WALKER — The City Council has agreed to retain the Baton Rouge law firm of deGravelles Palmintier to sue the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development over an alleged faulty design of the portion of Interstate 12 that runs on the south side of the city.

Mayor Rick Ramsey has claimed over the past several weeks that the design of I-12 was a contributing factor to the floods that inundated much of Walker during the August flood. He has alleged the interstate impeded the natural flow of water on the south side of Walker during the flooding.

Ramsey said lawyers with deGravelles Palmintier have already begun researching the issue of whether I-12’s design created flooding problems in his city. He said that he did not know at this time when the lawsuit would be filed.

The council on Monday agreed to hire the lawyers after hearing a brief report from City Attorney Robert “Bobby” King.

At the same meeting, the council accepted a bid of $2.9 million for construction of a road extension at the Livingston Economic Development Council’s industrial park just east of Walker and north of U.S. 190. Construction of the road by the city was part of an agreement between the city and the Martin-Brower Company, which is building a large warehouse and distribution center at the industrial park.

Ramsey said the bid, awarded to LA Constructing Enterprises LLC, is $336,000 more than the city had planned but the council will adjust the budget for the project to cover the shortfall. “We are already looking for other sources for funding to complete this project,” the mayor said.

Martin-Brower Co. will supply McDonald’s Restaurants throughout a regional area from the warehouse complex, which is nearing completion.

In another matter, the city council approved an application for a $15,000 grant through the Local Government Assistance Program to improve some water meters in the city limit.