Police Jury hears job fairs show high tech jobs available in Bossier

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ean Schellhase, an officer with Explosive Service International of Baton Rouge, updated members of the Bossier Parish Police Jury on conditions and progress at Camp Minden.

A pair of recent job fairs has shown that individuals with experience in advanced technology shouldn’t have to go outside northwest Louisiana to find a good job.

Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus told members of the parish police jury that recent job fairs conducted by Barksdale Air Force Base and CSRA produced better than anticipated turnout and plenty of top notch job seekers.

“They were overwhelmed by potential candidates…” at the job fair for Barksdale Air Force Base at the Bossier Civic Center, Altimus told the jury. “They were expecting from 40 to 50 people and about 500 showed up.”

And, at the CSRA fair on the grounds of the Cyber Innovation Center, roughly 350 individuals were on hand to deliver a resume for one of the high-tech jobs available.

“I understand they found 50 really good applicants to consider,” Altimus said.

CSRA has announced plans to hire 800 people over a four-year period. Altimus said the company is successfully finding qualified individuals for good paying jobs.

“They’re offering good opportunities and everything is working well,” Altimus said.

FEMA to discuss road repairs

Parish Engineer Butch Ford reported to jury members that he is scheduled to meet with representatives of FEMA to discuss the condition and needed repairs to gravel roads.

“It appears we have come to some consensus on the amount of dollars we’re going to get and we’re trying to wrap that up,” he said. “It looks like it will be in the neighborhood of $500,000 to $600,000.”

Ford said the public works department is still working on culverts and bridges that were washed out by two consecutive years of flooding. The last projects will be repairs to paved roads in the parish, he said.

“We’re still requesting FEMA money,” he added.

Also, contractors are addressing the damaged outfall structure of the parish’s new wastewater treatment plant located in the Red River, Ford said.

“They’re taking the old structure out of the river and moving back about 100 feet,” he said. Ford said FEMA is picking up 75 percent of the project’s cost.

Police Jury hears report on explosives disposal

A burn chamber at Camp Minden where 16 million pounds of unstable M6 explosives is being incinerated is “…the largest and cleanest explosive disposal facility in the world,” according to an official with the company contracted to do the job.

Dean Schellhase, an officer with Explosive Service International of Baton Rouge, updated members of the Bossier Parish Police Jury on conditions and progress at the facility, a portion of which sits in Bossier Parish.

Schellhase said the significance of the project to remove the M6 is “…we have the largest thermal treatment of explosives that’s ever been conducted in the world. We’re removing 16 million pounds at one time with a 10-times larger burn chamber than anywhere else.”

Camp Minden’s burn chamber facility is a world leader in other features, Schellhase said.

“We have the most advanced pollution abatement system with the cleanest emissions from thermal explosives treatment in the world,” he told jury members. “In essence, the EPA contractor collected samples of the ambient air and at the same time collected samples from our stack. Our stack was twice as clean as the air that is being breathed right now.”

Schellhase said the 16 million pounds of M6 scheduled for disposal represented a total that had never been attempted before.

He told the jury that 9.4 million pounds of the explosive remained to be burned and at a burn rate of approximately 50,000 pounds per day, the disposal should be completed in about six months.