OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JUNE 10, 2021
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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., June 10, 2021, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Kandi Moore, James T. Sims, Jackie L. Baker, Carolyn C. Prator, and Willie Walker. Patrick Harrison and Gary Procell were not present.
Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; J. Marshall Jones Jr., Jones & Odom, LLP; John Barr, Regional Director Senator John Kennedy’s Office; Mark A. Jusselin, Integrity, Inc.; Heidi Stewart, NLCOG, Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; and Lynda Jones, Administrative Assistant were also present.
The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Vice President Moore asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.
Mrs. Moore stated that the minutes from the May 2021 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Baker, to approve the minutes from the May 2021 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mrs. Moore discussed the monthly financial reports, reporting that our financial position is still good and operating expenses are in line with this time of year.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of May 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of April 2021. Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of May 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of April 2021. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board discussed the renewal of two (2) CDs currently held by Home Federal Bank. Mr. Mustapha reported that interest rates are very low, and Home Federal has placed a maximum limit of $250,000 per CD. It was recommended that each CD be re-invested with the maximum $250,000 for six months at a rate of 0.20% and the remaining amounts be placed in a money market account. The Board unanimously approved the recommendation with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mrs. Prator.
The Board discussed the renewal of one (1) CD currently held by Cross Keys Bank. The Board agreed to renew the CD for 6 months term at a rate of 0.15% with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Walker.
Marshall Jones reported that crude oil prices have improved in the last 30 days and may continue to rise because of the increase in the demand. He also stated that the drilling activity for natural Gas in Southern Caddo Parish is on the rise.
Vice President Moore reported that President Harrison, Mrs. Moore, Gary Procell and Willie Walker attended the Red River Valley Association 96th Annual Convention held at the Horseshoe in Bossier City on June 2-3. She stated that Mr. Mustapha gave a great presentation on lessons learned from the Flood of 2015 and 2016 and the impact of the changes of the River flood stage elevations on the Caddo and Bossier Levee Systems.
Mr. Mustapha reported that he received a letter from Duke Realty, developer of the Distribution Center at Hunter’s Industrial Park, that outlines the mutual agreement regarding the construction of a storm water pump system required to mitigate the impact of the proposed major development on the existing drainage infrastructure facilities serving this drainage sub-basin. The Commissioners and the Board’s Legal Counsel reviewed the letter and with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Walker unanimously approved a motion authorizing the Board’s President, Patrick Harrison, to execute the letter of agreement on behalf of Caddo Levee District.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the Association of the Levee Boards of Louisiana will be holding the 80th Annual meeting on December 8-9, 2021 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. The meeting will be in-person and not a virtual meeting. Additional details will be emailed to the Board once it becomes available.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the unusual rainy weather conditions in the last 30-40 days has made it difficult to maintain the routine mowing schedule of the levees and to ensure proper and timely maintenance is done. Also, he explained that this may require staff to work overtime during June and July (five or six 10-hour days per week) to meet maintenance needs during this season. Also, he reported that the flood stage elevations of the Red River reached action and minor flood stages and remained at these high levels for more the 8 consecutive weeks which required closure of Agurs flood gate and activating the pumps to ensure that proper drainage needs of the basin are met during localized rain storms. Also, Twelve Mile Bayou peaked at elevation 30.3’ and Caddo Lake at 172.5’ which caused minor flooding for of the low laying flood prone areas.
Mr. Mustapha also reported that he has advertised the Assistant Executive Director position vacated by Mrs. Danielle Thames in early May and anticipate conducting interviews and hiring a replacement by late June or early July.
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 May and a total of 19 permits requests have been received in 2021.
Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel, reported that Mr. Mustapha coordinated with the Sherriff’s Office the enforcement of the eviction judgement of the illegal occupant of CLD’s Lot# 139 on Black Bayou.
There was no Forester’s Repot.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
There was no Equipment Committee Report.
Mrs. Prator, Recreation Committee Chairwoman reported that the committee met immediately after the May13th Board meeting and discussed investigating the possibility of locating a site or sites suitable for a future boat launch close to Rodessa and other recreation type activities (walking trails, parks, etc.) in North and South Caddo.
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
JUNE 10, 2021
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
MEETING ON JUNE 10, 2021
1320 GRIMMETT DRIVE
1. Call meeting to order.
2. Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Public comments.
4. Approval of minutes of regular meeting held on May 13, 2021.
5. Discussion of monthly financial reports.
6. Ratify payment of statements and invoices for the months of May 2021 and subsequent bills for month of April 2021.
7. Consideration of renewal of the following Certificates of Deposit:
A. Currently held by Home Federal Bank, maturing 6/15/2021
B. Currently held by Home Federal Bank, maturing 6/15/2021
C. Currently held by Cross Keys Bank, maturing 6/20/2021
8. Report of Marshall Jones regarding oil and gas matters.
9. President’s Report.
10. Executive Director’s Report.
11. Report of Ron Lattier Board’s Legal Counsel.
12. Forester’s Report.
13. Engineer’s Report.
14. Personnel Committee Report.
15. Legal Committee Report.
16. Equipment Committee Report.
17. Recreation Committee Report.
18. Other Business to bring before the Board.
Minutes - June 10, 2021
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