Caddo Levee District

 

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON DECEMBER  16, 2021

 

 

 

At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., December 16, 2021, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following were present: Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore, James T. Sims, Carolyn C. Prator, Jackie Baker, Willie Walker, and Gary Procell.

 

Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; German Velazquez, LA. Department of Transportation and Development; Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; Penny Adams, Assistant Executive Director; and Lynda Jones, Administrative Assistant were also present.

 

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 November 10, 2021 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 November 2021 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

 

Mrs. Moore discussed the monthly financial reports. She reported that the operating expenses were in line with monthly averages for this time of year and the revenues for the year have improved in comparison to last year. 

 

The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of November 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of October 2021. Mr. Procell made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of November 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of October 2021. The motion unanimously passed.

 

The Board discussed the renewal of four (4) Certificates of Deposits currently held by Home Federal Bank. It was recommended that the two (2) CDs maturing on December 14, 2021 be reinvested for six months at a rate of 0.20% and the other two (2) CDs maturing on December 30, 2021 be placed in the money market account. The Board unanimously approved the recommendation with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

             The Board discussed the renewal of the Certificate of Deposit currently held by Cross Keys Bank. The Board approved to renew the CD for six months at a rate of 0.20% with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved the following resolution, with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker for furnishing the right of way to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Emergency Bank Stabilization Project:

 

WHEREAS, the Emergency Bank Stabilization of West Agurs Levee Segment at NLD stations 196+90 and 427+10 (hereinafter “Project”) was approved for funding by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District (hereinafter “USACE”) under P.L. 84-99; and

 

WHEREAS, the USACE requested that Caddo Levee District Board of Commissioners furnish right-of-way for construction of the Project as shown on the plan maps (attached) and the Board’s President execute an Authorization for Entry (AFE) and the Board’s Attorney execute the Attorney’s Certificate of Authority.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it does hereby furnish the right-of-way required which is located within the statutory servitudes of Caddo Levee District and/or waters of the United States (hereinafter “U.S.”) for use for the Project at no cost to the U.S., including damages to the timber and crops, if any, and Caddo Levee District will save and hold harmless the U.S. for any and all damages that may result from the proposed Project and that its Board President, Patrick Harrison, be and hereby is, fully authorized to execute for and on behalf of the Board of Commissioners the Authorization For Entry 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 opened bids for grazing permit advertised as Tract #1. The bids submitted were as follows:

                          Randy Garsee                                          $1,260.00/yr ($12.60 per acre)

 

The following resolution was unanimously passed awarding the bid to Randy Garsee with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker:

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it hereby recognizes Randy Garsee as high bidder on grazing permit described as follows:

 

Approximately 100-acre tract in the NW/4 of Section 14, T21N, R16W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana,

 

and the Caddo Levee District’s President is authorized to issue a grazing permit on the above-described tract to Randy Garsee with the provision that he pays his permit fees as required in the grazing permit. 

 

The Board opened bids for grazing permit advertised as Tract #2. The bids submitted were as follows:

                          Billie Hindsman                                     $312.50/yr ($12.50 per acre)

 

The following resolution was unanimously passed awarding the bid to Billie Hindsman with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker:

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it hereby recognizes Billie Hindsman as high responsive bidder on grazing permit described as follows:

 

Approximately 25 acres being all that portion of the S/2 of the NE/4 of Section 13, T22N, R16W, located out of the water of Black Bayou, Caddo Parish, Louisiana,

 

and the Caddo Levee District’s President is authorized to issue a grazing permit on the above-described tract to Billie Hindsman with the provision that she pays her permit fees as required in the grazing permit.

 

The Board opened bids for grazing permit advertised as Tract #3. The bids submitted were as follows:

D. B. Melder                                           $1,000.00/yr ($12.50 per acre)

Matthew Frizzell                                    $1,080.00/yr ($13.50 per acre)

            

             The Board discussed Tract#3 bids and decided to table awarding this bid until the next board meeting with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mrs. Moore; the motion unanimously passed.

 

The board unanimously approved the transfer of Campsite Permit from Noell Whatley to Sheri Whatley for approximately one (1) acre known as Lot#176 on Black Bayou in Section 8, T22N, R15W, 176 Alligator Bend Road, Ida, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, 71044 with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

            The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the following campsite permits: Billy Berney, Rachel Brewster, Gary Byargeon, Jeanne Carmichael, Steven Cowan, Vera Craft, Charlotte Shane Dugger, Charles F. Everett IV, Albert Goss, Nathan Hale, Tony Hale, Sheri Hartline, Bryon Hawks, Joseph Jennings, Jason Jetton, Mary May, James Peace, Barbara Proctor, Joseph G. Shuler, Rickey G. Stanley, Steve Stubblefield, Carlton Tyson, and Gary Wolfe with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Sims.

 

            The Board unanimously approved the option to renew the contract for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2022 with Delta Fuel Company, LLC for the purchase of fuel as per original bid specifications for January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 with two one-year renewal options, with a motion by Mr. Walker and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

            There was no Oil & Gas Report.

 

            President Harrison reported that he, three (3) commissioners, and the board’s attorney attended the Association of Levee Board of Louisiana Annual Meeting in New Orleans on December 7-9, 2021. Mr. Harrison reported a summary of successful events and that everyone enjoyed the meeting.

 

           Mr. Mustapha reported that the annual cleaning of all the Caddo Levee District’s paved drainage ditches located within the City of Shreveport has been completed. Cleaning and removal of debris and silt requires 6-8 weeks of dry weather. 

 

           Mr. Mustapha reported that repairs to the surface of West Agurs Levee, which resulted from using the Levee by the City’s contractor to repair the slide at the sewer force main crossing, has been completed. Crushed aggregates were used to repair the ruts and stabilize the surface of the levee. The City furnished the crushed aggregates and Caddo Levee District’s crew provided assistance by grading, spreading, and compacting the crushed aggregates.

 

           Also, Mr. Mustapha reported that Caddo’s Red River Levee South segment which is connected to a Red River Parish Levee segment, South of Lock and Dam 5, are considered as one continuous levee and had been rated in the past for more than 10 years unacceptable as a Levee system. However, the USACE’s 2021 Annual Inspection upgraded the rating of this levee system to minimally acceptable which makes Caddo’s Red River Levee South eligible for funding under P.L. 84-99. This new rating was achieved because Red River Parish Levee District has completed the repairs and modifications needed to ensure its Levee segment is in compliance with the Levee Safety Program.

 

           Mr. Mustapha also reported that the design of the new storm water pump station at West Agurs Levee is progressing well. Drilling of the soil boring for use to design the main structure is complete and approximately 60% of the design work is complete. We anticipate that the plans and specifications will be ready for bids in April or May of 2022.

 

           Mr. Mustapha provided a written report that detailed the status and progress of all ongoing projects and open permits. Four (4) permit requests were received in November and a total of (40) permit requests have been received in 2021.

 

             Ronald Lattier, Board’s Legal Counsel, did not have any legal issues to report.

 

Sam Brimer, Forester, was not present. Mr. Mustapha reported that Sam has been checking the market prices for harvesting timber and since the demand is low, the prices remain extremely low, and he does not anticipate selling any timber until the market prices improve.

 

There was no Personnel Committee Report.

 

There was no Legal Committee Report.

 

There was no Equipment Committee Report.

 

There was no Recreation Committee Report

 

With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mr. Walker made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mrs. Moore. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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