Fort Polk Progress, a multi-region organization dedicated to the growth and care of Ft. Polk, visited Washington D.C. the week of April 12 to tell the story of progress at Ft. Polk. Delegation members met with Pentagon officials and elected officials of Congress. The England Authority was one of the founding members of Ft. Polk Progress.
Following a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday intended to assess whether a BRAC-like process could help the federal government eliminate thousands of excess properties and save taxpayers billions of dollars, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), chairman of the panel, said he would move ahead with plans to introduce legislation authorizing the government to establish a civilian BRAC commission.
England Airpark’s Noise Mitigation program continues to work with property owners within the program boundaries to prepare for funding to acquire property. This voluntary program has been a success in meeting the needs of residents that have been impacted by airport noise.
The England Authority, at its February meeting, authorized advertisement for bids for construction of permanent access road for new fuel farm at AEX. The new fuel farm is presently under construction at a cost of over $6 million. Funds for both projects are funded by a dedicated tax on aviation fuel at the state and federal level.