Caddo Levee District

 

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JULY 09, 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., July 9, 2020, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Carolyn C. Prator, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker. Helen Godfrey Smith was not present (unable to attend in person due to COVID-19 Pandemic and listened to meeting via phone).

 

Rosemary Morrison of Shreveport, LA; Pam and A.P. Smith of Shreveport, LA; J. Marshall Jones, Jr., Jones & Odom, LLP; Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; and Danielle Thames, Assistant Executive Director 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. Rosemary Morrison, Pam Smith, and A.P. Smith addressed the Board expressing concerns and objections regarding item 10a on the agenda, the transfer of Lot #83 permit/lease from Jeffrey Farber to Stacy Alexander. There were no further public comments.

 

President Sims stated that the minutes from the June 2020 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 June 2020 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

 

Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports, reporting that we remained within budget for our fiscal year, and operating expenses are in line with this time of year.

 

The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of June 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of May 2020. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of June 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of May 2020. The motion unanimously passed.

 

The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the insurance proposal submitted for 2020-2021, with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Audit Engagements of Governmental Ethics for 2019-2020 fiscal year, with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the Emergency Operations Manual as required every two years per LA R.S. 38:319, with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board discussed the information received by Mrs. Morrison and Mr. and Mrs. Smith regarding the transfer of Lot #83 permit/lease from Jeff Farber to Stacy Alexander and unanimously decided to table the approval of this transfer until the August Board Meeting, with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Lee Arledge to Dustin Hagan for approximately one acre on Caddo Lake known as Lot #198 in Section 21, T20N, R15W, with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Harrison.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from John A. Carr to Michael McDow for approximately one-half acre on Caddo Lake known as Lot #44 in Section 21, T20N, R15W, with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mrs. Prator.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from John W. Carr to Charles David McDow for approximately one-half acre on Caddo Lake known as Lot #21 in Section 21, T20N, R15W, with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board unanimously approved the surface lease application from Carl K. George for approximately one acre on Black Bayou known as Lot #129 in Section 15, T22N, R15W, with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

Marshall Jones reported that oil and gas prices are currently very low, and they are expected to remain unpredictable in the coming months.

 

President Sims thanked Mr. Harrison for running the meeting in his absence in June and thanked the Board for their well wishes during his recovery.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the Flood Technical Committee is working with the Corps to schedule a virtual meeting in August on the progress of the Red River Sediment Study. The hydraulic model is complete and may be released in July. Mr. Mustapha also reported that the USACE annual levee inspections that were postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic are currently scheduled for the last week of July.

 

Mr. Mustapha also reported that three Caddo Levee District employees are retiring soon, and he is working on advertising the vacancies and hiring replacements for the positions.

 

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, 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, Mr. Harrison made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mrs. Prator. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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