Caddo Levee District

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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON February 13, 2020

 

At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., February 13, 2020, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Carolyn C. Prator, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, Helen Godfrey-Smith and Willie Walker.

 

Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; J. Marshall Jones, Jr., Jones & Odom, LLP; John Barr, U.S. Senator John Kennedyís Office; 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 January 2020 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 January 2020 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

 

Mr. Harrison 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 January 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of December 2019. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of January 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of December 2019. The motion unanimously passed.

 

The Board unanimously approved the attendance of Administrator and Commissioners at the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana 35th Annual Workshop on May 7-8, 2020 at Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge, LA, with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mrs. Moore.

 

The Board unanimously approved the renewal of surface lease for Clint Sullivan with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Harrison.

 

Marshall Jones reported that current oil and gas prices have dropped slightly, and prices are expected to remain low for several months.

 

President Sims reported that he attended the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana Executive Committee Meeting in Baton Rouge on February 7, where they discussed costs that were cut for the ALBL Annual Conference.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that he attended a meeting with the Corps on January 22 in Natchitoches. He reported that there are proposed changes to the annual inspection cycle which is to be determined based on the risk assessment of the levee segment. The changes will be included in Engineer Circular (EC 1165-2-218) draft, which is to be released for review and public comment in late February. Mr. Mustapha also reported that the Levee District received a Certificate of Merit for the Operation and Maintenance of Flood Control Projects from Colonel Robert Hilliard, Vicksburg District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that he has begun review of the new 100-year flood profile of the Red River between Downtown Shreveport and Lock & Dam #5. Preliminary review indicates that the elevations are 2-3 feet higher than the existing base flood elevations for the river (which were established in the late 1970ís) and the June 2015 flood high water marks. The crown elevations of the Red River Levee South are above the modelís 100-year flood elevations and there are no concerns for overtopping the levee. However, the levee segment from Bishop Point to Caspiana has a free board of approximately 1.6 feet and may require modification. The levee segment at the Port may also require minor modification to ensure a minimum free board of 3 feet. Overall, only about 3 miles of the levee may require minor to moderate elevation modifications.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the DOTD has selected Atkins Engineering as the consultant for the Northwest Louisiana area (Watershed #1) management study.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the floodgates were closed at Agurs on February 12 and the two pumps have been running to mitigate water levels following the recent heavy rainfall. 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, reported that maintenance is underway on all equipment to prepare for the upcoming cutting season.

 

There was no Engineerís Report.

 

There was no Personnel Committee Report.

 

There was no Legal Committee Report.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the 2007 Ford F-350 was sold at auction on February 1.

 

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

 

 

 

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Minutes - February

 

 

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