LIVINGSTON — Livingston Parish’s ongoing dispute over Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs flared up again at Thursday night’s Parish Council meeting.
Councilman Jimmie McCoy questioned Parish President Mike Grimmer on whether payment would be made to Alvin Fairburn and Associates for disputed work they did in the 2008 cleanup.
“We can’t find anyone who authorized them to continue the work,” Grimmer said. “We can’t find a resolution, can’t find it in the minutes.”
That was disputed by Alvin Fairburn and Associates representative Eddie Aydell, who said the council did authorize the work that the firm had done.
McCoy also asked Grimmer to withdraw a complaint he made to the Louisiana Board of Engineers about Alvin Fairburn.
“I think that is something the council should have been apprised of,” McCoy said. “We handle our business in house.”
McCoy said he would withdraw the motion until the next meeting.
Grimmer promised to provide each council member with a copy of the complaint.
Other matters coming before the council included:
CONTRACTOR COMPLAINT: A contractor hired by Livingston Parish to assist with Hurricane Gustav matters said his work is hindered by local drainage boards.
“We need their cooperation and them to work with us,” said Corey Delahoussaye, owner of C-Del Inc., an engineering firm. “If you have a drainage district in your area, please ask them to cooperate with us.”
Delahoussaye was hired in 2009 to help the parish with environmental cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.
Delahoussaye had been asked by the board to provide a list of what his firm had done since it had been hired.
Delahoussaye listed several hundred meetings he held with landowners, leaders and representatives from federal, state and parish agencies.
McCoy also questioned Delahoussaye on how much the council had paid him since he had been hired.
“We have charged the parish $1.5 million in the last two years,” Delahoussaye added.
He said approximately one-third of that had been reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
DISTRICT 6 SEAT: Councilman Don Wheat announced that he would not seek re-election for his District 6 seat on the council and would instead run for the Louisiana House District 81 seat.