Around Livingston for July 29, 2013

The Livingston Parish Council decided Thursday to postpone a discussion on whether contractor Corey Delahoussaye, who the parish hired in October 2009 to help with Hurricane Gustav cleanup, should receive a final check that Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks halted a year ago.

Councilman Jim Norred had placed the item on Thursday’s agenda, but the council voted to table the matter.

Shortly after taking office, Ricks stopped payment on a $379,000 check issued to Delahoussaye and his company, C-Del Inc., by then-Parish President Mike Grimmer. Ricks said he didn’t want to pay that bill until questions about it were resolved.

The Parish Council voted in June 2012 to direct Ricks to issue the payment. Ricks has reiterated that he won’t sign it.

C-Del Inc. was hired to help the parish resolve wetlands permit and mitigation issues from the parish’s efforts to clean up after Gustav in 2008.

Delahoussaye billed the parish for about $2 million, but the council in August 2011 terminated its contract after council members raised issues about Delahoussaye’s invoices.

Delahoussaye in August sued the parish and three firms involved in Gustav cleanup, claiming his contract with the parish to monitor the work of those firms was terminated because he reported illegal and improper work. The council voted in December to let parish attorney Chris Moody pursue a settlement in the suit.

Benefit

Livingston Parish residents can treat themselves to an evening in the park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Tony Dugas North Parish Recreation Center, 30372 Eden Church Road, Denham Springs.

The evening will include dinner, dancing and music by Big River Express.

The cost is $50 per person. Raffle tickets are $20. Prizes include two 2013 LSU season tickets, a 50-inch TV or a mini IPad.

Proceeds benefit Livingston Youth and Family Counseling. For tickets, call (225) 665-7242 or log on to http://infoLYFCounseling.org.

Assess the Need

Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, in conjunction with several business donors and community volunteers, will sponsor the Assess the Need campaign in an effort to provide school supplies for nearly 2,500 needy children in Livingston Parish public schools this school year.

Nearly 100 volunteers will collect donations at Wal-Mart stores in Denham Springs, Watson and Walker from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Aug. 10-11. Donations of cash and supplies will be accepted.

Donations can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Livingston Parish Assessor’s Office.

Golf tournament

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf tournament Oct. 7 starting at 11:30 a.m. at Carter Plantation, Denham Springs.

Event sponsors are needed.

To help, call the chamber at (225) 665-8155.

Contact the Florida Parishes Bureau by phone at (225) 664-9058; by fax at (225) 664-9710; and by email at Florida@theadvocate.com.