and he and Larkin made the two pre-vote presentations leading to the Extension-terminating vote.
Comparisons between the version of the Motion shown in the subject e-mails and the version in the originally published Minutes of the April 7, 2011, NLCOG meeting reveal identical language. (Inexplicably, a later version of the meeting Minutes shows a single word – “environmental” – added to the record of the Motion.)
With the 3132 Extension route terminated, Larkin would have gained free and permanent use of the taxpayer-owned 16-acre tract through which the Extension would have proceeded to the Port. That 16-acre tract would have provided Larkin’s Esplanade development a traffic ingress / egress directly into the 3132 terminus at Flournoy-Lucas Road. Such a prime “curb-cut” would have greatly increased the value of Larkin’s high-end residential subdivision.
Earlier documents obtained by the Finish 3132 Coalition, reported to you previously, detail how the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LA DOTD) officially refused to remove its “control of access” of the subject portion of Flournoy-Lucas Road to accommodate Larkin’s direct tie-in. To get around that prohibition, Glover agreed to a LA DOTD deal whereby the City of Shreveport would take ownership of three state highway segments impacted by the scheme. The public outcry upon news of the Extension termination prompted the Shreveport City Council to reject Glover’s agreement to the city takeover of those highway segments.
The Finish 3132 Coalition is continuing its fight to re-establish the 3132 Extension to the Port in a viable, fundable form. Key in that work is the protection of possible route options for the highway.
The Coalition asks for your support in its ongoing effort to re-establish the 3132 Extension to the Port, and to protect possible corridor routes. Please take two or three minutes of your time on the Finish3132.com website to register and extend your support. There is no cost.
FINISH 3132 COALITION
Elliott Stonecipher’s reports, essays and commentaries are written strictly in the public interest. No compensation of any kind has been solicited, offered or accepted for this work.