Caddo Levee District

Ali† M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator

January 10, 2019

 

 

Regular Business Hours : Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Minutes

 

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†††† NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

MEETING ON JANUARY 10, 2019

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 December 13, 2018.

5.††††††††††††† Discussion of monthly financial reports.

6.††††††††††††† Ratify payment of statements and invoices for the month of December 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of November 2018.

7.††††††††††††† Opening of bids for grazing leases:

Tract #1: Approximately 80 acres located in the NE/2 of NE/2 of Section 1, T22N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

8.††††††††††††† Consideration of renewal of the following surface leases: Joe C. Bader, Jr., James Charon, Jr., Roy N. Davis, Peggy Deese, Linda Duke, Melinda Fenner, M. Randal Fish, Todd Hopkins, Daniel Houghton, Gerald Humphrey, Jerry Humphrey, Stephen E. Jones, George B. Moncrief, Noella McLaurin, James Peace, Kevin S. Reed, Susan D. Scott, Elba Staggs, Michael Stevens, Thomas D. Todd, Lawrence Wells.

9.††††††††††††† Approval of payment of 2019 dues for the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana in the amount of $2,000.00.

10.†††††††††† Approval of payment of 2019 dues for the Red River Valley Association in the amount of $2,000.00.

11.†††††††††† Approval of attendance of Administrator, Commissioners, and Legal Counsel at the Red River Valley Association 94th Annual Convention on February 20 and 21, 2019 at the Horseshoe River Dome in Bossier City, Louisiana.

12.†††††††††† Consideration of sponsorship of Red River Valley Association 94th Annual Convention in the amount of $1,000.00.

13.†††††††††† Report of Marshall Jones regarding oil and gas matters.

14.†††††††††† Presidentís Report.

15.†††††††††† Administratorís Report.

16.†††††††††† Report of Ron Lattier, Boardís Legal Counsel.

17.†††††††††† Foresterís Report.

18.†††††††††† Engineerís Report.

19.†††††††††† Personnel Committee Report.

20.†††††††††† Legal Committee Report.

21.†††††††††† Equipment Committee Report.

22.†††††††††† Other Business to Bring before the Board.

23.†††††††††† Adjourn.

January 10, 2019

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JANUARY 10, 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., January 10, 2019, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, Helen Godfrey-Smith, and Willie Walker. Carolyn C. Prator was not present.

 

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. There were no public comments.

 

Mr. Sims stated that the minutes from the December 2018 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to approve the minutes from the December 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.

 

The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of December 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of November 2018. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of December 2018 and subsequent bills for the month of November 2018. The motion unanimously passed.

 

The Board opened bids for grazing lease advertised as Tract #1. The bids submitted were as follows:

†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Dwayne Melder†††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† $960/yr ($12.00 per acre)

 

The following resolution was unanimously passed awarding the bid to Dwayne Melder with a motion by Mrs. Smith 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 Dwayne Melder as high responsive bidder on grazing lease tract described as follows:

 

Approximately 80 acres located in the NE/2 of the NE/2 of Section 1, T22N, R15W, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana

 

and the Caddo Levee Districtís President is authorized to lease the above described tract to Dwayne Melder with the provision that he pays his rental as required in the lease.

 

The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the following surface leases with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker: Joe C. Bader, Jr., James Charon, Jr., Roy N. Davis, Peggy Deese, Linda Duke, Melinda Fenner, M. Randal Fish, Todd Hopkins, Daniel Houghton, Gerald Humphrey, Jerry Humphrey, Stephen E. Jones, George B. Moncrief, Noella McLaurin, James Peace, Kevin S. Reed, Susan D. Scott, Elba Staggs, Michael Stevens, Thomas D. Todd, Lawrence Wells.

 

The Board unanimously approved the payment of the 2019 dues for the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana in the amount of $2,000.00 with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Procell.

 

The Board unanimously approved the payment of the 2019 dues for the Red River Valley Association in the amount of $2,000.00 with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved the attendance of the Administrator, Commissioners, and Legal Counsel at the Red River Valley Association 94th Annual Convention on February 20-21, 2019 at the Horseshoe River Dome in Bossier City, Louisiana, with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

The Board unanimously approved the sponsorship of the Red River Valley Association 94th Annual Convention in the amount of $1,000.00 with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mrs. Smith.

 

Marshall Jones reported on oil and gas matters concerning the Levee District. Upon further discussion, Mrs. Smith made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore to enter executive session to discuss the matters further.

 

Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Smith, to exit executive session. Mrs. Smith reported that the oil and gas lease matters discussed will require authorization to perform testing which will require expenditure of funds. Mrs. Smith made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to authorize the Administrator and Legal Counsels of the Caddo Levee District to further pursue the matters in question and to authorize expenditures of funds as needed to perform the work. The motion unanimously passed.

 

President Sims had no report.

 

Mr. Mustapha reported that due to the rainy weather in the area in the previous months, there has been flooding of the Red River, Twelve Mile Bayou, Wallace Lake and Caddo Lake. He reported that there has been no significant damage as a result of this flooding, and the only area of concern was at Agurs, where the floodgates were closed. Mr. Mustapha also reported that there was a washout at LA Hwy 530 and I-220 which may need repairs.

 

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 culvert video inspections of approximately 2,160 linear feet will be performed in 2019 as required by the Corps of Engineers. Only the culverts that were not inspected in 2016 will be inspected this year. 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 they have been testing the new Lane Shark cutter that was purchased, and it will be a valuable piece of equipment to the District in the future.

 

There was no Engineerís 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, Mr. Harrison made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Procell. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

President††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† Administrator-Secretary