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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON APRIL 08, 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., April 8, 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, Gary Procell, Col. Eric Sweeney, and Willie Walker. Carolyn C. Prator did not attend.
Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; 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 March 11, 2021 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to approve the minutes from the March 11, 2021 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mrs. Moore 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 March 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of February 2021. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Sims, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of March 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of February 2021. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board opened bids for the Annual Supply of Spray Herbicide Chemicals. The bids submitted were as follows:
Red River Specialties, LLC Roundup Pro Concentrate: $18.19/Gal
Shreveport, LA Roundup Pro Generic Equivalent: N/A
Roundup Custom Blend: $18.79/Gal
There were no electronic bids.
Col. Sweeney made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to award the bid to Red River Specialties, LLC, as the low responsible and responsive bidder. The motion unanimously passed.
President Harrison reminded the Board that they are required to file the Louisiana Board of Ethics annual Tier 2.1 Personal Financial Disclosure Statement by May 15, 2021. Forms were distributed to all Commissioners.
The board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Charles May to Charlotte Dugger for approximately one acre on Trees City Road known as Lot #93 in Section 14, T21N, R16W in Caddo Parish, Louisiana with a motion by Mr. Walker and a second by Mrs. Moore.
The Board unanimously approved the payment of National Waterways Conference annual dues in the amount of $1,525.00 with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Procell.
Marshall Jones was not present and had no report.
President Harrison gave an update on the status of repairs at the Caddo Levee District offices and stated that repairs are progressing well as scheduled and will be complete in time to hold the May Board Meeting in person at the office.
Mr. Mustapha reported that there is an eviction in process for surface lease Lot #139 where a resident is living illegally. He reported that Mr. Lattier is filing the eviction proceedings with the Caddo Parish District court, and after a hearing and judgment, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office will be able to evict the resident from the premises.
Mr. Mustapha reported on the distribution center being constructed near the West Agurs Levee on Corporate Drive. He stated that he has been in contact with the developer regarding the need for a pump system at the site, and after discussing the matter with the Executive Committee via a virtual Zoom meeting, he was able to come to an agreement with the development’s engineers and the developer. He stated that the developer is in agreement with the need of a pump system and will fully fund the design and construction of the needed pump system at the site with the understanding that Caddo Levee District will assume ownership, operation and maintenance of the system once it is complete and operational. He stated that their team will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the official terms and agreements that will be discussed at a future Board Meeting and presented to the Board for execution.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the Corps has a Levee Risk Assessment program that may allow the certification of the Red River Levee South without any modifications to achieve the required three-foot freeboard. He stated that the cost of the risk assessment study will be a 50-50 cost share between the Levee District and the USACE. He stated that CLD’s levees are due for recertification in 2023 or when FEMA decides to issue updated FIRM’s for Caddo Parish based on the new water surface elevations of the River provided by the USACE. He will be discussing this program with the USACE staff and will report with more information at a future Board Meeting.
Mr. Mustapha also reported that the Red River Valley Association annual meeting has been scheduled for June 2-3, 2021 at the Horseshoe River Dome in Bossier City. He stated that approval for attendance at this meeting will take place at the May Board Meeting. He stated that he will be giving a presentation on the status of the Red River Sediment Study and Hydraulic Model and how it will impact our area at this meeting.
Mr. Mustapha also reported on Governor Edward’s announcement of $163 million funding through the Louisiana Watershed Initiative for 15 projects statewide. He stated that one of the projects is a $6 million project located in North Caddo Parish for repairs and rehabilitation of the spillway at Black Bayou. He also reported that DOTD will be the sponsor of the project.
Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report that detailed the status of all ongoing projects and the status of all open permits.
Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel, reported that his office is working on filing the eviction proceedings for Lot # 139 with the District Court.
Sam Brimer, Forester, was not present and had no report.
Robert Tomasek, Engineer, reported on further details of the Black Bayou Spillway Project in North Caddo which was approved for funding under the Louisiana Watershed Initiative Program.
Mrs. Moore, Chair of the Personnel Committee, reported that the Personnel Committee will meet virtually immediately following the Board Meeting to discuss the annual performance review of Mr. Mustapha, Executive Director.
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