Minutes - January
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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JANUARY 14, 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., January 14, 2021, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore, Col. Eric Sweeney, Carolyn Prator, James T. Sims, Gary Procell and Willie Walker.
††††††† Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom, LLP; Robert Tomasek, LA Department of Transportation and Development; John Barr, Regional Director Senator John Kennedyís Office; Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; German Velazquez, DOTD; Amaya Sweeney, Mia Sweeney, Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; and Lynda Jones, Administrative Assistant, were also present.
††††††† The meeting was called to order by Ronald F. Lattier, Boardís Legal Counsel.
††††††† The meeting was opened with a prayer by Pastor Sims and the Pledge of Allegiance by Patrick Harrison.
††††††† Ron F. Lattier, the Boardís Legal Counsel, administrated the Oath of Office to the Commissioners.
††††††† Mr. Lattier announced the nominations were open for the office of president. Mr. Sims nominated Patrick Harrison with a second by Mrs. Moore. With no other nominations, Mr. Lattier asked for public comments. With no comments from the public, Mr. Lattier called for a vote. The Board voted unanimously to accept Mr. Harrison as President by acclamation.
††††††† President Harrison asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.
††††††† President Harrison presided over the remainder of the meeting and opened nominations for the office of 1st Vice President. Mr. Sims nominated Mrs. Moore with a second by Mr. Procell. With no other nominations, Mr. Harrison called for a vote. The Board voted unanimously to accept Mrs. Moore as 1st Vice President by acclamation.
†††††† President Harrison opened the nominations for the office of 2nd Vice President. Mrs. Moore nominated Mr. Sims with a second from Mr. Procell. With no other nominations, Mr. Harrison called for a vote. The Board voted unanimously to accept Mr. Sims as 2nd Vice President by acclamation.
†††††† President Harrison announced the appointment of the Executive Committee, which consists of the President, 1st Vice President and the 2nd Vice President.
†††††† Mr. Harrison announced the appointment of the Legal Committee, which consists of Mr. Sims as Chairman, Col. Sweeney, and Mr. Procell as members. This committee was voted on and unanimously approved with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mrs. Moore.
†††††† President Harrison announced the appointment of the Personnel Committee, which consists of Mrs. Moore as Chairman, Mrs. Prator and Mr. Walker as members. This committee was voted on and unanimously approved with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mr. Sims.
†††††† President Harrison announced the appointment of the Equipment Committee, which consists of Mr. Walker as Chairman, Col. Sweeney, and Mr. Procell as members.† This committee voted on and unanimously approved with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mrs. Moore.
†††††† President Harrison announced the appointment of the Recreation Committee, which consists of Mrs. Prator as Chairman, Mr. Walker and Mr. Procell as members. This committee was voted on and unanimously approved with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Sims.
††††† Mr. Harrison called for a motion to re-employ the Executive Director, Mr. Ali Mustapha, for the tenure of the Board for the purpose on carrying on the Caddo Levee Districtís daily business. Mrs. Moore made a motion with a second by Mr. Procell, and the motion unanimously passed.
††††† President Harrison stated that the minutes from the December 10, 2020 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Sims, to approve the minutes from the December 10, 2020 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
††††† Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports, and he reported that revenues continue to be lower than normal due to the ongoing pandemic and the decline in Oil and Gas market prices. Mr. Harrison discussed the balance sheet and explained that the Levee Districtís revenues depend on income from oil and gas royalties, campsite, and grazing leases because the Board of Commissioners has adopted zero tax millage rate since 2014 (seven consecutive years).
††††† The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of December 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of November 2020. Mr. Walker made a motion, with a second by Mr. Sims, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of December 2020 and subsequent bills for the month of November 2020. The motion unanimously passed.
††††† The Board unanimously approved the payment of 2021 dues in the amount of $2,000.00 for the Red River Valley Association with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.
††††† The Board unanimously approved the payment of 2021 dues in the amount of $2,000.00 for the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Walker.
††††† The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the following surface leases: Zane Abbitt, Steve Allums, Susan Bryant, James Charon, Cole Davis, Colby Downs, Bradley Dumas, Charles Harris, W. D. Hartline, Jerry Hicks, Erin Hobbs, Gary Howell, Jody Johnson, Anthony Juneau, Stella McDonald, Roland Mason, Jeffery Oberly, Jackie Pettway, Joseph Pitz, Alexis Sarkozi, Norman Scott, Sheri Scott, Randy Snider, Charlotte Turnley, Gina Vogt and Brian Ward with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker.
††††† Marshall Jones reported that commodity prices for oil and gas continue to be low and should be expected to remain steady for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He also stated that the cost of fuel is expected to increase due to the cooler weather.
††††† There was no Presidentís report.
††††† Mr. Mustapha reported that heavy rainstorms in Arkansas and Texas during the first week of January caused a significant rise in the water surface elevations of the Red River and Twelve Mile Bayou. The River peaked at approximately 26í and Twelve Mile Bayou at 29.10í. This rise in the water surface elevations required the closure of Agurs flood gate and use of the pump system. Only minor street flooding was reported north of Vivian and flooding of low-lying area north of Black Bayou.
†††† Mr. Mustapha reported that the Flood Technical Committee has not met since August due to the pandemic and continues to solicit comments on the Corps Red River Study.
†††† Also, Mr. Mustapha reported that the House passed the 2020 WRDA on July 29, 2020 and Senate passed itís 2020 WRDA on December 21, 2020. Both, the Senate and House WRDAís included the incorporation of the Cherokee Park Levee Project into the Federal system. This completes the authorization for incorporation of this levee segment and makes the levee eligible for inspection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and funding under the P.L. 84-99 program upon declaration of flood disasters. Also, the USACE staff completed the 2020 annual inspection of all the Caddo Levee Districtís Levee Segments. We have only received the annual inspection reports for Black Bayou-Pine Island and the Red River Levee North segments. The overall rating for both segments were Minimally Acceptable.
†††† Mr. Mustapha provided a written report that detailed the status of all ongoing projects and the status of all open permits. A total of 26 permits were received and processed during 2020.
†††† Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel, was present and encouraged everyone to continue to practice social distancing and wearing masks since the COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Mr. Lattier congratulated the Commissioners on their re-appointed by the Governor to serve another term and welcomed Col. Sweeney to the Board of Commissioner and congratulated him on his appointment.
†††† Sam Brimer, Forester, was not present. Mr. Mustapha reported that Mr. Brimer is working with a contractor on re-planting the Rodessa tract and anticipate completing that within a week.
†††† There was no Engineerís Report.
†††† There was no Personnel Committee Report.
†††† There was no Legal Committee report.
†††† There was no Equipment Committee Report.
†††† Mrs. Prator commended Mr. Mustapha for his dedication and service to the District and the public. Also, Mr. Sims thanked Mr. Mustapha for all his hard work and for keeping the Board well informed on what is going on.
††† With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mrs. Moore made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Procell. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.
President††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Executive Director