FLW slated to get $65.1 million from President Obama's stimulus funds
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:38 am
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (March 24, 2009) — While leaders of several cities in Pulaski County hope to get a few tens of thousands of dollars from President Barack Obama’s stimulus package and Missouri Department of Transportation planners expect to spend about $2.1 million in Pulaski County, it appears the stimulus package will bring more than $65.1 million of stimulus dollars to Department of Defense projects at Fort Leonard Wood.
It’s not clear how many of those construction projects were already planned for Fort Leonard Wood before the stimulus package was announced. Post officials stated Tuesday they wouldn’t be commenting on the specifics of a press release issued Monday by U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton “until the funding is provided to DoD.”
Skelton’s press release cited Department of Defense figures indicating that the stimulus package will fund $84.1 million for 57 separate stimulus projects in Missouri. That’s part of $3.4 billion in stimulus money nationwide in “sustainment, restoration and modernization” projects for the Department of Defense. Most of the Missouri projects go to construction work at Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri’s two largest military installations, both of which are in Skelton’s district.
That’s dramatically more than the largest stimulus projects previously announced for the area, which are $1.2 million for asphalt milling and filling on the old Route 66 business loop from St. Robert to Waynesville and $888,000 for thin-lift overlay on Route 28 north of Dixon to the junction of Route 63 in Maries County.
Funds for the military portion of the stimulus package are divided into nine different categories, according to the Department of Defense report: energy; roofs; utilities; pavement, roads and grounds; barracks; quality of life; operations; medical; and family housing. Fort Leonard Wood will be receiving energy, pavement, barracks, quality-of-life, and operations projects.
“These projects will create jobs, but will also ensure that our men and women in uniform have the facilities they need to train and maintain the quality of life Americans expect to provide for our troops and their families,” Skelton said in a prepared statement.
Skelton said the stimulus package includes $7.4 billion in defense-related funding, with $5.9 billion in construction and repair projects. A list of the construction projects is here:
Projects at Fort Leonard Wood cited in the Department of Defense report placed on Skelton’s website include:
• $10,168,000 each for replacing and restoring all components to four AIT standard barracks, buildings 816, 817, 818 and 1028 • $6,500,000 to replace and restore all components to dining facility building 820 • $2,828,000 to replace and restore all components to AIT standard battalion ops building 822 • $2,000,000 for asphalt requirements • $2,000,000 to replace boilers in the 600, 700 and 800 areas • $1,700,000 to replace railroad bridge 14.7 • $1,500,000 to provide an air conditioning system for gyms 600, 700 and 800 areas • $1,500,000 each to replace two high-temperature boilers #1 and #2 in B-1021 • $1,200,000 to replace air conditioning systems in Specker admin facs • $523,000 to repair taxiway alphas pavement • $500,000 to upgrade and replace fire alarm equipment • $350,000 to replace high temperature heat systems with boilers in B-5400 • $350,000 to replace obsolete boilers in B-749/837 • $250,000 to replace a cooling tower at B-1021 • $223,000 to upgrade the interior of chapels in B-673/843 • $213,000 to replace two cast-iron section boilers in B-826 • $200,000 to repair exterior of chapels in B-450, 637, 742, 843, and 1712 • $200,000 to repair leaking boilers • $160,000 to replace old Am-150 boilers in B-2030 • $125,000 to replace a sectional hot water boiler in B-1000 • $100,000 to repair an asphalt road in the Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area • $40,000 to upgrade BACNET digital controls • $525,000 to replace electrical service and distribution for General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital