Engineer says his firm will do work if necessary

Andre Aucoin said Tuesday that if the city has difficulty finding another engineer for the LSUE Dr.-Eunice Superette collections lines project, his firm will find a way to fit it into its work schedule.

Aucoin said earlier that he had told Mayor Bob Morris that he'd prefer the city use someone else.

He said his firm, Acadian Engineers & Environmental Consultants, has a full workload, including several city projeccts, without the collection lines job.

"But if they need the help we'll do it," Aucoin said Tuesday, adding that might require that he subcontract with an inspector for the project.

"It's the kind of thing done in the engineering business all the time," Aucoin said. "We'll help however we can," Aucoin said.

Morris offered the job to Aucoin after dismissing another firm, Aucoin & Associates, following a disagreement with Karl Aucoin.

The city began working about 15 months ago in the project, after annexing the Superette on the condition it would provide sewerage collection service to it.

Bids were received in August, with the lowest being just under $50,000.

When the mayor decided to change engineers, there was some question as to whether the state permit for the project would remain valid.

Andre Aucoin said all the city has to do is retain an independent engineer to oversee the project.

Whether Morris has had difficulty finding another engineer is unknown. He is not talking to eunicetoday.com or The Eunice News.

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