Provident fines repealed by courtJul 22nd, 2011 | By William Dilella | Category: News
On Thursday, July 14, 5th Circuit Federal Court Judge Helen Berrigan issued her decision finding St. Bernard Parish not liable for the recent fines, totaling $40,000, according to Parish President Craig Taffaro.
The fines had been imposed following Berrigan’s order for St. Bernard Parish to issue any and all documents necessary for utilities to be activated on all four Provident Realty sites in Chalmette. Four days following the order, Taffaro requested the Council’s action on the matter. The next day, three of the four sites were granted building permits. The move, according to Councilman-at-Large West Frank Auderer, will move the legal debate closer to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the Parish hopes to have its case heard.
At the most recent Council meeting, held on July 19, Taffaro updated the Council members on the recent developments, including the engineering review that revealed problems on two sites.
“The latest information with the Provident Case is that our engineering review identified some errors in the drainage calculations of two of the sites,” Taffaro said in his President’s Report. “We are seeking relief from the district court to have the information reviewed and any needed adjustments made to the drainage plan be ordered.”
“Our request for a state review of CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) process and guidelines was scheduled for last week, but did not materialize,” Taffaro continued.
Another meeting is being set up for next week to discuss the state of Provident’s grants, given the recent updates and reviews.