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  • Council approves splitting money between current, future road projects check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2015 6:12 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish council approved a deal to split a pot of money between road construction and right-of-way acquisition. At a council meeting Thursday, the group approved putting $750,000 toward existing road work. Another $250,000 will be spent to buy land for a possible extension of Juban Road.... more »
  • Council discusses pay raise, parish president's absence check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 24, 2014 10:49 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are upset they aren't moving forward in the direction they would like. The council is concerned about the Master Plan and proposed changes to the Home Rule Charter that are up to voters on Dec. 6. Councilman Ricky Goff chastised... more »
  • No action taken on legal fees in middle of feud check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2014 4:37 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Thursday night, the Livingston Parish Council did not act on dealing with legal fees related to a lawsuit involving council members. The council wanted the parish to pay attorney fees for two council members, but Parish President Layton Ricks wants to wait until a judge makes a... more »
  • Livingston Parish fixes 7 bridges with grant money Play Video

    August 13, 2014 3:07 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish leaders found a way to replace seven worn wooden bridges without spending a dime of parish money. The parish got $4.6 million from a federal grant through the Louisiana Recovery Act. The bridges are scattered throughout the parish, but three are in the Haynes Settlement... more »
  • Ricks: FEMA arbitration 'detrimental' for the parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish President Layton Ricks said he disagreed with an arbitration panel's decision which left Livingston Parish on the hook for nearly $60 million in Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs. Ricks told News 2 the decision "could be detrimental for the parish," and said he did not know how... more »
  • Livingston Parish gets nothing for hurricane cleanup

    June 30, 2014 12:07 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders said they will not receive any of the nearly $60 million spent on Hurricane Gustav cleanup after arbitration with FEMA ended this past weekend. Parish President Layton Ricks expressed disappointment over the result as he said it "came back zeroes across the board" on Livingston... more »
  • Ricks talks D.C. trip, recovery of debris funds check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 12, 2014 9:06 AM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - A Board of Appeals has denied a motion by FEMA to dismiss Livingston Parish's request for arbitration in recovering over $59 million it spent in clean up after Hurricane Gustav. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about the big victory... more »
  • Turns out, there never was a problem with Eden Church Road check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 10, 2014 10:21 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Thursday night the Livingston Parish Council talked about the real problem on Eden Church Road: clogged drains and not bad design. For years, residents along Eden Church have complained about flooding, no matter how little or how much it rained. "That's all I can ask... more »
  • Support grows to stall levee construction Play Video

    April 1, 2014 8:56 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Neighboring parishes are teaming up to study the impact of a proposed levee system before construction can begin. "Let's really look at the whole region," Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said. Ricks and the Livingston Parish Council are urging leaders of a proposed levee system around... more »
  • Livingston council considering veto override

    December 30, 2013 11:23 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are considering an override of a budget veto by Parish President Layton Ricks. Ricks vetoed the budget on December 19, saying it didn't contain tax money dedicated to road work and other projects. Ricks says he will operate under the... more »
  • Livingston Parish dealing with excess overtime check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2013 5:00 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish has around $150,000 of unpaid overtime on its books, and now parish leaders are dealing with the problem. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says making lump-sum payouts is unrealistic. "We simply cannot pay it out. The budget won't allow that. If we paid it... more »
  • Still not singing Kumbayah

    December 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The first meeting of peacemakers didn't do enough to settle issues among leaders in Livingston Parish, it appears. The drama, shouting, and hollering returned to Thursday night's council meeting a day after a special commission met for the first time to address such issues. The council and... more »
  • Special group will address why 'they' can't all get along check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2013 9:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has created a commission in an effort to stop the bickering with the parish president. The commission will make suggested changes to the parish's home rule charter. "What we are doing is hopefully they are bringing some amendments that will be clear... more »
  • Battle lines drawn over Livingston Parish budget

    December 2, 2013 9:45 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. - The stage is set for a showdown among Livingston Parish officials over spending when the Parish Council considers adopting a 2014 budget on Thursday The chairmen of the council and its finance committee said amendments to the administration's proposed budget likely will be numerous, though neither would... more »
  • Shouting and name-calling erupts over road repairs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 25, 2013 10:27 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Finger pointing and name calling erupted at a meeting of the Livingston Parish Council Monday night over a road repair program and the financing for it. The parish has millions locked up because the council has not agreed on how to spend it. But, the council tabled... more »
  • Livingston animal control asks for change check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 12, 2013 6:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A fight over animal control is getting ugly in Livingston Parish. Recently three members quit a five-person advisory committee created to find ways to fix the parish shelter's problems and increase services to cover the parish. "They really need an experienced shelter staff and an experienced... more »
  • Juban Crossing construction date pushed back again check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 12, 2013 9:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The ongoing Juban Crossing saga continues as deadlines keep getting pushed back further and further. In an interview with News 2, the retail center's developer, Stephen Keller, said crews would start construction in 30 days. The interview was 35 days ago and the piece of lot... more »
  • People want their bumpy roads taken seriously check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    WALKER - Livingston Parish council members are at odds about a parish wide overlay project to repaved neglected roads. "I feel like it was a stab in the back," councilman Chance Parent said at a recent meeting. He was caught off guard when parish president Layton Ricks contracted... more »
  • Firm files suit against council members after TV report

