Caddo Levee District

 

 

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 12, 2021

 

 

             At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., August 12, 2021, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, James T. Sims, Carolyn C. Prator, Gary Procell, Willie Walker, Jackie Baker and Kandi Moore.

 

Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; German Velazquez, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Robert Tomasek, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom, LLP; Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; 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 July 2021 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Walker made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to approve the minutes from the July 2021 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

 

Mrs. Kandi Moore discussed the monthly financial reports, reporting that operating expenses were in line with monthly averages for July and the revenues have improved from last year.  Also, she reported that 2020-2021 end of year financial reports indicated that expenses were below the approved budget for the fiscal year and thanked the Executive Director for management of Caddo Levee District’s financial resources.

 

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

 

The Board unanimously approved the following Resolution to approve the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Audit Engagements of Governmental Entities for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Sims.

 

 

WHEREAS, in accordance with La. R.S. §24:513, the State Legislative Auditor has issued the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Audit Engagements of Governmental Entities, attached as Exhibit A and hereinafter referred to as “the Questionnaire”; and

 

WHEREAS, the staff of the Caddo Levee District has completed the Questionnaire to the best of their belief and knowledge; and

 

WHEREAS, the State Legislative Auditor requires that the Questionnaire be presented to and adopted by the governing body of the Caddo Levee District by means of a formal resolution in an open meeting.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it does hereby adopt the completed Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Audit Engagements of Governmental Entities, attached as Exhibit A; and the staff of the Caddo Levee District is hereby authorized and directed to submit the Questionnaire appropriately as required by the State Legislative Auditor.

 

            

 The Board unanimously approved the attached Resolution for the funding, construction, and operation of an auxiliary storm water pump station with Duke Construction Limited Partnership, with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mrs. Moore.

 

 

                          WHEREAS, Duke Construction Limited Partnership, (the “Developer”) of a 646,215 square-foot Distribution Center on property located adjacent to West Agurs Levee segment within the drainage basin of Agurs storm water pump station; and

 

                          WHEREAS, Caddo Levee District, (the “District”) operates and maintains the drainage infrastructures that provide flood protection for this food sensitive drainage basin where the Distribution Center is being constructed; and

 

WHEREAS, the Distribution Center development will generate excessive runoff that will have a significant impact on the ability of the existing drainage infrastructures to provide adequate flood protection; and

 

WHEREAS, the Developer and the District desire to mitigate the impact of the development on the existing drainage infrastructures serving the area by constructing an auxiliary pump station with related infrastructures; and 

 

WHEREAS, the Developer has agreed to contribute a one-time payment of $650,000.00 to fund the design, construction, inspection, and construction management of the infrastructures and the District agreed to accept the infrastructures into its system and be responsible for the operation and maintenance.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session conveyed, that it does hereby agree to the terms in the Agreement with Duke Construction Limited Partnership 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 Agreement 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 unanimously approved the transfer of Campsite Permit from James “Kevin” Hartzo to Kenny Drake Wynn for approximately one (1) acre on Jeems Bayou known as Lot #71 in Section 27, T21N, R16W, 11070 Frog Island Road, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker.

           

           Marshall Jones reported that commodity price of crude oil has risen slightly in the last few months and is expected to continue to rise in 2021.  He also stated that the price of natural gas is expected to increase due to the cooler weather and high demand.

 

President Harrison had no report.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that the Association of Levee Board’s Executive Committee has been rescheduled from August 20, 2021, to August 31, 2021, and he is not planning to attend.  Also, he reported that the Association is planning to hold the annual meeting December on 8-9, 2021, in New Orleans in person. 

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that Col. Robert Hillard, Commander, Vicksburg District is planning to attend the September 9, 2021, Board meeting to present the Board with the Certificate (Plaque) of Merit for the Operation and Maintenance of the Levee System.  

 

Mr. Mustapha also reported that Caddo Levee District received a check from the insurance company in the amount of $65,682.00 for settlement of the 2015 John Deere 6150M tractor.  He also reported he has received Quotes from Goldman Equipment for the purchase of two new tractors (John Deer 6145M) at $99,612.00 each under Louisiana State Contract.  Mr. Walker, Equipment Committee Chairman, made a motion with a second by Mr. Procell to authorize the purchase of two new John Deer 6145M tractors, the motion unanimously passed.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that Caddo Levee District received a check from the insurance company in the amount of $10,504.00 to repair the damage to the F350 truck which was damaged in an accident on June 21, 2021.

 

 Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report that detailed the status of all ongoing projects and the status of all open permits. Four (4) permit requests were received during July and a total of 27 permit requests have been received in 2021.

 

             Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel reported that the Levee District has no pending legal issues.

 

There was no Forester’s Report. 

 

Robert Tomasek reported that the Red River Parish Levee District has completed corrections of all deficiencies to its Red River West Levee Segment which connects to the end of Caddo Levee District’s Red River Levee South segment.  This may allow the Red River Levee System (Caddo Levee District’s Levee South & Red River Parish’s West Levee) to receive a Minimally Acceptable Rating during the 2021 USACE’s Annual Inspection.

 

There was no Personnel Committee Report.

 

There was no Legal Committee Report.

 

Mrs. Prator reported that the Recreation Committee continues to work with the developer of the proposed Development on Fern Avenue along Bayou Pierre for use of Caddo Levee District’s servitude for walking and bike trails. Also, Mr. Mustapha has contacted David North, DOTD’s District Administrator regarding the possible use of the site at LA1 and Black Bayou south of Rodessa for a future access to the Bayou.

 

Mr. Harrison inquired about the Permits requested by ASB Utility Construction for the installation of the Blanchard City water mains along LA 169 and LA 3049 in North Caddo.  Mr. Mustapha explained that the permit to cross Cottonwood Canal and Trinity Bayou on LA 3049 were issued on August 10, 2021, and the permit for soil borings at LA 169 and Twelve-Mile Bayou Levee was issued on May 05, 2021.  The contractor/owner has not requested a permit to install the waterline across Twelve Mile Bayou Levee yet.

 

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

 

 

 

President                                                                                                 Executive Director

AUGUST 12, 2021

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

TENTATIVE AGENDA

MEETING ON AUGUST 12, 2021

10:00 A.M.

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 July 8, 2021.

 

5.    Discussion of monthly financial reports.

 

6.    Ratify payment of statements and invoices for the months of July 2021 and subsequent bills for month of June 2021.

 

7.    Review and approval of Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Audit Engagements of Governmental Ethics

       for 2020-2021 fiscal year.

 

8.    Approval of agreement for the funding, construction, and operation of an auxiliary storm water pump station

       with related infrastructures adjacent of W. Agurs Levee with Duke Construction Limited Partnership

 

9.    Consideration of surface lease transfer from James ‘Kevin’ Hartzo to Kenny Drake Wynn for approximately

       one (1) acre on Jeems Bayou known as Lot #71 in Section 27, T21N, R16W 11070 Frog Island Road. 

                                                                                                                                                           

10.  Report of Marshall Jones regarding oil and gas matters.

 

11.  President’s Report.

 

12.  Executive Director’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.  Recreation Committee Report.

 

20.  Other Business to bring before the Board.                                                     

 

21.  Adjourn.

Minutes - August 12, 2021

 

Minutes

 

Agenda

 

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