Livingston Parish’s road overlay program will keep rolling for another round of improvements after the Parish Council on Thursday approved an extension of the contract with the crews doing the work.

The council agreed to give contractor R.J. Daigle & Sons another $3.5 million worth of work, on top of the $5 million in improvements already underway on the parish’s road priority list.

Parish President Layton Ricks said the contract extension will allow the parish to take advantage of low fuel prices, as well as the work crews already being mobilized in the parish, to stretch those dollars across more road miles.

Roads already ranked on the parish’s priority list but not yet completed include Perkins Road northeast of Denham Springs; Falcon Crest Drive, Springhill Drive and Hammack Road southeast of Denham Springs; Duff Road and Courtney Road north of Walker and Ball Park Road in Walker; South Satsuma Road at Satsuma; and Chene Blanc Lane along the Chinquapin Canal at Maurepas.

The council also voted Thursday to add several roads to the list for evaluation and prioritization: Wesley Street, Dixie Street and Maryland Street in Denham Springs; Joe May Road, Hillon Hood Road and Harris Road southeast of Denham Springs; and Bush Lane, a gravel road off La. 16 that could provide alternate access to Live Oak High School.

In other business, the council — composed of all new members after the fall election — rescinded two resolutions the prior council passed requiring Ricks to pay the legal bills of two then-council members sued personally for defamation.

The council on Thursday also agreed to withdraw the lawsuit the prior council filed against Ricks when he refused to comply with those resolutions.

Parish Attorney Chris Moody said a state district court order in the case ordering Ricks to pay the two prior council members’ legal bills was not final or enforceable, pending Ricks’ appeal to the 1st Circuit, which has not yet issued a ruling. If the council withdraws its lawsuit now, that court order would become moot, Moody said.

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