Caddo Levee District

Minutes - January

 

 

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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JANUARY 09, 2020

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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., January 9, 2020, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Carolyn C. Prator, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker. Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore and Helen Godfrey-Smith were not present.

 

Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; John Barr, U.S. Senator John Kennedy’s Office; Jeff Taylor of Shreveport, LA; Robert Tomasek, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator; Sam Brimer, Forester; Danielle Thames, Assistant Secretary; and Abbie Machowski, Administrative Assistant were also present.

 

The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

President Sims asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.

 

Mr. Sims stated that the minutes from the December 2019 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Procell made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to approve the minutes from the December 2019 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

 

Mr. Mustapha discussed the monthly financial reports, reporting that operating expenses were in line with monthly averages for this time of year.

 

The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of December 2019 and subsequent bills for the month of November 2019. Mr. Walker made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of December 2019 and subsequent bills for the month of November 2019. The motion unanimously passed.

 

The Board opened bids for the grazing lease advertised as Tract #1. The bids submitted were as follows:

                          Jeff Taylor                                               $4,500/yr ($13.59 per acre)

 

The following resolution was unanimously passed awarding the bid to Jeff Taylor with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker:

 

 BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it hereby recognizes Jeff Taylor as high responsive bidder on grazing lease tract described as follows:

 

Approximately 331 acres being all CLD lands in Section 13, south and west of Twelve Mile Bayou, T19N, R15W; that portion of Section 14, south and east of Hwy 173 and south and west of Twelve Mile Bayou, T19N, R15 W, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana;

 

and the Caddo Levee District’s President is authorized to lease the above described tract to Jeff Taylor with the provision that he pays his rental as required in the lease. 

 

 

The Board opened bids for the grazing lease advertised as Tract #2. The bids submitted were as follows:

                          Marty Wooldridge                                 $600/yr ($12.75 per acre)

 

The following resolution was unanimously passed awarding the bid to Marty Wooldridge with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Procell:

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it hereby recognizes Marty Wooldridge as high responsive bidder on grazing lease tract described as follows:

 

Approximately 47 acres in the NW/4 of NW/4 of Section 17, T20N, R15W in Caddo Parish, Louisiana;

 

and the Caddo Levee District’s President is authorized to lease the above described tract to Marty Wooldridge with the provision that he pays his rental as required in the lease. 

 

The Board opened bids for the grazing lease advertised as Tract #3. The bids submitted were as follows:

                          Maury Wooldridge                                 $1,500/yr ($12.50 per acre)

 

The following resolution was unanimously passed awarding the bid to Maury Wooldridge with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Procell:

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it hereby recognizes Maury Wooldridge as high responsive bidder on grazing lease tract described as follows:

 

Approximately 120 acres in the NE/4 of SE/4 and the SE/2 of SE/4 of Section 27, T21N, R16W in Caddo Parish, Louisiana;

 

and the Caddo Levee District’s President is authorized to lease the above described tract to Maury Wooldridge with the provision that he pays his rental as required in the lease. 

 

The Board unanimously approved the option to renew the contract for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020, with Lott Oil Company for the purchase of fuel as per original bid specifications for January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 with two one-year renewal options, with a motion by Mr. Walker and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board unanimously approved the attendance of Administrator, Engineer and Commissioners at the Red River Valley Association Annual Convention on February 19-20, 2020 at Sam’s Town Convention Center in Shreveport, LA, with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved a $1,000 sponsorship of the Red River Valley Association Annual Convention with a motion by Mr. Walker and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board unanimously approved the payment of 2020 dues in the amount of $2,000.00 for the Red River Valley Association with a motion by Mr. Walker and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board unanimously approved the payment of 2020 dues in the amount of $2,000.00 for the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved the renewal of a Certificate of Deposit currently held by Home Federal Bank maturing January 12, 2020 for a period of two years at a rate of 2.00% with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board discussed a request of support for the SW Arkansas Feasibility Study received from the Arkansas Red River Commission. The Commission is asking for a commitment from the Caddo Levee District to contribute $100,000.00 towards the study at a later date. The Commission has also requested similar support from the Bossier Levee District, the Caddo-Bossier Port, the Red River Waterway Commission, Caddo and Bossier Parishes, and the Cities of Shreveport and Bossier City. The Board approved this request from the Arkansas Red River Commission with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the following surface leases with a motion by Mr. Walker and a second by Mr. Procell: Belinda D. Allborty, Lee Arledge, Laurie Bigelow, Boyd Boyter, Deanna Boyter, David E. Caporossi, Wanda Clark, Ronald D. Coil, Jr., Vernon Crawford, Penni Cater Davis, Charles “Rusty” Edwards, Mark Gates, Thomas Gorsulowsky, William N. Green, Jr., Randy Hollifield, Jeffery Dean Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Randy Kennedy, Robb Martin, Henry Mecom, Leslie Putman, David Rowe, Frankie Stevens, Richard Taylor, Sammy Thompson, Thomas L. Todd.

 

Marshall Jones was not present and had no report.

 

President Sims had no report.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the Flood Technical Committee met on January 7 to discuss the Shreveport National Weather Service research on flood mapping on the Red River Initiative. He stated that they are working on the development of interactive flood mapping tools that would be available to the public to allow for better flood planning. Mr. Mustapha also reported that there will be a meeting with the Corps on January 22 in Natchitoches at the offices of the Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC).

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that three consultants were selected by DOTD for presentations and interviews for consideration to provide engineering services for the Louisiana Watershed Initiative Region 1 which includes Caddo & Bossier Parishes. DOTD and Louisiana Watershed Initiative will be making the final selection before the end of January.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the Levee District received the Corps 2019 Annual Inspection Reports for all six of CLD’s levees, which all received an overall rating of Minimally Acceptable.

 

Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report that detailed the status and progress of all ongoing projects and the status of all open permits.

 

             Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel, had no report.

 

Sam Brimer, Forester, had no report.

 

There was no Engineer’s Report.

 

There was no Personnel Committee Report.

 

There was no Legal Committee Report.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the 2007 Ford F-350 that was replaced at the end of 2019 will be delivered to be sold at auction this month.

 

With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mr. Walker made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Procell. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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