Ali M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator
June 14, 2018
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JUNE 14, 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., June 14, 2018, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Carolyn C. Prator, Kandi Moore, and Willie Walker. Gary Procell and Helen Godfrey Smith were not present.
John Barr, U.S. Senator John Kennedy’s Office; Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom LLP; Robert Tomasek, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Emily Jones, LA Department of Transportation and Development; 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. Mr. John Barr of U.S. Senator John Kennedy’s Office introduced himself to the Board. There were no further public comments.
Mr. Sims stated that the minutes from the May 2018 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to approve the minutes from the May 2018 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports, reporting that income and expenses for the month of May were in line with the monthly average.
Mr. Mustapha discussed the current balance of the operating checking account and requested that the Board approve the transfer of $1,000,000.00 from the savings account to the operating account in order to replenish the balance and fund the upcoming Capital Outlay projects in 2018-2019. The Board unanimously approved this transfer with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mr. Walker.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of May 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of April 2018. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of May 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of April 2018. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of a Certificate of Deposit with Home Federal Bank at a rate of 2.00% for 2 years with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mrs. Moore.
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of a Certificate of Deposit with Red River Bank at a rate of 2.00% for 2 years with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of a Certificate of Deposit with Cross Keys Bank at a rate of 2.15% for one year with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mrs. Moore.
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of a Certificate of Deposit with Cross Keys Bank at a rate of 2.30% for 2 years with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mrs. Moore.
Marshall Jones’ reported on the request by Walnut Bayou Exploration, LLC regarding the grant of surface (well drill site) and right of passage easement (servitude). He stated that the agreement is in the final stages, and he is working to include details regarding the construction of an all-weather road in the agreement.
President Sims had no report.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the Legislative Auditor received three (3) bids for the Caddo Levee District audit proposal and accepted the bid from Lenora Krielow, CPA to provide audit services for the Caddo Levee District for the next 3 years. He stated that work on the audit will begin in July and Mrs. Krielow will be attending the September meeting to present the Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performed inspections of the Black Bayou/Pine Island, Twelve Mile Bayou, and Cherokee Park Levees on Monday, May 21, 2018. He stated that each of these levees were in excellent condition and are expected to be in compliance with the Corps regulations when the annual inspection reports are released later this year. Red River North and South and West Agurs Levees were not inspected because they are scheduled for a Periodic Inspection (a Special Risk Assessment Inspection conducted every five years) in 2018.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the 2018 Levee Gravel Surfacing and Red River Levee South Modification projects are both scheduled to begin work in July. Mr. Mustapha provided a written report that detailed the status and progress of all other ongoing Capital Outlay projects. He also provided a written report on the status of all open permits.
Ronald Lattier had no report.
Sam Brimer, Forester, reported that there are several tracts that need to be thinned, but timber prices are very low currently. For this reason, no tracts will be cut until timber prices improve in the future.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
Minutes - June 14, 2018
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