Caddo Levee District

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 13, 2020

 

At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., August 13, 2020, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Carolyn C. Prator, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker. Kandi Moore was unable to attend in person and attended by phone, and Helen Godfrey Smith was not present (unable to attend in person due to COVID-19 Pandemic).

 

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; John Barr, U.S. Senator John Kennedy’s Office; Robert Tomasek, LA Department of Transportation and Development; German Velazquez, LA Department of Transportation and Development; 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 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 announced that the nominating committee had met and discussed nominations for officers of the Caddo Levee District Board of Commissioners. He stated that the committee recommended nominating Patrick Harrison for President, Kandi Moore for 1st Vice President, and James T. Sims for 2nd Vice President. He then stated that nominations for any of these offices are open if the Board did not agree with these recommendations. There were no other nominations. Mr. Procell made a motion to accept Mr. Harrison as President, Mrs. Moore as 1st Vice President, and Mr. Sims as 2nd Vice President, with a second by Mr. Walker. The motion unanimously passed.

 

The Board unanimously approved the following resolution to name officers to sign checks and vouchers with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Walker:

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that any two of the four officers named below are hereby authorized by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, to sign checks and vouchers drawn by this political subdivision of the State of Louisiana and in the event of an emergency, use a facsimile stamp of the President’s signature:

 

                          Patrick Harrison                                    President

                          Kandi Moore                                           1st Vice President

                          James T. Sims                                          2nd Vice President

                          Ali M. Mustapha                                    Executive Director

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any funds of this political subdivision in any account may be withdrawn by check, draft, order or other instrument when signed by any two of the four officers named above, including checks or vouchers payable to the order of the officers signing the same.

 

President Sims stated that the minutes from the July 2020 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to approve the minutes from the July 2020 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

 

Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports, and he reported that operating expenses are in line with this time of year.

 

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

 

The Board opened bids on the purchase of improvements on the Campsite known as Lot #8 on the North Side of Wallace Lake in Section 5, T15N, R14W. The sole bid submitted was as follows:

                                       Richard Blair                              $1,000.00

 

Mrs. Prator made a motion with a second by Mr. Walker for the following resolution accepting the bid from Richard Blair as high bidder in the amount of $1,000.00. The motion was unanimously approved.

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it hereby recognizes Richard Blair as the high bidder for the purchase of improvements on the Campsite known as Lot #8, described as follows:

 

Approximately one acre on the North Side of Wallace Lake in Section 5, T15N, R13W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

 

And is authorized through the Caddo Levee District’s President to lease the above described Campsite Lot to Richard Blair with the provision that he pays his rental in accordance with the Campsite Permit (Lease) Agreement.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Jeffrey Farber to Stacy Alexander for approximately one acre on Jeems Bayou known as Lot #83 in SE corner of SW/4 of NW/4 of Section 23, T21N, R16W, with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mrs. Prator.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Judith Sneed to Joseph G. Schuler for approximately one acre known as Lot #37 in SE/4 of Section 21, T20N, R15W, with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board unanimously approved the following resolution to approve the request from Meridian Brick, LLC for Temporary Access Right of Passage Servitude Agreement in Section 1, T19N, R16W, off Barnette Road, with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Walker:

 

WHEREAS, on or about August 3, 2020, the office of the Board of Commissioners received a request from Meridian Brick LLC, a limited liability company whose mailing address is 6455 Shiloh Road, Suite D, Alpharetta, Georgia 30005 represented by Keith Denny, its Chief Financial Officer, for the grant of a non-exclusive temporary servitude or right of passage across and on lands owned by the Caddo Levee District in Section 1 (T19N, R16W), Caddo Parish, Louisiana, as depicted on Exhibit "A" attached hereto;

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners and Meridian Brick LLC, are presently negotiating the terms and conditions for the grant of a non-exclusive temporary servitude or right of passage fifty feet (50') in width and one hundred sixty five (165’) feet in length for a total of 0.1894 acres across the Caddo Levee District's land for the proposed temporary access road, as depicted on Exhibit "A" attached hereto.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, subject to the finalization and execution of a mutually acceptable agreement by and between the Caddo Levee District and Meridian Brick LLC, that it grant a non-exclusive right of passage across on lands owned by the Caddo Levee District in Section 1 (T19N, R16W), Caddo Parish, Louisiana, to Meridian Brick, LLC; and that James T. Sims, President of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, be and he hereby is, fully authorized to execute for and on behalf of the Board of Commissioners a recordable instrument memorializing an agreement for a non-exclusive temporary servitude or right of passage, and containing such terms and conditions as he, in his sole discretion, deems proper and necessary, to fully effectuate the intent of this Resolution.

 

The Board discussed a proposal for renaming of the Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area.

 

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 had no report.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that Congress passed the 2020 WRDA on July 29, 2020, and Cherokee Park Levee Project was included in Section 327-Project Modification Authorizations item (b), Flood Risk Management sub-item (2). Mr. Mustapha also reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the annual levee inspections the week of July 27-29.

 

Mr. Mustapha also reported that the Corps staff presented and discussed the Red River Hydraulic Analysis Summary Report at a virtual meeting on August 6. He reported that the Study indicates that Red River’s 100-year Water Surface Elevations are approximately three feet higher than the existing Base Flood Elevations shown on the current Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Caddo Parish and the City of Shreveport. The recommended mitigation includes continuation of monitoring of the siltation within Pool 5 and further study as needed.

 

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, reported that he was nominated for appointment as the Attorney for the City of Shreveport, pending acceptance by the City Council on August 20.

 

Sam Brimer, Forester, was not present.  Mr. Mustapha reported that Bayou State Timber has completed cutting and removing timber on the 73-acre tract in sections 6, 7, and 8 of T22N, R16W.

 

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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