Ali M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator
At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., October 11, 2018, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Carolyn C. Prator, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, Helen Godfrey-Smith, and Willie Walker.
Lenora Krielow, CPA; 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; Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator; Sam Brimer, Forester; 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. Mrs. Smith stated that Les Mason, football coach and educator at North Caddo High School, had passed away on October 4, 2018. It was acknowledged that his passing is a tremendous loss for North Caddo, where he had over forty years of service in the education system. There were no further public comments.
Mr. Sims stated that the minutes from the September 2018 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Harrison, to approve the minutes from the September 2018 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports, reporting that operating expenses were in line with monthly averages for this time of year. He reported that capital outlay expenses were high due to ongoing projects.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of September 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of August 2018. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of September 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of August 2018. The motion unanimously passed.
Lenora Krielow, CPA presented the Board with copies of Caddo Levee District’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. Mrs. Krielow reported that the audit was conducted smoothly and reviewed the financial statements, addressing questions as they arose.
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the lease for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker. Mr. Mustapha also stated that the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would be attending the November meeting to give a report on the Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area.
Marshall Jones reported that Gemini Exploration has not yet begun work to plug and abandon the additional five wells in Section 21 in accordance with the Department of Natural Resources’ requirements but that the Caddo Levee District’s wells are next on their list.
President Sims had no report.
Mr. Mustapha reported that he has continued to work with Senator Kennedy’s Office in Shreveport as well as Mr. Herman Gessar from Senator Kennedy’s Office in Washington, D.C. on the inclusion of Cherokee Park into the next Senate WRDA Bill. Mr. Mustapha also reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) performed the routine annual inspections of the Red River North and South Levee segments and West Agurs Levee on August 13-14, 2018. All levee segments have now been inspected and all were found to be Minimally Acceptable.
Mr. Mustapha reported that due to the rainy weather we have been experiencing, grass cutting has continued later into the year than normal. Because of this, the cleaning of ditches has fallen slightly behind schedule. He reported that our crews are working hard to get back on schedule. Mr. Mustapha also reported that the Gravel Surfacing Project has been completed and he expects to accept the final project as complete in November. He also reported that the Red River Levee South Maintenance Project is expected to be complete by mid-October, weather permitting. He provided a written report that detailed the status and progress of all ongoing Capital Outlay projects. He also provided a written report on the status of all open permits.
Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel, had no report.
Sam Brimer, Forester, reported that he has been working on road maintenance projects as well as preparing timber tracts for planting.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
Mrs. Helen Godfrey-Smith, Chair of the Legal Committee, reported that the Legal Committee met on October 9, 2018 to discuss the upcoming renewal of the Board Attorneys’ contracts. Mrs. Smith reported that the committee recommends the approval of the renewal of both contracts, which will be voted on in the November meeting.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mrs. Smith made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Walker. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.
Minutes - October 11, 2018
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