LIVINGSTON — A contractor hired by Livingston Parish to assist in debris cleanup said Wednesday night that he would welcome oversight from a committee formed by the Livingston Parish Council.
Corey Delahoussaye, president of C-Del Inc., asked the committee to oversee his work on the parish’s behalf.
“I will meet with you weekly, biweekly, whenever you want to meet,” Delahoussaye told the C-Del Contract Committee.
The committee was formed at a July 27 special meeting of the Parish Council after council members raised concerns about the amounts C-Del was billing the parish.
Delahoussaye has billed the parish approximately $1.5 million since 2009, he said.
The main issue is oversight, Delahoussaye and several committee members agreed.
Blayne Honeycutt, the council’s attorney, suggested that C-Del’s work should be overseen by another attorney contracted to help the parish with debris cleanup, Shelby Easterly III.
“I think we need the committee,” Delahoussaye argued. “To bill an attorney for this, you are going to double your costs.”
“Shelby is way more involved in it,” Honeycutt replied.
Councilwoman Cindy Wale asked Honeycutt why he couldn’t do it.
“I don’t want to get involved in this,” Honeycutt said.
Honeycutt also asked Delahoussaye if he could provide the committee with a detailed activity log, listing work and who performed it.
Delahoussaye said that he would be able to do that.
Other concerns were raised about whether administration of the contract should fall to the council at all.
“This is more of an executive branch function,” said Thomas Watson, who represents Walker. “To me, this is more of a spending issue with the parish president, not with Corey.”
Mincey said he had called Parish President Mike Grimmer’s office and asked for a representative to attend the meeting, but none did.
The committee agreed to meet again at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Delahoussaye agreed to bring updated invoices through at least June for the committee to review.