Sep 16, 2011 6:29 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Seven contractors who have performed work in the state's $750 million Hazard Mitigation program have been placed on probation.
The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors took action against the companies Thursday during administrative hearings held after clients filed complaints of unprofessional workmanship or other issues.
Probationary status allows the board's staff to closely monitor the companies' activities to ensure that all regulations are followed.
Placed on six months' probation were Lockett Construction Company Inc. of Slidell; Maurice Roy Hurst and the Olympic Group LLC, of Metairie; Davie Shoring Inc., of Kenner and Celebrity Contractors, Inc., of Harvey. On four months' probation are Pelican Shoring, LLC and J.A.C. Buildings, LLC, both of New Orleans. One company, Coastal Shoring, LLC, of Jefferson, was placed on probation for three months.
The board's moves send a "strong message to homeowners and contractors that we take allegations of shoddy work ... seriously," said Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater.
The board declined to issue any penalties against Roubion Construction and J-CON, both of New Orleans.
Homeowners can report poor workmanship by their contractors, enter into mediation through the program and change contractors without penalty if the contractor will not correct problems with the construction by calling the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program's toll-free hotline, 877-824-8312.
The program is funded with federal money and provides supplemental grants for homeowners eligible for Road Home assistance after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, allowing them to make improvements to their homes for future storms, including elevations, storm shutters and roof improvements.
An estimated 20,000 flood-prone homes are expected to receive improvements under the program, which has paid out more than $325 million to about 7,100 homeowners so far.