OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON MARCH 11, 2021
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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held virtually by Zoom at 10:00 a.m., March 11, 2021 due to the ongoing repairs of CLD’s office at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore, James T. Sims, Carolyn C. Prator, Gary Procell, Col. Eric Sweeney, and Willie Walker.
Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; J. Marshall Jones Jr., Jones & Odom, LLP; Robert Tomasek, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; Danielle Thames, Assistant Executive Director; and Lynda Jones, Administrative Assistant were also present via Zoom.
The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Harrison asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.
President Harrison stated that the minutes from the February 11, 2021 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Col. Sweeney made a motion, with a second by Mr. Sims, to approve the minutes from the February 11, 2021 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 and that income was low due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the low prices of oil and natural gas.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of February 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of January 2021. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of February 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of January 2021. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board opened the meeting to public hearing to discuss the operating budget of Caddo Levee District for the 2021-2022 fiscal year with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker. The Board discussed the proposed budget and reviewed in detail the projected revenues and expenditures for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. There were no public comments. The public hearing was closed with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker.
The Board unanimously passed the following resolution to approve the operating budget for the Caddo Levee District 2021-2022 fiscal year with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Col. Sweeney:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District in legal session convened, that:
Section 1: The attached estimate of revenues for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2022 be and the same is hereby adopted to serve as an operating budget of revenues for the District, during same period.
Section 2: The attached estimates of expenditures for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022 be and the same is hereby adopted to serve as a budget of expenditures for the District during the said period.
Section 3: The adoption of the operating budget of expenditures be and the same is hereby declared to operate as an appropriation of the amount therein set forth within the terms of the budget classification.
Section 4: Amounts are available for expenditures only to the extent included within the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Executive Director is hereby authorized and in his sole discretion, to make transfers within the various budget classifications from one classification to another as he may deem necessary provided that any transfer of funds in excess of five percent (5%) of the classification must be approved in advance by action of the Board of Commissioners at a meeting duly noticed and convened.
The Board unanimously passed the following resolution to designate funds for the Caddo Levee District budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Sims:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it does hereby designate $21,236,566 for capital outlay and $6,000,000 for flood fight contingencies for the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget.
Marshall Jones reported that commodity price of crude oil has risen slightly in the last few days and is expected to continue to rise in 2021. He also stated that the price of natural gas is expected to increase due to the cooler weather and high demand during the winter.
President Harrison stated that the Caddo Levee District office building at 1320 Grimmett Drive is currently under repair after damage caused by Winter Storm Uri. He stated that a 1˝-inch water service pipeline froze, burst, and caused extensive water damage to the building. He stated that the undergoing repairs should take approximately 8-10 weeks to complete.
Mr. Mustapha reported that he requested postponing the USACE Annual Levee Inspection scheduled for the week of March 8-11 until late April or early May to allow CLD’s crews to complete preparing the levees for inspection. Winter Storm Uri in February and the wet weather conditions in late February and early March made it impossible to perform the required routine maintenance to the levees. Mr. Mustapha also reported that there was some minor flooding in North Caddo Parish over the last ten days. He stated that Twelve Mile Bayou peaked above flood stage and reached 30.6 feet on March 1 and remained at this high level for 7-8 days and required closure of Agurs Flood Gates and activating the Agurs pumps to ensure flood protection is provided for the area. He also stated that the Red River reached minor flood stage during the same period and peaked at 26.0 feet.
Mr. Mustapha also reported that Goldman Equipment, with the assistance of CLD’s crews, have completed the annual equipment maintenance in preparation for the upcoming mowing season which will start later this month.
Mr. Mustapha also reported the Association of the Levee Boards of Louisiana (ALBL) is considering holding the annual spring meeting on May 6-7, with meetings being held via Zoom and limited in person attendance for Executive Committee members. He also reported that March is considered as Severe Weather Month, and he had an interview with KTAL - Channel 6 news on how the Levee District prepares for Spring floods which are very common in our area.
Mr. Mustapha provided a written report that detailed the status of all ongoing projects and the status of all open permits. He stated that we received only one (1) request for a permit during the month of February and a total of five (5) permit requests has been received in 2021.
Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel, was present, and encouraged everyone to continue to practice social distancing. He stated that there are no pending legal matters.
Sam Brimer, Forester, was not present and had no report. Mr. Mustapha reported that the re-planning of the Rodessa tract that was harvested last year is complete.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
There was no Equipment Committee Report.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mr. Walker made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Sims. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.
President Executive Director
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