Another twist in Livingston's debris saga
LIVINGSTON- The long, drawn out court battle on who should get paid for Hurricane Gustav cleanup work in Livingston Parish took another twist Wednesday.
A federal judge ruled that engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates can sue the parish for work the company said it performed following the September 2008 hurricane.
Fairburn says it's owed about five million dollars in money for monitoring contractors- part of money that FEMA has denied the parish due to improper documentation of storm damage cleanup
In May, a panel of three judges backed FEMA's denial of more than 50 million dollars in reimbursement funds to Livingston parish.
That left the parish holding the bag on paying Fairburn and other contractors. Ironically, parish president Layton Ricks used to work for Fairburn.
Ricks has said the parish has no money to reimburse a number of contractors who believe they are owed money for cleanup and ditch cleaning. Attorneys for Fairburn indicated last week that the company is interested in settling, but so far the parish has not agreed.
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