Warren Landry has been appointed to the South Louisiana Port Commission where he will replace Neal Clulee. Mr. Clulee recently resigned in protest over a proposed $400 million port facility.
Mr. Landry, a close friend of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, served as an assistant commissioner of administration for the governor from 1984 until last week when he resigned citing burnout.He was responsible for preparing the state's capital outlay budget and overseeing state prop erty and construction projects, except roads and bridges.
Mr. Landry said Tuesday he wasn't sure he was looking forward to serving on the commission, which oversees 52 miles of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
I'm not really enthusiastic if there are very severe problems," he said. ''No one wants to walk into problems.
Mr. Clulee, who stepped down from the commission, was appointed by the governor in 1984 and served as president. He resigned Dec. 31 in protest over a proposal by Solaport Development Corp. of Baton Rouge, La., to build an intermodal transportation center at Luling, La. He called the project a
Three weeks before Mr. Clulee resigned, the seven-member commission fired Robert Egan as port director. Mr. Egan, the only director in the commission's history with maritime experience, was pubicly opposed to the $400 million project proposed by Solaport.
He called for a federal investigation of alleged conflicts of interest by some commissioners with the project but declined to elaborate on the allegations.
The commission, meanwhile, has given the developers permission to seek an industrial develop ment bond issue. Thomas O'Connor, vice president of the newly formed development company, said the firm wants to build a one-stop facility that will offer easy access to rail and highway systems and cheaper rates.
The eight-berth, eight-crane facility would include an automated transporter system, dry cargo and refrigeration storage areas, an intermodal yard, a container yard and a roll-on, roll-off storage yard. It would be twice as large as the port's France Road Container Terminal, which has considerable unused capacity.