    March 12, 2013 12:00 AM

    LIVINGSTON- Two members of the parish council are being sued by engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates. In court documents, the attorneys for the firm said Cindy Wales and Marshall Harris made statements that were false and "specifically designed to negatively impact the business reputation" of the firm. ... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Altered documents cost you money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 6, 2013 11:08 PM

    LIVINGSTON- WBRZ News 2 has learned the State Inspector General's Office has files connected to public emails being deleted by a parish employee. A team of investigative journalists with WBRZ uncovered the emails and altered documents. The changes made to parish council minutes cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. ... more »
  • Bridges damaged, flooding continues in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 14, 2013 5:49 PM

    HOLDEN - Water levels continue to rise and fall in Livingston Parish with more rain in the forecast, and it's getting harder to travel around some areas. Bridges in the Holden area are closed for repairs. Water lifted the bridge on Frank Ballard Road and floated it several feet... more »
  • Juban Crossing back on track check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 11, 2013 5:44 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Construction at the Juban Crossing site restarted a few weeks ago, and Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says the shopping center will become a reality. The major retail developed planned along I-12 has suffered through delays since the economic dip starting in 2008. He says developers... more »
  • Disaster declaration extended for Livingston Parish

    September 26, 2012 10:37 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish president said a disaster declaration for Livingston Parish has been extended for another month. Residents in the lower portion of the parish saw extensive flooding after Hurricane Isaac passed through southern Louisiana. Parish President Layton Ricks said FEMA is working with parish officials to... more »
  • Debris monitoring contract in place for Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 11, 2012 5:40 PM

    MAUREPAS - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says a contractor has been hired to monitor debris cleanup after Hurricane Isaac. Ricks said the contract for actual pickup is still being worked out, so there's no timetable for when work can begin in the parish. The Louisiana Department of... more »
  • Ricks: Could be a few days before debris removal begins

    September 5, 2012 1:40 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said today it could take a few more days to complete plans for debris removal after Hurricane Isaac. Ricks told News 2 it's taking some time because the parish is trying to avoid many of the problems they faced after Hurricane Gustav... more »
  • Livingston Parish initiates FEMA hotline check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 4, 2012 4:44 PM

    LIVINGSTON - In an effort to speed up the recovery process and FEMA assessment following Tropical Storm Isaac, Livingston Parish has established a Hurricane Disaster Recovery Team. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks is asking all families whose property was damaged by Isaac to call the hotline at 225-686-3996. Callers... more »
  • Jail eating hole in Livingston Parish budget

    July 26, 2012 10:30 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Costs at the new Livingston Parish jail are digging the parish into a budget hole to the tune of more than a million dollars each year, according to the parish administrator. Layton Ricks told News 2 jail operating costs are covered by the parish, while the sheriff's... more »
  • Parish president responds to debris payment demand

    June 26, 2012 9:41 AM

    LIVINGTON PARISH- President Layton Ricks will hold a press conference to discuss money demanded by Cory Delahoussaye and CDEL. The Livingston Parish Council requested that $370,000 be paid to the company for their work removing debris after Hurricane Gustav. News 2's Adrian Pittman will have more today at... more »
  • Livi Parish pres. given deadline to pay contractor check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- The Livingston Parish Council told President Layton Ricks to pay contractor C-Del, despite objections from some. It is part of ongoing controversy concerning debris removal after Hurricane Gustav in 2008. C-Del owner Corey Delahoussaye was the environmental consultant for former President Mike Grimmer. The parish delayed paying... more »
  • Deleted emails cause controversy in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 25, 2012 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Livingston Parish Council called for an investigation into e-mails deleted by a former council employee. Mary Kistler resigned from the council last year and took a job as an assistant to Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks. Kistler contacted a computer contractor to help erase files, and... more »
  • Residents get say in Livingston Parish growth check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 9, 2012 5:53 PM

    LIVINGSTON-- Livingston Parish is up to 40 years behind where it should be when it comes to sewer, water and highway infrastructure, Parish President Layton Ricks said. He and other leaders believe it is time to form a comprehensive master plan for the growth of the parish, and they want... more »
  • Livingston Parish animal shelter needs money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 30, 2012 6:20 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Walk into the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter, and you'd never know by looking or smelling that it needs hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of repair before it can function as a fully operational animal control center. That's SPCA President Terri Dunlap's estimate of how much work... more »
  • Livingston Parish council votes to take money back

    January 12, 2012 10:26 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Livingston Parish Council voted to take back money paid to Alvin Fairburn and Associates for year-old road work. Just one day into his tenure, Parish President Layton Ricks signed a $450,000 check to pay for parish road work. Ricks had to sit through tough words... more »
  • Mike Grimmer concedes as Parish President check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 19, 2011 9:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- Incumbent Livingston Parish President Mike Grimmer has just conceded to challenger Layton Ricks. Right now, with 54 of 79 precincts reporting Grimmer has 43% of the vote. Layton Ricks has 57% of the vote. News 2 Rob Krieger reports Grimmer is about to address his supporters.... more »
  • Runoff race for Livingston Parish pres. heating up

    November 8, 2011 6:01 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The runoff for Livingston Parish president is red-hot. Tonight, there's even a debate over the lack of a debate between the two candidates. Incumbent Mike Grimmer says he is available anytime, anywhere to talk about issues facing the parish, including economic development and lingering problems tied to... more »

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