Minutes - May
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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON MAY 12, 2022
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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., May 12, 2022, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following were present: Patrick Harrison, James Sims, Kandi Moore, Carolyn Prator, Willie Walker, Gary Procell, and Jackie Baker.
Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom, LLP; Robert Tomasek, P.E., LA Department of Transportation and Development; German Velazquez, P.E., LA Department of Transportation and Development; John Barr, Regional Director Senator John Kennedyís Office; Heidi Stewart, GIS Analyst, Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments (NLGOG); Mark A. Jusselin, Integrity, Inc.; Sam Brimer, Forester; and Penny Adams, Assistant Executive Director were also present. Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director was unable to attend.
The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Harrison asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. Heidi Stewart brought information for the board to review regarding the proposed SB414 that would authorize the Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) as an entity within the Division of Administration.†
President Harrison stated that the minutes from the April 14, 2022, meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Procell made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to approve the minutes from the April 2022 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mrs. Moore discussed the April 2022 monthly financial reports. She reported that operating expenses were low, and revenues were high, but both were on track with the year-to-date figures with a projection for a surplus for the rest of the year.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of April 2022 and subsequent bills for the month of March 2022. Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of April 2022 and subsequent bills for the month of March 2022. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board opened the meeting to public hearing to discuss the millage rate of Caddo Levee District for 2022 with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker. The Board discussed the millage rate and reviewed the details. There were no public comments.† The public hearing was closed with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker.
†††††††††††† The Board unanimously passed the following resolution to set the millage rate for 2022 at zero:†††
†††††††††††† BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage(s) are hereby levied on the 2022 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by Caddo Levee District:
†††††††††††† Caddo Levee District†† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† 0.00 mills
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†††††††††††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proper administrative officials of the Parish of Caddo, State of Louisiana, be and they are hereby empowered, authorized, and directed to spread said taxes, as hereinabove set forth, upon the assessment roll of said Parish for the year 2022, and to make the collection of the taxes imposed for and on behalf of the taxing authority, according to law, and that the taxes herein levied shall become a permanent lien and privilege on all property subject to taxation as herein set forth, and collection thereof shall be enforceable in the manner provided by law.
†††††††††††† The foregoing resolution was read in full; the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by the following votes:
†††††††††††† YEAS: 7
†††††††††††† NAYS: 0
†††††††††††† ABSTAINED: 0
†††††††††††† ABSENT: 0
The Board discussed the renewal of the one (1) CD currently held by Home Federal Bank. The Board agreed to renew the CD for a 6-month term at a rate of 1% with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board discussed the renewal of the one (1) CD currently held by Home Federal Bank. The Board agreed to renew the CD for a 6-month term at a rate of 1% with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Procell. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board agreed to table the renewal of the one (1) CD currently held by First Horizon Bank, formerly Iberia bank, until the next meeting with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Sims. The item was unanimously tabled until the next meeting.
President Harrison reminded the Board that they are required to file the Louisiana Board of Ethics annual Tier 2.1 Personal Financial Disclosure Statement by May 15, 2022. Forms were distributed to all Commissioners.
The Board unanimously approved the transfer of Campsite Permit from Gina Vogt to Dave Fortuna for approximately one (1) acre known as Lot# 121 located on Black Bayou, NE Front Street, Vivian, in Section 18, T22N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Sims.
The Board unanimously approved the transfer of Campsite Permit from Walter Cole to Jeffery Cole for approximately one (1) acre known as Lot# 80 located on Jeems Bayou, Catfish Road, Vivian, in Section 23, T21N, R16W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Walker.
The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the Emergency Operations Manual as required every two years per LA R.S. 38:319, with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Sims.
††††††††††† Marshall Jones reported that commodity prices of crude oil and natural gas are expected to continue to rise due to the high demand in 2022. This will may provide additional royalty revenues for Districtís operation.†
††††††††††† President Harrison reported that, he and three (3) Commissioners, attended the Association of Levee Board of Louisiana (ALBL) Annual Workshop in Baton Rouge, LA on May 4-6, 2022. Mr. Harrison reported a summary of successful events, ALBL support of SB414, and that everyone enjoyed the meeting.
††††††††††† There was no Executive Director Report.
†††††††††††† There was no Legal Counsel Report.
Sam Brimer, Forester, reported the grass cutting season is off to a good start.† The stormy weather during the last 2 months caused trees and limbs to fall on the levees and required expensive removal work by the field crews. The district received the two (2) new John Deere tractors that were purchased last year.
Robert Tomasek, with the DOTD, reported that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to inspect only Caddo Levee District levees along the Red River (Caddo North and South Segments) on June 3-5.† The Corps will discontinue the Annual Levee Inspection program.†
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
There was no Equipment Committee Report.
Mr. Walker reported that he had attended a Park & Recreation Meeting in Vivian and spoke with Mr. Festervan, Mayor of Vivian and President of the Black Bayou Commission about public recreation projects and funding for residents of North Caddo.† Mr. Walker reported he hoped to learn more about the Red River Waterway Commissionís plans for public recreation projects in North 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