Ali M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator
Regular Business Hours : Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
February 11, 2016
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON FEBRUARY 11, 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., February 11, 2016, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Carolyn Prator, James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker. Helen Godfrey Smith was not present.
Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom, L.L.P. ; Harvey Christian and Robert Tomasek, DOTD; Eric Lindsey, 933 Deerpark Rd., Shreveport, LA; Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator, Gaylyn Bell, Assistant Secretary, Kathy Breyman, Administrative Assistant, and Sam Brimer, Forester, were also present.
The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Prator asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.
President Prator stated that the minutes from the January, 2016 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Sims 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 January, 2016 and subsequent bills for the month of December, 2015. Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of January, 2016 and subsequent bills for the month of December, 2015. The motion unanimously passed.
Mr. Jones discussed the meeting with the Caddo Levee District Recreation Committee and the Caddo Lake Institute’s Board regarding possible joint recreational endeavors on Caddo Levee District’s property at the Lake’s dam. Mr. Jones also stated he will be meeting with the Office of Conservation in Baton Rouge to discuss the Board’s letter to the Department of Natural Resources regarding State Agency Lease 10765 operated by Gemini Exploration, Inc.
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the following surface leases with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Procell: James Charon, Jr., Jeffrey Farber, Melinda Fenner, Byron Hawks, Gerald Humphrey, Edward Marrs, Charles May, Elba Staggs, Michael Stevens, Lawrence Wells.
The Board considered and unanimously approved a transfer from Byron Roberts to Bobbie Johnson for approximately one acre known as Lot #88, Section 15, T21N, R16W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mrs. Moore.
The Board considered and unanimously approved a transfer from David Sneed to Jason Jetton for approximately ˝ acre known as Lot #32, Section 21, T20N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, with a motion by Mrs Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.
President Prator reported that the request for 1.5 million dollars to perform a study of the Red River was not included in the Corps of Engineers’ 2016 budget. The Board discussed meeting with other local government entities (City of Shreveport & Caddo Parish Commission) regarding this matter.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the USACE 2016 inspection of the levee system will be conducted the week of April 4th – 8th. In addition he reported that the Flood Recovery Technical Committee will be meeting to discuss preventative action plans in regard to future flooding. Weather conditions have improved and construction of the capital projects is set to begin in March. Mr. Mustapha presented the Commissioners with a draft of the 2015 District’s Annual Report. The report will be outsourced for publication and distribution.
In Mr. Lattier’s absence, Mr. Mustapha reported that Mr. Lattier is currently working on finalizing the evictions for two campsite lessees. In addition, Attorney Lattier is working with Attorney Mitchell on drafting the guidelines for renewal & transfer of the campsite leases.
Mr. Brimer reported that the water has receded and crews are working to remove fallen trees in several areas.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Personnel Report.
Mr. Harrison reported that the Legal Committee will have a report at next month’s meeting.
Mr. Walker reported that all equipment is in good order.
There was no Corps of Engineers Report.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
Minutes - February 11, 2016