OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JUNE 11, 2020
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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 11, 2020, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, Carolyn C. Prator, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, Helen Godfrey-Smith and Willie Walker. James T. Sims was not present.
J. Marshall Jones, Jr., Jones & Odom, LLP; Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; and Danielle Thames, Assistant Secretary were also present.
The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Vice President Harrison asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.
Mr. Harrison stated that the minutes from the March 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 March 2020 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports, reporting that our financial position is still good and operating expenses are in line with this time of year.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of March, April, and May 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of February 2020. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of March, April, and May 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of February 2020. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board discussed the adoption of the tax millage rate for 2020 and passed the following resolution to set the millage rate at zero:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage(s) are hereby levied on the 2020 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by Caddo Levee District:
Caddo Levee District 0.00 mills
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proper administrative officials of the Parish of Caddo, State of Louisiana, be and they are hereby empowered, authorized, and directed to spread said taxes, as hereinabove set forth, upon the assessment roll of said Parish for the year 2020, and to make the collection of the taxes imposed for and on behalf of the taxing authority, according to law, and that the taxes herein levied shall become a permanent lien and privilege on all property subject to taxation as herein set forth, and collection thereof shall be enforceable in the manner provided by law.
The foregoing resolution was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by the following votes:
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the contract for the year beginning May 10, 2020 through May 10, 2021 with Red River Specialties, Inc. for purchase of chemicals as per the original bid specifications for May 10, 2018 through May 10, 2019, with two one-year renewal options, with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Procell.
The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Richard Madere to James Lee Walker for approximately one acre located on Black Bayou known as Lot #169 in Section 8, T22N, R15W with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mr. Walker.
The Board discussed the renewal of four Certificates of Deposits. Mr. Mustapha reported that because rates are changing daily, he will not have accurate rates until a few days before each Certificate of Deposit renews. The Board unanimously agreed to defer to the discretion of Mr. Mustapha and the Executive Committee to approve each Certificate of Deposit as each renewal date approaches with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mrs. Prator.
The Board unanimously approved the payment of dues for 2020 in the amount of $1,500.00 for National Waterways Conference with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.
Marshall Jones reported that commodity prices are currently extremely low, and they are not expected to get much better in the coming months.
President Sims was not present and had no report. Vice President Harrison reported that President Sims is out due to a medical procedure and the Board wished Mr. Sims a speedy recovery.
Mr. Mustapha reported on the four projects that were submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting review for eligibility of the repairs for federal funding assistance. He reported that he received notice from the Corps that the two sites on West Agurs Levee were approved for funding under the P.L. 84-99 Assistance Program. The Corps will design, bid, and manage the repairs of both projects. The other two projects (one on the Red River Levee North and one on Twelve Mile Bayou Levee) were not approved because the risk and cost-benefit ratio were low. Mr. Mustapha reported that he has appealed the denial of funding for the Red River Levee North repairs site and requested reconsideration of the request because this project is considered a repair to a failed Riverbank Revetment that was constructed by the Corps as part of the River Waterway Navigation project.
Mr. Mustapha also reported that a draft of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) was released in early May, and the Cherokee Park Levee Project was included in Section 1204 – Assistance to non-federal sponsors. He reported that the wording in the draft was not what we expected which is the incorporation of the Levee into the Federal System. He reported that he is working with Rich Brontoli to contact all the Louisiana delegations to ask them to assist in revising the wording in the final bill to incorporate the levee into the federal system.
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, was not present and had no report.
Sam Brimer, Forester, was not present and had no report.
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, Mrs. Moore made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mrs. Smith. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.
President Executive Director
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