Ali M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator
February 14, 2019
Regular Business Hours : Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
MEETING ON FEBRUARY 14, 2019
1320 GRIMMETT DRIVE
SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
1. Call meeting to order.
2. Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Public comments.
4. Approval of minutes of regular meeting held on January 10, 2019.
5. Discussion of monthly financial reports.
6. Ratify payment of statements and invoices for the month of January 2019 and subsequent bills for the
month of December 2018.
7. Consideration of renewal of surface leases for Charles May.
8. Approval of transfer of surface lease from Cheryl Slack Sowell to Boyd Boyter for approximately one
acre on Black Bayou in Section 18, T22N, R15W.
9. Approval of transfer of surface lease from Joe E. Rush to Deanna Boyter for approximately one acre
on Black Bayou in Section 18, T22N, R15W.
10. Report of Marshall Jones regarding oil and gas matters.
11. President’s Report.
12. Administrator’s Report.
13. Report of Ron Lattier, Board’s Legal Counsel.
14. Forester’s Report.
15. Engineer’s Report.
16. Personnel Committee Report.
17. Legal Committee Report.
18. Equipment Committee Report.
19. Other Business to Bring before the Board.
February 14, 2019
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON February 14, 2019
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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., February 14, 2019, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore, Carolyn C. Prator, Gary Procell, Helen Godfrey-Smith, and Willie Walker.
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; Danielle Stafford, Assistant Secretary; and Rebecca Giglio, Administrative Assistant, 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. There were no public comments.
Mr. Mustapha introduced Rebecca Giglio, hired as Administrative Assistant at Caddo Levee District in early February.
Mr. Sims stated that the minutes from the January 2019 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 January 2019 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.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of January 2019 and subsequent bills for the month of December 2018. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of January 2019and subsequent bills for the month of December 2018. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the following surface leases with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mrs. Prator: Charles Daniels, Elizabeth Daniels, Jeff Falcon, and Charles May.
The Board unanimously approved the following transfers of surface leases with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mrs. Prator: from Cheryl Slack Sowell to Boyd Boyter for approximately one acre on Black Bayou in Section 18, T22N, R15W and from Joe E. Rush to Deanna Boyter for approximately one acre on Black Bayou in Section 18, T22N, R15W.
Marshall Jones had no report.
President Sims had no report.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the Flood Technical Committee did not meet in January. He attended a meeting in Natchitoches on January 30, 2019 with representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—Vicksburg District (USACE). Mr. Rich Brontoli (Red River Valley Association) hosted and moderated the meeting. The Corps’ representatives provided an update on the changes to the 408 Permit review process, Levee Safety and Levee Risk Programs. They also reported that the Hydraulic & Sediment Study of the Red River is progressing well and they anticipate completing the model in late July 2019 and the Sediment Study in mid- to late-2020. USACE will provide an update on the Study at the Red River Valley Association Convention on February 21, 2019 in Bossier City.
Mr. Mustapha also reported that he traveled to Alexandria to complete his Ethics Liaison Training administered by the State Ethics Board so that he is able to continue to proctor the one hour of mandatory ethics training to employees of the Caddo Levee District instead of outsourcing the training.
Mr. Mustapha reported on upcoming projects for the Levee District. He reported that the District hopes to finish surfacing the final eight miles of the Red River South Levee as well as rehabilitation of culverts at Shiftail Canal floodgates in 2019. He also reported that Levee Inspections will be conducted early this year and are expected to be performed March 18-22, 2019.
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, reported that he is preparing several tracts to be bid out soon for timber sale in order to thin out the tracts.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
Mrs. Smith, Chairman of the Legal Committee, reported that the Legal Committee met on February 13, 2019 at 3:30 PM to discuss a possible legal matter regarding oil and gas leases which will be discussed further by the Board in Executive Session.
Mr. Walker, Chairman of the Equipment Committee, reported that two new Ford F-150 trucks were ordered several months ago are ready to be picked up and will be obtained by the Levee District in the next couple of weeks.
Mrs. Smith made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to enter executive session. The motion unanimously passed.
Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Smith, to exit executive session. The motion unanimously passed. Mrs. Smith reported that during executive session, legal matters regarding oil and gas leases were discussed.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mr. Walker made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Harrison. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.