The town of Rosepine and Fort Polk have teamed with an intergovernmental services agreement signed this week.
The Rosepine Town Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Donna Duvall to sign the lucrative contract worth $1.71 million per year for a five year term.

The agreement will authorize Rosepine to provide installation support in the form of custodial services across the base. Being mutually beneficial, the partnership will bring a great deal of revenue into the small town.

Col. Jarrett Thomas was on hand on Monday night at the Rosepine Town Hall to sign the agreement with Duvall. “It is a tremendous program and we are excited for what it’s going to do for Rosepine,” he said. “We have recently signed a similar deal with the City of Leesville for grounds maintenance. These arrangements are mutually beneficial for all parties involved.”

Programs like this allow jobs that normally would have to be done by soldiers to be done by locals provided by the agreement, Thomas said.

City Attorney Steven Oxenhandler convey his gratitude to everyone involved throughout the process of making the partnership happen. “I just want to say thank you. We’ve been working on this for 10 months,” he said to a roomful of people who gathered specifically for this occasion.

“This is an awesome moment, and we are so privileged to be moving forward with this partnership,” Duvall said. “This will help our people tremendously.”