Police jury holding retainer until company cleans mess

Published 12:11am Tuesday, August 27, 2013

VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Police Jury members say they are withholding $13,000 from Louisiana Roofing Contractors until the company picks up its mess.

Louisiana Roofing Contractors recently waterproofed and repaired the old courthouse’s roof.

The company dropped debris onto a nearby building, and some of the waterproofing liquid used in the project leaked onto the courthouse’s windows, Police Juror Randy Temple said during the police jury’s Monday meeting.

“The roofing looks fine, but when they sealed the exterior, it got all over the courthouse’s windows,” Temple said. “The windows look real cloudy. You can’t even scratch the stuff off with a pocket knife.”

Secretary Treasurer Kevin Friloux recommended holding the Louisiana Roofing Contractor’s $13,000 retainer until the work is completed. A retainer is a flat-rate fee paid once work is completed.

In other news from the meeting:

• When inspecting the old courthouse work, Temple said he noticed cracks in the Concordia Parish Library’s roof.

The roof was replaced a few years ago by Dixie Roofing and is still under a 20-year warranty.

Temple said he would contact the roofing company to have the roof fixed.

• The police jury received one bid for the renovation of the Concordia Parish Health Unit in Ferriday, but decided not to take action on the bid. Instead, the jury assigned inspection of the bid to the finance committee.

The health unit provides basic health services, such as family planning, immunization and sexually transmitted disease testing.