A process that began in July 2016 is far from over, according to Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. In what was described in a mail-out sent to parish residents last summer as “the first phase of a complete overhaul and upgrade of the 35-year-old air conditioning system” President Ourso informed Parish Council members that repairs on the building are not yet over. This upgrade project initially cost the parish around $2 million, but has increased to around $4 million after asbestos was discovered in the building's heating and cooling system. According to an Advocate report, Parish Finance Director Randall Dunn said it cost the parish an addition $1 million to to undergo asbestos treatment. After that was complete, the original upgrade on the air-conditioning system resumed. Part of this progress was slowed due to several special elections that needed to be held in the courthouse. The original estimated date had the courthouse completely shut down from July 26 through August 8. Offices on the first and third floors reopened on August 9, and September 23 was the anticipated date for re-opening of the second floor. During this floor-by-floor construction period, the offices housed in the courthouse were forced to relocate temporarily which put the Clerk of Court's Office in the Iberville Parish Library along with the Assessor's Office and Registrar of Voters. Various other offices found temporary homes throughout the parish and some outside of the parish. Upgrades to the Clerk of Court's Office recently wrapped up and will soon begin in the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office. Ourso explained to Council members that a new problem has shown its face at the courthouse when he was informed that the parapet on the west wall of the building is crumbling. The parish installed wooden fencing around the danger area to keep anyone from entering and exiting and getting too close for fear of falling debris. “We have spent a fortune on this courthouse and it's not finished yet,” Ourso said to the council. “This started at $1.6 million, and it's going to be close to five or six million dollars before we finish. This is a strain on our resources.” Ourso estimated the repair to the west wall and crumbling parapet to be anywhere between an additional $800,000 and $900,000 to the already increased price-tag. There currently is no timeline on how long the repair of the west wall will take once the new project gets started, but it is a necessary repair to one of Iberville's most precious institutions. “This public building here people should respect. It takes a lot to take care of,” Ourso said. “Just don't take it for granted. It's something the people of Iberville Parish ought to be proud of.”