Police Jury discusses LeGros development
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – In a committee meeting Tuesday night, the Acadia Parish Police Jury Airport committee discussed the maintenance, development, and future of LeGros Airport.
“We have definitely been having a buzz going on about our little airport,” said Juror Cade Benoit.
The airport which was given to Acadia Parish in 1942, has been virtually unused except for localized, private aircrafts for several years.
However, if the discussion Tuesday is any indication, things may be changing in the future.
The committee initially discussed the cleaning up of the airport for an upcoming airshow that will be taking place from April 31 through May 2.
“We do have a man who has been doing the mowing out there and he has been doing a good job,” said Scott Schumacher, one of the property owners of the land that comprises the airport. “The problem is all the grass growing through the cracks in the cement and the tall grass that surrounds the area.”
Schumacher said that there was one man who was even willing to cut all the tall grass around the property if he could keep the resulting hay.
A.J. “Fatty” Broussard asked if it were possible for one man to handle all that work.
“Well, if we can get a job that big done and save that much money I’m all for it,” said one of the property owners to the laughter of those in attendance.
A variety of subjects relating to the airport’s development were discussed including the necessary legal requirements, the property owners having to agree on a leasing proposal, and the possibility of a maintenance fee for those who build hangars.
“We have had this property in our parish for quite sometime and it has never been developed the way we had hoped,” said Benoit. “I don’t care about any monetary gain at the moment, looking for a commitment to build it, fix it, and clean it up.”
The airport is located just south of Highway 90 near Estherwood. Several of the property owners showed up at the meeting to give their input and voice their concerns over how the future of LeGros is handled.
“I just hope that all the leases comply with state regulations,” said Schumacher. “We would have an airport that would have the potential for growth.”