Plaquemines Parish Councilman Jeff Edgecombe violated state law when his construction company did almost $200,000 worth of work for Deep Delta Houseboats, a business that leases property from the parish, according to charges filed by the Louisiana Board of Ethics.
Edgecombe and Deep Delta owners Michael and William Butler will have to plead their case before an adjudicatory board following a November ruling posted recently on the Louisiana Ethics Administration’s website.
According to the charges, Deep Delta has leased two tracts of the Venice Marina from the parish since April 2002 at a total cost of $25,000 per year.
But in 2011, Edgecombe Construction erected building platforms, drove pilings and installed hoists and bulkheads for Deep Delta and was paid $197,100 for the work, the Ethics Board said.
The board said state law prohibits the transaction because Edgecombe, who is the sole owner of the construction company, is a councilman and Deep Delta’s lease agreement gives it a financial relationship with the parish.
Reached for comment Tuesday, Edgecombe declined to discuss the matter and said he had not yet spoken with his attorney about it.
Edgecombe, who has served on the council since 2011, was elected to a second term in November.
The Butlers could not be reached for comment.
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