Ali M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator
Regular Business Hours : Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
February 8, 2018
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON FEBRUARY 8, 2018
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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., February 8, 2018, 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; Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom LLP; Sam Brimer, Forester; Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator; and Danielle Stafford, Assistant Secretary, 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 2018 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Smith, to approve the minutes from the January 2018 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports and reported that expenses for the month of January were in line with the monthly average.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of January 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of December 2017. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of January 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of December 2017. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board unanimously approved the attendance of Administrator, Commissioners, and Board Legal Counsel at the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana 33rd Annual Workshop on May 3-4, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA, with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mrs. Moore.
The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Joseph Bouillon to Joseph Brian Bouillon for approximately one acre known as Lot #204 on Black Bayou in Section 1, T22N, R16W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mr. Walker.
The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Tami Herbert to Ken Lawler for approximately one acre known as Lot #217 in Section 21, T20N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mr. Walker.
The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Dale Putman to Leslie Putman for approximately one acre known as Lot #112 in Section 22, T22N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.
Marshall Jones reported that oil and gas prices have gone up and then back down due to stock market fluctuations, but he is optimistic that prices will continue to rise over the next several months. Mr. Jones also reported that natural gas prices have also tanked due to milder than expected temperatures. Mr. Jones stated that Jackie Devall from the Office of Conservation—Louisiana Department of Natural Resources will be giving us a written report stating that they will be requiring Gemini Exploration to plug another five (5) wells on Caddo Levee District property in Section 21 in 2018.
President Sims recognized Mr. Mustapha as instrumental in helping to solve issues with a water line crossing Black Bayou and Pine Island Levee system at LA Hwy 530 in Oil City and thanked him for his input.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is in the process of changing the procedure of evaluating and inspecting levee systems to include risk assessment. The USACE plans to use risk assessments to prioritize life safety risks for its own levee safety activities and to provide basis for communicating risk so that levee system sponsors (owners) and other stakeholders can make more informed decisions during flood events. The USACE presented a draft of the risk assessment procedure to the Board at the July 2017 meeting. Additional meetings with Levee Boards will be conducted prior to the implementation of risk assessments. The USACE is also working on revising the Section 408 Permit process and will be issuing a draft Section 408 Policy Document for public review and comments in mid to late February.
Mr. Mustapha also reported that the Flood Technical Committee will be meeting with the USACE on February 12 to discuss the status of the Hydraulic and Sediment Study and determine if all the funding to complete the Study on schedule has been secured. He stated that the Study is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2019. Mr. Mustapha reported that the Texas A&M University Capstone team who are working on the Red River Flood Assessment project were unable to visit the area in January due to the ice and snow and conducted phone interviews instead. The final report will be received from the team in late May.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana Executive Committee Meeting will be Friday, February 16, 2018, in Baton Rouge and will be attended by both himself and President Sims.
Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report that detailed the status and progress of all the ongoing Capital Outlay projects. He also provided a written report on the status of all open permits.
Ronald Lattier reported that Mr. Rogers “Mickey” Prestridge, a longtime Commissioner of the Red River Waterway Commission, passed away on February 5, and his funeral will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
Forester Sam Brimer reported that plans have been further delayed to replant two tracts, and he is hoping they will be planted later in February.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
Mr. Mustapha reported that two new cutters were purchased under state contract from Goldman Equipment, and a new Chevrolet Tahoe was purchased under state contract.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
Minutes - February 08, 2018