Caddo Levee District

Ali  M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator

March 10, 2016

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON MARCH 10, 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., March 10, 2016, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Carolyn Prator, James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, and Willie Walker.  Kandi Moore arrived at 10:30 a.m.  Gary Procell and Helen Godfrey Smith were not present.

 

Ronald F. Lattier of  Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Eric Lindsey, 933 Deerpark Rd., Shreveport, LA, Eurlyne Montgomery, 452 E. 83rd St, Shreveport, LA, Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator, and Gaylyn Bell, Assistant Secretary 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 February, 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 February, 2016 and subsequent bills for the month of January, 2016. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Sims, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of February, 2016 and subsequent bills for the month of January, 2016. The motion unanimously passed.

 

             The Board unanimously approved the renewal of the following surface leases with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker: Joseph Bouillon, Linda Duke, Sylvia Hicks, Daniel Houghton and George Moncrief.

 

The Board considered and unanimously approved a transfer from Billy Cox to James E. Peace for approximately one acre known as Lot #128 in Section 15, T22N, R15, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker.    

 

Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Sims, to open a public hearing regarding the operating budget for fiscal year 2016 - 17.  The motion unanimously passed.  There were no comments from the public and Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Sims, to close the public hearing.  The motion unanimously passed.

 

       The Board discussed the operating budget of Caddo Levee District for fiscal year 2016-2017.   Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to adopt the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget. The motion was unanimously approved for the following resolution:

 

             BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District in legal session convened, that:

 

              Section 1:  The attached estimate of revenues for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 

             2016, and ending June 30, 2017, be and the same is hereby adopted to serve as an

             operating budget of  revenues for the District, during same period.

 

              Section 2:  The attached estimates of expenditures for the fiscal year beginning

             July 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2017, be and the same is hereby adopted to serve

             as a budget of expenditures for the District during the said period.

 

              Section 3:  The adoption of the operating budget of expenditures be and the same is

             hereby declared to operate as an appropriation of the amount therein set forth within the terms of the budget classification.

 

              Section 4:  Amounts are available for expenditures only to the extent included

             within the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget.

 

             BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Administrator is hereby authorized and in his sole discretion, to make transfers within the various budget classifications from one classification to another as he may deem necessary provided that any transfer of funds in excess of five percent (5%) of the classification must be approved in advance by action of the Board of Commissioners at a meeting duly noticed and convened.

 

    The Board unanimously passed the following resolution regarding designation of levee district funds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by  Mr. Harrison. 

 

             BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it does hereby designate $28,161,600 for capital outlay and flood fight contingencies for the  2016-17 fiscal year budget.

 

                The Board considered the payment of the 2016 Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana dues in the amount of $2,000.00.   Mr. Harrison  made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to pay the 2016 Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana dues in the amount of $2,000.00.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

       The Board considered the attendance of the Commissioners, and Administrator at the 31st Annual Workshop of the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana to be held May 5-6, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Harrison, to approve the attendance of the Commissioners and Administrator at the 31st  Annual Workshop of the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana to be held May 5-6, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana..  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

             Mr. Mustapha reported that four large trees had been removed from the slope on the levee at the City’s Mamie Hicks Park for compliance with USACE standards.  Trees will be planted in another location in the park to replace those that were removed. The USACE  will conduct a survey and  hydraulic study of the Red River, which will take approximately 18 months to complete.  Mr. Mustapha discussed and gave updates on the present flooding conditions of Red River, 12 Mile Bayou and other channels within the city and parish.

  

             Mr. Lattier reported that he is currently working on finalizing the evictions for two campsite lessees.  In addition, Attorney Lattier stated that he has been appointed as a Commissioner for the Red River Waterway Commission.

 

There was no Engineer’s Report.

 

There was no Personnel Report.

 

There was no Legal Committee Report.

 

Mr. Walker reported that equipment had been auctioned this month at Lawler Auction, with a tractor bringing in $12,500.  The remaining items sold at the auction had been removed from inventory by the Levee District.

 

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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