Caddo Levee District

 

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON OCTOBER 08, 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., October 8, 2020, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, James T. Sims, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker. Helen Godfrey Smith was unable to attend in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic and attended the meeting via zoom. Kandi Moore and Carolyn C. Prator were unable to attend.

 

Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom, LLP; Robert Tomasek, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Heidi Stewart, NLCOG; Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; Danielle Thames, Assistant Executive Director; and Lynda Jones, Administrative Assistant, were also present. Lenora Krielow, CPA, CFF, attended 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 September 2020 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to approve the minutes from the September 2020 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

 

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

 

The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of September 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of August 2020. Mr. Procell made a motion, with a second by Mr. Sims, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of September 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of August 2020. The motion unanimously passed.

 

Lenora Krielow, CPA, CFF, reported via Zoom on Caddo Levee District’s audit report and financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. Mrs. Krielow reported that the audit was conducted smoothly with no findings.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Linda Duke to Donald Wojan for approximately one acre on Black Bayou known as Lot #131 in Section 15, T22N, R15W with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Jacob Lesniewksi to Lloyd Proctor for approximately one acre on Jeems Bayou known as Lot #101 in Section 23, T21N, R16W with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Sims.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Kevin Reed to Barbara Proctor for approximately one acre on Little Goose Pond known as Lot #99 in Section 14, T21N, R16W with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Henry Mecom to Randy Snider for approximately one acre known as Lot #16 in SW/4 of SE/4 of Section 21, T20N, R15W with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Arlis Frizzell to Donna Blackburn for approximately one-half acre on Black Bayou known as Lot #166 in E/2 of SW/4 of SE/4 of Section 8, T22N, R15W with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Sims.

 

The Board unanimously approved the following resolution to renew the lease with Caddo Parish Commission for Horace Downs Park at Caddo Lake Dam in Section 21, T20N, R15W, with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Procell:

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it does hereby agree to renew the lease held by Caddo Parish Commission for Horace Downs Park at the following described property:

From Northeast corner of Section 21, Township 20 North, Range 15 West, of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, proceed South 0° 21' East, a distance of 1105.8 feet; thence North 76° 11' West, a distance of 225.75 feet to the axis of the dam; thence South 14° 16' 34" West, a distance of 3725.50 feet to P.B.M. #1; thence continue on centerline axis South 14° 16' 34" West, a distance of 36 feet to the point of beginning.

From the point of beginning, proceed South 55° 03' East, a distance of 116.2 feet; thence North 84° 27' East, a distance of 430.6 feet; thence North 31° 21' East, a distance of 197.3 feet; thence North 46° 44' West, a distance of 361.2 feet; thence South 88° 21' West, a distance of 281.2 feet; thence South 32° 28' West, a distance of 359.8 feet; thence South 54° 16' East, a distance of 136.6 feet to the point of beginning; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this lease shall be for a term of three (3) years commencing on the first day of August, 2020, and ending at midnight on July 31, 2023; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District does hereby authorize the President to execute this lease on behalf of Caddo Levee District.

 

Marshall Jones reported that commodity prices for oil and gas continue to be low and should be expected to remain steady for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

President Harrison had no report.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the annual Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana Conference held in December in New Orleans has been cancelled. The December Annual Executive Committee will be conducted via Zoom.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that grass cutting is beginning to slow down, and crews will soon be focusing on cleaning of the paved ditches within the city limits. He also reported that the District has hired one new employee and has one more open position they are looking to fill in the near future. He reported that the superintendent is still out recovering from shoulder surgery and that Sam Brimer is continuing to fill the role in his absence.

 

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. Mr. Mustapha reported that Mr. Brimer is still working on cleaning out the tract that was recently cut and cleared by Bayou State Timber Services to prepare the tract for replanting.

 

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. Smith made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Sims. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.

 

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