Ten firms respond to Livingston request for engineering work

Ten firms responded to Livingston Parish’s request for qualifications for engineering work on the parish’s road overlay program, but a winner has not been chosen, the parish’s public works director said Wednesday.

Director Sam Digirolamo said firms from as far away as Thibodaux and Alexandria responded.

The firm Parish President Layton Ricks hired in July for the job, Burk-Kleinpeter Inc. of Baton Rouge, was among the companies that responded. The Parish Council has refused to recognize Ricks’ contract with the company because the parish president didn’t seek council approval for the selection.

Also among the group is Quality Engineering and Surveying LLC, of Port Vincent, the only firm that responded to the council’s own RFQ for the work in November.

The responses are being reviewed and Ricks will present his recommendation, along with a backup or two, to the Parish Council for approval on Feb. 13, Digirolamo said.

Factors considered are training and experience, use of consultants and subcontractors, current projects, any work done for the parish during the past 10 years, whether projects are done timely and on-budget, and the firm’s familiarity with and proximity to the parish.

Council Chairman Ricky Goff said council members had not yet seen the list of companies that submitted responses.

“We haven’t gotten anything on it, only a single page (for the council’s Feb. 13 agenda) letting us know that he will be bringing a recommendation,” Goff said.

Councilman Jim Norred, who chairs the procurement committee, said he would be curious to know what process the parish president will employ to score and validate the responses.

“In a request for proposals or bids, you typically have score sheets, weighting the bids,” Norred said. “It’s a little different with an RFQ … I don’t know what his plan is or where he’s going from here.”

The other responding firms were: Civil Design and Construction, of Port Allen; Duplantis Design Group, Thibodaux; Meyer Engineers, Metairie; Meyer Meyer LaCroix and Hixson, Alexandria; Neel-Schaffer, Baton Rouge; Pinnacle Engineering, Covington; SJB Group, Baton Rouge, and Stuart Consulting Group, Metairie.