Iberia Parish Government is suing Bedminster International to put to rest a contract that the council voted to cancel 10 months ago, but has still not been formally terminated by Bedminster.
The parish contracted Bedminster to develop and build a composting and waste management facility near the wastewater treatment plant in New Iberia.
Assistant District Attorney Wayne Landry, who filed the suit Friday on behalf of the parish, stated in the lawsuit if the contract is not ended, it could “present a cloud on the financial responsibility of the parish or be construed as a contigent liability by commercial banks or investment bankers.”
The parish paid Bedminster $77,028 for the study and report phase of the project, one of eight phases that would have totaled $524,000 to be paid to Bedminster. An agreement could not be reached on the location of the facility, so the parish opted to cancel the services, which the contract allows the parish to do.
One clause in the contract, however, says if the parish chooses not to construct the facility, Bedminster’s fees would be terminated after the fourth phase of the project, which would call for an additional $162,544 to be paid to Bedminster.
Bedminster agreed in the past to cancel the contract, but the parish is suing to ensure that the parish is not liable for any amount of money in the contract, which totals $891,500 in engineering and consulting fees and $2,100,000 in the construction budget.