Contractor Challenges Livingston Roads Proposal

LIVINGSTON, LA (AP) — A Denham Springs contractor has sought to halt the bid process for Livingston Parish's road overlay program, saying the parish's bid documents ran afoul of state law and parish codes and contained numerous errors and omissions.

         The Advocate’s Heidi Kinchen reports Earl Price, of Richard Price Contracting, said the Parish Council should put the bidding on hold until the errors are corrected. But Parish President Layton Ricks said the road overlay program is moving forward as scheduled. Bids for the work are due Nov. 12.

         The parish's road engineer, Jim Delaune, of Burk-Kleinpeter Inc., said Price's concerns would be addressed through an addendum to the bid packet that would be sent to all participating contractors.

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         The contractors met with parish officials Monday to ask questions about the bid documents, after which Price sent a 10-page email to Ricks and several council members, detailing his concerns.

         Price said the bid documents do not include the state's required bid form and seek information not allowed at this stage of bidding, including a list of the contractor's subcontractors and material suppliers. The advertisement for bids itself failed to meet state law requirements for notice of electronic bidding, he said.

         Ricks said Monday that he believed the parish did everything correctly in its bid process for the overlay work.

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         "We didn't reinvent the wheel," Ricks said. "As far as I know, we did what we always do."

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