ST. FRANCISVILLE — With unanswered questions about its errors-and-omissions insurance policy, the West Feliciana Parish Port Commission decided at its July 20 meeting to shop around for a better policy.
“I’m not comfortable that we’re getting the best bang for our buck,” said commissioner Z. Dave DeLoach.
Errors-and-omissions policies protect against lawsuits involving negligence or failure to perform professional duties.
The commission’s E&O policy expires on July 30, and DeLoach said he has several unanswered questions about some omissions in coverage, including whether the port commission is covered in case of a lawsuit involving expropriation.
The commission is considering taking steps to expropriate property along the Mississippi River to perhaps build a docking facility for riverboats.
The board passed a motion authorizing commissioner Andrew Grezaffi to talk with other port governing boards to see what types of policies they have and what types of coverage they have. The commissioners agreed to meet July 28 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Grezaffi’s findings.
In other action, the commission authorized commissioner David Duvic to explore funding sources that may have been handed out as incentives by Louisiana for Viking River Cruises to develop infrastructure and docking facilities at the different landing sites along the Mississippi River.
Duvic will investigate whether any of those funds would be available to help build a docking facility in St. Francisville, which is projected to be one of Viking’s stops when it starts regular river cruise operations in 2017.