It didn't take long for Fire District 1 and the City of Leesville to come to a solution regarding the old Trailways Bus Station in historic downtown. All it took was a little mediation.



It didn't take long for Fire District 1 and the City of Leesville to come to a solution regarding the old Trailways Bus Station in historic downtown. All it took was a little mediation.
The building, considered historically important due to its ties to Camp Polk, is in dire need of repairs. Fire District 1, which owns the building now, intended on transforming the building into a training center for volunteer fire departments throughout the parish.
However, when the Fire District began the process of repairing the roof, it was discovered that the station is included in the Historic Downtown area of Leesville — just about the time repairs were about to commence.
At a City Council meeting in late May, Mayor Betty Westerchil and the council tabled the matter in lieu of the involved parties working out a solution.
"The Fire District had already spent the money on the trusses for the roof, in addition to other materials," Mayor-Elect Robert Rose, who sat down with members of the Fire District, said. "Bottom line is ... there was a miscommunication and all it took was us sitting down to work this out."
From this point, the Fire District will now solicit bids for the roof repair to meet Historic District Commission guidelines and then apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness with the Commission. The nine-member board will then approve or deny the application.
One sticking point was that the Fire District had already spent $16,000 on materials for the repair. Enter in local businessman Pat Williams, owner of Pat Williams construction. He has offered to either help sell the trusses or use them for another project. In addition, businessman Mike Reese offered to store the trusses temporarily at his storage business.
"In terms of cost, it was agreed that the Fire District would come out spending what they would have anyway," Rose said.