Caddo Levee District

Ali  M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator

Minutes - January 14, 2016

 

 

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Minutes

 

 

January 14, 2016

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JANUARY 14, 2016

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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, 2016, 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 Prator was not present.

Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Harvey Christian, DOTD; Eurline Montgomery, 8452 Line Ave., Apt. 255, Shreveport, LA; Eric Lindsey, 933 Deerpark Rd., Shreveport, LA; Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator, Gaylyn Bell, Assistant Secretary and Sam Brimer, Forester, were also present.

The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

First Vice President Sims asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments. 

First Vice President Sims stated that the minutes from the December, 2015 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 of the regular meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of December, 2015 and subsequent bills for the month of November, 2015. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Smith, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of December, 2015 and subsequent bills for the month of November, 2015. The motion unanimously passed.

Mr. Jones was not present for his report.  Mr. Mustapha updated the Board regarding negotiations with Gemini Exploration.

      The Board considered and unanimously approved a new surface lease to Walter Thompkins, Jr. for approximately one acre known as Lot 129 in Section 15, T22N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mrs. Moore.

     The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the following surface leases with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mrs. Smith:  Joe C. Bader, Jr., Ted Beavers, Ronald Bushong, Gary Byargeon, Roy N. Davis, Benjamin Duos, M. Randal Fish, Tony Hale, Rondy Hartline, Todd Hopkins, Jerry Humphrey, Jeffrey Johnson, Steven Jones, Evony LaBorde, Jacob Lesniewski, Joey Malloy, Mary May, Richard May, Noella McLaurin, Sheila Moore, Kevin Reed, Gary Schmidt, Susan Scott, David Sneed, Judith Sneed, Steve Stubblefield, Steven Thompson, Thomas Todd.

       The Board unanimously approved payment of the 2016 dues in the amount of $2,000.00 to the Red River Valley Association with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mr. Harrison.

       The Board considered the attendance of the Commissioners, Administrator, and Board’s  Legal Counsel at the 91st Annual Red River Valley Association Convention at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana on February 17 & 18, 2016.  Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to approve the attendance of the Commissioners, Administrator, and Board’s Legal Counsel at the 91st Annual Red River Valley Association Convention at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana on February 17 & 18, 2016.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 The Board considered approval of a sponsorship of the 91st Annual Red River Valley Association Convention at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana on February 17 & 18, 2016.  Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Smith, to approve sponsorship of the 91st  Annual Red River Valley Association Convention at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana in the amount of $750.00, which includes recognition in the program, signage at the convention and one full registration. The motion was unanimously approved.

       The Board considered a  contract with the film company “Welcome to Willits” for use of Caddo Levee District property located on Caddo Lake in Section 21, T20N, R15W, for access and parking at a fee of $2,500.00 for approximately 30 days. Mr. Lattier, Board’s legal counsel, has reviewed the contract and found it to be in order.  The following resolution was unanimously approved with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mrs. Smith.

             BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it does hereby approve the contract submitted by the film company “Welcome to Willits” for use of Caddo Levee District property located on Caddo Lake in Section 21, T20N, R15W, for access and parking at a fee of $2,500.00 for approximately 30 days.

             BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an officer of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District is authorized to execute said contract.

             Mr. Mustapha reported Caddo Levee District has been reimbursed by FEMA for  approximately seventy-seven percent of funds spent during June, 2015 flood. Recent heavy rainstorms have resulted in minor flooding of the Red River and Twelve Mile Bayou.  In addition, he reported the Flood Recovery Technical Committee has met twice and letters by local government offices were mailed to all the Louisiana delegation asking for support to fund the USACE request to conduct the sedimentation and hydraulic study required to insure accurate flood level predictions. Mr. Mustapha stated current levee distract projects have been delayed due to inclement weather. The second phase of surveys for campsites has been initiated.  Mr. Mustapha gave a review of the permits issued during the past year.

             Mr. Lattier reported he is currently working on evictions for two campsite lessees.

Mr. Brimer reported that a large amount of timber on levee district property near Twelve Mile Bayou is currently underwater due to recent heavy rains.

There was no Engineer’s Report.

There was no Personnel Report.

Mrs. Smith reported that the Legal Committee met to discuss various items regarding the surface leases, including availability of leases, revision of website for disclosing information on leases and revision of lease contract to include disclaimer regarding leasing of certain properties.

Mrs. Smith also made note that the first six months of the budget and expenditures were in good order.

There was no Equipment Committee Report.

There was no Corps of Engineers Report.

With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

 

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