LIVINGSTON — Livingston Parish President Mike Grimmer said Friday he has not signed the road overlay contract the Parish Council approved in September.
Grimmer said he has to give the contractor a “notice to proceed” before work can start.
There are “a couple of items I need some clarification on,” he said.
Whether the parish has obtained the necessary rights of way on all of the roads involved is one of the issues, Grimmer said.
He said he also wants to ask council members if they are sure this is the list that they want.
Councilman Marshall Harris said Friday that some of the roads on the list are not “high priority” and don’t belong on the list.
The list includes about $3 million in road work, said Randy Rushing, chairman of the council.
The major roads on the list are Brown Road, Linder Road and Pendarvis Lane, Councilman Thomas Watson said.
Grimmer is “interested in punishing certain parts of the parish,” Watson said, and Grimmer disagrees with some of the roads on the list approved by the council.
Watson also said Grimmer hopes to get control of the council in the upcoming election and make changes to the list.
One of the problems of putting off action on the contract is that it may have to be rebid and prices fluctuate, Watson said.
The council can take court action to order Grimmer to sign the contract or can sidestep Grimmer and designate someone else to sign the contract, Watson said.
Watson lost his re-election bid to Ricky Goff in the Oct. 22 primary.
Grimmer, who has often found himself pitted against a majority of the council members during his second term, could find himself working with a more favorable council if he wins a third term in his runoff race against challenger Layton Ricks.
Grimmer said he is pleased with how council races went on Oct. 22.
Of the six council members who most often opposed Grimmer’s measures, only Ronnie Sharp won re-election on Oct. 22.
Two of Grimmer’s biggest opponents on the council — Jimmie McCoy and Don Wheat — didn’t seek re-election.
Two other regular critics of Grimmer — Randy Rushing and Eddie Wagner — are in runoffs. Rushing faces Chance Parent in District 1 and Wagner faces Delos Blackwell in District 9.
No incumbent is involved in the other two races in which Sonya Ohmer Collins faces Scott Jones for the District 6 seat, and Dean Erwin battles James “Jim” Norred Jr. in District 2.
Grimmer’s two strongest council supporters, Harris and Cindy Wale, won re-election on Oct. 22.